Exceptional young alumni recognized for service, professional contributions with inaugural FIU Alumni 5 Under 35 award

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The much-anticipated reveal of the inaugural FIU Alumni 5 Under 35, presented by the FIU Young Alumni Network, is here. The 5 Under 35 are a group of proud Panther graduates, ages 35 and younger, who have made exceptional achievements in and contributions to their professions. They exemplify FIU’s core values of truth, freedom, respect, responsibility […]

CARTA alumna’s gift will help minority-owned small businesses thrive

Silvana Massolo ’04 has made a quarter-million dollar commitment to support FIU alumni-owned businesses. A new and uncommon opportunity will soon be available to budding alumni entrepreneurs in the communication, art and design fields. With a gift from Silvana Massolo ’04, College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) alumni will have the opportunity to apply for […]

CDR Maguire Inc. CEO and CDR Health Care Inc. CEO, both alumni, give $1.2 million to Honors College for scholarships

Florida International University alumni Tina Vidal-Duart and Carlos Duart have made a $1.2 million gift to the FIU Honors College to establish two student scholarship endowments. It is the largest gift the Honors College has received from its alumni to date. “We are humbled to be in a position to make this gift,” said Tina Vidal-Duart. “Carlos […]

Two-time alumnus George Corton named FIU Vice President of Development and Innovation Philanthropy

George Corton, a fundraising professional with more than 18 years of experience, has been promoted to Vice President of Development and Innovation Philanthropy at Florida International University. Corton, an alumnus who received his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from FIU, has served the university for nearly 16 years, including as Chief Development Officer/ Senior Associate Vice […]

Alumnus John McKibbon ’75 makes $5M gift to FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

–By Ivonne Amor John McKibbon and his wife Letitia have made a $5 million gift to the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management that will enhance alumni outreach, implement formal integration of technology and innovation into the curriculum, and create student scholarships at the top-10 U.S. public hospitality school from which he graduated. The McKibbon […]

Meet Gina C. Duarte-Romero, president of the FIU Alumni Association Board of Directors

FIU Alumni Association Board of Directors President Gina C. Duarte-Romero ’91, M.Ed. ’08 taught briefly in Miami-Dade County Public Schools before purchasing a preschool and later The Biltmore School. She now runs The Biltmore School and is an adjunct professor in FIU’s School of Education and Human Development, teaching early childhood education courses. Gina also chairs the FIU Parent & Family Council, which connects students’ parents to FIU and raises funds […]

Business alumnus is building the ‘Uber of accounting’—Taxfyle

–By Ellen Forman for FIU News Back in 2015, Richard Laviña MAcc ’13 was rising through the ranks at accounting giant PwC. He was offered a job at the firm’s national headquarters in New Jersey, required for all partnership candidates, which meant leaving his Miami home and family. Hitting what he called “a fork in the […]

Alumnus and artist Orlando Estrada explores Miami’s fate in newest exhibition

–By Tatiana Basanta for FIU News Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time, but many South Florida residents, who grow up hearing the words “global warming” and “sea-level rise” about as often as they hear a parent calling them to dinner, have adopted an almost blasé attitude about the whole thing.   One Miami-based artist, […]

Alumnus studies genetic factors for Alzheimer’s disease

–By Stephanie Rendon for FIU News More than 50 million people worldwide have dementia, according to the World Health Organization. Families with a loved one battling Alzheimer’s disease— the most common form of dementia— bear witness to its devastating effects of memory loss, confusion and the inability to complete everyday tasks. Working to help find ways […]

Alumni sweep Miami-Dade educational honors

–By Chrystian Tejedor for FIU News FIU alumni swept all three major Miami-Dade County Public Schools awards this year. During the Dade Association of School Administrators’ virtual recognition ceremony, alumni Rachel B. Autler MS ’95 was named principal of the year and Samuel J. Louis ’03, Ed.S. ‘13 was named assistant principal of the year. […]