Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive News and Updates

Friday, March 7, 2014

We are on TV! Check us out on Monday, March 10th

The new America’s Heroes Channel debuted on March 3rd, 2014. The channel will highlight all war efforts of the true American heroes.

On Monday, March 10th, 2014, the channel will be airing a new series entitled, “Against the Odds.”

The series will included a special episode, “The Marines at Hue,” that will feature moving images from the Vietnam Center and Archive.

Narrated by Rob Low, the series Against the Odds unveils the harsh realities of war. The episode will included archival footage and first-hand interviews to illuminate U.S. troops who banded together during battle.

The episode with focus on three U.S. Marines battalions that, along with two Army battalions and South Vietnamese troops, beat the odds to defeat entrenched North Vietnamese troops and the Viet Cong in the South Vietnamese city in 1968.

For more details, click on any of these links.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Staff Departure – Mary Saffell

As many of you may have already heard, longtime Associate Director and Archivist Mary Saffell has accepted the position of Senior Archivist/University Archivist with Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, beginning in October.  Mary joined the Vietnam Center and Archive in the spring of 2002 and has been instrumental in the growth the Archive has experienced over the last decade, as well as the development of the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

During her time with the VNCA, Mary has been a part of a significant number of wide-ranging projects.  She has received grants for and directed numerous archival projects, starting with a project to preserve the film “Dong Tam Base Camp,” part of the William Foulke Collection.  In 2005 Mary applied for a grant through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to process the Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association/Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation (FVPPA/VAHF) collection.  This grant was awarded in 2006 and led to the creation of the Vietnamese American Heritage Project at the Archive, as well as an additional NHPRC grant (currently ongoing) to digitize this invaluable collection.  In 2011  Mary, along with current Assistant Archivist Amy Mondt, and the VNCA’s former Communications Coordinator Victoria Lovelady, initiated the VNCA’s Guest Lecture Series, which to date has brought 14 speakers to Lubbock and will continue this fall with two additional speakers, and four speakers planned for 2014.

These are just a few of the many things Mary has been a part of during her nearly twelve years with the Vietnam Center and Archive.  She has played a vital role with the VNCA and will be greatly missed.  We wish her the best of luck in Fort Worth!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Staff Departure – Ty Lovelady

As many of you have already heard, Associate Archivist Ty Lovelady will be leaving the Vietnam Center and Archive on January 6th. Ty has accepted a new position as University Archivist in the Special Collections Library of the University of Texas at Dallas, which he will begin in the next few weeks.

Ty started at the Archive over ten years ago while finishing up his Master’s thesis here at Texas Tech, working as an Archival Specialist digitizing materials for the Virtual Vietnam Archive. Promoted to Associate Archivist in 2007, Ty has been responsible for, among many other things, collection accessioning, processing, and donor relations. If you’ve had contact with the Archive recently, you’ve probably interacted with Ty.

Ty has been an invaluable member of the Center and Archive staff and will be greatly missed, and we wish him the best of luck in Dallas!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vietnam Center Advisory Board Member Ron Milam Receives Fulbright Award

Vietnam Center Advisory Board member Dr. Ron Milam has received a Core Fulbright Scholar Award to teach a history course in Vietnam.  Dr. Milam was an advisor to the ARVN in 1971 and is currently an Associate Professor in History at Texas Tech.  In the spring of 2011, he will travel to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to teach “America’s Historical Role in International Relations” at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities.  At Texas Tech Dr. Milam teaches classes on US history, the Vietnam War, and military history.  His Vietnam classes are among the most popular offered.  Currently Dr. Milam is accompaning Vietnam Center Director Dr. Steve Maxner and a group of Texas Tech students on a study abroad trip visiting locations in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  He has previously received the TTU President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award, and was recently named an academic fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Since his arrival at Texas Tech, Dr. Milam has been a great support of the Center and Archive and a fixture at our conferences and events.  While we will miss his presences next spring, we wish him the best with this great opportunity.

More Information:

Dr. Ron Milam Faculty Profile –

TTU Communications and Marketing News Release –

The Fulbright Program –

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Staff Departure – Jason Stewart

Oral historian Jason Stewart will be leaving the Vietnam Archive on July 15, 2011, to pursue a teaching career in Mississippi. Jason has been with us for nearly three years, and we will certainly miss his hard work and devotion to the mission of the archive. Jason has been a strong advocate for America’s Vietnam veterans, and we greatly appreciate all he has done to help record their history. Please join us in wishing Jason and his family the absolute best in this transition and in all their future endeavors.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dr. Reckner Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Texas Tech University’s President Guy Bailey presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to Vietnam Center founder Dr. James Reckner during the annual Global Vision Award ceremony to recognize the individual or office especially active in promoting campus internationalization during the previous year.  TTU’s Office of International Affairs hosted the award ceremony at the International Cultural Center, and this year’s event was held on April 21.

