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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...
FEATURE: ROTC member embarks on training mission in Japan
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FEATURE: ROTC member embarks on training mission in Japan

FEATURE: ROTC member embarks on training mission in Japan By Juan Carlos PuenteEditor-In-ChiefPublished on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 One of TAMIU’s U.S. Army ROTC members traveled to Japan for special logistics training this past summer. He was hand selected by the U.S. Army due to his dedication and stellar performance in previous training camps. Army Cadet Carlos Ramirez went to Camp Zama, Japan, after completing two separate training sessions. “I was chosen for that program through the availability of slots and my involvement and dedication to the program,” Ramirez said. Submitted photoMilitary member walks across Mount Fuji in this undated submitted photo. The first training camp occurred at Fort Moore, Georgia, also known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Securi...
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: TAMIU hosts annual El Grito event in celebration of Mexican independence
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CAMPUS: TAMIU hosts annual El Grito event in celebration of Mexican independence

CAMPUS: TAMIU hosts annual El Grito event in celebration of Mexican independence By Juan Carlos PuenteSocial Media ManagerPublished Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023 The campus’s annual El Grito event showcased Mexican cuisine, decorations and a vibrant display of music and dance by TAMIU’s Mariachi Internacional and Ballet Folklórico. The El Grito celebration commemorates Mexican independence from Spain. The holiday also serves as a tribute to Mexican heritage and culture, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The Sept. 14 event treated attendees to complimentary traditional dishes, immersed the area in colorful Mexican banners and saw the Mariachi and Ballet Folklorico donning exquisite, brightly colored attire, including authentic Mexican mariachi outfits for performances. The festivities ...
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 ...
FEATURE: Students visit Chile during Maymester
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FEATURE: Students visit Chile during Maymester

FEATURE: Students visit Chile during Maymester By Juan Carlos PuenteBridge Staff Writer Initially planning to travel to Peru in winter, TAMIU Study Abroad participants had their plans flipped once the Peruvian president was ousted by that congress and replaced. Due to civil unrest, students canceled their flights and the trip shifted to a new location: Chile. “It was beautiful, like it was out of a movie, honestly,” participant Marylyn Guerrero said. Marylyn Guerrero | Special to The BridgeA boat travels around the harbor at Estación Puerto in Chile, during a boat tour of the harbor in May 2023. Miriam Salinas | BridgeThe Bahá'í Temple, also called Templo Bahá'í, in Santiago, Chile, sits against a backdrop of the Andes Mountains. Students immersed themselves in Chilea...
CAMPUS: TAMIU continues study abroad, exchange, affiliate programs
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CAMPUS: TAMIU continues study abroad, exchange, affiliate programs

CAMPUS: TAMIU continues study abroad, exchange, affiliate programs By Mireilly GonzalezAssistant EditorPublished Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 Sometimes the study abroad focus of the University seems to be centered on faculty-led programs, but these are only part of the offerings. This past summer, several programs traveled abroad and this coming Wintermester, TAMIU offered two faculty-led study abroad programs: Business in China with Assistant Professor of business Yong Chen and Travel Photography in Peru with Instructional Associate Professor of visual communication Thomas Brown. Miriam Salinas | BridgeJunior business administration major Lauren Loya, left, and Assistant Professor of management and business Yong Chen, center, promote the faculty-led study abroad program to China duri...
DESTINATION: FLORENCE—Study abroad returns, Carrieres lead Italy trip
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DESTINATION: FLORENCE—Study abroad returns, Carrieres lead Italy trip

DESTINATION: FLORENCE Study abroad returns, Carrieres lead Italy trip By Jessica ArroyoBridge contributing writerPublished Thursday, April 14, 2022 [Editor’s Note: This story is a follow-up to our February 2022 article titled “TAMIU study abroad returns.”] With trips around the globe back on the menu, students can once again explore through faculty-led programs. Texas A&M International University language studies faculty members Julien F. Carriere and Melody Carriere plan to lead their program once again as study abroad returns May 31 to June 29. The destination is Florence, Italy, for their first trip since 2019—before the pandemic began. “We’ve been leading abroad programs since the early 2000s,” Melody Carriere said, “but we’ve been traveling together since ‘98 in...
CAMPUS: SOLE offers ‘Black Experiences’ event for Black History Month
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CAMPUS: SOLE offers ‘Black Experiences’ event for Black History Month

CAMPUS: SOLE offers ‘Black Experiences’ event for Black History Month By Mireilly GonzalezBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, March 25, 2022 In respect to Black History Month, SOLE offered a panel discussion on “Black Experiences at TAMIU.” As part of their Social Justice Leadership Series, the panel–which featured professors and a student–occurred on Feb. 23. Sitting in front as guests were Texas A&M International University Professor Peter Haruna, Assistant Professor Varaidzo Zvobgo and business major Simileoluwa Odunuga. Each offered a different campus perspective. Karla De Leon | BridgeGuest panelists TAMIU student Simileoluwa Odunuga, Assistant Professor of public administration Varaidzo Zvobgo and Professor of public administration Peter F. Haruna pose for a port...
TAMIU study abroad returns
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TAMIU study abroad returns

TAMIU study abroad returns By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 Study abroad is back and slated for this summer at TAMIU after barely more than a two-year hiatus due to the global pandemic. While the deadline for most summer programs passed on Feb. 15, some programs received an additional two-week extension from the Office of International Engagement. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeAssociate Professional of language studies Julien F. Carriere, next to left, speaks with a student about the Carrieres' program to Italy and Psychology and Communication Department Chair José Carlos Lozano speaks to another student about his program to Germany. “The encouragement for study abroad is to provide students with a different viewpoint than they would traditionall...
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