This year, the FIU Alumni Association will host its 18th annual Torch Awards Gala at the JW Marriott Marquis. The Torch Award is the highest honor bestowed upon alumni and faculty by the FIU Alumni Association. It recognizes FIU supporters who are making positive impacts on their profession, the community and our university.

Join us for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate these extraordinary alumni and faculty. Indulge in a three-course meal and dance the night away.

Beyond paying tribute to FIU’s impressive supporters, the event will support the future construction of our FIU Alumni Center. Serving as a multi-purpose facility for academic, social and business gatherings, the space will recognize donors, share university history and showcase both student and alumni accomplishments. The FIU Alumni Center will foster and encourage lifelong connections between Panthers.

Proceeds will also benefit the First Generation Scholarship Program, which provides financial support to qualified undergraduate students who are the first generation in their families to attain a college degree. All donations are matched 2-for-1 by the state of Florida, tripling donor impact and making dreams come true for many deserving students. 

“Since this is an institution that gives back continuously, it makes complete sense to give back to something that nurtures you and feeds you.”Darlene Boytell-Perez ARNP '89, MSN '96, advanced registered nurse practitioner for Gastro Health, 15th Annual Alumna of the Year Award Recipient



Saturday, March 28, 2020


Cocktail Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Awards Program & Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Afterparty: 9:30 p.m.


$400 - Individual
$4,000 - Preferred Table
$5,000 - Premium Table
$6,000 - VIP Table

Event Location
JW Marriot Marquis
255 Biscayne Blvd. Way
Miami, FL 33131

2018 Recipients

Alumna of the Year

Presented to a past Torch Award Recipient who has achieved distinction through exceptional contributions to our international, national, state or community welfare. This person illustrates the highest standards of integrity and character that positively reflect and enhance the prestige of Florida International University.

Diane M. Faulconer '74, MSM ’74
Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Professional Achievement Awards

Charles E. Perry Young Alumni Visionary Award

Presented to an alumnus/a who has made great strides in the early stages of his/her career

Armando Diaz II ’09, MS ’10
College of Engineering & Computing

Community Leadership Award

Sponsored by Center for Leadership - Presented to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated exemplary service and civic involvement in his/her community

Cristina M. Suarez, Esq. '02, JD '06
College of Law

Entrepreneurial Leadership Award

Presented to an alumnus/a who has made great strides in entrepreneurial endeavors

Misha Kuryla MIB ’04
College of Business

Outstanding Faculty Award

Presented to a faculty member who has made a lasting impression on the lives of FIU students and alumni

Dr. Fiorella Terenzi

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Presented to alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university through their notable record of service and achievement in a particular discipline, organization or cause

Hanadys Ale ‘08, MD '13
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Vivian Z. Dimond ‘80
Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs

Duffy Keys ’75
Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Tariq M. King MS ’07, PhD ‘09
College of Engineering & Computing

Marcel L. Navarro ‘93
Division of Student Affairs

Brent A. Spechler PT ‘78
Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Alex F. Yahr ’95
College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, Awarded Posthumously

17th Annual Torch Awards Gala Recap

2020 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

  • Knight Foundation
  • BankUnited

Media Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsor

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