FIU Magazine Spring 2017


Higher education gets a reboot 
FIU has introduced new programs and policies to improve graduation and retention rates, as well as other key statewide metrics.

Bridge of the future button_play
An FIU professor leads the charge to update the nation’s aging infrastructure.

Why not us?
The excitement is palpable as new head football coach Butch Davis begins his reign.


When disaster strikes button_play
A new master’s program at FIU prepares students to respond to catastrophes worldwide.

Tiny songbird won’t be silenced button_play
Efforts to protect the Florida grasshopper sparrow from extinction have reached a critical season.

Harsh reality button_play
A museum exhibit offers artists’ take on evil – and calls for viewers to reflect and even take action.

Making math accessible
The Math Mastery Lab has turned around student failure rates.

Focus on innovation: Better chemical testing
Research coming out of FIU could revolutionize the multibillion-dollar sample preparation and analytical testing industry.

Family ties
A new legacy program introduces the children and grandchildren of alumni to FIU from a young age.


Meet Wolfsonian-FIU founder Micky Wolfson button_play
Mitchell “Micky” Wolfson has spent a lifetime collecting the wonders that fill the Wolfsonian-FIU museum in Miami Beach.

FIU receives largest gift from an alumnus
Chad Moss ’94 donated $10 million to support education and scholarships in construction management.

Alumnus ignites social entrepreneurism
Walter Gonzalez Jr. ’96 is helping entrepreneurial-minded students build successful start-ups.

When a boy and the Dalai Lama met
Student Rafael “Rafi” Katz remembers meeting the exiled Buddhist leader as a young boy at FIU.

Very Important Panther: Humberto “Burt” Cabañas ’76
Cabañas discusses making a career in hospitality.

5 questions for the dean of students
Cathy Akens sees it all: from students looking to change the world and lead the march to those struggling with the transition to university life.

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