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TAMIU Employees Generate Record $1.2M in Student Support, Challenge Others to Join Them on TAMIU Giving Day Posted: 11/12/20

TAMIU Employees Generate Record $1.2M in Student Support, Challenge Others to Join Them on TAMIU Giving Day



For 50 years, students attending Laredo’s hometown university have had powerful allies providing financial support and encouragement:  University faculty and staff.  Over the years, their giving spirit has generated $1.2 million in student scholarship support and more. 

Through three identities as Texas A&I University at Laredo, Laredo State University and now Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), employee commitment has flourished and their giving has encouraged others, explained TAMIU vice president for Institutional Advancement Rosanne Palacios.

“It’s really quite impressive,” Palacios noted, “those who daily help, encourage and educate our students have always been there for them, quietly giving and helping.  A lot of  colleges and universities don’t enjoy this sort of enduring support. In our most recent staff and faculty giving campaign, 60% of employees gave, generating  over $65,300.  I always remind potential donors that their gift joins support that our employees provide each and every year.  I think it says a lot about how much our employees not only treasure TAMIU, but how they want to ensure that our students succeed.”  

She said that as the community readies for Thanksgiving, the University is encouraging others to join the University in being part of its annual “Giving Day.”

“In this most challenging of years, we still have much to be thankful for and  we hope that others will join us in our ‘Giving Day,’ Tuesday, Nov. 17 -- and share in  TAMIU’s giving spirit,” she said. 

Giving Day for 2020 will come with challenges and a time extension, she explained. 

“As we brought our 50th Anniversary Celebration year to its conclusion, we decided to continue celebrating TAMIU’s history by creating the ‘1970 Challenge,’ the theme for this year’s Giving Day. The 1970 Challenge will extend for approximately 1,970 minutes, about 33 hours, to commemorate our University’s founding year. The campaign ends Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. CST. 

“We’ll also be including a total of five challenges during specific timeframes. The fund with the most donors  with a minimum $5 gift wins the challenge and receives an additional $1,000 for their cause. Matching gifts will also be,” Palacios said.

Donors can make their  gift online  at

Last year’s TAMIU Giving Day raised over $53,000 for scholarships and campus programs thanks to over 600 generous donors.  Giving occurred  online, through a crowdfunding platform and through  cash and check donations. Funds supported student Leadership Programs and Dusty’s Food Pantry, which fights food insecurity.  Also benefiting were the Reading the Globe program, specific TAMIU Colleges and Schools, robotics, and art programs. All funds are directed to help students and their  impact is immediate. Students participating in the campaign represented 32% of gifts.

“Despite the Pandemic,  this Fall TAMIU celebrated record-breaking enrollment.  Greater enrollment increases the demand for student scholarships and  program and resource support, all of which can be helped by donor partnership,” Palacios noted.

She said the community’s role in TAMIU’s success is a special legacy.

“Our friends here in Laredo and beyond play an important, legacy role in helping TAMIU create the next generation of local, state, and global leaders. The University and the community are one and the same. When TAMIU prospers, Laredo does, too. While TAMIU is an international university, the majority of students  are from Laredo and Webb County. We hope the community will join us in support of their University Nov. 17-18 and be a part of our giving  spirit,” Palacios concluded.

For additional information, contact Palacios at 956.326.GIVE,, click on, or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 262.

TAMIU’s Fall semester 2020 classes end Wednesday, November 25  with final exams delivered online Dec. 1 - 8.  Spring 2021 classes begin Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

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Dr. Pablo Arenaz, president, joins Rosanne Palacios, vice president for Institutional Advancement for the announcement of TAMIU's Giving Day.


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