Chief Alumni Officer’s Corner: August 2021

Greetings, Panthers! Seven months ago, to the day, I began my journey at FIU. I packed up the moving truck amid 23 inches of fresh snow in Cleveland, Ohio, and journeyed on down to Miami. As I write this, I think of the theme song from the ’70s sitcom “The Jeffersons.” The song began with, […]

A farewell message from outgoing FIU Alumni Association President Michael Hernandez ’04, MPA ’11

FIU Alumni Association President Michael Hernandez ’04, MPA ’11 shared the following message with his fellow board members on April 21, 2021, at his final board meeting as president. Hernandez is succeeded by alumna and board member Gina Duarte-Romero ’91, M.Ed. ’08. My Fellow Board Members – It has been a decade since Bill Draughon […]

305 Give Day 2021 beats last year’s record

The results are in: 673 alumni and other Panther family members from 23 states banded together last week to support our FIU on 305 Give Day 2021! The annual event encourages alumni to give in the spirit of “The 305” on March 5 (3/05) – a day many Miamians affectionately consider Miami’s holiday. The second-annual […]

Brian Breittholz named new FIU AVP for alumni relations

–By Clara-Meretan Kiah and Todd Ellenberg for FIU News Brian Breittholz is FIU’s new associate vice president for alumni relations and chief alumni officer. Breittholz, an accomplished higher education leader with a wealth of experience in alumni relations, development, student affairs and communications, joins FIU after serving seven years as Cleveland State University’s (CSU) assistant vice president for alumni affairs and executive […]

Alumnus creates film for Amazon Prime Video using smartphone

–By Zion Sealy for FIU News Award-winning filmmaker Gabriel Rhenals ’16 produced his first full-length feature film “For My Sister”—now streaming on Amazon Prime Video—on his smartphone. In 2019, Rhenals was looking for a simple, cost-effective way of creating the movie; he decided to film the entire production using his Samsung Galaxy S9+. “There was […]

Alumnus shares experience as political analyst for Telemundo during election season

–By Katherine Dagand for FIU News Alumnus Michael Hernandez ’04, MPA ’11 has had an extensive career in public affairs. He worked both Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and served as the director of communications and senior advisor for Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez for four years. He’s currently a senior vice president […]

New FIU Young Alumni Network hosts wellness, professional development, financial literacy ‘Growth Conference’ for students, recent grads

On August 15, the FIU Alumni Association and Young Alumni Network (YAN) hosted the 2020 Growth Conference, designed to equip students and recent graduates with tools to succeed in the workplace after graduation. “GrowthCon” brought together prominent alumni and other industry leaders on Zoom to help attendees identify goals and strategize their paths to personal […]

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 […]

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 […]