This spring, 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
April 14, 2018
Cocktail Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Awards Program & Dinner: 7:00 p.m.
Afterparty: 9:30 p.m.
VIP Table: $6,000
Premium Table: $5,000
Preferred Table: $4,000
Presented to an alumnus/a who has made great strides in the early stages of his/her career
Armando Diaz II ’09, MS ’10
Iris A. Elijah, JD '11
Presented to an alumnus/a who has demonstrated exemplary service and civic involvement in his/her community
Desmond B. Meade, JD '14
Presented to an alumnus/a who has made great strides in entrepreneurial endeavors
Michelle ‘Misha’ Kuryla, MIB ’04
Presented to a faculty member who has made a lasting impression on the lives of FIU students and alumni
Dr. Fiorella Terenzi
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
Vivian Z. Dimond ‘80
Maria Garcia, Esq. '05, JD '08
Francisco Gonzalez, CPA ‘90
Duffy Keys ’75
Tariq M. King MS ’07, PhD ‘09
Teshamae S. Monteith, MD, '98
Marcel L. Navarro ‘93
Rosa M. Santiago ’91
Brent A. Spechler, PT ‘78