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The pages that follow tell the story of Our FIU – a story of collaboration among FIU students, alumni, faculty, staff, community partners and donors who, through their innovation and generosity, strive to make a difference every day, in South Florida and beyond.

These stories reflect the ways Our FIU family thinks differently, exceeds expectations, and creates new possibilities for our entire community through the power of philanthropy.

Read on to be inspired by Our FIU and the donors who shape our university, our community and our world through their Worlds Ahead vision, advocacy and transformational support.


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Message from Leadership

Dear FIU Family, Our university was built on the dreams and drive of our people—our students, our faculty, our staff, our alumni and our donors. From humble beginnings, Our FIU has grown to be home to more than 50,000 students, has awarded more than 200,000 degrees and is one of the nation’s largest universities. The spirit of entrepreneurship continues to thrive at today’s FIU and is fueled by the vision, passion and support of our donors. With your help, Our FIU has become the largest majority minority university in the country, the largest producer of minority baccalaureate degrees in the country, and a national leader in the production of STEM degrees for minorities. And with your help, Our FIU awards more than $140 million dollars each year in scholarships, and was recently named one of the top 100 universities less than 50 years old. In this annual report, you will meet some of our people, those who are making a difference for Our FIU and shaping its future as a solutions center for all members of our society. Every donor’s investment in Our FIU is another step forward, bringing us closer to reaching that next horizon. Whether it’s providing life-saving health care to underserved communities or revolutionizing education here and abroad, your generosity allows FIU to be there, steadfast, with all eyes on what’s possible, just up ahead. Thank you for helping build Our FIU. Justo L. Pozo, CPA ‘80 Chair, The FIU Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors


Mark B. Rosenberg President

Howard R. Lipman

Senior Vice President, University Advancement and President and CEO, The FIU Foundation, Inc.

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Bottom row, left to right: Tiffany Roman-Biffa, International Relations (Sophomore); Nathalie M. de Almagro, International Relations and Political Science (Sophomore); Jourilenn Bustamante (Freshman); Denise Diaz, Psychology (Junior); Alexa Soley, Elementary Education w/ESOL (Sophomore); Christopher Alas, Psychology (Junior) Top row, left to right: Vanessa Pena, Elementary Education (Senior); Justo Pozo, CPA ’80; Yisel Rivera (Sophomore); David Dugard, Social Work (Senior); Mark B. Rosenberg; Stephanie Hernandez, Chemistry (Freshman); Fernando Trillo, Psychology (Junior); Howard R. Lipman; Elizabeth Diaz, Recreation/Sports Management and Minor in Theatre (Sophomore)


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Hope for Learning Ignite: Project Panther LIFE

From left to right: Ivan Cadavid, Tyrone Harris and Vanessa Suazo


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oing to college is an exciting time: new

annually prepares a class of 16 students with

friends, new school, new adventures.

intellectual disabilities to complete a well-

Since 2011, the dream of experiencing college

rounded, structured, and individualized

life has become a reality for a select group of


students with intellectual disabilities, thanks to Project Panther LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone) –

The four-year, non-degree certificate program

an ongoing partnership among FIU’s College of

allows students to participate in a variety of

Education, Miami-Dade County Public Schools,

university courses; job shadowing opportunities;

and Parent to Parent of Miami, Inc.

a supervised internship; and various activities with support from academic mentors, peer

For Tyrone Harris, a third-year Panther LIFE

coaches, faculty and project personnel.

student, FIU is the ideal place to receive an education: “FIU demonstrates its belief that

“Panther LIFE allows me to have a full college

students with intellectual disabilities not only can

experience…. It shows other colleges and

learn, but should be given the chance to keep

communities how to realize human potential and

learning – on a university campus.”

make dreams come true,” said Harris, who, like his Panther LIFE peers Vanessa Suazo and Ivan

FIU’s faculty and staff agree, supporting Panther

Cadavid, sees FIU as his second home.

LIFE through the ongoing Ignite campaign and raising more than $25,000 to date for this

Cadavid is one of the program’s full-circle success

first-of-its-kind program in South Florida.

stories. After completing the program, he earned a position working with FIU Athletics, making the

To Harris, and other Panther LIFE participants,

challenging yet rewarding transition from student

this support means opportunity.

to employee.

“It means learning in action. It means breaking

Supporting Panther LIFE through the Ignite

down barriers. It means an open door to

campaign is just one of many ways FIU faculty

preparation and possibility. It’s a legacy of

and staff can give back to the university. To find

‘Yes, I can’ in a world of ‘No, you can’t,’” he said.

out more, please visit ignite.fiu.edu.

“FIU did not count me out. Even better, FIU counted me in.” Now in its third year,

For more information about Project Panther LIFE,

this postsecondary transition program

please visit education.fiu.edu/pantherlife.


