Alumna to lead refugee team at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

–By Tatianna Basanta for FIU News Architecture alumna Ileana Rodriguez ’08, M.Arch ’11 was appointed chef de mission for the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Refugee Paralympic Team (RPT) at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. As chef de mission, Rodriguez will be a mentor, sponsor and spokesperson for the RPT team throughout the Paralympic games. Born and raised in Cuba, Rodriguez […]

Exceptional Alumni: Indie music business pro John Guinan

Head of content and operations for an independent label and co-founder of another, this 2016 grad has seen his star rise in no time flat. –By Sarah Hernandez for FIU News School of Music alumnus John Guinan (@jay.__.peh) graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s in music business and has been steadily making a name for himself […]

Remembering FIU super fan Dennis Castro ’77, the ‘Paw Claw Guy’

The FIU Alumni Association was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of FIU alumnus Dennis M. Castro ’77, on September 14, 2020. A longtime Panther super fan, FIU Football season ticket holder and a graduate of one of the first classes of the College of Engineering & Computing, Dennis was known affectionately as the ‘Paw Claw Guy’ for the homemade Panther […]

Business alumni leverage industry experience, FIU education to shift company focus to include pandemic response

Carlos Duart ’94, MS ’99 and Tina Vidal-Duart ’02, MIB ’04, president and executive vice president, respectively, of CDR Maguire, leveraged their contacts and industry experience to help advise and coordinate relief efforts on a major scale. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, College of Business alumni Carlos Duart ’94, MS ’99 and Tina Vidal-Duart ’02, […]

Alumnus follows true calling to found a construction company, selected as one of South Florida Business Journal’s 40 under 40

When Oscar Morejon was 15 years old, he asked his dad for a car. The next day, Morejon found a pressure cleaner in his room. His father told him if he pressure cleaned enough driveways and houses, he’d get the car. Morejon followed his father’s guidance and started a company called Pressure Cleaning Pro. From […]

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 […]

Alumna credits her FIU journey for her success in space exploration

–By Diane Hernandez-Alende for FIU News As someone who struggled with mathematics in high school, Denisse Aranda never imagined she’d pursue a career in mechanical engineering. Graduating from high school at 17, Aranda wanted to spend her days following one of her many passions—dancing. But after taking an astronomy class at FIU and exploring all […]

Richard Blanco reflects on what it means to belong

–By Emily Castellanos for FIU News Associate professor of English and FIU alumnus Richard Blanco was in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma at an art camp for high schoolers when he heard about the Pulse nightclub shooting. Although he was thousands of miles away, the news hit close to home. The nation’s first openly gay inaugural poet, Blanco felt […]

The Ballerina: A look into turning dreams into reality

–By Tatiana Basanta for FIU News Ballet has origins dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. For hundreds of years, ballet has served as a form of entertainment, movement and artistic expression. But for one dancer, it served a bigger purpose. It was a lifelong dream finally pursued despite many trials and tribulations. Journalism + Media alumna […]

Alumna leads effort to assemble, provide face shields to health care workers in need

–By Emily Castellanos for FIU News A spring biology graduate is proving you don’t have to be an essential worker to be on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. As an aspiring physician, Amanda Pina saw health care workers face a shortage of personal protective equipment. It was unsettling. When a mentor mused about […]