Vietnam Center & Archive News and Updates
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.
Mindy will soon leave us to work for Covenant Health Systems. Good luck in all your future endeavors, Mindy!
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.
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.
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.