Patty Jo Watson
The SAA Fund Raising Committee was established at the Annual Meeting in Seattle (March 1998) to oversee the Society's fund raising activities and advise the Board of Directors about external fund raising campaigns.
As noted in our statement last fall [SAA Bulletin 1998, 16(4): 12], the committee focused on three fund raising objectives: the Endowment Fund, the Public Education Initiatives Fund, and the Native American Scholarship Fund. None of these is new; many of you have already contributed to one or more of these funds when you renewed your SAA membership. We are undertaking specific fund raising efforts aimed at each of these objectives, and we strongly encourage every SAA member to participate in the fall Annual Giving Campaign to strengthen these funds and SAA.
The Endowment Fund provides earnings from investments that help support SAA's operations. Generated income helps assure long-term financial security for the organization and maintain member dues at a low rate.
The Public Education Initiatives Fund supports SAA's expanding activities in public education including reaching out to educators through workshops, exhibiting the Archaeology Research Forum at professional meetings, publishing other resources for educators, and supporting the Network of State and Provincial Archaeology Education Coordinators. Contributed money not only provides direct assistance to these programs but also impresses granting agencies and helps foster additional funding from outside sources.
The Native American Scholarship Fund was established to foster a new sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between the archaeological and Native American communities. The fund has benefited from the allocation of book royalties as well as individual donations. In 1998, the fund began to award the annual Arthur C. Parker Scholarship which supports archaeological training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians who are either students or employees of tribal or native cultural preservation programs. Native Americans and Pacific Islanders from the United States (including U.S. Trust Territories), and Indigenous peoples from Canada, are eligible for these scholarships. The National Science Foundation will, for three years, match the $1,500 Arthur C. Parker Scholarship and provide three additional $3,000 NSF scholarships to be administered by SAA with the same criteria as the Arthur C. Parker Scholarship.
The second meeting of the committee was held during the Annual Meeting in Chicago in March 1999. Case statements (short but substantive descriptions to present to potential donors outside SAA) for the three funds are being finalized by committee members.
Another major initiative of the committee was SAA's application to the Combined Federal Campaign. SAA has qualified as an eligible organization for the fall campaign. Mark Lynott, a committees' vice-chair, spearheaded this effort. Don't miss Lynott's article on the Combined Federal Campaign on page 2.
The committee is working hard and creatively on a number of initiatives which we will share with you in future articles. The SAA's Fund Raising Committee includes the following members: Patty Jo Watson, chair; Mark Lynott, vice-chair; Margaret Nelson, vice-chair; Margaret Conkey; Richard Daugherty; Ed Friedman; Jerald Milanich; Kurt Moore; Jeremy Sabloff; David Thomas, Fred Wendorf, Stephen Williams; and Tobi Brimsek (ex-officio). ·
Greet the Millennium in Philadelphia!
The first Annual Meeting of the new century should be a record-breaker on many fronts, so make plans to attend, April 59, 2000. In addition to the wide variety of sessions and papers, we will have a reception hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Those of you who remember the last Annual Meeting in Philadelphia will recall that the reception at the museum is always a memorable event.
Among the firsts for the new millennium will be two sessions based on papers that have been posted electronically in advance. This will give all SAA members an opportunity to read papers for a few sessions in advance, and prepare questions. No papers will be read at these sessions and the discussion will begin in earnest. If this format works well, we may be able to expand it in the coming years to address our urgent need for more conversation and less reading of prepared text. Do your homework before the meeting!
Roundtable sessions will again take place Thursday at noon. These topical gatherings continue to be popular with everyone. Suggestions for roundtable themes are always welcome. As in previous years, we are actively seeking sponsorships (donations of $100) to defray the cost of the roundtables, and encourage participation by students. Letters asking for the support of your department or company will arrive on your desk at the start of the fall term. Please contribute to this effort and help us foster the coming generation of colleagues.
Come to Philadelphia! See the fruits of another year's labor at the exhibit tables and hear about recent fieldwork from the papers presented. This is the ideal time to catch up with colleagues and share thoughts and plans for the future. ·
Winifred Creamer, program chair for the 2000 Annual Meeting, is associate professor at Northern Illinois University.