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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...
No classes after Thanksgiving
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No classes after Thanksgiving

No classes after Thanksgiving By Juan BarreraBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 The Fall 2020 semester nears its end with some differences to the final-examination period before the winter break. Texas A&M International University offered new TAMIU Flex and hybrid classes, along with online courses, for students’ choice regarding the attendance of lectures in person or from home. Along with this, students were notified prior to the start of the semester that they would not be required to come back to campus after Thanksgiving Break. “We have modified our teaching to provide students with a choice of when and where they participate in most of their classes,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas R. Mitchell said in an email to The Brid...
Recorded lectures not returning in winter or spring semesters
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Recorded lectures not returning in winter or spring semesters

Recorded lectures not returning in winter or spring semesters By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 Students voice growing concerns as the University takes away recorded lectures for the upcoming winter and spring semesters. The announcement was made Monday, Oct. 19, by Texas A&M International University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas R. Mitchell, via e-mail to all students and faculty. “We do not do things arbitrarily, and we understand that some of our decisions will not be universally popular,” emailed Mitchell to The Bridge. “We believe with great conviction, however, that this change is in the best interest of the education of our students.” The decision did not sit well with many students who then expressed their c...
COVID-19 testing continues on campus
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COVID-19 testing continues on campus

COVID-19 testing continues on campus By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 With a limited number of COVID-19 tests available, TAMIU students, faculty and staff might want to take advantage while the opportunity still exists. “I fear of testing numbers being so low that the A&M branches will stop testing and then have our numbers rise again,” Vice President for Student Success Minita Ramirez said. Her job includes advocating for Texas A&M International University students and faculty, as well as raising their concerns. “Everyone who shops for groceries or goes out to parks to take long walks, they should test,” Ramirez said. “Try to test regularly when you think you’ve been somewhere you might have been exposed and self-quarantine until you...
Nursing program seeking examiner applicants
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Nursing program seeking examiner applicants

Nursing program seeking examiner applicants By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 The Advanced Nursing Examiners Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner program at TAMIU seeks applicants to continually certify local nurses. Texas A&M International University’s ANE-SANE program expects to select 18 applicants, who will be taught and certified as examiners for sexual assault cases. “We are aiming to certify 18 more nurses to become sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) this year,” program manager Rosario Benavides emailed The Bridge. This program is expected to help in an area that only includes 20 certified sexual assault examiners in all of Laredo and its surrounding areas. “The availability of SANE-trained nurses in our health care facilities in ...
Spring, fall commencements canceled
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Spring, fall commencements canceled

Spring, fall commencements canceled By Niurka RochaBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 For possibly the first time in its history, TAMIU canceled commencement exercises two regular semesters in a row. After an initial Spring 2020 commencement delay due to the pandemic, Texas A&M International University canceled its planned August makeup for spring along with its fall ceremony. “In light of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the City, continuing closure of the Sames Auto Arena and our City’s prohibitions on gatherings of more than six people, the University regretfully has no choice but to cancel our planned Aug. 13, 2020, Commencement Ceremony,” TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz wrote in a web site letter addressed to all TAMIU 2020 graduates and candidates for...
CARES Act provides campus loaner laptops
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CARES Act provides campus loaner laptops

CARES Act provides campus loaner laptops By Gabriela ChapaBridge Staff InternPublished Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 Purchasing 500 laptops for its new Student Loaner Laptop Program, TAMIU helps students continue course attendance during the fall semester. As the times continue to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the return to face-to-face classes, Texas A&M International University released a new program where students can check out a laptop for the semester. The Student Loaner Laptop Program was created through the TAMIU CARES Program with the goal of helping students who struggle with technology and want to continue their classes. TAMIU purchased these devices that are being distributed to students. Students enrolled in both Fall and Spring semesters will be able to kee...
Prestigious conference awards TAMIU psychology graduate students
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Prestigious conference awards TAMIU psychology graduate students

Prestigious conference awards TAMIU psychology graduate students By Angela K. CarranzaAssistant EditorPublished Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 Five TAMIU students recently earned recognition from one of the highest professional organizations in their chosen career field. From Aug. 6-9, the American Psychology Association held its yearly conference which included five TAMIU Master of Counseling Psychology graduate students who won poster awards. Evelyn Campos and Alejandro Flores received Division 49’s Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Poster of the Year Award for promoting diversity and social justice. Their poster was called “Psychoeducational Groups for Latinos: Group Cohesion’s Influence on Fostering Safe Learning Environments.” Submitted photoAlejandro Flores,...
Spring graduation falls shy of fall semester
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Spring graduation falls shy of fall semester

Spring graduation falls shy of fall semester By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, May 11, 2020  This spring’s graduation occurs at the beginning of the fall semester on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Sames Auto Arena, due to the pandemic. On April 17, Texas A&M International University President Pablo Arenaz, appeared in a video in full regalia, in front of the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts organ, speaking to the 50th graduating class in TAMIU history. He said the graduation ceremony, along with summer commencement exercises, would be postponed until mid-August before the start of the fall semester because of the coronavirus pandemic affecting day-to-day routines. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on life as we know it,” Arenaz told viewers of...
$4.75 million TAMIU CARES Program grants emergency funds to students
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$4.75 million TAMIU CARES Program grants emergency funds to students

$4.75 million TAMIU CARES Program grants emergency funds to students By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyPublished Monday, May 4, 2020 On April 24, TAMIU announced it will give emergency grants to students thanks to the TAMIU CARES Program. These funds could begin disbursing to applicants as early as May 8. As one of the many universities which received this emergency grant from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act approved by the Department of Education, Texas A&M International University was awarded $9 million. This amount was based on the number of students enrolled who qualify for the Pell Grant and those who do not. According to the CARES Act, the money would be split in half so $4.75 million will go to the university and the other half provided t...
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