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OCTOBER MODEL RAM: Gustavo Manny Campos

September 14, 2018

Degrees: Bachelors’ Degree in Government / Minor in History (2008); Masters’ Degree Public Administration (2010)

Please give us a little bit of your background, your hobbies, what you like to do you in your spare time, etc.  

When I’m not teaching, I am a musician. I have been playing in a band here in San Angelo for 15 years. We play blues, classic rock, soul music. A goal of mine is to visit every single Texas state park. It’s on my Bucket List. I enjoy hiking and fishing, and so far I’ve visited 5 state parks: Mustang Island, Big Bend, to name a few.

What is your current occupation?

I am a Political Science Instructor here at Angelo State.

While at ASU were you involved in any organizations or teams, and what was your role?

Various community efforts, organizing efforts for the 2010 census while obtaining my Masters degree. I was also an Intern at Washington D.C. for US Congressman District 23.

In what ways did ASU help you to achieve your goals after graduation?  

ASU is a family, and professors and faculty and staff know your name. You’re not just a number. They give you a sense of community, which is very unique about San Angelo. Large enough to give big city vibes, but ASU is small enough to make you not feel like just a number.

What skills did you take away from ASU?

The skill to network, to speak in front of others, my interpersonal skills. Efforts here brought me out of shell for sure.

Were there any faculty or staff that made a difference for you during your time at ASU?  

Absolutely. Dr. Ken Stewart and Dr. Casey Jones. I almost didn’t graduate, and they helped get me back in and gave me a lot of tough love.

What is one of your fondest memories of ASU?

Graduating with my Masters degree. Both graduations were special, but as a first generation student, everyone was surprised that I even obtained a degree. You do it for those who love you. It’s such a great way to close your time here.

Can you please provide a quote about your experience at ASU/what ASU means to you?

Always give back to the next generation. Never forget your roots. And that’s the spirit of the Ram fam.