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FIU Corona Virus Updates
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CARTA Cares - Updates, Resources, Prevention Tips

Florida’s State University System has transitioned to remote online learning and work in response to the coronavirus pandemic. All summer classes (sessions A, B and C) will take place online and remotely. All on and off-campus events have been canceled or are taking place in a virtual environment through July 1, 2020.

The College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts is committed to supporting the needs of our students, staff, faculty and administration.

For complete University updates, please visit  for more details. 

More Information & Resources

Zoom Meetings: Have a question or need guidance and advice? Please join Dean Schriner and Assistant Dean of Students, Lilia Silverio-Minaya, for their weekly Q & A sessions.

Next Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, May 27th at 2pm
Zoom Link

Student Financial Aid Options: Students aid may include multiple sources of funding

  • FIU Aid:
    • FIUStrong: If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and need financial assistance
    • Student Emergency Aid through MyFIU
      • Select “Student Tools”
      • Select “Student E-Forms”
      • Select: “Office of Scholarships”
      • Select “Emergency Aid Request Form”
      • Complete the questionnaire.
      • The Emergency Aid Team –
  • Federal Aid:
    • CARES Act: FIU students whose lives and education have been affected by the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic are now able to apply for emergency cash grants. The emergency grants will be funded by the federal government through a $19 million Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocation FIU has received for student financial aid.
    • The aid will be awarded based on demonstrated need and will provide funds for students to use towards eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. Students also must meet the following criteria:
  • Are currently enrolled in a degree program.
  • Have filed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not completed a FAFSA, you still have time.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • Do not owe a refund for any federal student aid and are not in default on federal student loans.
  • Are a U.S. citizen or other Title IV eligible noncitizen.

The application is now available at

  • Advising online: Please reach out to your advisors to schedule your appointments. To ensure that students are able to continue making academic progress, all fully online classes in Summer B, beginning on June 22, will continue as previously scheduled while Summer B face-to-face lecture classes and labs will be offered remotely.
  • Handshake : Career counseling appointments, job postings, resumes, interviews and more – log in to schedule your Zoom appointment with:
      • John Sotham
        Career Development Coordinator, School of Communication + Journalism
      • Ashley Rizzotto
        Career Specialist, Assistant Director for Fine Arts, Art History, Theater, & Music
  • Online Tutoring : via Zoom
  • Laptop Assistance
  • Barnes and Noble Bookstore – Barnes & Noble on-campus bookstores remain closed due to the COVID-19 restrictions, they are fully operational for online orders at Barnes & Noble is offering FREE shipping on all purchases within the United States. As always, e-books, digital materials, used and new textbooks for rent and sale are available. For book rentals, a FREE return shipping label will be included. Additionally, Barnes & Noble stores at FIU continue to offer school supplies and FIU merchandise. The dedicated FIU Barnes & Noble staff continues to ensure accessibility and affordability of course materials. Any questions may be addressed directly to Barnes & Noble at FIU via email: or by phone: 305-348-3923.

Textbook and instructional materials adoptions for Fall 2020 must be submitted via the new Adoptions & Insights Portal (AIP) at by the institutional deadline of July 3, 2020. For any questions or concerns on textbook adoptions and affordability options in general, please contact the Chair of the Textbook Affordability Task Force, Gitta Montoto, at

CARTA CARES: We are here to help

Zoom Meeting: Have a question or need guidance and advice? Please join Dean Schriner and Assistant Dean of Students, Lilia Silverio-Minaya for their weekly Q & A sessions.

Next Zoom Meeting: Thursday, May 28th at 9am

For complete University updates, please visit for more details.

Virtual Events

Past Messages Archive

May 12, 2020

Dear CARTA family,

I would like to congratulate all of our College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) spring 2020 graduates on their achievements this semester. Even when met with unprecedented circumstances, you were able to persevere and overcome the challenges presented to you. I hope you were all able to celebrate this momentous occasion with us during the virtual commencement ceremony that took place on May 8th.

I would also like to remind students that registration for summer A is now open and classes begin May 11th. All classes for summer A, B and C will be held remotely. To register for your classes, visit MyFIU and check in with your academic advisor regularly.

