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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...
EDUCATION: Spanish professor shares more than just novel
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EDUCATION: Spanish professor shares more than just novel

EDUCATION: Spanish professor shares more than just novel By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 Through his love of the Spanish language and storytelling, one professor practices what he teaches with the release of his newest novella. Texas A&M International University Regents Professor of Spanish-American literature José Cardona-López not only promotes his latest short novel, La Vieja Ines, but also gives a peek into the life of his classroom. At 6 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15, Cardona-López is scheduled to speak about his new book in the Academic Innovation Center, Room 126. “My favorite type of literature at the moment are short stories or short novels because of the time,” he said. “We need humor.” David Gomez Jr. | BridgeRegents P...
CAMPUS: 18th century studies society offers fellowship to TAMIU professor
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CAMPUS: 18th century studies society offers fellowship to TAMIU professor

CAMPUS: 18th century studies society offers fellowship to TAMIU professor By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 One English professor adds another achievement to his early academic career, which only solidifies his passion for British literature. Assistant Professor of English Adam Kozaczka recently received a fellowship award for the further expansion of 18th century studies—an award he had forgotten about while applying for others. “It was sort of a weird moment when I found out,” Kozaczka said. “It was a moment where I had been declined from other things I had applied for and I forgot about this one, so I was like ‘Oh.’ It was a consolation prize.” David Gomez Jr. | BridgeAssistant Professor of English Adam Kozaczka poses for a photo in his of...
ARTS: Theater professor shares highlights
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ARTS: Theater professor shares highlights

ARTS: Theater professor shares highlights By Viviana TellezBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, May 17, 2022 A local thespian discovered his passion early, but little did he know he would play the roles of a theater professor, director and playwright. Instructional Associate Professor of theater Gilberto Martinez Jr. is in his 12th year at Texas A&M International University. Recently, he furthered his education by completing his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Idaho; he also holds a doctorate in education from Texas A&M University–Kingsville. His goal is to instill confidence in his students as better communicators and to help them understand the human experience. “I would like to teach until my last breath,” Martinez said. Courtesy Gilbert...
Late professor honored with named library collection
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Late professor honored with named library collection

Late professor honored with named library collection By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Late faculty member, retired Associate Professor of English Frances “Panchita” Gates Rhodes, was honored at TAMIU’s Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library with her own literature collection. Texas A&M International University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Mitchell spoke about her legacy at an event on Oct. 15 held in her honor. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeVice President and Provost Thomas Mitchell speaks during the Frances “Panchita” Gates Rhodes memorial event on Oct. 15 in the TAMIU library. “Dr. Rhodes was a passionate advocate for her discipline, for her students, for her colleagues and for TAMIU,” Mitchell said. “The students, grad...
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...
Physiology professor retires after 21 years at TAMIU
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Physiology professor retires after 21 years at TAMIU

Physiology professor retires after 21 years at TAMIU By Melissa GarzaCopyeditorPublished Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Students of anatomy and physiology courses bid adieu to one of their favorite professors at the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Associate Professor of biology Fernando Quintana decided to retire after 21 years at Texas A&M International University. “I really believe that TAMIU is very important for the region,” Quintana said. “The [students from South Texas] now have an opportunity to go to university and they also have the opportunity to transfer to other schools to study medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.” Joy Davis | BridgeAssociate Professor of biology Fernando G. Quintana stands next to a model of internal human systems on Friday, Oct. 8, ...
Dmello earns national honor for teaching innovation
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Dmello earns national honor for teaching innovation

Dmello earns national honor for teaching innovation By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Recently, Assistant Professor of criminal justice Jared R. Dmello earned a national award for innovation in teaching from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. His project focused on the study of Social Disorganization Theory, an idea of linking crime rates to a person’s physical and social environment, witnessed by his students and photography of key areas of South and North Laredo. Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeAssistant Professor of criminal justice Jared Dmello wears a Mickey Mouse face mask as he stands in front of part of his Disney memorabilia collection in his office in the Academic Innovation Center. “Photovoice is a really visual tool because it’s t...
‘Contextualizing Misinformation Flows’: Soto-Vásquez, Gonzalez  publish pandemic-related work
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‘Contextualizing Misinformation Flows’: Soto-Vásquez, Gonzalez publish pandemic-related work

‘Contextualizing Misinformation Flows’ Soto-Vásquez, Gonzalez publish pandemic-related work By Jennifer CastilloBridge contributing writerPublished Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 When major world events occur, smart researchers tend to shift gears to take advantage of these rare and timely opportunities. The pandemic is no exception. On Dec. 23, 2020, Assistant Professors of communication Arthur Soto-Vásquez and Ariadne A. Gonzalez were two members of a team of researchers who published a research article in the Howard Journal of Communications titled “COVID-19: Contextualizing Misinformation Flows In a US Latinx Border Community (Media and Communication During COVID-19).” They worked along with Assistant Professors Wanzhu Shi and Nilda Garcia, plus Jessica Hernandez. Assistant Pro...
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