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Chair’s Message

Dear President’s Council Members,

I would like to thank the President’s Council members who attended our Breakfast with President Rosenberg on February 7th. The breakfast gave members an opportunity to hear the most pressing priorities for the university, which allows us to go out into the community as ambassadors and share the FIU story.

Below are some of the highlights:

  • President Rosenberg’s Top 3 Priorities for FIU:
    1. Tell the FIU story – share what our FIU is doing out in the community
    2. Aggressive Fundraising – widen the circle of FIU supporters in the community
    3. Move the needle on Fostering Panther Pride – help FIU be the trailblazer in advocating for homeless and former foster care students who desperately need support
  • If you have not already seen the Fostering Panther Pride video, please click here and share this with your networks. Ask your networks to scroll down and enter their information to make a contribution. Every single dollar counts! Click here to read the latest FIU newstory on our efforts.
  • Many of you have asked, so we are delivering!
    1. Click here to view our latest Member Directory
    2. Click here to view our Calendar of Events
  • We are actively seeking to grow our membership base. We are asking every member to think of at least two people we can nominate for the President’s Council and we are asking you to help us get them on board. To nominate someone, please click here.


On February 24th, we held our Advocacy Briefing in collaboration with Governmental Relations. The breakfast briefing had an overview of the current political and legislative situation; national, state and local issues; the hot topics and FIU priorities for this upcoming session.

On March 9th, we will be hosting a private exhibit and reception supporting the Fostering Panther Pride Program students. The exhibit will feature the Carol Brown Goldberg: Tangled Nature. The event is a collaboration between President’s Council, FPL and Fibernet Direct. A special thank you to Carmen Perez and Irene White for their leadership in this initiative and for underwriting the event. To RSVP, please click here.

And now for some FIU highlights!

  • FIU is one of 81 U.S. public universities to have achieved Carnegie’s highest research classification.
     FIU is one of 81 U.S. Public universities to have achieved Carnegie's highest research classification.
  • FIU researchers received $3.4 million for research to combat the Zika virus. The projects seek to undermine the transmission and impact of the disease using a variety of methods. The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine received nearly $2 million from the Florida Department of Health. The Biomolecular Sciences Institute in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education received nearly $200,000 from the Florida Department of Health to expand research on mosquito genetics and $1.2 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • FIU’s Model United Nations team has achieved its highest ranking ever, landing second place in North America and beating out every Ivy League team in the country. The team has advanced steadily in recent years, as noted in Best Delegate, the organization that ranks Model UN teams based on performance. It is the highest ranked team in Florida and the highest from any public university. A few years ago, our special initiative was raising funds that would allow the Model UN team to attend more competitions. I am happy to see that our efforts have yielded the results we wanted: for this team of exceptional students to elevate the FIU name. Thank you to all of the President’s Council members who supported this team!


In Panther Spirit,

Luly Balepogi
Chair, President’s Council