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LEAP to reach out to younger students
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LEAP to reach out to younger students

LEAP to reach out to younger students By Katya SotoBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, May 5, 2021 One plan to expand TAMIU's Laredo Early Acceptance Program includes reaching out to freshmen. The goal of this program is to ease students' transition to University of Texas Health. Introduced in 2017, LEAP was bought to life by then pre-medical adviser Hector Gonzalez. Since then, it focuses on aiding eligible sophomores in continuing their education at UT Health after Texas A&M International University graduation. So far, five students from the local program study at UT. Three more recently received acceptance and five are working toward that goal. “I am hoping that we are going to expand it,” Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Biology and...
TAMIU announces second doctoral program
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TAMIU announces second doctoral program

TAMIU announces second doctoral program By Gabriel ArredondoBridge Staff InternPublished Wednesday, May 5, 2021 There is a new doctorate in the house at TAMIU. Last week, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved Texas A&M International University’s new doctoral program in criminal justice. The program begins this fall for the University’s second doctor’s degree in its 50-year history. TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz said the degree’s addition moves the University closer to a whole new classification. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeAdministrators pose for a photo to celebrate the announcement of a new TAMIU doctoral program in criminal justice on Monday, May 3, at the Academic Innovation Center. Pictured from left: Associate Professor and Department of Social Sciences...
From Singapore to Texas, Hong leads TAMIU’s University College
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From Singapore to Texas, Hong leads TAMIU’s University College

From Singapore to Texas, Hong leads TAMIU’s University College By Gabriel ArredondoBridge Staff InternPublished Wednesday, May 5, 2021 [Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of personality profiles on the women of power at Texas A&M International University, in honor of Women’s History Month (March).] Originally from Singapore, University College Dean Barbara Hong is one of the most recent additions to TAMIU’s administration. She came to the U.S. at age 23 and received her doctorate from Columbia University in disability studies (mild to moderate, cross-categorical, K-12). She also holds three master’s degrees in instructional practices for diverse learners, leadership policy and administration, and as a learning specialist. Karla De Leon | BridgeUniversity C...
TAMIU continues face-to-face labs
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TAMIU continues face-to-face labs

TAMIU continues face-to-face labs By Marlene GonzalezBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, April 30, 2021 [Editor's Note: This story was written prior to the release of the various novel coronavirus vaccines and is a followup to our story “Petition signers urge University to reconsider face-to-face labs” published Feb. 12, 2021. http://www.thebridgestudentnews.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2603&action=edit] The University continues face-to-face labs despite students’ request earlier this semester to transition to online-only labs. “I have done everything in my ability to remain COVID-free since the beginning of the pandemic,” freshman pre-nursing major Edith Gomez said. “Even though the labs are split into smaller groups for in-person attendance, it doesn’t change the f...
Fees, tuition increase
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Fees, tuition increase

Fees, tuition increase By Evenlyn GomezBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, April 9, 2021 Texas students or others receiving in-state undergraduate tuition rates can expect to see an annual increase from $9,254 in 2021 to $9,448 in 2022, according to TAMIU’s website. For non-resident tuition, the increase will go from $23,390 in 2021 to $23,882 in 2022. Even so, Texas A&M International University is one of the least expensive universities in South Texas. During the 2019-2020 school year for 15 semester credit hours, TAMIU charged $4,422 while Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi charged $5,010 for the same number of hours. “Perhaps one of the most distinguishing methods of funding is property taxes, which can be charged by school districts and community colleges,...
‘Pioneer’ leads multiple areas at TAMIU
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‘Pioneer’ leads multiple areas at TAMIU

‘Pioneer’ leads multiple areas at TAMIU By Gabrielle PratherBridge Staff WriterPublished Saturday, April 3, 2021 [Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of personality profiles on the women of power at Texas A&M International University, in honor of Women’s History Month.] One of the most powerful women at TAMIU also serves as one of its vice presidents. In the words of her colleagues, she is “a pioneer” who chooses to lead by example, selflessly and by empowering others. Vice President of Institutional Advancement Rosanne Palacios serves in many campus roles but most notably in overseeing the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Student Philanthropy. She oversees these areas for campus events and supports those occurrences. Jessica Rodriguez | Bridge...
TAMIU Planetarium set to reopen June 1
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TAMIU Planetarium set to reopen June 1

TAMIU Planetarium set to reopen June 1 By Cesar A. OldhamBridge contributing writerPublished Saturday, April 3, 2021 The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium at TAMIU plans to reopen to the public on June 1 since its March 13, 2020, shutdown for the pandemic. The planetarium officials’ goals are to ignite an interest in children’s lives by teaching them the wonders of life on Earth, the universe and the passage of scientific discovery over time. Its chief official is Director Peter Davis. “I miss having the public and children coming to the planetarium and showing them exciting things about the universe,” Davis said. “The planetarium is ready to open on June 1, if allowed to.” In order to reopen, the Texas A&M International University Planetarium will implement a social dist...
San Miguel gives back to hometown
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San Miguel gives back to hometown

San Miguel gives back to home town [Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of personality profiles on the women of power at Texas A&M International University, in honor of Women’s History Month.] By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished March 25, 2021 Dean Claudia San Miguel leads the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college at TAMIU. She is the first Latina dean in Texas A&M International University history; born and raised in Laredo, she now gives back to her home town by helping students in the position she now holds. “I'm home grown,” San Miguel said. “I love Laredo, I love this University and to be in this position it's just an honor to have been nominated and appointed to this position.” Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeDean Claudia San Migue...
University extends class cancellations through Saturday
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University extends class cancellations through Saturday

Inclement Weather University extends class cancellations through Saturday From Staff ReportsPublished Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 In an update today, President Pablo Arenaz extended the cancellation of TAMIU classes through Saturday. "Due to the continued unpredictability of power and water supplies for the area, classes have been canceled through Saturday, Feb. 20," University President Pablo Arenaz wrote in an email to all employees and students on Wednesday afternoon. "All classes will resume normal schedule on Monday, Feb. 22." Throughout the Laredo region, students are experiencing continued power and internet outages due to the recent cold weather and Sunday night's snow and freezing rain. Some have been without power for 48 hours or more, as of Wednesday morning. "Em...
Campus closes Wednesday, Thursday
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Campus closes Wednesday, Thursday

Inclement Weather Campus closes Wednesday, Thursday From Staff ReportsPublished Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 In an update today, the campus is closed and classes are canceled for Wednesday and Thursday. As a result of freezing temperatures and precipitation throughout the Laredo area, Texas A&M International University extends its late openings with a campus closure. "Due to the unpredictability of power and water supplies for the area, classes have been canceled for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17 to 18," University President Pablo Arenaz wrote in an email to all employees and students on Tuesday evening. Throughout the Laredo region, students are experiencing power and internet outages due to the recent cold weather and Sunday night's snow and freezing rain. Some have be...
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