Graduate Student Represents Russia at UN summit

A  School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) graduate student was one of only 193 young leaders around the world chosen to represent member states at the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit in New York late September. Alina Rafikova – a Fulbright scholar pursuing a master’s degree in mass communication with a specialization in global strategic communications – represented Russia, […]

Cyber Conference Highlights Criminal Activity Under our Noses

In a bone-chilling demonstration, FIU alumnus and Secret Service Agent Robert Villanueva recently directed an operative to commit cybertheft from the comfort of the MARC Pavilion. Shielded from view by a black curtain, the man with a Russian accent spoke over a microphone while his interaction with the “Deep Web”—the part of the Internet not […]

Alumna Optimizes HR Strategies at the Miami Heat

The College of Business’ Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) program was in its early stages when Christine Machado Risso graduated in 2004. She was one of approximately 30 students in the program’s fourth cohort at FIU, and it has guided her career for the last decade. Today, Machado Risso is the director […]

Class Gifts a New Way of Giving for Business Alumni

At FIU’s 2015 commencement ceremonies, for the first time, many College of Business students are wearing a special cord or stole with their graduation gown to show their support of a new way of giving back: the class gift. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the university and the College of Business has initiated […]

FIU Granted Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence by the European Commission

FIU has received a grant from the European Commission to establish a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Supported by a three-year, 100,000-euro grant by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, FIU, through itsSteven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, will be a focal point of competence and knowledge on issues and subjects […]

August 2015 Member Spotlight

Peter Dubowsky FIU Degree: B.A. in Political Science Graduation Year: 1989 Lifetime Member since: 1994 Profession: Attorney, Dubowsky Law Office, Chtd. Why he joined the FIU Alumni Association: I have so much gratitude for the opportunities and good times that I enjoyed at FIU back in the 80’s. I am now thousands of miles away in Las Vegas, Nevada, […]

Alumnus Adapts Gloria Estefan’s Songs for Broadway

Manny Schvartzman ’09, an FIU School of Music graduate, knows what it means to feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger. He has been working on ON YOUR FEET!– a new musical based on the life story of seven-time GRAMMY winning international superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband, legendary producer-musician-entrepreneur Emilio Estefan – for more than a […]

July 2015 Member Spotlight

Joaquin Bello FIU Degrees: B.S. in Accounting/Marketing and M.S. in Accounting Graduation Years: 1995 and 2001 Lifetime Member since: 1996 Profession: AVP Financial Systems and Reporting, Interval Leisure Group Why he joined the FIU Alumni Association: I joined the FIU Alumni Association to continue to the bonds I formed as a student. What does FIU mean to him: My years as a […]

Students Become Advocates for the Disabled in Europe

Getting around in a wheelchair can be draining – especially when traveling abroad. “You’d think you’re there sitting and relaxing but it takes a lot out of your body,” said Juan Agudelo, 24, a senior majoring in recreational therapy. “The constant vibration of the wheelchair, the up and down at sidewalks, going over curbs all […]

Protecting Yourself from Rare Flesh-eating Bacteria Found on Florida’s Beaches

The Florida Health Department has warned residents and tourists of a rare form of flesh-eating, potentially deadly bacteria that has made its way to Florida beaches. Vibrio vulnificus has already infected eight people this year, killing two. FIU News sat down with Dr. Consuelo Beck-Sagué, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, to […]