Dear members of the GBAA and attendees of the GBAC, I’m writing to convey to you the results of the April board of directors meeting of the GBAA. In that meeting, the board addressed the dire financial circumstances facing the GBAA and how to rectify these circumstances. I’m writing to you to make clear what these circumstances are and the methods the board has developed to improve our fiscal situation. Historically, the GBAA has been funded solely by proceeds from the biennial GBAC meetings. Below-average attendance at both the Salt Lake City meetings and the Las Vegas meetings resulted in net losses for each meeting. Combined with yearly costs associated with maintaining the GBAA website, paying for email services and maintaining a PayPal account (these average ~$1200/yr), the first down payment for the upcoming GBAC in Bend, Oregon ($2500), costs associated with postponing the Las Vegas GBAC due to Covid (we fell behind a whole year in income due to having to postpone the meetings), and other small costs like bank fees, we are currently left with a budget of only about $1300. We need to pay the venue in Bend another $5000 by the end of the year to…
We are excited to announce The GBAA’s newest Platinum Sponsor! Big Thanks to the International Association of Obsidian Studies. Find out more about IAOS on their website.
University of Utah Press is our Platinum Sponsor for 2020-2021. Thank you for your support! Please visit and purchase from U of U Press using the GBAC LINK.
The final schedule for the 2021 GBAC is ready, and we have a wonderful slate of papers and posters. If you’ve been on the fence but enjoy last-minute choices and don’t want to miss out, you can register onsite when you arrive. Come and see!
Despite recent setbacks in regards to the pandemic, we are excited about the upcoming GBAC in Las Vegas and are confident we can put on a successful, engaging, and safe conference, especially if all attendees adhere to CDC guidelines.