2021 Parent & Family Week

Join us for the 2021 Parent & Family Week from the comfort of your own home or in person, October 18 – 23! 

As we continue to keep the safety and well-being of FIU families a priority, our 2021 Parent & Family week of events will offer a variety of virtual, live and self-guided, along with in-person experiences that allow you to participate with your student and family members. You have the freedom to create the best experience that suits your availability and interests. 

We'd love to see how your family is participating in Parent & Family Week, so share your photos and videos on social media with #fiuproudfamily. We may even feature you! Feel free to use any of the hashtags below as well. 

#fiuproudfamily #FIU #FIU24 #FIU23 #FIU22 #FIU21 #FIUTransfer 

Please continue to check this site as more activities are uploaded!

Qualified individuals with a disability requesting an accommodation to attend this event must make the request no less than five (5) working days in advance by emailing family@fiu.edu.

FIU Parents Fund 

FIU family members make an incredible impact in our student’s journey, by sharing time, talent and treasure. As part of this year’s FIU Parent & Family Week, your FIU Family Council is raising funds to support student scholarships. Please consider making a donation to help our FIU students in need through the FIU Parents Fund, by visiting https://go.fiu.edu/Familiesgive2021.

A suggested minimum donation of $10 or more, would be greatly appreciated. To learn more about the Parents Fund, visit https://family.fiu.edu/give-now/parent-fund.

Schedule of Events (click + for details)

  • Nearby Off Campus Activities

    Looking to travel to Miami to enjoy the in-person activities and/or explore the area with your student? See below for some quick resources to help you navigate the cities and activities around FIU.  

    FIU – Campus Highlights – go.fiu.edu/FIUHighlights  

    Things to do near FIU – go.fiu.edu/nearFIU 

    City of Coral Gables – go.fiu.edu/coralgables 

    City of Fort Lauderdale – go.fiu.edu/fortlauderdale   

    City of Miami/Brickell/Downtown – go.fiu.edu/miami101 

    City of Miami Beach – go.fiu.edu/miamibeach 

  • Asynchronous Activities - On Your Own Time
    • Download your customized FIU Activities Guide! Email the file of your completed guide to family@fiu.edu for a prize!
    • Up for a family challenge? Submit pictures of your family in FIU gear (both past and present) or of your student for our Parent and Family Week Social Media Challenge by October 23, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. A few winners will be randomly selected to receive a swag bag from Orientation and Family Programs. We will also use the pictures to create a video compilation for marketing purposes. To help us easily locate your submissions, please post the pictures on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #fiuproudfamily.  
    • Looking for a new podcast? Consider listening to Doin’ The Work: Frontline Stories of Social Change. This podcast highlights people working for social change. Interviews with social workers and those in related fields, educators, and activists about their work and personal stories of how they got into this work. Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher or at dointhework.podbean.com.
    • Miami as Text is the world as seen by the students of John William Bailly of the FIU Honors College at Florida International University. The project provides authentic reflections through a juxtaposition of image and text. Neighborhood by neighborhood, place by place, object by object, young people respond with praise and criticism to The Magic City. In addition, Miami as Text projects see young Miamians journey across España, France, and Italia and reflect upon Western Europe with a unique Miami perspective.
    • Visit the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum M- F, 10 am – 5 pm or on the weekend, 12-5 pmAs one of the largest academic art museums in South Florida, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum provides the community with free access to world-class art that spans cultures and time periods. The museum started as a small space in FIU’s Primera Casa building in 1978. As the collection and programming grew, the university recognized the need for a dedicated museum space. The museum now resides in a beautiful 46,000 square foot building designed by Yann Weymouth and situated in the heart of FIU’s Avenue of the Arts. 
    • Looking to change your workouts? Explore the Wellness and Recreation Center’s PantherFIT TV videos at go.fiu.edu/pantherfittv. Follow along prerecorded videos ranging from 20-minute HIIT Workouts, Cycling at Home, and so much more.
    • TheFIU Healthy Living programoffers a holistic and preventative approach to health by encouraging students and YOU to engage in everyday healthy lifestyle practices! Unable to attend a live session? Go to go.fiu.edu/fiuhealthyliving to choose/follow along a prerecorded video focusing on one of the 9 Dimensions of Wellness: physical, intellectual, occupational, emotional, social, spiritual, environmental, financial, and cultural.
    • Donate to the FIU Student Food Pantries! The pantries are available to FIU students who might be experiencing food insecurity. During 2020-2021, our pantries provide over 36,000 pounds of food to students. The pantries are donations based, which means that all the food distributed comes from donations made by staff, faculty, alumni, members of the community, and student groups. If you have any questions, please contact cls@fiu.edu.   
    • Take advantage of shopFIU discounts all week!
      • Stop by Barnes and Noble at FIU to enter for a chance to win a parent and family gift basket, valued at $75! 
      • Hungry? Family members can enjoy 10% off at 8th street Campus Kitchen. 
      • Need a sharp trimMention “FIU FAMILY” at Golden Touch barbershop for 15% off. 
      • Need new shades to soak in that Miami sun? Our friends at College Optical are offering 25% off all purchases, some exclusions apply.
      • Follow "fiu_foodlife" this week for a chance to win $100 Dining Dollars for your student!   