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IU’s Alumni Center is now one step closer to

“We are so grateful for donors like the Straits

becoming the new home for the university’s

who share our commitment to realize this

alumni, friends, and visitors, thanks to a $2 million

vision,” said Bill Draughon, associate vice

planned gift from Richard W. Strait, MBA ’76 and

president of University Advancement and

Marcia L. Martinez-Strait, M.S. ’77.

former executive director of the Alumni Association, who has led the charge to create

This transformational gift is one of the university’s

the center.

largest alumni contributions to date and will support the operation of the future Alumni Center, which

A site directly east of the Blue Garage at the

is a part of FIU’s Worlds Ahead vision.

FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus will host the 30,000-square-foot Alumni Center.

“FIU continues to be a major institution for preparing professionals and leaders to function in

“What was once a dream is starting to become

the 21st century global world,” said Richard, who

a reality,” added Howard R. Lipman, senior

received an MBA from the College of Business

vice president of University Advancement and

and is president and owner of Straitshots, Inc.

president and CEO of the FIU Foundation, Inc.

“That is why we support the Alumni Center. FIU

“The Alumni Center will be a first-class facility that

is a young university, but just look at what we’ve

will celebrate the excellence of FIU Panthers around

already accomplished in almost 45 years after

the world.”

opening our doors.” Richard Strait said he also hopes this gift Richard is a lifetime member of the Alumni

inspires more alumni and friends to continue

Association, which serves more than 200,000

to build the university’s philanthropic culture.

graduates represented in every state and more

“Come to FIU, see what is going on, feel

than 30 countries worldwide. He is also a member

the vibrancy of the university,” he said. “FIU is

of the College of Business Alumni Chapter, and

becoming one of the truly great institutions of

in 2010 he joined the President’s Council. His

higher learning and achievement.”

wife, Marcia, received a master’s degree from


FIU’s College of Education and is a member of the

To learn more about the FIU Alumni Center,

Dean’s Advisory Council for the college.

please visit fiualumni.com/alumnicenter.

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New Alumni Home Richard W. Strait, MBA ’76 and Marcia L. Martinez-Strait, M.S. ’77


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A Window into Cuban Jorge M. Pérez and Darlene M. Boytell-Pérez ’89, M.S.N. ’96


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History N

o other university in the U.S. surpasses

“We are so excited to be able to contribute to the

FIU in the number of professors and

Frost Art Museum and the CRI, and to share with

students of Cuban origin. From Cuban and Cuban-

students, faculty, and the South Florida community

American history and politics to the arts, FIU offers

the importance of art throughout Cuban history,”

students, faculty, and the community a variety of

said Jorge Pérez, the chairman and CEO of The

educational, research and outreach opportunities,

Related Group, who was named one of the top 25

which leverage FIU’s location and history of

most influential Hispanics in the United States by

excellence. Strengthening this reputation, longtime

TIME magazine in 2005.

FIU supporters Jorge M. Pérez and his wife, FIU alumna and nurse practitioner Darlene M. Boytell-

Additionally, the donation includes a cash gift

Pérez ’89, M.S.N. ’96, have donated a Cuban art

of $250,000 to support scholarships; collection-

collection to FIU’s School of International and Public

related curatorial work; and complementary

Affairs and The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.

programming, such as workshops, exhibitions, and public events.

Featuring stunning rural and city landscapes, haunting portraits and vivid graphical depictions

The Pérez’s hope the collection will offer insights

of Cuba, the collection includes works by many of

into race, gender, religion, politics, and the Cuban

the best-known masters of Cuban art and provides

diaspora, while further enhancing FIU’s reputation

a window into the historical trajectory of Cuba’s

as an international destination for the study and

national identity.

teaching of Cuban art and culture.

The in-kind gift, which includes 24 Cuban paintings

“The CRI is grateful and enthusiastic about the

from the 19th and 20th centuries, is valued at more

collection,” said CRI Director Jorge Duany. “It allows

than $315,000 and will serve as an interdisciplinary

us the opportunity to strengthen the university’s

teaching and educational resource for the museum

ties to the South Florida community and broaden

and SIPA’s Cuban Research Institute. The gift will

our engagement with other local institutions,

advance the CRI’s mission to remain a pre-eminent

including Miami-Dade County Public Schools,

academic center for the study of Cuba.

through on-campus programs.”


