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FIU Alumni News

  • posted Feb 12, 2016

    Panther Q&A: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera ’79

    Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera ’79 is a well-known public servant, community activist, entrepreneur and innovator. After going to school full-time and working full-time, Bettina successfully graduated with her BS in Social Work. Bettina perfectly showcases the resilience and driven nature of the FIU Panther. In this interview, you’ll learn a bit about her FIU journey, her […]

  • posted Feb 11, 2016

    FIU Women’s Basketball vs. Rice – Honoring Former Head Coach Cindy Russo

    FIU Women’s Basketball vs. Rice – Honoring Former Head Coach Cindy Russo Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. Lime Court at FIU Arena Faculty, staff and retirees are invited to take advantage of discounted women’s basketball tickets – only $1 each — for the FIU women’s basketball game versus Rice on Saturday, February 20, at 12 Noon.  We hope that […]

  • posted Feb 11, 2016

    Panther Q&A: Lily Savinon ’10

    How would you describe your years as an FIU student? Some of the best years of my life! Those were the years that molded me as a leader, showed me the importance of community service, and developed my skills in Marketing/Advertising. It’s also where I met my best friends and my husband! Those 4 years […]

  • posted Feb 10, 2016

    Panther Alumni Week grows in size, impact

    When does Miami’s proverbial 3:05 cafecito break become an opportunity for a student to sit down and network with an accomplished public relations specialist? During FIU’s annual Panther Alumni Week, a highlight of which was a coffee break where students gained valuable incite from advertising and marketing expert Lily Saviñon ’10, founder of the Miami-based […]


Upcoming Events

FIU Softball vs. St. Johns @ Felsberg Field at FIU Softball Stadium
Feb 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Men’s Basketball vs UTSA @ FIU Arena
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm
FIU Softball vs. Illinois @ Felsberg Field at FIU Softball Stadium
Feb 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
FIU Softball vs. LIU Brooklyn @ Felsberg Field at FIU Softball Stadium
Feb 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
FIU Softball vs. Valparaiso @ Felsberg Field at FIU Softball Stadium
Feb 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
FIU Kissing Bridge Sweetheart’s Tradition Event @ FIU | KIssing Bridge & Pond (behind GL)
Feb 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

The  2016 Sweetheart “Kissing Bridge” event is taking place between Green Library & Ryder Business Building.  The FIU Student Ambassadors will have food, giveaways, chance drawings and lots more!  Join us for this great FIU tradition!


Behind the Ryder Business Building is a pond shaped like a heart. At the opening of the FIU Modesto Maidique Campus in 1972 students began sitting along the pond with their significant other. Even then, students could be caught kissing there and spending time together. As time passed, more and more couples began to visit the area around the pond, and it soon became known as the Kissing Pond because of its heart shape. The story of the pond and bridge is that any couple who kisses on the bridge will be together for life. Years later, couples that first kissed at the pond come back to tell their story. Today, the pond, the bridge and the surrounding gazebo serve as a place for lovers to sit and enjoy each other’s company. On occasion, you will see a couple kissing at the pond hoping that its promise will be true for them too.

The Sweetheart Tradition event is open to all FIU students, singles, friends, couples, etc. We look forward to seeing you there!

Nashville Alumni Networker @ Gaylord Opryland Resort Falls Bar and Lounge
Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FIU Day in Tallahassee @ Governors Club
Feb 17 @ 5:00 pm


Teaching the Classics at FIU @ Florida International University | MMC | Green Library - 220
Feb 18 @ 3:30 pm

Teaching the Classics at FIU is moderated by Michael Gillespie, PhD., Director of the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment.  The event is free and open to the public.

Featured guests:

Gwyn Davies, PhD.
Associate Professor of History, FIU
Classical Approaches to History
Thucydides, Polybius and Caesar will be deployed to illustrate the continuing influence of classical writers to the way that we construct both our narratives of the past and the reportage of near contemporary events.

Daniel Alvarez, M.A., M.T.S.
Director of the Undergraduate Program in Religious Studies and Instructor of Religious Studies, FIU
The Legacy of Cervantes
Daniel Alvarez will put in context the imaginative impact of classical Spanish writing on current readers.

Marian Demos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Classical Languages and Humanities, FIU
Why Read Homer? A Sample of Student Responses
The Homeric epics continue to perplex and fascinate students. Their responses to the texts range from disbelief regarding the epics oral composition to personal identification with the suffering caused by war.

Andy Strycharski, PhD.
Director of the Film Studies Certificate Program and Instructor of English, FIU
Shakespeare is doing just fine, thank you.
Despite hand wringing from culture critics about the collapse of the canon and navel gazing from academics about a crisis in the humanities, Shakespeare remains a prominent and vibrant part of contemporary culture across the globe. This presentation will not so much defend the importance of teaching Shakespeare as begin with the question, “Why even bother teaching the plays of a man whose continuing relevance, even 400 years after his death, is so obvious?”

Women’s Basketball vs North Texas @ FIU Arena
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm


  • FIU achieves top rank in Carnegie research classification

    The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced today the newest edition of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. FIU moved into the top category—R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity. “We are focused on using state-of-the-art research and innovation as drivers to become a solutions center for our community and the world,” […]

  • Your Alumni Association Is Evolving

    The FIU Alumni Association is making strategic changes to evolve our alumni programming and become more aligned with the priorities of the university. Effective immediately, all graduates will be part of the FIU Alumni Association. We are no longer operating under a membership fees structure. All of our 215,000 alumni will be privy to all […]


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