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Week of September 21, 2009
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Academic Calender Reminder. Due to a religious holiday, classes are canceled on Monday, September 28.

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
As you settle into the new semester, we would like to let you know about our preparations in case the H1N1 virus (swine flu) affects you or other members of the Chicago-Kent community. You can find detailed information in our H1N1 FAQ at We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, at

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu.As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We anticipate receipt of supplies of both vaccines that will be made available to students; we will distribute more information as it becomes available. Faculty and staff should contact their doctor or other health care provider to obtain the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination (when available) at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Fire Drill Follow-Up. We would like to thank students, faculty, and staff for their cooperation with the recent fire drills. We were pleased with how the drills went, but would like to pass along a few reminders:

Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). There are maps in the elevator bays on each floor identifying the locations of the staircases. Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

Please do not take time to gather up your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you feel that you must take any valuables with you, please "grab and go" -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

Once you exit the building, please move either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

Summer 2009 CALI Award Winners. 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 Summer 2009 courses are available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Faculty Speaker Series. The Chicago-Kent faculty invites interested students to join us at the faculty speakers series. Several times a semester, legal academics from other law schools come to Chicago-Kent to present their work to the faculty. These workshops take place on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon or on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm. The speakers often, but not always, distribute drafts of the paper that they plan to present. Generally, the speaker talks for about 20 minutes and then answers questions from the audience for the remaining 40 minutes. If you plan to attend, it is therefore advisable to read the paper if one is available.

The next workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 23, at 3:00 pm in the 10th Floor Event Room, Professor Richard Ford from Stanford University Law School will speak.  Professor Ford specializes in issues related to race and multiculturalism. He writes both for academic audiences and for the popular press, including such outlets as Slate, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor. RSVPs are not necessary to attend Professor Ford's talk, but if you plan to attend, e-mail Professor Carolyn Shapiro ( to receive a copy of any paper that Professor Ford distributes ahead of time.

C-SPAN Supreme Court Week. C-SPAN will present a week of programming devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court from Sunday, October 4 through Monday, October 12. The series will include one-on-one interviews with eight current justices, as well as Justice O'Connor (retired). For more information on the series, go to

Joke of the Week. Question: What is the difference between bird flu and swine flu? Answer: For bird flu you need tweetment, and for swine flu you need oinkment. (Sorry about that...)

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