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NEWS BRIEF: DEA offers Drug Take Back Day Saturday on campus
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NEWS BRIEF: DEA offers Drug Take Back Day Saturday on campus

NEWS BRIEF: DEA offers Drug Take Back Day Saturday on campus From Staff ReportsPublished Friday, April 26, 2024 The federal Drug Enforcement Agency scheduled a Drug Take Back Day for tomorrow at TAMIU. DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is part of the agency's commitment to keeping U.S. citizens safe and healthy, according to a Texas A&M International University announcement sent to the email accounts of students and faculty on Friday. The event begins at 10 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in the Student Center parking lot. According to the announcement, "The drug overdose epidemic in the United States is a clear and present public health, public safety and national security threat." The purpose of the event is for people to re...
HEALTH: TAMIU launches health student support app
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HEALTH: TAMIU launches health student support app

HEALTH: TAMIU launches health student support app By Enrique FiscalBridge contributing writerPublished Thursday, April 11, 2024 In an effort to prioritize students’ mental health, TAMIU partnered with TELUS Health Student Support to offer a new assistance app. The app released on Feb. 5 and includes counseling available 24/7 via chat and phone, short-term virtual counseling appointments and a wide range of digital content related to mental health. Cris Cordova | Bridge Photo IllustrationTAMIU student Marcos Villagran looks at the TELUS Health app on his phone during this staged photo taken Tuesday, April 2. Another important feature the app includes is its multi-language service. It provides content and support in languages such as Spanish, English, Cantonese, French and Ma...
SPORTS: Rec Center hosts Strength Competition
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SPORTS: Rec Center hosts Strength Competition

SPORTS: Rec Center hosts Strength Competition By Dora GuerreroBridge Staff WriterPublished Thursday, March 28, 2024 After three days of muscle power, the TAMIU Recreation Center’s annual spring Strength Competition came to an end. The March 5-7 competition brings interaction to the Kinesiology, Wellness and Recreation Center. Events like this are open to all TAMIU students interested in showing off their strength in a safe and sanitary environment. Anyone in the student body who is interested in lifting, regardless of their expertise, can participate in these events without fear of judgment. Tiffany Luna | BridgeJuan Gutierrez lifts during the Strength Competition on March 6 in the Kinesiology, Wellness and Recreation Center. For those interested in participating, they shou...
CAMPUS: TAMIU hosts flu-drive during Spirit Week
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CAMPUS: TAMIU hosts flu-drive during Spirit Week

CAMPUS: TAMIU hosts flu-drive during Spirit Week By Juan Carlos PuenteEditor-in-chiefPublished Thursday, March 28, 2024 Consent Week provided free student flu vaccines through a Visit with Nurse Barbie. The Feb. 7 event was hosted by the Texas A&M International University Student Health Services in collaboration with the Campus Activities Board and Title IX office. Juan Carlos Puente | BridgeJennifer Sanchez, left, gets a flu vaccine from TAMIU Registered Nurse Susana Rodriguez during a flu drive on Feb. 7 in the Student Center. “We decided that this is a perfect time for students to come by and get their flu vaccine, because flu is still around,” Associate Director of Student Health Services and Registered Nurse Marycarmen Salinas said. “So, many people are still getti...
CAMPUS: TAMIU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences set to expand degree plans, facilities
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CAMPUS: TAMIU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences set to expand degree plans, facilities

CAMPUS: TAMIU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences set to expand degree plans, facilities By Isabella M. GarciaBridge Contributing WriterPublished Monday, Nov. 20, 2023 With a newly allotted $4 million from Texas, TAMIU received approval to submit proposals for multiple nursing and health sciences degree programs. Along with faculty of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, developing these proposals are College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Marivic Torregosa and Health Sciences Department Chair Kyung-Shin Park. “We need to explain why we need these programs at [Texas A&M International University],” Park said. “We gotta persuade the educational board … the good thing is, we already have the budget.” Park said these plans have been in the works for a while...
Outrage raised over perceived EPA inaction
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Outrage raised over perceived EPA inaction

Outrage raised over perceived EPA inaction By Gabriel RodriguezBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 During their first combined meeting regarding the health dangers of ethylene oxide, Laredo and EPA representatives were met by cries from the audience. The Sept. 15 meeting centered around reported pollution from the Midwest Sterilization Corporation at its Laredo facility. Environmental Protection Agency representatives insisted they would take action to protect the Laredo residents’ health, yet audience members called the actions neither timely nor substantial. According to a Dec. 27, 2021, investigative article by The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, the EPA began its look into the then-theory that EtOs caused cancer in 2002. By 2006, the agency assessed that “the ...
HEALTH: 1950s flashback virus threatens human contact
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HEALTH: 1950s flashback virus threatens human contact

HEALTH: 1950s flashback virus threatens human contact By Caroline RiveraBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 While many flashbacks to the 1950s summon images of Elvis or pop culture, one particular human health threat returns to haunt people. The variola virus, which causes smallpox, led to other viruses such as cowpox viruses and more recently in the form of monkeypox. Courtesy TAMIU Public RelationsPosters like this have been placed all around campus this semester, such as in restrooms, to inform students of the monkeypox virus symptoms. Student Health Services Director Claudia C. Beltran finds herself on the frontlines of these types of health concerns at Texas A&M International University.  “It’s basically an infection caused by the monkeypox...
HEALTH: Laredo PD therapy pets visit campus for Mental Health Awareness Week
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HEALTH: Laredo PD therapy pets visit campus for Mental Health Awareness Week

HEALTH: Laredo PD therapy pets visit campus for Mental Health Awareness Week By Gabriel RodriguezBridge Staff WriterPublished Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022 A continuous crowd of people practically blocked off the campus breezeway Friday morning, Sept. 30, to see dogs wearing silly outfits. In one of many events being held for the fourth annual Mental Health Awareness Week at TAMIU, the Office of Student Counseling and Disability Services invited the Laredo Police Department to bring a couple of dogs from its therapy pets program to help students de-stress. That office is led by Director Rosabel Ramos. Miriam Salinas | BridgeCoco, a 6-year-old rescue dog from a shelter, poses for a photo in a costume on Sept. 29 at a TAMIU Student Counseling Services booth. “We’ve been doing differe...
CAMPUS: Possible new health sciences building in TAMIU’s future
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CAMPUS: Possible new health sciences building in TAMIU’s future

CAMPUS: Possible new health sciences building in TAMIU’s future By Laurie RenickBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 If it receives final approval, TAMIU plans to construct a new building to support the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. No official date or blueprints are currently available for the proposed facility. “The project is still pending authorization by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, and no designs or schematics have been created at this time,” Texas A&M International University Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services Steve Harmon wrote in an email to The Bridge. “We would expect to have a more complete assessment with possible building details and forecasts by late Spring …” David Gomez...
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 ...
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