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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...
ARTS: Faculty Opening Concert reaches 16th anniversary
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ARTS: Faculty Opening Concert reaches 16th anniversary

ARTS: Faculty Opening Concert reaches 16th anniversary By Elizabeth KennedyBridge Staff InternPublished Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 During 10 performances, 13 faculty members offered a variety of songs from classical Indian sitar improvisations to jazz for the Faculty Opening Concert. The free annual Texas A&M International University event, open to the public, took place on Sept. 23. Faculty members typically performed in duets. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeFrom left: Assistant Professor Nicole Gillotti, Arts Department Chair and Associate Professor James Moyer and Interim Humanities Department Chair and Associate Professor Kevin Lindberg play Rise by Herb Alpert at the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall on Sept. 23. It began 16 years ago by Associate Professor Y...
CAMPUS: Run for one’s life
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CAMPUS: Run for one’s life

CAMPUS: Run for one's life By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 Nearly 200 students, families and community athletes ran amok on campus during TAMIU’s Recreational Sports’ first-ever 3k Zombie Run. “I think it’s really enjoyable,” sophomore and psychology major Christina Lorena Castillon said about the Saturday, Oct. 15, evening event. “I think it’s a little bit of a goofy event, but it’s fun.” David Gomez Jr. | BridgeDerly Rojo, right, attempts to outrun a zombie from stripping her flag at the first-ever Zombie Run at TAMIU on Oct. 15. They thought that, at maximum, they would host about 100 competitors, but instead reached nearly 200. As expected, there weren’t enough free T-shirts to go around.  Marco Villarreal | The BridgeAn unident...
EDUCATION: Laredo Film Society brings credentials to dying TAMIU club
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EDUCATION: Laredo Film Society brings credentials to dying TAMIU club

EDUCATION: Laredo Film Society brings credentials to dying TAMIU club By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022 [Editor’s Note: Please see The Bridge’s May 15 article about this club for additional information.] Dusty Visions, a film club, merged into the LFS TAMIU Branch, bringing street cred from the Laredo Film Society and rebooting itself for a new generation of curious film connoisseurs. The Laredo Film Society Texas A&M International University Branch is ran by President Lissette Montemayor Tristan and Vice President Tyler Dey Ortiz, who work alongside Treasurer Melissa Garza Rodriguez and Secretary Mireilly Gonzalez—all under the advisement of Associate Professor of filmmaking Angela Marcela Moran. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeLaredo Film Soc...
ARTS: Abandoned art makes its way around campus
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ARTS: Abandoned art makes its way around campus

ARTS: Abandoned art makes its way around campus By Heron CarramanBridge Contributing WriterPublished Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022 Most people would never want to abandon their artworks, but some students would beg to differ. The students in Instructor of art Sandra Martinez’s class left their art behind all over Texas A&M International University for others to find. People can expect to find a variety of pieces all around campus, waiting to be discovered by passersby. “The abandoned artwork can be anything they wish to create–jewelry, drawing, painting, etc.,” Martinez said. David Peralta | BridgeThis ceramic sculpture by artist Eddy Rosas from the Spring 2021 Ceramics I class sits in a glass display case at the Student Center. Along with choosing what to create, the stude...
ARTS: FPA presents Music on the Menu
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ARTS: FPA presents Music on the Menu

ARTS: FPA presents Music on the Menu By Mireilly GonzalezAssistant EditorPublished Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022 Four TAMIU faculty jazzed up the place to demonstrate and inspire students with a love for an improvisational genre of music—and all that jazz. The Department of Fine and Performing Arts presented Music on the Menu with a jazz ensemble including Senior Lecturer Jerry Quintero on the piano, Department Chair and Associate Professor James Moyer on the drums, Professor Gilberto Soto on the bass, and Assistant Professor Nicole Gillotti on the trumpet. Karla De Leon | BridgeFrom left, Senior Lecturer Jerry Quintero on piano, Assistant Professor Nicole Gillotti on trumpet, Department Chair and Associate Professor James Moyer on drums and Associate Professor Gilberto Soto on bass ...
NEWS: TAMIU student wins state writing award
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NEWS: TAMIU student wins state writing award

NEWS: TAMIU student wins state writing award By Mireilly GonzalezAssistant EditorPublished Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 A third-person perspective work led to a first-place award for one TAMIU creative writing student. Over the summer, Texas A&M International University senior mathematics major and creative writing minor Daniel Tovar Jr. won a Texas state creative writing award for his story, “The End?” in the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers’ competition in the undergraduate nonfiction category. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsDaniel Tovar Jr. poses for a photo near the TAMIU fountain. Tovar won a creative nonfiction writing state contest in summer 2022. Tovar is the type of guy who would excitedly rant to anyone in a writing group about comics, like S...
ARTS: Professor continues to expand art program
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ARTS: Professor continues to expand art program

ARTS: Professor continues to expand art program By Elizabeth KennedyBridge Staff InternPublished Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 In a department that focuses on creativity, one professor pushes his students to explore new avenues in working with inks.  This semester is Assistant Professor of art Jesse Shaw’s eighth one at Texas A&M International University. Though he hasn’t been at TAMIU long, he works toward accomplishing as much as possible. Marco Villarreal | BridgeAssistant Professor of art Jesse Shaw works with a student in the printmaking program to create an image in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts on Sept. 5. Shaw says he enjoys working at TAMIU because, “The University is really supportive of the arts department,” which allowed him to do as much as he...
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 ...
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