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Metro Atlanta Chamber Membership Sybille McCormick
AAIT is excited to announce that our association now has a membership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MAC). As a member of AAIT you can benefit from this membership in many ways, including attending informative and useful educational and networking events, special offers and discounts on products and services, and access to an online membership directory.
The Metro Atlanta Chamber is one of Atlanta’s largest business organizations, with 4,000 members and 100+ educational and networking events every year, including monthly orientations, monthly receptions at major corporate sites throughout Atlanta, and great workshops.
The MAC has a Global Commerce division that focuses on international trade in the Atlanta area. The Chamber works to grow the region’s global reach by attracting companies from around the world. Our region already has 2,800 foreign-owned facilities and more than 65 countries represented by consulates, trade offices or bilateral chambers of commerce.
Here is a link to the Metro Atlanta Chamber website, where you can access the MAC calendar of events and news related to global commerce.
We hope you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!
Sybille McCormick, AAIT Public Relations Committee Co-Chair
Interpreters Take Boot Camp to Prepare for Federal Oral Interpreter Exam! Maria Ceballos-Wallis, Chair of Education CommitteeAAIT’s Education Committee hosted Alfonso Villaseñor, Conference Interpreter and USCCI earlier this month (July 13-14, 2013), for a 2-day intensive skills-building workshop intended to maximize interpreter performance during the 2013 Federal Oral Certification Exam.Over two days, nine Spanish interpreters from Georgia, Tennessee, Idaho and New Jersey were subjected to multiple rounds of rigorous simultaneous and consecutive interpretation and sight translation. The workshop was held at DeKalb County’s Clark Harris Building in Decatur, GA.Using professional interpreting sound equipment in a lab setting, the instructor recorded segments of each participant’s rendition, playing them back for the class. Each practice session was followed by comprehensive, individualized critiques and analysis culminating in constructive feedback identifying appropriate corrective action and offering targeted direction on how to capitalize on existing strengths. Participants learned as much from the reviews of their own renditions as they did from those of the other students.The instructor gave effective and practical guidance to students on working with difficult material in stressful situations. Simple but effective advice for all modes of interpretation included:· mind your pauses and change inflection when appropriate;· don’t self-edit;· when in doubt, “breathe”;· be deliberate and assertive in the presentation of your rendition;· consider how much (oral or visual) décalage you actually need to feel in control of your rendition.According to the feedback received, the participants considered this training not only useful and timely preparation for the Oral Federal Interpreting exam, but as valuable skill-building and continuing education.As a result, the Education Committee is considering hosting additional workshops of this kind, including a language-neutral skill-building seminar for legal, educational and medical interpreters on September 30, 2013 and a conference interpreting workshop in the spring of 2014.For additional information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for Presenters PR Committee
Calling for Presenters!
Do you have some interesting, practical or unique knowledge and guidance that you would like to share with members of the T&I community from across the Atlanta area?
AAIT is looking for presenters for our regularly scheduled networking events as well as for educational events.
Benefits for presenting at these events include:
· Acquiring experience with public speaking and presentations
· Recognition by your colleagues
· Great preparation for presenting at conferences on the national level (ATA Conference)
· Bring your know-how to the forefront for interesting discussions with AAIT members, interpreters and translators, local educators, students and colleagues!
We invite you to share your knowledge with our group! If interested, please email us at email@example.com and provide us with the following information:
Abstract - 250 words or less
Your contact information
Slate and Ballot for 2013 AAIT Elections
The Nomination Committee, Amanda Williams (Chair),Cecilia Santamarina and Claudia Mendez Porter, hereby presents to the Membership the following slate of candidates for the 2013-2014 election to the Board of Directors:
Who are the candidates?
- Mary Maloof
- Eva De Vallescar
- Celina Gonzalez Posse
- Sybille McCormick
- Joab Eichenberg-Eilon
- Maria E Ceballos-Wallis
How do I vote?
You must submit your electronic vote via e-mail to:
How can I find out more about each candidate?
Bios and pictures of each candidate are attached.
Voting: Ballots received between December 30th and January 20th, 2013 will be tallied to complete the election process to the AAIT Board of Directors. No proxy will be accepted in this process.
How many candidates can I vote for?
Please vote for as many candidates as you wish.
Results of the Election: Results of the election will be announced via email and be made official during the AAIT Annual banquet.
Please cast your vote online as early as possible since the deadline is (Monday) January 20th, 2013.
Thank you for your support of AAIT and being an AAIT Member!
2013 AAIT Elections Amanda Williams
Bridges Summer 2013 edition
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AAIT 2012 Elections - Cast Your Ballot!
Dear AAIT members:
Please cast your vote by sending your ballot to the below e-mail address ASAP.
Thank you for your support of AAIT and being an AAIT member!
Voting Deadline: 6:00 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2012
Submit your electronic vote to:
AAIT Elections for 2012 Mary Maloof
Dear AAIT Members,
As Members of the Atlanta Association of Interpreters and Translators
(AAIT), you are invited to make nominations to elect directors to serve on
the Board for a two-year term. We appreciate your support in this
important endeavor. For more information and a nomination form, please
see the attached documents.
Spring 2011 Bridges
AAIT's Spring 2011 edition of Bridges is now available!
Translators and Translation Cecillia Santamarina
June 5, 2006
What is an Interpreter? Rosa Burkard
April 2, 2006
Bridges, the newsletter of AAIT, provides information about activities and announcements regarding seminars, workshops, training and other educational opportunities. This promotes continued professional growth and helps members stay abreast of ongoing issues in the profession. Social networking meetings encourage fun while expanding a member’s circle of colleagues.
Bridges is published quarterly. As a news forum for you, our members, we welcome the exchange of ideas, pertinent information and questions that promote the interaction of the interpreter/translator community.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please send them to Mary Maloof.