|Mount Aloysius Announces First Student-Run Interpreting Conference||04/11/2013|
CRESSON, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College will launch its first Biennial Students of Interpreting Conference. The two-day event is slated for Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14th on the beautiful 193-acre Mount Aloysius College Campus. Participants of the event will participate in workshops on such diverse topics as: Religious Interpreting; American Sign Language (ASL) Body Movements; Demand/Control Schema; Educational Interpreting; Theater Interpreting and Tactile Interpreting.
Ms. Kierstin Muroski, program coordinator for the MAC department of ASL/English Interpreting notes that the conference is geared for both students of interpreting and professional working interpreters. Registration for the two-day event costs $50 and includes two breakfasts and lunch. Continuing Education Units from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf will be offered to participants.
The American Sign Language/English Interpreting program at Mount Aloysius College is aimed at exploring the challenges and rewards of being able to communicate within two different cultures and languages. The college offers small classes, an active student-run club, and the uniqueness of the major translates into a cadre of students who work closely with one another and develop strong supportive relationships. While learning about the culture of deaf people, students in this major are dedicated to social justice issues while delighting in their abilities to interact with deaf individuals and participate in various deaf events.
The Mount Aloysius Conference starts Saturday, April 13th with Registration from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. From 8:30 until 9:00 a.m., Keynote Speaker Paul Richard McGann gets the event underway. From 9:15 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., discussions entitled, “Religious Interpreting in a Christian Church Setting” and “Introduction and Sample Application of the Demand/Control Schema” will take place in adjoining Cosgrave meeting rooms.
After lunch on Saturday, the schedule resumes with discussions scheduled for 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. entitled, “Everything You Want To Know about PARID and RID,” and “FREE Resources for Educational Interpreters in Pennsylvania” taking place concurrently in adjoining Cosgrave meeting areas.
The second Saturday afternoon session runs from 2:10 p.m. until 3:40 p.m. when “Insights into Tactile Interpreting Part 1” takes place followed by “Insights into Tactile Interpreting Part 2” scheduled for 3:45 until 5:15 p.m.
Saturday evening, participants can tour the beautiful Mount Aloysius College campus from 5:30 until 6:00 p.m., then get ready for an Open Mic Night from 6:00 until 10:00 p.m. in the Cosgrave Meeting Room Complex.
Registration for Sunday’s events begins at 8:00 a.m. There is a full breakfast until 9:00 a.m. The morning sessions starts at 9:00 a.m. with “The Basics of Theatre” which runs until noon, or “Nicaraguan Sign Language Projects, Inc. – How the knowing of another world helps us know our own” which concludes at 11:30 a.m. and “Economizing your ASL, How: Body Movement and Mouthings,” also concluding at 11:30 a.m. the sessions run simultaneously in the Cosgrave Meeting Room complex
Maryjean Shahen, is a American Sign Language instructor at the University of Pittsburgh and is an adjunct instructor/interpreting team as a mentor at the Community College of Allegheny County. She holds a professional level certification from the America Sign Language Teacher Association. Ms. Shahen was a special education teacher and counselor with deaf children with disabilities such as deaf/blind, autism and deaf students with special needs in the Peace Corps program in Kenya through Kenyan Sign Language. She has also served in New York and Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Gallaudet University and a Master of Science degree from Hofstra University.
Cindi Brown, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University’s Interpreter Training Program in 1998. She has worked in a large variety of settings in her private practice since 1999. For the past 12 years, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PARID) where she serves as president. She has held the positions of corresponding secretary, vice president, and immediate past president.
Ronald Jiu, is an assistant professor of American Sign Language/English Interpreting at Mount Aloysius College. He graduated from Gallaudet University with Master of Arts in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies.
