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Sculpture joins Honors College’s growing art collection

Local artist Beatriz Gerenstein has donated her bronze sculpture, The Third Partner, to the Honors College at Florida International University. The sculpture joins the Honors College’s growing collection of pieces by prestigious international artists.  Gerenstein, originally from Argentina, trained alongside recognized artists in numerous countries and now calls Miami home. Specializing in bronze sculptures and… Learn more »

Four Honors College students named Worlds Ahead Scholars

Worlds Ahead Scholars are chosen each year based on their outstanding efforts. Winners have: won awards, or special recognition, for their academic work or community service; completed groundbreaking or unusual research projects; overcome great personal or physical obstacles to complete their education; started their own businesses or were very involved in service organizations while enrolled… Learn more »

Local Foundation Announces Events to Benefit Community Residents

The Li’l Abner Foundation, a philanthropic organization committed to supporting the Sweetwater community, has announced dates and details for 6 upcoming local events. Over the course of its 6 years in operation, the Li’l Abner Foundation has offered free programs to more than 1,800 residents of the City of Sweetwater. Their efforts include scholastic programs,… 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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