MESSAGE FROM PAST RID PRESIDENT ANGELA JONES
It gives me great pleasure to introduce the new President of the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf.
Cheryl Moose, CI and CT
S. Elgin, IL
Cheryl has served on the executive board of RID as Secretary for the past 4 years and before that was on the board as a region representative. She is taking the office of president with a wealth of know-how and vast amount of energy. Last week, Cheryl officially took office at the end of RID¹s national conference. She will be your point of contact when working on RID related business. I will be working closely with Cheryl and the other incoming board members during the transition.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my work as president and I will miss my direct work with you all as I move into my new position as immediate past president, but know that I am turning over the job to very capable hands.
Sending my best,
Warmly and Fondly,
MESSAGE FROM OUR NEW REGION I REPRESENTITIVE
Hello. I had the pleasure of meeting some of you in San Francisco. For those of you I was unable to meet, let me give you a brief biography. I am originally from Arizona in Region V. In Arizona, I was the President of the Affiliate Chapter and during my term, the Professional Development Committee coordinated the first ever Arizona state conference and the Legislative Committee began work on the licensure bill that will go into effect October of 2007.
I have been RID Certified since 1996. I work in a variety of settings but really enjoy business meetings, legal, and conferences. I received my training while in Arizona where I was extremely fortunate to have master mentors, both deaf and non-deaf, teach me American Sign Language and the art of interpreting.
I moved to Syracuse, NY four years ago to complete my doctoral studies and I am currently a Candidate for my Ph.D. at Syracuse University in Sociology. I am scheduled to defend my dissertation and graduate in spring of 2008. I hold graduate degrees in Justice Studies and Sociology as well as a Certificate of Advance Study in Disability Studies.
My dissertation examines the changing nature of our work. As an academic and a practitioner, I am interested in two interconnected issues. Those issues are 1) the professional status of sign language interpreters and 2) the influence of video relay on the relationship between sign language interpreters and those we serve. I am constantly looking to connect micro level phenomena to macro level structures. I am extremely interested in understanding the ways in which things work. I bring my curiosity and my commitment to improving our field to this position.
I look forward to representing Region I on the Board of Directors. Any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Jeremy L. Brunson, M.S., M.A., C.A.S., CI and CT Region I Representative
from the National Office
NIC Practice DVD Available
The National Interpreter Certification Interview and Performance
Exam Practice DVD is now available. This DVD will allow you to simulate
the NIC Interview and Performance test experience or you can access
individual scenarios one at a time to prepare for the exam. Look
for the ad in the December issue of VIEWS. The nonmember price is
$41.95 and the member price $34.95 and is non-refundable.
Additional EPS Members May Be Needed
If you are interested in serving RID in the area of ethics, let
us know. The EPS is made up of three important parts - a committee,
a team of mediators, and a group of case reviewers. The committee
is appointed by the board president for two year terms.
While committee appointments have been made
for the 2005-2007 term, additional mediators and case reviewers
may be needed. Mediators are professionally trained to mediate ethics-based
conflicts in the interpreting profession. Case reviewers are selected
based on their expertise in ethical decision-making and trained
in the area of ethics adjudication. If you'd like to be considered
for future training sessions, send a letter of interest, by email,
to EPS@rid.org or, by mail, to
RID, 333 Commerce Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
NIC Exam Update
The results from the NIC exam are currently being held by RID. As
part of the normal process for beginning a new test, the psychometricians
are reviewing the ratings and results of the first batches of tests
that were taken. While this review is occurring, the results are
not being released by RID until the psychometrician gives approval
to release them.
If the psychometrician recommends that adjustments
be made from the original standards set for the test, those standards
will need to be adjusted by the National Council on Interpreting
(NCI). The amount of time before results are released will depend
on whether or not the original standards need to be adjusted.
A new test such as the NIC is a huge undertaking.
NAD and RID are breaking new ground in so many ways. Please bear
with us as we begin this new exam.
RID is developing a searchable presenter
database. This database will list presenters who present on different
topics. Through this database, anyone needing training in a particular
topic will have a place to go and search. RID is not endorsing any
of the presenters who will be listed on the database. We're just
providing an avenue where presenters can be located.
If you or anyone you know is interested in
being listed, you can contact Pam Jones, CMP Coordinator, at 703-838-0030
x212 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request
a presenter information sheet. When completing the sheet, please
make sure all of the contact information is included. Your biography
should include past presentations, educational background and references.
The information sheet can be sent by postal
mail to the national office, located at 333 Commerce Street, Alexandria,
VA 22314 or electronically to Pam Jones, CMP Coordinator, at email@example.com.
New Staff at the National Office
The national office has filled two of its open positions.
Crystal Moohn is the new Membership Project
Assistant and started in November. Crystal comes to us from the
National Society of Professional Engineers, another membership association,
and has a great background in member services, as well as a degree
in Marketing. Crystal also loves membership and member services.
Caroline Kemper is the new Accountant and
started earlier in December. Caroline comes to us with a degree
in Biology and a degree in Accounting. After working as a Business
Manager and Circulation Coordinator for a newspaper on Capital Hill,
she'll bring to RID her experience in budgets, accounting/finance,
office management, customer service, and quality control
(to name a few).
Watch the "Meet the National Office
Staff" feature in VIEWS to get to know these new additions!
The RID Board of Directors recently passed a motion to extend the
testing cycle timeline for CI and CT candidates. The motion reads:
All current candidates for CI/CT certification will be granted an
administrative extension of their five-year testing cycle. This
extension shall be six months.
The rationale for this extension is that
ideally results should be sent to candidates within 90 days of the
exam date. The current result time is about 9 months, or six-months
more than it should be, thus the six-month extension.
These candidates may take the CI, CT or NIC performance
exams. RID is working on measures to decrease the length of time for results.
Until the wait time is brought under control we hope that this motion
will allow more candidates to achieve certification in their current cycle.