Annual Torch Awards Gala returns to FIU this year, and you’re invited!

The Torch Awards Gala returns to FIU this year! The annual celebration pays tribute to Panthers who are making an impact in their professions, the community and at the university. Last hosted on campus more than five years ago, the event will take place at FIU’s Ocean Bank Convocation Center for the first time on […]

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 […]

Journalism, business alumna takes home 8 Emmys®

By Sarah Hernandez FIU journalism alumna Amanda Ramirez ’05, MBA ’10, WUVG 34 Univision Atlanta Executive Producer/News Anchor, recently took home 8 Emmys® in several categories, including General Assignment Report – No Time Limit; Weather – Feature, Segment, Program or Special; and Continuing Coverage for the station’s outstanding coverage of Hurricane María, throughout the storm’s passage across Puerto Rico and […]

Alumni, community hyped for football season at Annual Cocktail Reception

Alumni, family and friends gathered at Coral Gables Country Club on May 17 to mingle and network at the 2018 Annual Cocktail Reception. The reception introduces new members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, who are sworn in each year before the event begins, to the FIU community. This year, Sean Gazitúa ’04, Cisely […]

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 Marcos Garcia ’10 Seeks Justice for All

As a personal injury attorney, Marcos Garcia ’10 defends the innocent and seeks justice for his clients, fighting to ensure they receive compensation for their injuries. Beyond the courtroom, Marcos continues his fight, advocating for the dogs left behind at the Miami-Dade Animal Services (MDAS) shelter. Marcos is compassionate and down-to-earth; he dedicates his time […]

Alumna releases album with Cash Cabin Studio

Alumna Ana Cristina Cash ’10 released her new album, “The Tough Love EP,” this month, recorded at the historic Cash Cabin Studio. A Miami native, Cash (née Alvarez) began her singing career at age 6 and grew up performing on Univision’s Spanish-language variety show “Sábado Gigante.” The daughter of an engineer and a stay-at-home mom […]

Now what? The new grad’s post-commencement checklist

So you’ve crossed the stage, received your diploma and you’re ready to begin a new chapter of life. Many graduates will go right into the workforce, others may take time to travel, and some will continue their education. But the affinity with FIU remains. All graduates now belong to the FIU Alumni Association, enjoying lifelong benefits like career development services, […]

FIU Alumni Night at Villain Theater

Picture yourself standing on a stage. There’s an eager crowd anticipating your next move and it’s your turn to speak, but you haven’t a clue what you’re going to do next. For most people, this is the beginning of a nightmare. But for the improvisers at Villain Theater, it is an experience they crave. Villain Theater […]