Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates

Friday, August 22, 2008

Student Employment Opportunity: Collection Processing

Are you a TTU student looking for an interesting and educational work opportunity? The Vietnam Archive is currently seeking applicants for a Student Assistant (Collection Processor). This new hire will work under the supervision of Associate Archivist Ty Lovelady, and will involve processing incoming collections of documents, photographs, books, maps, artifacts, and other primary sources from the Vietnam War Era.
Thursday, August 7, 2008

Student Spotlight: Jacob Furr

Jacob Furr was born in Fort Worth, Texas and has been a student assistant at the Vietnam Archive since August 2006. Jacob was originally hired by the Vietnam Archive to digitize collections for the Virtual Vietnam Archive, but moved to collection processing for the archive in Spring 2007. Jacob will soon be leaving the Vietnam Archive as he will receive his BA in History this month. In fact, it was his interest in 20th Century American history that initially led him to the Vietnam Archive where he has done a tremendous job. Jacob is not sure what his future plans will be, but he is contemplating a graduate degree in History. Whatever he decides, we wish Jacob the best and know he will be a success.

Student Spotlight: Aaron Alford

Aaron Alford has been a graduate assistant processing collections at the Vietnam Archive since November 2006 after graduating from Texas A&M; with a BA in History and English in May 2006. While at Texas A&M;, Aaron served as editor of the Aggie student newspaper, The Battalion. Aaron will graduate from Texas Tech with an MA in Creative Writing this August. His thesis was a collection of creative nonfiction essays, titled “Boy Wonders: A Collection of Essays” that documents life in rural southeast Texas; an area in which Aaron is well versed since he is from Hull, Texas. One of the essays found in his thesis is titled “The Quick” and will be featured this month in the literary journal River Teeth.

Aaron first became interested in fiction and nonfiction about the Vietnam War from taking a writing course taught by National Book Award-winning author Larry Heinemann at Texas A&M.; This interest led Aaron to the Vietnam Archive when he arrived at Texas Tech where he has been a tremendous asset. Sadly for the Vietnam Archive, Aaron will become a Teaching Assistant in the English department at Texas Tech when he begins his PhD program in the Fall and will no longer be at the archive. We will definitely miss him, but wish him the best for the future.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Student Spotlight: Melinda Moser

Student Assistant Mindy Moser has worked as a transcriptionist for the Oral History Project for three years. She recently completed her degree in Nutritional Science and is currently in the graduate program at Texas Tech. This summer, Mindy spent three weeks in Nigeria as a volunteer for the Children’s Emergency Relief International, providing basic health care and teaching children in the country’s largest AIDS orphanage. She is originally from Dallas, Texas.

Mindy will soon leave us to work for Covenant Health Systems. Good luck in all your future endeavors, Mindy!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Student Spotlight: Jake Bitonel

Student Assistant Jake Bitonel has been with the Vietnam Archive since February 2007. Originally from Amarillo, Texas, Jake is majoring in Exercise Sports Science. A cadet in the R.O.T.C. and U.S. Army Reserves, Jake will serve five years on active duty after graduation. His long-term career plans include becoming a pilot and an athletic trainer. Jake is currently digitizing the Ron Frankum Collection. He’s taken some time off this summer for Army Reserve training and to visit his father, who has recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq.

Student Spotlight: Kindra Walker

Kindy Walker has been a student assistant with the Vietnam Archive since September 2006. She is originally from Winters, Texas. Her major at TTU is Clinical Laboratoy Science and she hopes to go on to medical school after graduation. At the archive, Kindy works on scanning individual collections, photographs, and other tasks as needed.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Student Spotlight: Sebastian Arandia

Sebastian Arandia graduated from Texas Tech University on May 10, 2008 with a BA in History. He has been accepted into Texas A&M; University’s History graduate program and will begin in August of 2008. Sebastian started working at the Vietnam Archive in May of 2007 and began working on the Familes of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (VAHF) collection on July 17th 2007. He has proven himself a very conscientious, dedicated, and hard working student assistant with a passion for History and learning. Sebastian chose to work at the Vietnam Archive so that he could have “… the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with the history of the Vietnam War.” Sebastian enjoys working with the FVPPA (VAHF) collection because by doing so he is “…preserving and making known the history of the thousands of Vietnamese refugees who left their country after April 30, 1975.” Congratulations and Good Luck Sebastian. We wish you best. We know you are on the road to a bright future.

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Vietnam Archive Student Assistant Receives President’s Congressional Intern Scholarship

Stephanie Elias, a Student Assistant with the Vietnam Archive for over a year, has received the Texas Tech University President’s Congressional Intern Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to six students each year and allows students to travel to Washington, D.C. to learn firsthand how federal policy is formulated in our nation’s capital. Stephanie is the second Vietnam Archive student to receive this award.

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