Meet Gina C. Duarte-Romero, president of the FIU Alumni Association Board of Directors

FIU Alumni Association Board of Directors President Gina C. Duarte-Romero ’91, M.Ed. ’08 taught briefly in Miami-Dade County Public Schools before purchasing a preschool and later The Biltmore School. She now runs The Biltmore School and is an adjunct professor in FIU’s School of Education and Human Development, teaching early childhood education courses. Gina also chairs the FIU Parent & Family Council, which connects students’ parents to FIU and raises funds […]

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, […]

Compensation for student-athletes? Everything you need to know about ‘NIL,’ explained by attorney, alum Adam Wasch

Wasch answers questions about the NCAA’s new policy on payments to college players –For FIU News Florida earlier this year became one of the first states to pass a law that gives college athletes the right to earn compensation for the use of their name, image or likeness, often referred to as NIL. The National Collegiate Athletic Association this […]

Business alumnus is building the ‘Uber of accounting’—Taxfyle

–By Ellen Forman for FIU News Back in 2015, Richard Laviña MAcc ’13 was rising through the ranks at accounting giant PwC. He was offered a job at the firm’s national headquarters in New Jersey, required for all partnership candidates, which meant leaving his Miami home and family. Hitting what he called “a fork in the […]

Remote work is on the rise and an alumnus is helping supply the tools necessary for success

–By Debra Jacob for FIU News Even before Covid-19, remote work was on the rise because of its clear benefits to both organizations and employees in positions ranging from sales to marketing to programming. A recent study conducted by Enterprise Technology Research reveals that the percentage now permanently working from home worldwide is expected to […]

Alumna, now an assistant professor, honored by South Florida Hispanic Chamber for leadership, service to the community

–By Gisela Valencia for FIU News Florence Greer MPH ’95 has dedicated her life to public health. She worked as a consumer safety officer with the U. S. Food and Drug Administration in Detroit. She served as the coordinator of services for pregnant teens and as a coordinator for the Office of HIV/AIDS at the […]

Congrats, new HWCOM alumni! Medical school hosts drive-in Match Day

–By Ileana Varela for FIU News The stage was set, in a parking lot at FIU, for the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’s (HWCOM) first-ever drive-in Match Day. The celebration was about to begin. And then the rain came threatening to dampen the celebration. But the rain was no match for the students’ excitement. “We started med school […]

‘Women in Politics’ seminar, hosted by FIU in DC, features prominent alumni

–By Eric Feldman for FIU News Last week’s second annual Women in Politics and Policy Fly-In summer—which kicked off on International Women’s Day and took place virtually this year—featured seven alumni across three days, including former Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27, 1989-2019), the first Latina elected to Congress. The bipartisan, intergenerational group of alumni panelists exemplify […]