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LEAP in-person again
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LEAP in-person again

LEAP in-person again By Katya SotoBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 The Laredo Early Acceptance Program returns to in-person workshops and training this fall, following COVID-19’s grip. For LEAP last year, this meant virtual meetings for participants as well as forgoing otherwise required volunteer hours to enter into UT Health. “We usually have two or three functions a year where our students go for pre-interviews, tours, to meet faculty and see how life will be for them at UT Health,” Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Biology and Chemistry Michael Kidd said. submitted photoPast LEAP students pose for a photo on TAMIU's campus. Pictured, from left: Karen de la Garza, Amanda Garza, unidentified student, Eileen Martinez and Armando E...
TAMIU College of Nursing recognized as ‘best bang for your buck’
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TAMIU College of Nursing recognized as ‘best bang for your buck’

TAMIU College of Nursing recognized as ‘best bang for your buck’ By Nabeel JavedBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 One factor TAMIU frequently gets recognized for relates to its affordable cost. The College of Nursing, in particular, received recognition as “the best bang for your buck” after a No. 10 ranking on the list of most affordable Texas nursing schools. Texas A&M International University administrators and faculty said this accomplishment should attract more students and upcoming college freshmen to pursue a degree in nursing. “When you really look at this achievement, it’s great for the college as a whole because it’s gonna be a favorite among the people looking to go into nursing school,” Clinical Assistant Professor Raul Cortes said. S...
Dmello earns national honor for teaching innovation
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Dmello earns national honor for teaching innovation

Dmello earns national honor for teaching innovation By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Recently, Assistant Professor of criminal justice Jared R. Dmello earned a national award for innovation in teaching from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. His project focused on the study of Social Disorganization Theory, an idea of linking crime rates to a person’s physical and social environment, witnessed by his students and photography of key areas of South and North Laredo. Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeAssistant Professor of criminal justice Jared Dmello wears a Mickey Mouse face mask as he stands in front of part of his Disney memorabilia collection in his office in the Academic Innovation Center. “Photovoice is a really visual tool because it’s t...
Students benefit from TAMIU Books IncludED
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Students benefit from TAMIU Books IncludED

Students benefit from TAMIU Books IncludED  By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 One new TAMIU program offers students something they might not previously thought they would receive free: Books IncludED. Texas A&M International University offers its students free textbooks and course materials this semester through the pilot program made possible through the funding of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, a public law signed on Dec. 27, 2020. The CRRSAA, according to the U.S. Department of Education website, authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act. Through that federal funding source, along w...
‘Contextualizing Misinformation Flows’: Soto-Vásquez, Gonzalez  publish pandemic-related work
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‘Contextualizing Misinformation Flows’: Soto-Vásquez, Gonzalez publish pandemic-related work

‘Contextualizing Misinformation Flows’ Soto-Vásquez, Gonzalez publish pandemic-related work By Jennifer CastilloBridge contributing writerPublished Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 When major world events occur, smart researchers tend to shift gears to take advantage of these rare and timely opportunities. The pandemic is no exception. On Dec. 23, 2020, Assistant Professors of communication Arthur Soto-Vásquez and Ariadne A. Gonzalez were two members of a team of researchers who published a research article in the Howard Journal of Communications titled “COVID-19: Contextualizing Misinformation Flows In a US Latinx Border Community (Media and Communication During COVID-19).” They worked along with Assistant Professors Wanzhu Shi and Nilda Garcia, plus Jessica Hernandez. Assistant Pro...
Students stay on target with transition to ACE
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Students stay on target with transition to ACE

Students stay on target with transition to ACE By Jhoanna AngelesSocial Media ManagerPublished Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 Upperclassmen may notice a new change around campus this semester as they hear about ACE. It’s not some fighter jet pilot but the Academic Center for Excellence. Texas A&M International University recently experienced a change in several of the services offered to students, including the Writing Center, tutoring, academic advising and more. The services all fall under the new ACE program. These services could prove to be as valuable to students as an ace up their sleeve. Some confusion may have taken place at the beginning of the semester as some incorrectly thought ACE somehow replaced University College. University College Dean Barbara Hong clarified to a...
Virtual learning factors into GPA drops
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Virtual learning factors into GPA drops

Virtual learning factors into GPA drops By Gabriela NinoBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 Virtual learning became a way of life to let students continue their college degree, but for some at the cost of maintaining their GPA. Information retention was also problematic for some. Occupancy limit is a crucial social norm implemented in protocol that postponed concerts, family gatherings and face-to-face instruction for many schools, including Texas A&M International University; however, this is an issue faculty and staff tried to resolve as quickly and efficiently as possible. Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge Illustration For this reason, TAMIU offered courses to students from the comfort of their homes. TAMIUFlex courses were made available since the...
TAMIU Back Together: students return to campus for Fall 2021
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TAMIU Back Together: students return to campus for Fall 2021

TAMIU Back Together: students return to campus for Fall 2021 By Carolina CruzBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 For the first time since the shutdown of schools and universities across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAMIU students are now back on campus. After a year and a half of remote learning, students, faculty and staff return to familiar settings and routines. Although the pandemic never ended, campus students appear to be back in spirits and maybe even hopeful about the future. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeFireworks light up students and automobiles in the Sen. Judith Zaffarini Student Success Center parking lot as Welcome Week closes on Friday, Aug. 27. For senior psychology major Stephanie Jimenez, the return to in-person classes was long awaite...
International students adjust to pandemic
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International students adjust to pandemic

International students adjust to pandemic By Mariana Cabrera Bridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 Among the many changes resulting from the pandemic, TAMIU’s international students felt the brunt of it last semester. Time and distance further impacted their college experience. Keanu Born, of Aachen, Germany, majored in multidisciplinary studies for arts, communication and business. A former Texas A&M International University soccer player, Born ended up finishing his degree in Germany while attending classes virtually. “Communication is no problem as it has been expanded throughout the world and now it is easy to communicate with anyone at any time,” Born said. Courtesy Keanu BornA digitally edited image titled "Seagull" by art photographer Kea...
Graduate students return to in-person classes this fall
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Graduate students return to in-person classes this fall

Graduate students return to in-person classes this fall By Evenlyn Gomez Bridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 Most graduate students returned to campus this fall yet it’s not exactly the same, Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Guillermo Gonzalez Jr. said in light of the pandemic. “Things will certainly be different in the fall semester in terms of interactions between students, faculty and staff,” Gonzalez said. “All information currently available as of Spring 2021 points to still having the same safety protocols in place as we’ve had this past year. For example, all faculty, staff, students and visitors [are encouraged to] social [distance], wear face coverings and frequently wash their hands while on campus.” Moreover, Texas A&M Intern...
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