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Legal Matters The Judge Aaron B. Cohen Charitable Foundation


avvy law students often jump-start their

Foundation namesake Judge Cohen, 97, a

careers through valuable externships,

graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and

such as those offered through the FIU College of

New York University Law School, was admitted to

Law Legal Externship Program. Participants not

the New York Bar in 1941. He served as a family

only increase their legal knowledge, they also

court judge in New York state before retiring to

gain exposure to a real work environment and

South Florida. Named in his honor, the Judge

offer valuable support to a legal employer in the

Aaron B. Cohen Judicial Externship Program gives

corporate, governmental, or public sector.

students the opportunity to work directly with participating judges, magistrates, or referees in

Now, a milestone gift of $500,000 from The Judge

state or federal courts; conduct research; write

Aaron B. Cohen Charitable Foundation will further

memoranda of law; draft opinions; and observe

enable students to gain firsthand legal experience

and participate in day-to-day court operations.

as judicial externs. This gift was announced during the College of Law’s 10th anniversary gala in

Herrup, a practicing certified public accountant

September 2012 and is the largest to date for

for the last 30 years and the President of Laurence

the college.

A. Herrup since 1994, said he hopes to see the College of Law achieve a top 100 law school

Larry Herrup, vice president of The Judge Aaron B.

ranking in the next 10 years, as it moves toward its

Cohen Charitable Foundation, said the foundation

next horizon.

invested in FIU’s College of Law because it provides academic excellence and encourages hands-on

“We aspire to set

practice, which enables success. “Offering students

an example for

the opportunity to participate in the judicial

future generations

externship program gives them an essential

of lawyers that it is

building block for their expectation of the

important to give

profession,” he said.

back so that others have the same

Franco Bacigalupo, a second-year law student who

opportunity for

benefitted from a stipend to participate in the

success that Judge

externship, said that “working in the real world of

Cohen has had in

law was a complete eye-opener.”

his lifetime,” he said.

From left to right: Judge Adalberto J. Jordan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Franco Bacigalupo, Cohen Judicial Extern, second-year law student.


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Laurence “Larry” Herrup

Judge Aaron B. Cohen


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Advancing Active León Medical Centers

From left to right: Albert Maury ’96, ’02, President, León Medical Centers Health Plans; Benjamín León III, President, León Medical Centers; Benjamín León Jr., Founder and Chairman, León Medical Centers.


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Aging A

s baby boomers reach retirement, they

population, most of whom are over the age of 65,”

continue to defy the standards of what is

said Benjamín León Jr., founder of León Medical

physically possible past age 65. Their expectation

Centers and León Medical Centers Health Plans,

to live longer and more active lives has led to a

which achieved the highest possible rating

series of research studies at FIU’s Herbert Wertheim

– five stars – from the Centers for Medicare &

College of Medicine.

Medicaid Services.

This research was largely made possible through

FIU researchers are now studying the impact

a $10 million gift to the college in 2008 from the

of regular exercise and wellness on seniors in

León family and León Medical Centers, one of FIU’s

partnership with León Healthy Living Centers.

clinical partners.

“Our mission is to provide our patients with the necessary tools so they can feel empowered

The gift established the León Medical Centers

over their health and live a heightened quality of

Eminent Scholars Chair in Geriatrics and the

life,” said León Jr., who was recognized as South

Benjamín León Jr. Family Center for Geriatric

Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. “We are

Research and Education. It is also among the

seeing positive signs in patients who participate

largest contributions ever made by a Cuban-

in our healthy living programs, so the next step is

American family to a U.S. university.

to validate these findings through research with FIU’s Benjamín León Jr. Family Center for Geriatric

In 2012, León Medical Centers fulfilled its pledge

Research and Education.”

to support the center, reinforcing its impact on the community.

The geriatric center focuses on health issues that affect the culturally-diverse elderly population

As Miami’s leading Medicare healthcare

in South Florida, while continuing to develop

services provider, León Medical Centers offers

a geriatric medicine curriculum. As the U.S.

complimentary patient transportation, primary

population grows older as a whole, the center’s

health care, an on-site pharmacy, access to

research will continuously gain increased relevance.

laboratories, a disease management program, dental

“This center will continue to provide greater

care and vision care at each of its seven clinics.

opportunities to improve health care delivery for the aging population,” León Jr. said. “[I] have always

“For more than 43 years, I have been dedicated

maintained that our society is best judged by how

to serving the healthcare needs of the Medicare

it cares for its elders.”


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IU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

“Nurses have made a difference in my life,” said

has a new companion, the Nicole Wertheim

Nicole Wertheim. “I am overjoyed to be able to

College of Nursing & Health Sciences, recently

support them and help future generations of health

named by Dr. Herbert Wertheim in honor of his

practitioners be the best healers they can be.”

beloved wife of 44 years, Nicole. The Wertheim gift and naming were celebrated Their $10 million gift embodies a commitment to

during the college’s 2013 Nightingala, which

clinical and interdisciplinary research, preventive

honored the 30th anniversary of the founding

care, and the belief that the best health care

of nursing programs at FIU. Among FIU’s most

is delivered when doctors and nurses work

dedicated supporters, the Wertheims have made

in unison.

numerous contributions to the university since 1988 when Dr. Wertheim joined the FIU Foundation

“This gift reflects the love we have for our

Board of Directors.

community and is a pledge to create more high quality health professionals,” Dr. Wertheim said.

