American Accounting Association

American Accounting Association
Southeast Region Meeting

Accounting at a Crossroads

March 27–29, 2003
Hosted by
The Citadel, the College of Charleston,
and Francis Marion University
Charleston, South Carolina


Registration Information | CPE Sessions | Concurrent Session Schedule
Speaker and Panel Schedule | AAA Travel Discounts | Placement Service

Make Your Travel Plans Now!

You're invited. . .
Take a spring break in the Lowcountry of South Carolina!

Mary Greenawalt, Francis Marion University, SEAAA President
Host schools: The Citadel, College of Charleston, Francis Marion University

Conference venue:

  • Lightsey Conference Center

Conference registration and fees:

  • Educator rate: $170
  • Practitioner rate: $200

Thursday CPE sessions and fees:

  • $50 per half day session (4 hours CPE) for educators
  • $75 for practitioners

Hotel Registration Information:

Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Conference hotel rates: $149/night + tax (single or double) For reservations: 843 722-0600. (To qualify for the conference rate, please identify yourself as an attendee of the American Accounting Association Southeast Regional Meeting.)

A limited number of rooms for the nights of March 26–March 29, 2003 have been reserved at a special rate of $149 for those attending the Southeast Regional AAA Meeting. Our block of rooms will be held until the block is full or FEBRUARY 26, 2003, whichever occurs first. We recommend that you make your hotel reservations early to be assured of getting a room in our special block!

The Francis Marion Hotel requires that all reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel charges an early departure fee of $50. Guests will have the opportunity at time of arrival to make adjustments to the actual departure date. Note: The rates established for the meeting will be offered two days prior and two days after the meeting dates of March 27–29, based on availability of standard rooms.

Preliminary Program Information:

Conference Theme: Accounting At A Crossroads

Plenary speakers and panel sessions pertaining to the conference theme

  • Dennis Beresford, former chairperson of the Financial Accounting Standards Board
  • Philip Ameen, Vice President and Controller of GE
  • Enron forum - a follow-up to and expansion on the successful "Make your own session" at 2002 Annual Meeting in San Antonio by Slippery Rock University professors Peter Grierson and Lori Zulauf
  • Teaching ethics in accounting - coordinated by Stephen Loeb, U of Maryland; panel members include Joanne Rockness of UNC-Wilmington, Mary Greenawalt of Francis Marion U
  • CPA firm partner compensation and CPA firm quality control systems-coordinated by Julia Higgs of Florida Atlantic; panel consists of three former Arthur Andersen partners

Still in the planning stages—panels/speakers addressing the ramifications of the Sarbanes/Oxley Act, including the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the newly exposed drafts of audit risk standards, and fraud prevention

Other panels and special sessions include:

  • Update on changes in the CPA Exam
  • Journal editors' panel—Thomas Howard, University of Kentucky, Issues in Accounting Education; Dennis Bline, Bryant College, Global Perspectives on Accounting Education; Marshall Geiger, University of Richmond, Accounting Horizons;Jesse Dillard, Accounting and the Public Interest, University of Central Florida
  • The Impact of the Social Security Payroll Tax on Women in Higher Education," sponsored by the Gender Issue Section
  • "How to Prepare Your Students to Become Business Partners," coordinated by Gary Siegel of DePaul University

Thursday, March 27—topic choices at morning and afternoon CPE sessions include:

  • Auditing Update
  • Accounting Update
  • Cash Flows Statement
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Expert Witness
  • Earnings Management
  • Teaching Assurance Services
  • The First Accounting Course for MBAs
  • Web CT in the Accounting Classroom
  • Industry field trip - Nucor Steel

Hotel And Downtown Charleston Information:

The Francis Marion Hotel, named for General Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox) of the American Revolution, has a 75-year tradition and offers all the services of a grand hotel. The hotel adjoins the Lightsey Conference Center, where most of the conference sessions will occur. Located in downtown Charleston at the corner of King and Calhoun Streets, the Francis Marion is within easy walking distance of a myriad of shops, restaurants, and activities, not to mention the beauty of historical homes and buildings in this architecturally rich city.

Upper King Street, where the hotel is located, is noted for its boutiques and restaurants, while Lower King Street is lined with antique shops. Market Street, perpendicular to King Street a few blocks from the hotel, is home to Charleston's famous open air Market with everything from locally made sweetgrass baskets to Lowcountry souvenirs. The many shops and dining places near the Market offer a splendid array of choices for the visitor. Farther down the peninsula toward the famous Battery, majestic mansions and quaint single houses abound, almost all with a signature Charleston garden full of spring-blooming flowers among beautiful greenery. Located side by side only a few blocks down Calhoun Street are the new Charleston Aquarium and the visitor center and boat dock for Fort Sumter. The Charleston Visitor Center is only a block from the hotel on Meeting Street, with the Charleston Museum and its model of the Civil War submarine, The Hunley, across the street. A short drive takes you to the actual Hunley, recently recovered from its sea burial, the aircraft carrier on exhibit at Patriot's Point, and the beaches at Kiawah and Sullivan Islands.

Detailed conference information will be available soon at the Southeast AAA web page http://aaahq.org/southeast/.

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