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CAMPUS: Aramark makes menu changes, new Mexican place in food court
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CAMPUS: Aramark makes menu changes, new Mexican place in food court

CAMPUS: Aramark makes menu changes, new Mexican place in food court By Natxo FausBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 11, 2022 In order to change and improve its offerings, Aramark Food Service switches things up from time to time. This semester is no different. The food service contractor introduced a new Mexican place in the food court on Thursdays. The cultural cuisine of Mexico is featured in a place where students congregate on campus, said Aramark’s local Food Service Director Carlos J. Rodriguez. Aramark, a company based on providing food to schools, serves Texas A&M International University right on the border between the U.S. and Mexico; Laredo is about 95.4% Hispanic or Latino according to the U.S. Census Bureau numbers. “TAMIU is the border betwe...
$7.5 million TAMIU CARES funds available this spring
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$7.5 million TAMIU CARES funds available this spring

$7.5 million TAMIU CARES funds available this spring By Carolina CruzBridge Staff WriterPublished Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 As the semester continues through the COVID-19 pandemic, TAMIU CARES keeps providing students with aid during the Spring 2022 semester. The application deadline occurs Feb. 21. TAMIU CARES provides Texas A&M International University students impacted by the pandemic with student emergency aid grants. This semester, the program is expected to offer more than $7.5 million in student support funding. According to the TAMIU CARES website, “These allocations are designed to provide grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. The CARES/ARP funds will be used to address financial hardship, including housing a...
TAMIU capital funds reach nearly $45 million from A&M System
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TAMIU capital funds reach nearly $45 million from A&M System

TAMIU capital funds reach nearly $45 million from A&M System By Gabrielle PratherAssistant EditorPublished Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 From the A&M System funding, TAMIU recently received nearly $45 million. The Texas Legislature funded $3.35 billion dollars in specific capital projects for higher education. The capital projects at the universities of the Texas A&M System totaled $727.4 million under SB52, which amounts to 22% of the total authorization. The COVID-19-related appropriation bill invested $20 million dollars toward supporting at-risk students at state’s regional universities, including those associated with the A&M System. Gov. Greg Abbott approved the two bills. Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge illustration Texas A&M International University Pres...
TAMIU Books IncludED optional next fall, pilot program continues for spring
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TAMIU Books IncludED optional next fall, pilot program continues for spring

TAMIU Books IncludED optional next fall, pilot program continues for spring By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 The TAMIU Books IncludED pilot program continues into the Spring 2022 semester while Fall 2022 becomes optional. “So right now you’ll see the charge of Books IncludED and then the credit for the semester you were paying and then again in the spring,” Texas A&M International University Vice President for Finance & Administration Juan J. Castillo said. “Well in the Fall 2022 semester, you might see it [charged on your total bill] and you might think, ‘That’s too expensive and I don’t need that many materials and I can get it someplace else,’ then you can opt out and [we] credit you that back.” David Gomez Jr. | BridgeAssociate D...
Entrepreneurs share rags-to-riches stories at TAMIU
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Entrepreneurs share rags-to-riches stories at TAMIU

Entrepreneurs share rags-to-riches stories at TAMIU By Juan ReyesSocial Media ReporterandBy David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 A collaboration of TAMIU’s LULAC and SOLE held a panel with two of Mexico’s successful entrepreneurs. Empresarios Hispanos TAMIU 2021 took place in the Student Center in the auditorium, Room 236, where a pair of successful entrepreneurs, Palos Garza Group CEO Mario Palos Garza, and Pollo Loco and Taco Palenque founder Juan “Don Pancho” Francisco Ochoa.  “Without respect, everything falls apart,” Ochoa says. These are words he lives his life by, leading to prosperous results. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeTaco Pelinque founder Juan Francisco Ochoa, left, and Palos Garza Group CEO Mario Palos Garza speak to one another dur...
Nearly $31 million in federal funds go to TAMIU
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Nearly $31 million in federal funds go to TAMIU

Nearly $31 million in federal funds go to TAMIU By Gabrielle PratherAssistant EditorPublished Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, TAMIU alumnus, visited campus to present an about $30.8 million grant pool. The American Rescue Plan makes up the primary funding source with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and others adding to the pool. The total funding award included $29.2 million in ARP funds; Texas A&M International University’s Advanced Nurse Education-Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program received $1.4 million. The total also included $249,297 for open educational resources through the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library. courtesy Marivic Torregosa | submitted photoTAMIU College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Marivic Torregosa, left, an...
Halloween Toyshow offers action figures, collectibles, smiles
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Halloween Toyshow offers action figures, collectibles, smiles

Halloween Toyshow offers action figures, collectibles, smiles By Jhoanna AngelesSocial Media ManagerPublished Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Local collectors searched through bins, counters, racks and shelves looking for that elusive collectible. On Saturday, Oct. 2, local collectors hosted The Laredo Toyshow Halloween Edition at Embassy Suites on Calle del Norte. Jhoanna Angeles | BridgeAn unidentified person sells masks at a table full of Halloween decorations on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Embassy Suites Hotel in Laredo during The Laredo Toyshow Halloween Edition. Close to 30 vendors attended the event to share products with fanatics who attended the event, which consisted of toys, anime collectibles, comics, trading cards, Funko Pops and more. Texport vendor Salma Guzman recalled h...
TAMIU College of Nursing recognized as ‘best bang for your buck’
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TAMIU College of Nursing recognized as ‘best bang for your buck’

TAMIU College of Nursing recognized as ‘best bang for your buck’ By Nabeel JavedBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 One factor TAMIU frequently gets recognized for relates to its affordable cost. The College of Nursing, in particular, received recognition as “the best bang for your buck” after a No. 10 ranking on the list of most affordable Texas nursing schools. Texas A&M International University administrators and faculty said this accomplishment should attract more students and upcoming college freshmen to pursue a degree in nursing. “When you really look at this achievement, it’s great for the college as a whole because it’s gonna be a favorite among the people looking to go into nursing school,” Clinical Assistant Professor Raul Cortes said. S...
Students benefit from TAMIU Books IncludED
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Students benefit from TAMIU Books IncludED

Students benefit from TAMIU Books IncludED  By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 One new TAMIU program offers students something they might not previously thought they would receive free: Books IncludED. Texas A&M International University offers its students free textbooks and course materials this semester through the pilot program made possible through the funding of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, a public law signed on Dec. 27, 2020. The CRRSAA, according to the U.S. Department of Education website, authorizes $81.88 billion in support for education, in addition to the $30.75 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security Act. Through that federal funding source, along w...
Local barber offers $2 haircuts to college students
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Local barber offers $2 haircuts to college students

Local barber offers $2 haircuts to college students By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 The Barber Education Academy offers $2 haircuts to college students with a valid student ID. Javier and Wendy Hernandez, owner and administrator of the academy, began this discounted offer in 2019. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeJavier Hernandez, owner of the Barber Education Academy, speaks with one of his students at the barber school on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. “At first, we would post this on our Facebook page because we do know how expensive it could be when you’re in college,” Wendy Hernandez said. The promotion was recently advertised again through the TAMIU Student Network page on the social media platform Facebook on Aug. 23—while simultaneously giving a...
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