Texas Tech University

URC 2018 Speakers

Wednesday, March 28

Tapas and Topics Luncheon
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Student Union - Matador Room
Invitation Only Event - RSVP Required

You have always been told, "Don't pick at your food." Well, that still applies but here is your chance to pick the brain of a professional who has enjoyed success in a career field in which you are interested. At this event you will have the opportunity to choose from a number of tables hosted by professionals from various career fields and diverse backgrounds. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and gain many valuable nuggets of advice. Be sure to arrive early as table choices will be available on a first come, first served basis. 

Thursday, March 29

Dr. Ron Milam Headshot

2018 TTU Undergraduate Research Banquet
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Frazier Alumni Pavilion
Invitation Only Event - RSVP Required

Keynote Speaker: Ron Milam, Ph.D

Ron Milam is an Associate Professor of History, a Fulbright Scholar to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and the founding Faculty advisor to the Veterans' Association at Texas Tech. He teaches both halves of the U.S. Survey, the Vietnam War, and graduate and undergraduate courses in Military History. His latest teaching interest is terrorism and insurgency, an interest that developed from his having been named an Academic Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He also serves as the Academic Advisor for the semi-annual Vietnam Center sponsored student trips to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. He has also taught at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam under a Ford Foundation grant. He currently serves on the Content Advisory Committee tasked with writing the history of the Vietnam War for the new Education Center at "The Wall" in Washington D.C.

Dr. Milam is the author of Not a Gentleman's War: an Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War, published by the University of North Carolina Press, and the editor of The Vietnam War in Popular Culture: The Influence of America's Most Controversial War on Everyday Life (2 volumes), published by ABC-CLIO/Praeger. He is currently working on "The Siege of Phu Nhon: Montagnards and Americans as Allies in Battle," which deals with one of the most significant battles in the late days of the Vietnam War. Dr. Milam is a member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy, recipient of the President's Excellence in Teaching Award, and was recently named an Integrated Scholar.

Dr. Milam is a member of the Texas Tech Vietnam Center Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation, which operates the Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire, New Mexico, and the Texas Aviation Heritage Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Music from Angel Fire Chamber Festival.

Dr. Milam is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and in 2015 was inducted into the Officer Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame at the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Georgia. He rides and collects motorcycles.

Not a Gentleman's War Cover  Dr. Milam Motorcycle Vietnam War Popular Culture Cover