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EDUCATION: International students adjust to TAMIU
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EDUCATION: International students adjust to TAMIU

EDUCATION: International students adjust to TAMIU By Marissa ContrerasSocial Media Co-ManagerPublished Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 As new international students join TAMIU’s campus each semester, they undergo an adjustment period. Officials from the Office of International Engagement work with them to help smooth that transition. Before admission to Texas A&M International University, the Office of International Engagement contacts international students and their affiliated schools to discuss what each student needs and what the process looks like to enter the U.S. Once this process completes and students acquire their necessary documents, they are admitted to TAMIU. Next, they begin the process of communicating with a mentor from the International Student Mentor Program. Jua...
FEATURE: ROTC member embarks on training mission in Japan
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FEATURE: ROTC member embarks on training mission in Japan

FEATURE: ROTC member embarks on training mission in Japan By Juan Carlos PuenteEditor-In-ChiefPublished on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 One of TAMIU’s U.S. Army ROTC members traveled to Japan for special logistics training this past summer. He was hand selected by the U.S. Army due to his dedication and stellar performance in previous training camps. Army Cadet Carlos Ramirez went to Camp Zama, Japan, after completing two separate training sessions. “I was chosen for that program through the availability of slots and my involvement and dedication to the program,” Ramirez said. Submitted photoMilitary member walks across Mount Fuji in this undated submitted photo. The first training camp occurred at Fort Moore, Georgia, also known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Securi...
FEATURES: San Miguel acclimates to provost promotion
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FEATURES: San Miguel acclimates to provost promotion

FEATURES: San Miguel acclimates to provost promotion By Neto GonzalezEditor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 In a significant change for TAMIU, the former College of Arts and Sciences dean stepped into the esteemed position of provost this semester. She brings with her a wealth of experience and a lifelong dedication to student success. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Claudia San Miguel was always deeply committed to higher education, and her journey to becoming Texas A&M International University’s provost is a testament to her dedication. Her recent appointment proves to be a dream come true; she can’t curb her enthusiasm for the promotion. “[I’m] absolutely thrilled, super excited, overjoyed, all of that level of enthusiasm when you finally achieve ...
CAMPUS: Director offers educational experience for community at Planetarium
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CAMPUS: Director offers educational experience for community at Planetarium

CAMPUS: Director offers educational experience for community at Planetarium By Cristian CordovaBridge Staff WriterPublished Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 During the Fall 2023 semester the TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium offers several educational videos, mostly featuring STEM-related themes. Texas A&M International University’s Planetarium works like a dome where anyone can go inside, simulating the sky, space or different educational themes. The topics back on Sept.15 included “A Starry Tale” and “Extreme Planets” and more by the end of the month. Later, on Oct. 14, a solar eclipse event was scheduled for the community but the weather didn’t cooperate. One focus of “A Starry Tale” is the early mythology associated with some constellations about zodiacs. This tale includes ...
EDUCATION: Multidisciplinary studies, a growing major
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EDUCATION: Multidisciplinary studies, a growing major

EDUCATION: Multidisciplinary studies, a growing major By Jorge EscuderoBridge Contributing WriterPublished Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023 The Bachelor of Arts in multidisciplinary studies is becoming an increasingly popular major for TAMIU students. Multidisciplinary studies, often abbreviated to MDS, allows students to choose three focuses, similar to how they choose a major and, often, a minor degree. The Bachelor of Arts in MDS allows students to gain hands-on experience and education in different fields. This may be ideal for students who aren’t set on one specific field, or if they have an interest in multiple fields. Texas A&M International University’s MDS major began in 2017 and continues to increase student enrollment due to its diverse nature. MDS is sometimes referred ...
CAMPUS: TAMIU Honor Code update includes AI
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CAMPUS: TAMIU Honor Code update includes AI

CAMPUS: TAMIU Honor Code update includes AI By Anahi UgartecheaBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023 At the start of the Fall 2023 semester, TAMIU’s Honor Code: Plagiarism and Cheating introduced a new entry for the use of artificial intelligence. The new AI entry was implemented to reduce dishonesty in the classroom. Students must continue to practice being ethical in all their academic career, in and out of the classroom. Neto Gonzalez | Bridge Photo IllustrationSome students believe ChatGPT may be the key to graduating, but the TAMIU Honor Code would say otherwise. The Texas A&M International University Honor Code: Plagiarism and Cheating, part of the University’s course policies attached to every syllabus, lists several violations of the Honor C...
EDUCATION: College of Education releases video podcast ‘Conversations on Teacher Education’
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EDUCATION: College of Education releases video podcast ‘Conversations on Teacher Education’

EDUCATION: College of Education releases video podcast ‘Conversations on Teacher Education’ By Alexia AlemanBridge Staff WriterPublished Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023 A new video podcast sparks conversations between TAMIU and local-school-district faculty about education. The next episode is scheduled for Nov. 8. The College of Education at Texas A&M International University recently launched a new video podcast series, “Conversations on Teacher Education,” in collaboration with the Laredo Independent and United Independent school districts. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsCollege of Education Dean James O'Meara This initiative stems from the College of Education’s participation in a three-year project, one of six transformation projects across the U.S., led by TAMIU C...
CAMPUS: TAMIU students march against gun violence
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CAMPUS: TAMIU students march against gun violence

CAMPUS: TAMIU students march against gun violence By Carina GalvanFormer Bridge Staff InternPublished Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023 A crowd of TAMIU students marched and chanted across campus to protest against gun violence. Then Student Government Association Political Action Committee Chair Carolina Ramirez, in association with other SGA members and students, helped organize the April 5 protest. Ramirez later became SGA student body president. “We organized this walkout in honor of National Walkout Day,” Ramirez said. “Schools all around the nation … are protesting and demanding for the end of gun violence to start up new gun policies.” Carina Galvan | BridgeAlexia Moraida holds a "Make American Schools Safe Again" sign as she shouts alongside other students at a gun-control pro...
CAMPUS: Students illuminate Acequia Fountain with lanterns for Reading the Globe
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CAMPUS: Students illuminate Acequia Fountain with lanterns for Reading the Globe

CAMPUS: Students illuminate Acequia Fountain with lanterns for Reading the Globe By Neto GonzalezEditor-in-chiefPublished Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023 In a culturally rich ceremony, TAMIU students gathered around the Acequia Fountain on campus to participate in the Reading the Globe program. As part of this program, students immersed themselves in Japanese culture, inspired by the book “Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Come and Say Goodbye,” written by Marie Mutsuki Mockett. The event featured a traditional Japanese lantern floating ceremony, symbolizing the connection between the living and the deceased. Neto Gonzalez | BridgeTAMIU freshman Marcus Narabal, left, drops a paper boat into the Acequia Fountain in the center of campus on Oct. 4 during the Reading the Globe event. ...
FEATURES: Holi adds color to campus
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FEATURES: Holi adds color to campus

FEATURES: Holi adds color to campus By Emmanuel Reyes Corona and David Gomez Jr.Bridge staff podcaster, editor-in-chiefPublished Thursday, April 6, 2023 In a display of many colors, TAMIU students threw handfuls of powder at one another to celebrate Holi. The Office of International Engagement and the Campus Activities Board hosted the Hindu festival event, also known as the Festival of Colors. It took place at the Sen. Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center Green at Texas A&M International University on March 8. Emmanuel Reyes Corona | BridgeHoli participants throw colored powder up into the air during a group photograph on March 8. “Five minutes into the event and there were 40 people [who] had signed up,” sophomore Spanish major Elena Cano said. “So we’re really exc...
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