Etna Project MD 2019-2020

 The Etna Project MD 2019-2020


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Etna Project MD: 2019-2020

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About Betty M. Colonomos

Betty M. Colonomos, currently serving as Director of the Bilingual Mediation Center, is a fluent ASL/ English bilingual. Her academic background is in Deaf Education/Speech Pathology (B.S.), Counseling (M.A.) Linguistics (Doctoral program). Betty holds the Masters Comprehensive Skills Certificate (MCSC) from RID. She was the second recipient of the Mary Stotler Award for excellence in Interpreter Education from CIT. Betty has chaired and served on many national committees on standards and evaluation of interpreters and served as President of the Conference of Interpreter Trainers (CIT). Ms. Colonomos has authored and appeared in video materials on interpreting and she co-authored (with MJ Bienvenu) videos on Deaf Culture, ASL Facial Grammar, and ASL Numbers. She worked as an International Sign interpreter for numerous conferences worldwide.

Betty also consults with schools and the legal system as an expert on linguistic and cultural issues impacting the Deaf Community. Betty is the developer of the Integrated Model of Interpreting (IMI), which is the most widely used model in the U.S. for teaching cognitive processes in interpreting. She teaches the Foundations of Interpreting Series for hearing, coda (Deaf-parented), and Deaf interpreters that combines the IMI with a Vygotskyan approach to learning. Betty is the creator of the Etna Project (2002–present) held in New Hampshire and Maryland. The project is a series of retreats supporting a Community of Reflective Practitioners who are interpreters committed to their own growth as they seek to become change agents in the field of interpreting.

 Along with MJ Bienvenu, Betty collaborated on the TBC News from 1988-1993. In addition to the history contained in these pages, you will find topics relevant to the field today. Additional references to Betty's contributions to the field can be found here: BMC History

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The registration process is a little different from past Etna Projects which had been filled on a “first-come, first-served” basis. We are trying a new approach because we want to create an environment that ensures a variety of interpreters are given the opportunity to attend. For the Etna Project MD 2019-2020 retreat series, we will be trying to ensure diversity within the group that honors a mix of newcomers, those who have been to Etna just a few times, those who have attended many times, and those from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We aspire to create an environment that is comfortable and supportive, and, as a result, ripe for learning.

Those who completed the pre-registration process will receive an email from Anne (our coordinator) with a password to complete registration here.

Thanks to all for your interest in this continuing project. Welcome to those who have been asked to register. Please do so by October 31st. If your plans have changed and you are unable to attend for any reason, please let Anne know and we will open registration to someone on the waiting list.

Etna Project MD 2019-2020

Dates Schedule Location

December 5-8, 2019

February 6-9, 2020

April 2-5, 2020

June 11-14, 2020

Thursdays 8:00p–10:00p

Fridays 8:30a–6:30p

Saturdays 8:30a–6:30p

Sundays 8:30a–10:30a

Blue Mountain Retreat Center1032 Hoffmaster Road Knoxville, MD
Thursday night tradition: pot luck!
Continental breakfast before our sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Lunch on Friday and Saturday from 12:30-2:30p.
Dinners Friday and Saturday shortly after our sessions end. All meals are organic and delicious.
Ample breaks offered throughout the session.

Presenters, coordinators, and participants of this educational opportunity agree to promote an environment of mutual respect, free from bias and discrimination. 

Please note, this statement does not preclude "difficult conversations" and aims to create environments where learning and honest dialogue can happen.


This year's Etna Project Retreat follows a different registration process. You've completed your pre-registration and been invited to register here. Please go ahead and register that you commit to attend. Your first payment can be made below, which reserves your place at this retreat.

Registration totals $2,100. Your first payment of $525 is due. The subsequent 3 payments of $525 each will be open for you to pay at least one month before the due dates. Please make every effort to pay by the dates listed here:

$525 due within 2 weeks of notification
$525 due January 1st
$525 due March 1st
$525 due May 1st 

ADA accommodation requests must be sent to the coordinator by November 1, 2019.

Seminar Details

Start Date 12-05-2019 8:00 pm
End Date 12-08-2019 10:30 am
Capacity 24
Registrations Completed 24
Remaining Seats 0
Price Four payments of $525 each for a total of $2,100.
Location Blue Mountain Retreat Center
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Non-discrimination Statement

This seminar series will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

Deaf Foundations Fund

The Deaf Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series is offered for Deaf Interpreters. This specialized series is for Deaf Interpreters only.

Donations from the larger interpreting community and elsewhere help to defray the cost of providing these seminars to our Deaf Interpreter colleagues.

Click here to contribute.

Foundations of Interpreting

The Foundations of Interpreting Seminar Series provides insights into The Integrated Model of Interpreting and the processes we engage in while interpreting. More information on the series as well as a schedule of current seminars being offered: click here.

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