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Gov. Abbott issues executive order regarding face coverings
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Gov. Abbott issues executive order regarding face coverings

Gov. Abbott issues executive order regarding face coverings From Staff ReportsPublished Thursday, May 20, 2021 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently issued Executive Order No. GA-36, which rescinds the order of face covering requirements. “Pursuant to Executive Order No. GA-36  issued 5.18.21 by Gov. Greg Abbott, face coverings are no longer required on the Texas A&M International University campus,” TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz wrote in an email Wednesday to faculty, staff, students and campus visitors. “This is effective immediately and applies to all indoor and outdoor facilities and venues.” With that in mind, Arenaz said TAMIU is “encouraged” by the local vaccination rates. “... members of the University community who have not been vaccinated or who have ongoing concerns...
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 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...
Being No. 1 not so good this time
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Being No. 1 not so good this time

Being No. 1 not so good this time By Erick BarrientosBridge Staff InternPublished Thursday, March 25, 2021 While no longer in quite as crucial of a state, the City of Laredo ranked No. 1, in relation to its population, back in late January for U.S. cities affected by the novel coronavirus. Registered nurse Juan Gallegos said it surprised him by the amount of rising cases in the city. Also unfazed by this news, he acknowledges Laredo’s status as a major land port and the lack of education people received about COVID-19. courtesy Alissa Eckert | CDCThe novel cornavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the disease COVID-19. “We have commerce coming in and going out, even with the bridges closed down,” Gallegos said. “There are people crossing every single day [between the two countr...
Rep. Cuellar, President Arenaz to announce TAMIU CARES program
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Rep. Cuellar, President Arenaz to announce TAMIU CARES program

Rep. Cuellar, President Arenaz to announce TAMIU CARES program From Staff ReportsPublished Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 Tomorrow, Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz plan to announce the path for federal funds in the CARES program. Scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Student Center Rotunda of Texas A&M International University, the event will explain how these funds "will help meet the needs of students and families impacted by [the] pandemic," according to a press release from Cuellar's office. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas The funds were authorized by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. Its intent is to help students who suffered additional expenses du...
Garden, Dusty’s Diner team up for meals
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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...
Petition signers urge University to reconsider face-to-face labs
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Petition signers urge University to reconsider face-to-face labs

Petition signers urge University to reconsider face-to-face labs By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 At nearly 3,000 signatures on Change.org, TAMIU is facing criticism from the student body for allowing the continuance of face-to-face labs. “What I would like to happen is for the University to keep all of [its] courses online to stop the potential spread of [COVID-19],” sophomore criminal justice major Karen Gonzalez said. “A small risk is still a risk at the end of the day.” She persists her advocacy for online courses at Texas A&M International University since she fell ill to COVID-19 before. “I’ve personally been impacted horrendously by COVID last August right after giving birth and being hospitalized myself,” Gonzalez added. Since ...
Campus food court nearly deserted
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Campus food court nearly deserted

Campus food court nearly deserted By Angela K. CarranzaBridge Assistant Editorand by Juan BarreraBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 What was once filled with life and lively conversations, is now a deserted island filled with limited food options. For those unaware, Aramark changed its dining hours at the Student Center Food Court and for Starbucks due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Sue & Radcliffe Killam Library’s Starbuck is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is shortened from previous semesters when the coffee shop’s doors would remain open until late hours. Gabriela Chapa | BridgeAn after-hours empty Food Court shows a lack of chairs and seating to prevent student congregation due to COVID-19 risks, on Nov. 4. Instead, chairs are piled up a...
Dusty’s Food Pantry expands services amid pandemic
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Dusty’s Food Pantry expands services amid pandemic

Dusty’s Food Pantry expands services amid pandemic By Juan BarreraBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 Around its third anniversary, Dusty’s Food Pantry offers new services for students. Dusty’s Food Pantry Coordinator Mariana Rodriguez said the food pantry adapted to the new-normal of the COVID-19 pandemic. Located at the Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement, students can find foods ranging from granola bars to noodles and canned protein to hygienic products such as shampoo, soap and toothbrushes. In order to adapt to the novel coronavirus, staff members frequently sanitize the pantry and items donated before making them available for the students. The pantry also expanded its services by opening a second location at the University Village. ...
TAMIU helps students cope with pandemic effects
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TAMIU helps students cope with pandemic effects

TAMIU helps students cope with pandemic effects By Azeneth CamposBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 Although uncertainty affected the lives of students amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the spirit of the Dustdevils are aided through the guidance and outlook of a group of counselors. Daniel Alvarado, a licensed professional counselor from the Texas A&M International University Student Counseling Center, said the University offers a variety of services to students; one of which includes Telehealth during therapy sessions. Through the center, students access counseling and accommodation services without additional charge; student health fees pay for these services. Additionally, the center offers similar services to faculty, as well as staff, needing counseli...
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