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June 7, 2021

Dear members of the FIU community:

As we transition to our post-COVID-19 next normal in Summer B and Fall 2021, I want to remind you that a healthy university community is our top priority. As we have done over the past year and a half through our Panthers Protecting Panthers plan, we are counting on every Panther to take steps such as getting vaccinated and wearing a face covering where appropriate.

Face coverings

Based on Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive orders and recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face coverings are no longer required on campus.

At FIU, we recommend that students, faculty and staff take personal responsibility for their health and consider wearing face coverings when appropriate. If you are not fully vaccinated, the CDC recommends you continue using face coverings, since they have proven to be an excellent method of stopping transmission of respiratory viruses. You will likely see fellow students and others wearing them. Please be respectful of their personal choice and consider situations where you may wear one as well.


Besides face coverings, the COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to prevent the disease and stop community spread. I urge you to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. The vaccines have proven to be safe and quite effective. There are multiple locations locally where you may receive a vaccine. Vaccines are also available on-campus based on the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) supply/inventory. Please look for email messages on how you can get vaccinated at MMC or call 305-348-5100 for an appointment.

Unvaccinated individuals continue to be at high risk of contracting COVID-19, which, as you know, has proven to be a deadly disease. Health experts strongly suggest everyone get vaccinated and that the unvaccinated continue using face coverings for their own safety.

Testing and screening

For your safety and that of everyone on campus, COVID-19 testing is widely available in our community. The Curative mobile units at PG5 and BBC have expanded their hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. The Curative mobile unit at Park View is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also get tested at FIU’s own lab, which has a sample collection unit at Parkview. Appointments are available to students, faculty and staff through the Student Health Center Portal. Please make an appointment and use these resources to protect yourself, other Panthers and your loved ones.

You are also asked to continue answering the P3 app questionnaire before starting your day on campus. The app, together with surveillance testing, is how we plan to identify cases and prevent them from becoming clusters on our campuses. Summer B will be the first time that our entire population will be back on campus, making it important that we are vigilant about preventing clusters. 

If you are fully vaccinated and feel healthy, you do not need to participate in random surveillance testing.

Please remember to continue washing your hands periodically throughout the day, stay home if you are sick, get tested and seek medical attention if needed. These are all basic health measures that should stay with us for the long term. 

What to expect on our campuses

Our plan is to provide a rich campus experience beginning with Summer B. Classrooms will be populated at pre-COVID capacity, dining venues will be open according to their summer schedule, our athletic venues will host games with fans in the stands and there will be no physical distancing requirement. These conditions make it critical that every Panther takes responsibility for themselves and uses good judgment when deciding when and where to use face coverings and how to engage in campus and community activities.

Returning to normal operations means students who are sick must stay home and work with professors to complete assignments. Remote classes will not be an option beginning in Summer B.

Likewise, faculty and staff who are sick or face challenges at home with childcare or a sick family member must use the appropriate accrued leave to address the personal situation before returning to campus.

Possible individual exceptions can be addressed by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs or Human Resources.

Town Hall 

Please look for an invitation to a town hall meeting in the coming days so that we can discuss how we will make 2021-22 our best academic year yet. 

Thank you for your continued commitment to protecting yourself and other Panthers. As we return to our post-COVID 19 next normal, each of us must continue to take personal responsibility and contribute to healthy living on campus.

Let’s go!


Mark B. Rosenberg

More Information & Resources


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​The libraries are open by appointment.  Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Physical books can be requested for contactless pickup. Click here for details.
  • FIU students may reserve a seat or computer at the library for a two-hour block at At the reserved time, students will check in to the library with their Panther ID and confirmation email.
  • A limited number of laptops and hotspots are available for students. To make a request, students should fill out this form.
  • Need a library guide created for your course? View sample guides.
  • Ask Us @ FIU Libraries continues to be available seven days a week, including evening hours. Librarians are available all week on the FIU Libraries’ chat service to answer your questions immediately.  Click here to chat with a librarian.
  • Stay tuned to our Remote Services page for the latest library news.

