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Honors College professor, Pioneer Winter, awarded $20,000 by Knight Foundation for unique arts initiative

The Knights Art Challenge has awarded $2.29 million to a total of 47 local initiatives aimed at bringing arts into South Florida communities. This year’s winners, predominantly made up of artists and small organizations, have created developed ideas ranging from telling stories of modern-day veterans through performances and exhibitions, to celebrating Mexican culture by creating… Learn more »

Univision Journalist Pamela Silva Conde Awards Scholarship to Honors College Students

Six-time Emmy Award-winning journalist Pamela Silva Conde has generously awarded scholarships to two Florida International University Honors College students for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Pamela Silva Conde First Generation Scholarship Honors College Endowment supports students who are first generation in their families to receive a college degree. This year’s recipients, Jonathan Williams and Eric… Learn more »

From First Generation Student to Supporter: Manuel “Manny” Miranda ’78

Source: FIU Advancement 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. Most recently, Miranda supported the First Generation… Learn more »


Joel Gandara Alumnus


Joel Gandara (’03) is a Honors College alum and the founder of Underwear Station Inc., a wholesale distributor and manufacturer of men’s underwear and swimwear. Gandara is a case study in the fruits of persistence. Founded while he was still an FIU student, Underwear Station didn’t become the industry powerhouse it is today overnight.
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Dale Parsan STUDENT

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Dale Parsan is the owner and founder of Parsan’s Paddles, a business specializing in custom paddles for fraternities and sororities. Now in its third year of operations, Parsan’s Paddles caters to a significant niche market here at FIU. Necessity is the mother of invention and, during the spring semester of 2009, Dale found himself in need: “The problem was that paddles had such a negative-stigma about them and I wanted to take my gift to my Big Brother in a much grander direction.”

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John Tsalikis Faculty

John Tsalikis is an Honors College Fellow and an Associate Professor of Marketing in FIU’s College of Business. Into his third decade as an educator, he is consistently rated one of the university’s best professors, Tsalikis is also a prolific researcher, having published several articles and books. The Greek native takes a global perspective to the subtle nuances of business.  Full profile »

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