FIU Honors Hamilton Scholar Spotlight: Katherine Mesa

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Katherine Mesa is an FIU Merit Scholarship recipient and Honors College Summa Cum Laude graduate who majored in Political Science with a minor in International Relations with undergraduate academic certificates in Human Rights and Political Transitions, and Civic Leadership and Engagement. Katherine is passionate about supporting the most vulnerable in the community while valuing the importance of establishing equitable opportunities. …

FIU Honors Student Spotlight: Gabriel Rondon Gonzalez

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Gabriel Rondon Gonzalez is a resilient and determined student whose journey from Venezuela to the United States six years ago has been inspiring. Armed with a thirst for knowledge and unwavering determination, Gabriel faced his first challenge of mastering English and navigating the unfamiliar American system head-on. Yet, with persistence, consistency, and boundless enthusiasm, he overcame these hurdles, refusing to let …

From Student to Teacher: Honors Alumna Inspires Excellence in Education

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Anel Velasquez, a proud alumna of the FIU Honors College, has embarked on a remarkable journey since graduating in 2022. Transitioning into a fulfilling career as a 5th-grade English Language Arts/ESOL teacher for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Anel’s experience in the Honors College equipped her with the flexibility, creativity, and problem-solving skills necessary to thrive in her role. Anel specifically …

Honors Club Spotlight: Bubble City Community Project

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Bubble City Community (BCC) is an outstanding service and volunteering club in the Honors College repertoire. BCC is a student-led service organization focused on helping the Miami homeless community. The club was created in 2021 during the COVID-19 spikes to assist the Overtown community. They primarily held trash clean-ups and distributed fruits and water bottles to people experiencing homelessness. Maya …

Honors Faculty Fellow Recognized as a 40 Under 40 Miami-Dade Bar Award Winner

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The Honors College congratulates Andrej Milic, Esq. on being recognized as a 40 under 40 Miami-Dade Bar Young Lawyers Section Award Winner! The Miami Dade Bar (MDB) is a local bar association with approximately 4,500 members. The association was founded in the early 1900s and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1920. In addition to services provided for members, MDB …

FIU Honors College Welcomes New HEARTS Crochet Club

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The FIU Honors College has welcomed a new club to its roster in spring 2024 for the inner crafter in all of us. It joins the variety of art-focused clubs, Honors Education in the Arts (HEARTS), offered by the college. Each focuses on a creative subject, such as singing, photography, or writing. Now, we can add crocheting. Frannie Witbeck, a …

Meet the FIU Honors College Panther Alumni Week Panelists

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Panther Alumni Week (PAW) connects students with former Panthers through class presentations, industry panels, and networking events. Each year, alumni are invited to visit FIU and engage with students on campus and virtually by offering real-world insight and valuable career advice. This year, the Honors College is proud to welcome our alumni panelists who will share their insights on how …

FIU Honors College Alumna Sofia Gomez: From Classroom to Courtroom

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FIU Honors College Alumna Sofia Gomez has earned a position working for Miami-Dade Judge Milton Hirsch as a Judicial Assistant thanks to her hard work, dedication, and recommendation and support from FIU Honors professor Andrej Milic. Gomez graduated this past fall with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Philosophy and a Law, Ethics, and Society certificate. Gomez started …

Honors College Student Amanda Di Perna Recognized as a Fall 2023 Outstanding Graduate

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Outstanding Graduate is a title bestowed to a few Florida International University. It is an honor of distinctions that celebrates each semester’s best at commencement. They are the graduating Panthers who went above the bar academically, professionally, and personally in their accomplishments achieved during their college career. This semester, an FIU honors student with an insatiable love of the water …

John William Bailly: In Situ at the Deering Estate Wins 2 Regional Emmys

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n a recent triumph, filmmaker Jorge Gonzalez Graupera, Audio Engineer Daniel Abrusci, and Artist & Honors College Professor John Bailly clinched two Regional Emmy Awards: Best Long Form Content for Arts & Entertainment and Best Audio for their captivating film “John William Bailly: In Situ at the Deering Estate.”  The film’s inception stemmed from The Deering Estate’s Head Curator and …