Office of Student Services:
News & announcements for the week of
January 25, 1999

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Illinois Bar Exam applications are almost due! Do you have questions? 
If you missed the Bar Q& A session last Thursday, fear not!  There is a Quick Reference Guide available.  The guide has contact information for the Bar Examiner's Office and many other tidbits of information to help you in completing your application.  Please stop by room 544 for a copy. 

Academic Empowerment Program - Student Forum 

I  would like to thank all of you who participated in the Fall Semester Getting Started Workshops.  The workshops were a great success thanks, in part, to the dedication and work of the students who attended.  

I am also happy to announce that Professor Michelle Baker-Richardson has taken the helm of our first year program.  Beginning early in the Fall Semester, Professor Richardson started working on what has evolved into the Academic Empowerment Program.  

Both Professor Richardson and I are looking forward to introducing you to the Academic Empowerment Program.  If you have questions regarding the changes to the program, please join us for a question and answer session.  The session will be held Tuesday, January 26, 1999 at Noon and 5:00 p.m. in room 580.  If you have questions, and are unable to make the session, please fell free to contact Professor Richardson or Chris Matheny. 

Teaching Assistant Office Hours

Teaching Assistant Office Hours and room numbers have not yet been finalized.  Please check this site periodically or speak with your Teaching Assistant regarding this week's sessions.

Strategies for Excellence: Law as a Profession 1999 

We are seeking volunteers to assist with this year's program.  Volunteers are needed to serve as shepherds and guides for our panelists and speakers.  It involves minimal commitment and is a great opportunity to practice your networking skills.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Chris Matheny. 

C.T.A. U-PASS Program  

This Fall, the Chicago Transit Authority instituted an experimental UPASS program, designed to provide deeply discounted access to all CTA rail and bus transportation for eligible students at Chicago area colleges and universities.  At IIT, undergraduate and graduate students on the Institute of Design Campus are participating in a pilot program, wherein the students pay $60.00 per semester for the pass, the amount required by CTA. This is about 25% of the normal cost and permits use of the pass 24 hours per day, seven days per week during the semester.  Winter break and summer are not currently covered. The passes were sold to ID students on a voluntary basis and 90% of the students bought the passes.  

The university is now considering expanding this program to full-time students on the Main and Downtown Campuses.  The CTA requires that a UPASS be purchased for each eligible student in order for any student, at a particular institution, to participate in the program. This survey is designed to elicit student interest in the UPASS program and help determine the best method for institution and administration of the program at the Downtown Campus.  

Although not formally confirmed, we are hopeful that students in both the Day and Evening divisions of the Law School will be eligible to participate in the UPASS program.  Program eligibility is dependent on students taking the minimum number of credit hours for their divisions.  Please see the top of page two (2) for the credit hour requirements.  

Please answer the following questions and return the survey to:  

Chris Matheny  
Director of Student Services  
Chicago-Kent College of Law  
Room 544  
Downtown Campus  

You may also return the survey to mailbox #138 on the 2nd floor. 

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