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 […]

Annual Torch Awards Gala returns to FIU this year, and you’re invited!

The Torch Awards Gala returns to FIU this year! The annual celebration pays tribute to Panthers who are making an impact in their professions, the community and at the university. Last hosted on campus more than five years ago, the event will take place at FIU’s Ocean Bank Convocation Center for the first time on […]

Cancer Wars: Alumna and students tackle science, policy in new Honors College course

—By Lianna Farnesi ’18 This fall, 20 students from FIU’s Honors College and one influential alumna are charting a new course for education at FIU in Washington, D.C. The Cancer Wars is a year-long class — taught virtually by Kate Houghton ’06, CEO of Critical Mass, the Young Adult Cancer Alliance — which will bridge policy, politics, history 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: […]

Alumna’s life mission: to spread awareness about human trafficking

By Maria Gil When Karis Williams was only 15 years old she watched a human trafficking documentary that changed her life and gave her a purpose. She decided she would dedicate herself to rescuing lives. After serving in the military, earning her master’s in global affairs (MAGA) from the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs in […]

Journalism, business alumna takes home 8 Emmys®

By Sarah Hernandez FIU journalism alumna Amanda Ramirez ’05, MBA ’10, WUVG 34 Univision Atlanta Executive Producer/News Anchor, recently took home 8 Emmys® in several categories, including General Assignment Report – No Time Limit; Weather – Feature, Segment, Program or Special; and Continuing Coverage for the station’s outstanding coverage of Hurricane María, throughout the storm’s passage across Puerto Rico and […]

And the 2018 Alumni Participation Challenge winners are…

Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work College of Arts, Sciences & Education This year, alumni at FIU competed to earn their college or school money for student scholarships. The challenge? Each of FIU’s 11 colleges and schools was given a participation goal to see whose alumni can band […]

Alumni, community hyped for football season at Annual Cocktail Reception

Alumni, family and friends gathered at Coral Gables Country Club on May 17 to mingle and network at the 2018 Annual Cocktail Reception. The reception introduces new members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, who are sworn in each year before the event begins, to the FIU community. This year, Sean Gazitúa ’04, Cisely […]