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WOUWOU Program Wins Award

From a WOU News Release
Western Oregon University’s Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies (MAIS) has won the 2013 University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) West Region Outstanding Credit Program Award, which recognizes outstanding professional and continuing education programs allowing students to earn academic credit. The award will be presented at the UPCEA West Region Conference in Tucson, Ariz. on Oct. 3.
“External recognition from an organization like UPCEA is a powerful tribute to the work we do here at WOU in the MAIS. We are deeply honored and humbled to have received such an award,” said Dr. Elisa Maroney, coordinator of the MAIS program and president of the Commission on Collegiate Interpreter Education.
The MAIS program provides interpreters and interpreter educators advanced scholarship that focuses on theoretical, practical, and teaching applications to advance the standards and leadership of the interpreting profession via research, rigorous study and practice. The goals of this program are to provide professional interpreters with the opportunity for growth and development beyond the undergraduate level and to participate in observation, practice, and supervision; to add to a growing body of research on interpreting and interpreter education, and to develop highly qualified interpreter educators and leaders in the field of interpreting.
Within the program, interpreting professionals will take courses primarily online to enhance their experience and knowledge. These professionals will be uniquely skilled in helping students understand interpreting as a practice profession, educate the next generation on self evaluation and continued growth, and will be committed to seeing quality research to advance the profession. Professionals exit this program with excellent leadership skills to take the field to the next level.
The field of interpreting and interpreter education is young and the literature is sparse. One of the most exciting results of the MAIS is the body of scholarship that has already been completed and published on the Digital Commons @ WOU. There are currently nine masters theses and two professional projects available for download. The 11 projects have been downloaded more than 1,600 times since the first one was published January 2013. This indicates a high degree of interest and need for scholarship in interpreting and interpreter education.

UCSD Cancer Center Free ASL Interpreter Oncology Training Program

The ASL Interpreter Oncology Training Program at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center is providing oncology training for ASL interpreters to improve the Deaf community’s access to health information and care.
The program consists of 13 cancer education modules offered in written English and ASL. There will be about 200 oncology terms explained in ASL with example sentences, so that participants may get a better understanding of how the terms are used. The program is all online, and requires only a few hours each month over about a year’s time. It’s free while UCSD is evaluating it. The first five participants from each state to complete the program will receive a $100 thank you.
Participants can request CEUs through a sponsor of their choice.
To apply for the program, you must download three documents from UCSD’s website, found under “Forms to be completed PRIOR to starting the program”
Once UCSD receives your paperwork, they will send out log in information. Please note that all paperwork must be filled out, printed and mailed to UCSD, at the address below.
A Facebook group, “ASL Oncology Training Program for Interpreters,” has been set up for those who want to be updated on the program’s progress. It is also a great way for interpreters to connect with others who are in the program.
Questions? Contact UCSD for further information:
UCSD Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive MC 0850
La Jolla, CA 92093
VP: 858-768-0438