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

Resources to help fund next semester’s tuition

  • 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

If you’re an international student, please visit the Office of International Students and Scholars

CARTA CARES: We are here to help

Faculty and Staff updates: February 25, 2021 at 9 a.m.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Remote Learning

1- How do I review the advising notes?

Log into MyFIU > click on Academic Advising  > click on Success Network > go to Panther Success  Network > choose Reports.

2- How do I schedule an appointment to meet with my advisor?

Log into MyFIU > click on Academic Advising> click on Success Network > go to Panther Success Network > choose Schedule an appointment.

3- What is the difference between remote and online courses?

Remote courses are those that were originally to be offered face-to-face and have transitioned to an online environment and may require scheduled class times. Online courses are usually created and designed for specific programs, have more flexibility and require students to be self-motivated.

4- Why do I still have to pay fees while learning remotely?

At FIU, we understand that many of our students and their families have been impacted by job loss and other economic and personal challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you have asked why certain fees are still being charged while the university is learning and working remotely. We hope the explanations below help clarify.

Parking fee: FIU is reducing the student parking fee (formally known as the Transportation Access fee) by $50 for the summer term. The parking fee helps pay for the garages, which cannot be built using states dollars, and covers costs associated with maintenance and repairs.

Distance Learning fee: There is no Distance Learning fee associated with classes being taught remotely because of the pandemic. These classes were designed originally to be taught face-to-face and are now being delivered remotely to allow students to continue their studies from home. Many of the remote classes may still have students and faculty meeting via videoconferencing on specific days and times. A Distance Learning fee of $30 per credit is assessed only for online courses, which are courses that are designed and developed specifically to be delivered online. Faculty designing the courses leverage dedicated online instructional designers and educational technologies reserved for fully online courses. These classes can access the course 24/7. The Distance Learning fee funds the infrastructure and team that helps deliver these courses.

Student Health fee:  These funds pay for several services that have remained open, continue to assist students remotely and provided virtual engagement opportunities such as Student Health Clinic, Counseling and Psychological Services, Victim Empowerment Program, Disability Resource Center, and Healthy Living Program. If you need assistance, please call for an appointment. For a telehealth appointment, please call 305-348-8385 for MMC and 305-919-560 for BBC. For the safety and welfare of all, please call ahead. The on-campus pharmacy is also open. Please call 305-348-0276 to refill or transfer your prescription.

Athletics fee: Even though all athletic programs have been suspended temporarily in accordance with NCAA rules, there are significant fixed costs associated with the maintenance of our sports facilities. At FIU, we typically do not have athletic events during the summer, but want our fields and courts to be ready for students as soon as we resume campus activities.

Activity fee: This fee supports the Graham and Wolfe centers, and Wellness and Recreation Centers and funds student organizations, campus life and helps pay costs that the university is required to pay even though students are learning remotely. During this time, programing such as virtual fitness classes, Life Skills Series, Club Fair, Greek Information Sessions and special speakers are facilitated through this fee.

Materials and Supplies/Equipment Use fees: Fees for course materials and supplies and equipment usage are not being charged.

Revenue Shortfall: While some university expenses may be lower while we are learning and working from home, revenues that are used to keep fees low — facility rentals, food sales and other activities – have disappeared. Reduced revenues and additional expenses associated with COVID-19 are expected to create a shortfall greater than the $19 million FIU is set to receive in CARES Act funding. We must find ways to strike a balance in this new normal.

5- Will the same P/NC grade change policy be offered for the summer term?

As of now, this option was only offered in Spring 2020.

6- For remote learning courses, will Zoom meetings be offered during scheduled class time and is it mandatory to attend?

The temporary approved remoted modality has the expectation of synchronous meetings as scheduled in PantherSoft. Attendance is required.

For FIU’s FAQs, please click here.

