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In Brief...

Tobi Brimsek

A record breaker in the Emerald City! More than 3,200 gathered in Seattle, Wash., for the 63rd Annual Meeting, March 25 to 29, 1998. It was the highest attendance ever for an SAA meeting, breaking the 1996 New Orleans record. We'll have to address that record again in 2001 when we return to New Orleans.

1998 Silent Auction an outstanding success! Thanks to the more than 150 bidders vying for 147 items donated by 51 individuals, companies, and publishers, the Native American Scholarships Committee was able to raise nearly $4,200 for the Native American Scholarship Fund. Joe Watkins, committee chair, would like to thank all the committee members for their support, with special thanks to committee vice-chair, Tristine Lee Smart, and to committee members, Kenneth Carleton, Barbara Mills, Ann Tippitt, and Miranda Warburton, for their time and effort. Thanks also to Constance Arzigan and June-el Piper (with apologies to anyone inadvertently omitted) for all their assistance in making the auction the success that it was.

Plans are already under way for next year's event in Chicago (a few surprises are in store). Please start rounding up your donations for next year, and don't forget those department and field school t-shirts for a new fund raiser. Thank you all!

1999 in the Windy City! Chicago is the destination for the 64th Annual Meeting, March 24 to 28, 1999. The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. As memories of Seattle begin to fade, please watch your mailboxes for the Call for Submissions for the Chicago meeting, mailed third class on April 6, 1998. It will also be available on SAAweb. Have you checked out the web site lately?

Submitting via SAAweb. It's new and exciting and cost-effective and efficient! For 1998, SAA encouraged submission of the title, abstract, and authors via email. For 1999, you can go that route, or, even better, go electronic and submit for the Chicago meeting via SAAweb. As you submit, you will be creating the electronic files necessary for the development of the program and abstracts. After you have completed the submission, print out a summary sheet, add payment, and send the summary sheet via fax or mail to SAA. We urge you to use web submissions for 1999. This will improve accuracy and eliminate the need for scanning and proofing abstracts. If you have any questions, please contact us via email, call (202) 789-8200, or fax (202) 789-0284. See you in Chicago!

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

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