FIU Magazine Winter 2015-16

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Cultivating success
FIU’s Agroecology Program gives military veterans and minorities the tools necessary to build successful businesses in the local agricultural sector.

FIU offers hope, help to former foster care, homeless students
The Fostering Panther Pride program helps former foster care and homeless students excel at FIU.

On the cusp of greatness button_play
Take an interactive, virtual tour of Teresita Fernandez’s “Fata Morgana,” the largest sculpture to ever be displayed in Madison Square Park.

Unearthing data, best practices from Nepal’s earthquake rubble
Two construction professors travelled to Nepal to collect data and research best practices following the 2015 earthquake.

Health avatar could become modern version of doctor’s house call button_play
Lola, an intuitive, virtual health assistant designed by Professor Christine Lisetti, could revolutionize the way people monitor their personal health.

Alumna takes on Alaska’s wild side
Meredith Marchioni Ph.D. ’09 researches native Alaskan communities by learning about and participating directly in their culture.


Portrait of the artist-turned-curator
Omar Lopez-Chahoud ’90 finds joy in introducing up-and-coming artists to the masses at Art Basel Miami Beach.

A passion for agroecology
Stephany Alvarez-Ventura MS ’11 found her calling in environmental studies as a student in FIU’s Agroecology Program.

Homeless students find open doors at FIU
Read the personal stories of students who achieved success at FIU with the help of the Fostering Panther Pride program.

Alumni impact button_play
Pierre Dwyer ’92 pursued a career in film and editing in California after graduating from FIU.


Fall resurgence 
Men’s soccer, football and indoor volleyball are on an upward trend, offering hope for brighter days in the future.

Professor reads from late alumnus’ crime novel button_play
Creative Writing Professor John Dufresne reads the first chapter of Anthony Gagliano’s novel The Emperor’s Club, which was finished by his former professors at FIU five years after his death.

FIU Alumni Association now 200,000 strong 
The FIU Alumni Association made some major changes this year, which include providing association benefits now to all of the university’s 200,000+ alumni.

Very Important Panther

Alumna brings personality to news
Belkys Nerey ’89 discusses how she brings her own personal flair to Miami news.

Class Notes

Winter 2015-16 Class Notes
See what your classmates have been up to. Find out who got a promotion, changed jobs, married, had a baby, earned an award or published a book.


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