First MICATA Symposium in Oklahoma at SNU

Southern Nazarene University will host back-to-back conferences for foreign language interpreters and translators March 28 and 29. The March 28 conference is titled “Bilingual and Beyond: Improving Agencies’ and Individuals’ 2nd Language Abilities” and is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma City Police Department, Communication Service for the Deaf, Southwest Center for Public Health Preparedness and Policework.com. The conference will focus on issues of second language interpretation faced by agencies and persons who provide interpreting services in medical, emergency and first-responder situations.

Saturday, March 29, Southern Nazarene University will host the 2008 Annual Education Symposium of the Mid-American Chapter of the American Translators Association (MICATA). This event will bring professional translators and interpreters from Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Honing Your Skills: Working as a Translator/Interpreter.” The symposium will offer conferences of interest to persons who want to explore career options in translation and interpreting, as well as enrichment sessions for new and experienced translators and interpreters.

This is the first time that MICATA has held its annual symposium in Oklahoma. The symposium is a unique opportunity for Oklahoma based translators and interpreters to attend a professional conference without having to travel to another state. It is also a great opportunity for college students to explore the fast growing field of translating and interpreting.

Both conferences will be held on the campus of Southern Nazarene University, 6729 Northwest 39th Expressway in Bethany, OK.

For more information contact Dr. Frank Johnson at 405-491-6354 or e-mail Dr. Johnson at fjohnson@snu.edu.