Friday Reminder: September 20, 2013





Hello Everyone!  Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather lately.  This weekend (Sunday, September 22nd) marks the beginning of the fall season, so be sure to keep an eye out for the beautiful foliage lining Bay State Road!


Here are this week’s reminders:

1)      UPCOMING EVENT: Business Basics Boot Camp, September 27th in room 620, from 2:00-4:00pm.  The second, and final, session of Business Basics Boot Camp is coming up next week.  Please be sure to attend if you can.

 2)      UPCOMING EVENT: J.D./LL.M. Networking Lunch, Monday, September 23rd in room 1270 from 12:45-2:00pm.  Want to connect with JD students?  This is your chance!  Take a study break to network with your American peers over a light lunch.  Share knowledge of your country’s legal system and learn from the J.D.’s about the U.S. legal system, legal employment trends and legal markets.  If you have not already RSVPd to me, you need to do so immediately.   

 3)      UPCOMING EVENT: Bar Information Session. Please join us for a U.S. Bar Exam Information Session on Thursday, September 26th from 12:45pm-2:00pm in room 1270.  Sara Marshall will review the application process, explain what to expect, how to prepare, and the format of the exam.  If you are considering sitting for the N.Y Bar exam, I strongly recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity.

 4)      UPCOMING EVENT: Pro Bono Kick-off! Thursday, October 10, 2013, Barristers.  Last week I included the incorrect date for this event.  It will actually be help on October 10, 2013.  Please join us for a celebration to Kick-Off the Pro Bono Program and an opportunity to honor alumna Kelly Bates (’94),  recipient of the Victor J. Garo Public Service Award. Hear her talk about her pro bono and public service work and learn ways in which you can build pro bono service into your law school experience and career as an attorney. 

       Ms. Bates is currently the Executive Director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research at Emerson College.  Her career spans politics, public policy, nonprofit leadership, philanthropy, business development, and human services. She has been deeply involved in grassroots lobbying, community action, coalition building, and political education. Join us for a fun evening.  Refreshments provided  

       RSVP:  The MBA students at SMG are holding the inaugural Health & Life Sciences conference in October.  It should be a great event and I encourage you to attend if interested!  Please see below for more information (including a schedule of events) from Dean Kenneth Freeman. 

 5)    5)   UPCOMING EVENT: Health & Life Sciences Conference, October 18, 2013, in the School of Management (SMG – 595 Commonwealth Ave).  The MBA students at SMG are holding the inaugural Health & Life Sciences conference in October.  It should be a great event and I encourage you to attend if interested! 

 6)      UPCOMING EVENT: New England Seafood Dinner at Summer Shack on Wednesday, October 22nd  from 7:00 -10:00 pm.  Summer Shack is known for its top quality lobster dishes and fresh New England seafood.  We’ll enjoy a three-course dinner feast, starting off with an appetizer of steamed clams and mussels, moving on to a steamed 1 ¼ pound lobster entrée with clam chowder, corn on the cob, coleslaw, corn bread and rolls, and ending with a seasonal dessert.  The cost for dinner is $25 for students and $35 for guests (not including children, who can attend for free).  There is a limit of one guest per person (again, not including children).  Non- alcoholic beverages are included, and there is a cash bar available in the restaurant for those who wish to purchase alcohol.  If you have food allergies or don’t eat lobster, please inform us ahead of time and we can order an alternative meal for you.  If you are interested in joining us for this dinner (and I hope you are!) please sign up and pay in the OGIP by Tuesday, October 15th

 7)      ONGOING: Chaplain for International Students.  BU has appointed a Chaplain specifically for International students.  Reverend Brittany Longsdorf hosts many weekly events specifically for International students here at BU.  Some of these events include: weekly Tuesday dinners, Monday morning meditation sessions at Marsh, and a Saturday morning global scripture study.  If you would like to learn more or to join this community, take a look at this BU Today article profiling the new position and program ( and the International Ministry Flyer (      

 8)      REMINDER:   Online Admissions QuestionnaireAs a reminder, we are still collecting responses to the admissions and orientation questionnaire.  Please take a moment to submit your feedback if you have not already done so.  This is very important and we would really appreciate your thoughts.  We kindly ask you to complete the short online questionnaire by Friday, September 27th at the following website: you in advance for helping us improve our services!

 9)      REMINDER: Course Verification.  The OGIP needs to verify that the classes you are registered for in the University database are the classes that you are actually taking. Completing this mandatory verification is as simple as checking that your schedule is correct and signing your name!  It is extremely important that you stop by the OGIP between September 18th and 30th to review your schedule with Cara.  This process is for your benefit, as any mistakes on your schedule after September 30th will remain there for the rest of the semester and you will be responsible for those incorrect classes. 

 10)  REMINDER: Plagiarism Forms! There are still a few students who have yet to complete their plagiarism forms.  If you have not done so already, please make sure you submit your plagiarism form to Cara as soon as possible!  This is a mandatory form that has to be completed.  Let us know if you have any questions.  

 11)  REMINDER: Backpack Safety! BU Today released a story about how to purchase, pack, and wear backpacks appropriately as not to overwhelm yourself.  Read more here:  Please also remember that you have a locker available to help store those large books and winter coats!

 12)  REMINDER: Fire Safety!  BU Today has also put together some fire safety tips that everyone should read and be aware of.  Please take a look when you have a moment:

 13)  REMINDER: New Spring Offering! We have added a new course offering for IP this spring.  If you are interested in Intellectual Property and Economics, I encourage you to consider enrolling.  Please see more information below: 

·         Course Information:  The Economics of Intellectual Property Law, Tuesdays 2:10 – 4:10 (spring), Professor Keith Hylton 

·         Course Description: This seminar will explore the economics of intellectual property law.  There are no prerequisites.  The readings for the seminar will consist of Cass and Hylton, Laws of Creation (2013), and several cases and articles.  The seminar will emphasize understanding the policy justifications for the major doctrines in intellectual property.  The topics studied will include patent law, copyright law, trademark law, trade secret law, and the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property.

 14)  REMINDER: Local Addresses & Contact Information.  Please take a moment to go to the Student Link and record an updated, current, local address.  We will need this information for administrative purposes.  Please take care of this as soon as possible.  Go to > purple ‘Personal Tab’>Address and Phone>Local.  Please also remember to submit your local address and new telephone number to Cara if you have not already done so.     

15)  REMINDER: Temporary Insurance Cards.  As stated above, please be sure to update your local address via the student link as this is where your permanent insurance card will be sent.  In the meantime, you can also print a temporary insurance card so that you have proof of insurance at all times.  In order to print your card, follow this link: the ‘Print ID Card’ text on the right, enter your BU ID number (no spaces or dashes), and your date of birth.  From here, you can print a copy of your insurance card.

16)  BIRTHDAYS!  Happy birthday to Awanika Anand!  Awanika celebrates her birthday on Monday, September 23rd.  Please join me in wishing Awanika a very happy birthday!

 17)  Fun Tip of the Week: Free Ballet!  Enjoy free ballet on the Boston Common on Saturday, September 21st. The evening's program features a vast range of works from classical ballet to contemporary dance including George Balanchine's Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements, Jorma Elo's Plan to B, and excerpts from Marius Petipa's Don Quixote, Florence Clerc's La Bayadère, and Christopher Bruce's  Rooster and a special surprise world premiere piece.  The Night of Stars begins at 7pm.

 As always, please let me know if you have any questions. 

 Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


 Shannon Supitkowsky, Assistant Director

Graduate & International Programs, Boston University School of Law