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EDUCATION: Professor launches new theater course
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EDUCATION: Professor launches new theater course

EDUCATION: Professor launches new theater course By Viviana TellezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 Although COVID-19 temporarily closed the curtains for theater performances, TAMIU launched a new course to get the show back on the road. Academic Cooperative, the new course, began this Fall for anyone who wants to work on a theater production. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeInstructional Associate Professor of theater and communication Gilberto Martinez Jr. acts out a monologue during one of his theater courses in Academic Innovation Center Room 221 on Sept. 14. Instructional Associate Professor of theater and communication Gilberto Martinez Jr. held auditions for the upcoming show in early September. Martinez expects the performances to occur Nov. 3 to...
EDUCATION: Graduate School to host open house
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EDUCATION: Graduate School to host open house

EDUCATION: Graduate School to host open house By Tomas SolisBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 Open houses and new online programs are some of the big items coming up for the TAMIU Graduate School. “[This] semester is going to be busy,” Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Guillermo F. Gonzalez Jr. said. “We are going to be having our open house face-to-face again.” David Gomez Jr. | Bridge Photo IllustrationSpanish major in all-level certification Jesus Ivan Arellano Guzman looks on Sept. 27 at graduation materials he could splurge for at the Sen. Judith Zaffarini Success Center. Beyond graduation, some students look toward graduate school. The first open house is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Sen. Judith Zaff...
NEWS: Fresh Start wipes estimated $1.3 million in institutional student debt
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NEWS: Fresh Start wipes estimated $1.3 million in institutional student debt

NEWS: Fresh Start wipes estimated $1.3 million in institutional student debt By Gabriel RodriguezBridge Staff WriterPublished Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 One barrier, which prevents some students from continuing their education, keeps getting the ax at TAMIU. The Fresh Start 2.0 program cut additional student debt this past summer at $352,437. First implemented in the summer of 2021 and again in the summer of 2022, as Fresh Start 2.0, the Fresh Start program has wiped about $1.3 million total in institutional student debt for students at Texas A&M International University, according to the University’s press releases. Marco Villarreal | Bridge Photo IllustrationTAMIU student Marielise Rodriguez Sosa shows her excitement over having her debt to the University paid off due to th...
CAMPUS: Possible new health sciences building in TAMIU’s future
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CAMPUS: Possible new health sciences building in TAMIU’s future

CAMPUS: Possible new health sciences building in TAMIU’s future By Laurie RenickBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 If it receives final approval, TAMIU plans to construct a new building to support the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. No official date or blueprints are currently available for the proposed facility. “The project is still pending authorization by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, and no designs or schematics have been created at this time,” Texas A&M International University Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services Steve Harmon wrote in an email to The Bridge. “We would expect to have a more complete assessment with possible building details and forecasts by late Spring …” David Gomez...
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...
NEWS: Spring commencement ceremonies catapult students into future
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NEWS: Spring commencement ceremonies catapult students into future

NEWS: Spring commencement ceremonies catapult students into future By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Once again, TAMIU graduation candidates stepped across the stage of the Sames Auto Arena during one of two commencement ceremonies on May 12. Texas A&M International University’s graduating class of 2022 experienced a shorter, cautious ceremony for attendees, while still holding onto the same message. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeFaculty and graduates stand in celebration at the end of Thursday afternoon's College of Arts and Sciences commencement at the Sames Auto Arena in Laredo on May 12. “A job well done today,” Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, said about the ceremony and graduates. “We have a very unique graduation today with well [more than]...
‘For whom the bell tolls’: Campus to hold Celebration of Life this month
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‘For whom the bell tolls’: Campus to hold Celebration of Life this month

'For whom the bell tolls': Campus to hold Celebration of Life this month By David PeraltaBridge Staff InternPublished on Monday, May 16, 2022 Continuing the tradition of remembering the lives lost, TAMIU holds another Celebration of Life event this month. Texas A&M International University scheduled the ceremony for May 23 in the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. “Celebration of Life is an event where we honor all alumni and current or retired faculty,” Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rosanne Palacios said. “What it is, is we have some very touching readings … and we recite the names [of the person who passed,] followed by a bell.” submitted photoOne of the previous Celebration of Life events at TAMIU. With the passing of alumni, staff and law enf...
NEWS: Laredo College chooses lone finalist from TAMIU
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NEWS: Laredo College chooses lone finalist from TAMIU

NEWS: Laredo College chooses lone finalist from TAMIU By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, May 15, 2022 TAMIU’s own Vice President of Student Success Maria Minerva Ramirez becomes Laredo College’s lone finalist during the late evening of April 28 during LC’s search for a new president. “We congratulate our longtime colleague and friend, Dr. Minita Ramírez, on her selection as sole finalist for the position of president of Laredo College,” TAMIU President Pablo Arenaz offered the following morning in an email. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsVice President for Student Success Maria Minerva Ramirez Arenaz continued about her lengthy career on campus and how much of an impression she left on it. “The arc of her 21-year career here at TAMIU has been trul...
NEWS: Spring break party goes wrong at residence hall
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NEWS: Spring break party goes wrong at residence hall

NEWS: Spring break party goes wrong at residence hall By David PeraltaBridge Staff InternPublished Wednesday, April 20, 2022 Over spring break, a University Police Department injured-person call at a residence hall ended with an arrest, following a stabbing. Courtesy Webb County Sheriff's OfficeChristopher Kevin Gates Christopher Kevin Gates, 32, was arrested by Texas A&M International University officers for providing alcohol to a minor following an unexpected scene, according to the UPD Crime Log and subsequent police report. Officers arrived around 8:29 p.m. on March 14 at University Village Complex Building 4 for an injured-person report. They found an unidentified 21-year-old male dressed in a jumpsuit, on top of a bed, who pretended to be horror film icon Michael ...
TAMIU students clean Las Palmas Park at the Big Event
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TAMIU students clean Las Palmas Park at the Big Event

TAMIU students clean Las Palmas Park at the Big Event By Gabrielle PratherAssistant EditorPublished Wednesday, April 20, 2022 When TAMIU students choose to help Laredo each spring, they like to go big. After all, the expression is “Go big or go home.” “Go big” they did. More than 450 volunteers painted, worked in yards and picked up trash—just a few of the types of activities students engaged in to help through the Big Event on Saturday, March 26. The Texas A&M International University Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement works with a typical 350 participants to help the environment. This year, more than 450 volunteers showed up to help. Samantha Gonzalez | BridgeTAMIU junior Emiliano Benavides helps out during the Big Event Saturday, March 26, at Las Palm...
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