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In Brief . . .

Tobi Brimsek

Interested in Washington Politics? . . . Starting in January 2000, SAA's Government Affairs program will be introducing a new member service in the form of a monthly email update/newsletter on Washington politics. The update will provide timely information regarding legislative and administrative issues pertaining to archaeology currently being debated in our nation's capital as well as upcoming Congressional hearings. If you would like to subscribe to this email update, send a message to donald_craib@saa.org and ask to be signed up.

Check Those Mailboxes . . . On December 27, 1999, the pre-liminary program for SAA's 65th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was mailed out via third-class mail. The program also was posted on SAAweb. We hope to see you in Philadelphia!

Speaking of Philadelphia . . . Remember that the 65th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology will be at the Philadelphia Marriott, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. Rates are $139/single; $148/double; additional person $20. A limited number of rooms has been blocked for government attendees at the government rate of $113/single (at the time this issue went to press there were still government rate rooms available!). Government guests must present a government ID to qualify for this rate. Reservations can be made by calling 1 (800) 320-5744.

Remember, if you register for a room at the Philadelphia Marriott by February 1, 2000, your name will be entered into an SAA drawing for a terrific prize: a two-year membership in SAA! Call the Marriott, tel: 1 (800) 320-5744, tell them you are attending the Society for American Archaeology meeting, and make your room reservation today!

And for Students . . . SAA has arranged a student accommodation and rate at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown, 1305-11 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107, for the Annual Meeting. The block of rooms at the Holiday Inn is for students only, and a student ID will be required at the time the reservations are made. The rate is $103/single and $108/double/triple/quad and includes a continental breakfast from the hotel's breakfast bar. For reservations at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown, call (215) 735-9300 ext. 7507; fax: 1 (215) 732-2593, or email: midtown@erols.com.

Latin American Antiquity - A Cumulative Index . . . Now available on SAAweb is a cumulative index from inception, Volume 1, 1990, through Volume 10: 4, 1999. This index was compiled by Katharina J. Schreiber. In addition to the Web version of this index, hard copies are available for sale as well. The cost is $6.95 each for SAA members and $8.95 for nonmembers. Shipping and handling is $5 for the first item and $.50 for each additional item in the order. To place an order or if you have any questions, contact Carlean Ponder, Coordinator, Membership Services, at (202) 789-8200, email carlean_ponder@saa.org, or write Carlean at the Society office.

E-Payment Meets SAA . . . We are in the process of implementing credit card payments via SAAweb. The first application will be meeting registration via the Web. We also will be debuting Web payments for meeting balances due. This is only the beginning! We will then expand Web payments to other areas such as publications, SAAgear, and beyond . . .

Current Research on SAAweb . . . If you haven't visited SAAweb lately, you may not have noticed the updates to the section devoted to current research. There is a concerted effort underway to provide new material for this important tool.

Preview of the Exhibit Hall? . . . For the first time, get a preview of the exhibit hall from the 65th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. How? Visit SAA's website and click on each exhibitor's website. Check out the meetings side of SAAweb.

Notice the Theme? . . . SAAweb is changing, expanding, and becoming a key resource for the Society. You will be observing additional enhancements to the web including some reorganization to facilitate navigation of the site. Don't forget the SAA members-only side of SAAweb which has an up-to-date member directory for your convenience.

Staff Will Be Expanding . . . SAA's Board of Directors has authorized a new staff position as of January 3, 2000a part-time manager, Education and Outreach. Gail William Brown has been hired for this position and will begin work on January 10. In addition, SAA will be hiring a Public Relations intern for both the winter and spring semesters. This internship will enable the Society to enhance the Public Relations program now in place. Each of these positions will assist SAA in building stronger programs and member services.

Coming Soon from SAA Publications . . .

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

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