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College students deal with stress creatively
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College students deal with stress creatively

College students deal with stress creatively By Evenlyn GomezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 Some students find college extremely stressful. Alleviating that stress may involve a variety of hobbies. About 80% of U.S. students report feeling stressed at least part of the time, according to a study by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. About 34% felt depression. With these levels, students try a variety of options to lower their stress but not all are successful. Some develop suicidal thoughts or other suicide-related outcomes; this number increased 47% from 2008 to 2017 and now 10.3% of students are at risk. Leonard Gonzalez | Bridge Photo IllustrationTAMIU student Samantha Gonzalez demonstrates the stress levels some students enc...
Nearly $31 million in federal funds go to TAMIU
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Nearly $31 million in federal funds go to TAMIU

Nearly $31 million in federal funds go to TAMIU By Gabrielle PratherAssistant EditorPublished Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, TAMIU alumnus, visited campus to present an about $30.8 million grant pool. The American Rescue Plan makes up the primary funding source with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others adding to the pool. The total funding award included $29.2 million in ARP funds; Texas A&M International University’s Advanced Nurse Education-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program received $1.4 million. The total also included $249,297 for open educational resources through the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library. courtesy Marivic Torregosa | submitted photoTAMIU College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Marivic Torregosa, left, an...
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...
Laredo says goodbye, honors fallen marine
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Laredo says goodbye, honors fallen marine

Laredo says goodbye,honors fallen marine By Jhoanna AngelesSocial Media ManagerPublished Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 The Laredo community said goodbye to its fallen U.S. Marine hero Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza on Monday, Sept. 13. The 20-year-old Lyndon B. Johnson High School graduate, Laredo native and Rio Bravo resident lost his life in the line of duty on Aug. 26 in Afghanistan. Jhoanna Angeles | BridgeThe Military Honors Procession passes by TAMIU's campus on Loop 20 as Laredo honors its fallen U.S. Marine Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza on Monday, Sept. 13. “The tremendous sacrifice will forever be remembered not only by his beloved family but by the nation as a whole,” reads his obituary on the Joe Jackson Funeral Chapels website. Texas A&M International U...
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...
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...
Greek organizations aid local animal shelter
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Greek organizations aid local animal shelter

Greek organizations aid local animal shelter By Melissa GarzaCopy EditorPublished Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 Two of TAMIU’s Greek organizations organized a multi-day event to help a Laredo animal shelter. Members of the organizations rallied students to raise money and donate supplies. The organizations hosting the “Animal Health and Salvation Event” were the Delta Xi Nu sorority, collaborating with the Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity. Benefits went toward the Laredo Animal Protective Society. The efforts spanned for two weeks back in late March. Texas A&M International University sophomore Tanya Ramirez was the mind behind the community service event. She serves as the Delta Xi Nu philanthropy chair for Spring 2021. “The event’s purpose was to bring awareness to our local ...
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...
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