He also served on the FIU Board of Trustees, was

“I am a fortunate man to share these passions

named Trustee Emeritus and founding chairman

with my family and be in a position to

of FIU’s College of Medicine and received an

commemorate that commitment in honor

Honorary Degree–Doctor of Medicine. In 2009,

of the love of my life, Nicole.”

the Wertheims announced a $20 million gift to the medical school, and in recognition it was named

Through their generosity, the Wertheims will create

the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

a lasting legacy for thousands of students, and have made FIU the only university in the nation

The Wertheim family’s leadership at FIU also

with a college of medicine and a college of nursing

extends to the next generation, with daughters

and health sciences named for a husband and wife.

Erica Wertheim-Zohar and Vanessa Von Wertheim joining the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing

The gift will also establish research and scholarship

& Health Sciences’ advisory board. Additionally,

endowments, and expand the college’s graduate

Nicole was named honorary chairwoman of

programs, while further positioning the college

the college.

as a solutions center in nursing, occupational


therapy, physical therapy, athletic training,

Ultimately, Dr. Wertheim said, his family’s support

speech language pathology, and health

“brings together two important passions of ours:

services administration.

health care and FIU.”

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A Gift of Love Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation

From left to right: Erica Wertheim-Zohar, Nicole Wertheim, Dr. Herbert A. Wertheim, and Vanessa Von Wertheim.


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Cultural Innovation


ore than 130,000 of FIU’s nearly 200,000

since the foundation has invested more

degree recipients live and work in South

than $86 million in the local cultural community

Florida, making a direct impact on the region’s

since 2006.

economic, cultural and art landscape. And the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is one

“The Knight Foundation and FIU have similar

Miami-based institution that has a significant

community outreach and enhancement goals,

amount of FIU alumni ties – through 10 employees

and I am always thrilled when we can collaborate

to be exact.

for the betterment of South Florida,” Scholl said. “The Foundation’s support of FIU is aligned with

For an FIU alumnus like Dennis Scholl, Esq. ‘77,

our mission to fund transformational ideas that

the Knight Foundation’s vice president of the arts,

promote quality journalism, advance media

being able to combine his love of FIU with the

innovation, engage communities, and foster

foundation’s aim to seek

the arts.”

innovative ways to reach,


engage and increase

A recent $5 million grant from the Knight

audiences for the arts is

Foundation, in support of The Wolfsonian-FIU, is

ideal – especially

just one of many ways the Knight Foundation

Dennis Scholl, Esq. ’77

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Incubators John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

From left to right: Olga Rodriguez ’85; Lia Martinez-Machado ’10; Luis Linares ’10; Nicole Chipi ’11; Alberto Ibargüen; Juan Martinez ’93, M.Acc. ’93; Elena Stetsenko ’00; Philip Francis ’99; Elika Lopez ‘06; Alex Lopez ’12

has supported FIU over the years. Other

Alumni Association, College of Arts & Sciences,

collaborations include launching the Virtual

College of Business, Frost Art Museum, Chaplin

Frost Art Museum, establishing Creative Writing

School of Hospitality & Tourism Management,

Program Knight Fellowships, and expanding

School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and

career services for FIU alumni.

The Wolfsonian-FIU.

“The specific grant to The Wolfsonian-FIU will

“At the Knight Foundation, we value working

support the digitization of the Wolfsonian

with grantees who are willing to take big risks

collection, facilitating its use by scholars world-

and experiment in smart, well-thought-out ways,”

wide. With the grant, we also seek to support

said Juan J. Martinez ’90, M.Acc. ‘93, the

innovative design and program ideas through

vice president, CFO and treasurer of the

which the museum will engage the community,

Knight Foundation.

including an ‘ideas’ festival,” said Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation’s president.

“Our relationship with FIU certainly fits that bill, and it makes me proud to be involved from both

In total, the Knight Foundation has given nearly

the perspective of the foundation and as an

$12.4 million to FIU since 1974, supporting the

FIU alumnus.”


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IU might be a young university, but it now

the collection features Soviet, British, German and

boasts a music collection that dates back

Japanese pianists’ recordings, as well as orchestral,

to 1903.

operatic, vocal, instrumental and chamber music. Many of these original LPs are impossible to find

The university’s collection of classical music is

anywhere else in the Western world.

even more expansive today after a generous gift from Julian Kreeger and his wife, Judy. The

“This collection represents a 50-year labor of

couple recently donated an archive of more than

love and passion,” said Julian Kreeger, president of

27,000 classical music recordings to the College of

Friends of Chamber Music of Miami.

Architecture + The Arts, including albums, tapes, videos, books and sheet music.

