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The Patron: Kimberly Green on her work in Haiti and the center that bears her name

The Patron: Kimberly Green on her work in Haiti and the center that bears her name

When Kimberly Green was in first grade, her teacher asked a simple question: What would you do if you were […]

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Richard Blanco on his FIU journey

Richard Blanco on his FIU journey

Richard Blanco wears his heart on his sleeve. He has to—he’s a poet. But he’s a poet who started his […]

A voice for the world’s refugees

A voice for the world’s refugees

Mitra Naseh traffics in hope. The native of Iran earned an undergraduate degree in computer science engineering, but early exposure […]

Five questions  for the head of fundraising

Five questions for the head of fundraising

Howard Lipman understands the value of philanthropy. For the CEO of the FIU Foundation, it’s more than just a sum […]

How a professor conquered the Deca Ironman

How a professor conquered the Deca Ironman

Joseph Lichter is one of only about 100 people to have ever completed a Deca Ironman—10 Ironman triathlons put together. […]

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5 questions with the Jewish Museum director

5 questions with the Jewish Museum director

Susan Gladstone can do it all. The alumna earned a bachelor’s degree in social work in 1976 (which she followed […]

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Top FIU benefactor inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

Decades ago, Dr. Herbert Wertheim turned his early ideas for inventions into prototypes using Maxwell House coffee cans as chemistry […]

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Very Important Panther: Michael E. Mendez ’03 reimagines the gas station

Michael R. Mendez ’03, MBA ’10 Owner, Mendez Fuel Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, College of Law (2009-present) Member, Dean’s Advisory […]

Talent, grit and making his own luck: The story of writer Dennis Lehane MFA ’01

Talent, grit and making his own luck: The story of writer Dennis Lehane MFA ’01

Controlling the brain. It’s a skill one of FIU’s most famous authors has yet to master. But, it’s a skill […]

Rx for medical student debt: scholarships

Rx for medical student debt: scholarships

Pictured above: Dr. Herbert Wertheim and his wife Nicole funded the medical educations of 10 students at FIU. By his […]

Getting out of South Florida

Getting out of South Florida

While the majority of Panthers call South Florida home, a growing number of alumni are pursuing their dream jobs outside […]

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A force of nature: Bridget Pelaez MA ’17 eats, sleeps and breathes disaster recovery

A force of nature: Bridget Pelaez MA ’17 eats, sleeps and breathes disaster recovery

By Eric Barton Considering her schedule, Bridget Pelaez is surprisingly chipper for mid-morning on a Wednesday. In the days since […]

Our man in Havana: Alumnus is Cuba-based reporter

Our man in Havana: Alumnus is Cuba-based reporter

As Hurricane Irma approached Cuba, Hatzel Vela ’05 reported live from a coastal town on the island. With power out, […]

Irma’s Heroes

Irma’s Heroes

The phrase “it takes a village” describes perfectly how people and communities banded together to pick up the pieces after […]

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Advocating for America’s parks

Advocating for America’s parks

For FIU Magazine Jacqueline Crucet MPA ’16 looks over the railing of a pontoon boat meandering past the mangrove-lined shores […]