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No classes after Thanksgiving
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No classes after Thanksgiving

No classes after Thanksgiving By Juan BarreraBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 The Fall 2020 semester nears its end with some differences to the final-examination period before the winter break. Texas A&M International University offered new TAMIU Flex and hybrid classes, along with online courses, for students’ choice regarding the attendance of lectures in person or from home. Along with this, students were notified prior to the start of the semester that they would not be required to come back to campus after Thanksgiving Break. “We have modified our teaching to provide students with a choice of when and where they participate in most of their classes,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas R. Mitchell said in an email to The Brid...
Recorded lectures not returning in winter or spring semesters
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Recorded lectures not returning in winter or spring semesters

Recorded lectures not returning in winter or spring semesters By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 Students voice growing concerns as the University takes away recorded lectures for the upcoming winter and spring semesters. The announcement was made Monday, Oct. 19, by Texas A&M International University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas R. Mitchell, via e-mail to all students and faculty. “We do not do things arbitrarily, and we understand that some of our decisions will not be universally popular,” emailed Mitchell to The Bridge. “We believe with great conviction, however, that this change is in the best interest of the education of our students.” The decision did not sit well with many students who then expressed their c...
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ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Online learning tries parents, teachers

ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Online learning tries parents, teachers By Matthew BalderasBridge OmbudsmanPublished Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 Think back to when most people received their first mobile phone. If it was 1973, it was probably as long as a briefcase and so thick it wouldn’t even fit in a pocket. In today’s modern world, people often say that children are born with technology in their hands, but did that prepare them for online learning? 2013 alumni graduate, Juan J. Martinez Jr. who currently works at Communities in Schools in San Antonio as the Physic Coordinator, shares his students’ and teachers’ struggles. “Many teachers [and] many educators thought students were going to simply be able to transfer from at-school to at-home very easily, but they are struggling big time,” M...
Spring, fall commencements canceled
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Spring, fall commencements canceled

Spring, fall commencements canceled By Niurka RochaBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 For possibly the first time in its history, TAMIU canceled commencement exercises two regular semesters in a row. After an initial Spring 2020 commencement delay due to the pandemic, Texas A&M International University canceled its planned August makeup for spring along with its fall ceremony. “In light of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the City, continuing closure of the Sames Auto Arena and our City’s prohibitions on gatherings of more than six people, the University regretfully has no choice but to cancel our planned Aug. 13, 2020, Commencement Ceremony,” TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz wrote in a web site letter addressed to all TAMIU 2020 graduates and candidates for...
CARES Act provides campus loaner laptops
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CARES Act provides campus loaner laptops

CARES Act provides campus loaner laptops By Gabriela ChapaBridge Staff InternPublished Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 Purchasing 500 laptops for its new Student Loaner Laptop Program, TAMIU helps students continue course attendance during the fall semester. As the times continue to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the return to face-to-face classes, Texas A&M International University released a new program where students can check out a laptop for the semester. The Student Loaner Laptop Program was created through the TAMIU CARES Program with the goal of helping students who struggle with technology and want to continue their classes. TAMIU purchased these devices that are being distributed to students. Students enrolled in both Fall and Spring semesters will be able to kee...
Prestigious conference awards TAMIU psychology graduate students
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Prestigious conference awards TAMIU psychology graduate students

Prestigious conference awards TAMIU psychology graduate students By Angela K. CarranzaAssistant EditorPublished Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 Five TAMIU students recently earned recognition from one of the highest professional organizations in their chosen career field. From Aug. 6-9, the American Psychology Association held its yearly conference which included five TAMIU Master of Counseling Psychology graduate students who won poster awards. Evelyn Campos and Alejandro Flores received Division 49’s Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Poster of the Year Award for promoting diversity and social justice. Their poster was called “Psychoeducational Groups for Latinos: Group Cohesion’s Influence on Fostering Safe Learning Environments.” Submitted photoAlejandro Flores,...
ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact
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ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact

ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact By Matthew BalderasBridge OmbudsmanPublished Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 [Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of profile articles on the successes of various TAMIU alumni, written by a TAMIU alumnus who recently returned to his alma mater to work on a graduate degree. Matthew Balderas is also a former editor-in-chief of The Bridge.] First-generation college graduate Osvaldo "Ozzy" Guzman describes getting accepted into TAMIU as one of his family's most significant accomplishments. After graduation, he continues to raise that bar ever higher. "I had taken a lot of the experiences that I had undergone in my undergraduate studies,” Guzman said. “I got to be exposed to a lot of leadership [and] I got a l...
City issues quarantine orders, not applicable to TAMIU
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City issues quarantine orders, not applicable to TAMIU

City issues quarantine orders, not applicable to TAMIU By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 Laredo Health Authority Dr. Victor Treviño laid down quarantine orders last week on two of TAMIU’s buildings only to later rescind those orders under state revocation. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Treviño had papers served to Texas A&M International University for a quarantine of the Academic Innovation Center and the Kinesiology, Wellness, & Recreation Center. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeSocial distancing signs are placed all over campus, as seen Sept. 4. “Under the orders issued by Governor [Greg] Abbott and other state law, the (Laredo health authority) does not have the legal power to issue quarantine orders to this University,” TAMIU President Pablo Are...
$4.75 million TAMIU CARES Program grants emergency funds to students
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$4.75 million TAMIU CARES Program grants emergency funds to students

$4.75 million TAMIU CARES Program grants emergency funds to students By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyPublished Monday, May 4, 2020 On April 24, TAMIU announced it will give emergency grants to students thanks to the TAMIU CARES Program. These funds could begin disbursing to applicants as early as May 8. As one of the many universities which received this emergency grant from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act approved by the Department of Education, Texas A&M International University was awarded $9 million. This amount was based on the number of students enrolled who qualify for the Pell Grant and those who do not. According to the CARES Act, the money would be split in half so $4.75 million will go to the university and the other half provided t...
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QUARANTINE CORNER: Dealing with the pandemic – Part 2

QUARANTINE CORNER: Dealing with the pandemic - Part 2 By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyPublished Monday, April 27, 2020 [Editor’s note: The following is the second installment in a series of articles about different Texas A&M International University students, faculty and staff who are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope their stories can be as inspiring to you as we found them to be.] Staying at home 24/7 during an almost catastrophic pandemic can be daunting. However, for Texas A&M International University art student Elkin Cortez, he sees this as an opportunity to get back to his creative ventures. Cortez possesses multiple talents, including art, photography and even a knack for making YouTube videos in his spare time. He says that...
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