Join the Discover Interpreting Ambassador Training
    Posted by: "Tim Mahoney" austincop1
    Date: Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:12 am ((PST))

Dear Colleagues:

We know that during the next decade, large numbers of certified interpreters will become eligible for retirement.  Whether they will choose to retire is unknown.  However, the demand for skilled sign language interpreters continues to increase.  At the same time, we see the number of perspective students entering Interpreter Education Programs across the country dropping.  As a profession, we need to be preparing more individuals to enter the field of interpreting and we need to recruit individuals from under-represented groups and New American communities.   

Listed below is a unique and free training opportunity I would like you to consider joining.  The CATIE Center and its partners in the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC) have created a national initiative to recruit individuals into the field of sign language interpreting.  As a leader in the interpreting field, would you please consider joining one of the training dates listed below?

I hope you will consider becoming an Ambassador to individuals waiting to Discover Interpreting!


Richard Laurion, MA, Project Manager & External Liaison
CATIE Center
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, #4279
St. Paul, MN  55105
651.690.6727 fax

To learn more about interpreting as a career, visit

RSA Grant #H 160A050008-07

The Collaborative for the Advancement of Teaching Interpreting Excellence (CATIE) Center is a member of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers and is funded from 2005 &#8211, 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education RSA CFDA #84.160A and B, Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind.

You are invited!
Discover Interpreting
Training of Ambassadors Online Teleconference

Who: You! You have likely attended a presentation, heard about, are intrigued by, and/or expressed interest in our Discover Interpreting Ambassador Training to recruit prospective interpreters into our profession.  Now, for the next step—training you as an Ambassador to go out there and recruit others!
What: CATIE Region***—Discover Interpreting Training of Ambassadors Online Teleconference
When: You pick!
Date Options and Times (all times set for CST):
o       Thursday, February 25th, 1-3pm CST
o       Thursday, March 11th, 5-7pm CST
o       Thursday, March 18th, 5-7pm CST
Where: On the phone and online. (Upon RSVP confirmation, participants will receive call-in details.)
Technology Required for Online Teleconference: Phone and internet. Presentation Materials will be viewable online during the phone training
CEU’s offered: 0.2 RID CEUs in the category of General Studies will be offered by the Western Region Interpreter Education Center at Western Oregon University, an approved RID CMP and ACET sponsor.
Workshop Fee: None.*
*Training Obligation: In exchange for CEUs at no cost, those participating in this online teleconference will seek out and lead presentation(s) in their community promoting the interpreting profession. Further CEUs available for that.
RSVP by Email: Contact CM Hall at to reserve your date. Please include your RID member number. Confirmation will be sent with more call-in/tech information. Each training is limited to 12 participants.
For questions or information about accessibility: Contact CM Hall at or call 503-689-5462.
For more information about the presentation: Visit
***Prospective Ambassadors from all regions are invited and welcome to participate.
About the Workshop:
Participants will gain a clear understanding of the Discover Interpreting Outreach Presentation and will begin to integrate it into their own Ambassador presentation-style. Participants will apply the Ambassador training materials and extrapolate upon them to match diverse audiences, using their own talents to pitch and recruit potential interpreters. Background in public speaking and comfort addressing diverse audiences welcomed but not required. Participants will complete an evaluation at the conclusion of the presentation. The workshop is at the Intensive/Teaching levels.
About the Presenters:
Richard Laurion, B.A., IC/TC, CI and CT, NIC Advanced, has been interpreting since 1983 and manages federal, state and foundation grants through the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University. Richard has distinguished himself as an interpreter advocate, project coordinator, and grants manager. He has served on state and national RID Boards of Directors, and IEP/IPP advisory committees and was the Chairperson for the MN Commission Serving D/HH People. In 1998, he established SLICES with Paula Gajewski-Mickelson for the purpose of creating educational programs and products for interpreters. He currently manages programs and services for the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University and recently launched a new interpreting business ventures under the URL:
CM Hall, Ed.M., NIC Advanced, is the Project Coordinator of the WRIEC at Western Oregon University. She holds a Bachelors in the ASL/English Interpreting Program from Western Oregon University and prior to that completed Western's one-year interpreter training program. CM holds a Masters in Education from Oregon State University in Higher Education Administration. CM has worked in the K-12 and various post-secondary environments as a staff interpreter, and has considerable experience with platform and Deaf-Blind interpreting. She is a member of RID and is Vice President of her local Oregon chapter, and works as a member of the Discover Interpreting, Linguistic and Cultural Diversity, and Mentoring work teams within the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers. Currently, CM is also the Chair of BLeGIT, RID's LGBT Member Section.