        Visit FIU Family page for more information on these offers as well as hours of operations.  

  • October 16 (Homecoming)

    Panthermonium 

    Hosted by: Homecoming Council 

    Time: 6 pm 

    Location: SASC Parking Lot, MMC 

    Come out to Panthermonium, FIU’s biggest concert that occurs every year. With over 4,000 guests every year, it has become one of the most successful events at FIU. This year’s artists are Swae Lee and T-Pain! 

    Registration: Purchase your tickets for only $20 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panthermonium-2021-tickets-172927489777 (attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 25+) 

  • October 17 (Homecoming)

    Panthers Got Talent

    Hosted by: Homecoming Council

    Time: 5 PM

    Location: Student Academic Success Center (SACS) Parking Lot, MMC 

    Come see the panthers on stage at Panthers Got Talent, an FIU Homecoming tradition in which students, faculty, and staff perform live. Join us for a night of entertainment with singing, dancing, and so many more acts to see who has what it takes to take home the Gold. 

    Registration: This event is free to the community. 

  • October 18

    Frost Art Museum – Common Reading Exhibit 

    Hosted by: Academic and Career Success, Common Reading 

    Time: (Monday - Friday – 10am-5pm, Sunday – 12-5pm) 

    Location: This event is free and open to the public. No need to register, just visit the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. 

    Robert Andy Coombs was born and raised in Michigan’s upper peninsula in a little town bordering Wisconsin. Being a closeted gay male in a conservative rural environment, Coombs could’t wait to leave his small town behind. He received a scholarship to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids where he studied photography and started living authentically as a gay male. In 2009, during a trampoline training accident, Coombs landed on the back of his neck resulting in a spinal cord injury. After a short year at home, Coombs returned to KCAD in 2010 and completed his BFA in 2013. During those years, disability and sexuality emerged as a main subject for him. He then went to study at the Yale University School of Art where he continued the exploration of disability and sexuality with a focus on documenting his intimate relationships with friends and lovers. After receiving his MFA in 2020, Coombs relocated to Miami, Florida where he continues his photographic practice in the sun. 


    Welcome to Parent and Family Week! 

    Hosted by: Orientation and Family Programs 

    Time: 7 – 8:30 pm 

    Grab your favorite snack and beverage to compete with other Proud Panther Families in a game of FIU trivia. We will also be having a virtual caricature artist providing digital family portraits! FIU staff will also share more information about the week of events and answer any questions you may have. Don’t delay, spaces are limited! 

    Registration: To register for this event, please click here.

  • October 19

    Curator Tours 

    Hosted by: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum 

    Time: 12 – 1 pm 

    Join Chief Curator, Amy Galpin on a tour of our current exhibition Leonardo Drew: Cycles, From the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation. Leonardo Drew’s prints, at once powerfully large yet fragile, test the versatility of the medium, transforming cotton paper pulp and pigment into what suggests densely populated cities, a forest, or an urban wasteland.   

    Registration: This event is free and open to the public. No need to register, just drop in at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum lobby. 


    Taste at the Bay 

    Hosted by: The Homecoming Council 

    Time: 12 – 6 pm 

    Location: Check back September 20th for specific locations! 

    Taste at the Bay is a chance to try out an array of dishes from local food vendors around our Biscayne Bay Campus. Stop by our featured restaurants of all that the bay has to offer. Just let them know you are participating in this FIU Homecoming event, and they will show you what they’ve got, and among all our different featured restaurants, there will be something for everyone to enjoy! 


