Posted: 12/12/18

TAMIU Names ‘Being Grateful Matters’ Project Award Winners


TAMIU LBV Planetarium

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) undergraduate students presented individual and team projects during the Fall 2018 ‘Being Grateful Matters: Using Positive Psychology to Cultivate Resilience and Recovery’ recently in the Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center.

Hosted by the TAMIU Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, the event was organized as part of the grant awarded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health by The University of Texas at Austin. 

Through this grant, the Minds Acting Together To Enhance Resilience (MATTER), a six-session culturally-relevant program, was co-developed by TAMIU faculty members Dr. Ediza García and Dr. Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo. 

MATTER aims to increase student knowledge about mental illness and well-being. It also equips individuals with effective tools to promote academic retention and success. The mental health literacy workshops focus on stress, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.

To date, over 200 University students have participated in MATTER.

In addition to the poster presentations, University College instructor Paty Cantí also presented to students on “Gratitude: The ‘Social Glue ‘ That’s Good For You And Me!”

Named winners at the concluding Award Ceremony were:  

Poster Winners

1st Place: Hanna Gutiérrez  - Emotional Intelligence

2nd Place: Diana Tarverramos - Is Depression an Evolutionary Trait?

3rd Place: Cristina Oviedo, Yazmine Castañeda and Alessa Castillo - Using Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Artwork Winners

1st Place: Daisy Gámez, Jesse Solis IV and Gabriel Max Martínez  

2nd Place: Larissa Garner and Isabella Santillano

3rd Place: Gabriela Martínez.

The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy analysis, research and public education. It was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Ediza García at 956.326.3096, email ediza.garcia@tamiu.edu or visit Pellegrino Hall, 313 L.

The Spring Semester 2019 at TAMIU begins Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. Online registration is underway at tamiu.edu. University offices close for a State-authorized holiday Friday, Dec. 21 and re-open Wednesday, Jan. 2.

For more information on TAMIU, contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services, email prmis@tamiu.edu, or visit the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.

TAMIU Being Grateful Matters Poster Winner

TAMIU Being Grateful Matters Art Winner

Top 1st Place: Hanna Gutiérrez - Emotional Intelligence
Bottom 1st Place: Daisy Gámez, Jesse Solis IV and Gabriel Max Martínez