July 2017 in photos: SummerFest, volcano sharks and an elephant


The summer is flying by! We’re wrapping up July and gearing up for August and the fall semester to come. But before we do, let’s take a look back and enjoy some of our favorite FIU moments and images from the month, captured by FIU photographers.

If you didn’t make it to SummerFest 2017, you missed out! DJ Ookay was one of the many incredible performers at this year’s edition of the annual electronic dance music concert, which brings a one of a kind experience to campus. Photo by Carl-Frederick Francois

So. Much. Foam. At SummerFest, there is no escaping the foam cannons! Photo by Carl-Frederick Francois

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They’re probably gonna need a bigger boat. FIU’s Mike Heithaus, marine scientist and dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education, starred in Devil Sharks, which aired July 26 during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Heithaus and a team of FIU researchers went volcanic islands around the world in search of answers to uncover why volcanoes become hotspots for sharksPhoto courtesy of FIU post-doctoral researcher Jeremy Kiszka

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Just look at the flowers! Graduate student Daniela Salazar founded Eternispring, a flower delivery business that eliminates unnecessary intermediaries between farmers and customers by providing them with fresh, preserved roses directly from Ecuador. Photo by Doug Garland

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Erika Arribas Pinero made a new friend during her global communications study abroad experience in Thailand. Photo courtesy of Erika Arribas Pinero

Meanwhile, Joseph Vargas is enjoying some serious views in Spain during Miami España: Ida y Vuelta, an FIU Honors College study abroad program. Photo courtesy of Joseph Vargas

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Earlier this month, FIU was named one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s ninth annual report on The Academic Workplace. We are very proud of that distinction! Photo by Carl-Frederick Francois

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The world is yours. The FIU football team recently spent the day in Brickell to shoot an introduction video that will play before home games this season. Can you believe football season starts in less than a month?! Photo by Maria Roman

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Sarah-Jane Wiener (right) repaired a bike that was being donated to Bikes For Refugees. The partnership between the FIU Bike Shop and the Office of Global Learning Initiatives has collected 15 bikes and donated them to Church World Service’s Immigration and Resettlement Program. Kenneth Fuentes (left) delivered the bike to the recently arrived family in need of transportation. Photo by Ben Guzman


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