Dean’s Greeting

12935084943_f6b045a65d_bIt is with great pleasure that I share this Summer 2014 issue of Breakthroughs with you. You’ll find stories about how our students, alumni and faculty are making a difference in the world. For example you’ll read about several of our students receiving scholarships, alumni post-graduation endeavors, faculty presenting at renowned national and international conferences, new faculty and the expertise they are bringing to FIU, and ongoing research and the impact it has on our local and global communities. Excellence, quality, creativity and innovation are hallmarks of the people featured.

In January 2014 we admitted over 570 undergraduate and graduate students and welcome back approximately 1,000 continuing students. The 2014 Path Awards was a tremendous success, raising $27,000 for scholarships, while recognizing the individuals who are the change agents in our community.

We will soon be in our new building, Academic Health Center 5 (AHC5) which will, for the first time in our short history as a college, bring us together under one roof. We are looking forward to the ribbon cutting which will be health Thursday, October 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please visit our website ( for more information. “Save the Date” announcements will be sent soon. Please share the information with your colleagues and friends.

We are proud to work with you and our partners across Florida and the globe. We invite you to join us in expanding our efforts and leveraging what we bring to the table – enthusiastic students, successful faculty, passionate alumni, and engaged community leaders. As a new academic year begins I urge you to support the college in our mission and in our quest to find new ways of bringing health and well-being to all.

I hope you enjoy this issue and the special people featured here. Please tell us about your own recent successes and developments by emailing us at

Thanks for reading.

Michele Ciccazzo, Ph.D., R.D.
Dean, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work


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