New Realtime Systems Administrators announced

NCRA announced its latest class of Realtime Systems Administrators, who completed the test at the 2014 NCRA Convention & Expo. They were:

  • Brandi N. Bigalke
  • Gerard Thomas Coash, Jr.
  • Gerard T. Coash, RMR
  • Lori J. Goodin, RPR, CRR
  • Sherene Hunt, RPR
  • Kelly M. Roemer, RPR, CMRS
  • Karen L. Schoeve, RDR, CRR
  • Jodi J. Simcox, RMR

Catch some of the most exciting new products and services from the 2014 Expo Hall

Several vendor videos conducted during the 2014 NCRA Convention & Expo in San Francisco, Calif., by Christine Phipps, RPR, and Rodin Nodland, RDR, CRR, from the Technology Review Committee, are now available on the NCRA YouTube Channel.

‘Michael Jordan’ of court reporting suffers upset defeat

An Aug. 20 post on The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, which covers the legal arena’s hot cases, emerging trends, and big personalities, focuses on the recent Wall Street Journal article that featured NCRA’s 2014 National Realtime and Speed Competitions held at this year’s convention in San Francisco.

The blog’s lead writer, Jacob Gershman, notes that while Jo Ann Bryce, RMR, CRR, didn’t win any medals in Sochi, in the Olympics of court reporting, she’s a champion, having swept both the realtime and the speed competitions, upsetting the heavy favorite Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR.

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Fingers fly at court-reporting championships

An Aug. 19 article in The Wall Street Journal covered the National Speed and Realtime Contests at the 2014 Convention & Expo, held July 31- Aug. 3 in San Francisco. The article compares the stenographic styles of Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR, who is famous for his use of briefs, and Jo Ann Bryce, RMR, CRR, who uses a more traditional method. Bryce ultimately won all five legs of each contest. “I am still in shock,” says Bryce in the article. “I know I did it—it just sort of seems surreal.”

The article, which includes a video with interviews from contestants, also discusses the rising demand for court reporters, as well as the importance of grammar to reporting, citing Teri Gaudet’s joke if next year’s committee members should wear shirts that say “Does anal-retentive have a hyphen?”

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Record number of Angels sign up at Convention

Each year at the NCRA convention, NCRF promotes the current-year Angels and asks donors to sign up for the next year so that donors can have more than a full year of promotion and thanks. When NCRF started doing this several years ago, about 10 Angels signed up for the next year. Last year, NCRF had a record of 41 sign-ups, but at this year’s Convention  in San Francisco, the record was shattered with 61 Angels making the commitment to support the Foundation. NCRF is working on exciting new programs for NCRA members, so this support is very exciting—and vital.

Read more to see a list of these donors and to learn more about the Angels program and its benefits.

NCRA leadership, award winners, announced in local media

Announcements about new leadership, award recipients, and grant winners who were elected or recognized at NCRA’s 2014 Convention & Expo, held earlier this month in San Francisco, have been making their way throughout local media outlets. Among them, an article that appeared in the local Gazette Newspapers serving Jefferson, Ohio, announcing Sarah Nageotte’s installation as 2014-2015 President of NCRA. Other recent media pick-ups have included an article about Nancy Varallo, NCRA’s Immediate Past President, that appeared in the Worcester Telegraph, a brief about Doreen Sutton being installed as 2014-2015 NCRA Secretary-Treasurer that appeared online in the Arizona Republic, and the announcement of Mary Beth Johnson, professor of court reporting at the Community College of Allegheny County, being named 2014 Educator of the Year, which was posted on triblove.com. Insurancenewsnet.com also carried an article about Shannon Bevin, a court reporter from Whitestone, N.Y., who was awarded the 2014 New Professional Grant of $2,000 by the NCRF.

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Realtime tech booth offers personal solutions to attendees

NCRA’s Realtime Setup and Troubleshooting Booth drew a healthy crowd of attendees at the association’s 2014 Convention & Expo held July 31 – Aug. 3 in San Francisco. The booth, which debuted at NCRA’s 2014 TechCon event, held April 11-13 in Atlanta, Ga., was developed by the association’s Realtime Systems Administrator team to offer members, especially those who planned to take the RSA test, the chance to get their realtime questions answered by experts.

Attendees who signed up for the $25, private 30-minute sessions received hands-on training, troubleshooting, and setup advice for their CAT computer to realtime browser(s) based on NCRA’s Realtime Troubleshooting Pocket Guide and the Realtime Systems Manual. The private sessions covered topics and challenges such as streaming, hook-ups, and software, as well as a successful feed to one or more realtime browsers onsite, according to volunteers who manned the booth.

