Alumni & Giving

Chaplin School alumni hold prominent positions throughout the hospitality and tourism industries. Your successes have contributed to the school’s growth and reputation for academic excellence. We invite you to engage with your alma mater and your global alumni network, join us at alumni industry events and keep up to date with what’s new at the Chaplin School.

Giving back

  • Deans Excellence Fund

    Your gift matters

    Donors to the Dean’s Global Alliance Fund will help provide a global educational perspective and experience for our students who will need to compete in an ever-evolving worldwide hospitality and tourism industry. Gifts made to the Dean’s Global Alliance Fund are specifically used to:

    • Provide scholarships for students
    • Provide fees and travel for students to attend and present at national student competitions
    • Provide funding for students to attend national and international industry conferences
    • Provide funding for international internship opportunities
    • Offer study abroad programs to develop an understanding of cultural attitudes and differences
    • Facilitate the development and maintenance of student clubs and organizations
    • Attract visiting scholars
    • Provide resources for faculty development

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  • Scholarships
    • Michael E. Hurst Lecture Series/Scholarship Endowment
    • Dr. Gerald Lattin Memorial Scholarship Endowment
    • Anthony G. Marshall American Dream Scholarship Endowment
    • Elisa Moncarz Scholarship Endowment
    • First Generation Scholarship
    • & many more...

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  • Endowed gifts

    Endowed gifts provide a steady income stream to stimulate new ideas, provide seed funding for innovative projects, improve program quality, recruit and retain outstanding faculty and attract talented graduate and undergraduate students. By creating an endowment and investing in the school’s future, donors can make a difference that will last beyond their lifetimes. For the donor, endowing a faculty position, academic program or student scholarship provides a concrete, permanent link to the continued academic and research excellence of the School.

    Endowed gifts will enable the school to sustain and enhance our leadership roles in cutting edge interdisciplinary research, graduate training, and undergraduate teaching. By making an endowed gift to support faculty development, donors increase the resources available for the dean to recruit and retain the best and brightest. Endowed gift commitments may be paid over a multi-year period.


    Shivani Joshi, Executive Director Development, Partnerships & Philanthropy

  • Planned and estate giving

    Creative gift planning has emerged as a vital means of advancing the vast educational mission of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Planned or deferred gifts allow the School to prepare confidently for the future and can provide you or your loved ones with lifetime income and significant tax benefits. These planned gifts allow you to make a significant commitment to ensure future academic excellence. Gift planning options can include naming the School as a beneficiary in your will, retirement plan, life insurance policy, charitable trust, gift annuity, or by designating the School as a focus of your planned philanthropy.


    Shivani Joshi, Executive Director Development, Partnerships & Philanthropy

  • Rocco M. Angelo Legacy in Leadership Endowment

    Your investment in the campaign to create an endowed fund in honor of Rocco M. Angelo will celebrate his impact on your life, while providing current and future generations of Chaplin School students and alumni with the resources needed to ensure our Worlds Ahead reputation.

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  • Jay Litt ’73 Scholarship Endowment

    In consultation with and support from the Litt Family, Waramaug Hospitality principals Paul Nussbaum, Leslie Ng and Ferit Ferhangil have established the Jay Litt Scholarship Endowment in his memory to provide financial support for students enrolled at the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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Do your part to help us today!

As an alumni volunteer, you can help make an important and engaging impact on future Panthers! Join the Panther Alumni Recruitment Team and help the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to recruit and retain students across the nation. With more than 235,000 alumni, we know we can help create special pathways and opportunities for our students.

Staying connected

Associate Dean Rocco Angelo and Candice Imam, Director, Alumni Relations like to keep hospitality alumni in the loop. Share your updates with them and fellow alumni by updating your contact information on the Chaplin School alumni mailing list.

Torch Awards Gala

FIU Alumni Association Torch Awards Gala honors graduates who have had a positive impact on their profession, the community and our university. Numerous Chaplin School alumni have been honored at this prestigious award ceremony.

View past recipients