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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...
TAMIU commencement returns to in-person
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TAMIU commencement returns to in-person

TAMIU commencement returns to in-person By Mario Lorenzo LopezBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, May 10, 2021 TAMIU 2020 graduates and this year’s graduating class will walk the line. After an unprecedented year with the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, University administration, together with students, decided to resume in-person commencement. This year's ceremonies are expected to be unforgettable and unique for many students and their families. It is the first time two years of classes, 2020 and 2021, come together to receive honors. Jessica Rodriguez | Bridge photo illustrationA student holds up their cap, tassel and face mask to show graduating during the novel coronavirus pandemic in this photo illustration. “It will be extremely different; however, we will try to mai...
TAMIU announces second doctoral program
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TAMIU announces second doctoral program

TAMIU announces second doctoral program By Gabriel ArredondoBridge Staff InternPublished Wednesday, May 5, 2021 There is a new doctorate in the house at TAMIU. Last week, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved Texas A&M International University’s new doctoral program in criminal justice. The program begins this fall for the University’s second doctor’s degree in its 50-year history. TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz said the degree’s addition moves the University closer to a whole new classification. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeAdministrators pose for a photo to celebrate the announcement of a new TAMIU doctoral program in criminal justice on Monday, May 3, at the Academic Innovation Center. Pictured from left: Associate Professor and Department of Social Sciences...
Fees, tuition increase
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Fees, tuition increase

Fees, tuition increase By Evenlyn GomezBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, April 9, 2021 Texas students or others receiving in-state undergraduate tuition rates can expect to see an annual increase from $9,254 in 2021 to $9,448 in 2022, according to TAMIU’s website. For non-resident tuition, the increase will go from $23,390 in 2021 to $23,882 in 2022. Even so, Texas A&M International University is one of the least expensive universities in South Texas. During the 2019-2020 school year for 15 semester credit hours, TAMIU charged $4,422 while Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi charged $5,010 for the same number of hours. “Perhaps one of the most distinguishing methods of funding is property taxes, which can be charged by school districts and community colleges,...
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...
‘A path to citizenship’
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‘A path to citizenship’

‘A path to citizenship’ By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Saturday, March 13, 2021 One TAMIU alumna and DACA recipient reminisces about the policy that remained in a purgatory state during her tenure as a full-time student. Dreamers are undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children, according to the National Immigration Forum. During former President Donald J. Trump’s administration, several Dreamers faced many uncertainties. Since its creation in June 2012 by President Barack Obama's administration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals held a great impact on young illegal immigrants, offering them what is commonly referred to by officials as “a path to citizenship.” Bridge File PhotoIn this October 2017 file photo, Ana Karen Contreras and other DAC...
Grassroots organization believes efforts finally paid off
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Grassroots organization believes efforts finally paid off

Grassroots organization believes efforts finally paid off By Matthew BalderasBridge OmbudsmanandDavid Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, March 5, 2021 “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall,” were famous words heard around the world as spoken by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Who would have thought similar words would be spoken today in 2021? Back on Jan. 20 the U.S. swore in President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and with a stroke of a pen, he halted construction on the southern border wall. In a Media Advisory report, Tricia Cortez, executive director with the Rio Grande International Study Center, founding member of the Laredo No Border Wall Coalition, said, “This is a huge win and a critical first step for our community, our river, our future. After two years of operating in ...
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...
University extends class cancellations through Saturday
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University extends class cancellations through Saturday

Inclement Weather University extends class cancellations through Saturday From Staff ReportsPublished Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 In an update today, President Pablo Arenaz extended the cancellation of TAMIU classes through Saturday. "Due to the continued unpredictability of power and water supplies for the area, classes have been canceled through Saturday, Feb. 20," University President Pablo Arenaz wrote in an email to all employees and students on Wednesday afternoon. "All classes will resume normal schedule on Monday, Feb. 22." Throughout the Laredo region, students are experiencing continued power and internet outages due to the recent cold weather and Sunday night's snow and freezing rain. Some have been without power for 48 hours or more, as of Wednesday morning. "Em...
Campus closes Wednesday, Thursday
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Campus closes Wednesday, Thursday

Inclement Weather Campus closes Wednesday, Thursday From Staff ReportsPublished Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 In an update today, the campus is closed and classes are canceled for Wednesday and Thursday. As a result of freezing temperatures and precipitation throughout the Laredo area, Texas A&M International University extends its late openings with a campus closure. "Due to the unpredictability of power and water supplies for the area, classes have been canceled for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 17 to 18," University President Pablo Arenaz wrote in an email to all employees and students on Tuesday evening. Throughout the Laredo region, students are experiencing power and internet outages due to the recent cold weather and Sunday night's snow and freezing rain. Some have be...
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