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Entrepreneurs share rags-to-riches stories at TAMIU
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Entrepreneurs share rags-to-riches stories at TAMIU

Entrepreneurs share rags-to-riches stories at TAMIU By Juan ReyesSocial Media ReporterandBy David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 A collaboration of TAMIU’s LULAC and SOLE held a panel with two of Mexico’s successful entrepreneurs. Empresarios Hispanos TAMIU 2021 took place in the Student Center in the auditorium, Room 236, where a pair of successful entrepreneurs, Palos Garza Group CEO Mario Palos Garza, and Pollo Loco and Taco Palenque founder Juan “Don Pancho” Francisco Ochoa.  “Without respect, everything falls apart,” Ochoa says. These are words he lives his life by, leading to prosperous results. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeTaco Pelinque founder Juan Francisco Ochoa, left, and Palos Garza Group CEO Mario Palos Garza speak to one another dur...
TAMIU administration, University Learning Complex residents confront harassment, abuse
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TAMIU administration, University Learning Complex residents confront harassment, abuse

TAMIU administration, University Learning Complex residents confront harassment, abuse By Mario LopezCirculation ManagerPublished Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 TAMIU’s Office of Housing and Residence Life administration and residents at the University Learning Community take any form of harassment and abuse seriously. Texas A&M International University is an open campus, which means people can come and go at any time. The possibilities of harassment or abuse to a student by someone internal or external to the University exist. The student residents at the ULC are no exception. Director of Housing and Residence Life Manuel Vela said his office remains vigilant for the safety and wellbeing of resident students. Karla De Leon | BridgeUniversity Village’s community lounge is a s...
Dungeons & Dragons delves into campus
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Dungeons & Dragons delves into campus

Dungeons & Dragons delves into campus By Alejandro CarbajalIllustratorAndBy David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 The Dungeons & Dragons Organization on campus conjures up, as if by magical means, a way for students to try something new and communicate with fellow roleplayers. Also known as D&D Club for short, the organization began just before the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Before it could even get going, the club stuttered as if down to a single hit point and almost ceased its existence. In October, the club found a proverbial potion of healing and its status with SOLE resumed as an official campus club. Due to the pandemic, the organization’s presence primarily existed and also continues online. Though in-person events no...
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...
Physiology professor retires after 21 years at TAMIU
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Physiology professor retires after 21 years at TAMIU

Physiology professor retires after 21 years at TAMIU By Melissa GarzaCopyeditorPublished Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Students of anatomy and physiology courses bid adieu to one of their favorite professors at the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Associate Professor of biology Fernando Quintana decided to retire after 21 years at Texas A&M International University. “I really believe that TAMIU is very important for the region,” Quintana said. “The [students from South Texas] now have an opportunity to go to university and they also have the opportunity to transfer to other schools to study medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.” Joy Davis | BridgeAssociate Professor of biology Fernando G. Quintana stands next to a model of internal human systems on Friday, Oct. 8, ...
Faculty exhibit work in art show
Life & Arts, On Campus

Faculty exhibit work in art show

Faculty exhibit work in art show By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 The College of Arts and Sciences recently welcomed students, and community, to the Think Fast! art exhibition at the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.  Faculty opened the gallery doors back on Sept. 30 during a reception with the artists. Of course, masks were still recommended. Now this event can only be viewed by appointment through Assistant Professor of art Jesse Shaw. “I enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to students about my work, and I welcome all the questions and observations about the works in the exhibition,” Assistant Professor of art Emily Bayless said in an email sent to The Bridge. “I hope this type of dialogue and discussion will continue with futu...
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 College of Nursing recognized as ‘best bang for your buck’
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TAMIU College of Nursing recognized as ‘best bang for your buck’

TAMIU College of Nursing recognized as ‘best bang for your buck’ By Nabeel JavedBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 One factor TAMIU frequently gets recognized for relates to its affordable cost. The College of Nursing, in particular, received recognition as “the best bang for your buck” after a No. 10 ranking on the list of most affordable Texas nursing schools. Texas A&M International University administrators and faculty said this accomplishment should attract more students and upcoming college freshmen to pursue a degree in nursing. “When you really look at this achievement, it’s great for the college as a whole because it’s gonna be a favorite among the people looking to go into nursing school,” Clinical Assistant Professor Raul Cortes said. S...
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