January 2007

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Celebrate Your Success and Take Pride in Your Accomplishments! Congratulations to the Class of December 2006!


It's appropriate to pause at this important milestone in your lives to refresh yourselves and refocus your energies on what lies ahead. I can already anticipate a future in which you will make your unique and collective contributions in serving and leading.  The potential for leadership has been instilled in each one of you by our families, educators and friends; you can lead the way to a better world. 


You are now leaving the University, but you may remain within it and help us further cultivate and develop it.  You can remain involved by making a difference in someone's life. One way to do it, is by serving as a mentor. Mentoring is giving back. Mentoring matters to the individuals we guide and the society that will benefit from it. That's as good as it gets!


You may discover that it's not just the world you transform in the process, but yourselves as well.  To learn more about mentoring please e-mail alumni@tamiu.edu or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 956.326.2175.


Best wishes to you all,


Patty G. McBain '01

Alumni Relations Director

Senior Class Gift


Graduates of December 2006

Once again the graduates have set the tone in showing their support to TAMIU!


During the December 15th commencement rehearsal Fall 2006 Senior Class representatives, Dulce Maria Solano, Alberto Gonzales, Jr., and Lourdes K. Valenciano presented a check for $1,000.00 to Orlando Navarro '94, TAMIU Alumni Association President.  Orlando thanked the graduates for their participation and encouraged them to continue their support.


To date, a total of $2,130 has been given by the December 2006 Class - a new record high.  Watch us Grow!

Cultural Lessons


TAMIU Ballet Folklorico Director, Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia, teaches the rich cultural lessons into the history and traditions of Mexico and Mexican-Americans through the art and beauty of folkloric Picture of Gabriela Mendoza-Garciadance.  Gaby, as we fondly know her, teaches students as young as 4 years of age about the rich costumes and footwork of regional Mexican folk dances.


Children learn the dance steps, skirt/hand movements, how to perform on stage, and  the reason why the music and costumes vary by region and the history behind this traditional art form. The dancers perform at all events, including the Christmas Posadas, the folklorico festival in January and the Primavera Mexicana in late April.  New classes begin Jan. 13, and registration runs from Jan. 8 through 12.  Tuition is $35 a month or $95 for the semester. All students must wear shoes with a heel. Purchase of costume is required for public performances.  For more information on the classes or on registering, call Mendoza-Garcia at 956.725.1832.

Career Services offers E-Networking!

Interested in becoming a mentor to current Texas A&M International University students?

We have implemented a program, DUSTY WORKS!, so that our students will be able to e-network with you concerning internships, career, or making presentations in clubs and classrooms.

Students can search for alumni based on selected criteria such as major, college and employment area, expertise area and hobby. To register click here. Students will be able to contact a total of 10 alumni mentors per month.

If you are recruiting for your company and would like to post jobs or internship information, please click here to register. Also, sign up for our annual Career Expo in 2007 at www.tamiu.edu/career.

If you are looking for a career change, please visit www.myinterfase.com/tamiu/ students. Go to the bottom of the page to register as alumni.

Should you have any questions about this e-networking (electronic networking) offered by the Office of Career Services, please contact us at 956.326.2260 or email us at careerservices@tamiu.edu.


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A New Meaning to the Gateway to Mexico


After years of research and hard work, City of Laredo Public Library special collections librarian, Joe Moreno Jr., ’80 not only succeeded in obtaining a state historical marker for El Paso de Jacinto, also known as Paso del Indio, but was also able to have his work published.  Moreno’s work, titled “The Paso de Jacinto Crossing on the Rio Grande,” appeared in the Fall 2006 volume of The Journal of South Texas


"Before it was founded, the history of Laredo was not well known and that’s what this research is about,” Moreno said. “It was exciting to do because in addition to the research, I went out and explored the area.” As a member of the Webb County Historical Commission, Moreno searched a listing of sites of potential markers. Moreno chose to research the Paso de Jacinto because he remembered seeing a pamphlet at the historical collection section of the city’s public library.


Moreno studied documents, interviewed historians, and analyzed historical maps. Through this research, Moreno found that the Paso de Jacinto, also known as the Old Indian Crossing, was used to cross the Rio Grande nine years before Laredo was Picture of Joe Moreno, Jr.founded in 1755. “People call this area the Gateway to Mexico. Well, it was a gateway even before it was a city,” he said. "While Paso de Jacinto wasn’t a major road used in the mid-eighteenth century, Spanish explorers built a military trail from Laredo to Goliad and Nacogdoches after seeing the Indians crossing at the same point," according to Moreno. His research also found that Laredo’s founder, Tomas Sanchez, and Thomas Jacinto de Leon, credited with discovering the Paso de Jacinto, lived in the same city and according to church records, were also in-laws. Moreno added that Sanchez was originally told to settle by the Nueces River. “He didn’t like it,” Moreno continues, "Sanchez returned to settle right here where the historical marker for the Paso del Indio is currently located.” According to documents, Sanchez claims that the original name of the settlement was El Paso de Jacinto. “The Indians didn’t just cross in one place, but only El Paso de Jacinto has been discovered,” Moreno concludes.



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Upcoming Events...

J a n u a r y



Women’s Basketball vs St. Edward’s 5:30 PM KCB

Planetarium Shows   Secrets Of The Sun -
7:00 and 8:00 PM
Planetarium Shows New Horizon – 5:00 PM,  Secrets of the Sun - 6:00 PM and  Dark Side of the Moon - 7:00 PM.

Women’s Basketball vs St. Mary’s 5:30 PM KCB

Men’s Basketball vs St. Mary’s 7:30 PM


Planetarium Shows   Secrets of the Sun - 7:00 and 8:00 PM


Women’s Basketball vs Incarnate Word 5:30 PM KCB

Men’s Basketball vs Incarnate Word 7:30 PM

Planetarium Shows   Stars of the Pharaohs - 5:00 PM, Secrets of the Sun - 6:00 PM and  Dark Side of the Moon -
7:00 PM.

Sharkey - Corrigan Organ Recital Series Dr. Timothy Albrecht, Professor of Music Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 4:00 PM CFPA - Recital Hall
Impact of Trade on Poverty and Income Disparities in the US - Mexico Region
Dr. Joan Anderson, Professor of Economics, University of San Diego - WHTC 116 - 7:30 PM
Penny De Los Santos Art Exhibit opens in the Art Gallery- 2nd Floor of the CFPA – 5:30 PM

United States Air Force Band of the West Concert Band Major Dean Zarmbinski - Commander and Conductor Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas
CFPA Recital Hall - 7:30 PM

*Free tickets available through the Laredo Morning Times; check newspaper for further information*

Folklorico Festival Texas A&M International University Dance Division, Ms. Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia, Director ALL DAY

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