By Sharon Heller,
CTA Social Media Coordinator.
February 21, 2016
Sharon Heller: First of all, please give us some background about yourself for the CTA members who have not yet met you. How long have you been a translator? Why did you decide to join the CTA?
Ulrike Anderson: I’m a Kent State translation program alum. I celebrated 10 years in translation last year. That’s when I decided it was high time to increase my participation in professional associations. While no longer a Colorado resident at that time, I remembered having heard great things about the CTA. I have not been disappointed!
SH: You have a range of experience that made you decide to volunteer for the membership coordinator position. Would you like to share some of these past and present activities with our members?
UA: Back as an undergraduate student I was the assistant to the Book Review Editor for the German Studies Review Journal, which was very much like managing a membership of reviewers and also where I learned to appreciate a well-designed database.
I was also an admin for the Wilderness Institute, and a large part of what I did there involved distributing promotional materials and managing the alumni mailing lists. It taught me about the importance of outreach and the value of targeted advertising.
While pursing my Masters, I was President of our graduate student organization, KentLingua. I learned a great deal about the value of delegation!
These days, I help run a dog rescue, for which I post and promote our available dogs and keep track of all of our adoptions. That work has shown me again and again that engaging your community is essential.
SH: Living in western Nebraska, how do you feel about handling the role in the virtual world?
UA: One of the great things about our industry is its location-independent nature. I’ve taken my work with me across states and oceans. I can translate in a cabin in the mountains or at a café on the beach; really anywhere with a reliable internet connection. If anything, I think my remoteness helps me to appreciate the importance of communication and a sense of community. I can’t just “pop over,” so I have to make every email and every phone call count.
SH: What ideas do you have to attract new members to the CTA?
UA: Things are percolating… but I’m just starting to get my feet wet as coordinator, so at the moment, I’m really interested in learning about how the CTA has been reaching out to potential members thus far and seeing if I can bring a fresh resolve to those efforts.
I think that any group is only as strong as its membership. As Membership Coordinator, I hope I can inspire and motivate our members to take advantage of all the CTA has to offer as well as show potential members what a great group of people we are.
SH: Is there something unique about yourself you would like to add that will make us feel like we know you a little bit better?
UA: I live on a national wildlife refuge. It is 46,000 acres of sand hills prairie and shallow lakes. It is home to the endangered blowout penstemon and is a stopover for almost 300 different species of birds. While we have to drive a good hour to get our groceries (or cell service), the view from the living room window cannot be beat!
SH: Thanks, Ulrike, and we look forward to seeing you at the annual conference in April!