Take a chance to win a new Luminex at the NCRA 2018 Convention & Expo

Attendees at the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo, being held Aug. 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, can take a chance at winning a one-of-a-kind Luminex shorthand machine, valued at more than $5,000 and generously donated by Stenograph for a raffle sponsored by the National Court Reporters Foundation.

Raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $125 and can be purchased at the NCRF booth on the Expo floor. The drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Member Recognition Gala: Unmask Your Potential masquerade ball being hosted by 2018-2019 NCRA President Sue A. Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRC. The winner need not be present to win.

2018 Commemorative Pin

While visiting the NCRF booth, convention attendees will also learn how they can help the Association’s philanthropic arm do more through the many programs, scholarships, and grants it offers.

Other treasures that await at the NCRF booth include the 2018 New Orleans Jazz it Up Convention Commemorative Pin, which will be offered for $5 each, and an array of past convention pins available for $1 each. Visitors to the booth can also become part of NCRA history by signing the Official Convention Register, a time capsule of sorts that has documented convention attendees since the early 1900s and is housed in NCRF’s Robert H. Clark Library at NCRA headquarters between conventions.

Visitors to the NCRF booth can also be among the first of the many NCRA members who will commit to donate $1,000 or more to support the Foundation’s 2019 Angel Drive. The gift provides a great tax write-off and a myriad of benefits, including a listing on the Angels poster at the booth and an invitation to attend the exclusive VIP Luncheon next year in Denver, Colo.

Danielle Griffin

Finally, NCRF’s Corrinne Clark Professionalism Institute will host Beyond Your Career to Your Profession with presenters: Danielle C. Griffin, RPR; Rachel N. Barkume CSR, RPR; Andrea Couch, CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC; Shelley Duhon, RPR, and Jordan Groves, Montgomery, Ala.

Presenters will offer insight into how to expand your thinking to embrace your profession — a long-standing and proud one, at that. Every profession relies on its members to continue, grow, and to thrive. This session will help to get attendees to think about getting involved and to start thinking about their profession and not just their career.

If you are interested in taking a chance on the Luminex machine, snagging your New Orleans Convention pin, or becoming an Angel Donor, be sure to stop by the NCRF booth in New Orleans or contact April Weiner, Development Relations Manager, at aweiner@ncra.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The industry supports NCRA to advance the future of court reporting and captioning

NCRA’s newly launched Corporate Partnership Program has drawn the commitment of six organizations serving or representing the court reporting and captioning professions.

NCRA welcomes the following companies as corporate partners:

NCRA’s Corporate Partnership program, which ranges in levels of sponsorship from $10,000 to $100,000, aids in business and workforce development efforts by NCRA and the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF).

“NCRA’s mission is to deepen the skills and opportunities of the court reporting and captioning professions through certification, mentorship, scholarships, leadership training, and professional development,” said CEO and Executive Director Marcia Ferranto.

“Right now we need to focus on the next generation of captioners and court reporters by illustrating that these professions are viable and lucrative career opportunities. While we recognize that there are various methods being used to capture the spoken word, NCRA’s focus is to ensure that both the general public and the legal industry understand that stenography is by far the most effective and desired method and that NCRA is focused on closing the shortage gap of stenographers nationally. Our Corporate Partners are a key part of the sustainability and growth of these initiatives,” Ferranto said.

A standard development strategy in the trade association industry, the Corporate Partnership program was created to enable NCRA to serve its members and provide value without raising dues, as well as assist NCRA in acquiring the knowledge, resources, and funding needed to advance the professions into the next decade.

A 12-month sponsorship with NCRA provides benefits back to its corporate partners, such as advertising, event tickets, memberships, and publicity. As the drivers of the value proposition of the program, NCRA has created a win-win for everyone.

To learn more about the NCRA Corporate Partnership Program, visit https://www.ncra.org/utility-pages/about-ncra/corporate-partners or contact Mary Petto at mpetto@ncra.org or 703-584-9022.

NCRF announces 2018 Robert H. Clark Scholarship and New Professional Reporter Grant recipients

The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) has announced that Sindee Baum, from North Massapequa, N.Y., was named recipient of the 2018 New Professional Reporter Grant. The Foundation also announced that Sydney Lundberg, a student from Des Moines Area Community College in Des Moines, Iowa, is the recipient of the 2018 Robert H. Clark Scholarship.

 

Sindee Baum

New Professional Reporter Grant Winner

Baum said that receiving the New Professional Grant means a lot to her and that she plans to use the funds toward paying off her school loan and to cover the expense of starting out with a professional machine and software.

“For 21 years I was a federal probation officer. I wrote the presentence reports and sentencing recommendations for the judges and had to be present at sentencings. I was always fascinated by the court reporters and always made sure I stood near them to watch them work their magic on their machines,” Baum said.

