Alumnus, Brewery Owner at Helm of new FIU Beverage

Written by Gisela Valencia Originally published February 7th, 2023, on news.fiu.edu. “Good beer brings good people together.” It’s somewhat of a mantra for Alan Espino ’07 — one that has guided him for years. Now, he’s hoping to unite Panthers around a new FIU-themed beverage, which will be unveiled later this month. Espino is the […]

Alumnus Works on the Future of Video Gaming

Written by Irene Ferradaz Originally published December 12, 2022, on news.fiu.edu.   Jose Maldonado is living a life most gamers can only dream of, working for tech giant Microsoft on the future of video gaming with the xCloud Team. “My days consist of tinkering with the latest gaming technology to enhance the experience for our […]

4 ways to balance mental health, career goals

Left to right: Lamman Rucker, Gaston Rossato '08, Alexis Brown, FIU Trustee Chanel Rowe JD '14, and Jeff Rocker
The transition to a career can bring uncertainty, stress and upheaval, making it a crucial time to prioritize your mental wellness – and seek help if you notice your mental health is declining. On Nov. 15, FIU hosted a panel discussion on balancing mental health and career goals in demanding industries such as entrepreneurship, entertainment […]

Former FIU Football Star Johnathan “Cyp” Cyprien ’12 now making “big plays” off the field

In both his personal and professional life, Johnathan “Cyp” Cyprien ’12, who played for the FIU football team and then in the NFL for eight years, is committed to others’ success. He believes it’s all about “making investments that help people to be their best,” be it family and friends, community, his real estate business, […]

Exceptional young alumni recognized for service, professional contributions with inaugural FIU Alumni 5 Under 35 award

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The much-anticipated reveal of the inaugural FIU Alumni 5 Under 35, presented by the FIU Young Alumni Network, is here. The 5 Under 35 are a group of proud Panther graduates, ages 35 and younger, who have made exceptional achievements in and contributions to their professions. They exemplify FIU’s core values of truth, freedom, respect, responsibility […]

SigEp alumni leaders reflect on fraternity’s 35 years at FIU

Alumni Thomas Jelke, Ph.D. ’90 and Sean Gazitúa ’04 remain actively involved with SigEp and FIU as mentors, fundraisers and volunteer leaders. Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, better known around campus as SigEp, celebrated its 35th anniversary at FIU with an alumni reunion at Cerveceria La Tropical in Miami on April 2. The celebration came on the […]

Third annual FIU 305 Give Day breaks participation, fundraising records

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The third annual FIU 305 Give Day blew past its previous fundraising and participation records, bringing in more than $228,000 from 906 donors in the spirit of “The 305.” 305 Give Day shines a spotlight on the generosity of FIU alumni and encourages grads to give back to their alma mater by supporting scholarships, student organizations, academic programs, research […]

CARTA alumna’s gift will help minority-owned small businesses thrive

Silvana Massolo ’04 has made a quarter-million dollar commitment to support FIU alumni-owned businesses. A new and uncommon opportunity will soon be available to budding alumni entrepreneurs in the communication, art and design fields. With a gift from Silvana Massolo ’04, College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) alumni will have the opportunity to apply for […]

CDR Maguire Inc. CEO and CDR Health Care Inc. CEO, both alumni, give $1.2 million to Honors College for scholarships

Florida International University alumni Tina Vidal-Duart and Carlos Duart have made a $1.2 million gift to the FIU Honors College to establish two student scholarship endowments. It is the largest gift the Honors College has received from its alumni to date. “We are humbled to be in a position to make this gift,” said Tina Vidal-Duart. “Carlos […]

Two-time alumnus George Corton named FIU Vice President of Development and Innovation Philanthropy

George Corton, a fundraising professional with more than 18 years of experience, has been promoted to Vice President of Development and Innovation Philanthropy at Florida International University. Corton, an alumnus who received his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from FIU, has served the university for nearly 16 years, including as Chief Development Officer/ Senior Associate Vice […]