“The RSA Booth was a quiet little booth tucked away in the corner of the NCRA Convention Expo Hall. However, once colleagues taking the Realtime Systems Administrator exam caught wind that they could receive extra training hooking up before their exam, this booth became a revolving door for those reporters,” said Merilee S. Johnson, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a Realtime System Administrator, CART provider, and realtime court reporter from Eden Prairie, Minn.

Whether candidates for the RSA passed the exam or not, there is no question that the one-on-one consultation was integral in not only preparing for the exam, but also provided a valuable opportunity to walk away with new tips, newfound knowledge in troubleshooting, and more confidence to set up external realtime connections, added Johnson, who volunteered at the booth.

According to Lisa Knight, RPR, RMR, CRR, a freelance court reporter from Littleton, Colo., and chair of NCRA’s TRAIN Task Force, there was a flurry of activity at the booth just prior to the RSA test being administered.

“I think the benefit is strictly to help those taking the RSA. It provides them with a great opportunity for troubleshooting their equipment and getting answers to questions before the test,” Knight said.

“I am so happy I made the decision to do a quick refresher at the RSA booth at the NCRA Convention & Expo. I was reminded about the pairing of the Stenocast device because once you pair your device, this is not something that you would have to do again,” said Kelly Roemer, RPR, CMRS, and Realtime Systems Administrator, a managing partner with Aiken Welch Court Reporters in Oakland, Calif.

“When I went in for my RSA exam, the Stenocast was not paired properly and showed a green light. I knew this was incorrect and quickly changed out the dongle. Had I not been reminded of that, I don’t think I would have paid attention and went on to troubleshoot other things. For $25 for a 30-minute refresher, I would highly recommend it,” Roemer added.

It’s not just who you know, keynote speaker tells audience

Tommy Spaulding, the keynote speaker at the 2014 NCRA Convention & Expo, held July 31 – Aug. 3 in San Francisco, left attendees at the Premier Session talking about his insightful and uplifting stories well after he exited the stage. Spaulding, who served as the youngest CEO of the organization Up with People, provided a heartfelt and often humorous look into his life, including the academic challenges he faced throughout high school and college due to having dyslexia, and how he learned early on that developing deeper relationships through giving to others and putting them first can benefit everyone, a practice he calls “netgiving.” Much of his talk was based on his latest best-selling book, It’s Not Just Who You Know, which earned the #2 spots on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists, as well as the #1 spot on USA Today’s top sellers list.

Among the insights Spaulding shared included:

  • It’s not just who you know, or what they can do for you, but what you can do for them.
  • Motives matter.
  • Establishing a deeper connection is about authenticity, not manipulation; reciprocity, not selfishness.
  • Every relationship is a two-way street; we never know when a chance encounter can change the direction of our lives.

Read more about Spaulding.

2014 Speed Contest results

OVERALL COMBINED SCORES

Place Total Errors Avg %
1 Jo Ann Bryce, RPR, CRR 7 99.797%
2 Donna Urlaub, RMR, CRR 18 99.504%
3 Dana Hayden, RMR, CRR 18 99.494%
4 Karen Tyler, RDR, CRR 24 99.338%
5 John Wissenbach, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 27 99.277%
6 Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, RDR, CRR, CCP 26 99.271%
7 James Pence, RMR, CRR 31 99.175%
8 Rita Gee, RMR, CRR 30 99.139%
9 Clay Frazier, RMR, CRR 36 99.017%
10 Laura Brewer, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 37 98.990%
11 Deanna Boenau, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 37 98.987%
12 Janice Plomp, RDR, CRR, CCP, CRI 61 98.400%
13 Ronald Cook, RDR, CRR 69 98.172%
14 Tami Frazier, RMR, CRR 69 98.130%
15 Amanda LeGore, RDR, CRR 75 98.037%
16 Diane Sonntag, RDR, CRR, CCP, CPE 75 97.962%
17 Amanda Maze, RMR, CRR, CCP 85 97.823%
18 Rich Germosen, RMR, CRR 84 97.714%
19 Douglas Zweizig, RDR, CRR 90 97.710%
20 Laura Axelsen, RMR 119 96.747%

 