“When I was getting close to thinking of retiring and what I wanted to do as a second career, the thought of becoming a court reporter popped in my mind one morning. I spoke to Anthony Frisolone, one of the court reporters in my courthouse, who thought the idea was an awesome fit for me. He even offered to be my mentor and helped me through the emotional roller coaster that court reporting school entailed. Well, I’m happy to share that I retired from my career as a federal probation officer as of September 1, 2017, and passed my last mentored exit speed tests that same week and graduated from school,” she added. Frisolone, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI, is an NCRA member, official court reporter, and court reporting instructor.

NCRF awards the annual $2,000 New Professional Reporter Grant to a reporter who is in his or her first year of work, has graduated within a year from an NCRA-approved court reporting program, and meets specific criteria, including a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a letter of recommendation, and active work in any of the career paths of judicial (official/freelance), CART, or captioning. Baum, a graduate of the online program at College of Court Reporting in Valparaiso, Ind., is the 14th recipient of NCRF’s New Professional Reporter Grant. She was recommended by Jessica Vivas, client services manager and reporter liaison for Magna Legal Services based in New York.

“If Magna could only choose one goal, it would be to support and serve our clients to the best of our ability. Sindee Baum embodies this philosophy and is respected by our clients. We consider Sindee to be an asset to our court reporting team, and we look forward to working with her well into the future,” Vivas said.

For court reporting students getting ready to finish their programs and start their professional careers, Baum offers the following advice: “Practice like their life depended on it. Getting those last speed tests passed takes the most work and dedication out of all the tests you will take in school. Also, while completing your internship hours, make sure you are asking lots of questions and gaining as much experience as you can in various settings so that you will be able to hit the ground running at graduation and become a working reporter.”

 

Sydney Lundberg

2018 Robert H. Clark Scholarship Recipient

“Receiving this scholarship means to me that I will be able to finish school and begin working as a reporter even sooner. I am currently in the last part of my program, and this support will allow me to purchase professional equipment that will give me the last boost I need to graduate,” said Lundberg, who added that she heard about court reporting as a career through a family member.

“My aunt is a captioner, and I was inspired by how she was able to capture the spoken word, work from home, and be so successful. After I graduate, my plans include working for a freelance firm in Des Moines, Iowa. I also plan on continuing to learn things about the profession, building my dictionary, and continuing to work on speed,” Lundberg said.

The $2,000 Robert H. Clark Scholarship is named for the late Robert H. (Bob) Clark, a court reporter from Los Angeles, Calif., who was dedicated to preserving the history of the profession. In 2015, Clark’s family made a generous donation to NCRF to honor him, and NCRF created the new Robert H. Clark Scholarship. Lundberg is the fourth recipient of this scholarship.

 

To learn more about NCRF’s scholarships and grants, visit NCRA.org/NCRF/Scholarships.

NCRA member transcribes for Veterans History Project

On June 26, The Vindicator, Youngstown, Ohio, posted an article about a Veterans History Project interview that NCRA member Debbie Sabat, RPR, a freelance court reporter from Warren, Ohio, transcribed for a local veteran.

Read more.

NCRF announces new Trustees

The NCRA Board of Directors has elected the following individuals to serve on the 2018-2019 National Court Reporters Foundation Board of Trustees:

  • Mary P. Bader, RPR, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Michael A. Bouley, RDR, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Catherine J. Phillips, FAPR, RMR, CMRS, Ocala, Fla.

The newly elected Trustees will begin their three-year terms on Aug. 4 after being inducted into service at the Foundation’s annual Board of Trustees meeting taking place in conjunction with the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo being held Aug. 2-5 in New Orleans, La.

The new Trustees will be joining current NCRF Trustees:

  • Chair Nancy Hopp, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CMRS, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Chair-elect Tami Keenan, FAPR, RPR, CPE, Battle Creek, Mich.
  • Secretary Debra Dibble, RDR, CRR, CRC, Woodland, Utah
  • Debra K. Cheyne, M.A., CSR, Sherwood, Ore.
  • Jane Fitzgerald, RMR, Pleasant Hill, Iowa
  • Danielle Griffin, RPR, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Teresa Kordick, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI, CPE, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Cregg Seymour, Baltimore, Md.
  • Karen G. Teig, RPR, CRR, CMRS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Sandy VanderPol, FAPR, RMR, CRR, Lotus, Calif.

NCRA’s 2018 Convention & Expo is the largest annual gathering of court reporters, captioners, scopists, legal videographers, trial presenters, students, and other legal services professionals.

