Tag Archive: President’s Corner

  1. Letter from ATI President – March 2014

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    Hello my fellow ATI-ers,

    I hope this letter finds everyone well.  We have some very exciting events approaching towards the end of this month.  Make sure you keep up with all of the events by visiting our calendar on the ATI website.  In conjunction with our Spring Workshop this month, ATI will be sponsoring an event at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus called Tucson Speaks : The Business of Languages on Friday, 28 March 2014.  This event will be Pima’s second annual bilingual career fair.  Tucson Speaks is free and open to the public.  There will be language agencies and employers present who will present information regarding what is required to get a job as an interpreter or translator as well as the benefits for working in the language services industry.  There will also be sessions dedicated to training interpreters in different settings and in different delivery formats .

    Immediately following Tucson Speaks, ATI will be offering our Spring Workshop .  The workshop is free for all of our members.  If you are not a member and would like to become one, register online and gain access to all of the benefits that ATI offers.  As part of our Spring Workshop we have invited professional interpreters who work in hospitals, as conference interpreters, and in speech therapy to address us.  Alfonzo Villaseñor, a well-trained and talented conference interpreter will speak to us about the basics of conference interpreting.  Lizeth Silva-Carrazco, a full-time staff interpreter at Tucson Medical Center will speak to us about the need for face to face interpreters in hospitals.  Heather Talag, a professional speech therapist and interpreter will address us regarding the terminology, strategies, and challenges encountered while interpreting during speech therapy sessions.  This will be a wonderful event that every interpreter and/or translator in Arizona should attend.  Also, the National Center for Interpretation will also be offering a workshop for beginning interpreters in a language neutral format.  For more information visit http://nci.arizona.edu/.

    I hope to see you there!


    Jeffrey W. Gabbitas, PhD
    ATI President

  2. Letter from ATI President – May 2013

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    Hello fellow ATI-ers,

    In the dead of winter in Germany, religious leaders met in a small chapel where the heater had stopped working. The leader who was conducting the meeting began by saying, “Many are cold, but few are frozen” drawing a pun from the commonly quoted scripture “Many are called but few are chosen.” Knowing that this pun would not translate well into German, the interpreter simply told the German speakers, “The president just made a joke that does not translate well. Please laugh.” The astute interpreter ingeniously accomplished the purpose of the original speaker by making everybody laugh.

    Fortunately for all of us here in Arizona no one is cold or frozen. I hope everyone is gearing up for the summer, because ATI has an exciting event coming up 8 June 2013! We will be holding our Quarterly Workshop in Tucson, Arizona at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus in the Amethyst Room. See the information below and links in the sidebar for registration. More information will be added as it becomes available.

    Our Summer Workshop will include three sessions of practical training dealing with simultaneous interpretation in a conference setting, consecutive interpretation in a legal setting, and translating with the CAT tool TRADOS. The aim of this workshop is to put theory into practice and allow interpreters and translators hands-on training. I hope you can join us on 8 June 2013 and bring your talents to the table as we refine our skills together.

    Our Spring Workshop was a great success. Many thanks to the presenters and participants who joined us in Phoenix in March and to our host, Magellan Health Services. I personally want to thank everyone who works so hard to make ATI a successful and valuable organization.

    Dr. Jeffrey W. Gabbitas
    ATI President

  3. Letter from ATI President – Dr Jeffrey Gabbitas

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    Hello, fellow translators, interpreters and other members,

    I hope you are all off to a great start this year! As the new President of ATI, I would like to extend a warm greeting to all of you and a welcome all those who may be new to ATI.
    Please let me introduce myself. My name is Jeff Gabbitas and I was born and raised in Bakersfield, California but currently reside in Tucson, Arizona with my wife and six children. I currently direct the Translation and Interpretation Program and Pima Community College and thoroughly enjoy my work. That is enough about me;

    I want to let you know what ATI has in mind for all of its members. The newly elected ATI Board has met and discussed the things that we can do to benefit all of the professionals engaged in the field of translation and interpretation. Our vision is to become a hub in our field by bringing together Language Service Providers (LSPs), educational and training institutions, certified and potential practitioners in training, project managers, agencies in need of translation and interpretation services and others.

    To kick off this vision, we invite you to participate in a Bilingual Career Fair held at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus on February 15th, 2013 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. (See attached flyer in the calendar section of this website.) ATI will have a table with information about the benefits of joining our organization as well as other information about other upcoming educational activities relating to our industry. It is free to all and will include valuable information for all involved in this exciting field. I hope to see you there as well as to all of the events that ATI will be hosting throughout the year!


    Jeff Gabbitas