Take a Peek... It's Fall at TAMIU

The Fall Semester at Texas A&M International University will bring new courses, events, experiences, and opportunities for students…and members of the community at large. The campus’ resources and environment will also see some changes.

Here’s a guide to this Fall at TAMIU. 

Fall Semester face to face classes begin Monday, Aug. 22. Late Registration continues through Aug. 26, 2022.  To learn more about TAMIU’s Registration processes, visit the dedicated Registration Hub at https://go.tamiu.edu/registration. 

Campus News

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Count On Me

TAMIU's #CountOnMe initiative is a social media-based video series highlighting campus departments and their staff members. Our campaign includes video and Facebook/Instagram Stories that feature staff members from Rec Sports, University College - Academic Center for Excellence, Financial Aid, SOLE, Career Services and more!

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Count on Me: Career Services

Count on Me: Rec Sports

Visit our YouTube channel to view the full playlist.

Campus Grounds Improvement Continues

As part of its continued commitment to providing beautiful spaces for learning and living campus life, TAMIU has expanded outdoor seating and study areas, just in time for the coming Fall weather.

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New seating options are also in place for the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library arcade, featuring small conversational areas.

Pedestrian routes on campus have been expanded to allow for better circulations that embraces more shaded spaces. Recent maintenance on University parking lots has also been completed.

Books IncludED Reduces Student Costs Again

This Fall, TAMIU students can save money on course textbooks and course materials.

The program, initially launched and funded with CARES funding during the Pandemic, now conveniently folds costs for required books and course materials into the semester’s tuition and fees. This ensures that enrolled, degree-seeking students have all materials on Day One of classes, Monday, Aug. 22, 2022.

Because of TAMIU’s low, per-semester credit hour charge, many students will receive all required digital books and materials for about the cost of a new textbook.

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To secure the highest possible savings for all students, TAMIU Books IncludED is an “all-in” or “all-out” option for each semester. Supporting or consumable course materials like art supplies, lab kits or scrubs are generally not included. Students who choose to opt out will be credited the Books IncludED fee, but will be responsible for obtaining books and course materials independently.

TAMIU Books IncludED help the University keep TAMIU accessible, affordable, and exceptional.

Find out more about Books IncludED here .

Campus Safety And Wellness

Although the COVID-19 Pandemic will still be with us for Fall 2022, with vaccines and boosters widely available, we are in a much better position to address variants. Still, we must all take personal responsibility and respect and follow the guidelines and restrictions that frame our daily lives.

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This University is no different from any other campus or community entity responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and each of us must resolve to do our part to help protect ourselves, and others. We truly are in this together.

In addition to on-campus testing, one of the easiest means of mitigating the spread of the virus remains wearing a mask, and everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a mask on campus. Rigorous hand-washing, distancing and avoidance of large crowds should continue.

Visit our dedicated COVID-19 Response Center for more details on this and other health-related matters, including insight about Monkeypox.

Let’s all make it a great and healthy Fall semester!

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TAMIU Dustdevil Athletics

TAMIU’s Dustdevil Athletics has an exciting Fall season ahead. Be a part of the team spirit and cheer on our student-athlete teams!

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Women’s Basketball

Texas A&M International University head women's basketball coach, Nate Vogel, has shared the 2022-23 schedule.

The 2022-23 TAMIU women’s basketball season will see the Lone Star Conference split into two divisions. Teams within TAMIU's division (East) include UAFS, Texas A&M-Kingsville, St. Edward's, St. Mary's, Oklahoma Christian, UT Tyler, and Texas Woman's. Two matchups will take place against division opponents, while a single game will be played against the West Division teams.

The division winners will be the top two seeds in the LSC Tournament, and the remaining six teams will be based on overall conference standings. The tournament has been trimmed from 12 teams to eight.

The Dustdevils open the season with a pair of non-conference road matchups against Black Hills State (Nov. 11) and Chadron State (Nov. 12).

Men’s Basketball

Men's basketball coach Mac McConnell has hired David Lewis as the new assistant coach. Coach Lewis joins TAMIU after being the associate head coach at Angelo State for the past seven years.

"I'm excited for Coach Lewis to be joining our staff here at TAMIU," McConell said. "Coach Lewis has a wealth of knowledge in the Lone Star Conference and is known for being a tireless worker and an excellent recruiter. He has high standards for academic success off the court and was recognized as one of the Most Impactful Division 2 Assistant Men's Basketball Coaches by Silver Waves Media. David will play a significant role in what we are trying to build here at TAMIU as we aim to be a championship basketball program and continue to develop our team culture."


