South Dakota ASL Immersion

South Dakota ASL Immersion

July 22-24, 2014

Augustana College Madsen Center

The 2014 South Dakota ASL Immersion event July 22-24, 2014, provides biennial training and development to both professional and pre-professional sign language interpreters in an ASL environment.

Registration for this event is now open..


The Schedule for the event — Last updated 1-2-14.

Presenter & Workshop Summaries

2014 ASL Immersion Presenter

We proudly announce the  2014 South Dakota ASL Immersion presenter. 

Pamela MoersPamela Moers has worked with American Sign Language for 28 years, beginning her career with early ASL linguist and poet, Clayton Valli, as her mentor. Since then, all her jobs and studies have included the use of language in various ways, earning her degrees in English, Education, and Theater. Her current areas of focus include ASL-English translation, the pragmatics of language use, prosody of language, semantic variations and discourse features.

Moers taught English in Arizona and Minnesota for 9 years before returning to school at the University of Colorado, Boulder, studying Linguistics, focusing on discourse analysis and language processing. She currently resides within view of the mountains with her husband, children and two outdoor-loving dogs — and looks forward to returning to South Dakota!

Workshop Summaries


A variety of highly qualified Deaf mentors will be working with participants in a 2:1 ratio throughout the entirety of the immersion. The team will work together to select various locations throughout the Sioux Falls area to serve as the authentic learning environment for that day. Mentors will challenge the "mentees" to use various signing techniques to describe scenes, clothing, events, etc. This is a fun and exciting way to experience sign language.


The South Dakota ASL Immersion is designed to provide a rich signing environment to any and all sign language interpreters and students of the profession. This exciting event is an immersion experience not soon forgotten! All participants, presenters and mentors communicate using American Sign Language throughout the entirety of this event. Participants must have a moderately proficient level of communication in ASL. This requirement roughly equates to being a junior in an interpreter training program or having completed ASL IV or above.


The $150 registration fee includes all educational experiences, meals, breaks, housing, materials, evening activities and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) continuing education units (CEUs). The pricing is set, regardless of your housing preference. The deadline to register is Sunday, July 13, 2014, and registration is now open.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to Friday, June 6, 2014, will be refunded in full. From June 6-20, 2014, requested cancellations will be refunded at 50%. No cancellations will be refunded after Friday, June 20, 2014.


Overnight accommodations are available on campus in Stavig Hall. Although the cost for lodging is built into the registration fee, we do need to know the total number of rooms to reserve. Please complete the registration housing accommodation information. Each room is supplied with linens and toiletries. If dorm life is not your preference, a variety of area hotels are available at


CMP ACET logosThe DO-IT Center is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This program is offered for a total of 2.1 CEUs in both GS and PS at the little/none Content Knowledge Level.

Contact Us

If you have questions or need further information about the conference, please contact us.

  • Christa Gunderson
    605.274.4628 (W)
    605.261.7840 (C)
  • Marlee Dyce
    605.274.4629 (W)
    605.261.2868 (C)
  • Augustana College, Education Department
    2001 S. Summit Avenue
    Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Augustana College strives to ensure there is accessibility to activities and programs for people with disabilities. If you require ADA accommodations, please contact Christa Gunderson at least two weeks prior to the conference.