Eight exceptional students were honored during Plenary II at the CoSA/ NAGARA/SAA Joint Annual Meeting on Friday, August 15, 2014. Each of these students has demonstrated scholastic and personal achievement, as well as the potential to become an influential member of the archives profession. Joanna Chen is the recipient of the Josephine Forman Scholarship. Established by the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church, the scholarship supports minority students pursuing graduate education in archival science and promotes the diversification of the American archives profession. Chen is pursuing a master of library and information science degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. She discovered her passion for archives while working at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, where she processed collections, created finding aids, researched for exhibitions, led workshops, and provided reference for diverse communities. Michelle Chiles, a 2013 alumna of the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, is the recipient of the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award, which supports students and recent graduates within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. As a founding member and former co-chair of the New England Archivists’ Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students, Chiles helped implement a pilot mentoring circles program. Chiles shared her perspectives on mentoring at the CoSA/NAGARA/SAA Joint Annual Meeting session “A Push in the Right Direction: Expanding Models of Mentorship.” Raquel Flores- Clemons, a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a recipient of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award, which recognizes students of African, Asian, Latino, or Native American descent who, through scholastic achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of SAA. While pursuing her master’s degree, Flores-Clemons has served as an active member of an archives that seeks to identify, collect, and preserve digital and paper records that document the creative process and practices of members of Midwest hip-hop communities. Joshua D. Hager is the recipient of the Theodore Calvin Pease Award for superior writing achievement by a student of archival studies. Hager recently earned a master’s degree in information science from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science. His paper, “To Like or Not to Like: Understanding and Maximizing the Utility of Archival Outreach on Facebook,” was nominated by Dr. Helen R. Tibbo. Hager’s award-winning work will be published in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of The American Archivist. William Levay is the recipient of the F. Gerald and Elsie Ham Scholarship for a graduate student in archival studies at a US university. Levay is attending the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute. Prior to attending the Pratt Institute, Levay worked as a processing archivist and graduate assistant at New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections as well as the archives assistant at the Associated Press (AP) Corporate Archives. Levay currently works as the graduate assistant on the Linked Jazz project and was the sole developer of the new website of the ARChive of Contemporary Music. Rebecca Nieto, a master’s student in the library and information science program at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, is a recipient of the Mosaic Scholarship. The prize provides funding to students who manifest a commitment to the archival profession and advancing diversity concerns within it. Prior to attending McGill University, Nieto spent a year as a library assistant at Albuquerque Academy and volunteered with Indian Pueblo archives. Nieto, who is spearheading an SAA student chapter at her institution, was commended for her exceptional academic work. “[Nieto] is bright and articulate and often stimulates classroom discussion with her thoughtful comments,” one supporter wrote. Maria Sánchez-Tucker, a master’s student in the library and information science program at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, is a recipient of the Mosaic Scholarship. After earning a master’s degree in museum science from Texas Tech University, Sánchez- Tucker took on the challenging position as the founding and executive director of the Bessemer Historical Society (BHS) in Pueblo, Colorado. While working for BHS, she helped raise $6.5 million to renovate an historic building so it could become the Steelworks Museum and Archives. Allan Jason Sarmiento, a graduate student in the Capital Campus Public History Program at California State University, Sacramento, is a recipient of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award. While pursuing his degree, Sarmiento has gained professional experience through working at the California State Archives, the Center for Sacramento History, and the Yolo County Archives, among other institutions. Sarmiento also had a leading role in establishing the Welga! Archives, which has a mission to store and make accessible primary source materials detailing Filipino- American labor history.
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