Hear history come alive with a talk by William B. Boehm, historian at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, and former archivist and curator at the New Mexico State University Archives and Special Collections Department.
Boehm’s talk, “Passage to the American Century: Pancho Villa, The National Defense Act and National Guard Mexican Border Service” will be on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 10 AM on the fourth floor of the Branson Library on the NMSU Campus. It is free to the public.
Boehm argues that Villa’s raid of Columbus, N.M., on March 9, 1916 brought about the wrath of the United States. “Less known, but of equal or greater importance, was the National Guard’s response immediately following mission into the state of Chihuahua, part of a campaign formally known as Mexican Border Service,” said Boehm. “It was the first such mobilization of its kind without the formal declaration of war in the country’s history.”
His presentation will discuss the aftermath of the Pancho Villa raid and the events following the start of the Punitive Expedition in March 1916, focusing on the efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico border and create legislation to effectively put state National Guards into federal status for the national defense, which resulted in the national mobilization of the entire Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border in May to June 1916.
William B. (Bill) Boehm grew up in Alamogordo, N.M., and completed undergraduate work at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in 1987. He enrolled at the graduate history program at New Mexico State University. Boehm worked on various writing projects that focused on Fort Bliss, White Sands Missile Range, and Holloman Air Force Base, and other cultural resource projects. He later joined the staff of the New Mexico State University Library in 2000, working as an archivist and curator.
Boehm now works with the Historical Services Branch of the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Va., as a historian. He has contributed numerous articles on Guard history, as well as a screenplay for a documentary video on the 375th anniversary of the National Guard. His publications include In Katrina’s Wake: The National Guard on the Gulf Coast, 2005 (2010); Quarters One: The Story of a Historic Home and its Residents (2012), and the latest monograph, The National Guard State Partnership Program: Forging and Maintaining Effective Security Cooperation Partnerships for the 21st Century (2014).
NMSU Library Announces Recipients of The Elizabeth McKenney Titus NMSU Library Student Employee Scholarship
The NMSU Library has announced Nicah Montoya and Elizabeth Butler as recipients of The Elizabeth McKenney Titus NMSU Library Student Employee Scholarship. This is the first awarding of this scholarship since its inception. Each recipient will receive $500 to be used toward tuition, books or other needs. Recipients meet the criteria of having a cumulative GPA of 2.75, sophomore level student or higher, and employed in good standing at the NMSU Library for the last two semester prior to the award.
Nicah Montoya, who is from Magdalena, NM, is a junior studying elementary education. She has worked for two years in the Access Services Department. Montoya works at the circulation desk, being the point person for all of the library’s diverse populations. “I’ve learned to be more aware of other people and take their life into consideration when working with them,” said Montoya.
“This scholarship couldn’t have come at a better time because it’s been a struggle this semester financially,” said Montoya. “It’s been a blessing to know that I get through this semester. Thank you to all those who donated!”
Elizabeth Butler, from Albuquerque, NM, has worked in the library for 1 year in the Technical Services Department assisting with discharging books, checking in journals and labeling. She is currently a sophomore studying International Business and also manages to hold down another part-time job at Subway.
“I got to see a lot more books than what I thought we had to offer. I’ve learned to interact better with faculty and have learned a lot about professional communication,” said Butler of her library work experience.
NMSU Library Director of Development, April Anaya, was announced as the recipient of the SAGE Library Support Staff Travel Grant to the American Library Association conference in Orlando on June 23-28. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas.
“Attending the American Library Association Annual Conference will allow me to broaden and expand my knowledge of academic research libraries and explore unique ways to further the mission of the NMSU Library,” said Anaya. “As a development officer, this is a tremendous opportunity and I am thrilled to have been chosen as a 2016 United for Libraries/SAGE scholarship recipient!”
The New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Department announces that its Political Papers Unit has completed processing the Defense subseries of the Pete V. Domenici Senatorial Papers.
The 18 boxes are now open for use by researchers. The documents and materials in this part of the collection focus on legislation, reports, and policies related to the United States Departments of Defense and Homeland Security on both a national and New Mexican level.
“Senator Domenici was a strong advocate for the Defense department in New Mexico, and this subseries details his efforts to support New Mexico’s role in the United States’ national security structure,” said Adam Heien, Political Papers archivist. “Of particular importance are the materials related to the annual defense appropriations, the Base Realignment and Closure cycles and their impact on New Mexican installations, and those materials directly related to Cannon, Kirtland, and Holloman Air Force Bases, as well as White Sands Missile Range.”
A continually updated finding aid for the Pete V. Domenici Papers can be found at http://lib.nmsu.edu/domenici/DomeniciFindingAid.pdf. Researchers can access the papers by visiting the Caroline E. Stras Reading Room on the 4th Floor of Branson Library or by contacting the department at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at (575) 646-3839.
The New Mexico State University Library will be hosting a new exhibit from its Archives and Special Collections Department called “Guerrillas and Guardsmen: Pancho Villa, the National Guard, and the 1916 Columbus Raid” starting Thursday, March 24.
The exhibit will contain documents and photographs from the NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections Department which related to Pancho Villa’s 1916 raid on Columbus, NM, and the ensuing national and international events. This will include scans of local and campus newspapers; photographs of Villa and his troops, and the American army and National Guardsmen who pursued him; and letters and other documents describing the raid.
“The Columbus raid was an important event in southern New Mexico history,” said Caitlin Wells, archivist of the Rio Grande Historical Collections. She noted that the report of the raid appeared the NMSU Roundup, which listed the death of a former student, will be on display in the exhibit.
A talk held by William Boehm, historian at the National Guard Bureau, will be on Monday, May 2, and will be called “Passage to the American Century: Pancho Villa, The National Defense Act and National Guard Mexican Border Service.” More information to follow.
