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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...
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: 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. ...
CAMPUS: Students worry over scam call dangers
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CAMPUS: Students worry over scam call dangers

CAMPUS: Students worry over scam call dangers By Megan CarcamoBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, April 4, 2023 As a new school year commences for many, students become aware of the increase in scam calls they receive targeted at those with education loans. Fears grow for their own financial safety. The Laredo Police Department turned to social media back in early September to warn education loan borrowers as they noticed a surge of scammers using student loans as an excuse to gain access to students’ personal financial information. Neto Gonzalez | Bridge Photo IllustrationSome students are receiving annoying and sometimes even harassing calls from scammers promising to eleminate or reduce their student loan debt, as shown in this photo illustration taken on March 28....
NEWS: TAMIU remembers two historically significant members
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NEWS: TAMIU remembers two historically significant members

NEWS: TAMIU remembers two historically significant members By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Thursday, March 30, 2023 Late last year and early in 2023, the namesake of TAMIU’s Staggs Academy, Frank Staggs, and longtime TAMIU administrator Jose “Joe” García passed away. Staggs died on Dec. 20 and Garcia on Jan. 10. Former director of the 11th high school in Laredo, Patricia E. Uribe, shared Staggs’ praise by noting his lifetime educational contributions. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsStaggs Academy namesake Frank Staggs, seated, honored by TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz, right, during Convocation on Oct. 6, 2022, in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. Vice President for Institutional Advancement Roseanne Palacios, left, and others clap for ...
NEWS: ‘Dean of deans’ retires in May
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NEWS: ‘Dean of deans’ retires in May

NEWS: ‘Dean of deans’ retires in May  By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Tuesday, March 28, 2023 TAMIU Regents Professor, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Thomas Reagan Mitchell expects to retire at the end of May. Approaching 73, he says many people begin thinking about retirement at that age. The 50-year veteran of academia nearly didn’t make it after a bout with the novel coronavirus. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsVice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Thomas Mitchell poses for a photo on campus in summer of 2020. “It causes you to reassess your life,” Mitchell said about his life-threatening case when contracting SARS-CoV-2 in the summer of 2021. “I ended up in the emergency room,” Mitchell recalled. “Before you know it, I was ...
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