CIMA Awards Presented at Western Round-Up

During the awards luncheon at the 2010 Western Round-Up joint-conference in Seattle, Washington, CIMA presented two awards: the Life-Time Achievement Award and the Service Award.

Guy Rocha presented 2010 CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award

Retired Nevada State Archivist, Guy Rocha, was awarded the 2010 CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award. Raised in Las Vegas, Rocha graduated from Clark High School. He received a BA from Syracuse University in New York, MA from San Diego State University, and pursued post-graduate study in history at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has been a Certified Archivist since 1989.

Guy Rocha taught in the Washoe County School District and at Western Nevada College. He worked at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno for over four years and served on the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly editorial board for twenty years.

Guy Rocha was Assistant Administrator for Archives and Records (State Archivist) at the State Library & Archives for twenty-eight years. He managed Nevada’s Archives, Records Management, and Micrographics and Imaging programs. “Common Cause of Nevada” awarded him its 1997 “Ethics in Government Award.” U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid appointed Rocha to the Advisory Committee on the Records of Congress in April 2005, and he was reappointed by Sen. Reid, the Majority Leader, in March 2007.

Guy Rocha received the Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local history in Sept. 2007 for outstanding contributions to Nevada history. In May 2008, the Nevada State AFL-CIO honored Rocha as “A Friend of Nevada’s Working Families” at its 7th Annual induction ceremony in Las Vegas, and the City of Reno Historical Resources Commission selected him as its Historical Resources Award Recipient.

In addition, Rocha has published two books, written numerous articles and book reviews. He has published the “Historical Myth A Month” column in the Sierra Sage since January 1996 and it is posted on the Nevada State Library and Archives website. Since 2000, he has a bi-weekly myth-busting column in the Reno Gazette Journal. The column also appears in the Humboldt Sun, Battle Mountain Bugle, Lovelock Review-Miner, and the online Nevada Observer.

Guy Rocha has appeared or worked on numerous film and television documentaries. For almost thirteen years, Rocha hosted a live, call-in radio talk show on KPTL in Carson City known as the Monday History For Lunch Bunch. He was a rotating host the High Desert Forum on Reno-based KUNR, National Public Radio, from June 2001 to June 2008.

For his contributions, the Awards Committee of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists selected Guy Rocha to receive the first ever CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award (for the year 2010). His selection was unanimously confirmed by all CIMA Council Members and Officers. The prestigious CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award acknowledges and demonstrates appreciation for a life of service and leadership in the Archival Profession, by the peers and colleagues of the recipient. It is given out once annually, during CIMA’s annual meeting.

The award is presented as a diploma in a leather cover with the CIMA logo. The diploma cover is decorated with original artwork created specifically for this occasion. This year’s art is an oil on canvas painting, representing an artistic interpretation of the CIMA logo.

This year’s CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award citation reads:

We the colleagues and peers of Guy Rocha, come together on this day; Friday, April 30, 2010 to acknowledge and demonstrate our gratitude for his life of service and leadership in the Archival Profession.

Guy Rocha’s years as Nevada State Archivist has been a shining beacon in our profession’s efforts to preserve history for researchers of today and tomorrow.

Undoubtedly, his efforts will ensure that countless stories from the historical record, will be saved and will have chance to be forwarded to generations to come. It is our hope that lessons learned, will not be forgotten.

Guy Rocha’s work having been recognized on the state, regional, and national level; has brought prestige and gravitas to the archival profession in the inter-mountain region.

Therefore, the members of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists, with representatives from the states of Nevada, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, and Arizona; today honors one of our organization’s founders; and presents the first CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award to GUY ROCHA having been selected by the CIMA Awards Committee, and unanimously confirmed by all CIMA Council Members and Officers.

Su Kim Chung presented 2010 CIMA Service Award

In addition, the newly created CIMA Service Award was presented to Su Kim Chung, for the year 2010. Su Kim Chung’s work as Manuscripts Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has been recognized as an important contribution to the archival profession in the inter-mountain region.

Her best-selling book Las Vegas: Then and Now is an important photographic survey of one of the nation’s best loved cities. Her leadership in the CIMA organization, as well as other archival groups (such as the Society of American Archivists) has brought much respect and notoriety to the inter-mountain region.

Her leadership during the Las Vegas Western Round-Up super joint-conference in 2005, helped secure the future of that conference series. And, it is only appropriate that she receives this award, during the very a meeting during that series.

The prestigious CIMA Service Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the CIMA organization, and to the archival profession in general, in recent years. The award is given in appreciation for their service and leadership, by the peers and colleagues of the recipient, but to a recipient who may not yet qualify for the CIMA Life-Time Achievement Award. It is given one-time annually, during CIMA’s annual meeting.

The award is presented as a diploma in a leather cover with the CIMA logo. The diploma cover is decorated with original artwork created specifically for this occasion. This year’s art is an oil on canvas painting, representing an artistic interpretation of the CIMA logo.

This year’s CIMA Service Award citation reads:

We the colleagues and peers of Su Kim Chung, come together on this day; Friday, April 30, 2010; to acknowledge and demonstrate our gratitude for her efforts and leadership in the Archival Profession.

Su Kim Chung’s work as Manuscripts Librarian, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; has shown her to be a tireless champion of our profession’s efforts to preserve history for researchers of today and tomorrow. Her leadership, creativity, and vision has been an inspiration; and we look forward to many more years of working side-by-side with her.

Su Kim Chung’s work having been recognized on the state, regional, and national level; has brought prestige and gravitas to the archival profession in the inter-mountain region.

Therefore, the members of the Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists, with representatives from the states of Nevada, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, and Arizona; today honors and presents the first CIMA SERVICE AWARD to SU KIM CHUNG having been selected by the CIMA Awards Committee and unanimously confirmed by all CIMA Council Members and Officers.

One Response to CIMA Awards Presented at Western Round-Up

  1. wayne says:

    Guy,
    Congrats on your much deserved award.
    Wayne Capurro

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