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Welcoming Party

All meeting registrants are invited to the Welcoming Party on Friday evening, August 12, that marks the opening of the 100th Annual Meeting. This social hour kicks off at 9:00 pm, after the Opening Plenary, 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!

Orientation for First-time Attendees

If this is the first time you have attended an ASA Annual Meeting, please plan to attend an orientation session at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 13, prior to the mid-day Plenary on the first full day of program sessions. This special orientation hour provides the opportunity to meet Association officers and staff and begin networking with experienced colleagues. Advice from ASA Officers and experienced attendees will help you chart a course through the myriad activities and substantive attractions.

ASA Secretary Franklin Wilson and Executive Officer Sally T. Hillsman host this orientation. Pointers on navigating the Annual Meeting will be shared in informal roundtable discussion. There will also be materials from regional and state sociological associations on display in the orientation room.

First-time attendees who pre-registered should look for a reminder ticket in their badge envelopes as soon as they pick up their program packets and come prepared to ask “What makes it work?”

Reception for International Scholars

Scholars from countries outside the U.S. are invited to meet U.S. sociologists interested in international collaborations at a reception for international scholars on Saturday, August 13, at 6:30-7:30 pm

Departmental Alumni Night (DAN)

The Departmental Alumni Night (DAN), now in its 32nd year, is a social event held after the first full day of sessions, where attendees can connect with friends, colleagues, and foes to reminisce about graduate school days, create new coalitions, and catch up on the latest news. This traditional gathering will begin at 9:30 pm on Saturday, August 13, with conversation sets interspersed by musical offerings of a blues band from the sociology department at Penn State.

DAN provides departments with the opportunity to have an alumni gathering without the considerable expense of arranging one. Each graduate department of sociology in the United States and Canada receives an invitation to sponsor a table for alumni and friends. The following departments have already reserved tables:

University at Albany - SUNY
University of Arizona
Boston College
Bowling Green State
Brown University
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
City University of New York, Graduate    Center
Cornell University
Duke University
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii, Manoa
Howard University
Indiana University, Bloomington
University of Iowa
Iowa State University
Louisiania State University
University of Maryland
Michigan State University
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of North Carolina,    Chapel Hill
Northwestern University
University of Notre Dame
Ohio State University
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Rutgers University
Southern Illinois University,    Carbondale
Stanford University
Stony Brook University
University of Texas, Austin
Vanderbilt University
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Washington State University

Only a small fee is charged to assist in covering expenses for this affair. Remind your department chair to reserve a table now! Tables will also be provided for sociologists in business and industry as well as for international scholars and guests. Other groups wishing to participate by sponsoring a table are requested to contact ASA Meeting Services (202-383-9005 x305, before June 30.

Community College Faculty Breakfast

Sociologists teaching in community colleges are invited to a special bagel breakfast at 7:00 am on Sunday, August 14. Mark your calendar for this early-bird event so that you can meet with other colleagues teaching at community colleges.

Honorary Reception and Centennial Celebration

All meeting attendees are invited to attend the Honorary Reception at 6:30 pm, Sunday, August 14, to express appreciation, congratulations, and best wishes to President Duster and the major 2005 ASA award recipients on this festive centennial occasion.

Since 1984, social science departments and regional societies have joined the American Sociological Association in co-sponsoring the annual Honorary Reception. Donors and sponsors of this year’s reception will be announced in the Final Program. If your department or institution would like to sponsor this event, please contact the ASA Executive Office (202-383-9005, x315; by June 15 to request a pledge form.

Just Desserts!
A Teaching Enhancement Fund Benefit

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.

    Sunday, August 14, 2005
    9:30-11:00 pm

    $25—donor; $50—sponsor; $100—benefactor

Admission is by ticket only. A major portion of each ticket price will go toward supporting the Teaching Enhancement Fund, a small grants program designed to support teaching-related projects that have long lasting and transferable impact. Please 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.”

MFP Benefit Reception

Set aside time during the busy weekend to join good friends and supporters of the ASA’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). Plan to relax after dinner, nibble a sweet or two, and meet current Fellows and MFP alumni. Please attend this special event and reaffirm your commitment to the MFP Program.

    Monday, August 15, 2005 9:30-11:00 pm
    $25—donor; $50—sponsor; $100—benefactor

Admission is by ticket only. A portion of each ticket price will go to the Minority Fellowship Program, which supports predoctoral training for students of color. Please 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.

Section Receptions

In addition to sponsoring substantive program sessions, ASA Sections often host receptions for their section members during the Annual Meeting. These informal social events are primarily held in the evenings on the first and third days of the meeting, and all members of a sponsoring section are welcome to attend. Sometimes several sections will co-host a joint reception, which doubles or triples the fun!

Look for the following Section receptions during the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

    Saturday, August 13, 6:30 pm
    Aging and the Life Course
    Collective Behavior and Social Movements with Political Sociology
    Economic Sociology with Sociology of Culture
    Evolution and Sociology
    Medical Sociology
    Social Psychology
    Theory with Sociology of Emotions

    Sunday, August 14, 7:30 pm
    Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco (with the SSSP Division on Drinking and Drugs)

    Monday, August 15, 6:30 pm
    Comparative and Historical Sociology with Rationality and Society and Sociology of Religion
    Peace, War, and Social Conflict
    Sex and Gender
    Sociology of the Family
    Sociological Practice (with the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology)