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Changing majors costs money, time
Alumni, Education

Changing majors costs money, time

Changing majors costs money, time By Neto GonzalezBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 Some TAMIU students second-guess their time spent working on their degrees. These mid-degree changes can cause delays and cost students extra money. When Texas A&M International University alumnus Ernesto Izaguirre first attended classes in the Fall of 2019, he declared as a psychology major with a projected graduation in the Spring of 2022. After completing more than half of his academic career, he began having second thoughts about his chosen degree.  "During one of my lectures, my professor told me that I wouldn't be able to get a job with just a bachelor's degree," Izaguirre said. Ultimately, he continued with his degree plan and graduated with a Bachelor o...
CAMPUS: Building up Women in STEM
Civil Affairs, On Campus, Science and Tech

CAMPUS: Building up Women in STEM

CAMPUS: Building up Women in STEM By Krystal A. CorderoBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 [Editor's Note: The writer of this article is also a member and the treasurer of Women in STEM. We believe in full transparency to you the readers and we ask our writers to not be part of the organizations they write about as it is a conflict of interest. The author did not self-disclose their membership in the organization to the newspaper.] Although there are a variety of campus organizations, few have grown as quickly as Women in STEM. Beginning in Spring 2022, the TAMIU organization began with six and currently boasts more than 60 active members. Texas A&M International University biology major Sajal Gill, founder and president of Women in STEM, promoted the ...
SCIENCE: TAMIU Planetarium promotes scientific literacy
Education, On Campus, Science and Tech

SCIENCE: TAMIU Planetarium promotes scientific literacy

SCIENCE: TAMIU Planetarium promotes scientific literacy By Jaime GurrolaBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 Students and the public alike can learn about complex scientific concepts through shows presented at TAMIU’s Planetarium. Astronomy, nature and hard sciences fill up much of the public show schedules at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium.  Karla De Leon | BridgeThe Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center and Planetarium, as seen on Oct. 28, 2022. “We have a variety of shows, not only astronomy, but we [offer] a lot of other science-related shows,” Planetarium Director Peter Davis said. “We have shows on pandas, humpback whales … we have shows on migration and different things that will help the schools when they come.” Davis said producing sh...
EDUCATION: Professor launches new theater course
Education, News, On Campus

EDUCATION: Professor launches new theater course

EDUCATION: Professor launches new theater course By Viviana TellezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 Although COVID-19 temporarily closed the curtains for theater performances, TAMIU launched a new course to get the show back on the road. Academic Cooperative, the new course, began this Fall for anyone who wants to work on a theater production. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeInstructional Associate Professor of theater and communication Gilberto Martinez Jr. acts out a monologue during one of his theater courses in Academic Innovation Center Room 221 on Sept. 14. Instructional Associate Professor of theater and communication Gilberto Martinez Jr. held auditions for the upcoming show in early September. Martinez expects the performances to occur Nov. 3 to...
EDUCATION: Graduate School to host open house
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EDUCATION: Graduate School to host open house

EDUCATION: Graduate School to host open house By Tomas SolisBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 Open houses and new online programs are some of the big items coming up for the TAMIU Graduate School. “[This] semester is going to be busy,” Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Guillermo F. Gonzalez Jr. said. “We are going to be having our open house face-to-face again.” David Gomez Jr. | Bridge Photo IllustrationSpanish major in all-level certification Jesus Ivan Arellano Guzman looks on Sept. 27 at graduation materials he could splurge for at the Sen. Judith Zaffarini Success Center. Beyond graduation, some students look toward graduate school. The first open house is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Sen. Judith Zaff...
NEWS: TAMIU student wins state writing award
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NEWS: TAMIU student wins state writing award

NEWS: TAMIU student wins state writing award By Mireilly GonzalezAssistant EditorPublished Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 A third-person perspective work led to a first-place award for one TAMIU creative writing student. Over the summer, Texas A&M International University senior mathematics major and creative writing minor Daniel Tovar Jr. won a Texas state creative writing award for his story, “The End?” in the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers’ competition in the undergraduate nonfiction category. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsDaniel Tovar Jr. poses for a photo near the TAMIU fountain. Tovar won a creative nonfiction writing state contest in summer 2022. Tovar is the type of guy who would excitedly rant to anyone in a writing group about comics, like S...
ARTS: Professor continues to expand art program
Education, Features, Humans of TAMIU, Life & Arts, On Campus

ARTS: Professor continues to expand art program

ARTS: Professor continues to expand art program By Elizabeth KennedyBridge Staff InternPublished Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 In a department that focuses on creativity, one professor pushes his students to explore new avenues in working with inks.  This semester is Assistant Professor of art Jesse Shaw’s eighth one at Texas A&M International University. Though he hasn’t been at TAMIU long, he works toward accomplishing as much as possible. Marco Villarreal | BridgeAssistant Professor of art Jesse Shaw works with a student in the printmaking program to create an image in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts on Sept. 5. Shaw says he enjoys working at TAMIU because, “The University is really supportive of the arts department,” which allowed him to do as much as he...
NEWS: Laredo College chooses lone finalist from TAMIU
Academia, Education, News

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 ...
TAMIU students clean Las Palmas Park at the Big Event
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TAMIU students clean Las Palmas Park at the Big Event

TAMIU students clean Las Palmas Park at the Big Event By Gabrielle PratherAssistant EditorPublished Wednesday, April 20, 2022 When TAMIU students choose to help Laredo each spring, they like to go big. After all, the expression is “Go big or go home.” “Go big” they did. More than 450 volunteers painted, worked in yards and picked up trash—just a few of the types of activities students engaged in to help through the Big Event on Saturday, March 26. The Texas A&M International University Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement works with a typical 350 participants to help the environment. This year, more than 450 volunteers showed up to help. Samantha Gonzalez | BridgeTAMIU junior Emiliano Benavides helps out during the Big Event Saturday, March 26, at Las Palm...
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