If you would like something translated into Russian — a love letter, an academic report — Mikhail “Misha” Morozov, of St. Petersburg, is the man for you.
Morozov has worked as a translator for EGO Translating for 18 years. The largest translation company in Russia, EGO has 2,000 translators, 14 offices and can translate items into Russian from 88 languages.
Recently Morozov was promoted to a teaching position in the company — his dream job — because he completed the online instructional design certificate program from UW-Stout’s Online Professional Development program. He will teach the basics of instructional design to regional representatives so they can design programs of their own.
When asked how he found out about the program, Morozov said, “Quite simply, I Googled instructional design online, and the UW-Stout program came up one of the top results.
“I liked the clarity of the message and the brief description of the program, and the staff of the program responded immediately to my inquiry, so I enrolled,” he said.
Eight months later he completed the certificate program, but a problem presented itself. How would he physically get the certificate he had earned?
The certificate could be mailed, but “the Russian postal service is a den of thieves even in times of economic prosperity,” Morozov said. The idea of delivering it via a commercial service was considered, but it was pricey.
Meanwhile, behind the scenes another scenario was unfolding. Maria Alm, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, was preparing a trip to Russia in May. Would she be able to take the certificate with her?
A flurry of emails ensued, and an arrangement was made: Alm would hand-deliver the certificate to Morozov.
Interestingly enough Alm and Morozov, who then met in St. Petersburg for the certificate exchange, discovered they had some commonalities. Both were at University of Northern Iowa at the same time, although they never met; she was an instructor, he a graduate student. Alm also has a long history with Russia including a relationship with Morozov’s alma mater, Herzen State Pedagogical University.
“We share many of the same colleagues,” Alm said.
Alm and two UW-Stout instructors from graphic design, Nagesh Shinde and Vadim Gershman, were traveling to Russia to explore exchanges and collaborations with Russian universities. In addition to Herzen University and the Stieglitz St. Petersburg State Academy of Art and Industry, they went to Moscow and visited the National University of Science and Technology and the British Higher School of Art and Design.
As a result of the visit, Liliya Bondareva, head of the department of Russian and foreign languages and literatures at the National University of Science and Technology, plans to visit UW-Stout in October to help develop exchange programs.
The threesome also visited the Moscow offices of Leo Burnett Worldwide, an American advertising company with offices in 84 countries, to discuss internship possibilities.
They also visited several galleries, exhibits and museums and the Fab Lab at the National University of Science and Technology MISiS in Moscow.
UW-Stout opened a Fab Lab earlier this year through the campus Discovery Center.
“We are hoping to send students and faculty to both Moscow and St. Petersburg next summer and to host Russian students as early as next spring,” Alm said.
Alm, whose doctoral degree from UW-Madison is in Slavic languages and literature, first went to Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, as a student in 1979. She has been traveling there ever since as a student, researcher or program director.
As a result of the visit, Morozov not only has his certificate but UW-Stout has opened up a new network. “I am hoping to start collaborations between UW-Stout and Herzen, and Misha will be a perfect link to help make this happen,” Alm said.
For more information about the instructional design certificate program, refer to www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/instructionaldesigncert.cfm.