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Annual Report

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$1.25 million

That's the new milestone achieved by our Archaeological Collections Endowment this fiscal year. When ASC established the endowment in 1993, we were responsible for >8,250 cubic feet of artifacts stored in a couple of leaky Conex boxes and with no money to manage them. Things have changed! Charging sensible fees that are deposited directly into an untouchable account, ours may be the only permanently endowed facility of its type in California.

Thanks to projects from CAL FIRE, California State Parks, and PG&E among others, ASC has been making inroads into the Central Coast. Kate Green is developing into our main go-to person for this area. In fact, this year ASC has projects all over the state from Shasta County in the north, San Luis Obispo County in the south, and all the way to Eureka, Nevada where Mike Meyer and Mark Walker have stoically served their time.

Graduate Student using a metal detector Education is ASC's core mission. In addition to paying SSU students to do research, this fiscal year we supported four internships (ranging from GIS to archaeological collections management) that enrolled 27 undergrads and graduate students. ASC also taught a one-day workshop in human remains identification to 15 Native American tribal members.

By the time this annual report is printed, ASC will have a new leader. Adrian Praetzellis is retiring after 24 years at the helm and will be replaced by Tom Whitley, who will come on board in August 2016. To ease the transition, Adrian will work half-time until May 2017. In the coming months and years ASC will be developing expertise in new technologies and skillsets, seeking out new partnerships, and establishing new contracting opportunities. All of these will help to ensure that we continue to provide the high quality deliverables our clients have come to expect while maintaining our core mission of shaping the CRM professionals of the future.

Thanks to Kate Green who assembled this annual report with contributions by many ASC staff members.

Tom Whitley
ASC Director

Adrian Praetzellis
ASC Director Emeritus