November 2016 in photos: TEDxFIU, Walk on Water, Thanksgiving

The fall semester is almost over and November has been an exciting month at FIU. Between all the Thanksgiving festivities, the hiring of a new football coach and the continuation of several long-running university traditions, there’s a lot for us to be thankful for!

Take a look back at some of our favorite images and moments from November, captured by photographers Eduardo Merille, Ben Guzman, Doug Garland, Alex Hernandez, Richard Lewis and Kayla Hauge.


It’s almost show time. Isra Amin Ibrahim, a Sudanese-American diversity activist and a junior on a pre-medical track at FIU, prepares for her talk at the fifth annual TEDxFIU event that took place on Nov. 16 at the new Student Academic Success Center’s lecture hall. This year’s event set a new attendance record, selling more than 600 tickets while more than 1,500 people watched the live broadcast on FIU’s Facebook page. Photo by Eduardo Merille

TEDxFIU master of ceremonies Alberto Padron ’98, MBA ’09 (left) works with FIU professor and “Frankenskeeter” proponent Matthew DeGennaro, one of the eight speakers at this year’s TEDxFIU, before the big event. Photo by Eduardo Merille

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This dock behind the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management building is one of the many hidden scenic spots you can find at Biscayne Bay Campus. Photo by Eduardo Merille 

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A new era begins for FIU football with the hiring of new head coach Butch Davis, announced at a press conference held at the FIU Stadium Club Nov. 15. Most football fans in South Florida will remember Davis from his time at the University of Miami, where he was head coach from 1995 to 2001. Photo by Richard Lewis

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For the first time in its 27-year history, Walk on Water – an annual FIU tradition where architecture students build “shoes” that will help them make their way across the lake behind the Green Library – was open to students across the state with teams from Palm Beach State College and the University of Florida participating. Photo by Eduardo Merille

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Ever wonder what FIU’s 107th Avenue roundabout entrance looks like from the sky? Wonder no more. Photo by Doug Garland

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So. Many. Pies. There was no shortage of pies at the College of Business Thanksgiving potluck luncheon earlier this month. Photo by Kayla Hauge

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FIU men’s basketball sophomore guard Kamir Williams drives to the basket during the team’s season opener against Florida Memorial at FIU Arena Nov. 11. Williams scored 10 points to help the Panthers earn a 76-57 victory over the Lions. Photo by Alex Hernandez

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Four nursing students take part in a photo shoot outside of Academic Health Center 3 for the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences annual report. Photo by Ben Guzman

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Broadway actor and director Andy Señor Jr. ’97 stands on stage at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, where he honed his talents 20 years ago. The alumnus’ most recent work includes directing Rent in Havana and serving as associate director for the current Broadway show “On Your Feet,” a musical about his good friends Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Photo by Ben Guzman

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At FIU, we get to stop and smell the flowers all year round – even in November! Photo by Eduardo Merille

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These colorful patterns were installed at The Wolfsonian-FIU as part of a contemporary art installation by Christie van der Haak, titled More is More. Her project, which involves wrapping sections of the building’s exterior and creating an immersive environment in the lobby, is actually composed of vinyl. The actual installation process took just a couple of weeks while the major exhibition that this is tied to, Modern Dutch Design, took about three years to plan. Photo by Doug Garland


Wolfsonian-FIU Director Tim Rodgers stands in front of the Wolfsonian’s iconic lobby fountain, which is adorned with a large window grille from the Norris Theatre in Norristown, PA. It dates to 1929 and the architects were William Harold Lee and Armand Carroll, with Conkling Armstrong as the manufacturer. The window grille is composed of over 100 glazed terracotta tiles and is in the Art Deco style, typical of the stylized, decorative treatment used on the facades of North American theaters throughout the 1920s. Photo by Doug Garland

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