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 […]

FIU Magazine VIP: Vivian Zumot Dimond ’80

–For FIU Magazine Vivian Zumot Dimond ’80 • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, 1980 • Managing broker and principal, Brown Harris Stevens • 2018 Torch Award honoree Q: You have been described as a trailblazer, an innovator and a risk taker. Who and what are your influences? A: I am flattered by that description. I […]

Green School alumna pens op-ed for Medium.com: ‘Tackling cancer in the classroom’

As part of an op-ed series, FIU News shares the expertise and diverse perspectives of members of the university community. In this piece, Green School alumna Kate Yglesias Houghton ’06 discusses teaching an undergraduate course with the FIU Honors College called The Cancer Wars, a year-long class that bridges policy, politics, history and solutions along with […]

Alumna’s work bridging art and immigration law featured in ELLE magazine

Artist and alumna Carolina Rubio-MacWright ’03 is a graduate of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts who went on to become a lawyer specializing in immigration law. Her work in Brooklyn, NY, which bridges her two passions, was featured in ELLE magazine on March 12, 2019: At a Brooklyn Pottery Class, Immigrant Women […]

On 30th anniversary of Armenian earthquake, alumnus recognized by ambassador for service as disaster responder

On December 7, 1988, a magnitude-6.8 earthquake rocked Armenia, leaving 25,000 dead (with estimates ranging as high as 50,000) and hundreds of thousands homeless. In an unprecedented move, the Soviet Union, of which Armenia was then a member, called for help from the international community in the wake of the disaster. Days later, alumnus Raul […]

Construction school officially renamed in honor of alumnus Chad Moss ’94

In recognition of a landmark contribution to FIU, the College of Engineering & Computing’s school of construction has been renamed in honor of alumnus Chad Moss ’94. The Moss School of Construction, Infrastructure and Sustainability was recently unveiled at a ceremony at the Engineering Center and commemorates a $10 million donation to the school made […]

Engineering grad creates Internet of Things startup company

By Diana Hernandez-Alende Giovanni Giannola, an FIU alumnus, recalls how at the young age of seven, he began upgrading computers for his father’s company. His dad worked as a general contractor in their home country, Venezuela. Giannola would install Windows 95 onto the computers using what would be considered a fossil in this day and […]

Talent, grit and making his own luck: The story of writer Dennis Lehane MFA ’01

By Evelyn S. Gonzalez For FIU Magazine Controlling the brain. It’s a skill one of FIU’s most famous authors has yet to master. But, it’s a skill he might not want to master. The stories that have made him an award-winning novelist and screenwriter are all woven from the chaos in his own mind. “I […]

Online degree propels education alumna to success against all odds

By Michael Martin In January 2011, during her first year of college at another university, Lauren Apodaca was struggling with severe anxiety when, one night, she felt a tingling sensation in her legs. As time went on, walking became increasingly difficult. One day, as she slogged her way to class, she passed out. When she […]

Hospitality alumnus goes from busboy to CEO

Alumnus Regynald G. Washington ’74 was invited back to FIU to speak at this summer’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management commencement ceremony on Sunday, July 29, 2018. In this interview, which originally appeared in FIU News, Washington opens up about the steps he took in life that propelled his career as a restaurateur: […]