CARTA Dean's Newsletter | 2017 vol. 4 Ranks the FIU School Of Architecture #2 In the Nation

We want to thank our hardworking faculty, alumni, and especially students for placing us among the strongest programs in the nation. Read more >>

FIU School Of Architecture Alumnus, Oscar E. Cordova Receives FIU Torch Award

This past Saturday, FIU celebrated the 16th Annual Torch Awards honoring graduates who have had a positive impact on their profession, the community and our university. Help us extend a warm congratulations to our own Architecture alumnus Oscar E. Cordova, ’85 who was awarded Distinguished Alumnus. Cordova is the Director of Architectural Services for CGI Windows & Doors and has been with the company for 19 years. In this role, he leads a team of Senior Product Consultants who provide technical support and product knowledge to architects, builders and other professionals in the trade. He and his company have been committed to the support of student scholarships and have been the main sponsor of our annual statewide Walk on Water event. Click here to see photos from this event>>

I'm proud to share with you this month's accomplishments of our faculty, students, alumni, and staff!

The National Association Of Schools Of Art and Design (NASAD) Visits FIU Art + Art History

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) team concluded their visit of FIU’s Art + Art History Department with a positive meeting that included faculty and students. Read more about NASAD >>

CARTA's Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center in 2016 celebrated two decades of arts education and cultural programming. A standout facility made possible by two generous philanthropists, it serves both the university and Greater South Florida as a hub of creativity and public engagement. Take a look at some of the highlights of the Center’s 20-year history. Read more >>

FIU SCJ's Mobile Media Culture in the Americas (MMCA2017) Conference Explored The Digital Divide

Each year, FIU’s Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and School of Communication + Journalism collaborate to provide a forum for journalists, scholars and policy-makers to discuss the social, economic and political issues on informing communities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Spanish-language media in the U.S. Read more>>
Missed it? Watch some of the sessions here recorded by FIU LACC >>

FIU School Of Music Choir Performed Historic Concert In Cuba

ABC Miami Local 10 News featured FIU Choir students performing a historic concert in Havana along the city's own choir and orchestra.
We are proud of our students and all who made this day possible. Watch the full video>>

CARTA Students Honored In Tallahassee As Part Of Arts Advocacy Day

During the FHEAN spring meeting, three CARTA Student, Adele Robinson Rodriguez, Emily Blanco, and Morgan Girard, received the “FHEAN Student Arts Advocacy Award” honoring students who bring attention to the essential role of the arts in Florida’s quality of life. Read about their trip as they advocated for the arts in Tallahassee. Read more >>

CARTA Represented in DC During Arts Advocacy Day

On March 20-21 Dean Schriner and arts advocates from across the country convened in Washington, DC to participate in the Americans for the Arts Annual Conference and Arts Advocacy Day. Bringing together arts leadership from a broad cross section of America’s cultural, educational, and civic organizations, participants underscored the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts. Read more >>

Miami Times Selects FIU Media Professor Moses Shumow for New Generation of Dreamers of South Florida

The New Generation of Dreamers of South Florida are people who use positions and platforms available to them to advance and improve the Black community. This year, The Miami Times recognized FIU School of Communication and Journalism Professor, author, and activist Moses Shumow for his tireless commitment to Liberty Square and its residents. Read more >>

Over 170 Students and 18 Leading Design Firms Participated in the FIU School Of Architecture Career Fair

The annual fair serves as a unique opportunity for FIU School of Architecture students to meet with employers from local design firms who are interested in recruiting our top graduate students for internships or entry-level jobs. Read more >>

FIU SCJ Students Visited With Peers at MIT

Three Mobile Virtual Reality Lab students – Leslie Ovalle, Cindy Castro, and Johanna Falkenhagen – attended a brainstorming workshop at MIT as part of the a partnership with Before It’s Too Late, a VR program focused on telling stories about climate change. Read more >>

Featured Alumna | Darielle Williams | Dance, '08

Darielle Williams, ‘08 said it was during her freshman year at FIU when she believed she had what it took to be a dancer.   

Williams, who is from Trinidad and Tobago, said she first felt intimidated by other student dancers who had more experience in the art. She auditioned for Professor Augusto Soledade and to her surprise, she was chosen to be one of five principal dancers.   

“I could not, at the time, imagine doing anything else but moving for a living. I came to appreciate dance as a medium of artistic expression, emotional release and for its educational and entertainment value,” Williams said.  

To read more, click here.

