FIU Magazine Fall 2012

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FeaturesFIU Magazine Fall 2012

FIU unveils today’s most powerful hurricane simulator  
The new 12-fan Wall of Wind, five years in the making, will help to build more resilient communities around the world.

Global Water for Sustainability: Delivering clean water solutions around the world
Less than 1 percent of Earth’s water is clean and safe for drinking. GLOWS uses on-the-ground research and community-driven partnerships to address the crisis on four continents.

A look back at 10 years of FIU football
Sports writer Pete Pelegrin ’96 chronicles the first decade of FIU football and takes a look at how the Panthers built their Cage.

Park Ranger Larry Perez ’96, MS ’08, shares the secrets of the Everglades
From alligators to pythons, Larry Perez helps locals and visitors feel warm and fuzzy about our cold-blooded reptilian neighbors.

Alumni and students share perspectives on FIU Law’s first decade
In the past 10 years, the dreams of a determined few have come to fruition and surpassed all expectations. College of Law alumni and students are forever connected

Farewell to a leader: Celebrating the career of Rosa Jones
Vice President of Student Affairs Rosa Jones retires after 40 years of service to the FIU family and South Florida community.

Speaking up about homelessness: A classroom project with real-world implications
A powerful partnership between communications students and the formerly homeless aims to change perceptions.

Alumni leaders usher in a new era
New FIU Alumni Association president Gonzalo Acevedo and Executive Director Duane Wiles talk about the future of alumni engagement.

Eleven-year NBA veteran Raja Bell graduates from FIU
For Raja Bell – most recently a player for the Utah Jazz – a college education has always been something to shoot for in life.

10 questions for award-winning costume designer Caroline Spitzer ’12
The recent grad talks about the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Roary, Lady Gaga and Halloween.

Celebrity semester: FIU community hears from stars of music, fashion, literature and journalism
FIU’s campuses were a popular stop this year. See who stopped by.


Why I Teach

A tribute to FIU alumnus Damion Dunn 1981-2012
Bill Beesting, associate dean of Undergraduate Education, remembers a young man who made a lasting impact.


Worlds Ahead

Nicole Ruggiano, Assistant Professor, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work


Very Important Panther

Carmen N. Reinhart ’78
The Harvard Kennedy School professor was dubbed “the most important female economist in the world” by the New York Times.


Class Notes

Fall 2012 Class Notes
See what your classmates have been up to. Class notes can be about promotions, changes in career, marriages, births, awards or recognitions or new publications.


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