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An Invitation to
New Orleans in August

Let’s have fun in New Orleans.

Let’s have fun on August 16–19, 1998, at the eighty-third Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association.

Let’s have fun introducing ourselves to colleagues from around the world and letting those we’ve known for years see that we haven’t really changed. Let’s 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 Tuesday’s luncheon. AAA President-Elect Michael A. Diamond speaks at Wednesday’s luncheon, sharing his thoughts and plans for the coming year.

We’re planning 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 you’re not too tired from all of that, there’s 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.

Director of 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 Accounting’s annual CPE on classroom and online education in accountancy and, continuing on Sunday as well, the AAA’s 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 O’Connor (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 don’t spend all your time enjoying the city — I promise you an exciting, enjoyable time inside at AAA Annual Meeting events as well!

W. Steve Albrecht
1997–98 AAA President

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