Two-time alumnus, FIU parent discusses family’s Panther legacy, why he gave to student emergency relief fund

Two-time alumnus Josue Raudales ’97, MS ’05 is a proud FIU Panther and an FIU parent, as well. Raudales was an international student from Honduras and a member of the Honors College during his time at the university. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering & Computing and […]

A community of supporters bolsters South Florida hospitality industry, including alumni-owned restaurants and bars

For alumna Heather De La Torre and her husband Jesus, owners of Jr’s Gourmet Burgers in Miami Springs, business is a family affair. The “mom-and-pop” restaurant celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, and the couple thinks of their small, close-knit staff as kin. But, like many restaurants nationwide, the COVID-19 pandemic dealt Jr’s a tough […]

FIUstrong: Providing emergency relief for students during the pandemic

The university is raising funds for students suffering financially during the health crisis. When FIU student Gabriella Llaña lost her job during the pandemic, she feared she might lose her apartment, too. Living alone, she wasn’t sure how she would afford rent. With support from the FIUstrong disaster relief initiative, the university was able to […]

FIU expands 3D-printed PPE initiative to local fire-rescue departments with gift from alumnus, President’s Council member

FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts has expanded its initiative to produce 3D-printed personal protective equipment (PPE) for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by a gift from FIU President’s Council member Angela Martinez and FIU alumnus Raul Chavez ’80, the college 3D-printed 1,000 protective face shields for local fire-rescue departments. […]

#FIUstrong activated: Here’s how you can help in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian

The following message regarding relief and recovery efforts post-Hurricane Dorian was sent from the Division of External Relations, Strategic Communications & Marketing to the university community on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at 6 p.m.      September 3, 2019  Dear FIU family, Many members of the university community are looking for ways to help our […]

“Welcome to Fall 2019!”: A message from Board President Michael Hernandez ’04, MPA ’11

“A college education is for life – but it doesn’t end once you’ve received your diploma or paid those outstanding parking tickets! It’s a connection for life,” says Alumni Association Board of Directors President Michael Hernandez. As FIU ushers in a new academic year this week and welcomes thousands of new and returning Panthers to […]

Alumnus David Burke ’78 posthumously awarded FIU Medallion

–By Clara-Meretan Kiah. Alexandra Pecharich contributed to this article. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –­Maya Angelou These words guided alumnus David Burke ’78 through life. Many remember the late hospitality executive, who passed in August […]

FIU Expert: What Hurricane Michael taught us about preparing for this year’s hurricane season

As part of an op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, meteorologist Erik Salna offers important insight about what last year’s hurricane season can teach us for this year’s. Salna is the associate director for Education and Outreach with the FIU International Hurricane Research Center […]

Annual alumni reception breaks attendance record, raises awareness for Next Horizon campaign

A record number of alumni and friends of FIU came out to the Alumni Association Annual Cocktail Reception this year to celebrate their alma mater, learn about the university’s future and explore its innovative research programs. Six-hundred guests flocked to the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, a new site for the event, on May 16. […]

Law alumnus Desmond Meade recognized among TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”

For College of Law alumnus Desmond Meade JD ’14, life is all about compassion, love and giving people a shot at redemption. It’s what guides him as an advocate and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC). For his work, Meade has been named one of TIME magazine’s 2019 “100 Most Influential People.” He is counted among the […]