Kreeger’s interest in music began in Manhattan when he would attend performances at Carnegie

The Julian and Judy Kreeger Collection is believed

Hall and around the city. During his time at

to be one of the largest private collections

Columbia University, he was the classical music

of classical piano music and places FIU in the

director of the college’s radio station. He then

company of top universities’ classical music

became a classical music critic, radio host and

collections around the world.

program annotator, and participated in a number of state and national boards of trustees, including

“Given the breadth and depth of the Kreeger

but not limited to the National Symphony, Miami

Collection and the lifetime it has taken to amass,

Music Project, Friends of Chamber Music of Miami

it is highly unlikely that such a collection can be

and the Miami Philharmonic.

assembled again,” said Brian Schriner, dean of


the College of Architecture + The Arts. “We are

In 1979, he co-founded Audiofon Records, which

honored to have such a rich and comprehensive

received acclaim from music critics, audiophiles

collection. Our students will benefit greatly from

and musicians. Kreeger was also a concert

having access to this wide-ranging archive.”

presenter and record producer.

The Kreeger Collection is housed in the Green

Regarding his gift to FIU, he said, “I am happy to

Library at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

see our collection provide the university with

With an appraised value of more than $631,000,

limitless educational possibilities.”

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Musical Passion Julian and Judy Kreeger

Pictured left are Judy and Julian Kreeger with Cyprien Katsaris (pianist) and William De Rosa (cellist). Both musicians are featured in the Kreeger Collection.


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Constructing a Legacy Robert Chadwick “Chad” Moss ’94 and Moss & Associates, LLC


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rom supporting scholars, to building FIU’s

business and the construction industry, in

newest residence hall, to being a huge

particular. So it’s no surprise that his company

Panthers fan, FIU’s own Chad Moss ’94, senior vice

mirrors the qualities of FIU.

president of Moss & Associates, has been an allaround supporter of his alma mater in numerous

“We challenge and empower our employees

ways over the years.

through supportive leadership. Like FIU, we are an extremely diverse organization, both in

Moss and the award-winning, family-owned

terms of our talent and our business segments.

construction management firm based in

We are passionate about learning, teaching and

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., have supported FIU through Athletics, the First Generation Scholarship Fund, the Alumni Association, the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, and the College of Engineering & Computing. Moss’ most recent $250,000 gift supports a computing and computation infrastructure facility for construction education and research. In recognition, the College of Engineering & Computing named the facility the Moss & Associates Built Environment Informatics Laboratory. “FIU is the cornerstone of my success and that’s

implementing new technology that advances our efforts,” he said. Moss & Associates recently constructed Parkview Hall, one of FIU’s most significant new building developments in years. The residence hall opened in August 2013 and incorporates the same costsaving technology used to build Marlins Ballpark. Parkview – also a social hub, academic learning center and gathering place – is the Moss family’s first FIU project. “This is a personal job for me. It’s my whole

why I remain involved with the university at every

life coming full circle,” said Moss, who received

level,” said Moss, a graduate of FIU’s construction

the FIU Alumni Association’s Torch Award for

management program and a member of the FIU

Distinguished Alumni in 2010.

Foundation Board of Directors. “[FIU] serves so many needs of aspiring students, “It has been a privilege to partner with FIU.

the business community and the community

Not only is it my alma mater, but it’s also the

at large, providing world-class education,

alma mater of many of Moss & Associates’

employment opportunities and training,

employees.” Moss said his experience as an FIU

community involvement, philanthropy and

student gave him the tools for success in

great athletics!”


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Impacting Education W

hat began as an inaugural training

by the once-bare classroom walls that now

session in La Romana, Dominican

proudly display student work; the care these

Republic, soon evolved into a long-term

teachers take in planning interactive learning

partnership between FIU and Mission

activities for their students; and teachers and

International Rescue Charities, thanks to a

administrators who are now forming part of a

shared interest in best teaching practices.

MIR corps of educators who work together and support each other.”

MIR Charities, founded by Lian Fanjul de Azqueta and led with support from her daughter

MIR Charities’ support is complemented by FIU’s

Lyanne Azqueta, is a non-profit organization

institutional commitment to the collaboration,

that helps the Dominican Republic’s most

leveraging the expertise and resources of faculty

marginalized families escape poverty through

and staff from the College of Education and

education, housing, medical assistance and

Center for Leadership and Service.

technical preparation. This interdisciplinary partnership also enables The organization supports three schools in

FIU students to work with MIR educators and

La Romana. In 2011, several faculty from FIU’s

students through customized service learning

College of Education led school leaders there

opportunities, such as alternativeBreaks.

in an intense weeklong professional development workshop, providing a unique learning

Grateful for the generosity of the Fanjul Azqueta

experience focused on the latest interactive

family, Delia Garcia, dean of the College of

instructional strategies.

