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New Year… New Officers… New Plans!

New Year… New Officers… New Plans!

New Year… Long-time members, recent graduates, old friends back in town: we mixed and mingled, shared a meal and played games. Several lucky members even won prizes. The MITA social on February 16, 2019, was a definite success. Yovana Gonzales, Pauline LeNoir, Manuel Murillo, Juliana Ipock, Myrna Mdahuar and Josué Carmona all took part in reserving the venue, setting up catering, providing desert, purchasing gift cards and decor, and setting up the lovely space. Tereza Braga was back in DFW for a few days and we were delighted to have her join us. Mike Mahler shared information on his upcoming Learn more
Tips and Tools: Vetting Potential Clients

Tips and Tools: Vetting Potential Clients

It’s part of a professional translator or interpreter's life. An email drops into our inbox from someone we don’t know. The job looks attractive, but we hold back. Who are these people, anyway? Are they legitimate?  Scammers? Bad payers? Dream clients? Vetting a potential client is mainly a matter of combining common sense with a few online tools. So let’s take a look at a few ways to vet these potential opportunities. Who is the email to? Is the email sent only to you, or are there multiple addressees?  Multiple addressees may mean the requestor is shopping or has a Learn more
Spotlight on Karen Sharp

Spotlight on Karen Sharp

Karen Sharp has come full circle and she’s loving it. The longest-serving member of MITA’s leadership committee, Karen was born in Fort Worth, TX. Over the next twenty-plus years, she would go on to live in Limestone, Maine; Clark Field, Philippines; Little Rock, Arkansas; Montgomery, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; Waco, Texas; Farmington, New Mexico; and Mesa, Arizona. So where does she live now? Back in Fort Worth, TX, in the same house where she was born. When Karen was 9 years old, she had a friend whose grandmother spoke Spanish. “I was totally intrigued,” she says, “When I was 11, I found Learn more
I really do know what some of you did this summer….

I really do know what some of you did this summer….

I know, because I was there for part of it. MITA was well represented this year at the annual TAJIT (Texas Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators) conference held in Austin this past July 27-29.  Turnout was high this year and the professional level of the presentations was impressive. From business strategies to weapons terminology, there was something to interest everyone. I had never made it to a TAJIT conference before–but it’s already on my calendar for next year.     On August 18 and 19 of this year, MITA had the pleasure of hosting Darinka Mangino (speaker, professor and Learn more