Dean’s Scholars

Please note that the following events are exclusively for students who are a part of the Dean’s Scholars.

Category: Culture

Piano Slam 12 by Dranoff 2 Piano

For 12 years, the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation’s PIANO SLAM has been a highly successful Classical performance and education program, and annual poetry and Spoken Word competition which has brought live Classical 2 piano performances to classrooms and uses music as a tool to learn core subjects in Miami-Dade public middle and high schools.

PIANO SLAM uses every student’s connection and love of music to develop language in arts-integrated learning models and academic concepts through creative writing.

PIANO SLAM deepens and sustains student growth through extensive teacher professional development in Classical music and creative writing for curriculum and classroom activity development for both language arts and STEM subjects.

Learn more:

Friday, February 28, 2020
Time: 7:30 PM
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132


Exquisito Chocolates

Tour Miami’s first and only chocolate factory. Learn about ethical sourcing, the chocolate process, and sample some treats.

Only 20 spots are available and  registration is required. Visit Eventbrite to register. Dean’s Scholars receive a discounted ticket at $15 with code FIU Honors.

Saturday, February 8, 2020
2606 SW 8th Street, at the beginning of Little Havana.


Category: Mind

Category: Career

FIU Student Leadership Summit

The FIU Student Leadership Summit is a one-day conference which offers students the opportunity to learn from the vast expertise of faculty and administrators. Students are also able to share their leadership experience and learn from their peers while networking. The event is free and open to all FIU students, no prior leadership experience is required. Students will learn about leadership skills, different cultures that we interact with daily (callout/cancel culture), how to view your personality, how to apply for grants, etc.

Saturday, February 1, 2020
8:30 am- 4:00 pm
FIU Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151st St, North Miami, FL 33181

FIU students must register through Panther Connect.


Ehnes Quartet: All Beethoven

Hailed as “an important new force in the chamber music arena,” the Ehnes Quartet is comprised of four internationally renowned artists.

The Ehnes Quartet:
James Ehnes, violin
Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin
Richard O’Neill, viola
Edward Arron, cello

The program is free. Sponsored by Friends of Chamber Music


Tuesday, January 28, 2020
WPAC- Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall
10910 SW 17th Street Miami, FL 33199 


Category: Culture

Category: Body

Mentoring Run with Joel Gandara

As you may remember, Body (health and fitness, outdoor activities, mindfulness) is one of the areas we expect you to cultivate throughout your time as a Dean’s Scholar. Remaining active and making sure you take care of your body and mind is essential to success in other areas of life.

With that in mind, we Invite you to join us for a mentoring run with Joel Gandara.

Click here to see a short clip of his last race.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Meet at the Honors College DM 233


Leadership & Mentorship with: Joel Gandara

CEO & Founder, Morro Capital

A natural entrepreneur, Joel founded an apparel company and created his own underwear brand. The brand retailed $1,000,000 within the first 13 months of business. Following that success, he and his growing team continued to create and develop more brands. Today, he is the owner of 21 men’s apparel brands. In October of 2013, he transformed his company from a wholesale business to a direct-to-consumer brand. More recently, Joel founded Morro Capital, a capital company that has acquired nine businesses to date and is in talks to procure more. Joel has proved that hard works pays off by creating a company that profits over a million dollars a year and whose inception began in a flea market!

Thursday, November 7, 2019
DM 233


Category: Career

Category: Mind

Fluorescent Moon

The world told through the experiences of three blind actors.

Antiheroes Project celebrates its fifth anniversary with Fluorescent Moon, a work of exploration in the world of three blind individuals. After half a decade of presenting numerous multidisciplinary theatre plays and inclusive workshops for people with and without disabilities, our organization have conceived this project for blind artists only.

The title Fluorescent Moon comes from a personal experience of one of the actors. He remembers the way in which his parents described the moon to him at the age of four. This work stems from conversations about memories and life events of six friends, four of them blind.

From those talks, emerge the idea of translating into the language of theatre aspects of their life, as well as their way of understanding and approaching the discovery of the outer world. Each actor has lived through experiences and obstacles differently, so it is also a play about diversity.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
GC 140


Calendar of Events

Fluorescent MoonWednesday, October 30, 2019Mind
Leadership & Mentorship with: Joel GandaraThursday, November 7, 2019Career
Mentoring Run with Joel GandaraWednesday, February 5, 2020Body
Ehnes Quartet: All BeethovenTuesday, January 28, 2020Culture
FIU Student Leadership SummitSaturday, February 1, 2020Career
Exquisito ChocolatesSaturday, February 8, 2020Mind
Piano Slam 12 by Dranoff 2 PianoFriday, February 28, 2020Culture