Education, said, “This gift will ensure that MIR educators receive the guidance needed to become

To further support this growing partnership, MIR

agents of empowerment in their classrooms –

Charities pledged more than $80,000 toward the

serving as a catalyst for sustainable change.”

college’s efforts to help Dominican educators hone their teaching skills and to encourage

Rosenberg agreed, pointing out that the

students to reach their full potential.

partnership is “win-win-win: for FIU faculty, for administrators and teachers in the Dominican


“These educators want to make a difference in

Republic, and for the students in the Dominican

the lives of their students – they just needed the

Republic who benefit as their teachers gain

tools,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg.

new teaching tools and approach each day with

“We can measure the success of this program

renewed enthusiasm and love for teaching.”

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Overseas MIR Charities and the Fanjul Azqueta Family

From left to right: Lian Fanjul de Azqueta and Lyanne Azqueta


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Empowering Hospitality Diageo

From left to right: Wayne Chaplin (President, Southern Wine & Spirits), Harvey Chaplin (Founder, Southern Wine & Spirits), Paul Walsh (Chairman and Chief Executive, Diageo PLC), Janelle Prieto (Manager, Learning for Life), Randy Millian (Chairman, Diageo LAC), Ivan Menezes (Chief Executive, Diageo PLC), William Bullard (Corporate Relations Director, Diageo LAC)

From left to right: Mike Hampton (Dean, Chaplin School of Hospitaity & Tourism Management), Learning for Life graduate Lateeal Broughton, William Bullard (Corporate Relations Director, Diageo LAC)

“This has been the best learning experience. I didn’t have a lot of people pushing me in my life. Here, I had people telling me every day, ‘You can do it!’ This program made everything happen.” - Reginal Jones


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Professionals W

hen Diageo, the world’s leading

permanent employee after completing their

premium beverages company, joined

internship. In the first year alone, 135 graduates

forces with FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality

were placed in two-week paid internships at well-

& Tourism Management, South Florida’s service

known local restaurants, cruise lines, catering

industry received a big boost, benefitting from

companies, hotels and convention centers.

specialized training offered to underserved community members.

“We want to see individuals forge their own path and become self-sufficient contributors in the

Diageo’s Learning for Life – the free job readiness,

South Florida community. In partnership with FIU,

life skills training, certification and internship

we are supporting the long-term sustainability of

program – empowers unemployed and

South Florida’s tourism and hospitality industry,”

underemployed South Florida residents and U.S.

said William Bullard, corporate relations director

veterans seeking positions with local customer

of Diageo LAC.

service, hospitality and tourism industry partners. Since 2012, Diageo has given approximately

Developed as a U.S. pilot of the successful

$900,000 toward the program’s operation.

Learning for Life initiative, currently operating in more than 32 countries throughout Latin America

“Thanks to Diageo’s vision and generosity, this

and the Caribbean, Learning for Life at FIU has

ongoing initiative will allow hundreds of hard-

graduated nearly 250 participants to date.

working, determined South Floridians to attain

Diageo is planning to expand the program into

the tools they need for a successful future,”

New York City and other major cities across

said Mike Hampton, Ed.D., dean of the Chaplin

the U.S.

School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. By completing the eight-week training, participants

One South Florida graduate, Reginal Jones, 23,

can qualify for certification in bartending,

enrolled in Learning for Life after years of

banquet setup, restaurant serving, guest services

working in a low-paying job. He credits the

or food handling. Participants also receive life

supportive environment and staff for helping

skills training in resume and cover letter writing,

him succeed.

interviewing, personal finances, professional image and attire, and computer literacy.

“This has been the best learning experience,” Jones said. “I didn’t have a lot of people pushing

The program aims to equip graduates with

me in my life. Here, I had people telling me

the self-confidence, practical experience

every day, ‘You can do it!’ This program made

and expertise to help them be retained as a

everything happen.”


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Tropical Research Hub W

ith one of the world’s largest

and conserve tropical plant resources as a key

concentrations of tropical botany

component of building a sustainable future.

researchers, FIU has led the field for the past 25 years. Over the last decade in particular, the

“Properly harnessing the potential of tropical

university has emerged as one of the leading

plants will be critical for sustaining the expanding

major hubs for Caribbean botany.

world population, especially in developing countries,” said Michael Heithaus, executive

More than a dozen faculty members in the tropical

director of FIU’s School of Environment, Arts and

botany program include some of the world’s

Society. “Tropical plants need to be discovered,

leading experts. Their expertise recently paved the

categorized, understood and preserved.” Despite

way for the creation of the International Center for

the importance of tropical plants, there has been

Tropical Botany, a collaboration between FIU and

a reduction in the number of university botany

the National Tropical Botanical Garden – the

programs worldwide; only a handful of the existing

world-class botanical research center that has

programs have a tropical focus.

studied the Pacific for nearly 50 years. The ICTB brings together scientists from two

FIU is committed to address this gap through the

important institutions and creates a critical

creation of the center, which will be located at The

mass of global importance.

