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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of November 17, 2008
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Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 27, through Sunday, November 30.

Fall 2008 Final Exams.


•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

•Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Spring 2009 preliminary schedule.
The Spring 2009 preliminary schedule is linked to this page. Please note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2008 semester), and changes will be made to the schedule before it is finalized. The final Spring schedule will be available by the end of this week.

Note about Animal Law seminar. Adjunct faculty member Keith Harley will be teaching a seminar on Animal Law in the Spring semester. If you are interested in learning more about the class, there will be an informational session on Monday, November 17, 2:00pm in Rm. 305.

Financial Crisis Primer. Professor Felice Batlan and student William Allen have created an online primer on the nation's financial crisis. The primer is available at http://libraryguides.kentlaw.edu/financialcrisis.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about the quality of teaching at the Law School. Instructors will review the responses to improve the quality of their instruction and courses. The evaluations are also considered as one important factor in tenure, promotion, and compensation decisions for full-time faculty and are used as a factor in determining the effectiveness of part-time instructors. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in.

Joke of the Week. "Cured ham? No thanks, pal. Cured of what? What if it has a relapse on my plate?" (Tommy Sledge)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Blue Moon," by W.S. Di Piero.


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