Jane Freeman is an educational consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) working in several areas including: Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Educational Interpreters, Leadership, Assistive Technology and Secondary Transition. Ms. Freeman is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she earned both her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology/Deaf Education and her masters’ degree in Teaching and Curriculum. She also holds a Reading Specialist Certification, Supervisor’s Certification, Council on Education of the Deaf Certification, EIPA, and is licensed in Pennsylvania as a teacher of the hearing impaired. Her professional positions include classroom teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, itinerant teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing (ps-12), program consultant for an intermediate unit’s deaf and hard of hearing program and, most recently, a supervisor of several programs including deaf and hard of hearing with an intermediate unit.
James Howsare is a Nationally Certified Interpreter (NCI) currently employed as a staff interpreter by Sign Language Specialists of Western PA, Inc. He is a former resident of Nicaragua and employee of Nicaraguan Sign Language Projects. Mr. Howsare is a1998 graduate of Mount Aloysius College’s Interpreter Training Program.
Sue Ann Houser, is an educational consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), providing technical assistance to programs serving students who are deaf or hard of hearing, educational interpreters, literacy coaches and reading specialists. She holds a bachelor's degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Arts degree in School Counseling and Guidance from Gallaudet University. While at Gallaudet, she worked as an interpreter for the university. She has been in the field of Deaf Education and interpreting for more than 20 years.
Robin Cooke has worked as a teacher of the deaf and hearing support teacher for over 35 years. She has worked in the public schools as a classroom teacher for hard of hearing students, a sign language tutor and program coordinator in a school for students with hearing loss and additional disabilities, at state schools for the deaf and for the last 23 years as a hearing support teacher with Central Intermediate Unit #10.
Ann Sidone has been a sign language interpreter for over 30 years. She taught ASL and Deaf Culture at Penn State for 20 years, and has been a mentor of educational interpreters through PaTTAN for the last five years.
Nancy M. Kriek, M.A., CI/CT, deaf services specialist, disability resources and services, University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Kriek’s career began in Tucson, Arizona at the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf, where she became a certified interpreter. She worked with the West Virginaia Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to screen the skills of 105 interpreters statewide. In Pittsburgh, she was an adjunct professor at the Community College of Allegheny County; coordinator of the PA Educational Interpreter Training Project (EIPA initiated); supervisor K-12 interpreters for AIU#3, and is a mentor for the Pa. Dept. of Education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from IUP in Rehabilitation Counseling and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Gallaudet University.
Jessica Bentley-Sassaman, has been working in the field of interpreting since 2001 after obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Interpreting for the Deaf from Bloomsburg University. She then attended Gallaudet earning her Master of Arts degree in Linguistics in 2006. She completed her Doctoral Degree in Education in January 2011. Ms. Bentley-Sassaman currently teaches at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania as an assistant professor and is the program coordinator. When not teaching she is a freelance interpreter primarily in legal, governmental, medical, and religious settings in Pennsylvania.
Paul Richard McGann has been involved with the deaf/blind community for several years. He worked as an interpreter/support service provider for deaf/blind consumers back in the early 1970s. He also worked as a teacher’s aide for deaf/blind students. Mr. McGann is a fierce advocate for the promotion of improved services for the deaf/blind community. Prior to retirement, Mr. McGann taught deaf/blind interpreting courses and American Deaf culture courses at the Community College of Alleghany County from 1988 to 2006.
The ASL program at Mount Aloysius College is aimed at exploring the challenges and rewards of being able to communicate with the Deaf Culture. The college offers small classes, an active student-run club, and the uniqueness of the major translates into a cadre of students who work closely with one another and develop strong supportive relationships. As advocates for the Deaf, students in this major are dedicated to social justice issues while enhancing their abilities to interact with the Deaf Culture at deaf-oriented events. When students graduate with a bachelor's degree in ASL, they are prepared to find challenging careers working as interpreters in educational, medical, business, religious, and many other settings.
For additional information about the ASL/English Interpreting major at Mount Aloysius or the Biennial MAC Interpreting Conference, call the College at (814) 886-4131, or visit the conference web site at www.mtaloy.edy/interpreting-conference.