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The SSW Bulletin is a monthly bulletin that includes all relevant notices and deadlines from SSW.

Students are welcome and encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. See posting rules.

JUNE 6, 2011

Monday, June 6
Tuesday, June 7
Wednesday, June 8
Thursday, June 9
Friday, June 10
Saturday, June 11
Sunday, June 12
After June 12
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards


Welcome to SSW Summer Session 2011!

Welcome to all entering and returning students and adjunct faculty from all of us at SSW. We have been busily preparing for the opening of school and we all look forward to a rich and transformative experience together this summer. Please note that the SSW Bulletin is the primary vehicle for communication at the School for Social Work. A link to the Bulletin will be emailed to you every Monday and we ask that you check your email account regularly to be notified about important events, deadlines and information.

Monday - June 6

Add/Drop Begins for M.S.W. Students

Add/Drop for Terms 1 starts at 8:00am on Monday, June 6. (Details here.) The deadline for submission of paperwork to Lilly 115 is Friday, June 10, at 10:30am.

Summer Lecture Series - On the Diagnosis and "Treatment" of Homosexuality: When Prejudice Masquerades as Science

Monday, June 6, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
William Meyer, M.S.W., B.C.D.

Few people know about the civil rights struggle concerning how the diagnosis of homosexuality evolved and was finally deleted from psychiatry's official nomenclature. Over the years many people suffered severe psychological injury by the very people who were ostensibly there to help them. Some of this tragic legacy continues today. This multi-media presentation begins in the 1950s and takes the audience through the tumultuous 60s and 70s up to the present to demonstrate the legacy and implications of psychiatry's once implacable position that "homosexuality is treatable psychopathology." (Read full description.)

Tuesday - June 7

ASSETS: Learning Strategies for Students with Learning Challenges

Tuesday, June 7, 12:30-1:30pm, Cutter Head Resident Suite

These two workshops (June 7 and June 9) are designed to help students with disabilities that affect learning and others who may have struggled in the past an opportunity to gain organizational, planning, reading, and writing skills to start the summer off right. Bring your syllabi and the calendar you plan to use and have fun working as a group to get organized. If you have a learning disability, ADD, anxiety or experience difficulties of this kind, this workshop is for you! No documentation is needed, so we are open to anyone who may have struggled in school in the past and not known why. If you would like to learn more, have learning challenges while here at Smith, or have questions, please call ext. 2071 and speak to the disability services director.

Jewish Student Alliance (JSA) Weekly Meeting

Tuesday, June 7, 12:45-1:30pm, Ziskind Living Room

The Jewish Students Alliance embraces a full spectrum of Jewish experiences and identity, including those with a strong religious background, those for whom being Jewish is important culturally, those with little knowledge about being Jewish, and those students who wish to connect with an aspect of Judaism. The group's format is a weekly informal discussion on a topic related to being Jewish, and time set aside for planning events including speakers and community-building activities.

Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesday, June 7, 5:35-6:50pm, Ziskind Head Resident Suite

Come be a part of the commitment to our Anti-Racism Mission. The Anti-Racism Task Force has been the engine for many of the changes brought about at Smith SSW as we have along with our anti-racism commitment. The Task Force has been a very collaborative effort and a place where all constituents of the school have had a chance to work together.

Faculty liaison: Fred Newdom

Wednesday - June 8

Vipassana Meditation: A Way of Life

Wednesday, June 8, 7:00pm, Weinstein Auditorium

Paul Flieschman, psychiatrist, author, and Vipassana meditation teacher, will describe how Vipassana in the tradition of S.N. Goenka is learned and practiced, and will explain its unique appeal for people of the twenty-first century.

Vipassana means to live realistically. It provides a path to cultivating mental states of peace and harmony. Originally taught and practiced by the Buddha, Vipassana has been maintained by a chain of teachers for over 2,500 years. It is still offered as a spiritual practice in 10-day silent retreats for free. There are currently over 10 Vipassana centers worldwide, and approximately one million students have taken courses. Courses have been offered in prisons in India, the United States, and other countries. We do not encourage the use of Vipassana for the treatment of any mental or medical illness. Teacher training requires decades of development. People practice Vipassana for practical personal benefit, and for the preservation and augmentation of its enduring goals and values, which include the capacity for increased humanistic contribution to society. Vipassana also has a remarkable linkage to the scientific worldview. Dr. Fleischman will discuss the guidance it provides to a mental health professional across a lifetime.

This talk is open to the public.

Thursday - June 9

Master's Thesis Research Sessions - 2nd year Field

Thursday, June 9, 4:00-5:30pm, Neilson Library Classroom
Worried about conducting the lit. review for your thesis? Sign up for one of the required thesis research sessions offered by the Libraries. All session s are held in the Neilson Library Classroom, 1st Floor North. Questions? Contact David Podboy, x2913. Sign-up sheets are located in Neilson Library, behind the reference desk.


THURSDAY June 9 4:00-5:50pm
MONDAY June 13 4:00-5:30pm
TUESDAY June 14 4:00-5:30pm
WEDNESDAY June 15 4:00-5:30pm
THURSDAY June 16 4:00-5:30pm


Information Session on Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, and Stalking - RSVP to Sarah Williams

Thursday, June 9, 5:50pm, Ziskind Living Room

Learn the facts, local resources, Smith protocol, how to support a friend, how to protect yourself, and how to be an empowered bystander.

Smith College campus police representative and RAD self defense instructor will discuss ways one can help protect oneself from an attack and how Smith College campus police can be used as a resource.

Free meal tickets will be provided to students who attend the program and are not on a meal plan.

