The FIU Alumni Center will soon become home to the university’s alumni and friends. Thanks to a $2 million planned gift from Richard W. Strait ’76 and Marcia L. Martinez-Strait, MS ‘77, that dream for a place to call home is turning into a reality. One of the largest alumni contributions to date, this momentous gift will support the design, construction and operation of the future Alumni Center.
Since 2011, FIU landscape architecture students have been learning to use three-dimensional modeling software through assignments that incorporate The Wolfsonian-FIU’s collections. The Wolfsonian Curriculum Development Grant, supported by a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, made it possible for Ebru Özer, Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, to develop a new graduate course that enhances students’ learning by forging a connection with the museum’s collections.
FIU has graduated thousands of Worlds Ahead alumni since opening for classes in 1972. Successful business owner, entrepreneur and financial expert Manny Miranda ’78 is one of them. His ongoing advocacy and involvement with FIU has been a vital part of the university’s sustained growth.
Long before the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work bore his name, Robert R. Stempel, Ph.D. worked relentlessly to foster excellence in his students and the research community. “Bob was a dear friend and a wonderful colleague,” said Professor William Darrow. “He was loved by his students from the first moment they met because he was concerned about them personally and professionally,” he said. Dr. Stempel joined the College in 1991 after earning a doctorate in public health from the University of California at Berkley.
A 30-year investment in building a successful theatre program at FIU is now further supported by matching funds. Associate professor, artistic director of FIU Theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre, Marilyn R. Skow matched dollar for dollar the donations of the department’s faculty and staff to the Ignite Campaign.
A new scholarship will benefit first generation law students at FIU. In honor of Judge Henry Leyte-Vidal, The Honorable Henry Leyte-Vidal Scholarship is made possible through a gift from College of Law graduate Marco A. Leyte-Vidal III ’10, cousin of the Judge.
Many of today’s FIU students are unaware of the history of FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus – a former airstrip and World War II flight training center. Building on this history, a small team of dedicated and visionary people, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to adapt and persevere, imagined the FIU we have today and spent their lives making it a reality.
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