LITERARY RESULTS

Place Literary Errors Percentage
1 Laura Brewer 0 100.000%
1 Jo Ann Bryce 0 100.000%
1 Dana Hayden 0 100.000%
2 Deanna Boenau 2 99.818%
2 Amanda Maze 2 99.818%
2 Karyn Menck, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 2 99.818%
2 Janice Plomp 2 99.818%
2 John Wissenbach 2 99.818%
2 Douglas Zweizig 2 99.818%
3 Ronald Cook 3 99.727%
3 James Pence 3 99.727%
4 Donna Urlaub 4 99.636%
5 Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag 5 99.545%
5 Amanda LeGore 5 99.545%
6 Karen Tyler 6 99.455%
7 Diane Sonntag 7 99.364%
8 Clay Frazier 9 99.182%
8 Rita Gee 9 99.182%
8 Rich Germosen 9 99.182%
9 Linda Burke, RMR, CRR, CCP 13 98.818%
9 Francina Davis, RMR, CRR 13 98.818%
10 Kathryn Thomas, RDR, CRR, CCP 14 98.727%
11 Tami Frazier 15 98.636%
12 Patrick Mahon, RMR, CRR 16 98.545%
13 Karen Peckham, RMR, CRR 17 98.455%
14 Candice Andino, RMR 18 98.364%
14 Bernice Radavich, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CPE 18 98.364%
15 Laura Axelsen 20 98.182%
15 Michelle Keegan, RMR, CRR 20 98.182%
16 G. A. Sonntag, RDR, CRR 21 98.091%
17 Maureen McCarthy, RMR, CRR 24 97.818%
18 William Zaremba, RMR, CRR 27 97.545%
19 Deanna Dean, RDR, CRR 49 95.545%
20 Maellen Pittman, RDR, CLVS 49 95.545%

 

LEGAL OPINION RESULTS

Place Errors Percentage
1 Jo Ann Bryce 7 99.391%
2 Donna Urlaub 8 99.304%
3 Karen Tyler 10 99.130%
4 Clay Frazier 13 98.870%
4 James Pence 13 98.870%
4 John Wissenbach 13 98.870%
5 Dana Hayden 15 98.696%
5 Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag 15 98.696%
6 Rita Gee 17 98.522%
7 Deanna Boenau 23 98.000%
8 Laura Brewer 25 97.826%
8 Tami Frazier 25 97.826%
9 Janice Plomp 26 97.739%
9 Douglas Zweizig 26 97.739%
10 Amanda Maze 27 97.652%
11 Amanda LeGore 28 97.565%
12 Ronald Cook 32 97.217%
13 Diane Sonntag 40 96.522%
14 Rich Germosen 44 96.174%
15 Laura Axelsen 56 95.130%

 

Q&A Results:

Place Error Percentage
1 Jo Ann Bryce 0 100.000%
2 Dana Hayden 3 99.786%
3 Rita Gee 4 99.714%
3 Bernice Radavich 4 99.714%
4 Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag 6 99.571%
5 Donna Urlaub 6 99.571%
6 Karen Tyler 8 99.429%
7 Deanna Boenau 12 99.143%
7 Laura Brewer 12 99.143%
7 John Wissenbach 12 99.143%
8 Clay Frazier 14 99.000%
9 James Pence 15 98.929%
10 G. A. Sonntag 17 98.786%
11 Diane Sonntag 28 98.000%
12 Tami Frazier 29 97.929%
13 Rich Germosen 31 97.786%
14 Janice Plomp 33 97.643%
15 Ronald Cook 34 97.571%
16 Maureen McCarthy 41 97.071%
17 Amanda LeGore 42 97.000%
17 Kathryn Thomas 42 97.000%
18 Laura Axelsen 43 96.929%
19 Michelle Keegan 45 96.786%
20 Karyn Menck 51 96.357%
21 Amanda Maze 56 96.000%
22 Karen Peckham 58 95.857%
23 Douglas Zweizig 62 95.571%
24 Francina Davis 70 95.000%

 

