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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...
ARTS: Dallas Black Dance Theatre visits campus
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ARTS: Dallas Black Dance Theatre visits campus

ARTS: Dallas Black Dance Theatre visits campus By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Dallas Black Dance Theatre brought the creative dance blends of modern jazz and African spiritual dance to TAMIU. “We are celebrating our 45th season and we have performed all over the world,” DBDT Artistic Director Melissa M. Young said. For a dance school that performed for the late, first President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, the Queen Elizabeth of England and held performances in 32 states, 16 countries and on five continents, Young still believes it is more than just dance, but a human connection. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeA member of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre performs a creative blend of modern jazz and African spirtual dance in the Center for the ...
CAMPUS: Discover TAMIU returns
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CAMPUS: Discover TAMIU returns

CAMPUS: Discover TAMIU returns By Gabriel RodriguezBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, May 16, 2022 The campus flowed with pop music and the chatter of students, faculty and families to celebrate Discover TAMIU. After being canceled in 2021 due to health concerns, the annual event returned on April 9 to offer more than 110 activities to showcase Texas A&M International University’s academics and student life. These events included musical performances from student groups like Allegro and Mariachi Internacional, athletic activities like kickball games and obstacle courses, and more literacy-focused activities like read-alongs hosted by TAMIU alumni and local children’s literature authors. Miriam Salinas | BridgeUnidentified children look at 2-liter bottles filled with wate...
ARTS: Creating their final show
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ARTS: Creating their final show

ARTS: Creating their final show By Heron CarramanBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, May 16, 2022 Before they said goodbye to the University, the visual arts seniors put on one last show: the Nine Devines. Nine Texas A&M International University students presented their work at the senior exhibition. The show presented works from various visual arts seniors ranging from paintings to drawings. “[We had] a wide range of techniques and content,” Assistant Professor of art Jesse Shaw said. “This year, many students are interested in installation art and mixed media. [There were] works with many components displayed in three-dimensional space.” Samantha Gonzalez | BridgeA cyanotype and ceramics piece by Isai Olivas from the Blue Journey hangs on the wall on April 26 ...
CAMPUS: Film Club, Dusty Visions merge
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CAMPUS: Film Club, Dusty Visions merge

CAMPUS: Film Club, Dusty Visions merge By Samantha GonzalezBridge Staff InternPublished Sunday, May 15, 2022 Through the union of the TAMIU Film Club and Dusty Visions, comes a new organization called LFS TAMIU. The new organization partners with the Laredo Film Society. "I think these changes will be beneficial to LFS TAMIU quite a bit,” Texas A&M International University Film Club Acting President Lissette Montemayor Tristan said. “A new chapter has unfolded for us as an organization and I remember I was a member of LFS TAMIU, formerly known as Dusty Visions, when the pandemic hit.” Samantha Gonzalez | BridgeLissette Montemayor Tristan, acting president of Dusty Visions at TAMIU. They worked on producing a movie that took place in a completely online world, but ended ...
CAMPUS: Organizations face off in Dusty Cup
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CAMPUS: Organizations face off in Dusty Cup

CAMPUS: Organizations face off in Dusty Cup By Carolina CruzBridge Staff WriterPublished Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Get Ready. Set. Go! Texas A&M International University student organizations went face-to-face with one another in this year’s annual Dusty Cup. Samantha Gonzalez | BridgeIsamary Martinez, left, guides Daniella Delgado in a blind dodgeball game for the Dusty Cup event at TAMIU's Rec Center on April 24. TAMIU organizations participate in a series of competitions, called Dusty Cup, for the opportunity to win prizes which benefit their organizations. It was held on April 24 this year.  “We do a physical portion, academics and social media,” Traditions Committee Chair Monserrat Garza said. “So, all the organizations compete for a chance to win between thr...
CAMPUS: Spring Fling night brings in full house
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CAMPUS: Spring Fling night brings in full house

CAMPUS: Spring Fling night brings in full house By Samantha GonzalezBridge Staff InternPublished Tuesday, May 10, 2022 Another of TAMIU’s traditions made a recent comeback after spending time on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From 9 p.m. to midnight on April 30, Texas A&M International University hosted its Spring Fling event at the Student Center Ballroom. The event followed the Student Life Awards and included free drinks and food, as well as a photo area for students. The free event encouraged students to celebrate the end of the semester. Samantha Gonzalez | BridgeStudents dance the night away on the ballroom dance floor during the traditional Spring Fling hosted by TAMIU on April 30. "I had no idea that we were even having a Spring Fling until the night of,” ...
LIFE: Easter filled with more than just confetti
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LIFE: Easter filled with more than just confetti

LIFE: Easter filled with more than just confetti By Samantha GonzalezBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, April 22, 2022 Easter came and went this past weekend. There were skeptics who believed Easter Sunday was going to be a scorcher and held their cookouts and get-togethers on Saturday, but cloudy skies and breezes took Sunday celebrators by surprise. Temperatures were in the 100s on Saturday. According to the Weather Channel website, it felt like 109 degrees. Those temps were felt by Texas A&M International University alumna Gloria C. Gomez. Marco Villarreal | BridgeWith a smack at the piñata, candy falls out as unidentified people look on during Easter Sunday. “It was so dang hot on Saturday,” Gomez said. “I absolutely felt like we should’ve just waited till Sunday ...
Campus SNAP Club develops from the shadows
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Campus SNAP Club develops from the shadows

Campus SNAP Club develops from the shadows By Mia PerezBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 11, 2022 The idea happened in a snap, almost as fast as a print in the developer. A group of mostly arts and communication students decided to create a photography club this Spring 2022 semester to promote interest in the career and hobby. Formally called the Student Narrative & Artistic Photography Club, or simply SNAP Club, its members seek to get official SOLE approval. The idea began in the photography lab with students in the Intermediate and Advanced Photography courses, who then selected Alexa Villarreal as president as they started prepping the club. Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeOrganizers of the proposed photography club, called SNAP Club, work on designing the ...
SPORTS: Rec Sports Center offers new services
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SPORTS: Rec Sports Center offers new services

SPORTS: Rec Sports Center offers new services By Priscilla AbregoBridge contributing writerPublished Sunday, April 3, 2022 From teaching students fundamentals to outdoor adventures, Recreational Sports launches new services and machinery for students to reach their personal fitness goals. The Rec Sports Center recently relaunched personal training and set afloat their newest program Outdoor Adventures. Rec Sports Director Roberto Garza said interested students may look into the center’s many programs. He added that the main goal is “to ensure students create autonomy.” Aside from the new equipment, such as the deadlift platform, the outdoor area ladder, new dumbbell sets and hip-thrust machine, the center offers a popular body composition assessment. Due to its populari...
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