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This year, the FIU Alumni Association will host its seventeenth annual Torch Awards Gala at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center. The Torch Award is the highest honor bestowed upon alumni and faculty by the FIU Alumni Association, and recognizes their outstanding achievements. These FIU supporters 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 delicious, 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 Fund, providing financial support to qualified undergraduate students who are the first generation in their families to attain a college degree. All donations are matched 100% by the State of Florida, doubling 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

Register

We have postponed the 17th Annual Torch Awards Gala. We are working on a future date and will let everyone know as soon as it is identified.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please call the FIU Alumni Association at 305-348-3334.

Date

To be scheduled

Program

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

Table Options

VIP Table: $6,000
Premium Table: $5,000
Preferred Table: $4,000

Tickets

$400

Event Location
Ocean Bank Convocation Center
1180 SW 113th Avenue
Miami, FL 33199

2018 Recipients

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

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

Iris A. Elijah, JD '11

Iris A. Elijah, JD '11
College of Law

Community Leadership Award

Presented to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated exemplary service and civic involvement in his/her community

Desmond B. Meade, JD '14

Desmond B. Meade, JD '14
College of Law

Entrepreneurial Leadership Award

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

Michelle ‘Misha’ Kuryla, MIB ’04

Michelle ‘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

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

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

Vivian Z. Dimond ‘80

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

Maria Garcia, Esq. '05, JD '08 

Maria Garcia, Esq. '05, JD '08 
College of Law

Francisco Gonzalez, CPA ‘90

Francisco Gonzalez, CPA ‘90
College of Business

Duffy Keys ’75

Duffy Keys ’75
Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Tariq M. King MS ’07, PhD ‘09

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

Teshamae S. Monteith, MD, '98

Teshamae S. Monteith, MD, '98
Honors College

Marcel L. Navarro ‘93

Marcel L. Navarro ‘93
Division of Student Affairs

Rosa M. Santiago ’91

Rosa M. Santiago ’91
Athletics

Brent A. Spechler, PT ‘78

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

Alex F. Yahr ’95

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

16th Annual Torch Awards Gala Video Recap

2018 Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • Bank of America
  • Carnival Corporation & PLC
  • Geico

Silver Sponsors

  • FirstBank Florida
  • BankUnited
  • Radiology Associates of South Florida
  • TotalBank

Bronze Sponsors

  • Bill Hansen Catering
  • STR-Miami

Media Sponsors

  • ClearChannel
  • The Miami Herald

Blue Sponsor

  • Memorial Healthcare System

In-Kind Sponsor

  • Herff Jones

  • Lagunitas Brewing Company

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