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16th Annual Torch Awards Gala @ JW Marriot Marquis Miami
Apr 1 @ 6:30 pm

In April of 2017, the FIU Alumni Association will host the Torch Awards Gala at the JW Marriot Marquis Miami. This award ceremony was created in 2000 as the highest honor given to alumni by the FIU Alumni Association. Recipients are recognized according to their achievements in their specific professional industry and their contributions to society.

The FIU Alumni Association will celebrate the accomplishments of these prominent alumni and faculty members in style, offering dinner and musical entertainment. Whether you enjoy fine dining or the opportunity to network with members of the community, this evening will prove to be unforgettable.

Net proceeds of the Gala will support the future construction of the FIU Alumni Center, as well as support the First Generation Scholarship Fund. Philanthropic support to the scholarship fund is matched 100 percent by the state, making this fund a critical priority for the institution. 90 percent of fund recipients are minorities; the proposed gift is a unique opportunity to enhance the university’s ability to affect transformational change in the lives of South Florida’s underserved students.

Visit the event website to learn more: torchawards.fiu.edu
LEAD Series: Leveraging LinkedIn, presented by Maria Tomaino
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for this interactive session where we explore best practices of LinkedIn, branding and marketing yourself to employers, finding alumni and mentors, job searching and more! Participants are encouraged to bring their lap top/ipad to make on the spot changes to their profile.


Ring Ceremony @ Graham Center Ballrooms
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Your ring will serve as one of the most important symbols of your education, second only to your diploma. Join us for the FIU Official Ring Ceremony celebrate your achievement.

Worlds Ahead Tour – Fort Lauderdale @ Lauderdale Yacht Club
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Get ready! The next installment of the Worlds Ahead Tour is coming to Fort Lauderdale!

Network with successful FIU graduates, meet key university leaders and enjoy interactive experiences showcasing FIU’s global impact through preeminent programs, which include the Bridge Engineering Program, Center for Children and Families, Extreme Events Institute, Institute for Water and Environment and STEM Transformation Institute. We invite you to learn more about FIU’s preeminent programs.

Featuring special guest speaker, Michael Heithaus, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education. Dean Heithaus has appeared in documentaries on National Geographic, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel. He has also given interviews to diverse networks including the Today Show, Telemundo 51, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and the British Broadcasting Company.

Worlds Ahead Tour – Fort Lauderdale
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 6:00 P.M. | Lauderdale Yacht Club


Know Your Worth: Interviewing and Negotiations (Alumni Career Workshop) @ FIU Graham Center Rm. 140
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Knowing your worth, asking for more money and finding the right position – these are skills we can always improve upon. Join us for this interactive session as we discuss best practices in salary negotiations, asking for promotions, researching companies and your overall job search strategy.

Cost: $10

Light breakfast will be served.


This workshop will be co-presented by Scott Singer – SPRW, CPCC and President of Insider Career Strategies. 

More about Scott:

As founder and president of Insider Career Strategies LLC, Scott Singer guides individual and corporate clients through the job search and hiring process, consulting on resume writing and interview coaching, to developing LinkedIn profiles and helping professionals manage their image, and bringing unique insight into what employers want and need in terms of talent evaluation.

During almost two decades of in-house corporate HR and staffing firm experience, Scott Singer brought his knowledge, skill and talents to national and international corporations in a diverse range of industries, with major corporations such as Motorola, Ryder, Bacardi, Burger King and LVMH. His straightforward advice and understanding of the “other side” provides a direct path toward career growth and success.

Scott’s Educational credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Michigan–Dearborn. He holds globally recognized credentials in the career development field, and is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and Certified Professional Career Coach.

Annual Meeting & Cocktail Reception @ The Coral Gables Country Club
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

As a proud supporter of FIU, we invite you to meet and mingle with Panthers over complimentary appetizers and refreshments!

We’ll be inducting the Alumni Association’s new board of directors, and you’ll be able to connect with our staff about all of our programming, right in one place. The Annual Meeting & Cocktail Reception is the event to celebrate our collective accomplishments and share our goals for the future of FIU.

Each year, hundreds of alumni come out for this event and we hope to see you there!

Last year, the Young Alumni Council proudly awarded the first ever Young Alumni Council Graduate Scholarship to recipient Ella Pulido. Later in the evening, Jorge Villacampa, Foundation Board of Director and Area President, Miami-Dade Wells Fargo Bank, presented a $50,000 check to the First Generation Scholarship Fund. Don’t miss out on this year’s excitement, register today!

Business attire recommended. Business cards encouraged.

For more information, please contact our office at alumni@fiu.edu or call 305-348-3334.

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