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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...
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...
CAMPUS: Welcome Day event opens campus doors for Fall 2022
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CAMPUS: Welcome Day event opens campus doors for Fall 2022

CAMPUS: Welcome Day event opens campus doors for Fall 2022 By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 Each year, TAMIU holds a Welcome Day to introduce new students and welcome back existing students to kick off the new school year. On Saturday, Aug. 20, new and returning students took advantage of late registration with the  Unfinished Business: A TAMIU Open House and Welcome Day event at the Sen. Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center. Marco Villarreal | BridgeStudents get assistance from Assistant Director of Recruitment Juan Vazquez, center, during the Welcome Week event on Aug. 19. Office of Recruitment Director Jessica Treviño worked there on and off since 2010 in different positions before earning the director title. “It’s like a three-in-...
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...
CAMPUS: Greeks, CAB host karaoke events
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CAMPUS: Greeks, CAB host karaoke events

CAMPUS: Greeks, CAB host karaoke events By Elizabeth KennedyBridge Staff InternPublished Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022 Overcoming one’s fears is one way to break out of a shell. Karaoke can be one way to do just that—and one campus fraternity and the Campus Activities Board helped make this happen. Alpha Psi Lambda, a national co-ed Latino-oriented fraternity, held its free karaoke event Aug. 30 in the Student Center as part of its Recruitment Week. The event lasted from 5 to 7 p.m. Bags of chips were set out along with QR-codes linking to more information about the fraternity. APSI members were on standby to answer questions between songs. Joy Davis | BridgeStudent Francisco Jose Cortes sings a Mexican song during Camp Rock Karaoke Night, sponsored by Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Soror...
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...
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