New Orleans in August
Lets have fun
in New Orleans.
Lets have fun
on August 1619, 1998, at the eighty-third Annual Meeting
of the American Accounting Association.
Lets have fun
introducing ourselves to colleagues from around the world and
letting those weve known for years see that we havent
really changed. Lets have fun sharing our thoughts and
concerns, learning new techniques and perspectives, and
keeping each other up to date on the rapidly changing worlds
of accounting and education.
We have some
prominent speakers this year, including SEC Chairman Arthur
Levitt, Jr., AICPA President Barry Melancon, and securities
law expert Sara Hanks at the plenary sessions. William H. Gray
III, former majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives
and now president of The College Fund/UNCF, speaks at Tuesdays
luncheon. AAA President-Elect Michael A. Diamond speaks at
Wednesdays luncheon, sharing his thoughts and plans for
the coming year.
some fun receptions, too the Early Bird Reception in
the Exhibit Hall on Sunday evening, the Welcome Reception on
Monday evening, and then, on Tuesday, a New Orleans Night
Buffet. If youre not too tired from all of that, theres
also a Farewell Reception on Wednesday evening.
Best of all, we have
a thrilling collection of CPEs and concurrent sessions for you
to choose from. (CPE listings start on page 8.) Program Chair
Silvia Madeo has worked with hundreds of members to coordinate
offerings in virtually every area of accounting and education
on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. These include sessions on
the competency framework developed by the Institute of
Internal Auditors, the future of the CPA exam, the AICPA
Visioning Project, innovative teaching techniques and the
Asian financial crisis.
Education Richard Baker, with CPE Co-Chairs Leroy Pryor and
Ella Mae Matsumura, has compiled a list of 37 CPE programs,
mainly on Sunday, August 16. (The Saturday CPEs are the Center
for Educational Technology in Accountings annual CPE on
classroom and online education in accountancy and, continuing
on Sunday as well, the AAAs Symposium on Ethics in
Accounting.) The Sunday sessions include two special CPEs,
coordinated by Faculty Development Director Tracey Sutherland,
presented by educators from outside the field of accounting.
The Annual Meeting
provides an opportunity to hear and discuss ground-breaking
research in many areas. On behalf of the AAA, I am pleased to
thank Silvia Madeo and her Program Advisory Committee,
including Katherine Schipper (Research Sessions), Jan Williams
(Practice Issue Sessions), Mel OConnor (Teaching Related
Sessions), Leslie Kren (Accounting, Behavior and
Organizations), Russ Barefield (Administrators of Accounting
Programs), Susan Anderson (American Taxation Association),
Miklos Vasarhelyi (Artificial Intelligence/Emerging
Technologies), Joseph Carcello (Auditing), Mark Lang
(Financial Accounting and Reporting), Karen Fortin (Gender
Issues), Don Deis (Government and Nonprofit), Jim Hunton
(Information Systems), Donna Street (International
Accounting), Andrew Spero (Management Accounting), Larry
Kalbers (Public Interest), Robin Roberts (Teaching and
Curriculum) and Ellen Sweatt (Two-Year Colleges), for their
help in organizing the program.
New Orleans has a
lot to offer the French Quarter, the Mississippi,
street cars just outside the hotel door, jazz, Dixieland, the
blues. Take a ferry ride across the Mississippi (free to
pedestrians) right next to the headquarters hotel, the New
Orleans Hilton Riverside. But dont spend all your time
enjoying the city I promise you an exciting, enjoyable
time inside at AAA Annual Meeting events as well!
199798 AAA President