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In Brief . . .

Tobi Brimsek

Did you know that . . . SAAweb is on its way to becoming a premier tool in locating a job in the field of archaeology? Statistics show that the job listing page is the most popular page on SAA's Website. So far, in this inaugural year, over 25 positions have been posted solely on SAAweb. In tandem with the SAA Bulletin, over 45 positions have been advertised from January to July. Only 38 positions were advertised in the Bulletin for the entire 1998 year! Remember to keep checking the page as new announcements continue to be posted all year long. Your first or next job could be just a few clicks away.

More on SAAweb . . . While you are cruising the SAA Website, don't forget to visit the online membership directory, developed specifically for SAA members only. Look up a colleague, send them an email, or locate your own listing if you need to make an address correction or update other contact information. The data for the directory is refreshed every two weeks in order to provide the most up-to-date information. The directory is for members only so you will be required to supply your user ID and password to gain access. Both are located on your membership card. If you don't have this information, please send us an email to or call the headquarters office at (202) 789-8200, and we'll be happy to help you.

Get Connected . . . In addition to fostering communication among members, we'd like to increase our capability to communicate with you via email. We established a "Get Connected" campaign about 18 months ago the results of which have increased our email connectivity to 62 percent but we know we can do better! Email messages are an inexpensive and effective way to communicate and provide you with personalized service. Please help us strengthen our ties with youget connected! If you have an email address or email address change, let us know by using the online membership directory or email us at

Just for review . . . If you are trying to reach SAA electronically and know a staff person's name, all staff emails are structured similarly: You also may want to use one of our five special services mailboxes:;;;;; and We look forward to hearing from you!

Staff Transitions . . . New voices may meet and greet you at SAA headquarters. Carlean Ponder has joined SAA's staff as coordinator, Membership Services, along with Melissa Byroade, who serves as SAA's coordinator, Administrative Services. After five years with SAA, Jim Young, manager, Information Services, moved west to California, and Lana León has joined us as SAA's new technology guru and webmaster. I hope you'll have the opportunity to meet all of our staff next April in Philadelphia at the 2000 Annual Meeting.

SAA 2000Philadelphia . . . I hope that you will join us in Philadelphia for SAA's own millennium Annual Meeting from April 5­9, 2000. The meeting will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott located in center city1201 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. The rates are lower than those in Chicago, and will continue to drop over the next few years, due to extensive negotiations with the hotel properties. Rates for the Philadelphia Marriott 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, $133 double. Government guests must present a government ID to qualify for this rate. Reservations can be made by calling 1 (800) 320-5744.

Just for Students at the Philadelphia Annual Meeting . . . SAA has arranged a special student accommodation and rate in Philadelphia at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown, 1305-11 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. The block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express is for students only, and a valid student ID is required. A student ID number will be required at the time the reservations are made. The rate is $103 single and $108 double, triple, or 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: (215) 732-2593, or email:

Combined Federal Campaign . . . SAA has met eligibility requirements to be a part of the federal government's Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Please see Mark Lynott's article on the CFC on page 2. SAA will be listed in the campaign brochure, and the number that donors use to contribute to SAA is 1022. If you participate in the CFC, please consider SAA as a choice. ·

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

Volunteers Needed for Philadelphia 2000

If you would like to meet people interested in archaeology, have fun, and save money at the same time, then volunteer to assist the SAA staff at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on April 5­9, 2000! Being a volunteer at our meeting is a great way to meet colleagues and to help fit the meeting expenses into your budget. By waiving membership requirements and registration fees, we offer this experience to volunteers in exchange for only 12 hours of your time. In addition to meeting registration, you also will receive a free copy of the Abstracts of the 65th Annual Meeting and a $5 stipend per shift. For details and a volunteer application, contact Carlean Ponder, SAA headquarters, 900 Second St. NE #12, Washington, DC 20002-3557, tel: (202) 789-8200, fax: (202) 789-0284, email: ·

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