Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs:
News & announcements from Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle  for the week of August 24, 1998

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Welcome new first-year students; and welcome back continuing students.  I hope you had an enjoyable summer and that you have a successful and productive year.  If you would like to see me with a question, problem, or suggestion, please call me at 906-5130 (6-5130 from within the building), come by my office (Suite 320), or e-mail me (SSOWLE; or click on the link at the top of this page). 

CALI Award Winners for Spring 1998 Semester.  The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course.  The CALI Award winners for most Spring 1998 courses are linked to this page.  If a section or a course is not listed, that means we have not yet received the name of the award recipient from the instructor; they will be published in a later issue of the Record. 

Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.  All recipients of the award will be invited to the annual Student Awards Luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, October 6, at 12:00 noon.  Formal invitations will be mailed in a few weeks.  Students' names will appear on the award certificate and in the luncheon program as they appear on the list linked to this page.  Please e-mail me if you want to make any changes. 

Initial Class Assignments for Fall 1998 Semester (Advanced Courses).  I mailed a letter to all continuing students in early August with assignments for the first week of Fall classes.  Assignments received after the letter was mailed are posted on the second floor bulletin board.  Copies are also available in the Registrar's office or outside my office (Suite 320).  A copy of the letter is also linked to this page. 

Exam Schedule for Fall 1998 Semester.  The final exam schedule for the Fall semester was published in the Registration Bulletin issued last Spring, and exam times are listed on the Schedule of Classes posted in the lobby and on the second floor bulletin board.  A copy is also linked to this page

The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times schedule, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.  Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams schedule at the same time.  Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you.  If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstance justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please contact Chris Matheny, the Director of Students Services.  The moral of the story is:  check your final exam schedule before buying non-refundable tickets to Madrid! 

Courses Likely to be Offered in Spring 1999 Semester.  A list of courses likely to be offered in the Spring semester is linked to this page.  Please keep in mind that this list is preliminary and subject to change. 

Student Handbook for 1998-1999.  The Student Handbook for the 1998-1999 academic year will be published shortly.  In the meantime, please consult the 1997-1998 issue of the Handbook

Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs.  The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 1998 semester are linked to this page. 

Writing Competition Winner: Michael Ambroziak.  Congratulations to Michael Ambroziak, who won first place (and $600) in the Chicago-Kent portion of the Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.  Information about writing competitions appears in the Record each week, or you can visit the comprehensive listing of writing competitions that appears on the University of Memphis Law School website. It can pay to enter the these competitions! 
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