Posted: 2/03/17

TAMIU Celebrates Spirit Week Feb. 6 -11


Share the Dustdevil Spirit Week with pride!  

Show your support for the Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) Dustdevils during TAMIU Spirit Week, a celebration of student life and school pride, Monday, Feb. 6 - Saturday, Feb. 11. Spirit Week gives TAMIU alumni and opportunity to connect with their alma mater and current students will have the chance to vote for Mr. and Ms. TAMIU, ambassadors who represent the University at campus and community events.

Most events are free and open to the public. Admission to basketball games is free for TAMIU students, staff, faculty and alumni and children and up to one guest. General admission is $5.


Monday, Feb. 6—Maroon Monday: wear your maroon to showcase your TAMIU pride all day. “Pump It Up Posters”: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Student Center (SC) rotunda. Student Government Association (SGA) shopping cart decorating party: 10 a.m., SC ballroom.

Tuesday, Feb. 7—SGA shopping cart parade: noon, SC rotunda.

Wednesday, Feb. 8—“Ride With Campus Activities Board (CAB)”: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., CAB golf cart.

Thursday, Feb. 9—Spirit Week tailgate with knocker balls: 4:30 p.m., Kinesiology-Convocation Building (KCB) lawn. Women’s Basketball vs. St. Edwards: 5:30 p.m., KCB. Men’s Basketball vs. St. Edwards: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 11—Women’s Basketball vs. Oklahoma Christian University: 1 p.m., KCB. Men’s Basketball vs. Oklahoma Christian University: 3 p.m., KCB. Mr. and Ms. TAMIU coronation: following Men’s Basketball game.

About the students vying for Mr. and Ms. TAMIU:

Andrea Gonzalez De La Cruz, senior, special education major—“While at TAMIU, I've dedicated my time to my academics, student life, and our community. TAMIU has allowed me to develop in unimaginable forms. This is an opportunity to represent my university to the fullest and help others seek endeavors they never dreamed possible. I am a Dustdevil, allow me to help you go beyond and discover the International U.”

César Esquivel, senior, criminal justice major with a minor in psychology—“ I have represented my second home to the best of my ability in various aspects. I’ve competed as a collegiate-athlete, done community service for multiple organizations, and represent my TAMIU home chapter of Omega Delta Phi. Entering my 3rd year at ‘ReCREWtment,’ I continuously inspire students of all levels to become a Dustdevil and recruit at the local high schools.”

Franchesca Ramirez, junior, psychology major—“As a dance instructor and representative of The Dance Complex, I carry myself as not only a professional leader, but also as a sister to my students. I understand that I'm not just teaching students, I’m modeling characters. I motivate my students throughout this learning and growing process. By being a team-player, motivator, and leader, I will proudly represent TAMIU.”

Priscilla Martinez, junior, communication major—“As an excelling student in education, a leader and volunteer in multiple organizations campus-wide, and an avid fan of TAMIU sports, I am more than qualified to be the face and the representation of the students. As a member of the TAMIU community, student body, and the maroon and silver, I will lead TAMIU with pride, honor, and integrity.”

Ryan Hodgson, senior, business administration finance major—“Mr. TAMIU will embody and encourage others to Discover the International U. Mr. TAMIU will encourage Dustdevils to RISE and reach for their prize. Mr. TAMIU will represent our university as not only a student but as an athlete that can’t be beat. For Mr. TAMIU, can Ryan be the man with the plan?”

Valerie Nunez, senior, communication major—“Val Pal is the name and rhyming is my game. Ms. TAMIU values Respect and puts it into effect. Ms. TAMIU values Integrity no matter where she will be. Ms. TAMIU values Service to the community through unity. Ms. TAMIU strives for Excellence with intelligence. I can be Ms. TAMIU, vote for me if you agree too.”

Benito “Tony” Bondoc, junior, communication major—“TAMIU represents students that take hold of their future and work to prosper through their education, myself included. Because of TAMIU, I have learned the importance of having a voice in order to make a difference. I plan to use my voice to showcase this University as the innovative institution of higher learning that I believe it is.”

Ruben Enriquez, senior, business management major—“The first qualification for me being Mr. TAMIU is that I know I would not look at this as a struggle but more of a honor to represent this incredible college. Another qualification is that I feel since I am working at the Rec Center as well as being a senator at large in student government I know I can balance time which is a extremely important skill to have. The last and quite possibly the most important is that I love this university and I will glad represent the school proudly if given the chance.”

Teresa Vela, sophomore, nursing major—“As a full-time AMIU student, I have gotten the opportunity to develop my communication and leadership skills. I would like to be Miss TAMIU because I understand the challenges and the commitments that it takes to represent our campus; I am ready to rise to the task and serve others. I will proudly represent TAMIU to the best of my potential.”

Voting starts Monday, Feb. 6 and closes Friday, Feb. 10 online at tamiu.collegiatelink.net

For more information, contact Teresa Renn, associate director, the Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement, at 326.2281 or teresam.renn@tamiu.edu or visit offices in SC 224C.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Additional information is available at www.tamiu.edu and at www.facebook.com/txamiu.ss