Student & Novice Interpreter Network (SNIN)

4th Annual Student & Novice Interpreter Network Conference

March 27-28, 2014

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Thursday March 27 | 5:00pm-9:00pm

Reception with a welcome from the Interpreting Club at Northeastern University
Dennis Cokely | Brief history of ASL-English interpreting in the USA
Panel Guests: Nkiki Akunwafor | Bruce Bucci | Patrick Graybill | Edgar Herrera | Marlene Hostovsky | Ivy Velez | Facilitated by Rachel Benedict.

Friday March 28 | 9:00am-12:00pm
Classifiers, Use of Space, and Cultural Equivalence for Future Medical Interpreters
Presented by Jim Lipsky, CDI

This interactive workshop is intended for ASL interpreting students and novice interpreters who aspire to work in the medical field and wish to gain a better understanding of classifiers and use of space as it relates to human anatomy. The presenter will provide participants with an overview of commonly used anatomical classifiers and various ailments as they relate to what happens to the body. Participants will identify the linguistic parameters (handshape, palm orientation, movement, and location) for each classifier, and practice using them appropriately with corresponding non-manual markers.

Participants will also learn strategies for appropriate cultural mediation in medical settings. The presenter will provide sample ASL vocabulary and participants will discuss English semantic equivalents that incorporate appropriate cultural mediation. The workshop will include small and large group hands on activities.

Friday March 28 | 12:15pm-2:15pm (unless otherwise noted)
Discussion Groups (you will be asked to select one)

Betty Colonomos | 1:15-2:00 My Loving Deaf Mom | “In honor of my mom’s 88th birthday in April, I would like to share some of the fondest memories I have of the things she did for me. My mom, Hilda, is an incredible woman whose life was hard. The stories of her unselfish, loving acts are offered for you to enjoy and reflect on your own parents’ expressions of love.” – Betty This presentation is open to the public and is freeIt is recommended for Deaf participants and those who are native ASL users.

Kristie Medeiros | Deaf mentor will work with you on how to modulate signs and facial grammar to clearly convey mood, intent and emotions! Using modes of transportation as an anchor (biking, driving, etc.), participants will explore the use of facial adjectives and adverbs, pluralization, duration and temporal aspect to convey variations in the speaker s mood, intent and emotions.

Dawn Whitcher | Meet the President of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf to learn more about what RID membership means and how you can play an active role in shaping the future of our profession.

Friday March 28 | 2:30pm-4:30pm
Stepping Into the Working Professional Space; Establishing Good Business and Fiscal Systems
Presented by Matt Etemad-Gilbertson, CI & CT

This interactive workshop will allow participants insights into the business and fiscal aspects of working as a newer interpreter.   Our “fiscal fitness” is an important aspect of emergence into the field of interpreting and is laden with potential pitfalls.  Carefully choreographed systems can set us on the right path.  That path should include:  Payment of taxes, timely billing, mentorship in the business aspects of our work, consideration of the types and amount of work, relationship with an accountant, and more.  From the large canvass to the up close detail level, all careers take planning.   This is especially true when moving from the student space into the professional space. Participants will be more ready to tackle the challenges of stepping into the profession after this informative workshop.


17th Annual George W. Veditz ASL Festival | Friday evening performance and Saturday Workshops

For cost of different events, please see registration form.

17th Annual George W. Veditz ASL Festival
Friday March 28 | 7:00pm-10:00pm
The SNIN Conference is followed immediately by the 17th Annual George W. Veditz ASL Festival also at Northeastern University. You may purchase tickets for Friday evening’s performance and register for Saturday’s workshops ONLINE.

Saturday March 29 | 9:00am-5:00pm
Four concurrent workshops. Please select one when registering.

  1. Semantics with Dennis Cokely and Patrick Graybill
  2. Storytelling/Classifiers with Mr. Shineyhead
  3. Sports Signs with David Del Pizzo and Michael Schlang
  4. Looking Forward…Remembering our Roots with Betty Colonomos.

Additional information is available on the ASL Festival website.


Discounted rates are available for SNIN and ASL Festival guests at a nearby hotel. Learn more…

  • Contact

    Regional Interpreter Education Center
    American Sign Language Program
    405 Meserve Hall
    Northeastern University
    Boston, MA 02115
    617-373-8262 voice
    857.366.4195 VP and voice
    617-373-3065 fax

    Northeastern University Regional Interpreter Education Center