Register now for the 2018 NCRA Annual Convention & Expo before July 23 to avoid late fees. Reserve a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans using NCRA’s special discount rate by July 6 and get a free breakfast on Friday and Saturday (a $75 value).

To jazz things up even more, check out this party playlist of songs selected by NCRA staff to get everyone excited to meet in New Orleans!

For more information about the 2018 NCRA Annual Convention & Expo, or to register, visit NCRA.org/Convention.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Mary Petto, Senior Director of External Affairs at mpetto@ncra.org.

Call for Altruism Award nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism, the highest honor awarded by the National Court Reporters Foundation. The deadline for nominations is June 15.

The Aurelio Award, which is presented at the NCRA Convention & Expo, is bestowed on a longtime captioner or court reporter who has given back selflessly to the profession or community. The nominee must be an NCRA Participating or Registered member or a Retired Participating or Registered member, have demonstrated altruistic behavior, and have been a working captioner or reporter for at least 25 years.

“Receiving the Aurelio Award was truly one of the highlights of my career as a court reporter. Having the respect of my court reporter colleagues means more to me than anything,” said Rosalie Kramm, RPR, CRR, San Diego, Calif., who received the Altruism Award in 2017.

“Being altruistic is not anything I ever decided to do. I think life is more fun helping people in my wonderful profession,” Kramm added.

For questions or more information about the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism, contact B.J. Shorak, NCRF Deputy Executive Director, at 800-272-6272, ext. 126, or at bjshorak@ncra.org.

Nominate now.

In honor of Memorial Day: VHP Video

This Memorial Day, please take a moment to pause to remember all who have served in the armed forces over the years to protect and preserve our freedoms. NCRF and NCRA would also like to thank everyone who has participated in protecting and preserving the stories of these war veterans by participating in the Veterans History Projects across the nation in the past 15 years.

Rob Jones interviewed by NCRA President Chris Willette as Tricia Rosate transcribes and Joe Donahoe videos

During NCRA’s 2018 Legislative Boot Camp, NCRA President Christine J. Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC, Wausau, Wis.,  had the opportunity to interview double amputee Rob Jones at the Library of Congress as part of its Veterans History Project. In addition to providing a court reporter and CLVS to record the interview, Planet Depos, based in Washington, D.C., created the following promotional video about NCRF’s involvement with VHP.

Watch the video.

 

VHP Director attributes many transcribed veteran history stories to NCRA Members

An interview posted April 26 by HistoryNet with Col. Robert Patrick, USA (Ret.), director of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, notes that NCRA has been involved in transcribing a lot of interviews for the program. The interview originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of World War II Magazine.

Read more.

Deadline for nominations for NCRF Board of Trustees is May 7

The National Court Reporters Foundation is accepting nominations for its Board of Trustees through May 7. The Foundation seeks people who want to support its good work by helping to raise funds, develop and implement NCRF programs for which those monies are committed, and further the organization’s mission. NCRF serves as the charitable arm of NCRA and raises funds throughout the year to support an array of programs created to benefit the court reporting community. Among those are the New Professional Reporter Grantstudent scholarships, and the Oral Histories Program.

Service on the Board of Trustees is open to any NCRA member or a member of the public who meets specific criteria. Click here for the nomination form and more details.

Support NCRF and consider serving on its Board of Trustees

The National Court Reporters Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its Board of Trustees. The Foundation seeks people who want to support its good work by helping to raise funds, develop and implement NCRF programs for which those monies are committed, and further the organization’s mission. NCRF serves as the charitable arm of NCRA and raises funds throughout the year to support an array of programs created to benefit the court reporting community. Among those are the New Professional Reporter Grant, student scholarships, and the Oral Histories Program.

Volunteering to serve on NCRF’s board is a way to leave your mark in the court reporting profession as well as your legacy and help make a difference for others, said Tami Keenan, FAPR, RPR, CPE, a retired court reporter from Battle Creek, Mich., and NCRF Vice Chair.

“The Foundation funds scholarships for students, the oral histories project, programs that support the deaf and hard of hearing community, and educational efforts to ensure attorneys and judges understand the important role a live court reporter plays in the courtroom. NCRF helps to ensure the profession’s future, preserve history, and through the Corinne Clark Professionalism Institute, helps to ensure success among new reporters just entering the field,” said Keenan who is also a past president of NCRA.

“The Foundation needs people who can appreciate the future, past, present, and success – we need you. Your time is the most valuable asset you have. Leave your legacy by making a mark and a difference by volunteering to serve the Foundation. I promise it won’t hurt you at all; it will actually feel good,” said Keenan.

Service on the Board of Trustees is open to any NCRA member or a member of the public who meets specific criteria. The deadline for nominations is March 31. Click here for the nomination form and more details.