The Office of International Affairs selected Dr. Reckner because of his pioneering contributions to establishing the Vietnam Center and his dedication to the institution over many years.  Thanks to his efforts, and the dedicated staff he assembled, the Vietnam Center and Archives now hold one of the major collections of related documents in the world, and the Center organizes and hosts major events related to the Vietnam era. Dr. Reckner has also worked tirelessly to create a number of partnerships between Vietnamese institutions and TTU.  In addition, he has led initiatives to assist Vietnamese institutes of higher learning in a number of ways, such as establishing scholarships to allow Vietnamese students to attend university in their home country.

The annual Global Vision Award, first given in 2003, was created to recognize a faculty member, administrator or organization whose contributions inspired students to study and experience cultures abroad, as well as encourage a broader understanding of the world.  It has since expanded to recognize a broader achievement in promoting campus internationalization.

See more images from the award ceremony on our Facebook page

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Staff Departure – Victoria Lovelady

Longtime Vietnam Center and Archive staff member Victoria Lovelady has accepted an exciting new job opportunity with Covenant Health Systems here in Lubbock begining in February.  Victoria started with the Archive in 2001 as a temp worker digitizing documents for the Virtual Vietnam Archive.  She was soon hired on full-time as an Archival Specialist.  Eventually she was placed in charge of our microfilm digitzation project, which she oversaw for a number of years.  Since 2008, Victoria has been the Communications Coordinator for the Vietnam Center and Archive, where she produced all of the Center and Archive’s print material, including a redesigned brochure and folder, numerous items for our 20th Anniversary Celebration, and a redesigned Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter, for which she won the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) 2009 National Clarion Award for Most Improved Newsletter (Print).

Victoria will be joining Covenant Health Systems as their new Internet Marketing Coordinator.  For the past nine years she has been an invaluable member of the Vietnam Center and Archive staff and will be greatly missed.  We wish her the best of luck in her new job!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Friends of the Vietnam Center Newsletter Wins National Award

The Friends of the Vietnam Center newsletter has been selected as the winner of The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) 2009 National Clarion Award for Most Improved Newsletter (Print). The awards ceremony will be held at AWC’s National Conference in Seattle, Washington on October 17th, 2009. Ann Curry of NBC’s Today Show is being honored at the same ceremony with the AWC’s International Matrix Award and will also be the keynote speaker. The Friends newsletter will be on display for the duration of the conference (October 15-17, 2009).

This year’s Clarion competition attracted nearly 500 entries. There were 97 categories including those for magazines, newspapers, brochures, graphic design, radio, television, advertising, etc. Winners include high-profile national publications such as BusinessWeek, Parade publications, SELF Magazine, and Newsweek just to name a few.

According to the AWC website, the Clarion awards began in 1972 and are open to both men and women as well as members and non-members of AWC. The award was named for the medieval trumpet known for its clarity and symbolizes excellence in clear, concise communications.

The Association for Women in Communications is a national organization whose mission is to champion the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era.

Copies of the Friends of the Vietnam Center newsletter can be downloaded here.
Thursday, September 18, 2008

Maxner named to Vietnam Education Foundation Board of Directors

The Director of the Vietnam Center and Archive, Dr. Stephen F. Maxner, has received a Presidential appointment to the board of directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation, a government agency that works to strengthen the United States’ relationship with Vietnam through educational exchanges in science and technology. Congratulations, Dr. Maxner!

Related Links:
White House press release
Vietnam Education Foundation

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dr. Kelly Crager to speak in Washington, D.C.

Oral Historian Dr. Kelly Crager will travel to Washington D.C. next week to participate in academic gatherings and a Congressional briefing. First on his agenda is a panel discussion, “American POWs of the Japanese: World War II Experiences,” at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, part of The Elliot School of International Affairs, at the George Washington University. On Wednesday, September 10 he will speak before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the issue of compensation for prisoners of the Japanese during World War II. Finally, on September 11, he will make a presentation on his recently published dissertation, “Hell under the Rising Sun: American POWs and the Building of the Burma-Thailand Death Railway,” at the Navy Memorial Lecture Hall, in an event co-sponsored by Navy Memorial and the Asia Society. Congratulations, Dr. Crager, on these outstanding achievements and contributions!

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
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