FIU Magazine Fall 2016


The art of faculty mentoring 
Student-professor relationships at FIU benefit both parties.

Alumni sharing life lessons 
Successful graduates counsel students on achieving goals and attaining dreams.

Coming full circle
Once on the receiving end, students now make a difference mentoring local youngsters.


20 years of creative excellence at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center button_play
FIU celebrates the contributions of students, faculty, alumni and community members who have made it a hub for creativity and public engagement.

FIU gives outdoor artwork the love it deserves
Universities and cities across the nation are grappling with the costs of preserving al fresco sculpture.

Helplessness turns to hope
FIU’s Center for Children and Families revolutionizes treatments for childhood mental health and behavior disorders.

Guiding the way
Not quite a partnership, not strictly a friendship, the mentoring relationship—in any of its various forms—feeds the drive to succeed.


One special mentorship the foundation of education
Professor Miranda Kitterlin’s dedicated mentorship helped propel hospitality management student Yolanda Suarez’s budding career.

LGBT mentorship program a refuge, springboard for students
“That kind of support group, for some people, it’s rare for them. It’s important to have that kind of nourishing relationship to help them grow and help them go on their own path,” said junior Nerissa Rae Mape.

5 questions for the vice provost
The first in his family to earn a degree, Vice Provost for Student Access & Success Jaffus Hardrick has looked to mentors for support and guidance throughout his career.

Very Important Panther: Margarita Villacampa ’90
The senior vice president and private client advisor at U.S. Trust Bank of America discusses how mentors impacted her life.

In praise of a mentor
Assistant U.S. attorney Clayton Solomon ’05 recalls the friendship of a pivotal professor.

Faculty mentoring faculty
The newly expanded program has a proven track record of faculty development.

Community members fill a need
Successful Miami professionals offer students unique insights into their chosen fields.

Preparing women and minorities to lead
The founding director of a transformational program for faculty and staff helps the underrepresented tap into their potential.

Coaching the whole athlete
A diver and her trainer developed a bond in and out of the pool.

Young people empower their contemporaries
Increasingly,FIU students are assisting peers through organized programs. The goal: Help newcomers navigate university life and stay the course.

5 tips to finding a mentor later in life
The ideal individual has the background and willingness to make suggestions and guide you in the next steps on your journey.

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