Virtual Events

Past Messages Archive

Dear CARTA Family,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that CARTA’s Department of Journalism + Mediawas selected by NBCUniversal News Group to participate in NBCU Academy, a newly launched, innovative, multiplatform journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students.

Through the partnership, our students will receive real-world insight and mentorship from NBCU News Group journalists, executives and management from editorial and production teams across NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo.

Collaborations such as these will have an immense impact on our students’ lives and our communities’ futures. Read below to learn more about our partnership with NBCUniversal and the many other initiatives taking place at CARTA.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to take a look at CARTA’s Annual Report and check out page 13 where we celebrate the 30th anniversary of our annual Walk on Water competition.

Please continue to stay safe and take care of one another.

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

Dear CARTA Family,

Happy New Year and welcome (back) to the Spring 2021 semester!

Last year was undoubtedly difficult for all of us and brought about many unforeseen challenges. We persevered — not in spite of, but rather in response to those challenges. We forged new paths, and we remained a beacon of strength and hope for one another and for our community.

As we begin the new year, we remain in the midst of a global pandemic and we will undoubtedly meet new obstacles in 2021. I know, however, that we will overcome them with the same determination, strength, and resilience as we did this past year, and we will emerge even stronger as a result.

As always, with the start of a new semester comes new opportunities to learn, to create, and to inspire. And, like you, I am looking forward to this semester with renewed focus and determination.

On behalf of the entire college, I wish you a happy, healthy, safe, and successful Spring 2021 and New Year!

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

Dear CARTA Family,

It is my pleasure to present the FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts’ 2020 annual report. While this year presented many unique challenges, it has also afforded us with unprecedented opportunities to dive into new arenas and make even greater impacts throughout the community.

Also, last week at CARTA, many of our students, faculty and alumni participated in Miami Art Week. Even faced with extraordinary circumstances, our visual arts program and CARTA community were able to create, showcase and inspire dozens with their pieces. I invite you all to take a look at the exhibitions still going on throughout the rest of the year. A list of events can be found here.

And finally, I am excited to share that Black Violin – an American hip-hop duo comprising of FIU School of Music alumnus Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester ’03 and Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste – was nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award in the category of “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” for their recording “Take the Stairs.”

I hope you will all join me in congratulating all our CARTA faculty, staff, colleagues, students, alumni, donors and board members on their incredible accomplishments this year!

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

Dear CARTA Family,

This past week we celebrated Homecoming. While unlike past events we were still able to come together virtually as a community — and in many instances in person — to “welcome back” alumni and friends. Fondly recalling stories and memories and laughs, we simultaneously made new friends and memories through traditions that build lasting bridges between students, faculty, staff, alumni, and patrons. Please join me in thanking all who planned and participated in these important activities, especially our students who demonstrated their CARTA Spirit by joining our caravan and competing in our decorating contest. And a very special shout out to our School of Music Marching Band students led by Barry Bernhardt and Sean Rees. I had the honor of sitting with our students at Saturday’s Homecoming football game and their enthusiasm and commitment were inspiring!

This past week the college’s professional staff also began returning to our campuses. Safety remains our highest priority, so please remember to take all necessary precautions. Check-in and check-out on the FIU Panthers Protecting Panthers (P3) application or webpage each time you come to and leave campus. While on campus, we all must wear our face coverings, wash our hands often, and maintain social distancing at all times. On behalf of all our colleagues, thank you for your commitment and dedication and for all you do each and every day to make CARTA special.

Believe it or not, we are already half-way through the Fall 2020 term. Students, I know you are hard at work preparing for and completing your mid-term exams and projects. I’m confident you will do well. I want to remind you, however,  that our Fall B sessions begin Oct. 19 and run through the end of the Fall semester. If you are interested in taking additional classes in support of your timely graduation, please reach out to your academic advisor and visit FIU OneStop for a full calendar of important dates.

Please continue to take care of one another.

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

Hello CARTA Family,

I hope this edition of our newsletter finds each of you well and in good health!