Kampong, NTBG’s garden in Coconut Grove and the historical home of economic botanist David

“The center will serve as an unparalleled resource

Fairchild. The ICTB will work closely with FIU’s

for botanical research and education,” said

research partners at Fairchild Tropical Botanical

Kenneth G. Furton, dean of FIU’s College of Arts

Garden and the Montgomery Botanical Center,

& Sciences. “Worldwide, more than 5.6 billion

initiating a new era of collaboration.

people get most of their medicines from plants. Just imagine the positive impact the center will

“We are the only university in the continental

be able to make through its research.”

U.S. that has partnerships with tropical botanical gardens,” said Bradley Bennett, an FIU associate


Thanks to a $2.5 million pledge from the William

professor of biological sciences. “I hope that we can

R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and a matching gift

direct the focus of the ICTB so that it fulfills David

of $2.5 million from the Batchelor Foundation,

Fairchild’s vision – making Miami the premier

the center will lead global efforts to study

location in the U.S. to study tropical botany.”

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The William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and the Batchelor Foundation

Located on Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida, The Kampong contains a fascinating array of tropical fruit cultivars and flowering trees. From left to right: FIU professors Eric Bishop von Wetterberg, Jennifer Richards, and Bradley Bennett



Fall 2013

For more than four decades, FIU has positioned itself as one of South Florida’s anchor institutions by solving some of the greatest challenges of our time. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of the local and global community. With a student body of more than 50,000, we are among the top 10 largest universities in the nation. We have collectively graduated more than 200,000 alumni – more than 130,000 of which live and work in South Florida, and the rest are making a difference in their communities across the nation and internationally every day.

Colleges and Schools College of Architecture + The Arts College of Arts & Sciences • School of Environment, Arts and Society • School of Integrated Science and Humanity • School of International and Public Affairs



in the nation in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students

College of Business • School of Accounting

FIU’s dynamic student

• Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Graduate School of Business • R. Kirk Landon Undergraduate School of Business • Tibor and Sheila Hollo School of Real Estate

body reflects the % 63 Hispanic

vibrant diversity of South Florida.

College of Education College of Engineering & Computing • School of Computing and Information Sciences • OHL School of Construction Honors College Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management School of Journalism & Mass Communication College of Law Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work • School of Social Work University Graduate School University College (Continuing Education and Fully-Online Programs)


% 14 African American

% 13 White NonHispanic


Minority Groups

% 3 Asian or Pacific Islander


Number of students graduating


annualy from FIU


Campuses and Academic Centers • Broward Pines Center • Biscayne Bay Campus

Downtown on Brickell •

We award more than

Engineering Center •

$140 million dollars

Modesto A. Maidique Campus •

each year in scholarships

• Miami Beach Urban Studios

Museums • The Wolfsonian-FIU • Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU • The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum

International Campus • Tianjin Center in Tianjin, China 53 % of FIU undergraduate

More than


students are First Generation

million in research and sponsored programs

Academic Year 2012-2013


We are one of the top 100 universities


of the university’s tenured or tenureearning faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree attainable in their field.

in the world less than 50 years old


1000 th Law Grad 1000 th Grad in Tianjin

We employ 10,000 people


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Snapshot of Giving for Fiscal Year Giving by Donor Type Total Donors Donor Type Alumni

Total Donors 14,116

Corporations 542 Faculty/Staff 786 Foundations 95 Friends (Individuals)

Organizations 301


Friends (Individuals)



Parents 598





Endowment Performance

(In millions)

Investment Fund Balance

Fund Balance History

Year Ended 30



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2012-2013 Giving by Donor Type in Dollars Total Raised Donor Type

Total Raised


$ 4,949,299.73


$ 5,635,069.98




$ 24,534,921.37

Friends (Individuals)

$ 5,557,619.61


$ 1,854,639.93



Friends (Individuals)








