SNU Professor Named Charter Member for NLSC

BETHANY, Okla. (March 24, 2011) – Southern Nazarene University spanish professor, Frank Johnson, as been chosen as a charter member for the National Language Service Corps (NLSC).

The NLSC was established by the Department of Defense as directed by Congress in order to develop a corps of volunteer certified linguists who could respond to national and international crises as well as supplement government resources in times of need.

“When I first heard about the NLSC, I thought of Hurricane Katrina and the need that existed for interpreters to work with the non-English-speaking or limited-English population along the gulf coast during that crisis. Being swept up in something like Katrina must be terrible, but it must be even more frightening when you cannot communicate your needs or understand those who are trying to help you. Since I have worked hard to develop my language proficiency, I thought that it would be a great idea to be able to put it to use to help others in great times of need,” said Johnson.

To be a member of the NLSC, you have to apply and submit documentation of language proficiency. Charter members will help the NLSC develop and test its capabilities during the pilot phase of the program. The program, which has over 1,000 members in its pilot phase, hopes to grow to 30,000 upon full implementation.

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