    FIU Men’s Soccer vs Coastal Carolina University 

    Time: 6:45 pm 

    Location: FIU Soccer Stadium 

    Ranked 13th in the nation, our Men’s Soccer team will take on Coastal Carolina! Cheer our Panthers on to victory in person or from the comfort of your own home!  

    Registration: Purchase your tickets at go.fiu.edu/menssoccer or livestream at go.fiu.edu/FIUvsCoastal

  • October 20

    FIU Parent & Family Morning Coffee Break 

    Hosted by: The Parent & Family Council 

    Time: 10 – 11 am 

    Take some time to chat, share and get to know other FIU parents and family members. This event is free, but RSVP is required to attend. 

    Registration: Register at go.fiu.edu/familycoffeeRSVP


    Real Talk – Women Leaders in Hospitality  

    Hosted by: Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Castell@College 

    Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm 

    Join Castell@College for an interactive discussion with a panel of hospitality executives. Panelists will talk career tracks, life choices and proven formulas for success 

    Registration: Register at go.fiu.edu/realtalkhospitality

  • October 21

    Uncaging 

    Hosted by: The Homecoming Council 

    Time: 5 - 9 pm 

    Location: Modesto Maidique Campus, Graham Center Lawns/Fountain/ DM Pit/Primara Casa Steps

    The Uncaging is the ultimate spirit event on campus! Have fun with your students at this Carnival/Festival-like event with inflatables, music, and great food.  


    Trail of the Torch 

    Hosted by: The Homecoming Council 

    Time: 6:30 pm 

    Location: Will start at Modesto Maidique Campus, Graham Center Lawns

    The 17th Annual Trail of the Torch will be hosted at this year’s Uncaging Event. The FIU Student Ambassadors, the keepers of this tradition, will be ready to greet our alumni and community. The Trail will begin at the stage where we will announce our official 2021 Torchbearers. During the largest on-campus tradition, our Torchbearers will carry and pass the torch, until we reach and ignite the Torch of Knowledge, Service & Opportunity in front of the Primera Casa steps, representing the importance of alumni giving back to their alma mater. 

  • October 22

    Wellness & Recreation Center Access 

    Check out our state-of-the-art gym equipment and visit the Wellness and Recreation Center throughout the weekend! Parents and family members can buy a guest pass for the Wellness and Recreation Center at the Modesto Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay Campus. The cost for the pass is $5 and it is valid from Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24. Subsequent visits are free. The Wellness and Recreation Center has everything you need to live a fit, healthy lifestyle along with your student! If interested, please complete the interest form at go.fiu.edu/wrcfamilies. 

    Hours of Operation 

    • Friday: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM 
    • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM 
    • Note: Only major debit/credit cards accepted for the use of the Wellness and Recreation Center. No cash will be taken. Parents and family members must present a valid state driver's license or identification at the point of entry. 

    Interested in taking a cycling class on Saturday, 10/23 at 11 or Noon? You will be able to reserve a bike 24 hours before the start of class. Reserve your bike on Friday, 10/22, starting at 11 am at go.fiu.edu/fiucycling


    Campus Tour MMC 

    Time: 2 pm

    Location: Student Academic Success Center (SASC)- 1st floor, next to auditorium 

    This guided walking tour of our campuses features views of classrooms, the library, dining facilities and more. Face coverings are strongly encouraged for the duration of your visit as well as social distancing. 

    Registration: Reserve your spot at go.fiu.edu/FIUtour


    Craft  

    Time: 5 pm 

    Location: GC Ballrooms & Surrounding Areas, MMC 

    Join us for CRAFT, an international food and drinks tasting event taking place on Friday, October 22, 2021 at the FIU Modesto Maidique campus in the Graham Center Ballrooms from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Now in its fourth year, the event has become a Homecoming tradition which combines philanthropy and over 20 top-tier food and drink offerings in a unique ambiance. This year’s theme is Havana Nights and is open to alumni, faculty, staff, retirees, and guests. This is one Homecoming celebration you won’t want to miss! 

    • Must present a valid driver's license 
    • Person who is registered must be the person to claim ticket for entry 
    • Must be 21+ to participate/enter venue

     

    Registration: Visit go.fiu.edu/CRAFT21


    Shabbat Dinner 

    Time: 6 pm 

    Location: FIU Ocean Bank Convocation Center Lobby

    Join Jewish students and parents as we celebrate Homecoming 2021 with Hillel at FIU's Homecoming Shabbat, an evening of great food, Jewish celebration, and a chance to meet some of FIU's greatest student athletes, coaches and fans. 