The exhibit is in the Milton Gallery on the fourth floor of Branson Library. Free parking is available on the NMSU campus after 4:30 p.m. For questions or further information, please contact Caitlin Wells at email@example.com or (575) 646-6323.
Joseph Cervantes was a six-term member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, representing southern Dona Ana County where he grew up as part of a fourth generation farming family. He has been a member of the New Mexico State Senate since 2013. Joseph and his family continue to farm near La Mesa, New Mexico, and own Cervantes Enterprises, one of New Mexico’s largest chile producers and processors. Joseph is a graduate of UNM law school, and initially joined the Albuquerque offices of Modrall Sperling. He then returned to Las Cruces in 1995 to establish his own firm. The Cervantes Law Firm specializes in business, commercial, construction, and personal injury litigation.
Daniel E. Chand received his Ph.D. in Public Policy in the Policy Management specialization at the University of Arkansas and has a master’s in Political Science with an emphasis in Community Development from Illinois State University. His primary areas of interests are nonprofit advocacy and policy implementation, specifically relating to immigration policy. He is currently studying the role of administrative judges in the policy implementation process and the use of 501(c) nonprofits in elections.
Paul Gessing became the first full-time President of the Rio Grande Foundation in March of 2006. Since joining the Foundation, Gessing has been a prominent voice for limited government and individual liberties in policy areas including: Constitutional liberties, taxes, health care, education, and transportation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Gessing headed up the lobbying efforts of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) a respected taxpayer-advocacy organization in Washington, DC. He has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News & World Reports, The Albuquerque Journal, Barron’s and several other major publications. Paul has also testified in Congress and before a variety of state and local bodies.
Viki Harrison is the executive director for Common Cause New Mexico where she coordinates legislative initiatives, does public education and research, organizes volunteers and is responsible for fundraising and budget oversight. She joined CCNM in early 2012, prior Harrison was the Executive Director of NM Repeal, where she led the winning campaign in New Mexico to abolish the death penalty. Earlier in her career she was the Program Manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico, and part of the team that successfully banned cockfighting in the state.
Gill Sorg graduated from Winona State University in Montana with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He taught science at St. Augustine School in Minnisota. Sorg joined the Peace Corps and taught science at in Ghana. Sorg received a Master’s of Science in Biology at the University of North Dakota. After employment with the Montana Department of Agriculture as a pesticide specialist, Sorg joined his family’s ranch and farm in Wolf Point Montana. In 1998 Sorg moved to New Mexico and was employed as a consultant for growing alfalfa seed. Sorg has worked as a substitute teacher, has had seasonal employment at WSMR, and has worked with the both the Threatened and Endangered Species and National Environment Policy Act.
Sunshine Week Moderator Peter Goodman has been both a journalist and a lawyer, and currently writes a controversial Sunday column published in the Las Cruces Sun-News and on KRWG’s web-site. He holds degrees from NMSU in Journalism/filmmaking (B.A.) and English/creative writing (M.A.).
The NMSU Library, NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, and NMSU Alumnus Tim Parker are presenting “Sunshine in the Shade: Uncovering Outside Influence in Local Elections.” The event, held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, will commemorate Sunshine Week, which celebrates the public’s access to information, open records, and open government. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of Zuhl Library on the NMSU campus.
Panelists for the program are:
- New Mexico Senator Joseph Cervantes
- Las Cruces City Councilor Gill Sorg
- Viki Harrison from Common Cause
- Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation
- Dr. Daniel Chand, NMSU Government Department
The panel will be moderated by writer, photographer, and lawyer Peter Goodman. Please join us as our panelists discuss recent trends and transparency in local elections. The audience is welcome to participate with questions. Refreshments will be served.
Free parking will be available on the NMSU campus after 4:30 p.m. For questions or further information, please contact Sunshine Week Program chair Cassie McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org or (575) 646-7492.
New Mexico State University Communications Specialist Cassie McClure was awarded the Border Regional Library Association 2015 Staff Member of the Year for her “outstanding library service to the community.”
The Border Regional Library Association (BRLA) is an organization founded in 1966 for the promotion of library service and librarianship in the El Paso/Las Cruces/Juárez metroplex. Current membership includes over 100 librarians, paraprofessionals, media specialists and library friends and trustees from all types of libraries in the tri-state area of Trans-Pecos Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Chihuahua.
The New Mexico State University Library is pleased to partner with the New Mexico Department of Health and the National Library of Medicine’s New England Region (NLM/NER) to provide training and alternative document delivery to public health professionals in New Mexico Public Health Information Access (PHIA): Digital Library Project. New Mexico is one of 21 public health departments across the U.S. participating in this unique initiative aimed to improve access to much needed health information for these professionals. Broader goals of the project include: gaining a better understanding of what electronic resources are useful, evidence-based, and affordable for public health departments (including licensed resources); and, reinforcing understanding of NLM’s products and services related to public health.
On February 23rd and 24th Ellen Bosman, Professor and Health Sciences Subject Specialist and Norice Lee, Associate Dean at the NMSU Library, along with the PHIA Digital Library Project Coordinator, Karen Dahlen and other trainers, provided hands-on and interactive training to over 30 public health professionals in Santa Fe. The training focused on a variety of e-resources (databases, e-books, ejournals) and tools acquired specifically for this project. Bosman trained the participants on PubMed including EndNote and Lee trained on Cochrane Databases of Systematic Reviews and presented on relevant content within the NMSU Library’s Digital Collections. Lee also provided access information and instructions on how to obtain articles not available in the Digital Library through an alternative document delivery system set up at the NMSU Library for these users. Bosman and Lee hope to provide additional training sessions throughout the state in the year ahead as an extension of the project.
For more information about the partnership or project, contact Norice Lee at email@example.com