Mount Aloysius College Student-Run Interpreting Conference

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This year’s conference, held on April 7-9, 2017, was a major success with hundreds in attendance. Learn more about the conference below, and stay tuned for the 4th Biennial Student-Run Interpreting Conference in 2019.

All professional interpreters as well as students were invited to attend the

Mount Aloysius College

Mount Aloysius Logo3rd Biennial Student-Run Interpreting Conference


Contact Information & Directions

The conference was held on the Mount Aloysius College campus.

7373 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson, PA 16630 – Directions

Questions about registration?

Please contact the student conference committee at, if you have any questions related to this conference. If you have questions about MAC’s ASLEI program, please contact Professor Kierstin Muroski at


$25 for table at expo. Pay for the table online here.


Dack Virnig

Saturday, April 8th
7:00 P.M.
Alumni Hall
Mount Aloysius College

Born and raised in Minnesota, Dack Virnig is the fourth-generation Deaf family. While growing up, he attended Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) and later California School for the Deaf at Fremont (CSDF) and graduated in 2007.  He attended Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and obtained his degree in 2011.

He credits his Mom for his storytelling passion with her numerous of fairy tales and her beautiful signs. This passion lead to his first ASL contest, where he placed first. That is when his imagination suddenly emerged and lead to his involvement with High School dramas, five performances for Rochester Institute of Technology and eventually a deaf movie.

DackCube Entertainment was an outgrowth of his YouTube fan base who encouraged him to inspire the world with how awesome and beautiful ASL can be. Since then Dack has performed at universities, deaf schools and numerous deaf events where he shares his rich experience in ASL.



View the Interpreting Conference schedule here. (PDF)

*Schedule subject to change

Workshop and Presenter Biographies (PDF)

Deaf Gathering

Members of the region’s Deaf community were warmly invited to attend and be a guest of the College’s American Sign Language/English Interpreting department. A nutritious dinner was provided free of charge.

The Mount Aloysius College Deaf Gatherings offer the area’s deaf residents a consistent social opportunity. The idea of a regular social gathering for deaf neighbors has blossomed into a tradition for Mount Aloysius College. These Deaf Gatherings are great opportunities for our students of American Sign Language/English interpreting; the educational exchange is priceless. Experiences like these gatherings are great opportunities to learn about Deaf culture and to gain real experience in communication in a social setting.


For overnight options, view this list of nearby hotels.

Our ASL/English Interpreting Programs

Here at Mount Aloysius College, we offer a nationally accredited baccalaureate program in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. We also offer a minor in American Sign Language. Click here for more information about our ASLEI program.

ASL/English Interpreting Major

American Sign Language Minor

Mission Statement

The aim of this year’s Biennial conference was to advance the profession of American Sign Language-English Interpreting through a platform of information sharing via professional workshops and networking.  The audience of this conference was rich in diversity. Students of interpreting, professional interpreters, interpreting educators and mentors, as well as members of the broader interpreting community gathered to share their perspectives and insights of our profession. The conference was structured to encompass the range of knowledge and information held by students of interpreting to that of professional working interpreters. The Mount Aloysius college ASL/English Interpreting students organized, funded, and launched this event.

Aerial Photo of Mount Aloysius Campus