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 […]

Mentorship inspired him to become a thriving entrepreneur. Now this alumnus is paying it forward

–By Brittany Torres Rivera for FIU News Joel Gandara is the CEO and founder of Morro Capital, a privately-owned e-commerce apparel company with a portfolio of more than 20 men’s apparel brands. He immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba in 1980 on an overcrowded boat full of hopes and dreams. Having always had an entrepreneurial […]

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. […]

Q&A with FIU Alumnus Michael Hernandez ’04, MPA ’11

FIU alumnus Michael Hernandez ‘04, MPA ‘11, shares a relationship with FIU that dates back to 1986 – the year his mother started working for Dr. Modesto A. Maidique, our former university president. Now, Hernandez serves as the Board President for the FIU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and is part of the Mercury Florida […]

Almost killed 40 years ago, alumnus went from wheelchair to outrageous success

–By Alexandra Pecharich, for FIU Magazine Carlos Sabater ’81 lay broken in a hospital bed some four decades ago, just months before he was to start classes at FIU. The summertime boating accident threw him immediately into survival mode and would alter the course of his life forever. And all for the better, he says. “Yes, it […]

Giving Back to the Institution that Gave So Much to Her

Cristine Figueroa MS ’07 grew up with FIU. Her mother was a teacher and would always bring her to campus, which became Figueroa’s playground as a young girl. Little did she know that her playground would soon turn into her dream institution for both school and work. “In 2007, I came to FIU to fulfill […]

Q&A with Alexandra Ramirez ’10

FIU alumna Alexandra Ramirez ’10 arrived to the United States from Colombia as a single mother seeking educational and financial freedom. Her ultimate goal was to achieve the “American Dream” of becoming a business professional in the United States. She is currently the TV Finance Expert of “Despierta America,” the CEO of Moneywise Business Group and […]

Q&A with Head Coach Ryan Heberling ’09

Carrie and Ryan Heberling
Ryan Heberling was named head coach of both the men’s and women’s track and field/cross country programs at FIU on July 9th, 2014, after spending the previous four years as an assistant and the 2014 season as the interim head coach at FIU. Before accepting these positions, Heberling was a student at the university and a […]

Recent grad creates Global Learning scholarship in memory of her brother

–By Isabel Gamarra for FIU News For Danielle Lyn, Global Learning was the most meaningful experience at FIU. It gave her a space to talk to others; a passion in life; and a community of like-minded individuals who were committed to making the world a better place. “Global Learning pushed me to try an array […]

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 […]