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PHOTO GALLERY: Future Dustdevil Car Parade
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PHOTO GALLERY: Future Dustdevil Car Parade

PHOTO GALLERY: Future Dustdevil Car Parade Photos by Karla De LeonBridge Staff PhotographerPublished Sunday May 9, 2021 Students celebrating and giving giveaways in the Dustdevil Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonStudents celebrating and giving giveaways in the Dustdevil Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonOrganization CAB welcome future student in the Dustdevil Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonFuture student waves at the camera on their way to the Dustdevil Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonDecorated truck entering the tunnel in Dustdevil Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonWelcoming future students in the Dustdevils Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonWelcoming the first future students in the Dustdevils Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonStudents welcome future student in the Dustdevi...
From Singapore to Texas, Hong leads TAMIU’s University College
Academia, Education, Features, Humans of TAMIU, On Campus

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...
Spring Fling Carnival runs through May 2
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Spring Fling Carnival runs through May 2

Spring Fling Carnival runs through May 2 By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Thursday, April 22, 2021 The Spring Fling Carnival returns and operates April 15 to May 2, according to an April 5 announcement on the Sames Auto Arena’s Facebook page. Operating from 6–10 p.m. weekdays and 2–10 p.m. weekends, attendees can enjoy the return to a somewhat normal event. Despite the carnival’s mandate of face masks, it still requires people to maintain a social distance of six feet. There are still diverse opinions on the Spring Fling Carnival. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeThe Spring Fling Carnival gets ready to open to the Laredo public on April 22. Texas A&M International University student Cesar Oldham said he would attend the carnival. “I wouldn't mind going [bec...
Making Dustdevil history
Features, On Campus, Softball, Sports

Making Dustdevil history

Making Dustdevil history By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, April 9, 2021 After pitching a perfect game, one Dustdevils softball pitcher was named Wilson/NFCA National Pitcher of the Week. Sophomore Erika Cortez went on the field with the intention to help her team win the game against West Texas’ Lady Buffs. In that, she succeeded perfectly and made Texas A&M International University athletics history. “I was just trying to take it inning-by-inning, and go in there calmly,” Cortez said. “I wasn't trying to overpower myself. I was just trying to get my team ahead so we [could] score and win this game and I just took it inning-by-inning.” David Garcia | BridgeTAMIU pitcher Erika Cortez warms up before taking the field recently. She said she left ev...
Dusty’s Diner offers alternate menu
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Dusty’s Diner offers alternate menu

Dusty’s Diner offers alternate menu  By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, April 9, 2021 TAMIU’s Dusty’s Diner changed its breakfast menu on March 3 to swap out its typical U.S. offerings for more of a Mexican-style. Diner employees hope the change continues on Wednesdays. Dusty’s Diner cook Genesis Silva offered her insight on the menu change. “We want to make something different,” Silva said. “Because we always put an American breakfast, so we decided to put more Mexican-style breakfast for [the students] and they love it.” Alejandro Carbajal | BridgeThe Breakfast Bonanza at Dusty's Diner features: re-fried chorizo beans, papa ala Mexicana and picadillo con papas. This dish was part of a special event at the diner on March 3. Diner employees hope this off...
‘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...
Garden, Dusty’s Diner team up for meals
Business, Features, Health

Garden, Dusty’s Diner team up for meals

Garden, Dusty's Diner team up for meals By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 During a free event for participants who signed up, the TAMIU Garden and Dusty’s Diner teamed up to offer a healthy meal. Texas A&M International University students were treated to a dinner featuring organic ingredients on Feb. 1 at the Student Center. Those ingredients were grown on campus. Students received an email providing information about the event, as well as a link to sign up to receive a plate of the following options: cauliflower steak or chicken stir fry. Alejandro Carbajal | BridgeA cauliflower steak seared and served alongside spinach and mashed cauliflower on Feb. 1 at Dusty's Diner. Christopher Segovia manages the garden. “There was a small...
TAMIU faculty members receive OTotY, DTotY awards
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TAMIU faculty members receive OTotY, DTotY awards

TAMIU faculty members receive OTotY, DTotY awards By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 Two TAMIU faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences received honors based on their teaching strengths. In late 2020, the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award went to Assistant Professional Charlene K. Summers and the Distinguished Teacher of the Year award went to Associate Professor Aaron Olivas, both in the Department of Humanities at Texas A&M International University. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsAssistant Professional and Interim Director of the First-Year Writing Program Charlene K. Summers received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. “I felt an incredible boost of morale when I received the news,” Olivas emailed The Br...
Student forms small business during pandemic
Business, Features, Humans of TAMIU, Life & Arts

Student forms small business during pandemic

Student forms small business during pandemic By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyPublished Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 The novel coronavirus pandemic presents new challenges for most everyone. Texas A&M International University sophomore communication disorders major Ana Karen Arriaga is no exception; it helped her hone a new passion which turned into a money-making business. Since early March when the pandemic began to isolate people in their homes in South Texas, many young Laredoans created small businesses. Most of these started and continue to thrive on both Facebook and Instagram. On July 9, Arriaga joined this new wave of small entrepreneurs. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeTAMIU sophomore Ana Karen Arriaga, owner of ShopHunnyBunny, turns her time into a business in ...
SOLE adapts to new normal, creates virtual events
Entertainment, Features, On Campus

SOLE adapts to new normal, creates virtual events

SOLE adapts to new normal, creates virtual events By Gabriela ChapaBridge Staff InternPublished Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 While many things on campus can be accommodated in a virtual environment, not everything does so easily. For the Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement, COVID-19 made a major impact on its ability to bring students together. “As everyone else, it has significantly impacted the office operations,” Director of SOLE Nicholas Hudson said. “If you look at our office, we are really in many forms a majority of the co-curricular engagement the students would have outside the classroom, so everything from orientation to activities, to leadership programs, to campus traditions and things of that nature. We are really that office. “When we are not able t...
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