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NEWS: Spring commencement ceremonies catapult students into future
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NEWS: Spring commencement ceremonies catapult students into future

NEWS: Spring commencement ceremonies catapult students into future By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Once again, TAMIU graduation candidates stepped across the stage of the Sames Auto Arena during one of two commencement ceremonies on May 12. Texas A&M International University’s graduating class of 2022 experienced a shorter, cautious ceremony for attendees, while still holding onto the same message. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeFaculty and graduates stand in celebration at the end of Thursday afternoon's College of Arts and Sciences commencement at the Sames Auto Arena in Laredo on May 12. “A job well done today,” Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, said about the ceremony and graduates. “We have a very unique graduation today with well [more than]...
SCIENCE: Asteroid lecture impacts TAMIU
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SCIENCE: Asteroid lecture impacts TAMIU

SCIENCE: Asteroid lecture impacts TAMIU  By Alexia RodriguezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, May 18, 2022 TAMIU received a special lecture on the Chicxulub asteroid that might have caused the death of the dinosaurs. The special lecture occurred on March 30, at the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall, presented by Sean Gulick, who is a co-chair of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas–Austin. Joy Davis | BridgeCo-chair of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas–Austin Sean Gulick speaks about the asteroid impact which allegedly killed the dinosaurs during his March 30 lecture in TAMIU's Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. “In 2016, Dr. Gulick and his team of researchers drilled ...
NEWS: Laredo College chooses lone finalist from TAMIU
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NEWS: Laredo College chooses lone finalist from TAMIU

NEWS: Laredo College chooses lone finalist from TAMIU By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, May 15, 2022 TAMIU’s own Vice President of Student Success Maria Minerva Ramirez becomes Laredo College’s lone finalist during the late evening of April 28 during LC’s search for a new president. “We congratulate our longtime colleague and friend, Dr. Minita Ramírez, on her selection as sole finalist for the position of president of Laredo College,” TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz offered the following morning in an email. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsVice President for Student Success Maria Minerva Ramirez Arenaz continued about her lengthy career on campus and how much of an impression she left on it. “The arc of her 21-year career here at TAMIU has been trul...
RESEARCH: Improved intergenerational communication key to preventing misinformation, local study shows
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RESEARCH: Improved intergenerational communication key to preventing misinformation, local study shows

RESEARCH: Improved intergenerational communication key to preventing misinformation, local study shows By Mireilly Gonzalez Bridge Staff InternPublished Thursday, May 5, 2022 Two TAMIU professors discovered a possible key to battle local misinformation. Texas A&M International University Assistant Professor of communication Arthur Soto-Vásquez and Assistant Professor of social sciences Wanzhu Shi worked together on a research article on COVID-19 misinformation. “We found a lot of interesting stuff,” Soto-Vásquez recalled of their joint research. Karla De Leon | Bridge Assistant Professor of communication Arthur Soto-Vásquez looks at the computer screen in his office in the Academic Innovation Center on Apr. 27. One of their key findings revolves around the idea ...
CAMPUS: Professional Development Workshops continue for Spring 2022
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CAMPUS: Professional Development Workshops continue for Spring 2022

CAMPUS: Professional Development Workshops continue for Spring 2022 By Carolina CruzBridge Staff WriterPublished Wednesday, March 23, 2022 TAMIU’s Advancing Research and Curriculum hosts its Professional Development Workshops this spring semester from Jan. 28 to Apr. 27. Through the Professional Development Workshops, ARC aims to provide graduate students, faculty and staff with training support on a variety of skills. The content of these workshops ranges from writing tips, presentation skills, new research technology, methodology and even insights on how to publish academic articles, such as for journals. “ARC … it's a Title V grant that was awarded to us because we serve a predominately Hispanic population,” Program Manager Tano Trevino said. “So, one of the objectives of o...
New professor’s microbiology research focuses on microorganism, fungal disease
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New professor’s microbiology research focuses on microorganism, fungal disease

New professor's microbiology research focuses on microorganism, fungal disease By Brenda AlvarezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, March 2, 2022(Originally published in the February print edition, 2022) Hailing from a small town near the Indian Ocean, one new faculty member now strives to find a solution for pathogens. Texas A&M International University Assistant Professor of microbiology Ruvini Pathirana, of Sri Lanka, discovered a curiosity about the quality of mass-produced food. This drove her to work toward a master’s in food science and technology from her hometown. After applying around the world to pursue her doctorate, she ended up earning it from a university in Nebraska. Karla de Leon | BridgeAssistant Professor of microbiology Ruvini Pathirana using...
Faculty awards presented at Convocation
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Faculty awards presented at Convocation

Faculty awards presented at Convocation By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Each year, TAMIU names an elite list of faculty recognized for excellence in teaching and research. This year’s announcement came as part of the University’s Fall Convocation. One assistant professional, plus two assistant and two associate professors received the fall semester’s coveted awards. These honors spotlight Texas A&M International University faculty who hone their field of expertise and create a unique way of learning in their classroom and community. Phoebe Chavez | Special to The BridgeDistinguished Teacher of the Year Fei Lou and Outstanding Teacher of the Year Hailey Kazen Among the winners were Assistant Professor Jared R. Dmello for the Instructio...
Continuing Education offers alternatives for occupational advancement
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Continuing Education offers alternatives for occupational advancement

Continuing Education offers alternatives for occupational advancement By Orlando GonzalezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Sometimes, people seek an education but not a specific degree. For that, there’s Continuing Education. This program allows people to continue pursuing a career or to learn a new skill. Texas A&M International University’s Continuing Education program offers courses for people to achieve their occupational goals. “Continuing Education is the non-credit side of the University,” Office of Continuing Education Director Susan M. Foster said. “Our courses are certificate programs, where people can take an online course to get certified in different areas whether it is health care, whether it is business, whether it is criminal just...
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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