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College students deal with stress creatively
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College students deal with stress creatively

College students deal with stress creatively By Evenlyn GomezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 Some students find college extremely stressful. Alleviating that stress may involve a variety of hobbies. About 80% of U.S. students report feeling stressed at least part of the time, according to a study by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. About 34% felt depression. With these levels, students try a variety of options to lower their stress but not all are successful. Some develop suicidal thoughts or other suicide-related outcomes; this number increased 47% from 2008 to 2017 and now 10.3% of students are at risk. Leonard Gonzalez | Bridge Photo IllustrationTAMIU student Samantha Gonzalez demonstrates the stress levels some students enc...
Nearly $31 million in federal funds go to TAMIU
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Nearly $31 million in federal funds go to TAMIU

Nearly $31 million in federal funds go to TAMIU By Gabrielle PratherAssistant EditorPublished Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, TAMIU alumnus, visited campus to present an about $30.8 million grant pool. The American Rescue Plan makes up the primary funding source with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others adding to the pool. The total funding award included $29.2 million in ARP funds; Texas A&M International University’s Advanced Nurse Education-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program received $1.4 million. The total also included $249,297 for open educational resources through the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library. courtesy Marivic Torregosa | submitted photoTAMIU College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Marivic Torregosa, left, an...
Students receive emails for mandatory COVID-19 testing
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Students receive emails for mandatory COVID-19 testing

Students receive emails for mandatory COVID-19 testing By David Gomez Jr. Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 Students, faculty, administration and staff may receive a randomized TAMIU email for mandatory novel coronavirus testing. It began the week of Sept. 20 and continues through the remainder of the fall semester. Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeA rapid COVID-19 test is administered on Oct. 7 on campus. “At this point, we know that the Random COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program will continue throughout the end of the Fall semester,” Texas A&M International University’s Director of Student Health Services Claudia Beltran said. “However, it is important for our community to understand that we will continue to monitor the incidents of COVID-19 on campus a...
LEAP in-person again
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LEAP in-person again

LEAP in-person again By Katya SotoBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 The Laredo Early Acceptance Program returns to in-person workshops and training this fall, following COVID-19’s grip. For LEAP last year, this meant virtual meetings for participants as well as forgoing otherwise required volunteer hours to enter into UT Health. “We usually have two or three functions a year where our students go for pre-interviews, tours, to meet faculty and see how life will be for them at UT Health,” Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Biology and Chemistry Michael Kidd said. submitted photoPast LEAP students pose for a photo on TAMIU's campus. Pictured, from left: Karen de la Garza, Amanda Garza, unidentified student, Eileen Martinez and Armando E...
TAMIU Back Together: students return to campus for Fall 2021
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TAMIU Back Together: students return to campus for Fall 2021

TAMIU Back Together: students return to campus for Fall 2021 By Carolina CruzBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, Sept. 6, 2021 For the first time since the shutdown of schools and universities across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAMIU students are now back on campus. After a year and a half of remote learning, students, faculty and staff return to familiar settings and routines. Although the pandemic never ended, campus students appear to be back in spirits and maybe even hopeful about the future. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeFireworks light up students and automobiles in the Sen. Judith Zaffarini Student Success Center parking lot as Welcome Week closes on Friday, Aug. 27. For senior psychology major Stephanie Jimenez, the return to in-person classes was long awaite...
Graduate students return to in-person classes this fall
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Graduate students return to in-person classes this fall

Graduate students return to in-person classes this fall By Evenlyn Gomez Bridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 Most graduate students returned to campus this fall yet it’s not exactly the same, Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Guillermo Gonzalez Jr. said in light of the pandemic. “Things will certainly be different in the fall semester in terms of interactions between students, faculty and staff,” Gonzalez said. “All information currently available as of Spring 2021 points to still having the same safety protocols in place as we’ve had this past year. For example, all faculty, staff, students and visitors [are encouraged to] social [distance], wear face coverings and frequently wash their hands while on campus.” Moreover, Texas A&M Intern...
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...
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