C.A.F.E. (Connecticut Accounting Forum for Educators) 2006

Post University on November 17, 2006

The theme of this year’s edition of C.A.F.E., “EXCELlence in Accounting” focused on the sharing of information and ideas amongst high school teachers, college educators, and students needed to effectively prepare the next generation of accounting professionals, and included an emphasis on the use of technology (advanced excel) in the classroom. The conference drew approximately 70 educators from community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and high schools. 


Noelle Taddei, CPA, assistant professor of accounting at Post University in Waterbury, site of this year’s C.A.F.E., chaired and
emceed the conference.


Post University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeff Hand, Ph.D. welcomed participants.


The opening session, “Updates & Projections”, was presented by Anne Leonard of CREC (Capitol Region Educational Council) and Manchester Community College (above) and CSCPA Secretary Gregory Lainas, CPA, Division Director of Robert Half in Hartford (below).


Mike Labet, accounting professor and program coordinator at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury focused on “Teaching Accounting Through Technology” via an advanced Excel demonstration entitled, “What If? Excel.”  


CSCPA member Dick Dumont, CPA (right), assistant professor of accounting at Post University, moderated the “Student Perspectives Panel.”  Student panelists were (from left) Kelly Ironside of Post University and Rebecca Pitrone of Naugatuck Valley Community College.


Mr. Lainas catches up with Rita McCarthy of Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Mr. Lainas’ alma matter.  


Kathy Deasy of Northwestern Regional High School #7 spoke about her school’s financial literacy and banking courses.


Below, teachers and professors share success stories and seek advice in the “Idea Exchange: Using Technology in Your Classroom,” facilitated by CSCPA Student Relations Specialist Jill Wise.