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In Brief...

Tobi Brimsek

Get Ready For Chicago, March 24-28, 1999 . . . Based on the number of submissions, it looks like lots of networking at the Chicago meeting--possibly vying for the second largest? If you haven't already consulted the meetings section of the SAA website, please note that SAA's 64th Annual Meeting 1999 is at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 East North Water St., Chicago, IL 60611. If you'd like to deal promptly with your room reservation, there is a hotel reservation form in the meetings section on SAAweb or you may phone the Sheraton at 1 (800) 233-4100 or 1 (312) 329-7000 and mention that you are with the Society for American Archaeology meeting. The deadline for SAA reservations at the Sheraton is February 23, 1999. Reservations received after this cut-off date will be based on availability. SAA meeting rates are $145/single; $165/double; $185/triple/quad. A limited number of rooms at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers has been blocked for government attendees at the prevailing government rate. Government guests must present a government ID to quality for this rate.

Student Member Housing at the Chicago Annual Meeting . . . SAA has arranged a special student accommodation and rate in Chicago at the Motel 6, 162 East Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611. A student ID is required to reserve a room for the SAA meeting at the student rate of $85 for single-quad. These rooms are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A reservation form for these student accommodations is available on SAAweb or you can call (312) 787-3580 and mention that you are a student member of SAA. The deadline for requests for student-rate rooms is January 21, 1999.

Getting to Chicago . . . American Airlines has been selected by SAA as the official airline for the 1999 Annual Meeting in Chicago. American is offering SAA Annual Meeting attendees special discounted fares to Chicago. You can receive a bonus discount of 5 percent by purchasing 60 days in advance! To take advantage of American's discounted fares, call +1 (800) 433-1790 for reservations. Refer to Star File Number: S0739UD. Remember to reserve your flights early and save even more!!

December 23, 1998 . . . This is our target mailing date for the Chicago Preliminary Program. Watch your mail box during the first few weeks in January for this power-packed program and mark your calendars for March 24-28, 1999 in Chicago!

Are You Connected? . . . As you may be aware, SAA launched its "Get Connected" campaign last year to encourage members to report email addresses to SAA to enable the Society to increase its capability to communicate with you via email. Currently 63 percent, or 4,146 of our 6,563 members, are online! If you have an email address, please let us know in one of three ways: send an email to membership@saa.org, fax your email address to (202) 789-0284, or call the Membership Department at (202) 789-8200. Please let us know if you've had an email address change as well. Help us strengthen our communication with you . . . get connected!

Staff Transitions . . . A few new voices may greet you when you call the SAA office. In July, Elizabeth Foxwell joined the staff as Manager, Publications. Beth brings over 13 years of publications and editing expertise to SAA. Ireti Akinola became Coordinator, Membership Services, in September. Ireti brings association experience and knowledge of our in-house database system along with a new degree in art history. In May, Rick Peterson was promoted from Coordinator, Membership Services to Manager, Membership and Marketing.

Communicating with SAA . . . If you are trying to reach SAA electronically and know a staff person's name, all staff emails are structured similarly: firstname_lastname@saa.org. You may also want to reach one of our five email boxes: meetings@saa.org; membership@saa.org; info@saa.org; headquarters@saa.org; publications@saa.org; and public_edu@saa.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Tobi Brimsek is executive director of the Society for American Archaeology.


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