2014 Realtime Contest results

2014 Realtime Contest results

OVERALL COMBINED SCORES

Place Total Errors Ave. Per.
1 Jo Ann Bryce, RPR, CRR 5 99.756%
2 Deanna Boenau, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 13 99.394%
3 Dana Hayden, RMR, CRR 14 99.328%
4 Laura Brewer, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 15 99.289%
5 Amanda Maze, RMR, CRR, CCP 16 99.222%
6 Douglas Zweizig, RDR, CRR 18 99.167%
7 Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR 22 98.928%
8 Tammy Milcowitz, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP 24 98.900%
9 Karla Sommer, RMR, CRR, CBC 27 98.728%
10 John Wissenbach, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 32 98.506%
11 Donna Urlaub, RMR, CRR 35 98.422%
12 Michelle Keegan, RMR, CRR 37 98.267%
13 Teri Darrenougue, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 38 98.250%
14 Judith Walsh, RDR, CRR, CCP 39 98.128%
15 Jennifer Bonfilio, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP 41 98.117%
16 Clay Frazier, RMR, CRR 43 97.944%
17 Jennifer Schuck, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 46 97.867%
18 Pam Hardy, RMR, CRR 45 97.861%
19 Ronald Cook, RDR, CRR 52 97.583%
20 Patricia Nilsen, RMR, CRR, CCP, CRI 52 97.539%
21 Darlene Pickard, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 55 97.444%
22 Donna Karoscik, RMR, CRR, CCP 56 97.250%
23 Karen Tyler, RDR, CRR 62 97.172%
24 Deanna Dean, RDR, CRR 60 97.122%
25 Patrick Mahon, RMR, CRR 63 97.033%
26 Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, RDR, CRR, CCP 63 97.022%
27 Karyn Menck, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 68 96.850%
28 Rich Germosen, RMR, CRR 71 96.683%
29 Amie First, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CPE 72 96.644%
30 Tami Frazier, RMR, CRR 72 96.578%
31 Kevin Daniel, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 72 96.550%
32 Amanda LeGore, RDR, CRR 77 96.328%
33 Melinda Sellers, RPR, CRR 82 96.156%
34 Debbie Dibble, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 95 95.561%

 

LITERARY

Place Errors Percent
1 Jo Ann Bryce 4 99.600%
1 Donna Urlaub 4 99.600%
2 Deanna Boenau 5 99.500%
3 Tammy Milcowitz 6 99.400%
3 Douglas Zweizig 6 99.400%
4 Laura Brewer 8 99.200%
5 Dana Hayden 9 99.100%
6 Jennifer Bonfilio 11 98.900%
6 Teri Darrenougue 11 98.900%
7 Amanda Maze 12 98.800%
8 Karla Sommer 13 98.700%
8 Karen Tyler 13 98.700%
8 John Wissenbach 13 98.700%
9 Michelle Keegan 16 98.400%
9 Jennifer Schuck 16 98.400%
10 Mark Kislingbury 17 98.300%
11 Ronald Cook 19 98.100%
12 Darlene Pickard 20 98.000%
13 Janice Plomp, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 21 97.900%
14 Jeanne Cahill, RDR, CRR, CBC 23 97.700%
14 Karyn Menck 23 97.700%
15 Judith Walsh 25 97.500%
15 Pam Hardy 25 97.500%
16 Clay Frazier 26 97.400%
17 Patricia Nilsen 27 97.300%
18 Amie First 28 97.200%
18 Karen Peckham, RMR, CRR 28 97.200%
19 Rich Germosen, 29 97.100%
20 Patrick Mahon, 30 97.000%
21 Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, 32 96.800%
22 Melinda Sellers 36 96.400%
23 Deanna Dean 38 96.200%
24 Debbie Dibble 39 96.100%
25 Tami Frazier, RMR, CRR 40 96.000%
25 William Zaremba, RMR, CRR 40 96.000%
26 Kevin Daniel 45 95.500%
26 Amanda LeGore 45 95.500%
27 Donna Karoscik 47 95.300%
27 Bernice Radavich, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CPE 47 95.300%

 

 

Q&A

Place Error Percentage
1 Jo Ann Bryce 1 99.911%
2 Amanda Maze 4 99.644%
3 Dana Hayden 5 99.556%
3 Mark Kislingbury 5 99.556%
4 Laura Brewer 7 99.378%
5 Deanna Boenau 8 99.289%
6 Donna Karoscik 9 99.200%
7 Douglas Zweizig 12 98.933%
8 Karla Sommer 14 98.756%
8 Judith Walsh 14 98.756%
9 Clay Frazier 17 98.489%
10 Tammy Milcowitz 18 98.400%
11 John Wissenbach 19 98.311%
12 Pam Hardy 20 98.222%
13 Michelle Keegan 21 98.133%
14 Deanna Dean 22 98.044%
15 Patricia Nilsen 25 97.778%
16 Kevin Daniel 27 97.600%
16 Teri Darrenougue 27 97.600%
17 Jennifer Bonfilio 30 97.333%
17 Jennifer Schuck 30 97.333%
18 Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag 31 97.244%
18 Donna Urlaub 31 97.244%
19 Tami Frazier 32 97.156%
19 Amanda LeGore 32 97.156%
20 Ronald Cook 33 97.067%
20 Patrick Mahon 33 97.067%
21 Darlene Pickard, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP 35 96.889%
22 Susan Miller, RPR 41 96.356%
23 Rich Germosen 42 96.267%
24 Amie First 44 96.089%
25 Karyn Menck 45 96.000%
26 Melinda Sellers 46 95.911%
27 Karen Tyler 49 95.644%
28 G. Allen Sonntag, RDR, CRR 53 95.289%
29 Debbie Dibble 56 95.022%