Throughout this pandemic, our students have made tremendous strides in helping to bring our community together through music and theatre. Recently, the School of Musicpartnered with Sing for Hope Pianos to help uplift and engage early voters through the power of music. Click here to read more about the initiative featured in Broadway World .

Also, last week, FIU Theatre premiered its virtual production of Pipeline, directed by Marshall Jones, III. Faculty, staff and students worked tirelessly to adapt the production to fit the Zoom stage and still provide viewers with the experience of attending an in-person play. Congratulations to all the cast and crew involved!

Students, I want to remind you that enrollment for Spring 2021 is now open. Please visit MyFIU to schedule an appointment with your advisors, if needed, and to start picking your courses for next semester. For scholarship opportunities, visit

Finally, to all our veterans, I wish you a very happy Veterans Day. Please know your service is valued and your sacrifice is remembered.

Please continue to take care of one another and stay safe.

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

Dear CARTA Colleagues,

With a commitment to providing our students with a safe and appropriate learning environment for the discipline’s requirements, this Fall, CARTA is offering 861 course sections that have over 19,000 instances of student enrollment. Of these courses, 88% are being offered off-campus (20% fully-online and 68% synchronous remote) with 96% of our student instances of enrollment in courses that do not meet on campus.

On Monday, September 14, 666 CARTA students began attending in-person or hybrid courses as part of the university’s Delayed On-Campus Start (DOCS): 342 of these students are taking courses in the visual and performing arts and 324 students are attending courses in the Department of Communication.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone again for your unwavering commitment to our students’ success and our communities’ safety. As a college composed of communicators and creative problem-solvers, I’m very proud that CARTA has been able to pivot successfully to a primarily remote teaching, learning, engagement, and work environment with strategically targeted course offerings on campus – providing our students with meaningful opportunities to continue their studies and pursue their career goals.

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

Dear CARTA family,

It’s been quite a roller-coaster week of emotions. Troublingly, the number of positive cases of COVID 19 continued to spike in South Florida. Thankfully, Hurricane Isaias, which was predicted to make landfall in South Florida, just skirted the coast. And, joyfully, our resilient Summer 2020 class virtually walked the FIU commencement stage this Sunday earning their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Congratulations on your hard work and your perseverance!

I am also very pleased to share with you that three of our CARTA colleagues have been recognized with FIU Faculty Provost Awards for their remarkable work this past year.

Ebru, Katie, and Lidu will be recognized later this Fall in a formal ceremony. Please join me in congratulating them on their accomplishments!

As you know, our CARTA faculty and staff’s commitment to our students’ success each and every day cannot be overstated. One such recent example is the University’s 2020 Ignite Faculty + Staff Giving Campaign. (All of the donated funds are in support of our students’ success.) I am proud to report that we, as a College, achieved an 81% participation rate – a 9% increase over the previous year and an all-time high for the college. Your generosity in support of our students is greatly appreciated!

CARTA students, with the Fall semester beginning in just three weeks on August 24, I encourage you to contact your academic advisor and to select your courses if you have not done so already. Please visit regularly for updates on all Fall course offerings, and if have any questions on the four learning modalities being offered this fall – in-person, hybrid, synchronous remote, and fully online – you can click here. Please know, everyone’s safety in pursuit of your timely graduation remains our primary concern.

In closing, I hope you enjoy reading this week’s CARTA Dean’s Newsletter and learning more about our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. I also encourage everyone to continue taking all safety precautions, including wearing a face covering, maintaining social distancing, and washing your hands regularly. I and many others have correctly noted that our CARTA faculty, staff, and students are creative, dedicated, compassionate, and resilient problem-solvers. These traits continue to serve us well during these challenging times
Stay positive. Stay attentive. Stay united.

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

Dear CARTA family,

As the fall semester quickly approaches, I want to remind you all of a few key updates regarding the upcoming term.

