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December 2006

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Inspiration and Determination


Upon graduating from TAMIU, Joel L. Rodriguez  '05 began his search for employment considering careers in the growing areas of teaching, law enforcement, and construction.  With a BA in Business Administration, Joel felt more comfortable pursing a profession in construction industry. 

As simple as a granite counter and yet elaborate in it’s making, was reason enough to convince Joel of a career choice: he remembered how a beautiful and impressive display Picture of Joel L. Rodriguez '05of a granite counter looked in his family’s kitchen.

 "It changed the look of the house,” he remembers. “Once you see that natural-made stone, I thought it looked beautiful,” he said. With this inspiration, and $12,000 from personal and family reserves, he began Granite Gallery. Joel’s mother, who has worked for a tile company, is involved with the daily operation, along with three full-time employees. Granite Gallery has done work for local commercial builders and worked with residential projects in homes in north and south Laredo: Regency, Winfield, Plantation, Century City subdivision, a restored home in downtown Laredo and Zapata as well.

Their business is steadily booming. Their motto: offering a good price and great service.

Upcoming Events...




Las Posadas - Texas A&M International University Dance Division

Ms. Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia, Director  
8:00 PM – CFPA Recital Hall

TAMIU Philharmonic Chorale Handel's “Messiah” Mr. Brendan Townsend, Assistant Professor of Music, Conductor   
4:00 PM – CFPA Recital Hall

TAMIU Alumni Association Quarterly Meeting

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Guitarras de Navidad Texas A&M International University Guitar Ensemble Dr. Gilberto Soto, associate professor of Music, Director

8:00 PM – CFPA Recital Hall

University of Notre Dame Alumni Club and TAMIU will host a talk with Dr. Gilberto Cardenas, director of the Institute of Latino Studies from University of Notre Dame
7:00 PM – CFPA Recital Hall

December 2006 Commencement
TAMIU Green 2:00 PM

TAMIU Alumni Association Rose Sale by Cowart Hall
from 1:00 PM


Truly an International Experience


We recently learned the whereabouts of Luis Carrillo-Nava.  Luis who is originally from the city of Toluca in Mexico now resides in Michigan. Luis completed his undergraduate engineering degree at the Instituto Tecnologico de Toluca.  In 2003 Luis enrolled at TAMIU and was determined to pursue his Master's in Business Administration. After some research, he decided that TAMIU was the starting point to the road of opportunity.  After one and a half years of hard work and summer courses Luis graduated with honors in May of 2004.


 “The day after I graduated and without a job, I moved to Detroit.  My wife Ale, my son Alex, and I with two tons of suitcases boarded the bus for a two and a half day trip,” Luis vividly explains.  "I really did not have a formal job offer, but my previous education and experience in engineering and my newly acquired MBA led me to consider the automotive industry as a potential opportunity.  I was determined." Three months later, Luis was offered his first job with Siemens VDO Automotive a GM subsidiary.


According to Luis, it has truly been an international experience, for he has been able to work in the US, travel across borders, both to the north and south, and witness Picture of Luis Carrillo Navainternational trade.  “It is amazing to be able to explain to people here what the border trade and traffic is like. They have no idea,” Luis comments. "TAMIU is located in a place where people experience international trade every day; however, when you live in Laredo, you take it for granted. You really don't realize the value of understanding freight crossings, warehousing, custom brokers and transportation. People in the northern part of the United States have no idea of how this works."


Today Luis is working for Adronics as the Resident Engineer representing his company at the General Motors Vehicle Engineering Center in Warren, Michigan. “Karen, the vice-president for this group, has allowed me to start using the MBA skills I acquired at TAMIU to improve our competitive position as a business.  This is challenging, but it keeps me busy and well oiled for more demanding jobs,” Luis states.


While Luis is happy working in Michigan, he misses Laredo and Mexico, nonetheless.  He and his wife Alejandra recently had a new addition to their family: a baby girl, Tiffany Teresa. The three of them enjoy traveling across the northern border to Canada and the northeastern states.


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A Message from the Office of Career Services


Dear Alumni:

TAMIU's online job system is now running!

Dusty Works is your one-step source for off-campus employment. In this new system, you will be able to search for and apply to jobs, sign-up for interviews on-campus, and register for our career fairs and workshops online. Registration is quick and simple! Log-on to

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