Report of the President: The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study

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Report of the President: The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study


Leiren, Terje I., Scandinavian Studies


April 27-April 30, 1995

The 85th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study was held from April 27-April 30, 1995, at Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. The Executive Council met on Thursday afternoon, and the business meeting of the Society was held on Saturday, April 29. Several reports and items of discussion constituted the business meeting agenda:

1. The President reported the results of the 1995 election. Jenny Jochens (Towson State University) was elected Vice President/President-Elect. Mariann Tiblin (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) was elected to the Advisory Committee for Languages and Literature, and Oddvar Hoidal (San Diego State University) was elected to the Advisory Committee for Area Studies. Each new officer will serve four years. Jochens assumes the presidency after Marianne Kalinke whose term began following the 1995 annual meeting.

2. Augustana College, Rock Island, which hosted the 1994 annual meeting, presented the Society with a check in the amount of $1,200. The monies, surplus funds from the 1994 meeting, were presented along with a recommendation that $600.00 be placed in the Presidential Grant for Graduate Students and Independent Scholars and $600.00 go toward the establishment of a translation prize named in honor of the late Yvonne Sandstrom. The Executive Council accepted the check and awaits a specific proposal to define the translation prize competition.

3. The cost of the Society's productions and services - Scandinavian Studies, SASS News and Notes, the Gopher Server and the World Wide Web - are increasing dramatically. The expense of producing Scandinavian Studies related to overhead, salaries and incidental material is expected to increase moderately at about 4 percent per year. The cost of paper alone, however, currently consumes 51 percent of the overall printing costs of the journal and is rising at a staggering rate, according to Managing Editor Steven Sondrup, in his report to the Executive Council. From January to November 1994, paper prices rose 14 percent. From November 1994 to April 1995, it rose another 32 percent. Such changes will clearly affect the Society's ability to continue to publish a high quality journal and calls for careful planning. In order to gain a comprehensive overview of the affect on the Society, the Executive Council appointed an Ad Hoc Committee to develop an overview of Long-Term Financing strategy. The Committee members arc Janet Rasmussen (chair), Leslie Eliason, Steven Sondrup, Melvin Luthy and George Tate. They will present specific proposals to the Executive Council at the Society's 86th annual meeting in Williamsburg. The Council also approved the increase in the allocation for the Gopher Net and computer maintenance from $600.00 to $4,000.00.

4. The Secretary-Treasurer reported that despite the increase in subscription rates for non-North American members/subscribers in 1994, it did not cover the actual cost of airmail postage for the journal. Consequently, the Executive Council voted to establish two subscription rates for members/subscribers outside of North America which will enable them to choose delivery by air or surface mail. The cost of a subscription by airmail will be set at the actual cost of delivery.

5. SASS is proud of its commitment to graduate student participation in the events of the Society. As a result, graduate students have been heavily subsidized, but they remain the most expensive members to the Society. Because graduate students move more frequently and do not always inform the Secretary-Treasurer of address changes, the Society not infrequently is charged for multiple mailings of the journal, including first class rates charged by the post office when they are returned. It may also be that some retain the graduate student classification after they are no longer eligible. While desiring to retain its strong support for graduate student members, the Executive Council, nevertheless, found it necessary to raise membership dues in the student/retired category from $15. …

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