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Manager of Language Services at Marshfield Clinic to Speak about Career for Spanish Language Interpreters

RELEASED: Nov. 19, 2007

Melina Kolbeck
Melina Kolbeck

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Spanish Business Association will host a presentation by Melina Kolbeck, manager of Language Services for the Marshfield Clinic system. Kolbeck will speak about her experiences as a medical interpreter from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Presidents Room of Davies Center. The presentation will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

Kolbeck will focus on the medical and community interpreter profession, available training programs and important skills needed for bilingual individuals interested in the field of medical interpretation.

Born in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, Kolbeck received her bachelor's degree in communications science from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Monterrey, Mexico. While pursuing her degree from ITESM, she received honorable mention from the Exchange Program at UW-Stout in the spring of 2000. In 2001, she moved to the United States.

Kolbeck provides Spanish interpretation, translation, and cultural awareness information to for-profit and non-profit organizations. As manager of language services for Marshfield Clinic, "you never know what you're going to get," said Kolbeck. She works with more than 20 centers to bring uniformity to their services.

According to Kolbeck, the most rewarding part of her job as a manager is just knowing that there is a system that works. She also expressed how rewarding it is to receive a sincere thank you from the patients for whom she has provided interpretative services.

"Without Spanish, I wouldn't have a career," said Kolbeck.

Her advice for students interested in using a foreign language in their careers is that they get into an international program.

"Forget about being afraid," said Kolbeck. "To me, that is a must."

Kolbeck's presentation is free and open to students, faculty and community members. Refreshments will be served.

UW-Eau Claire offers the option of a business/professions emphasis with its liberal arts Spanish major, but Dr. Juan Carlos Chaves, SBA adviser, said he hopes the presentation also will be of interest to many of the other students enrolled in Spanish classes at UW-Eau Claire, as well as those who have studied abroad in Spanish-speaking countries.

The Spanish Business Association meets monthly, inviting native speakers of Spanish from all professions to come and share their work experiences and how they came to hold their present positions. The main purpose of the association is to serve as a bridge between the university and the larger community.

For more information, contact Chaves at 715-836-4287 or chavesjc@uwec.edu, or SBA president Danielle Zitzer at zitzerdj@uwec.edu.

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