Friday - June 10

RefWorks Workshops

Friday, June 10, 4:00-5:00pm, Neilson Electronic Classroom

Refworks is a program to store and manage your references and create APA-formatted reference lists. Learn how RefWorks can help you manage your research by attending one of our workshops:

Friday, June 10, 4:00-5:00pm
Thursday, June 16, 10:30-11:30am

All workshops will be held in the Neilson Library Electronic Classroom. Please email David Podboy to register or sign up at the Reference Desk.

Dean's Conversations

Friday, June 10, 3:45-5:15pm, Cutter Living Room

The dean's conversation is an opportunity for any member of the SSW community to explore contemplative practices, as well as to bring forth issues and ideas of importance to our community.

Please note that on Friday, June 17, Dr. Froma Walsh will join us for a special discussion to explore personal spiritual practices and the implications for clinical practice with clients.

Saturday - June 11

Climbing Poetree Workshop and Smith SSW Community Collective Mural

Saturday, June 11, 10:30am, Seelye 106

The Council for Students of Color at the Smith College School for Social Work plans to have two events that will represent our annual SSW symposium centered around the Kwanaa themes of ujima (collective work and responsibility) and kuumba (creativity).

The first event, starting at 10:30am, will be a poetry performance and workshop by the performing artists, Climbing Poetree. After their performance and workshop, we will present to the attendees and officially to the Smith community a living art project meant to share as a community the different perspectives and images of what these themes mean to us. Participants will use fabric, paint, stencils, and their imagination to create a collective banner.

Sunday - June 12

After June 12

Writing Workshop - Overcoming Writing Anxiety

Monday, June 13, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307

This workshop will present techniques for beginning writing assignments, overcoming writer's block, and dealing with writing anxiety.

To register for the workshop, please add your name to the sign up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

Writing Workshop - The Serene Student: A Time Management Workshop

Tuesday, June 14, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Seelye 307

This workshop will provide tips for how to manage a lot of coursework in a very short semester. Specifically, we will offer strategies for prioritizing your assignments, reading more efficiently, planning your time, and writing more easily and effectively.

To register for the workshop, please add your name to the sign up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

Writing Workshop - Grammar, Punctuation and Mechanics Review

Wednesdays, June 15, 22, and 29, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307

This three-session workshop will review common errors and stylistic dilemmas encountered by graduate-level writers through discussion and exercises. Participants should try to attend all three sessions.

To register for the workshop, please add your name to the sign up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

SAGE Panel Discussion on LGBT Aging Issues

Wednesday, June 15, 7:30-9:00pm, Weinstein Auditorium

Through generous sponsor funding, SSW is pleased to present a panel discussion on the unique needs and strengths of LGBT older adults, national and local advocacy efforts on LGBT aging issues, and programs and services available to LGBT elders in the Western Massachusetts area.

Featured speakers include Serena Worthington, Director of Community Advocacy and Capacity Building at SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders); Hilary Meyer, Director of the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging; and Karen Walters-Zucco, M.P.A., Executive Director and Director of marketing, The Arbors at Amherst Assisted Living Community.

Thesis Dissemination Meeting

Wednesday, June 15, 1:00-1:30pm, Cutter Living Room

Administrative Announcements

Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow

Dr. Ann Marie Garran, Adjunct Associate Professor, has been teaching at the Smith College School for Social Work since 1999. She has taught courses primarily in the Human Behavior sequence. She is co-author, with Smith SSW's Dr. Joshua Miller, of Racism in the United States: Implications for the helping professions. She has co-taught the second year required racism course with Dr. Miller for more than 10 years. She and Josh have also conducted workshops and training sessions on racism and anti-racism work at national conferences and in a number of local social service agencies. Dr. Garran has nearly 20 years of experience in community mental health in New York City, where she has worked as a clinician, field instructor, and supervisors.

Dr. Garran's office hours (Pierce Hall 107)
Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00pm
Wednesdays, 9:30am-12:00pm

Council for Students of Color Leadership - Correction

Please note the following correction to the leadership of Council for Students of Color:

President: Elisabeth (Liz) Hopkins, A12:
Co-vice president: Thomas Brown, A12:
Co-vice president: Hazvinei (Aguila) Vera, A12:

Thesis Information

Thesis Submission Information for the Class of 2011 from Laurie Wyman

For the week beginning Monday, June 6, Laurie will be available to receive your submissions in Lilly 211:

Monday, June 6, 1:15-4:00pm
Tuesday, June 7, 9:00am-12pm
Wednesday, June 8, 9:00am-12pm
Thursday, June 9, 9:00-12pm
Friday, June 10, 1:15-4:00pm

Please email Laurie or call her at ext. 7974 if there is a conflict.

Thesis Dissemination Plans - Class of 2011

This week you will be receiving information via email from Dr. Joanne Corbin on thesis dissemination plans and research advisor online evaluations.

Please put the dissemination meeting on your calendar: Wednesday, June 15, 1:00-1:30pm, Cutter Living Room.

General Notices

NASW Licensing Preparation Workshop

The Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is offering a test preparation workshop for licensing at the LCSW or LICSW levels. This workshop can be taken here no matter which state you plan to be licensed in.

The workshop will be Saturday, August 6, 9:00am-4:00pm in Seelye Hall. The cost for early bird registration is $100 for NASW members, $155 for nonmembers. Attendees have found this review quite helpful.

To register:

Public Safety Has Moved

On June 1, Public Safety moved from Tilly Hall on Henshaw Avenue to Facilities on 126 West Street.

Lost and Found

There will be a lost and found bin in the main office in Lilly Hall (Room 101). You may come by to retrieve lost items any time between 8:30am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Ongoing Events