Greetings from Northern Virginia, where spring has sprung early this year and, after a very mild winter, the daffodils are already in bloom. Even the world-famous Washington, D.C. cherry blossoms are scheduled to peak in mid-March!
The New Year is already several months old and I hope everyone had a great start.
ATA57 is also a fond memory by now. Almost 200 GLD members attended the San Francisco conference. During the Annual Meeting, Michael Engley handed over the Administrator duties to me. I appreciate your trust in me and will do my best to meet your expectations. You’ll find more on the Annual Meeting and the current Leadership Council later in the Winter 2017 issue of our biannual newsletter—interaktiv.
Here in Washington, D.C., we witnessed the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States in January and now, other big happenings are on the horizon—most notably, of course, ATA58!
Because the 2017 ATA Conference is practically on my home turf my comrade-in-arms, Melissa Field, and I are eager to make it a memorable event for everyone. We’ve already taken some basic steps in that direction.
We’ve proposed Ms. Karin Königs as Guest Speaker to ATA. Ms. Königs was a senior lecturer for English>German translation at the Language Department of Cologne University of Applied Sciences for more than 20 years, with focus on studying translation problems that result from differences in the two language systems and developing a systematic approach for dealing with them. Since 2006, she has given a number of workshops both in Germany and abroad, and since 2016, she has been offering webinars on the topic of English>German translation issues. She is the author of the textbook Übersetzen Englisch-Deutsch – Lernen mit System (Oldenbourg Verlag, Munich, 3rd ed., 2011). If ATA accepts our proposal, Ms. Königs will hold two one-hour sessions.
It goes without saying that we also hope that some of you have submitted proposals of your own to further enhance the offering of sessions for the GLD. With so much capable and proven talent in our division, it would be a shame not to share your knowledge!
We’re also already working on planning our GLD social event in Washington, D.C. With my almost-neighbor Gerhard Preisser, who is not only a very entertaining list master, but equally adept in all matters of social interaction, I’m currently scouting locations. I hope to be able to tell you more in the Summer 2017 issue of interaktiv.
Our Leadership Council has also not been idle. Matt Baird is currently doing his best to integrate Lea Rennert into the editorial team. Jessica Lucio is hard at work on a German version of our website. Karen Leube successfully hosted the “European Workshop” in Karlsruhe on February 11 and will hopefully share further details with us at some point. Carlie Sitzman is busy as New Member + Proofreading Coordinator, and Sarah Allen and Sandra Jones are working on increasing our social media presence. Michael Engley is our conference coordinator; hopefully you’ve kept him busy by forwarding many proposals.
That’s my “sitrep” from your Nation’s capital. Wishing all of you a successful and of course busy year!
Peace and blessings,