MLLNewsletterFall2017

FA L L 2 0 1 7 N E W S L E T T E R WWW. U S D . E D U / L A N G UA G E S U N I V E R S I T Y O F S O U T H D A K O TA MODERN LANGUAGES LINGUISTICS What’s Inside: Professor Vidler Wins Cutler Award................. 3 Students learn more than language skills. ..................... 4 Mirzayan Organizes Pipeline Panel........................ 2 Facebook.com/USDModernLanguages M LL is thrilled to announce that we will be offering a graduate certificate in Spanish Translation beginning in fall 2018. Certificate recipients will help meet the increasing regional, national, and international demand for certified Spanish translators. Students will explore the theory, ethics, and practice of Spanish-English translation and will develop into multilingual, interculturally competent professionals prepared to serve South Dakota and the world. The need for translation services is growing rapidly both in South Dakota and in neighboring states. According to the U.S. Census, the Hispanic population of South Dakota increased 102.9 percent between 2000 and 2010. As the Spanish-speaking population increases, translators will be needed to allow people with limited English proficiency to understand medical, legal, and commercial language, to fully assert their rights, and to participate in legal proceedings. The potential benefits are numerous both to USD students and to the State of South Dakota. The USD Certificate in Spanish Translation will prepare students to pass the certification exam of the American Translators Association (ATA). Furthermore, by focusing this certificate on Spanish translation (written) rather than on interpretation (oral), and by leveraging the internet, graduates will be able to work locally, nationally, and internationally in the translation profession while maintaining their residence in South Dakota. Lastly, with this program, students will finally have the opportunity to pursue graduate work in Spanish in the state. The program will be coordinated by Angela Helmer, Ph.D. See the USD graduate catalog for more details. MLL to offer Graduate Certificate in Spanish Translation MML Students awarded the Nelson Shield....................... 12 New members of Sigma Delta Pi are inducted. ................... 12 Vidler awarded national scholarship.......................... 13

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