Selected by the Chinese government from a group of elite international hospitality schools, the Marriott Tianjin China Program of the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is China’s first United States-based hospitality education initiative granting hotel management degrees.
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These stories reflect the heart of FIU: the people impacted and inspired daily by your generosity. University Advancement is honored to work with our donors to help students, faculty, staff, and alumni achieve their potential as agents of change.
Your generous gifts make an impact, helping us write the next chapter of FIU’s future. Your gifts inspire us to excel, dream, engage, and transform lives through the power of philanthropy.
“I love the university and want to give back for the 30 years that I spent there,” said Patrick J. Russell, a former FIU employee who recently pledged a $1 million endowed planned gift in support of initiatives that benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students – the largest gift of its kind in the history of FIU.
The phrase “Go Golden Panthers” reflects the spirit of fallen hero Michael Felsberg ’03, a former cross country/track & field athlete. Michael, a 27-year-old second lieutenant with the U.S. Marine Corps, was killed in October 2004 from injuries sustained in combat in Ramadi, Iraq. A weapons platoon commander, he volunteered for duty in Iraq after hearing that a replacement was needed for an officer who was killed in combat. A true Panther, Michael was known and loved by both staff and student-athletes throughout his four years at FIU as he enthusiastically cheered on every team.
“Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve dreamed of becoming a doctor. I’ve always wanted to help people. As a high school student, I maintained a 4.3 GPA, volunteered at Miami Children’s Hospital, and organized blood drives at my school. I thought I was well on my way to attending college and then medical school and fulfilling my dream,” said Jasmin Qyyum ’11, an FIU alumna who graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and was a QBIC scholar.
"FIU has been my home for more than 40 years. When I support the university through financial donations, I am only returning a small portion of the benefits the university has given me and my family."− Darden Pyron, Professor of History, Founding Professor of FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences, Senior Honors Fellow
"An investment in FIU is an investment in the future of the South Florida community and the state."− Scott Norberg, J.D., Professor of FIU’s College of Law
"The planned gift is my way of saying thank you to FIU for starting me on my career in the hospitality industry. Hopefully other alumni or friends of the university will realize that a monetary gift benefits FIU and furthers the education of current or future students."− John E. Onachilla ’77, graduate of FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
"I have been on the other side seeking scholarships and loans. Knowing how frustrating it can be, I give to causes that support students…. It is a very small token of appreciation, but I hope the little I do will make a huge difference."− Kalai Mathee, Ph.D., Professor & Founding Chair, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, of FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
"We are proud to partner with FIU, Miami’s public research university. So many of our students need financial assistance to access the opportunities an FIU education can provide."− Nathan Kurland, Chair of the Miami Bayside Foundation Board of Directors
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