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Meet the CMLL Staff


Eliza (Lisa) Melendez



Hola amigos! I am the new receptionist for CMLL as of August 2017. I am very happy and proud to have joined the CMLL admin team and to be working amongst such amazing people. A bit of FYI about myself: I was born and raised in Dimmitt, TX, a small town northwest of Lubbock. I have recently moved to Slaton. For the past 11 years, I have lived in the Lubbock area. I grew up speaking primarily Spanish until I attended school. I graduated from Clovis Community College with an Associate's Degree in Graphic Art with honors. Someday I plan to acquire my Bachelor's degree. In my spare time, I like to take my kids fishing. I also enjoy drawing, painting, crocheting, gardening, antique store shopping, and if possible, relaxing at home.

Stephanie Santos

Academic Advisor


Stephanie Santos took the position of Academic Advisor in CMLL on August 1, 2017. Her responsibilities include advising undergraduate majors for the B.A. in Spanish, and minors in Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish; scheduling courses for CMLL, guiding applicants to the Spanish master's and doctoral programs through the application process.

Carla Burrus

Graduate Program Coordinator


Carla Burrus has a new title with the same responsibilities in CMLL which include: advising undergraduate majors for the B.A. in Languages & Cultures and for the minors in ASL, Classics, French, German, Russian and Russian Language Area Studies, and guiding applicants to the Languages and Cultures master's program. She is the coordinator of the International Teaching Assistant program. She is the editor of the CMLL News. In October 2017, Burrus presented, "Advising with a Global Vibe: Learn Another Language and Study Abroad!" as one of three panelists at the 2017 National Conference on Academic Advising (NACADA) in St. Louis, Missouri along with two other panelists from Boston University and Northern Arizona University.

Despedida Shelly Whitelonis

Shelly Whitelonis finished her tenure at Texas Tech as academic advisor on July 27, 2017. Shelly brought a lot of energy and good spirit to the advising position. Our best to Shelly!