S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 N E W S L E T T E R WWW. U S D . E D U / L A N G UA G E S U N I V E R S I T Y O F S O U T H D A K O TA MODERN LANGUAGES LINGUISTICS O n March 25, 2018 the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics partnered with the College of Arts & Sciences, the Center for Diversity and the Center for Teaching & Learning to bring the sixth annual SUR Ultra Plus Conference to USD. We are happy to report that approximately 180 people attended the conference, including our undergrads, parents, faculty from other departments and community members. Eighty students from USD, SDSU, Briar Cliff University, Minnesota State – Mankato, Buena Vista University and Nebraska Wesleyan University shared their undergraduate research and experiences in target languages. We were impressed with the quality of the presentations, the enthusiasm of the students and how well they represented their institutions. This year we included poster presentations from students in Spanish 102. It was very enjoyable to converse with the students and learn about their knowledge and experiences that resulted in their poster presentations. Approximately 85 people attended the lecture given by keynote speaker Brenda Romero. Romero, professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, shared her experiences and knowledge during her presentation “Music & Dance as Semiotic Signifiers of Coloniality of Power,” and entertained the group with some musical selections. USD hosts 6 th Annual SUR Ultra Plus Conference