FIU Alumni Board of Directors Elects New President and Directors

2023-24 Executive Committee
The FIU Alumni Board of Directors has formally elected Juan Carlos Alexander, Esq. ’04, to serve as president for the 2023-2024 year and inducted seven new members. Gina Duarte-Romero ’91, M.Ed. ’08, will remain on the board as the immediate past president. “I look forward to working with the rest of the board to help […]

Mom of 9 crushes coursework, throws herself into StartUP challenge

Originally published May 26, 2023 on Written by Irene Ferradaz The long-touted ideal of “work-life balance” can sometimes ring hollow. For many of us, the drive to give our all at work often competes with our desire to actively participate in family life, making it tough to find harmony between the two. For biochemistry […]

Alumna showcases interior architecture talents on new hit Netflix reality show

When interior architecture alumna Karina Perlaza MA ’19 accepted her first interior design job, she never thought it would lead to her being a part of a Netflix reality series. If you’ve been binge-watching one of Netflix’s newest hit shows, “Designing Miami,” you have gotten a look at the world of interior design by following […]

Law alumna vaults to senior counsel position at world’s leading pharmaceutical company

Published May 11,2023 on Written by Alexandra Pecharich On the same day that FIU Law earned a Top 60 ranking among the nation’s law schools from U.S. New & World Report, the university is pleased to recognize the elevation of law alumna and university trustee Chanel T. Rowe. The 2014 graduate has been named senior […]

Aspiring medical correspondent is among the first FIU students inducted into prestigious Bouchet Society

Originally published May 9, 2023 on Written by Stephanie Rendon Deidre Okeke MPH ’17 remembers the day her little brother almost lost his life due to an asthma attack. She also remembers how her father, an emergency medicine physician at the time, saved his life. It’s this memory that has driven Okeke to pursue a […]

From wanderlust to reality for hospitality students on study abroad trip

Originally published April 28, 2023 on Written by Ivonne Yee-Amor Almost 50 students are currently taking classes in the Atlantic Ocean aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Odyssey of the Seas. The two-week Hospitality at Sea study abroad program is the largest and most popular at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and is now in its […]

Engineering management program takes alumna to the next level

Originally published April 18, 2023 on Written by Monica Smith Engineers keep cities grounded, running and thriving. But, being a top-level engineer isn’t only about the nuts and bolts of engineering — it’s also about leadership. Alumna Irene Varela says FIU’s Master of Science in Engineering Management degree is the key to combining excellent engineering know-how with […]

Alumna appointed to serve as USDA Director for the Office of the Chief Scientist

Originally published on April 11, 2023 at Written by Stephanie Rendon After a nearly two-decade career in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), FIU alumna Deirdra Chester Ph.D. ’03 has taken on a new role as the department’s director for the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS). The OCS provides strategic coordination of science […]

Is your body telling you it needs a break from your workout routine? Here’s how to do it intentionally.

Originally published on March 29, 2023 at Having a structured and consistent workout routine makes all the difference in your results. But even when you are seeing results, it is important to listen to your body—and your body may be telling you it’s time for a break from your routine. Here’s how to identify if […]

Students, staff, community join forces to raise more than $100,000 for prevention and awareness of cancer, suicide

Originally published March 27, 2023 on Written by Clara-Meretan Kiah In back-to-back events in March, Panthers came together to raise more than $100,000 to support awareness, research, education and prevention efforts for two of the leading causes of death in the United States: cancer and suicide.   Relay for Life The weekend kicked off with […]