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ARTS: Theater professor shares highlights
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ARTS: Theater professor shares highlights

ARTS: Theater professor shares highlights By Viviana TellezBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, May 17, 2022 A local thespian discovered his passion early, but little did he know he would play the roles of a theater professor, director and playwright. Instructional Associate Professor of theater Gilberto Martinez Jr. is in his 11th year at Texas A&M International University. Recently, he furthered his education by completing his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Idaho; he also holds a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University–Kingsville. His goal is to instill confidence in his students as better communicators and to help them understand the human experience. “I would like to teach until my last breath,” Martinez said. Courtesy Gilbert...
New professor’s microbiology research focuses on microorganism, fungal disease
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New professor’s microbiology research focuses on microorganism, fungal disease

New professor's microbiology research focuses on microorganism, fungal disease By Brenda AlvarezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, March 2, 2022(Originally published in the February print edition, 2022) Hailing from a small town near the Indian Ocean, one new faculty member now strives to find a solution for pathogens. Texas A&M International University Assistant Professor of microbiology Ruvini Pathirana, of Sri Lanka, discovered a curiosity about the quality of mass-produced food. This drove her to work toward a master’s in food science and technology from her hometown. After applying around the world to pursue her doctorate, she ended up earning it from a university in Nebraska. Karla de Leon | BridgeAssistant Professor of microbiology Ruvini Pathirana using...
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, ...
Dmello earns national honor for teaching innovation
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Dmello earns national honor for teaching innovation

Dmello earns national honor for teaching innovation By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Recently, Assistant Professor of criminal justice Jared R. Dmello earned a national award for innovation in teaching from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. His project focused on the study of Social Disorganization Theory, an idea of linking crime rates to a person’s physical and social environment, witnessed by his students and photography of key areas of South and North Laredo. Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeAssistant Professor of criminal justice Jared Dmello wears a Mickey Mouse face mask as he stands in front of part of his Disney memorabilia collection in his office in the Academic Innovation Center. “Photovoice is a really visual tool because it’s t...
‘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...
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...
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Thompson discovers treasure trove

Author discovers treasure trove By Allan RodriguezSports EditorPublished March 30, 2020 From secrets kept hidden in a shoe box, an award-winning history professor used letters and photographs to create his newest book. Growing up in the mountains of western New Mexico, Regents Professor Jerry Thompson often wondered why there were no visits from his grandparents and why his mother never spoke about the other side of the family. “It seemed like they did not exist,” Thompson recalled. The truth came out right after his discovery of a shoe box hidden by his mother. He discovered letters and photographs that revealed secrets about his family line and about his grandfather—a Cherokee cowboy by the name of Joe Lynch Davis. “In the early 20th century, Davis was at the center o...
Language professors bring a world of knowledge to students
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Language professors bring a world of knowledge to students

For some students, learning a foreign language can be an exciting endeavor and an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of other cultures. For others, it can be a daunting task filled with anxiety and frustration. The language faculty at Texas A&M International University includes several dedicated and patient instructors, including Julien and Melody Carrière, assistant professors of French and Italian. (more…)
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