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Spanish Faculty Members

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Sandra Mercado

Spanish Faculty Sandra Mercado

Sandra Mercado de Lafuente earned a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from Franz Tamayo University, La Paz-Bolivia. She also earned a Master’s degree in Spanish from Bowling Green State University. She held instructor positions at Niagara Univeristy, D’Youville College, and Wayne State College. She has been a professor here at Briar Cliff University since 2017.

Wilfrido Suarez

Spanish Faculty Wilfrido Suarez

Wilfrido Suárez, Ph.D. earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Guadalajara, México. He also earned a diploma in Executive Skills from the Tec de Monterrey campus Guadalajara, México. When he moved to the US, he completed a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Modern Languages and Literatures-Spanish. As a Teaching Assistant, he taught courses in Spanish for Professional Careers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition, he has taught Spanish language, Hispanic literatures, cultures and civilization courses at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Briar Cliff University.

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Melanie Krieps Mergen

“Now that I’m in a graduate program for writing, I’m realizing now more than ever how outstanding the Modern Languages department is,” says Melanie. “My time as an English major at Briar Cliff gave me the foundation I needed to hit the ground running.”

Melanie Krieps Mergen

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