Invitation to The National Museum of Language’s 15th Annual Dinner
Sunday, June 23, 2013 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Come enjoy the dinner and program in the relaxing ambiance of Mulligan’s Banquet Hall on the University of Maryland Golf Course, University Blvd & Stadium Dr, College Park, MD 20742. Ample free parking is available. Buy tickets online or by mail. See map for directions.
Our keynote speaker: Dr. Donald Fischer, former Provost of the Defense Language Institute. His topic is: Language Learning Resources: Available, Low Cost, Effective. Dr. Donald Fischer retired as Provost, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in December 2012. Dr. Fischer is also a former Commandant of the Institute and a retired US Army Colonel. Dr. Fischer’s major academic interest is related to the neurochemistry of language acquisition and learning with a focus on how motivation develops and ideas on aiding the process.
Read more about Donald Fischer
Dr. Fischer was born in Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio State University with a B.S. in Education, majoring in Chemistry and Physics teaching with a minor in Mathematics teaching. He holds a Master of Science degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology’s School of Systems and Logistics. His thesis involved a comparison of various exponential smoothing techniques with the use of moving averages to predict repair parts demand.
He holds a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the US Army Command and General Staff College where he developed a FORTRAN simulation comparing costs and potential savings of changes to Army automotive maintenance doctrine.
Dr. Fischer completed doctoral work at the University of New Mexico in 2004 in the field of Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies with a major in Distance Learning and a minor in German Studies. His dissertation work compared the use of distance modalities to face-to-face interviews in conducting foreign language speaking proficiency testing.
Dr. Fischer worked at the University of New Mexico after retiring from the Army in 1993. He served as Executive Director of Albuquerque’s Teach and Learn Network, the city’s cable-based Educational ‘Access Channel. He managed the equipping and placing in operation of a satellite system connecting the eight colleges of the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System and the connecting of the schools and districts of the Northern New Mexico Network for Rural Education. Both systems enabled the provision of K-12 and post-secondary educational opportunity to under-served populations.
Dr. Fischer’s work at the University of New Mexico also included managing the University’s participation in two US Department of Education grants involving the conduct of professional development workshops on using multimedia in schools on the Navajo reservation to create standards-based learning activities. This work further involved the creation of the Navajo Education Technology Consortium website containing high-value multimedia learning activities for use by teachers everywhere.
Dr. Fischer served as Commandant of the Defense Language Institute from 1989-1993, a period of emphasis on the integration of computer technology into language learning, the development of the video teletraining system, support of the Special Forces language program, support of combat operations in Panama, Iraq, Somalia, and the Balkans, and implementing changes brought about by the political changes in Europe and the resulting shift in priorities to Asia and the Middle East.
Prior to assuming duties as Commandant, Dr. Fischer’s career focused on military logistics. He served in the Pentagon in the then Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics Office and is holder of the Army General Staff badge, as VII Corps G4, as 2nd Corps Support Command Material Officer and in Vietnam as an Engineer Equipment Officer.
He commanded units at every level from lieutenant to colonel. Commands included a missile detachment, an engineer company, a special weapons depot, a materiel management center, a missile support battalion, and a division support command.
Dr. Fischer’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
The Outstanding Advocate for Languages Award will be given to Glenn H. Nordin as part of the NML Annual Dinner’s regular awards ceremony. Mr. Nordin is Language and Culture Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence [OUSD(I)] Human Capital Management Office, U.S. Department of Defense.
Read more about Glenn Nordin
Glenn Nordin studied Russian at the Army Language School, the Army Russian Institute, University of Maryland, and George Washington University. Several assignments to Germany and a tour in Berlin plus night school allowed him to learn a bit of German. Major Nordin was one of the first translators assigned to the Washington – Moscow Hot Line. He studied Vietnamese at the Defense Language Institute and during a tour in Viet Nam realized just how difficult the tonal languages are for English speakers. His final tour in the Army was as Commandant of the Army Electronic Warfare School where he learned just how acronyms could be used to cover and disguise almost any military subject. As a Defense contractor, Mr. Nordin led a team that designed and built the first all-digital workstations for language specialists. In recent years, Mr. Nordin has served as Executive Secretary to the DCI Foreign Language Committee, Coordinator of the Interagency Language Roundtable and founder of the ILR Translation and Interpretation Committee, Member of the Defense Language Transformation Team and Member of the Boards of the National Museum of Language and the ATA Foundation for Translation and Interpretation. He is an Honorary Member of the ATA and an associate member of the ACTFL and NAJIT. He is also a founding member of the National Museum of Language.
Mr. Nordin is currently serving as Language and Area Advisor in the Human Capital Management Office of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. He is currently advising various forums to move toward standards and national certification for translators and interpreters. He is a strong advocate for the advantages and the ways to learn foreign languages and his wife frequently has to remind him that not everyone in the United States shares his passion.
|Tickets are $65.00 for members and $75.00 for non-members. Please note that sponsorship opportunities are available for our supporters.Download the prospectus for sponsors here.Tickets will be on a will-call basis, available for pickup at the door. Please note that $30 of the cost of each ticket is tax-deductible as a donation to the National Museum of Language. See IRS notes below for details.
Choose ticket options below. If you wish to send your order by mail with a check,please download the order form here. At 5:00 p.m. a reception with snacks and a cash bar will start off the program. During this time a silent auction will be held featuring items donated by our generous supporters and NML Board Members and friends. Dinner will be served after 6:00 pm.
Entrée Choices: 1) Chesapeake Chicken: Roasted Bone-in Chicekn Breast filled with crab imperial served with garlic red bliss mashed potatoes and creamed corn. 2) Chicken Prevencal: Herbed marinated bone-in chicken breast topped with chicken cream volute, served with grilled vegetables and wild rice. 3) Salmon Piccata: Pan-seared salmon filet topped with lemon, caper, and white wine butter sauce served with penne pasta. 4) Vegetarian: Wild Mushroom and Artichoke Risotto: Creamy Risotto with wild mushsooms, artichokes, sauteed spinach, oven roasted tomatoes, and asparagus. (Special dietary needs can be met upon request, enter a message when you order online.)
Silent Auction Donation: Do you have a talent or service you’d like to share by donating it to the museum? You can send us a description and we’ll add it to the auction items. Other options might include a stay in a beach house, tickets to a sports or entertainment event, language lessons, or works of art or crafting. The silent auction helps to boost NML’s income from the annual dinner and supports our programs throughout the coming year.
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We guarantee you’ll see many friendly faces at the NML Annual Dinner!
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