American Sociological Association

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Make the Most of Your ASA Annual Meeting Experience

One of the best ways to expand your network at the Annual Meeting is through supporting and participating in the social events of the Association.  We invite you to contribute and partner with the ASA to produce these quality and meaningful events.

Welcome Reception

Date: Friday, August 19; 9:00-11:00pm
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Grand Ballroom Foyer, Second Floor

All meeting registrants are invited to the Welcome Reception, which follows the Opening Plenary Session on Friday, August 19 and celebrates the opening of the 111th Annual Meeting. This social hour kicks off at 9:00pm and provides opportunities to renew past acquaintances, chat with old friends, and find a newcomer to befriend. New members and first-time meeting attendees are particularly encouraged to come and have fun!

Departmental Alumni Night (DAN)

Date: Saturday, August 20; 9:30-11:30pm
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Metropolitan Ballroom A-B, 3rd Floor

The Departmental Alumni Night (DAN), now in its 43rd year, is a social event held after the first full day of sessions, where attendees can connect with friends and colleagues to reminisce about graduate school days, create new coalitions, and catch up on the latest news.

This traditional gathering will begin at 9:30pm on Saturday, August 20, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.  All meeting attendees are invited to attend this event.  Each graduate department of sociology in the United States and Canada are invited to sponsor a table to attract alumni and friends. Tables will be provided for sociologists in the business and industry as well as for international scholars and guests.

For more information, contact: Meeting Services (202) 383-9005, ext. 305. 

Honorary Reception

Date: Sunday, August 21; 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Metropolitan Ballroom A-B, Third Floor

After the conclusion of the 2016 Presidential Address, all meeting attendees are invited to attend the Honorary Reception at 6:30pm, to express appreciation and congratulations to President Ruth Milkman and the major ASA award recipients.  Since 1984, social science departments and regional societies have joined the American Sociological Association in co-sponsoring the annual Honorary Reception. 

Universities where Award Winners have Degrees

Your support enhances this event as ASA's major celebratory occasion for sociology, and it enhances the national visibility of department and institutions of higher education that have produced outstanding scholars and teachers of sociology.

We have two categories to support this event.

  • Sponsors contribute a minimum of $250; when they are especially close to the award winners, sponsors often contribute $500 or more.
  • Donors contribute at any level their department or institution budgets permit. 

All sponsors and donors will be formally acknowledged in the Association's official printed Final Program and on the Display Board at the Reception.

Sociology departments in the Area may also Contribute 

The Association is pleased each year to invite departments and institutions located in the geographic area of the Annual Meeting to co-sponsor the Honorary Reception. Your support enhances this event as an ASA's annual celebratory occasion, and it enhances the national visibility of local sociology departments and institutions of higher education. 

We have two levels of support for this major event. 

  • Sponsors are invited to contribute a minimum of $250. 
  • Donors contribute at any level their department or institution budgets permit. 

All contributors are acknowledged both in the Association's printed Final Program and visibly at the reception itself. 

For more information, contact:  Meeting Services (202) 383-9005, ext. 305 (meetings@asanet.org).

Just Desserts! A Carla B.Howery Teaching Enhancement Grant Program Benefit Reception (ticket required for admission)

Date: Sunday, August 21; 8:00-9:30pm
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, ASA Hospitality Suite

Looking to escape the pressures of presenting papers, searching book displays, and participating in committee meetings? Come and relax with friends at this benefit event for the Teaching Enhancement Fund (TEF), "Just Desserts." As the name implies, you should bring your sweet tooth along to enjoy special desserts, good coffee, stimulating conversation, and smile that all of this pleasure goes to a good cause.

  • $25—Donor
  • $50—Sponsor
  • $100—Benefactor

Admission is by ticket only. TEF is a small grants program designed to support teaching-related projects that have long lasting and transferable impact. Purchase your tickets in advance when you preregister online for the meeting, or use the registration form in this newsletter to sign up for your "Just Desserts." For more information, contact: Meeting Services (202) 383-9005, ext. 305 (meetings@asanet.org).

Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Benefit Reception (ticket required for admission)

Date: Sunday, August 21; 9:30-11:30pm
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Cirrus Ballroom 35th Floor  

Set aside time during the busy weekend to join good friends and supporters of the ASA's Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) and the celebration marking its 43rd year! Plan to relax after dinner, nibble a sweet or two, and meet current Fellows and MFP alumni. Attend this special event and reaffirm your commitment to the MFP Program.

  • $25—Donor
  • $50—Sponsor
  • $100—Benefactor

Admission is by ticket only. The Minority Fellowship Program supports predoctoral training for students of color. Purchase your tickets when you preregister online for the meeting, or use the registration form in the middle of this newsletter to specify your contribution level and reserve your MFP Benefit ticket. For more information, contact: Meeting Services (202) 383-9005, ext. 305 (meetings@asanet.org).

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