HEARTS Clubs and Activities

HEARTS (A cappella group)

A cappella groups sing without musical accompaniment only relying on the tones of the human voice. HEARTbeats, founded and led by Kamila Manzueta under the faculty mentorship of Professor Janet McDaniel, brings together students who sing, who beatbox, who rap, and more. From the most popular of pop music to classic World War I tunes to lift the spirits of the downtrodden, if it can be sung HEARTbeats will make a showstopping performance of it.

For more information on HEARTbeats please contact Luli Szeinblum by email at luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu or Faculty Director Janet McDaniel at jmcdanie@fiu.edu.


HEARTbeats is pleased to announce fall auditions for all voice parts. The auditions will take place the first week of school. First there will be individual auditions, with a possible call back to participate in a group audition. For the individual auditions, students are asked to prepare 90 seconds of a song of any genre that best showcases their  range (i.e. an Adele or Amy Winehouse song might best show off an alto’s voice). No previous musical experience is needed (though it is highly recommended as sheet music is used). During the audition, ranges will be determined, and previous musical experience (if applicable) will be tested. For the call backs, songs will be assigned according to the respective voice parts.

Contact Kamila Manzueta at heartbeats.fiuhonors@gmail.com for more information. To RSVP for the following audition times and days, please go here: http://hon.fiu.edu/hbauditions

Fall Auditions Dates & Times: 

Monday, Aug 22, 2016
12pm-1pm, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2016
11am-1pm, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016
12pm-1pm, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

Friday, Aug 26, 2016

Location: TBA

Break a leg!


The HEARTS Art Club led by Cynthia Piorno and under the mentorship of Professor Gretchen Scharnagl is starting its activities this Fall!

Join us for the Inaugural Meeting on Friday, January 27th , 2017 at 2:00pm (EH 150.)

Meetings will take place on alternate  Fridays from 2:00 to 3:00pm.

No previous experience is required!

The HEARTS Art Club is open to ALL Honors students.

For more information please refer to MyHonors or contact Luli Szeinblum by email at luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

HEARTS Book Club

Students are always reading but how many really read for pleasure? The HEARTS Book Club is a student led group dedicated to the consumption and discussion of the great literary works of the past and modernity under the student leadership of Nicolle Rodriguez and faculty mentorship of Professor Cynthia Dottin and Mary Lou Pfeiffer. This club meets on the third Friday of every month to discuss a previously determined book. Any Honors student who has read the book of the month is welcome to attend the meeting.

Inaugural Meeting: Friday, September 9th, 2016

Meeting of Friday, September 23rd, 2016: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Meeting of Friday, October 21st, 2016: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Meeting of Friday, November 18th, 2016: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

All meetings will be held from 12:30pm to 2:00pm, at DM 233

For further information please refer to MyHonors or contact Luli Szeinblum by email at luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

HEARTS Dance Club

Led by student Luz Rodríguez-Basavilbaso Cubillo and sponsored by professor Pioneer Winter, the Dance Your HEARTS Out Club came at the perfect moment as FIU re-established  its Dance minor program. In addition to their weekly student-led dance classes, the club also offers monthly sponsored university-wide symposiums in order to learn from professional choreographers and scholars in the South Florida community.

No previous experience is required!

The HEARTS Dance Club is open to ALL Honors students and during spring 2017 meets every Thursday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in EH150.

For more information please refer to MyHonors or contact Luli Szeinblum by email at luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu

HEARTS Fashion Club

The HEARTS Fashion Club, a student organization founded and led by Yashodara Suri, explores fashion as an art, a lifestyle, and a business. It has its own fashion/lifestyle e-magazine, The Issue, where members write blog entries targeted at college students on a budget.  During club meetings, students work on the e-magazine, have guest speakers, and continue to explore their love of fashion. Members are invited to attend fashion events around Miami and can even participate in fashion shows on and off campus!

During Spring 2017 the group meets on alternate Thursdays at 11 pm in DM 233. No previous experience is required!

The HEARTS Fashion Club is open to ALL Honors students.

For more information please refer to MyHonors or contact Luli Szeinblum by email at luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

HEARTS Sax Quartet

From Holst’s the Planets to Jazzy songs the four-student performance group dedicated to musical excellence, the HEARTS Sax Quartet, can make brass sound better than gold. Membership is closed for the current academic year.

For more information please contact Luli Szeinblum by email at luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.

HEARTS Writing Club

The HEARTS Writing Club, founded and led by Odette Manresa and  mentored by Professor Adam Gorelick,  caters to students with an appreciation for the written word and the creative art of putting pen to paper.  This can include poetry or prose, short stories or novels, blogs, texts, you name it!  Members are invited to share their own work or works by others whom they admire.  Events and workshops are also on the horizon.  The aim is to support one another’s creative endeavors and to improve each other’s skills.

During Spring 2017 the group meets every Thursday from 4:00pm to 5:00pm at DM 233.

The HEARTS Writing Club is open to ALL Honors students.

For more information please refer to MyHonors or contact Luli Szeinblum by email at luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu

HEARTS Activities

HEARTS New York Trip

HEARTS does New York!  Spend 5 days in the city on an arts & culture feast!

Spring Break 2017: March 13 to March 17, 2017

Yes. There will be around 4 orientation meetings

Art, theatre, history, architecture, culture

visits to Grand Central Station, the New York Public Library, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Metropolitan Museum, Central Park,  9/11 Memorial and museum,  Museum of Modern Art, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, The Brooklyn Museum, 2 Broadway shows (Chicago and Sunset Boulevard) and more!


Approximately $950

– Hotel accommodations (double occupancy, wi-fi)
– Transportation to and from the city
– New York Pass (80+ Attractions)
– Group visits, activities
– 2 Broadway shows
– Private guided tours in the MET, Brooklyn and MoMA museums
– Insurance
– Chaperon

– $150 Deposit
– Airfare
– MetroCard ($30)
– All Meals
– Personal expenses

It works on a first come, first serve basis! Only 10 spots available!


1) Bring a $150 money order or cashier check made out to Dadeland Travel to DM 233. This non-refundable deposit will secure your spot
Keep making your payments as instructed below
3) Attend the Orientation meetings (dates TBA)

Amount2nd Payment
Amount3rd Payment
NY Trip 2017Tue, January 31, 2017$350*

Tue, February 14th, 2017$300*

Tue, February 28, 2017$300*


*Failure to make your payments on time will forfeit your paid fees, and your spot will go to another student.


One Friday a month at 3:00pm, HEARTS@themovies offers a movie, popcorn, and a discussion.  Students are introduced to classic, contemporary, all genres, and all nationalities type of movies. The common denominator: they have to be really good!

For more information please refer to MyHonors or contact Luli Szeinblum by email at luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.