“When I see the amazing changes in the university, in the business school, when I see the energy and diversity on campus, I feel such a sense of pride,” said Roger B. Figueroa (BBA ’84). “Oh, yes, and it was outstanding to see the Panthers win the conference championship and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.”
Like many alumni who were students at Florida International University (FIU) in its early years, Figueroa, now a pilot for UPS, sees enormous growth.
He also takes his place as one of the newest participants in the College of Business Administration’s Business Partners Program, a vehicle for professionals to become more involved with FIU. Through this program, Figueroa plans to serve as a speaker and as a mentor; in addition, he has pledged a $1,000 scholarship donation which UPS will match.
Alumnus discovers growing pride in FIU.
Figueroa admits his pride in the school has grown significantly in the last decade.
“Compared to when I attended FIU, a true campus life exists now and I’m sorry I missed it,” he said.
Figueroa points to the law school and medical school as “concrete evidence” of growth.
“Plus the college is achieving true excellence, with more programs and higher rankings than ever before,” he said.
He has extra reason to care. He and his wife Aracely Figueroa (MACC ’95) have a daughter Elizabeth Figueroa majoring in accounting at FIU.
Figueroa’s own degree was in transportation management. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in active duty for seven years, including a tour in Afghanistan, and for 20 years as a reservist. He achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. He joined UPS in 1996.
While always a Panther sports fan, it wasn’t until six years ago that Figueroa joined the Alumni Club. Since then he has enjoyed tailgate parties, social events and other alumni opportunities.
“I want to be more a part of FIU,” he said. “My scholarship donation is to help a talented but financially-strapped student achieve a business degree.”