Clint Brockway came to UALR knowing little more about American Sign Language, or ASL, than how to spell his name. Today, Brockway is fluent enough to serve as an ASL interpreter in education, medical, and mental health settings.
Brockway credits his time at UALR for developing his fluency in ASL and even learning conversational skills in German and Spanish. He says this “marriage” between his two interests in the fields of interpreting and linguistics was enabled by the support of UALR faculty who encouraged him to complete two independent study projects.
One was a project on sociolinguistics in ASL that resulted in first-place honors at UALR’s annual undergraduate research expo and his first peer-reviewed publication.
The second project was a research-based internship with UALR’s Exchange Partner, Karl Franzens Universität, that took Brockway on a 15,000-plus-mile journey from Little Rock to Graz, Austria, across Europe, and back. There he studied comparative ethics and student preparedness for interpreters in the United States and Austria.
Brockway said friendships were forged and professional connections made that he is still enjoying today as a student in UALR’s Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Program.
He earned an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree, both in Interpretation: American Sign Language/English, in 2010 and 2011, respectively. While an undergraduate, he worked for for UALR’s Student Support Services as a tutor to other students on campus in American Sign Language, composition, Spanish, and visual art.
“Thanks to the opportunities available at UALR and my drive to take on as many of them as possible, I earned two degrees, worked three jobs, traveled to seven countries, made lifelong friends, and found my way into a number of really great organizations,” said Brockway.
“Studying at UALR has given me a global perspective, international friends, employment, and has fostered all of my passions.”