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Date: December 13, 2000
From: Anne Ballenger, Student Committee Chair
Subject: Exciting News for Students!
Dear Students,
I hope that the end of the semester comes without too much stress and wear and tear on your minds and bodies! We have some exciting news for our student members this month:

The 2001 SfAA Annual Conference in Merida, Mexico March 28-April 1, 2001.

SfAA Past President and Student Luncheon
Would you like to have a stimulating conversation with Ward Goodenough, Clifford Barnett, Nancy Gonzales, John Young, Carol Hill, Alvin Wolfe, Will Sibley or another Past SfAA President?
Would you like to have your lunch for free?
Now you can have both! Twenty Students have an unprecedented opportunity to have their lunches paid for by the SfAA Conference Committee! The on-line Sign-Up Sheet is available now - (just tell me your name, the event you want to attend, and viola - your name will appear on the list) and a sign-up sheet will be available at the Conference Table in Merida. I've already signed up - so there are 19 left! I'd advise you to sign up early on-line as I believe these spots are going to go QUICK! You can view how many have signed up by viewing Conference Sign-up Sheets. If the sign up link is not working just e-mail me at and I will make sure you are on the list.
Two Career Workshops for Students: One for your Resume and One for Job Interviews
Both workshops are co-sponsored by the SfAA Student Committee and the SfAA Membership Committee and organized by Ms. Carla Guerron-Montero and Dr. Littlefield. The first workshop provides students with an individual resume/CV counseling session from a practicing applied anthropologist. The second workshop affords students with a unique opportunity to do a "mock" job interview and to receive valuable feedback by a applied anthropologist. All of the applied anthropologists are donating their time to help you hone your skills! Students can Sign-Up for this event on-line and at the Conference Registration Table in Merida.
Student Committee Special Event Session: "The Real World of Applied Anthropology: Dilemmas, Problems and Innovations in Practice".
Do you want to know what it is REALLY like to practice applied anthropology outside academia? Well, here is your chance! We have gathered a panel of exceptional senior applied anthropologists working in variety of applied settings, with diverse perspectives and experiences to speak about they have encountered difficulties, negotiated obstacles and achieved successful and innovative anthropological practice. Speakers will be Dr. Lucy Cohen (Catholic) founder of the Spanish Catholic Center, Dr. Muriel Crespi Senior Ethnographer at the National Park and Planning Service, Dr. Elizabeth Briody from General Motors, and Dr. Soloman Nahmad, activist and applied anthropologist. Colleagues from the U.S. and Mexico will present and the Student Committee will make printed English/Spanish presentation translations available to attendees. I hope you will be able to attend as I hope it will be a stimulating and exciting session- geared just for you!
In addition, I am trying to locate Dr. Luis Alberto Vargas at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico to invite him to present at this session. If anyone has an e-mail or phone number for Dr. Vargas I would be most grateful. Please e-mail me.
More information on Student Conference Activities and Student Sessions/Papers
Such as session/workshop abstracts and student sessions/papers can be found on our 2001 SfAA Conference Page.

2001-2002 Student Committee Elections Now Being Held

Time for a new Student Committee
Would you like to be an agent of change? Do you have some ideas, suggestions, and thoughts for new student activities, goals, plans? Do you see a direction for the Student Committee? Would you like to see better student representation, more student issues discussed and addressed, new ways for students to communicate with each other like a student list-serve? Then, the Student Committee NEEDS YOU! Come helps us to galvanize, invigorate, and stimulate your fellow students! Here is your chance to make a difference for fellow applied students by being a member of the Student Committee. Come help us forge a new and exciting time for students!
The following Executive Board positions are available: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Editor, Communication Coordinator. In addition, student members can also serve on Special Project Subcommittees that focus on particular goals or activities such as a Student Survey, SfAA Student Awards/Prizes, SfAA Conference Activities. Serving on a Subcommittee is a great way to be involved and lend your special skills to an activity without being an Executive Board Member.
Interested students should send a one-page vision statement that includes a proposal plan and accompanied by their CV/resume by Jan. 20, 2001 to Anne Ballenger at or via post to Anne Ballenger, 7220 Split Rail Lane, Laurel Maryland, 20707, U.S.A. This deadline will be strictly enforced, and decisions will be made shortly thereafter. New Board members will be notified February 1, 2001 and will be appointed at the SfAA Conference in Merida, Mexico. For more information regarding on Executive Board positions, duties and responsibilities can be found on Student Committee By Laws or by e-mailing Anne Ballenger, Student Committee Chair at