TAMIU head volleyball coach, Brittany Harry, has shared the 2022 schedule.

The Dustdevils open 2022 with three tournaments taking place in Nampa, Idaho, Anderson, S.C., and Denton, Tx.

In Nampa, as part of the Northwest Nazarene Tournament, TAMIU opens the campaign against Azusa Pacific on Aug. 25. Two games against Emory & Henry and Northwest Nazarene take place on Aug. 26, and the tournament concludes Aug. 27 against Rollins.

The Anderson University Invitational follows with a dual match against Alabama-Huntsville and Anderson on Sept. 2. On Sept. 3, the Dustdevils meet both Catawa and Converse.

TAMIU's opening tournament stretch concludes with a Lone Star Conference preview in the LSC Crossover Tournament in Denton, hosted by Texas Woman's University.

Women’s Soccer

Texas A&M International University women's soccer head coach Jon Hussak announced the schedule for the 2022 season on Tuesday.

The Dustdevils kickoff 2022 with a three-game home stand, beginning with Missouri Western State on Aug. 25. Matchups against Regis and Felician follow on Sept. 2 and Sept. 4.

TAMIU concludes non-conference play on the road with a pair of games in Colorado. Adams State opens the trip on Sept. 9, and it concludes on Sept. 11 against Western Colorado.

Lone Star Conference play begins on Sept. 14 as defending LSC Tournament Champion Angelo State comes to Laredo.

The first LSC road game follows on Sept. 17 as the Dustdevils travel to Denton, Texas to face Texas Woman's.

The Dustdevils face Texas Woman's and Midwestern State on Sept. 8 to open tournament play, followed by a match against Cameron (Sept. 9) and Western New Mexico (Sept. 10).

Men’s Soccer

Texas A&M International University men's soccer head coach Claudio Arias provided the schedule for the team’s 2022 season.

"We are excited and looking forward to competing against quality and top teams in the country," said Coach Arias.

The Dustdevils begin the 2022 campaign with the TAMIU Classic on Aug. 25 & 27. Midwestern State, Regis, and Colorado Mesa come to Laredo as four games will be played.

TAMIU kicks-off against Regis on Aug. 25 and concludes the TAMIU Classic with a matchup against Colorado Mesa on Aug. 27.

The Dustdevils hit the road for four non-conference matches, beginning with UTRGV (Sept. 1), ending with UT Permian Basin (Sept. 14). In between, TAMIU faces Southern Nazarene (Sept. 8) and Fort Hays State (Sept. 10) in Wichita Falls, Tx. at a tournament hosted by Midwestern State.

The final four non-conference games are against Lone Star Conference foes. DBU (Sept. 17) and UT Tyler (Sept. 21) visit Laredo, before the non-conference slate ends on the road against St. Mary's (Sept. 24) and DBU (Oct. 1).

Student-Athletes are Classroom Champs Too!

89 TAMIU student-athletes were named to the Spring 2022 Lone Star Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Of the 89 honored, 31 finished with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Volleyball and baseball set the standard with five student-athletes completing flawless semesters, while men's soccer and women's basketball followed just behind with four student-athletes.

Baseball led the way with 18 total honorees followed closely by men's soccer with 16. Volleyball (10), women's soccer (9), women's basketball (8), softball (8), women's golf (6), men's basketball (5), men's golf (4), women's cross-country (4) and men's cross-country (1) round out the listings.

The Commissioner's Honor Roll is announced at the end of the fall and spring semesters with student-athletes qualifying based on grade point average for the current semester. To be eligible, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.30 GPA for the current semester and be on the roster.

Find Out More

To follow TAMIU Dustdevil Athletics, visit godustdevils.com, or follow @TAMIUATHLETICS

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Killam Library Launches New Service Tools, Welcomes New Librarians

The Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library is the “brain” of Texas A&M International University and home to vast resources and tools that assist students, faculty, and all members of the Unversity community.

This Fall, the Killam Library will launch three component tools designed to enhance Killam Library users search and access experiences. All are powered by Ex Libris, which provides cloud-based solutions to help academic institutions create, manage and share knowledge, achieve goals, and further academic initiatives.

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Among those components, Killam librarians and staff will use “Alma” to help make Library physical and electronic holdings accessible and improve workflows. It also provides an array of analytics focused on usage and inventory. 

“Primo” is a user interface (catalog) to allow more robust searching and discovery of scholarly materials, with integrated, powerful tools to help keep track of and share content. While the search box on the Library’s homepage will remain the same, the search experience will be dramatically enhanced.

Finally, Killam library users will find the third tool, “Rapido,” a full-service interlibrary loan component accessing materials around the world and providing a seamless, powerful search experience for users.

The Killam Library also welcomes two new librarians: Dr. Chao Chen, Online Learning Librarian, and Dr. Mayra Bonet, Research & Assessment Librarian.

Both are part of the Killam Library’s newly-formed Research & Assessment Department  dedicated to library instruction, information literacy, collaborating with faculty to help build collections, and  providing a more directed focus for assessment informing decision-making.

The Killam Library is home to 1.2 million items, 240+ databases, over 800,000 eBooks and 89,000+ eJournals.

For additional information, visit tamiu.edu/library , call 956.326.2138, or email researchhelp@tamiu.edu

Upcoming Events


College & School News

A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business

This Fall, the A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business offers opportunities to engage and research.

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Undergraduate Program

Our School offers undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Management Information Systems, International Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Business Administration, and Transportation & International Logistics. Our Bachelor programs are designed to prepare students to excel in a global environment.

In Wintermester, the Sanchez School is offering a faculty-led, study abroad program in China where Undergraduate students may earn academic credit. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at international@tamiu.edu, 956.326.2282.

Master’s degree Program

In the Sanchez School, students have three choices for specialization in their Master’s degree:

  1. Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  2. Master of Science in Information Science (MS-IS)
  3. Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc)

Under the MBA umbrella, we offer six concentrations:

  1. Criminal Justice
  2. Health Care Administration
  3. International Business
  4. International Banking and Finance
  5. International Trade and Logistics
  6. Management

Our MBA with a concentration in International Business is offered in English as well as in Spanish. Our MBA and MS-IS programs are offered online and structured in 7-week format. Our MPAcc program is offered onsite in a regular semester format. We welcome students from all disciplines to our programs. Please visit http://catalog.tamiu.edu/graduate-information/a-r-sanchez-jr-business/ for program requirements as well as prerequisite courses for each of our AACSB-accredited master programs.

PhD Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in International Business Administration program is a full-time, bi-pillar program, where onsite coursework and research in International Business is combined with coursework and research in one of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems

The program is designed to produce scholars who can make significant contributions through research, teaching, and service to International Business and associated fields. Faculty here routinely collaborate with our doctoral students on research projects that are presented in several national and regional conferences, and subsequently published in peer-reviewed journals. Graduates may find career opportunities as

  • Economic Researcher
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • University Professor
  • Senior Risk Management Consultant
  • Business Development Manager
  • Economists

Dean's Student Advisory Council

The A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business Dean’s Student Advisory Council was created in Fall 2013 as an effort to build a communication link between students in the School and the Dean’s Office. The Council has about 15 students each semester and students become members through an application process that is conducted every semester. The Council is self-governing and meets every two weeks to discuss matters of concern from students with the Dean. The Council has a set of By-Laws by which it follows in its activities. Beyond meeting with the Dean, the Council is actively involved every year in University and Council events. The Council has been recognized in one year as the Outstanding Student Organization, and twice its President has been awarded with the Judith Zaffirini Leadership and Scholarship Award.

For the coming 2022-2023 academic year, the Council plans to have a Fall Mixer in October in which business students will meet with local businesses who recruit our students. In Spring 2023, a similar event, The Business Bash, will be held for local businesses and business students. The Council conducts several fundraising events to support its activities, and each year, business students who are not members are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded by the Council.

Small Business Development Center

The TAMIU SBDC offers confidential one-on-one business advising from our certified business advisors, professional market research to help your business decision-making at no cost, and in-person and virtual training. Most of our workshops are provided at no cost or have a nominal fee.

In its 12 years, the Small Business Management Program is recognized in the service area as a premier program providing foundational knowledge in the start-up and scale-up of small businesses. The Fall Small Business Management Program will start in October 2022.

For information about Small Business Management Program or to request business advising, please visit https://sbdc.tamiu.edu or call our office at 956.326.2827.

Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade

The Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade (CSWHT) at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) has as its mission to study and promote research on globalization with special emphasis on the Western Hemisphere.

The Center will kick-off the 2022-2023 IBC Bank & Commerce Bank Keynote Speaker Series with a presentation featuring Dr. Pia Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, on Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. in the TAMIU Student Center Ballroom.

In addition, the Center will begin receiving submissions for its 27th Annual Western Hemispheric Trade Conference which will be held in April 2023. Academic researchers, practitioners, and policymakers are invited to participate. Special sessions will be held for students at all levels (undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students), with eligible student submissions competing for the Best Student Paper Award and a cash prize.

The Center continues its publication of The International Trade Journal, a highly regarded academic peer-reviewed journal now in its 36th year of publication. For the most recent issue, please visit https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/uitj20/current.

The Center invites School faculty and doctoral students to contribute to its Working Paper Series, which provides a forum for disseminating works-in-progress reflecting the broad range of research activities of TAMIU’s A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business. All contributions are works-in-progress and available online at http://freetrade.tamiu.edu/wps.asp.

Texas Center for Border Economic and Enterprise Development

The Texas Center:

  • Develops and manages an economic data base concerning the Texas-México border
  • Disseminates database information to public and private sector users in a useful format and on a timely basis.
  • Performs or assists in border and binational socio-economic development related research, planning, education, training, and technical assistance
  • Provides information and technical assistance to the University's researchers and students, and the border region's business community
  • Provides border-related economic statistics including international bridge crossing data
  • Cooperates with state agencies, so Texas- México border economic needs are integrated and aligned with the state economic development plan.

College of Arts and Sciences

This Fall, TAMIU’s largest College, the College of Arts and Sciences, is welcoming new faculty and vibrant collaborative research opportunities for students. The College has once again structured a dynamic series of events and initiatives on campus to provide rare insight and experiences for students and the community at large, including the fine and performing arts, lectures with renowned scholars and writers, and more.

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New Faculty

Dr. Amanda Muñoz joins the Department of Biology and Chemistry and plans to encourage students’ investigation of the anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties of natural products from medicinal plants found all over South Texas and México.

Dr. Zhiyang Li joins the School of Engineering and welcomes students to join him in geological research. His primary research interests investigate the sedimentary rock record, particularly fine-grained strata, to decipher the complex interactions of various processes that have collectively shaped Earth’s surface.

Students interested in the research of language processing and spatial cognition as it relates to memory and learning should seek out Dr. Omar García, who joins the Department of Psychology and Communication.

Also joining the Department is Dr. Ray Garza who conducts research on evolutionary theory and its relationship to human behavior, more specifically human mating behavior.

Dr. Huseyin Cinoglu joins the Department of Social Sciences and invites students to participate in research involving counterterrorism, radicalization, migration, and terrorist identity formation.

Dr. Debbie Lelekis joins the Department of Humanities and conducts research on themes of race, gender, and class in late 19th Century American literature.

Department colleague Dr. Teresa Scott investigates the socio-cultural role of women in religion in classical Greece by looking at how the socio-religious constructs of Greece problematize female sexuality, maternity, and (mis)behavior.

Rachel Griffis, also in the Department, conducts research on 19th Century American authors, including Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Catharine Sedgwick, the Transcendentalists, Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, and Lydia Sigourney.

Campus Experiences

The College is proud to present a dynamic series of campus events providing insights and experiences for students and the community at large that span the fine and performing arts, lectures with renowned scholars and writers…and more.

Fine Arts:
  • Aug. 31 – Sept. 30, 2022 – Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) Gallery
    • The Borderland Collective will exhibit design/art/communication projects focused on visual communication and storytelling. Artist lecturers Mark Menjivar and Jason Reed take part in a workshop creating new work with students. More about the Borderland Collective
  • Oct. 14 – Nov. 10, 2022 -- CFPA Gallery
    • Cultivarte Summer Resident artist exhibition, featuring 6 artists who completed a residency through Cultivarte over the summer. This exhibition presents their works created during that time. Artists include Diego Canales (Houston, TAMIU alum), Karla Gabriela De La Fuente (Mission), Erika Ordoñez (Laredo, TAMIU alum), Itzel Vilches (San Antonio), Nansi Guevara (Brownsville), and Nestor (currently based in Laredo). More about Cultivarte Summer Resident artist exhibition
  • SEPTEMBER. A special lecture is being planned by Emmy-nominated Isabel Castro, director of the Latina Music Documentary “Mija.” Her documentary was released in selected theaters this month and will stream on Disney+ later this year. A Laredo screening of “Mija” is also being planned. More about "Mija", including trailer
  • October 11, 2022 – A special lecture and reading is being planned with Katie Gutíerrez , Laredo-born and raised author of the best-selling and highly acclaimed debut novel “More Than You’ll Ever Know.” Gutíerrez will also meet with TAMIU students and provide insight into her creative process and plans for the future given the success of her first novel.
Performing Arts:
  • September 23, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.: CFPA Recital Hall. Fine and Performing Arts Faculty Opening Concert allows faculty an opportunity to perform with colleagues for students and the community at large.
  • Oct. 15 – 16, 2022: CFPA Theatre. The acclaimed Ballet Nepantla will mark its return to TAMIU with two performances on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 pm)
  • November 2, 2022: CFPA Recital Hall. The University’s Chamber Singers will celebrate the broad spectrum of the human voice in Recital performance at 6:30 p.m.
  • November 18 - 19 at 8 p.m.: CFPA Theatre. Fall Dance Concerts. This popular offering showcases student performances for the Fall semester and often features original choreography in solo and group performances.
  • December 3 at 8 p.m.: CFPA Recital Hall. The TAMIU Symphonic Band Concert will offer its semester performance featuring seasonal sounds and more.
  • December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at CFPA Recital Hall : Guitarras de Navidad. This annual musical tradition helps signal the start of the holiday season and is popular with audiences of all ages.

Special Resources Available to College Students:

Piloted in Spring 2022, the College of Arts and Sciences along with TAMIU AIRES, Department of Education Title V Grant, introduces a new model for supplemental instruction, particularly in upper-level courses. This integrated supplemental instruction is led by the College’s Learning Support Specialists. It embeds instruction within the course as opposed to students attending sessions after class hours. The Learning Support Specialists work with faculty to deliver support during class. This extra measure of convenience can increase student outcomes and provide truly impactful experiences.

Expanded Student Programs/Services:

The College continues to expand its cadre of advisors so that students receive more extensive and meaningful academic advising. The College has a dedicated group of Intervention Specialists -- providing an additional layer of student academic advising. Specialists can quickly help students facing academic challenges and share a broad range of on-and off-campus services available. Specialists also support students through dedicated one-on-one coaching sessions.

New Grant and Research Opportunities:

This Fall, Dr. Ruvini Pathirana, assistant professor of Biology, will direct a new grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Building Research Capacity of New Faculty in Biology (BRC-BIO) for $500,902. Dr. Pathirana’s research project is "BRC-BIO: Polyamine regulated morphogenesis in Candida albicans" is under the direction of Dr. Pathirana.

This project uses a broad range of research tools to investigate how polyamines in yeasts regulate their production and affect cell morphogenesis. The knowledge gained will be both of fundamental value and help in the identification of drug targets to control human and plant disease-causing fungal growth.

Under Dr. Pathirana’s supervision, undergraduate and graduate students will conduct research work. This experience will help make them viably competitive for careers in the biomedical field, broadening the inclusivity and diversity in the STEM workforce. The project reinforces the NSF mission to enhance research productivity in teaching-intensive institutions and broaden the participation of underrepresented groups in biological science.

An additional grant that will lead to the formation of the Center for Countering Human Trafficking, is expected to be activated this Fall. Participants will conduct research focused on producing evidence-based curricula to help future educators and healthcare workers likely to encounter human trafficking victims in South Texas.

In Other Great News:

The College of Arts and Sciences, department of Psychology and Communication has learned its popular graduate program in Counseling Psychology has been reaccredited through January 2028 by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council.

Dr. Ediza García, TAMIU associate professor and Program director, said she believes the program’s reaccreditation is reflective of its exceptional nature.

“I am overjoyed and proud. I believe this speaks to the high caliber of education and training we provide our students. I am especially appreciative of the MACP faculty, Drs. Adriana Blasco-Rubio, Elizabeth Terrazas-Carrillo, and Desi Vásquez, for their help during the reaccreditation process,” Dr. García observed.

Student Internship Opportunities

The College continues its partnership with Medline, the largest privately-held medical products distributor, and manufacturer in North America, which has created an internship program creating hands-on workplace experiences, and recruitment opportunities for TAMIU Engineering students.

College of Education

The College of Education has some big changes coming this Fall that will advantage College students and provide fresh new opportunities to make a difference in classrooms now and in the future.

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New Programs & Degrees

Among new programs or degrees, students with a GPA of 2.0 or higher interested in coaching will be able to complete the Bachelor of Science with a Major in Physical Education, Teaching, and Coaching. Also this Fall, the College will begin offering a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Elementary Education with specializations in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education and Special Education. The MS in Curriculum and Instruction will accept enrollment in the National Board Specialization for Fall for a Spring 2023 launch. This specialization prepares students to apply for National Board Certification, making them eligible for Master teacher status in Texas. All three Masters Programs will be accepting enrollments in Fall for a Spring 2023 launch

Enhanced Access to Success

To better help students this Fall, two new study meeting rooms will help College students connect to increase access, success and mobility outcomes for all students.

Also, the College will pilot AVID for Higher Education to develop pedagogical and pre-service experiences that increase the capacity of future teachers to support a college-going culture. Teacher candidates will be able to analyze and practice high engagement instructional strategies to enable them to meet a broad spectrum of student needs.

“We Teach Laredo” Orientation, designed by students to promote access, success and mobility outcomes for all students, will be offered.

Increased Communication Initiatives

To help heighten the vital role of educators (and educators to be!) we’ll be launching a social media campaign to increase both levels of engagement that will lead to success and foster belonging among Freshman and Sophomores. We’ll be affirming feelings of being accepted, engaged, heard and valued.

A series of competitions with prizes for Freshmen who sign up for our Facebook and Instagram content will also be held.

Becoming an educator can be complicated, so College Advisors will be visiting all C&I classes in September to give students the opportunities to ask questions and get the latest information.

College Activities this Fall

College students will have an opportunity to participate in or present at the Unidos Para Texas Bilingual Education Conference . The Conference seeks to promote advocacy for educational equity and academic excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society and improve instructional practices for linguistically and culturally diverse children. It provides students with high-quality professional development opportunities to meet the needs of bilingual/multilingual learners.

You’ll also be able to compete at the TAFE Regional Conference to be hosted at TAMIU in December. Winning TAMIU students will be able to qualify for State and National Competitions.

Research Opportunities & Faculty Collaborations

Adding depth and dimension to the student experience are a variety of opportunities for research and collaborations with College of Education faculty.

Among the Opportunities:

The Undergraduate Honors Program provide the College of Education’s best and brightest students with the opportunity to thrive and challenge themselves to their fullest potential. Honors students will work closely with their major's faculty mentor in research projects, conference presentations, leadership development, and community engagement.

Honors students can work with Dr. Christian Faltis, Professor, College of Education, as the the Journal System Manager for the Bilingual Review. The Journal has been publishing since 1974, and features quality articles about bilingualism, bilingual education, and ethnic scholarship, as well as the best creative literature by established and emerging Hispanic writers.

There are also opportunities to become published, gain editorial experiences or present at a Conference with Dr. Tonya Huber, Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, as a member of POSSE (Professional Opportunities Supporting/Synergizing Scholarly Engagement). Students can also serve as part of the editorial team for International Education Inquiries: People, Places, and Perspectives of Education 2030.

The Branch Alliance:

Branch Alliance Pedagogical Partners offers a Student-Faculty Pedagogical Partnership Program that engages students as partners to work with faculty in the classroom over an entire semester to improve curriculum, learning outcomes and student success in the program.

Boot Camps or Specialty Program Prep Offerings

Si Se Puede Scholars Courses will be offered free of charge to admitted College candidates preparing for initial and advanced certification exams. Initial certification exam preparation is presented over 15 weeks and features small class sizes with a 15-student cap and opportunities to qualify for TExES tests every two weeks. Advanced certification classes feature small class sizes (15) offered over a 7-week period, with opportunities to qualify for TExES tests every two weeks

Student Internship Opportunities

Boys and Girls Club (Coaching, Teaching, Fitness and Sports Majors)

  • Youth Development Professional
  • Learning Center Instructor
  • Lifeguards
  • Assistant Gym Supervisor

Mentoring/Tutoring Opportunities

LISD (Teaching Majors)

Para-professional Positions (Teacher Assistants, Clerical, and Manual Trades)

Para-professional applications will be posted on the LISD web-site and at the HR Office. Applicants need to apply for the specific position online and submit required documents online.

  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED (if applicable)
  • Official transcripts (if applicable)
  • Copies of Texas driver’s license and/or other licenses/certificates (if applicable)

Substitute Teacher Positions

Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview upon an available vacancy. The application will remain on file for one year. Applicants need to apply online and submit the following documents:

  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED
  • Official transcript (if applicable)
  • Texas Teaching Certificate (if applicable)
  • Substitute Certificate (if you do not have a Texas Teaching Certificate).

Certificate offered at Laredo College, contact Continuing Education at 956.721.5374.

