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First-Gen Loteria Night brings students together for fun, prizes
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First-Gen Loteria Night brings students together for fun, prizes

WEB EXCLUSIVE DECEMBER EDITION First-Gen Loteria Night brings students together for fun, prizes Pre-exam Jam a stress-lowering student event By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 CAB hosted its First-Gen Loteria Night on Thursday, Nov. 11, as part of celebrating the achievements of first-generation college students, faculty and staff. The event was popular enough that Rooms 126 and 128 of the Academic Innovation Center were used to host the event. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeMs. TAMIU Anabel Contreras performs caller duties during La Loteria Night on Nov. 11 in AIC Room 126. “This is a [Campus Activities Board]-sponsored event and we have them throughout each semester and they’re one of our most popular events,” junior Victoria Moreno said. C...
Maroon Madness Returns
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Maroon Madness Returns

Maroon Madness Returns By David Gomez Jr. Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Maroon Madness brought the return of food, fun and competition to TAMIU after two years since the 2019 offering.  The Texas A&M International University Kinesiology, Wellness and Recreation Center again housed one of TAMIU’s biggest annual events. Before the start of basketball season, the event takes the form of a pep rally to bring an escape after midterms. Kicked off at 4:30 p.m. by the Spooky Fest, food and games occurred on the lawn in front of the building before the doors opened at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeA crowd of students compete for a free Dustdevils baseball cap during Maroon Madness on Thursday, Oct. 28, in the TAMIU gymnasium. ...
Students help clean up Las Palmas Nature Trail for Make a Difference Day
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Students help clean up Las Palmas Nature Trail for Make a Difference Day

Students help clean up Las Palmas Nature Trail for Make a Difference Day By Carolina CruzBridge Staff WriterPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 TAMIU students came together in late October to help out the Rio Grande International Study Center as part of Make a Difference Day. Held nationally every fourth Saturday of October, this event became the largest single-day of volunteering in the country; it encourages people to become more active in their communities. For National Make a Difference Day this year, Texas A&M International University students came together to help out the Rio Grande International Study Center in its Día del Rio Cleanup at Las Palmas Nature Trail on Saturday, Oct. 23. Carolina Cruz | BridgeA crowd gathers to get information for Make a Difference Day...
Late professor honored with named library collection
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Late professor honored with named library collection

Late professor honored with named library collection By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Late faculty member, retired Associate Professor of English Frances “Panchita” Gates Rhodes, was honored at TAMIU’s Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library with her own literature collection. Texas A&M International University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Mitchell spoke about her legacy at an event on Oct. 15 held in her honor. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeVice President and Provost Thomas Mitchell speaks during the Frances “Panchita” Gates Rhodes memorial event on Oct. 15 in the TAMIU library. “Dr. Rhodes was a passionate advocate for her discipline, for her students, for her colleagues and for TAMIU,” Mitchell said. “The students, grad...
Faculty awards presented at Convocation
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Faculty awards presented at Convocation

Faculty awards presented at Convocation By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Each year, TAMIU names an elite list of faculty recognized for excellence in teaching and research. This year’s announcement came as part of the University’s Fall Convocation. One assistant professional, plus two assistant and two associate professors received the fall semester’s coveted awards. These honors spotlight Texas A&M International University faculty who hone their field of expertise and create a unique way of learning in their classroom and community. Phoebe Chavez | Special to The BridgeDistinguished Teacher of the Year Fei Lou and Outstanding Teacher of the Year Hailey Kazen Among the winners were Assistant Professor Jared R. Dmello for the Instructio...
Physiology professor retires after 21 years at TAMIU
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Physiology professor retires after 21 years at TAMIU

Physiology professor retires after 21 years at TAMIU By Melissa GarzaCopyeditorPublished Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Students of anatomy and physiology courses bid adieu to one of their favorite professors at the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Associate Professor of biology Fernando Quintana decided to retire after 21 years at Texas A&M International University. “I really believe that TAMIU is very important for the region,” Quintana said. “The [students from South Texas] now have an opportunity to go to university and they also have the opportunity to transfer to other schools to study medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.” Joy Davis | BridgeAssociate Professor of biology Fernando G. Quintana stands next to a model of internal human systems on Friday, Oct. 8, ...
‘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...
Driven by the profession
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Driven by the profession

Driven by the profession Former TAMIU Rec Sports director keeps busy By David SolisBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 Former director of TAMIU Rec Sports, Sylvia Barrera, always had a drive for teaching and leading. Her focus always remained in growing as a teacher, coach and director. Barrera started her teaching career at Christen Middle School in 1981 as a physical education teacher and coach. “I got the opportunity to work with a great staff my first year that welcomed me to the program and helped me grow as an educator and a person,” Barrera said. As she slowly built a reputation for herself, she was given the opportunity to coach the girls’ basketball program at Cigarroa High School in 1983. She led the program to new heights, advancing to t...
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 ...
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...
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