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Opening Night Reception
A special welcoming reception will be held in two galleries the Dallas Museum of Art on Tuesday, December 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. On exhibit is art from the lost civilizations of the Aztec, Maya, and Anasazi in the “Art of the Americas.” There is also an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian and Nubian sculpture in “Arts of Africa.” Tickets for the reception, which include admission to the museum, light hors d'oeuvres, one drink ticket and round-trip transportation are $27.50 per person. Tickets for the opening reception should be ordered on your pre-registration form.

Last year's joint reception with the AIA was so successful, everyone agreed we should do it again, but this time in a style appropriate to our meeting site. Beginning at 9:00 p.m. on December 29, there will be music by hometown favorites "The Roof Raisers", dancing, and surprises. Tickets are $10.00 per person and include admission, one drink ticket, dessert and coffee bar.

President-Elect Julia Haig Gaisser will preside at this session on December 29 featuring the presentation of the Goodwin Award, the Awards for Excellence in Teaching (including new awards for excellence at the primary and secondary school level), and several Distinguished Service Awards just voted by the Board of Directors. Following the award ceremonies, President David Konstan will deliver an address entitled "Altruism".

APA Presidential Reception
The Board of Directors cordially invites all APA members attending the 131st Annual Meeting to a reception honoring President David Konstan on Wednesday, December 29, immediately after the Plenary Session and Presidential Address. Tickets for the APA Presidential Reception will be included in the registration materials of all APA members.

APA Presidential Panel
A special panel organized by APA President David Konstan will focus on the state of the Classics in the Americas. Members of the panel, academic representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico, will discuss matters relating to the Classics in their respective countries. There will be an opportunity at this session to exchange ideas for developing and furthering scholarly relations in the Classics between North and South Americas. President Konstan will preside over the panel on December 28th at 4:00 p.m.

The Board of Directors invites all APA members to attend the society's official business meeting on Thursday, December 30, 1999, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., to hear a report on the year's activities. Questions and comments from members are welcome. Complimentary continental breakfast will be served.

The Placement Committee invites all interested members to attend this discussion of the placement service on December 29 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Committee members hope that both candidates and representatives of hiring institutions will offer suggestions for improvements in this vital service. Complimentary continental breakfast will be served.

Minority Student Scholarship Fundraising Reception
The APA's Committee on Scholarships for Minority Students is this year sponsoring a reception and raffle on Tuesday, December 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Houston Ballroom A on the third floor of the Adam's Mark Hotel's Conference Center. A reception reservation ($50.00) can be made on the pre-registration form. The contribution for the Reception includes the automatic purchase of 6 Raffle tickets. Additional Raffle Tickets may be purchased at $10.00 each (3/$25.00). The winner of the Raffle will receive over $700 in books donated by a number of academic presses as well as complimentary registration to the 2001 Annual Meeting.

Special Atlas Display
The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World will be published in the year 2000. This year members will be able to view proofs of all of the maps and to discuss with Professor Richard Talbert the availability of maps in different formats . This special display will take place on December 29th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.