UISD (Teaching Majors)

Para-Professional/Auxiliary/Substitute positions posted on District website. Please submit the following documents:

  • Proof of high school diploma/GED (if applicable)
  • Official Transcripts (if applicable)
  • Service Records (if you have previous school district experience)
  • Two (2) references from current or previous supervisors
  • Resume (required) for Police Officer position

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

This Fall, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ Dr. F. M. Canseco School of Nursing will bring forward new program offerings including an RN to MSN Nursing Administration and the post-Masters certificate program, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practitioner.

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In the RN to MSN Nursing Administration program, nurses holding an Associate Degree in Nursing can proceed to a Master’s in Nursing Administration, bypassing a baccalaureate degree.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Practitioner Post Masters Certificate Program is an ideal program for Nurse Practitioners who want to retool themselves and specialize in mental health, an area of tremendous growth, need and career opportunity in healthcare.

Waivers for FNP, MSN

Other changes in place this Fall at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences include the waiver of the one-year work experience admission requirement for the Family Nurse Practitioner and MSN Nursing Administration programs. This is waived for recent BSN graduates to allow them continue on to Graduate School right after baccalaureate degree completion.

New Student Resources

Some new resources for students this Fall include the availability of U.S. Department of Ed stipends, based on academic grades and merit, for students in the Family Nurse Practitioner program.

Would You Like to Tutor?

If you are qualified and preferably a nursing major, the Canseco School of Nursing is seeking student tutors. If interested, visit the Dean’s office.

Degrees Offered

The College is home to degrees in the following undergraduate, graduate and certificate areas:

Undergraduate Degrees:

Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Communication Disorders; BS with major in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science; BS with a major in Kinesiology with a concentration in Health & Fitness; BS with a major in Kinesiology with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy; BS in Nursing; BS in Nursing (RN to BSN), and BS in Public Health.

Graduate Programs:

Master’s of Science (MS) in Nursing – Family Nursing Practitioner (MSN-FNP) online; MS in Nursing – Nursing Administration (MSN-NADM) online and RN-MSN Nursing Administration online.

Certificate Programs:

Post-Masters Certificate Program in Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner online.

University College

You might say that TAMIU students this Fall have a real “ACE” up their sleeves…that is the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). ACE provides TAMIU students with FREE academic support services focused on the development of critical study skills and learning strategies necessary for a successful academic experience.

This Fall will bring a host of new or expanded ACE services, all aimed at providing academic resources that empower and inspire all students to excel. ACE is also home to the University Honors Program and Undergraduate Research Program.

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The Common Read

“Failing Up” continues to be the University’s Common Read, known as Reading the Globe. It is considered the Anchor Text to help students establish who they are, what they want, and where they are going. The purpose of the Common Read is to act as an anchor and ensure students recognize their vision, stabilize their goals and build confidence amidst adversities. Most Importantly, it aims to help participants develop resilience as you navigate the next four years.

ACE Innovations this Fall

  • The ACE Transition Program is for students who do not need to take UNIV classes. It helps ensure first-time students are fully oriented to TAMIU academic resources such as the My Aspiration Plan (MAP) so they can experience a smooth transition to TAMIU and continue their education.
  • The ACE Priority Program is designed for students who may need extra attention and time with tutors at ACE-Academic Support. ACE Priority students can book their tutors as far in advance as one month. The goal is to ensure students never miss out on a preferred tutor or subject area of high need.
  • ACE Student Resources is a new tab on the ACE website created to improve study contents and study habits for students to advance in their learning. Resources are created in consultation with the faculty to align with course expectations.

Service Hours, Schedule Expanded

In order to better deliver needed services to students, this Fall, service hours have been expanded. ACE–Advising & Retention is now open six days a week. Hours of operation are: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Likewise, ACE-Academic Support is open seven days a week! Both services provide online advising and tutoring as well as walk-ins. The goal is to make advising and tutoring as accessible to students as possible. If you need us, we’ll be there for you!

Global, Cloud-Based Appointments Available

TutorTrac, the software that powers student appointments for tutoring, is now Cloud-based. This enables students here and everywhere to make an appointment with tutors…no matter where in the world TAMIU students are.

Mentoring/Tutoring Opportunities

Mentors are now an essential part of both UNIV 1201 and 1301 (Signature Course). Their role is to facilitate the instructor in engaging freshmen during class time. Additional mentor meetings outside of class time are no longer required but available for those who wish to have additional one-to-one support. This allows students more time to develop a sense of belonging outside of class. We want students to take charge of their education from Day One, so instructors facilitate an engaging discussion through case-studies rather than a one-way lecture. The mentoring program supports all freshmen, encouraging a learning community within and outside of class.

