TROY to have strong presence at national conference for interpreters

Posted: Wednesday, 13 July 2011

TROY—A student in Troy University's Interpreter Training Program has been selected as the first-ever student representative from TROY to serve on the staff of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf conference, while a professor and five other students will attend.

Chaeney Lawrence, a senior from Opelika, will be a RID Student Representative, after she was chosen from a pool of applicants. The National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf provides support, certification and professional development for sign language interpreters.

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This is an honor and a monumental event since we are a new program," said Lynne Wiesman, director of TROY's Interpreter Training Program, who was also chosen to present at the conference. Five other students will attend on the sponsorship of TROY's American Sign Language/Interpreter Training Program Club.

Lawrence will be one of about only 30 students across the United States to serve as staff for the RID conference July 17 to 22 in Atlanta. "I was very surprised and excited," Lawrence said. "This is such a rare and exciting opportunity to be able to be a member of the staff for the RID National Conference."

Lawrence is attending Troy University on a scholarship from the Department of Mental Health, and plans to become a certified mental health interpreter after she completes her degree. She said her experience at TROY has been rewarding.

"This ITP is unique in what it offers the students. Our professors are world-renowned and are leaders of the interpreting community as a whole," Lawrence said. "The technology offered here at TROY is state of the art, and the access we are given to it is something most other ITPs do not have."

The Alabama Departments of Mental Health, Rehabilitation Services and Education and the Institute for the Deaf and Blind are partners in TROY's ITP program, and Wiesman credits them with the program's success.

"The Interpreter Training Program has been able to accomplish so much in so little time because of its stakeholder partners," Wiesman said. "It enjoys a special community partnership and support from the Alabama Association of the Deaf."