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Alumni: Elliott Brandsma

Focus on Fulbright: Reflections on my first few months in Iceland

by Elliott Brandsma, ’13, B.A, English and Art

Elliott in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

Elliott in Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland

In April 2013, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study Icelandic language and literature at the University of Iceland for the 2013-14 academic year. Securing this prestigious honor marked the beginning of my life-changing journey to one of the most beautiful, unique and awe-inspiring countries in the world. Continue reading

Rising Stars: Dawson Muñoz

Mentor helps Muñoz find
future as Fulbrighter

Dawson Muñoz, right, with his mentor, Pat Pattison

By David King

When Dawson Muñoz was taking classes at South Plains College, he dreamed of a career in international business.

“I said I wanted to be an international entrepreneur,” he recalls.

Six years later — thanks to both his own persistence and some sage guidance from his mentor, Texas State business professor Pat Pattison — he’s there.

Muñoz graduated from Texas State with bachelor of business administration in finance in May. In September, he will begin a 9½-month Fulbright fellowship in Spain, helping teach at a secondary school and working on a research project about small business development. Continue reading

Spotlight: Dawson Muñoz

Texas State senior earns
prestigious Fulbright grant

By David King

When Dawson Muñoz was taking classes at South Plains College, he joined a program called Focus Lubbock.

The program, sponsored by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, is designed to prepare college students in the region for roles in public service and leadership.

One day, all the participants were taken to a gymnasium and told to imagine the floor was a world map and to stand where they expected to work one day.

Virtually everyone in the group — most of them aspiring professionals, many with political ambitions — gathered within the area designated as the United States.

Muñoz started walking. And walking.

“I walked all the way across the gym and I just stood there all by myself,” he recalls. “They went through everybody and asked what they wanted to be. And when they got to me, I said, ‘I want to be an international entrepreneur, and I’m here in Spain conducting international business.’”

Come September, Muñoz will be doing just that. The graduating senior has been awarded a Fulbright grant to work in Spain for 9½ months, helping teach at a secondary school and working on a research project he expects to be related to small business development. Continue reading