Name: Liz Borrell ’01
Hometown: I was born in New Orleans, La., and raised in Miami, Fla.
Job Title/Department: I’m the assistant athletic director for student-athlete development and community relations.
Campus: University Park
In a nutshell: I’m the coordinator of the CHAMPS/Life Skills program. I assist FIU’s student-athletes with personal, leadership and career development. I also run the community service program for student-athletes.
Number of years at FIU: 4
What do you enjoy most about your job? Working with student-athletes and getting them involved in the university and local community.
What do you think faculty/staff and students should know about your department? Our department has an amazing staff. We have people that are dedicated and passionate about their work. Everyone works extremely hard to get the job done right.
Where is your favorite spot on campus? Why? Any sporting event where our student-athletes are competing – especially when they are winning.
If there is one thing you wish everyone knew about FIU, what would it be? Dr. Stephen Fain says that, “FIU is a place where possibilities become realities.” I strongly believe this and feel that FIU is a place where you can create something out of nothing.
Family snapshot: I live with my parents and younger brother who is an undergraduate student here at FIU majoring in hospitality management. And my fiancé, whom I will be marrying on July 4.
Word that best describes you: Hard-worker.
First paying job: I worked at a lemonade stand at Joe Robbie Stadium (now Dolphin Stadium) making fresh lemonade. My first professional job was as an academic advisor for student-athletes here at FIU.
Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy” and any show on HGTV.
Your proudest accomplishment: Breaking the school record in the 800-meter because I never thought that was something I would be able to accomplish. I worked hard to be a better runner. I never ran for the accolades, so when that happened, it proved that with hard work and dedication anything is possible.
What do you do when you are not working at FIU? I like to run and read fiction novels, as well as Time magazine.