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In Brief . . .

Tobi Brimsek

Have You Visited SAAweb Recently? . . . SAAweb content is changing and more informative than ever! Have you noticed the abstracts of articles from American Antiquity [64(3)] and Latin American Antiquity [10(3)] on the site? The job ads on the Web also are one of the busiest areas. If you have not visited the members only side of the Web recently, give it a try. The online member directory is updated every two weeks. News in the government affairs arena is uploaded as available, and of course, meeting logistics information is already there for the 65th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. You also may want to check out the important new scrolling messages on the bottom of SAA's home page. We know that many of you visited the site to download forms or to electronically submit abstracts for the 65th Annual Meeting. We'd like your feedback on that process. Please email the executive director, Tobi Brimsek, at tobi_brimsek@saa.org with your comments. Staff is working on making the electronic submissions process more friendly as well as integrating credit card payment options into the process. Watch for our progress!

Win a Two-year Membership in SAA! . . . The first question you might ask is how? It is very easy. Register for a room at the Philadelphia Marriott for the 65th Annual Meeting, April 5­9, 2000, by February 1, 2000, and your name will be entered into a drawing for a two-year membership in the Society. Call the Philadelphia Marriott at 1 (800) 320-5744 and make your room reservation today. Full information and a housing form for your use are now available on SAAweb. The cut-off date for reservations at the Philadelphia Marriott is March 12, 2000. Reservations received after this cut-off date will be based on availability. A limited number of rooms are available for our government attendees at the prevailing government rate ($113). Government guests must provide a government ID to qualify for this rate.

Speaking of the Meeting . . . In case you wanted to plan ahead, some basic travel information appears below:

Getting to Philadelphia by plane: US Airways has been selected by SAA as the official airline for the 2000 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. US Airways is offering SAA Annual Meeting attendees special discounted fares to Philadelphia. You can receive an additional discount by purchasing 60 days in advance! To take advantage of US Airways' discounted fares, call US Airways' Group and Meeting Reservation office toll free 1 (877) 874-7687 for reservations. Refer to Gold File Number: 42141114. Getting to Philadelphia by train: SAA also has made arrangements with Amtrak for special fares to Philadelphia for the Annual Meeting. To book a reservation, call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245. When making reservations, please refer to SAA/Society for American Archaeology and the fare code X-67K-946. This arrangement is not valid on Auto Train, Club, or Custom Class service. Fare is valid on Metroliner service during off-peak weekday travel and all departures on weekends.

Just a Reminder for Students . . . SAA has arranged a room block with a special rate of $103 for single and $108 for double/triple/quad rooms (including a continental breakfast at the hotel's breakfast bar open from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. daily) at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown, 1305-11 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Students must present a current student ID to qualify for this rate. There are a limited number of rooms, and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for student reservations is March 10, 1999. To make reservations, students may call (215) 735-9300 extension 7507, email: midtown@erols.com, or fax: (215) 732-2593. If you email or fax, please indicate name, address, number of persons, whether you need one or two beds, credit card information, and if you would like verification by fax, the name, and fax number to whom it must be sent. Remember these rooms are limited!

Watch That Mail . . . The preliminary program for SAA's 65th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia will drop in the mail on December 26. Keep your eye out for this important piece describing the first SAA Annual Meeting in the new millennium. It should be arriving in your mail box during the first few weeks in January.

One Last Plea . . . At the Annual Meeting in Chicago last March, we distributed a survey from the Meetings Development Committee on the SAA meeting in the new millennium. Thank you for the responses received at and after the meeting via mail, email, and fax. SAA also published this survey in the Bulletin and posted it on SAAweb to allow for the broadest input possible. The survey will remain on the website until the end of December. If you have not had a chance to complete the survey, please visit it on SAAweb. We'd like to hear from you! Thanks. ·

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

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