CARTA Distinguished Fellow Opened Home For FIU School Of Music String Benefit Concert

On Monday, March 13, the Amernet String Quartet did a special performance at the home of Dr. Bruce Carter. See all the photos from this event >>
If you are interested in Supporting the SOM String Education Fund please click here>>

CARTA's Own Rashida Taylor Received FIU Employee Excellence Award

Every year, the FIU community gathers to honor and recognize FIU’s distinguished staff and faculty members for their outstanding achievements and years of service. This year, the award ceremony took place Friday, March 4, 2017, see all CARTA members who were nominated. Read more >>

FIU CARTA Faculty Benefit From Research Retreat

On Friday, March 31, CARTA faculty participated in a retreat where they discussed research trends, grant writing, and external funding sources. The goal of the retreat was to provide faculty with an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues on exchanging ideas and preparing grant proposals.  A total 40 faculty participated in the event. Click here to see the photos>>

The Journalism UnConference

On Saturday, April 1, was the The Journalism unConference. This conference is different than others because the format is flexible, participant-driven favoring active lively discussion, debate and interactive participation on emerging trends, the latest issues and projects. To learn more about next years conference click here>>

FIU School of Architecture Open House

On Saturday, April 1, the School of Architecture hosted a successful open house for prospective architecture, interior, and landscape students. Parents and guest were able to tour the Paul L. Cejas Architecture Building and meet with program directors, faculty, students and advisors. Learn about the School of Architecture here>>

FIU Magazine Shares Music Alumnae Endeavors

Sarah Payne ’14 and Laura Martinez Leon ’15 are living a dream many young opera singers only hope to experience.After graduating from FIU’s School of Music, Payne with a bachelor’s in vocal performance and Leon with a master’s in vocal performance, they both were selected to join the Florida Grand Opera’s Young Artist Program and have had the opportunity to perform at home and abroad in cities like Madrid and Salzburg. To read more, click here>>
Jorge Diaz, FIU School of Music Student,
Benefits From Community's Support of CARTA
Jorge Diaz - Scholarship recipient
Now that you've heard Jorge Diaz's testimony, join us by making a contribution today to help FIU CARTA students. If you have any questions about your contribution, please contact Maria Claverie at 305-348-1805.
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FIU LLK Center's "Women in Communication: Breaking the Barriers" | April 20 - BBC

Where are women in the ranks of communication professions? If they are not leading, where are they and what are they doing?
The Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication will bring together industry professionals and scholars from around the country. Conference participants will explore the role of women in leadership positions in the fields of advertising, broadcasting, digital media, newspaper, public relations, and magazines.
Click Here to Register

FIU Alumni Association Worlds Ahead Tour | April 20 - Fort Lauderdale

When: Thursday, April 20 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Where: Lauderdale Yacht Club 1725 SE 12th St Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ticket price: $20

Network with successful FIU graduates, meet key university leaders and enjoy interactive experiences showcasing FIU’s global impact through preeminent programs.
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A Sea Change | April 4 - MMC + April 7 - BBC

FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) is bringing together dozens of faculty members and students from many different disciplines – theatre, dance, music, journalism, architecture, environmental science – to produce A Sea Change: a Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration in Response to a Global Threat. The 90-minute program will feature a lot of important research and facts presented in creative and impactful ways. Read more >>
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FIU Architecture Alumnus and VP of AECOM Hosts Special FIU Architecture Alumni Reception in Orlando | April 27

FIU Architecture alumnus and Vice President of AECOM, Agustin “Gus” Barrera invites you to a special FIU Architecture Alumni dinner reception at the AECOM Office on Thursday, April 27. Gus and his team welcome you and a guest for a night of dinner, drinks, and networking during the AIAConvention in Orlando, FL. Transportation will be provided from the Orange County Convention Center to the AECOM office upon request. Register by Saturday, April 15.
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CARTA "Inspicio" Featuring Robert Battle | April

Robert Battle became the artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater July 2011, making him only the third person to head the Company since it was founded in 1958. Battle was was raised in Liberty City and continues to provide outreach programs in Miami communities. Make sure to subscribe to Inspicio or download the complimentary App to obtain this issue as soon as it is released. 
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FIU Department Of Architecture Releases Fall 2016 eFolio | April

The new edition of eFolio highlights Architecture students traveling abroad to engage in other cities and cultures for unique experiences as part of their curriculum. Other news include:
  • Architecture students awarded at the 2016 AIA Miami Design Awards Gala
  • Students defy all odds at the 27th Annual "Walk on Water" event
  • Fall 2016 master project thesis students visited Chicago, IL with Professor Henry Rueda
To read the new Department of Architecture fall 2016 eFolio, click here.

