KSU student tops 51 nationwide vying for Spanish Student Ambassador title

Kat Bundy

The Embassy of Spain has selected Kate Bundy‚ a Spanish education major at Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Jul 1, 2009) — The Embassy of Spain has selected Kate Bundy‚ a Spanish education major at Kennesaw State‚ as its first outstanding Spanish Student Ambassador for her efforts in organizing events to help promote Spanish culture.

Bundy‚ a senior who wants to teach Spanish‚ was selected from among 51 students from universities across the U.S who each won the title of Spanish Student Ambassador at their respective campuses.

Bundy received the top honor from the Embassy of Spain’s Trade Commission during a May ceremony in Boston‚ where she joined 10 other finalists.

“Kate has done an outstanding job promoting the Spanish language and culture on our campus‚” said Robert De Villar‚ director of KSU’s Center for Hispanic Studies‚ and who nominated her. “We are proud of her sterling performance and of the wonderful exposure it has brought to KSU here and abroad.”

The Spanish Embassy launched the first annual Spanish Student Ambassador competition last year as part of its “Study in Spain” initiative to help promote cultural awareness and study abroad in Spain. Candidates are evaluated on motivation‚ leadership skills‚ Spanish fluency and travel in the country.

Bundy has been to Spain twice — six weeks studying abroad and six weeks teaching English and classical piano to a family she met there. A student of Spanish since high school‚ she also studied abroad in Chile. She has discovered ancestral roots in Northern Spain‚ and is planning a trip there this summer to research and explore her family ties.

“I really love Spain‚” said Bundy‚ who submitted detailed reports of her activities‚ all written in Spanish. “I spent my first significant time out of this country in Spain‚ and it really stretched me and opened my eyes culturally.”

In addition to top ambassador honor‚ Bundy was awarded a trophy and a 17−day trip to Spain‚ courtesy of the Trade Commission. Faculty adviser Ernesto Silva‚ a senior fellow at the Center for Hispanic Studies‚ will accompany her on the trip‚ tentatively scheduled for December. They will visit universities and study−abroad program sites throughout Spain.

Working with Silva and DeVillar‚ Bundy orchestrated a series of five monthly events from November 2008 through April 2009‚ which drew nearly 400 students and faculty. She helped generate ideas‚ plan and promote the events‚ and distributed promotional materials supplied by the Spanish Embassy.

The promotional events she orchestrated at KSU included a “Battle of Wits‚” featuring the works of two well known Spanish poets; a Cafe Español with Spanish coffee‚ desserts‚ games and contemporary music videos; a surrealistic film night featuring the Spanish film classic “El Āngel Exterminador‚” and a two−day short−film festival.

“The workload was pretty overwhelming‚” Bundy said. “It was just an amazing experience that’s been good for KSU and for the Spanish Embassy.”


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