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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
Civil Affairs, Features, Humans of TAMIU, International Studies, On Campus

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...
El Grito celebration embraces Mexican culture
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El Grito celebration embraces Mexican culture

El Grito celebration embraces Mexican culture By Gabrielle PratherAssistant EditorPublished Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 One of the bigger annual Fall semester campus events focuses on Mexican Independence Day. Unlike last year, this year’s Sept. 16 fiesta—frequently called El Grito—returned to in-person status. El Grito participants celebrate Mexican history and Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeFolklorico dancers perform for the crowd during the El Grito event Sept. 16 on campus. These types of events are created to bring cultural awareness so new participants can understand the culture and history of Mexican independence from Spain. The general public of Laredo and TAMIU students attended the widely popular campus event, which took place outdoors, ...
International students adjust to pandemic
Academia, International Studies

International students adjust to pandemic

International students adjust to pandemic By Mariana Cabrera Bridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 Among the many changes resulting from the pandemic, TAMIU’s international students felt the brunt of it last semester. Time and distance further impacted their college experience. Keanu Born, of Aachen, Germany, majored in multidisciplinary studies for arts, communication and business. A former Texas A&M International University soccer player, Born ended up finishing his degree in Germany while attending classes virtually. “Communication is no problem as it has been expanded throughout the world and now it is easy to communicate with anyone at any time,” Born said. Courtesy Keanu BornA digitally edited image titled "Seagull" by art photographer Kea...
Looking back on Latinx Heritage Month
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Looking back on Latinx Heritage Month

Looking back on Latinx Heritage Month By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff WriterPublished on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 Latinx Heritage Month, also known as Hispanic Heritage Month, is celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. This event is dedicated primarily to honor the culture and contributions of Hispanics and Latino Americans throughout history, as well as demonstrating the importance of their impact on society. Information Literacy Librarian Elizabeth DeZouch said, “This [celebration] was established by President [Lyndon B.] Johnson but was extended to last month by President [Ronald] Reagan. [Latinx Heritage Month] begins on Sept. 16 because that is when Mexico got [its] independence from Spain, so it makes sense to begin celebrating on that date.” DeZouch’s job includes ...
Academia, Education, International Affairs, International Studies, On Campus

‘Invisible Graves’ focus of speech

‘Invisible Graves’ focus of speech By Andrea MartinezBridge contributing writerPublished March 30, 2020 Near the U.S.-Mexico border, there are high numbers of unknown dead migrants. These migrants are buried in trash bags in forgotten unmarked graves. Professor Kate Spradley, a forensic anthropologist at Texas State University, presented “Invisible Graves: Migrant Deaths in the Texas Desert” at TAMIU. She quoted Sheriff Martinez of Brooks County, Texas, “For every person found, there are at least five that are not found.” Spradley said Brooks County is recognized as “Death Valley” for all the migrants passing through. It is a little further from the border; however, it bears the highest migrant death toll for Texas border towns since 2009. They bury the unknown migrants in the...
International Studies

Studying abroad gains experience

Student describes study abroad experience By Shelley RodriguezBridge Staff WriterPublished March 30, 2020 Attracted to its affordability, relevance to her major and lo-cation, one student was convinced a study abroad to Azerbaijan was the trip for her. Texas A&M International University engineering major Denisse Campos expected this summer 2019 journey to be the trip of a lifetime. “I was grateful for the first half,” Campos said. At first, she enjoyed being in a different part of the world. After all, Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, was nothing like Campos’ home country. “[Being a tourist] was pretty nice … the architecture was so modern … a lot of the buildings were unique and you don’t get to see that a lot here in the United States,” she said. Shelley Rodriguez ...
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Machu Picchu: Study abroad students learn travel photography

Machu Picchu Study abroad students learn travel photography By Erick BarrientosManaging Editor Published March 30, 2020 From Cusco to Machu Picchu, TAMIU students embarked on a journey to capture images of the vibrant country of Peru. This previous wintermester, Jan. 3–19, the Study Abroad program hosted a trip to Peru as part of the Travel Photography class led by Assistant Professional Thomas R. Brown. Students in the class visited and photographed many of the unique and historic places, such as the Maras Salt Mines, Sacsayhuaman Inca Fortress and the Andean Artisanal Market. Senior Yulissa Diaz, who attended her first study abroad, said the experience wracked her nerves at first, due to the preparation involved, but getting to the country left her in awe. “I didn’...
Twice as nice: Pelosi returns to Gateway City
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Twice as nice: Pelosi returns to Gateway City

Twice as nice Pelosi returns to Gateway City By Angela CarranzaBridge Staff Writerand Reuben RodriguezBridge Circulation ManagerPublished March 30, 2020 Returning for a second year, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attended WBCA’s International Bridge Ceremony on the U.S.-Mexico border. On Feb. 22, Pelosi; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., stood at the border. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeThree U.S. House of Representatives members participate during the International Bridge Ceremony on Feb. 22 on the U.S.-Mexico border. From left: law enforcement officers, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listen to the National Anthem. Cuellar began t...
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