Pradere Pride: An FIU Legacy

Forty-two years ago, the father of Ileana Pradere ’97 established his furniture manufacturing business, Pradere Office Products. Now in the hands of his three daughters, Ileana and her two sisters, Jennifer Pradere MBA ‘14 & Michelle Pradere-Gonzalez ’05, are using what they learned at FIU to carry on what their father worked so greatly for. Despite […]

Lorena Estrada ’10: From Student to Journalist

“When I walked across stage at commencement, I knew where I was going,” shared Lorena Estrada ’10.  But her focused direction wasn’t developed overnight. Born to a Greek mother and Nicaraguan father who were always watching the evening news, Lorena knew from a young age that her compass pointed to journalism. As a University student, […]

The FIU Legacy of Jose Manuel Diaz ’86

Jose Manuel Diaz ’86, Principal of Compass Office Solutions, is no stranger to the FIU Legacy. Despite being a first generation college student, Diaz comes from a large Panther family – and we don’t just mean being part of our 200,000+ proud graduates. He and his five siblings, as well as 25 of his 29 […]

SJMC Alumni Spotlight – Fall Semester

“The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at FIU played an enormous role in my current career path as a Reporter and Producer at Univision 23. Through dedicated teachers, impressive internship opportunities, and my passion for Journalism, I was able to make my dream a reality. THANK YOU!”  Ashley Marie Lapadula was born in Miami, […]

Luis G. Brignoni ’08: From FIU Student to Founder of Wynwood Brewing Company

Luis G. Brignoni ’08 has made it his personal life mission to provide Wynwood Art District and Miami with locally brewed, quality beer. This graduate of the FIU College of Business is the proud founder of Wynwood Brewing Company and celebrated the grand opening of his first taproom last December. But how exactly does someone get started brewing […]

Alumni Spotlight: Helene Dudley MS ’90

Pictured: Helene Dudley accepts the 2013 Lillian Carter Award (Photo credit: Amber David Collins) Working in the Office of Alumni Relations, we often have the opportunity to meet extraordinary alumni and Helene Dudley MS ’90 is one such difference-maker. Recently, Duane Wiles, Associate Vice President and Executive Director of the Alumni Association met with Helene and had the […]