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In Brief...

Tobi Brimsek

The second largest ever . . . SAA's 64th Annual Meeting in Chicago made our record book as the second largest meeting in our history, surpassed only by the 1998 Seattle Annual Meeting. There were more than 3,000 registrants!

April 1, 1999 . . . Hopefully by now you will have received the Call for Submissions for the 2000 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. This was mailed on April 1. Please join SAA for our first meeting in the new millennium on April 5­9, 2000. The deadline for the receipt of submissions is September 2, 1999. For details, please see the newly designed and informative Call for Submissions. Have questions or need additional copies? Please contact us at the SAA office via phone (202) 789-8200, fax (202) 789-0284, or email (

Meetings---we need your input . . . At the Chicago Annual Meeting, the Committee on Meetings Development distributed The Annual Meeting: A Move into the New Millennium: A Survey. We would like all SAA members to have a chance toprovide their input. As we continue to develop and enhance SAA's Annual Meeting to meet your professional needs, we would like you to give us some feedback on how you would like to see the meeting evolve. The format is open-ended to give you a chance to think about the meeting in the broadest terms. The survey instrument is printed below. It also appears on our website.

Once you have completed the questionnaire, please email responses to, fax it to the SAA office at (202) 789-0284, or mail it to the attention of Tobi Brimsek, Executive Director, at SAA, 900 Second St. NE., #12, Washington, DC 20002-3557.

Thank you for taking the time to contribute to the developmental process of the Annual Meeting. If you know of colleagues who have suggestions about the Annual Meeting, please share this questionnaire with them or let them know it is available on our website,

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

The Annual Meeting: A Move into the New Millennium: A Survey

1. Primary Job Responsibility/Setting (check only one):

__ K­12 Education __ Consulting Archaeology __ Museum __ College/University
__ Foundation __ Government __ Avocational __ Student
__ Retired __ Other    


2. How many SAA Annual Meetings have you attended?

__ 0 __ 1 __ 2 __4 __5­10 __11­15 __16­20 __20+

3. What attracts you to the meeting? Are there specific ways in which SAA could foster this attraction?


4. What do you find most useful about the Annual Meeting?


5. What do you find least useful about the Annual Meeting?


6. If you could make organizational/structural changes to the Annual Meeting, what would you change:

a. in terms of intellectual content and exchange?


b. in terms of networking and social events?


c. in terms of professional development?


7. If you could design the perfect experience at the Annual Meeting, what format would it take?


8. If you were asked to restructure the Annual Meeting, what is the first thing you would change? What would you leave as is?


9. Please rank in importance the top three factors (1, 2, 3) which attract you to SAA meetings, where 1 = most important:

___Location of meeting ___ Workshops ___SAA paper acceptance rate
___SAA Business ___ Networking ___ Professional development
___ Session content ___ Employment Service Center ___ Cost of city
___ Broad spectrum of attendees ___ Cost of registration ___ Other

Name (Optional):_______________________________________________________________________

Thank you!

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