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NEWS: Accusations rise against SGA for bribery, leadership integrity, improper procedures
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NEWS: Accusations rise against SGA for bribery, leadership integrity, improper procedures

NEWS: Accusations rise against SGA for bribery, leadership integrity, improper procedures By Ana VaraBridge Staff Writerand Destiny SanchezAssistant EditorPublished Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 In a series of serious allegations, TAMIU’s Student Government Association has come under fire for improper procedures, communication problems, leadership issues and possibly even bribery. “Ant-Hill Chronicles wants to thank the public for the outstanding support we have gotten since our last publication,” are the first 18 words of a post made earlier this year, on May 1, on the Texas A&M International University Student Network on Facebook. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsStudent Government Association President Carolina Ramirez poses for a portrait on campus inside the Academic I...
FEATURES: San Miguel acclimates to provost promotion
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FEATURES: San Miguel acclimates to provost promotion

FEATURES: San Miguel acclimates to provost promotion By Neto GonzalezEditor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 In a significant change for TAMIU, the former College of Arts and Sciences dean stepped into the esteemed position of provost this semester. She brings with her a wealth of experience and a lifelong dedication to student success. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Claudia San Miguel was always deeply committed to higher education, and her journey to becoming Texas A&M International University’s provost is a testament to her dedication. Her recent appointment proves to be a dream come true; she can’t curb her enthusiasm for the promotion. “[I’m] absolutely thrilled, super excited, overjoyed, all of that level of enthusiasm when you finally achieve ...
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...
CAMPUS: TAMIU unveils Master Plan
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CAMPUS: TAMIU unveils Master Plan

CAMPUS: TAMIU unveils Master Plan By Priscilla MartinezBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023 Following an initial weather delay, TAMIU revealed its Master Plan across two sessions for the campus. The Master Plan covers the campus’s future in five years, 15 years and beyond. According to the tamiu.edu website, “The Master Plan will guide future building, land use and infrastructure changes needed to reach goals, adapt to change and align with Strategic Plan objectives.” Neto Gonzalez | BridgePerkins & Will Principal Urban Designer Stephen Coulston, left, speaks with TAMIU Academic Technology Director Patricia Abrego during the Master Plan unveiling on March 9, 2023, in the Student Center Ballroom. Under a Feb. 27 Texas A&M International Universit...
CAMPUS: TAMIU plans to expand Student Center courtyard
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CAMPUS: TAMIU plans to expand Student Center courtyard

CAMPUS: TAMIU plans to expand Student Center courtyard By Tiffany LunaBridge contributing writerPublished Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023 The Department of Safety and Planning has a vision to transform the Student Center Campus courtyard. Senior Director of Campus Safety Planning Trevor Liddle said he is enthusiastic about creating additional outdoor seating options. “We want to add more seating in the outdoor area, providing an alternative to indoor dining,” Liddle explained. Neto Gonzalez | BridgeStudents walk beneath the tent-covered patio at the Student Center on Oct. 5. The unexpected popularity of a temporary tent among students inspired the pursuit of a permanent structure. The department’s goal is to craft a versatile space that caters to students’ needs for outdoor stud...
NEWS: ‘Dean of deans’ retires in May
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NEWS: ‘Dean of deans’ retires in May

NEWS: ‘Dean of deans’ retires in May  By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Tuesday, March 28, 2023 TAMIU Regents Professor, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Thomas Reagan Mitchell expects to retire at the end of May. Approaching 73, he says many people begin thinking about retirement at that age. The 50-year veteran of academia nearly didn’t make it after a bout with the novel coronavirus. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsVice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Thomas Mitchell poses for a photo on campus in summer of 2020. “It causes you to reassess your life,” Mitchell said about his life-threatening case when contracting SARS-CoV-2 in the summer of 2021. “I ended up in the emergency room,” Mitchell recalled. “Before you know it, I was ...
NEWS: Security cameras added across campus
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NEWS: Security cameras added across campus

NEWS: Security cameras added across campus By Mireilly GonzalezManaging EditorPublished Tuesday, March 21, 2023 Recently, TAMIU added security cameras around campus. They report back wirelessly. One of the people who oversees this project is Senior Director of Clery Compliance and Contact Administration Trevor Liddle. “We began the purchasing process actually last spring—a little over a year ago,” Liddle said. “We were able to get the cameras … here in the fall and we began the testing and programming phase, and we rolled them out into general use in January. So we actually have them, right now, stationed and they’re highly visible.” Joy Davis | BridgeOne of the new campus security cameras attached to one of the campus buildings. In 2022 alone, there were six hit-and-run...
FEATURE: New police chief focuses on training officers, improving campus outreach
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FEATURE: New police chief focuses on training officers, improving campus outreach

FEATURE: New police chief focuses on training officers, improving campus outreach By Mireilly GonzalezManaging EditorPublished Tuesday, March 21, 2023 About seven months into her tenure as TAMIU’s new police chief, Cordelia G. Perez focuses on officer training and improving community outreach. She started the leadership position on Aug. 1, 2022. Recently, she collaborated with Border Patrol to train her officers on fingerprinting. Mireilly Gonzalez | BridgeTAMIU Police Department Chief Cordelia Perez “We’ve [started to work] very closely with other agencies like Laredo PD, federal agencies like the FBI, the [Drug Enforcement Agency], and the [Webb County] Sheriff’s Department to name just a few,” Perez said. “We’ve been able to bring two classes already, one was the basic f...
City continues courts complex construction
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City continues courts complex construction

City continues courts complex construction By Silvia BlancoBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 [Editor’s Note: This is ongoing coverage of the tennis courts construction, which The Bridge began reporting on in 2019 by David Gomez Jr. and continued with a story by Leslie Villafana Martinez on April 3, 2021. Our most recent story was by Cristian Alardin on Nov. 19, 2021.] Despite delays, construction continues on the city’s new tennis courts located at TAMIU. In an effort to bring a new tennis facility to Laredo, the city and Texas A&M International University partnered to make the complex a reality. The completed City of Laredo Tennis Complex at TAMIU is expected to include 18 courts, concession stands and locker rooms. The courts were originally s...
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 ...
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