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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Carol Christensen in Records Receives the Prestigious Rummel Award

Manager of students' records and exams recognized for dedication and collegiality
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Carol Christensen, Records Office

There are few people at UC Hastings who haven't benefited from the diligence and affability of Carol Christensen of the Records Office.

The recipient of the 2013 Rummel Award, an annual acknowledgement of a staff member who has gone "above and beyond" in service to the school, Christensen has managed hundreds of thousands of exams, administered students' grades and bar certifications, and served as an invaluable resource to busy professors and frazzled students. She never fails to deliver on the law school's strategic goal of providing service excellence to the UC Hastings community.

Christensen has also helped to implement dramatic changes since coming to UC Hastings--first in the 1980s, and then, after a stint teaching English in Latin America and working as a translator and writer, beginning again in 2001. Having managed the transition to computerized take-home exams, she recalls how students used to come to campus, sometimes from hours away, to pick up a test. "Nowadays," she says, "it's a good feeling when a student tells me, 'Ihave to fly to France before the exam,' and I can say, 'No problem!'"

She regularly goes above and beyond to make the near-impossible happen. When Professor David Jung and Professor Elizabeth L. Hillman approached her to organize a joint exam for their Torts and Civil Procedure classes, she cheerfully undertook the challenge of coordinating the schedules of almost 100 students.

That characteristic willingness to help has earned Christensen many fans among the faculty. "No matter how often I need her to send me a copy of a student's exam, she responds promptly and helpfully," says Jung, one of four faculty members who nominated her for the award.

The Rummel Award, and the Rummel Scholarship, is funded by the UC Hastings Foundation.

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