Even during a time that has proved to be difficult for many, CARTA has been able to exhibit many points of pride. FIU’s South Florida Media Network won top honors for its coronavirus series Pandemic Profiles and the work of our Department of Art + Art History faculty and alumni was showcased in the feature piece, The art of serenity: landscape paintings to calm our souls to celebrate the peace and joy that art can bring during these times.

While we continue to work and learn remotely, I encourage you all to continue sharing your virtual commencement photos, virtual workspaces, projects and achievements with us by tagging @fiuCARTA on social media.

Congratulations Spring Class of 2020!

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

April 8, 2020

Dear CARTA family,

I, along with CARTA faculty, staff and board members, am looking forward to celebrating our students’ achievements with their family and friends on May 8th at 10 a.m. in our CARTA Virtual Commencement Ceremony.

Congratulations Spring Class of 2020!

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

April 14, 2020

Dear Students, Colleagues, Alumni, Board Members, and Friends,

As we complete our initial month of learning and working remotely, all of us have had to quickly adapt to new routines, adjust to new personal and professional norms, and wrestle with the increasing anxieties of a still uncertain future.

Throughout these challenges, I’m personally comforted by the core messages of Passover, Easter, and Ramadan (all observed this month) and their powerful reminders of the importance of self-reflection, empathy for others, and hope for the future.

I hope as you read this week’s newsletter and the various activities of the College’s students, faculty, and staff, you, too, will be inspired by their untiring leadership, moving selflessness, and enterprising drive.

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

March 31, 2020

Dear Students, Colleagues, Alumni, Board Members, and Friends,

Momentous, but necessary, changes in our daily routines in order to protect the health of our loved ones and members of our community have disrupted, well, just about everything and everyone.

It is that sense of “everyone” that I would ask you to think about this coming week.

You are not alone. I am not alone. We are not alone. Everyone is in this together. We need each other. We cannot forget that.

As you read this week’s newsletter, I know you will share my pride and appreciation for our CARTA students, faculty, and administrators  — all innovators and creative problem-solvers who understand and appreciate the privilege of being part of a larger community. Working together for a greater good, they have taken the initiative to support one another and to give back to our community.

They have willingly and selflessly embraced the true meaning of the phrase, “Everyone is in this together.”

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

Dear Friends of CARTA,

We hope this email finds you and your loved ones well, safe, and practicing physical distancing.

As we navigate together through these unchartered waters, we have great faith that we will emerge stronger and closer to one another than ever before. With this thought in mind, it is our pleasure to share a recent message from FIU President Rosenberg, one that our faculty and staff found inspiring. Click here for his thoughtful message.

As we are thinking of all of you – our alumni, board members, donors, and volunteers – we hope President Rosenberg’s thoughts and invitation to contact him will also leave you inspired and motivated to continue in all of your valuable pursuits. While this is a very difficult time, it is also an extraordinary time to reassess our priorities and goals for an even brighter future.

In closing, we invite you to visit for updates. On behalf of everyone at CARTA, we send our very best wishes and appreciation for your continued support. Stay healthy, strong, and safe!

Brian Schriner

Oliver Ionita
Senior Director of Development


Dear CARTA Students,

We recognize these are very uncharted territories for all of us.

The University continues to be fully operational, while not on campus. This is a compilation of resources for you to consider should you be facing any difficulties.

  • CARTA Office of Student Services remains available to you for academic advising through Zoom and telephone appointments. You can visit us at for more information. Please see below for department specific resource to get in touch with your academic advisors:
    • School of Architecture: contact
    • Department of Art + Art History: Email Maida Purdy and Maria Parrilla.
    • School of Music and Department of Theatre: Email Gerry Suarez.
    • School of Communication and Journalism + Media send an email to
      • Communication Arts: Call 305-348-1255 and an appointment will be scheduled for them with an advisor.
    • The FIU Student Health Clinics are only seeing student by appointment only. Please call 305-348-8385 to schedule an appointment. For additional information, you can also visit their website.
  • All of the healthy living program and Counseling and Psychological (CAPS) services are available remotely. The Student Health Clinic is available in person (prior appointment is required). They are also providing certain services remotely. You can reach them at call 305-348-2277 and leave a message for a call back. Voicemails are being checked every 5-10 minutes, or visit their website for more information.
  • The Disability Resource Center continues to be available to provide support and facilitate services remotely. Visit their website for general information about services during this time. Please call 305-348-3532 or email for the MMC campus and for BBC.
  • The University’s Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of the Ombudsperson are meeting with students through phone or zoom appointments as well. Students/faculty/staff/ can to request a meeting with the Dean of Students or they can email to schedule an appointment with the Ombuds.

