Presidential Blog

Can Remote Work?

Dear members of the university community, Imagine relocating from a cold weather rural area to a new job in a bustling, vibrant sub-tropical community to assume a position with a cluster of talented people in a high energy institution that had repeatedly been...

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From Here to There: The Being-Becoming Cycle

From Here to There: The Being-Becoming Cycle

Dear members of the university community, Thinking of our future as we move into a second week of remote summer teaching and research, I am reminded of the dynamic that has framed much of our work during these past five decades of FIU’s existence, and the balance we...

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Bravery at our Post of Honor:  A Mother’s Day Message

Bravery at our Post of Honor: A Mother’s Day Message

Dear members of the university community, Where there is a brave [person] in the thickest of the fight, there is the post of honor. Henry David Thoreau Since this pandemic is a place where we have never been before, we are grappling with so many issues that...

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The Virtue of Virtual: Really?

Dear colleagues, Do you know why I am passionate about our graduation ceremonies? Truth is that I draw strength and motivation from the energized students, their happy parents and loved ones, the faculty and staff who renew their silent vows to the academy with each...

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