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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...
PHOTO GALLERY: Future Dustdevil Car Parade
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PHOTO GALLERY: Future Dustdevil Car Parade

PHOTO GALLERY: Future Dustdevil Car Parade Photos by Karla De LeonBridge Staff PhotographerPublished Sunday May 9, 2021 Students celebrating and giving giveaways in the Dustdevil Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonStudents celebrating and giving giveaways in the Dustdevil Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonOrganization CAB welcome future student in the Dustdevil Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonFuture student waves at the camera on their way to the Dustdevil Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonDecorated truck entering the tunnel in Dustdevil Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonWelcoming future students in the Dustdevils Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonWelcoming the first future students in the Dustdevils Car Parade on May 6. Karla De LeonStudents welcome future student in the Dustdevi...
Bridge staff receives honors
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Bridge staff receives honors

Bridge staff receives honors From Staff ReportsPublished Sunday, May 9, 2021 During its End-of-Year Celebration dinner and awards, several members of The Bridge independent student newspaper 2020-2021 staff were honored for their journalistic work on the paper. The event was held Saturday evening, May 8, at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen restaurant in Laredo. courtesy Yensey MurilloThe Bridge staff, pictured from left, at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen in Laredo on May 8: Melissa Garza Rodriguez, new staff writer; Gabriel Arredondo, Bridge staff intern; Gabrielle Prather, staff writer; Alejandro Carbajal, illustrator; Thomas Robert "T. Rob" Brown, lead faculty adviser; Jessica Rodriguez, director of photography and social media manager; Jhoanna Angeles, Bridge staff intern; and David Gomez...
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 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...
From Singapore to Texas, Hong leads TAMIU’s University College
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From Singapore to Texas, Hong leads TAMIU’s University College

From Singapore to Texas, Hong leads TAMIU’s University College By Gabriel ArredondoBridge Staff InternPublished Wednesday, May 5, 2021 [Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of personality profiles on the women of power at Texas A&M International University, in honor of Women’s History Month (March).] Originally from Singapore, University College Dean Barbara Hong is one of the most recent additions to TAMIU’s administration. She came to the U.S. at age 23 and received her doctorate from Columbia University in disability studies (mild to moderate, cross-categorical, K-12). She also holds three master’s degrees in instructional practices for diverse learners, leadership policy and administration, and as a learning specialist. Karla De Leon | BridgeUniversity C...
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...
Making Dustdevil history
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Making Dustdevil history

Making Dustdevil history By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, April 9, 2021 After pitching a perfect game, one Dustdevils softball pitcher was named Wilson/NFCA National Pitcher of the Week. Sophomore Erika Cortez went on the field with the intention to help her team win the game against West Texas’ Lady Buffs. In that, she succeeded perfectly and made Texas A&M International University athletics history. “I was just trying to take it inning-by-inning, and go in there calmly,” Cortez said. “I wasn't trying to overpower myself. I was just trying to get my team ahead so we [could] score and win this game and I just took it inning-by-inning.” David Garcia | BridgeTAMIU pitcher Erika Cortez warms up before taking the field recently. She said she left ev...
Dusty’s Diner offers alternate menu
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Dusty’s Diner offers alternate menu

Dusty’s Diner offers alternate menu  By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, April 9, 2021 TAMIU’s Dusty’s Diner changed its breakfast menu on March 3 to swap out its typical U.S. offerings for more of a Mexican-style. Diner employees hope the change continues on Wednesdays. Dusty’s Diner cook Genesis Silva offered her insight on the menu change. “We want to make something different,” Silva said. “Because we always put an American breakfast, so we decided to put more Mexican-style breakfast for [the students] and they love it.” Alejandro Carbajal | BridgeThe Breakfast Bonanza at Dusty's Diner features: re-fried chorizo beans, papa ala Mexicana and picadillo con papas. This dish was part of a special event at the diner on March 3. Diner employees hope this off...
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,...
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