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  • posted May 8, 2017

    Dreams morph into reality for former foster/homeless students

    Little wishes came true the other day—the kind that lead to bigger things down the road. Twenty-seven young women who either aged out of foster care or experienced homelessness as youth received precision help on the journey to reaching their goals. Standing on a stage in the GC ballroom in front of a supportive crowd, some asked for […]

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  • posted May 2, 2017

    Alumnus’ app featured in App Store top 10

    A new app that helps convey emotion while texting, created by alumnus Jordan Shidlofsky JD ’14, was featured in the App Store’s top 10 most downloaded apps for iMessage in April. The free app, called ContextIsKey, allows users to send messages in different fonts that relay emotions like anger, sadness and happiness. It’s currently available […]

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  • posted April 26, 2017

    SPARK with Luly B. is coming to Graham Center!

    On May 4, 2017, FIU alumna Luly Balepogi ‘00 will be creating magic on campus in the Graham Center ballrooms. Spark with Luly B. is an interactive and inspiring one-day workshop, conference and party designed for extraordinary women! The event promotes and encourages self-discovery, confidence, connection and most of all, fun. Twenty years ago, Luly […]

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  • posted January 24, 2017

    TEDxFIU: Defeating poverty with entrepreneurship

    The journey to changing the world began with handing out water bottles to earthquake survivors in Haiti. That’s when, in January of 2010, American volunteer Julie Colombino ’03 initially heard an unexpected refrain, mostly from local women: “Need a job.” The FIU alumna is the founder and CEO of REBUILD globally, a nonprofit organization that fights […]

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  • posted January 3, 2017

    Stay fit this new year with COREYAK

    The creators of Yonanas have just released their latest invention, and it’s perfect for those wanting to get moving on their New Year’s Day resolutions. Invented by FIU alumni Brian Machovina and Eileen McHale, COREYAK is a home fitness machine that mimics kayaking and rowing. It interacts via wireless technology with COREYAK Apps on smartphone […]

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  • posted November 16, 2016

    FIU Alumnus Carlos Becerra Celebrates his Birthday with a Fundraiser for Student Scholarships

    For his 40th birthday, FIU alumnus Carlos Becerra ’98, M.P.A. ’01 did something special for his FIU family. Together with FIU friends at Miami Ironside and Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, Carlos hosted a fundraising event for FIU’s Make a Difference DC Fund. The Make a Difference DC Fund allows first generation students to experience valuable internships […]

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  • posted September 14, 2016

    Alumna Makes Her Mark in Media

    Are you following your heart? Are you fulfilling your purpose? If not, what is holding you back? Johanna Salazar ’10 shares her inspiring journey of self-discovery while learning to look at everything through a lens of empathy and gratitude. Born in Colombia, Johanna and her younger sister were raised by their fiercely independent grandmother, Aceneth. […]

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  • posted September 2, 2016

    Panther Steps

    After years of reflection, I realize that the starting point for many of my successes started at FIU. I believe it all started when I received my commission as a 2LT in the Army through the FIU Army ROTC program. But perhaps I should back track even further. I was a Soldier serving on active […]

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  • posted July 14, 2016

    Wendy Barba ’02 and Valentina Izarra ’02 Strive to Uplift the Latina Community

    Wendy Barba ’02 and Valentina Izarra ’02 are determined to live full and passionate lives. Together, these best friends are working to inspire and empower other Latinas to live their greatest lives, both personally and professionally. Through original, multi-media content packed with personality, Wendy and Valentina have created a platform for women to connect, discuss, learn and grow […]

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  • posted October 30, 2015

    Tina Vidal ’02, ’04: The Leader of the Pack

    When Tina Vidal ’02, ’04 boarded a plane from Las Vegas to Miami on New Year’s Day in 2015, she knew her dream was about to take flight. Over the course of the five-hour plane ride, Tina incorporated her new business venture, Pooch Perks, a lifestyle pet subscription box of unique plush and durable dog toys, […]

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