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 […]

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 […]

In honor of National Poetry Month, meet some of FIU’s emerging poets

FIU is no stranger to the world of poetry. Alumni of FIU’s Master of Fine Arts program have gone on to achieve greatness in the field, including Richard Blanco ’91, MFA ’97, who delivered his poem “One Today” at former President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, and O, Miami founder P. Scott Cunningham MFA ’08. Students […]

Alumnus helps Boston schools adopt a new world map

Boston Public Schools recently made headlines around the globe by introducing a different style of map, called the Gall-Peters projection, into the classroom for the first time. While some individual schools in the United States have used the Gall-Peters projection, it is believed that Boston is the first school district to adopt the map in all […]

Alumna named Miami-Dade’s Assistant Principal of the Year

Like her mother before her, Cisely Scott made education her career. Initially, she followed in her mother’s footsteps, working as a Miami-Dade County Public Schools teacher. Then she became an assistant principal. On Thursday, she made her mother proud. School district leaders named Scott the Assistant Principal of the Year. This marks the fourth consecutive year an […]

Alumnae could win Miami-Dade’s Teacher, Rookie Teacher of the Year awards

Three FIU alumnae are finalists for this year’s two top teaching prizes in Miami-Dade County. The winners will be announced Thursday, Jan. 26. Laura Ortiz, a social studies teacher at Robert Morgan Educational Center & Technical College, is one of four finalists vying for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Francisco R. Walker Teacher of the […]

Researchers embark on national landmark study of adolescent brain development

The largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the U.S. is underway and FIU researchers are at the forefront. FIU is one of the 19 research sites for the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) landmark study dubbed the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development, or ABCD. The study will follow the biological and behavioral development of more […]

Alumnus Richard Blanco pens tribute to Orlando victims

In the weeks following the shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people, the nation has rallied to help families of the victims cope with loss and push for an end to hatred. FIU creative writing alumnus Richard Blanco ’91, MFA ’97, best known for delivering his poem “One Today” at President Barack […]

Alumnae poets publish new books

The art of poetry… Words that paint and verses that sing Trains of thought, sailboats of sounds Such things we feel, but cannot see. Such is this art… Poetry. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? Be honest. Shakespearean sonnets and afternoon tea? The haiku written in third grade that Mom framed and glued onto […]