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Welcome to Texas A&M International University Office of Alumni Relations' Monthly E-Newsletter! This is the official on-line source for news about alumni leaders in our communities.

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Patty McBain '01, '05

Director of Alumni Relations







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Deanna Longoria Ramirez '72 wrote a letter to Dr. Ray M. Keck, III, President, in regards to the 35th Anniversary College Reunions. 

Deanna retired from the Texas Department of Human Services in 1996.  She is involved in teaching CCD to 5th graders at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Mission, Texas. Deanna is a certified Etiquette Consultant specializing in children, teens, and young adults volunteering her services in working with small groups of children in order to improve their skills in etiquette and leadership. 

Mentoring at TAMIUJesus Amezcua ’90,’94, ‘01, LISD Interim Superintendent, served as a mentor to Cristina Arriaga (Senior, Major Communications), and Esmeralda Lopez (Freshman, Major Communications) during National Mentoring month


Jesus Amezcua '90, '94, '01,  LISD Interim Superintendent, served as a mentor to Cristina Arriaga (Senior, majoring in communications), and Esmeralda Lopez (Freshman, majoring in communications) during National Mentoring month .  This outreach campaign serves as a resource program for TAMIU’s current students.



Wedding Anniversary

Congratulations go out to J.J. '77 and Minnie Dora Bunn Haynes '77 recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Minnie Dora is one of the volunteers who participates annually in the planning and coordination of WBCA events.


Wedding Announcements

Hafizul Islam, '01 and Eleni Athanatou, '03 are engaged to be married



Hafizul Islam '01 and Eleni Athanatou '03 are engaged              to be married.


Lizette Barraza



Tracy Lizette Barraza '03 was honored  with a bridal shower on Feb. 4, 2006, in Rio Grande City.   A March 4th wedding date is planned.



Marisa E. Miranda and Fernando Ortega



Marisa Elsa Miranda and Fernando Ortega, Jr. '98.  The couple plan to wed on June 17, 2006.


Robert Javier Garcia, Jr. and Sunshine Dierdre Dovalina




Roberto Javier Garcia, Jr. '03 and Sunshine Dierdre Dovalina plan to marry on July 22, 2006.


Rebecca de Luna and Ernesto Trevino, III



Rebecca de Luna and Ernesto Treviño ' 96 are planning their wedding for April 15, 2006.



Veronica C. Urbano and Joey Baeza


Veronica C.  Urbano and Jose “Joey” Baeza ' 99 announced their engagement.  They plan to marry on May 15, 2006.


Dora J. Walker and Guillermo del Barrio



Dora J. Walker, ' 03, BBA and Guillermo G. del Barrio announced their wedding for March 11, 2006.




Linda Mora-Zardenetta


Linda Mora-Zardenetta ' 75 received a Ph.D. in Educational

Administration from the University of Texas at Austin during the Fall

Convocation.  Linda is currently deputy superintendent for curriculum

and instruction at Northside school district in San Antonio, a position

she has held since July 2002.  Mora-Zardenetta is married to senior

retired judge Antonio Zardenetta.



Do You Know

Annette K. Salinas


Longtime educator and counselor Annette K. Salinas '76, '79, has been with the Laredo Independent School District for 29 years.


Riazul I. Mia



Riazul I. Mia '03 is the director of environmental services for the City of Laredo.  He likes to hike, listen to music, and cook.


Eduardo H. Zuniga


Eduardo H. Zuniga '77, '05 is the associate superintendent for student support services at United Independent School District.  He is described by his peers as an asset to the district.


Virginia "Cookie" Muller


Virginia “Cookie” Muller '76, is a broker at La Bota Ranch.  She spends her free time walking, swimming, traveling, eating out and helping people. Thank you, Cookie, for your help during TAMIU Night at the Bucks!


Juan C. Carmona


Juan C. Carmona '04 is a physical education coach at Santo

Niño Elementary.  He enjoys playing basketball and flag football.  He also enjoys listening to rock music.


Gerardo Mejia


Gerardo J. Mejia '92 is a partner at Mejia & Company, PLLC.  He is the chairman of the professional division campaign for United Way of Laredo.


Marta Garcia


Marta Garcia ' 86 is bookkeeper at Wilkinson Iron and Metal.  She is a volunteer

with TAMIU Alumni Association's Rose Sale Committee, the American Red Cross,  and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.


New Additions

Rolf Andre Schmieding

Rolf Andre Schmieding was born on February 23, 2006 in San Antonio, Texas.  The proud parents are Alejandra Robina Schmieding (alum non-grad) and Rolf Schmieding.  Rolf is the grandson of Patty G. McBain '01, '05, director of alumni relations. 



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