Enrollment for Fall 2020 is now open. Students can enroll for classes by logging in to The university will be offering four modalities for fall – in-person, hybrid, remote and fully online. CARTA’s current fall schedule is 80% synchronous remote or online and 20% face-to-face or hybrid. Here are additional details on ways classes will be offered.

Starting July 1, students were able to check their class schedule and view updated information on how classes are being offered for fall on their MyFIU portals. I encourage each student to continuously check MyFIU for updates on their courses, as changes may be made up until classes begin.

For our international students, I am glad to share that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) rescinded the new guidelines announced on July 6 concerning the number of online courses that international students may take to remain in status for Fall 2020. Please continue to check the Office of International Student & Scholar Services(ISSS) for more updates.

Also, any students with further concerns related to the fall term, coronavirus or repopulating campus, can check our CARTA CARES website for the latest updates or join me and Dr. Lilia Silverio-Minaya, assistant dean of students for our weekly Q&A sessions. FIU has also developed where students can submit their questions directly to Charlie Andrews, assistant vice president for Academic and Career Success, or browse through already submitted questions as well. I hope you all continue to stay safe and healthy!

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

Jul 7, 2020

Dear CARTA family,

I hope you have all had a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and a great start to our Early Fall semester at FIU.

It is with great pride that I get to share that Mirta Gómez Del Valle and Eduardo Del Valle, two faculty members from the Department of Art + Art History, have been appointed Professor Emeritus in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.

Mirta and Eduardo have both given over 30 years of distinguished service to the university and were recognized as Top Scholars in 2014 by President Rosenberg. They are the recipients of numerous awards and artist’s fellowships – including the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation – for their photography work. Their work is widely shown internationally and is in the permanent collections of many museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I am honored to be able to welcome both Mirta and Eduardo into FIU’s Emeritus Circle.

I am also proud to share that the Miami Herald has partnered with our Department of Journalism + Media to offer internship credit to undergraduate journalism students as they cover local news all across South Florida as part of their curriculum.

As the Fall semester quickly approaches, students will have the option to choose which class format suits them best in order to ensure the safety and comfort of our FIU community. Learn more here about the different class modalities being offered this fall.

Please continue to stay safe and remember to use face coverings when going out, wash your hands regularly and practice social distancing.

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

Jun 9, 2020

Dear CARTA family,

I hope that even in the face of these trying circumstances, this message finds each and every one of you safe and healthy.

If you are able, I ask that you please consider supporting the FIU Strong fund and designating a gift to the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts. Your donation will go to making sure that deserving CARTA students impacted by COVID 19 receive assistance.

Brian Schriner

May 27, 2020

Dear CARTA family,

While we are preparing to welcome students back in the fall, we are being careful and are acknowledging that South Florida is the state’s COVID-19 epicenter. What we do know with certainty is that physical distancing, face coverings and other mitigation measures will be part of our proposed three-phase plan, Panthers Protecting Panthers, with students returning to campus in phase three. This plan will be presented to the Florida Board of Governors on June 23. Click here to read more about the plan.

And while we continue to work and learn remotely, our CARTA colleagues continue to provide many points of pride for FIU. For example, four of our CARTA faculty colleagues’ work were acknowledged with 2020 CARTA Faculty Awards in recognition for their excellent work in teaching, research or service. CARTA students who partook in the Environmental Protection Agency’s eighth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge earned first place out of 50 participating teams. And, one of our very own Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator fellows has been using her Ratcliffe project to help protect the community by creating face masks for the public.

As always, it is a great honor to serve as Dean for CARTA. I invite you all to read about the many prideful initiatives, events and work coming out of our college. And, if you have not yet participated in the annual CARTA Faculty + Staff Ignite Campaign or would like to support our COVID 19 CARTA CARES fund, or the FIU Strong fund, I ask that you consider making a contribution today. To make your tax-deductible donation, click here.

In the Spirit of the Blue + Gold,

Brian Schriner

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.