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St. Kate's sends presenters, panelists and volunteers to national American Sign Language interpreting convention

Assistant Professor Paula Gajewski Mickelson co-presents with alumna Quincy Craft Faber '09 at the convention in North Carolina.
Assistant Professor Paula Gajewski Mickelson co-presents with alumna Quincy Craft Faber '09 at the convention in North Carolina.
Photo courtesy of CIT.

St. Catherine University students, alumnae, faculty and staff contributed broadly to the 19th National Convention of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT), held Oct. 17-20, 2012, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Representatives from the ASL (American Sign Language) and Interpreting department served in many roles, ranging from presenters and panelists to committee members and support staff.

Associate Professor Jimmy Beldon gave two presentations entitled "Preview of New Curriculum for Deaf Interpreters," and "Becoming HEARING: ASL/English Interpreters and Deaf – World Cultural Competence." Patty Gordon, an adjunct faculty member at St. Kate's, gave a separate presentation on "Training Interpreters in the Public Schools: The TIPS Approach."

Alumna Quincy Craft Faber '09, co-presented "Developing Ethical Competencies: 'Training' Interpreters to be Ethically Fit," with Assistant Professor Paula Gajewski Mickelson. She began her research on the subject with Gajewski Mickelson, the chair of the ASL and Interpreting Department, while she was a student in the Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP) at St. Kate's.

Laurie Swabey, professor and project director for the CATIE Center, with her co-editor, facilitated a panel discussion with authors who contributed to her book, In Our Hands: Educating Healthcare Interpreters (Gallaudet University Press, 2012). Faber also participated as a member of this panel presentation, discussing the chapter she co-authored with Swabey.

While many representatives from St. Kate's participated as presenters and panelists, students, alumnae and faculty also offered their services on the floor. Carly Fishbeck '13, a senior interpreting major at St. Kate's, served as Conference Support Staff as a student volunteer. On top of other roles they had during the conference, Beldon coordinated interpreting services throughout the event and Faber worked on the conference interpreting team.

"I am so proud of St. Kate's presence at the CIT conference," said Gajewski Mickelson. "It is exciting to see the impression St. Kate's faculty, staff, alumnae and students are making on the field of interpreter education."

St. Kate's was also represented among CIT leadership, with faculty and staff serving in leadership positions on boards and committees. Bridget Sabatke '05, administrative assistant for the ASL and Interpreting department, served as the chair of the conference AV Committee, and Gajewski Mickelson served as the co-chair of the Registration Committee.

Richard Laurion, director of operations and programming for the CATIE Center and an adjunct faculty member at St. Kate's, also currently serves as the treasurer on the CIT Board of Directors.

Oct. 29, 2012 by Melissa Kaelin

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