Driving Directions:Park in the parking lot behind "The Grove" restaurant on the corner of Lavista and Oak Grove Drive; for those using a navigation unit, The Grove is located at 2761 Lavista Road, Decatur, Ga 30033. The house is located at 1393 Oak Grove Drive and is about 1/5 of a mile down Oak Drive Drive from the parking lot. Since it will be dark, it may be wise to drop off passengers at the house and return to the parking lot.
The Chicago Booth alumni Atlana Fall Party is our largest event of the year and a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new connections. Our guest speaker will be Haresh Sapra, Professor of Accounting.
Haresh Sapra studies the real effects of accounting measurement policies, disclosure regulation, and corporate governance. His current research focuses on the role of fair value accounting on financial stability. His research has been published in journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, and Games and Economic Behavior. He is a certified public accountant in Illinois and teaches an MBA elective on Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring Issues and a PhD course on analytical accounting research.
At Chicago Booth, Sapra has won numerous teaching awards. In 2005, Sapra was named one of the top-ranked professors in BusinessWeek's Guide to the Top Business Schools. In 2005, Sapra also won the Ernest R. Wish Accounting Research Award for his paper "Do Mandatory Hedge Disclosures Discourage or Encourage Excessive Speculation?"
Sapra earned a PhD in Business Administration in 2000 from the University of Minnesota and then joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2000.
Fall Party: $35.00
Fall Party + Membership Dues: $45.00
7:00 PM-9:30 PM: Dinner, Cocktails, & Program
Haresh Sapra (Speaker)
Professor of Accounting, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
For Haresh Sapra, teaching accounting at Chicago Booth is always a new adventure. "I literally feel a rush of adrenaline as I walk into class," he says. "I cherish my class time every week because I feel like I am on top of the world teaching some of the best and brightest students in the country."
Sapra’s students feel the same way about him. In 2004, they gave him the Emory Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching for the second year in a row. The award recognizes a Chicago Booth junior faculty member for communication, accessibility, enthusiasm, and innovation in teaching.
Sapra cites clarity of presentation and perseverance as key aspects of his teaching style. He learned the latter from his high school chemistry teacher. "He instilled in me the notion that you should keep forging ahead until you understand something," says Sapra. If necessary, he will explain a concept 10 different ways to make sure his students understand it. "I enjoy taking highly technical and complicated material and making it interesting and practical for the students," he adds.
But don’t confuse clarity or practicality with simplicity. Sapra says he makes his course more difficult each time he teaches it. "Chicago Booth students are very motivated and driven. They not only rise to the challenge, they also thrive on it."
With input from investment banks, Sapra develops his own class material to relate coursework to real-world applications such as recent acquisitions. This keeps his class on the cutting edge and gives his students a competitive advantage in their jobs and internships.