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Course Descriptions:
Nish Goicolea Nish Goicolea
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Office: 1419
Phone: 307-382-1798

M.A. Foreign Language and Literature, Univ. of Nevada-Reno, 2005
B.A. Spanish, University of Nevada-Reno, 2002

My name is Ignacia Goicolea, but most people call me "Nish". I was born and raised here in Rock Springs. My father is from northern Spain, in the Basque region. When I was 8 years old my grandfather came from Spain to live with my family which is how I learned Spanish. I have always wanted to teach and travel, therefore this profession is a great fit. I have my BA in Spanish with a minor in Basque Studies, and my MA in Foreign Languages and Literature from the University of Nevada-Reno.

I have traveled to Spain around 15 times (with more trips to follow), I have been to Mexico twice, and several other non-Spanish-speaking countries. I studied abroad during each degree, and know the value of being in a foreign country to learn adaptability, cultural awareness, and immersion. I enjoy learning, traveling, cross country skiing, and cooking when I am not at Western.

Jim Gustafson Jim Gustafson
Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: 1400
Phone: 307-382-1894

Ph.D. Latin American Literature, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007
M.A. Spanish, Purdue University, 1995
B.A. Spanish, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1993

°Hola! I joined the faculty at Western in August 2014, having previously taught Spanish at colleges in Utah and Nebraska. Growing up, I lived in many places throughout the U.S. because my father was in the military, so I donít feel like I am "from" anywhere in particular.

For as long as I can remember, I have had a love of languages and other cultures. I studied several languages in high school, and eventually went on to get my BA, MA, and PHD in Spanish.

In addition to studying Spanish in school, I lived in Costa Rica for one semester and I have spent several summers in Spain. I have also traveled extensively in South America. But, Mexico is the Spanish-speaking country that I am most familiar with. I lived in Mexico City for four years, teaching English and working at the U.S. Embassy, but mostly just having a lot of fun!

I feel fortunate to have a job I love that allows me to share my passion for language. If you are taking Spanish, considering it, or just want to chat, please feel free to stop by my office anytime!

For more information, contact Jim Gustafson at (307) 382-1894 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181