We encourage you to review the information above and to continue practicing social and physical distancing to keep yourself, your friends, and your family safe. Please act to break the chain of transmission, as older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. Please continue to monitor the FIU homepage for virus updates,, as well as the Center For Disease Control and Prevention,

We are here to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Warm regards,

Brian Schriner

Lilia Silverio-Minaya
Assistant Dean of Students

Dear CARTA Colleagues and Friends,

There is no doubt that we are living in unprecedented times and facing unique challenges. The decisions we make — or those that we fail to make – will, most likely, have lasting consequences.

As I meet with colleagues and students, I’m often reminded of Desmond Tutu’s words:

“A time of crisis is not just a time of anxiety and worry. It gives a chance, an opportunity, to choose well or to choose badly.”

Think about that for just a moment. What choices are we making? As a university? As a college? As individuals?

The coronavirus, which just a few weeks ago was primarily viewed as an overseas event, has quickly become a worldwide pandemic with hourly “breaking news” stories, updates, and policy announcements that directly impact our professional and personal lives. We are learning and working remotely, self-isolating, and practicing social distancing (a new term to many of us). We are doing our best to adjust to K-12 closings, the suspension or cancellation of scholastic, collegiate, and professional athletics, and, of course, the shortages of key goods and services.

Understandably, our navigating such unchartered waters brings new levels of anxiety, uncertainty, and even a sense of fear, especially when thinking about the health of our families, friends, and colleagues.

I want to assure you that our university remains fully operational and committed to your safety and continued success. The recent decision to extend remote instruction through the Spring semester is being made out of an abundance of caution and is designed to mitigate the possible transmission and spread of the virus. Please continue to practice social distancing and to keep you and your family safe.

There are many reasons I am proud to be an FIU Panther and grateful and honored to serve as Dean of CARTA, but never more so than these past few weeks. During these very trying times, the work of our university leadership team, our college faculty and professional staff, our students, our board members, and our patrons has been without question or exception, a determined, team effort, all looking out for one another and focused on doing well. All are to be commended for, as Tutu offered us, taking “the opportunity to choose well.”

What I do know for certain is that we will emerge stronger. And, that during these challenging times we will view difficulties as opportunities. We will develop innovative ways of learning and we will develop new best practices for working and learning remotely – all of which, will benefit us in the future. And, I know for certain that CARTA will be leading the way, as we have since the College’s inception.

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner


Good afternoon,

FIU’s BBC Career Expo on March 26 and all other in-person career counseling sessions have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been made out of an abundance of caution with the health and well-being of our guests and community in mind.

Career Development and Coaching
Career and Talent development will be modifying programming and services over the next two weeks as per Governor DeSantis and President Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg.

We are pleased to announce that career coaching appointments will be available virtually or over the phone. While this option has always been available to FIU students, until further notice this will be the best way to meet with your career coach. To request an appointment, log in to your Handshake account at, select Career Center on the upper right corner and pick a date and time that works for you.

Some career development sessions that were to be part of March 17th’s Career Boot Camp will be offered remotely through Handshake.

You may also reach out to the below CARTA career advisors for Career Development appointments:

John Sotham
Career Development Coordinator, School of Communication + Journalism

Ashley Rizzotto
Career Specialist, Assistant Director for Fine Arts, Art History, Theater, & Music
Log in to Handshake under the Career Center tab to schedule an appointment with Ashley via phone or Zoom.

We appreciate your understanding and will keep our CARTA community informed in as timely a manner as possible.

For additional information, please visit CARTA’s homepage or the FIU Coronavirus Update page.

Good afternoon,

FIU has canceled or postponed all on and off-campus events scheduled through April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision has been made out of an abundance of caution with the health and well-being of our guests and community in mind. We hope to have new dates for some events soon.

We appreciate your understanding and will keep our CARTA community informed in as timely a manner as possible.

For additional information, please visit CARTA’s homepage or the FIU Coronavirus Update page.