-- Tim Mahoney, IL-I5,T5, NIC-Adv
-- Illinois RID - Egroup, CMP Workshops -

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2. News from UNC-DO IT Center
    Posted by: "Tim Mahoney" austincop1
    Date: Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:56 pm ((PST))

      Distance Opportunities for         Interpreter Training Center


The UNC-DO IT Center offers unique educational programs for ASL-English Interpreters; one baccalaureate degree program and two professional development programs.  All of our programs are designed for distance delivery, with some interspersed summer sessions, for students throughout the United States.  The curricular content of the various programs is built on state-of-the-art research that prepares graduates as certification- and work-ready interpreter practitioners.

UNC-DO IT Center is a RID CEU Sponsor

Leadership & Supervision Certificate Program
Graduate and Undergraduate credit available
INTR 461/561   
Conducting Diagnostic Assessments
Summer Semester 2010
Application deadline: February 15, 2010
The UNC-DO IT Center designed the Leadership & Supervision Certificate Program to prepare individuals for rapidly changing professional environments, such as VRS and education. A first-of-its-kind program, it is delivered to professionals in interpreting who seek new levels of responsibility in their careers, who find themselves serving in leadership roles but needing more preparation, or who enjoy interaction with professional peers discussing cutting edge issues.

INTR 461/561 Conducting Diagnostic Assessments (3 credits)-This course provides supervisors of interpreters, lead interpreters and/or mentors with a common system for conducting skills performance assessments.  The ultimate goal of skills assessment is to guide and facilitate the skill development activities of working interpreters.  The systematic approaches taught in this course are based on miscue/error and feature analysis.  Patterns of errors can be related to language and/or interpreting performance, and then used to determine skill development priorities. The system, tools and resources needed to implement effective diagnostic assessments are the focus of this course.

"I can't begin to measure how much I gained from the Leadership & Supervision Program.  Thank you for offering such a beneficial educational opportunity to interpreters in leadership!"

-Sandy Blue, VA

For more information contact: 
Susan E. Brown
UNC-DO IT Center
1059 Alton Way, Denver, CO 80230

-- Tim Mahoney, IL-I5,T5, NIC-Adv
-- Illinois RID - Egroup, CMP Workshops -

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3. 2010 RID Region V Conference June 16-20, 2010 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Posted by: "IRIDPres" ilridpresident
    Date: Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:50 pm ((PST))

2010 RID Region V Conference
June 16-20, 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah
Early Bird Registration Extended!!

How would you like to stay in the PRESIDENTIAL SUITE during the 2010 Region V Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah? Better yet, how would you like to stay in the PRESIDENTIAL SUITE for free?

Register for the conference by February 28th and you will be entered into a drawing for a four-night stay in the PRESIDENTIAL SUITE! What a "suite" way to attend the conference!

Check out our website now and register online with a credit card:

Registration is currently $210 for RID Members and will increase after the February 28th deadline… don't delay, register today!

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4. Call for Proposals
    Posted by: "IRIDPres" ilridpresident
    Date: Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:51 pm ((PST))

Call for Proposals
2010 RID Region V Conference
June 16-20, 2010
Salt Lake City, Utah

The RID Region V conference committee is currently soliciting presentations for the 2010 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference provides participants opportunities to learn about various topics in the field of interpreting. Proposals may cover a wide spectrum of topics and can include ASL and English linguistics, ethical decision-making, interpreting in specific settings, skill building, culture and more.

To be considered as a presenter at the 2010 RID Region V Conference, the following information will need to be submitted electronically:
1) A complete application form
2) A one-page abstract summarizing the topic of your workshop
3) Resume
4) Completed RID CEU form
5) Workshop abstract presented in ASL

Submit all materials to no later than February 5, 2010. Receipt of electronic proposals will be confirmed within one week of submission.
Proposal documents will be blind reviewed. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by February 26, 2010.

Presenters chosen for the conference will be expected to make presentation materials available to the Interpreter Coordinator by May 10, 2010. In addition, we will request a .jpeg photo file of presenters for the conference program book.


Questions may be directed to program committee co-chairs at

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