    Registration: RSVP at go.fiu.edu/Hillel


    FIU Men’s Soccer vs Old Dominion University (ODU) 

    Time: 6:45 pm

    Location: FIU Soccer Stadium 

    Ranked 13th in the nation, our Men’s Soccer team will take on ODU! Cheer our Panthers on to victory in person or from the comfort of your own home!  

    Registration: Purchase your tickets at go.fiu.edu/menssoccer or livestream at go.fiu.edu/FIUvsODU

  • October 23

    The Salty Donut Experience 

    Time: 10 am - 1 pm

    Location: Front Side of Everglades Hall

    The Salty is a family-owned, artisan donut shop that focuses on chef-made, small-batch, craft donuts that rotate based on seasonality. Catch the truck on campus and enjoy a savory donut or two! Follow @thesaltydonut on Instagram to see why they are ranked the top donut shop in the country by Thrillist, Business Insider & Zagat! 


    Wellness & Recreation Center Access 

    Check out our state-of-the-art gym equipment and visit the Wellness and Recreation Center throughout the weekend! Parents and family members can buy a guest pass for the Wellness and Recreation Center at the Modesto Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay Campus. The cost for the pass is $5 and it is valid from Friday, October 22 through Sunday, October 24. Subsequent visits are free. The Wellness and Recreation Center has everything you need to live a fit, healthy lifestyle along with your student! If interested, please complete the interest form at go.fiu.edu/wrcfamilies. 

    Hours of Operation 

    • Friday: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM 
    • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM 
    • Note: Only major debit/credit cards accepted for the use of the Wellness and Recreation Center. No cash will be taken. Parents and family members must present a valid state driver's license or identification at the point of entry. 

    Interested in taking a cycling class on Saturday, 10/23 at 11 or noon? You will be able to reserve a bike 24 hours before the start of class. Reserve your bike on Friday, 10/22, starting at 11 am at go.fiu.edu/fiucycling


    Campus Tour MMC 

    Time: 10 am 

    Location: Student Academic Success Center (SASC)- 1st floor, next to auditorium 

    This guided walking tour of our campuses features views of classrooms, the library, dining facilities and more. Face coverings are strongly encouraged for the duration of your visit as well as social distancing. 

    Registration: Reserve your spot at go.fiu.edu/FIUtour


    The Roar Report 

    Hosted by: The Homecoming Council 

    Time: 1 pm 

    The Roar Report is a university-wide talk show that will include multiple events that will keep students, faculty, alumni, administration, and community members engaged while raising school spirit and creating a sense of unity. Tune in to FIU’s twist on Good Morning America to see what Roary and his fellow panthers have been up to. 

    Location: Webcast via hc.fiu.edu


    Proud Parent and Family Mixer 

    Hosted by: Orientation and Family Programs 

    Time: 1 – 3 pm 

    Location: Everglades Hall Lounge, Modesto Maidique Campus 

    Join us for one of FIU's greatest traditions, the Proud Parent and Family Mixer. This is a great opportunity for parents and family members to interact with members of the FIU community, show your Panther Pride, and celebrate your student!  

    Registration: Purchase your tickets at go.fiu.edu/PFDevents


    Roar Lounge 

    Hosted by: The Alumni Association 

    Time: 4:30 – 6:30 pm 

    Location: Parkview Hall Multipurpose Room, Parkview Hall 

    Prior to kick-off, join the FIU Alumni Association at the Roar Lounge tailgate for food, drinks and A/C. Enjoy a meal, soda, entertainment and Panther spirit swag. A cash bar will also be available. 

    Registration: Purchase your tickets at go.fiu.edu/PFDevents


    FIU Panthers Football vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Homecoming Game) 

    Time: 7 pm

    Location: Riccardo Silva Stadium 

    Cheer our Panthers on to a victory in our Homecoming game against WKU! Make sure to wear your FIU gear and get excited to be a part of our traditional halftime Homecoming festivities! 

    Registration: Purchase your tickets at go.fiu.edu/PFDevents

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Contact

Orientation and Family Programs
MMC – Graham Center 189
BBC – Wolfe University Center 129

305-348-6414
Fax 305-348-6483

family@fiu.edu

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm