September 2016 in photos: Healthy living, football, theater

By Joel Delgado ’12 MS ’17 

Pumpkin spice lattes, college football and cooler weather (not so much) can only mean one thing: autumn is here!

With September now in the books, here’s a look back at some of our favorite images from the month captured by photographers Eduardo Merille, Ben Guzman, Carl-Frederick Francois, Tim Long, Vincent Rives, Gloria O’Connell and Penn Aragon.


Fifteen years later after 9/11, FIU still remembers — and we will never forget. Photo by Eduardo Merille

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Roary is quite the gentleman! Here he is showering love on FIU Golden Dazzler Nicole Muniz at the College Week kickoff event with NBC 6 and Telemundo on Sept. 26. Photo by Carl-Frederick Francois


Sometimes after a stressful week, you just have to unwind! In honor of Healthy Campus Week (Sept. 19-23), FIU hosted a week of events to promote healthy living and FIU News provided five easy ways to include healthy living in your busy schedulePhoto by Carl-Frederick Francois

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Assistant Professor Dr. Laura McPherson (left) uses a high-density surface electromyography machine to take graduate assistant Laura Sanchez’s blood pressure and heart rate measurements. McPherson’s research involves studying the neural mechanisms that cause motor deficits in individuals with neurological injury, such as those with stroke or multiple sclerosis. Photo by Ben Guzman

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In what has become an FIU football tradition, senior linebacker Treyvon Williams takes a knee for a moment of reflection in the end zone before the Panthers took on UCF at FIU Stadium on Sept. 24. Photo by Vincent Rives

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Philip Dlugasch (left) helps a student practice CPR on a dummy during the launch of the FIU Hospitality Emergency Alert & Response Training (HEART) program on Sept. 22. Dlugasch’s daughter Analise, a two-time FIU graduate and staff member, passed away in 2015 after a choking accident. The Dlugasch family partnered with FIU and the American Heart Association to launch the program in Analise’s honor, with the goal of training every FIU hospitality student in basic CPR and choking relief skills. Photo by Gloria O’Connell

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Actress Ninotchka Barrios shares a story at Villain Theater’s “Tales From The Magic City” show on Sept. 10, where actors from one of the theater’s ensembles — many of them with connections to FIU — improvise scenes based on the stories and talents of a new guest monologist each week. The theater was co-founded by FIU alumnus Peter Mir in 2015. Photo by Ben Guzman

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Our photographers got creative with the Prisma app, using the mosaic filter to give a new twist to the Panther statue in front of FIU Arena. Photo by Eduardo Merille

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From left to right, FIU Theatre actors Alfonso Vieites, Roselyn Moreno, Rachel Gil de Gibaja and Lovanni Gomez act out a scene from Roberto Cossa’s dark comedy La Nona – the university’s first production entirely in Spanish (with English subtitles). Photo by Penn Aragon

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For National Collect Rocks Day on Sept. 16, FIU geoscientist Gren Draper shared some of his favorite rocks with FIU News. The Blueschist rocks shown above helped set his career in motion. Photo by Ben Guzman

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Hey, get out of there! Wall of Wind researcher Roy Liu-Marques, who is also a triathlete competing in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on Oct. 8, poses for a photo in front of the Wall of Wind and is photobombed by Laboratory Manager Walter Conklin. Keep an eye out for the full story on FIU News in early October. Photo by Ben Guzman

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FIU students and graduates who are members of the veterans group “The Mission Continues” joined a service project in Dry Tortugas National Park on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Organized by FIU grad and National Parks Conservation Association program manager Jacqueline Crucet (MPA ’16), this project connects veterans to their national parks. Photo by Tim Long

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FIU vs Indiana - Home Opener

Gather ’round! The FIU Cheer team takes a 360-degree photo at the FIU football season opener against Indiana on Sept. 1 at FIU Stadium. Photo by Eduardo Merille 

To view more of our favorite FIU images, visit our “Month in Photos” series page