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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Weeks of July 13 & July 20, 2009
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Spring 2009 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2009 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students (go into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, then click on the "Spring 2009" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those of you who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2009 semester are available by clicking here.

Spring 2009 CALI Awards. 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 Spring 2009 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members. I'm happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance:

Kelly S. Albinak Mark L. Mazzone
Mark M. Berardi Aimee E. Sabolyk
Patrick M. Bickley Grant S. Shackelford
Ashley E. Crettol Tanya Kristina Solis
David A. Franklin Keith L. Southam
Stephen J. Gorski Keith R. Syverson
Christopher M. Hoffmann Elizabeth E. Tempel
Karen S. Hwang Jerry D. Thomas
Katherine C. Jahnke Conor D. Weber
Andrew M. Jung Michael S. Young
Yana Karnaukhov Jacqueline R. Zablocki
William M. Lopez  

Summer 2009 Exams.

•Exam Schedule.
The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Reschedule Requests.
The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please contact Jenna Moroney (jmoroney@kentlaw.edu) no later than Wednesday, July 1. A student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours.

•Exam 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. Also, please note that SofTest is supported only for the following operating systems: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business Edition, and Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. Additionally, all laptops running a supported Windows operating system must be fully configured for the Chicago-Kent network (with network drives visible at login). Taking exams on Mac computers is not supported regardless of whether the Mac is running a Windows operating system.

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.

Notice to Graduating Seniors.
If you graduated in the Spring, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 3 (shortly after the summer bar exam). After this date, you will not be able to recover any emails that are currently in your @kentlaw.edu inbox. If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or (312) 906-5300, but note that they cannot complete this process for you.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an email forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community at www.alumni.kentlaw.edu and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username, or you can create a new one. The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up to date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2009 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 31. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you.


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