$ 43,332,210.70



Rate of Return

FIU Foundation Investment Returns

Year Ended 31

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FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES (A Direct Support Organization) CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION JUNE 30, 2013 (WITH COMPARATIVE TOTALS FOR JUNE 30, 2012) 2012 2013 Assets: Cash and cash equivalents 4,806,843 9,358,242 Contributions receivable, net 61,536,667 69,178,385 Investments 168,514,586 194,966,098 Due from Florida International University 136,285 60,329 Bond issuance costs, net 122,590 110,120 Other assets 839,549 903,316 Fixed assets, net 12,174,916 14,824,262 Total Assets $248,131,436 $289,400,752 Liabilities: Accounts payable and other liabilities 289,652 689,993 Annuity payables 188,385 180,768 Deferred revenue 843,218 1,061,734 Due to Florida International University 673,237 677,334 Due to Florida International University Athletics Finance Corp. 56,100 Split-interest obligations 789,060 766,787 Derivative liability 432,872 264,027 Notes payable 8,180,000 7,640,000 Total Liabilities $11,452,524 $11,280,643 Net Assets: Unrestricted 21,631,305 30,070,328 Temporarily restricted 33,472,532 55,898,663 Permanently restricted 181,575,075 194,151,118 Total Net Assets $236,678,912 $278,120,109 Total Liabilities and Net Assets $248,131,436 $289,400,752

The FIU Foundation’s principal responsibilities are to channel private support to FIU and exercise fiduciary management of those gifts. Over the past five years, FIU has grown by nearly 10,000 students but lost $72 million in state funding. Today, more than ever before, the FIU Foundation makes a difference – providing critical funding as we transition from a state-supported to state-assisted institution.


The newly renovated Deuxieme Maison building courtyard features hanging planters and steel seating against a pop of blue to create an inviting space.

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The FIU Foundation, Inc. 2012-2013 Board of Directors Thank you to our current, ex-officio and emeritus directors who give of their time to lead the FIU Foundation to new heights. Executive Committee Justo L. Pozo, CPA ‘80 Chairperson

Richard Brilliant ‘93 Treasurer Finance Committee, Chair Investment Sub-Committee, Chair

Carlos B. Castillo, Esq. ‘88 By-Laws Special Committee, Chair Development Management Committee, Co-Chair

Noel J. Guillama-Alvarez ‘99 Immediate Past Chair Real Estate Sub-Committee, Chair

Nelson L. Adams, M.D. Vice Chairperson

Kathryn G. Chase Secretary

Carlos A. Duart, CPA ‘94, M.S. ‘99 Development Management Committee, Co-Chair

Howard R. Lipman President and CEO

Thomas M. Cornish ‘85 Membership & Board Management Committee, Co-Chair

Steven M. Berwick, CPA ‘75 Audit Committee, Chair

Veronica Cervera Goeseke Membership & Board Management Committee, Co-Chair

Albert R. Maury ‘96, ‘02 FIU Board of Trustees, Chair Ex-Officio Member

Mark B. Rosenberg University President

Directors Gonzalo Acevedo ’91, MBA ’10, Ex-Officio David S. Adler ’08

Murray H. Dubbin, Esq.

Jeffrey L. Horstmyer, M.D.

Mario Murgado

Carlos A. Sabater, CPA ’81

Kenneth G. Furton,

Neisen O. Kasdin, Esq.

Marcel L. Navarro ’93

Adalio T. Sanchez ’87


R. Kirk Landon

Marcos A. Perez ’90, MBA ’00

Ronald A. Shuffield

Jose M. Aldrich

Candice B. Gidney, Esq.

Donald E. Lefton

Jonathan E. Perlman, Esq.

Elliot Stone

Agustin R. Arellano Sr.

Francisco Gonzalez, CPA ’90

Alberto Lorenzo ’74

Danny G. Pino ’96

Oscar J. Suarez Jr.

Antonio L. Argiz, CPA ’74

Jorge J. Gonzalez ’88

Juan J. Martinez ’90,

Lilly B. Pino ’97

José J. Valdés-Fauli ’75

Victor C. Balestra,

Jill Granat, Esq. ’87

T. Gene Prescott

Jorge R. Villacampa

Carolina Rendeiro

Isaac Zelcer

Ex-Officio Leonard B. Bliss, Ex-Officio John M. Bussel

Pablo Haspel ’12, Ex-Officio Mary I. Hoelle ’77, M.P.A. ’79, Ex-Officio

M.Acc. ’93 Michael R. Mendez ’03, MBA ’10

Orlando Roche ’88

Fu W. Zhou, Ex-Officio

R. Chad Moss ’94

Jorge Rossell

Sanford L. Ziff, O.D.

Emeritus Directors Neal O. Amdur*

Catherine H. Fahringer

William M. Lehman Jr.

Ricardo Nuñez-Portuondo

Gerald Thomas Wolfe ’80, ’86

John K. Aurell

Stanley J. Glaser*

Morris Levitt

Earl W. Powell

Sonny Wright

Oscar Bustillo

Gui L. P. Govaert*

Modesto A. Maidique

Joan Peven Smith

Charles Zwick

Jordan Davidson*

J. Stephen Hudson

Albert Morrison Jr.*

Theodore Spak

Victor I. Eber *

Lester R. Johnson

W. James Orovitz*

Amancio V. Suarez

Leon J. Ell *

Roz Kovens

David L. Perlman*

Norman R. Weldon


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