University Honors & Undergraduate Research Program Offer Research Opps.

Full-time students with a 3.2 GPA are encouraged to apply to the University Honors Program. Selected Honors students may be eligible for the D. D. Hachar Scholarship. Honors students work with faculty within their field of study to develop research skills. Honors students can also develop their leadership acumen by earning Trailblazer leadership badges. The Honors Program is tightly focused on providing students and faculty an opportunity to collaborate closely on research and publication. Find out more about University Honors and the Undergraduate Research Program.

ACE Study Resources for College/School Students

New ACE Study Resources provide an outline to help TAMIU students prepare for classes and complete course assignments. These resources are TAMIU faculty-approved and target important skills and knowledge vital to class success.

Be sure to make an appointment with ACE Tutors to affirm your understanding of these Study Resources and ACE your way toward TAMIU success and graduation!

The Graduate School

TAMIU graduate students must practice discipline and time management as many hold full-time jobs as well as family responsibilities while they pursue their graduate degree. TAMIU provides focused help and resources to help students achieve the life-school balance needed to succeed.

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ARC Program Offers Free Help

That’s why TAMIU’s Graduate School has stepped up with academic support and outreach efforts like the Advanced Research and Curriculum (ARC) Program, which provides graduate students with their own dedicated writing consultant, free of charge.

ARC supports graduate-level writing both within courses and for theses. It helps all graduate students develop into more advanced, productive, and professional writers. Free individual- and small-group tutoring sessions, online assistance, peer review/writing sessions, writing and professional workshops, and thesis and dissertation (MA, MS, and PhD) formatting and feedback sessions targeting the TAMIU graduate student are offered.

ARC provides guidance with the writing process such as idea development, revision, and editing and refreshers on sentence mechanics and grammar. Students can discuss their research processes, incorporate scholarly sources into their writing, brainstorm research questions, collaborate with experienced writers who share their academic goals, and organize their ongoing thesis writing.

Additional ARC Services

Other ARC services include graduate tutoring sessions, thesis and dissertation support sessions, online assistance, writing and professional workshops, and writing review services. Supportive spaces for study or writing are also available.

A dedicated Thesis Support Group also brings graduate students at various thesis/dissertation writing stages and subject areas together for guided proofreading, peer review or opportunities to share their experience with other graduate students.

ARC’s focused graduate student assistance is part of a suite of services emanating from a $2.9 million ARC Program grant. It is especially dedicated to advancing opportunities for Hispanic students seeking TAMIU graduate degrees through the Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.

Services Schedules

Services are available in the Graduate Student Academic Success Center, located in Anthony J. and Georgia A. Pellegrino Hall, Suite 203. Office hours are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. After-hours sessions can also be scheduled in advance.

For additional information, email writingconsultant@tamiu.edu, visit online at https://www.tamiu.edu/cees/arc/pages/consultation, or call 956.326.2477.

And Don't Forget...

Continuing Education

TAMIU’s Office of Continuing Education (CE) provides opportunities for certificates, test prep, and enrichment through courses offered by learning partners. Courses can offer the chance to start a new career or add new skills to one’s professional toolbox.

CE courses can empower individuals, organizations and communities to enhance careers, lives, and social development and provide quality, value-added, solutions-based programs that fulfill the needs of learners.

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To expand the University’s reach throughout the world, CE creates accessible and innovative lifelong learning opportunities to support individual, organizational and community development through educational programming, consulting and applied research.

CE also provides youth outreach and education through its Dusty’s Junior University Summer Camp as well as prep/enrichment classes for students. CE also shares knowledge and resources to support pre-K–12 students across Texas.

The Continuing Education staff is dedicated to helping our community meet and exceed professional and personal enrichment goals! For more information, contact Susan Foster, director, at mary.foster@tamiu.edu or call 956.326.2765.

The Julieta and Frank Staggs Academy of International and STEM Studies

The Staggs Academy provides a rigorous program for highly motivated high school students to take University classes starting their junior year. The Academy offers free tuition, fees, books, and a supportive staff to help guide students through the University process.

The next Academy information session is scheduled Saturday, September 24, at 10 a.m. in the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, room 116. Sign up for more information. Here is a campus map.

For more, visit www.tamiu.edu/coas/theacademy/ phone 956.326.2860, or email academy@tamiu.edu

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