Briar Cliff University Students Selected to Present Spanish Research at Conference

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff University Spanish majors Breann Hansen, Arvada, Col., and Sydney Hoffman, McCook Lake, S.D., have been selected to present in the First Annual Spanish Undergraduate Research (SUR) Conference on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the University of South Dakota (USD), Vermillion.

At the event, scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Munster University Center, 26 Spanish undergraduates from seven universities in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Louisiana will use the Spanish language to present their research.

Hansen will discuss her research on the controversy of bullfighting in Spain with her paper titled "Las corridas de toros en España: arte y controversia" (Bullfighting in Spain: art and controversy). Hoffman will compare educational systems in South Dakota and Mexican region of Zacatecas in her research paper titled "Entre Zacatecas y South Dakota: una comparación de sus sistemas educativos."

Also attending the conference will be a large group of BCU students majoring or minoring in Spanish, led by Dr. Carlos Vargas-Salgado, assistant professor of Spanish at Briar Cliff. Hosted by USD’s Spanish Program, the conference is a collaborative effort among the Spanish programs at Briar Cliff University, the University of Sioux Falls and USD.

Briar Cliff University is a Catholic institution with an enrollment of more than 1,100 students from 31 states and 11 countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service. For more information, please visit 

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