Interpreting Club Biennial Conference

Interpreting Club Biennial Conference

ASL Interpreting Club

6th Biennial Conference Schedule
Workshop Descriptions

Conference Schedule

Saturday, March 29

  • 7:45 - 9:15 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. — Registration
  • 9 - 10 a.m. — Key Note Speaker
  • 10 - 10:30 a.m. — Image Performance
  • 10:30 - 4:30 p.m. — Workshops
  • 12- 1:30 p.m. — Lunch
  • 12-1:30 p.m. — Deaf Author Book Signing
  • 12-1:30 p.m. — Silent Auction
  • 12- 2 p.m. — Agency Fair
  • 7 - 9 p.m. — Performance

Sunday, March 30

  • 8:15 - 9 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. — Workshops

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For twelve years Bloomsburg University's Interpreter Club holds an action-packed conference. This year’s upcoming conference will be held on campus from March 29 to 30, 2014 with many interpreters and students from a variety of locations joining together in excitement to attend.

There will be an array of different events held at this conference, including but not limited to: performers, Deaf authors, interpreter agency fair, and workshops. Most of the workshops taking place will offer free CEU’s.

The Interpreter Club conferences have proven to be a great success each year, do not miss out on such a phenomenal and educational experience!

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Interpreting Club

BU's Interpreting Club provides support to students who are interpreting majors, as well as other majors providing opportunities to become involved in the deaf community while furthering their education through trips, workshops, special events and interacting.

The club seeks to provide hands-on real-life interpreting workshops and training in a supervised environment, providing and allowing the formation on ongoing networking of professional interpreters and student interpreters. We strive to provide awareness among person who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the general hearing public.

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Interpreting Club Officers

  • President: Audrianna L. Osorio
  • Vice President: Dawn Grabowski
  • Secretary: Melissa Hatfield
  • Treasurer: Evalina G. Heckman
  • Public Relations: Tiann-Chen R. Pae
  • Fundraising: Carly M. Casey and Cassidy K. Sangrey

Message from the Executive Board ... We, as the executive board of the Bloomsburg University Interpreter Club, are very excited for our Biennial conference. The Interpreter Club has been established on the sole purpose to provide Bloomsburg University students, as well as other university interpreting students, the opportunity to improve their skills.

In doing so, we seek to offer hands-on workshops to aid in furthering students’ understanding of American Sign Language, interpreting, and Deaf culture. We work diligently in setting up our Conference in hopes to provide a fun and interactive learning experience for all who attend!

Performer - Austin Andrews

Austin Andrews

Also known as Awti, Austin W. Andrews (Certifications: CI, CT, NIC Master, BEI Master) is widely recognized as the Deaf Ninja storyteller. Born into a deaf family and raised in Rochester, New York, Austin has been interpreting professionally since 1997.

After working for over 4 years as the Head Trainer of two different VRS providers, he established Awti Productions, supplying ASL interpretation, workshops, vlogs, and performances.

Having specialized in NIC Interview workshops for 4 years (The NIC Interview: Aim High, now discontinued), Austin has turned his attention toward presenting on an omnipresent yet neglected topic in his new workshop: Bring Your ASL to Life! Intro to Depiction and Personification.

Conference Workshop - ASL Power Variety Show!

Get ready for two hours of next-level ASL entertainment!

First: Feast your eyes on ASL storytelling, poetry, jokes, folklore, fairy tales and improv performed by your very own local ASL community members, featuring Austin Andrews as MC.

Afterward, join Austin in a fast-paced, entertaining, and exciting look at the strength behind our community and identity: ASL Power! For more information on Austin W. Andrews, his workshops, and performances please visit

Conference Performance - Bring Your ASL to Life!

Intro to Depiction and Personification

In this highly interactive yet safe workshop, you will:

  • Observe examples of ASL personification
  • Discuss the effects of ASL personification
  • Examine the implications of incorporating personification in our ASL interpretation - both when it is, and is not, present in the English source
  • Identify key elements which make for effective ASL personification
  • Experiment with ways to construct effective personification in ASL

As mentioned, this workshop is highly interactive yet safe, with a 'No Hot-Seat Guarantee': Come prepared to be an active participant, but rest assured that you will not be forced to 'perform' in front of everyone.

With live presenter demonstrations, plenty of time for questions, and uniquely tailored preparation materials ('the handouts you won't toss'), you'll be on your way to identifying personification, understanding its effects and even knowing when not to use it in your ASL work.

For more information please visit