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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...
Campus delays Tuesday opening
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Campus delays Tuesday opening

Inclement Weather Campus delays Tuesday opening From Staff ReportsPublished Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 As a result of freezing temperatures and precipitation throughout the Laredo area, TAMIU extends its late opening for Tuesday, Feb. 16, on campus. Texas A&M International University offices are scheduled to open at noon today. 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 been without power for 24 hours or more, as of Tuesday morning. "TAMIUFlex classes are scheduled synchronously all day," according to an email, from University President Pablo Arenaz, which was sent to all University employees and students. Previously, TAMIU held the same policy o...
Campus delays Monday opening
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Campus delays Monday opening

Inclement weather Campus delays Monday opening From Staff ReportsPublished Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021 As a result of freezing temperatures and precipitation throughout the Laredo area, TAMIU announces late opening for Monday, Feb. 15, on campus. "In light of inclement weather in the Laredo area, Texas A&M International University will delay its opening Monday till noon," President Pablo Arenaz wrote in an email that went out to the University faculty and students. "TAMIUFlex morning classes will be held synchronously online. Labs will be postponed and may be made up. Offices will open at noon." Students are instructed to not come to campus until noon on Monday. Morning TAMIUFlex courses, though, will still occur virtually. "TAMIU community members are urged to monitor Dus...
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 ...
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...
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...
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