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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 ...
FEATURE: TAMIU students start a food truck
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FEATURE: TAMIU students start a food truck

FEATURE: TAMIU students start a food truck By Allen LaurelBridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Oct. 20, 2023 Some students grab whatever jobs they can to get through college, but two TAMIU siblings decided to start up their own food truck. Adolfo Gonzalez and Samantha Gonzalez, the siblings behind Fito’s Tacos y Lonches, experienced success and began planning for their future while still attending Texas A&M International University. Since opening, the food truck has grown a local following. Neto Gonzalez | BridgeOwner Adolfo Gonzalez serves customer Juan Renteria at Fito's Tacos & Lonches Kitchen LLC food truck on May 3. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from customers, which has been really encouraging,” Adolfo said. “We’re so grateful for the support...
CAMPUS: SOLE hosts Muslim inclusivity event on campus
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CAMPUS: SOLE hosts Muslim inclusivity event on campus

CAMPUS: SOLE hosts Muslim inclusivity event By Mireilly GonzalezFormer Managing EditorPublished Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023 As part of the Social Justice Leadership Series, SOLE hosted an event to learn about Ramadan for April’s National Arab American Heritage Month. Ramadan is a month of fasting, which occurred from March 22 to April 20. It is one of the five pillars of faith. The five pillars are a declaration of faith, obligatory prayer, compulsory giving, fasting in the month of Ramadan and pilgrimage to Mecca. Two people invited were Assistant Professor of petroleum engineering Khaled A. Enab and Islamic Center of Laredo President Abdul Rahman, who oversees the only mosque in the city. According to Pew Research Center, an estimated 3.45 million Muslims of all ages lived in ...
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 ...
FEATURE: President Arenaz advises students about careers
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FEATURE: President Arenaz advises students about careers

FEATURE: President Arenaz advises students about careers By Mireilly GonzalezManaging EditorPublished Thursday, March 9, 2023 TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz spoke to students at the Office of Career Services about his career journey. The Office of Career Services staff welcomed students into the breakroom. Coffee, cookies, and brownies were provided on a table at the back during the Feb. 1 event. This is Arenaz’s seventh year at TAMIU and his job experiences include being an assistant, associate, and full professor of biology. Mireilly Gonzalez | BridgeTAMIU President Pablo Arenaz speaks to students about careers and mentors. “In high school, I fell in love with biology,” Arenaz said of the start of his career path. “So when I went away to college, I knew exactly what I wa...
FEATURE: Alumnus shares journey of pride association, activism
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FEATURE: Alumnus shares journey of pride association, activism

FEATURE: Alumnus shares journey of pride association, activism By Mireilly GonzalezManaging EditorPublished Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023 TAMIU alumnus Jorge Quijano stepped onto school grounds again to talk to students about breaking ground in LGBTQ+ activism.  Students gathered at the STC 231, back in October 2022, to hear Quijano’s discussion on activism titled Advancing Laredo’s LGBT community. Quijano graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s in communication and a minor in marketing. Today, he’s the founder and president of Gateway City Pride Association and a marketing manager at Sames Auto Arena. Mireilly Gonzalez | BridgeTAMIU alumnus Jorge Quijano, left, speaks during a LGBTQ+ rights event held on Oct. 12, 2022. GCPA continued its pride parade and festival with drag perfo...
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
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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...
CAMPUS: ‘For whom the bell tolls’: Campus to hold Celebration of Life this month
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CAMPUS: ‘For whom the bell tolls’: Campus to hold Celebration of Life this month

CAMPUS: 'For whom the bell tolls': Campus to hold Celebration of Life this month By David PeraltaBridge Staff InternPublished on Monday, May 16, 2022 Continuing the tradition of remembering the lives lost, TAMIU holds another Celebration of Life event this month. Texas A&M International University scheduled the ceremony for May 23 in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. “Celebration of Life is an event where we honor all alumni and current or retired faculty,” Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rosanne Palacios said. “What it is, is we have some very touching readings … and we recite the names [of the person who passed,] followed by a bell.” submitted photoOne of the previous Celebration of Life events at TAMIU. With the passing of alumni, staff and...
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