2017 Knight Arts Challenge Seeks Applicants | Through April 28

Send the best of idea for the arts in your city and have a chance to win grants! The challenge will be accepting submissions March 29-April 28. Any person or group can apply, whether an individual, non-profit, for-profit, university, municipality or artist collective. To read more about the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge, click here. The Knight Foundation offers a series of events to review the challenge basics, timeline and what they're looking for in applications from Knight Foundation staff and past winners. To register, click here>>

WLRN Tropical Currents | April 18

Margo Berman, a Professor from the Department of Communication, will guest on the WLRN Public Radio show, Topical Currents, from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18 to as the second of a three-part series where she discusses her career in advertising, higher education, FIU students, and advertising today. Listen live online >>

Professional Business Solutions Seeks Construction Project Manager

Responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of construction projects from planning to implementation and coordinating and allocating resources for assigned projects. Qualifications include 2 years of experience in luxury residential/commercial construction management; a degree in architecture/construction management/interior design and bilingual (English/Spanish). Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and abilities. Email resume and information to Guillermo Rodriguez at

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Seeks Full-Time Communications Manager

This position is an entry-to-mid-level communications and marketing position with responsibility for promoting the Chamber through traditional media and digital channels to external audiences. The position reports to a vice president of communications and engages with the Chamber’s public relations agency and digital partners. Qualifications include strong writing, editing and communication skills; experience with Adobe Creative Suite (especially Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop) and 1-3 years of work experience in the same. Salary is low-mid 30s, based on experience. Interested candidates should contact Lorraine Reigosa, Vice President, Communications at

FIU Society of Professional Journalists Invites CNN, NBC and Miami Herald to Social Event

The event, “Listen, Learn & Connect takes place Tuesday, April 4 at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus Wolfe University Center Ballrooms from 1-4 p.m. Panel Discussion, “Where Can Journalism Take?” includes Ariel Zirulnick, Executive Editor of The New Tropic; Dan Grech, VP of Marketing and Public Relations at OfferCraft and Stephanie Bertini, NBC 6 Reporter. Mock interviews include, Alex Harris, Breaking News Reporter of the Miami Herald and Ramon Escobar, VP of Talent, Recruiting & Development at CNN.

Frost Museum of Science Seeks FIU Design Graduates for Exhibition Technicians Positions

The Exhibitions Technician performs installation of new exhibits, daily maintenance and reviews the safe operation of the new Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science exhibits. She/he works collaboratively with other technicians and management staff from both internal and external crews. Interested candidates should contact James Herring, Exhibition Designer at

RS&H Seeks Entry-Level Architect in Jacksonville, FL

Qualifications include a 5-year Bachelor’s or Master’s of Architecture degree from a NAAB accredited university; 0-1 years of work experience and strong proficiency in AutoCAD and REVIT. To apply, click here.

MSA Architects Opens Full-Time Architect Position in Miami

Qualifications include a minimum of 3 years of experience in design or construction documents for Mixed-Use, Multifamily Residential and Senior Living projects, as well as knowledge using AutoCAD, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office, Photoshop and Sketchup. For more information, click here.

The Walt Disney Company Seeks Summer 2017 Music Production Archivist Intern in California

Responsibilities include contributing to the management of archives of digital music assets for current/ongoing and legacy Disney/Pixar productions; coordinating transfers of legacy audio formats to standard Pro Tools files and documenting procedures to create workflow manual. Interested candidates must be working towards or recently completed an undergraduate degree in music, film, computer science or related; have ability to provide own relocation, housing and transportation and available full time for 12 weeks from May/June through August/September. For more information, click here.

Perry Ellis International Seeks Videographer/Editor Intern in Miami

Responsibilities include collaborating under the direction of the marketing, creative and photography departments to create compelling and targeted content for social media platforms for the PEI brands portfolio. Also, edit content according to needs to include graphic treatments, color grading, coding, music, sound mixing, tags and more. Interested candidates must be enrolled in either a Masters/Bachelors/Phd or recent graduate with experience using video-editing software, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Final Cut Pro. For more information, click here.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Opens Entry-Level Entertainment Technician III in Tampa, FL

Responsibilities include performing warehouse prep, stagehand, scene shifts and other behind-the-scene duties for entertainment shows and/or events; operating spotlight for assigned shows in the park; performing responsibilities of a dresser for shows and events; performing daily operational duties to assist the department to include covering scheduled or open positions, communicating show changes, schedule changes and other details. Qualifications include a college degree in theatre or related discipline and a minimum of 1 year of general experience in a theatrical environment as a technician with knowledge of technical theatre. For more information, click here.

USA Today/Reality Leadership Seeks Journalism Intern in Miami

Responsibilities include interviewing industry thought leaders on pre-selected subjects; do independent research to gather additional information or statistics; write 3-5 articles weekly and create infographics and edit images for articles. Qualifications include having completed at least one internship focusing on creating content, writing and/or blogging. For more information, click here.
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