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About the Bulletin

The SSW Bulletin is a bulletin that includes all relevant notices and deadlines from SSW. The Bulletin is distributed weekly during the summer and monthly during the academic year.

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.

JULY 2, 2012

Monday, July 2
Tuesday, July 3
Wednesday, July 4
Thursday, July 5
Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7
Sunday, July 8
After July 8
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards

Monday - JULY 2

Brown Foundation Research Lecture:Mental Health Case Management and the Working Alliance: Some Psychodynamic Questions

Monday, July 2, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall
Jeffrey Longhofer, Ph.D., LCSW
Jerry Floersch, Ph.D., LCSW

In recent years 'recovery' has become the single most important conceptual development in mental health service delivery. And while recovery is not a technique, method, or model of practice (i.e., motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or assertive community treatment), it does purport to describe and prescribe desired and valued outcomes for clients, parents, providers, researchers, and policymakers. In research and scholarship, memoirs and personal accounts, recovery makes reference to the roles of formal and informal relationships in producing and sustaining recovery from serious mental illnesses. The aim of this lecture is to identify the 'practical knowledge' deployed in problem solving interactions among mental health providers (principally case managers) and clients. Four categories of practical and relational knowledge are identified: doing for, doing with, standing by for support, and letting go. Case manager activities, however, are also value driven. For example, when case managers respect client dignity and independence, they act with values that guide them in making judgments about both the type and use of the relational activities (e.g., doing for and doing with activities) within specific time and spatial dimensions. Doing for and doing with, we argue, emerge from practical knowledge and in the particulars of caring relationships, and their effects cannot be explained or prescribed by technique. And practitioner reflections on value require our taking seriously 'values' as knowable and actionable. (read more)

Student Org Executive Meeting

Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Study Room

Students of Color EBoard Meeting

Mondays, 5:45-6:45pm, Scales Study Room

Tuesday - JULY 3

Free Yoga for Students

Tuesdays, 8:00am-9:15am, Ainsworth 151 (gym)
The Tuesday morning yoga class will have a focus on grounding postures and breathing practices, and creating mindfulness of the subtle experience of yoga. All levels welcome. Come connect to the earth and get nourished! Class will be lead by Julia Jakubowski. If you have questions email Julia at jjakubo@smith.edu.

Writing Workshop - Surviving Your Thesis: A Strategies Workshop for Second Year Students - NEW

Tuesday July 3 OR Tuesday July 18, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This workshop will provide second year students with helpful tips for writing their theses. The format will be an informal discussion of successful strategies as well as a question and answer period. Participants need only attend ONE session.

To register, just add your name to the sign-up sheet on the door to Seelye 307. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Disability Awareness Group

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30, Scales Living Room
Please join us in an effort to support each other and talk about issues regarding ALL forms of disability at Smith College SSW.

Anti-racism Task Force Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, King Study Room
Come be a part of the ongoing work of the Anti-racism Task Force. The Task Force has been the engine for many of the changes brought about at Smith SSW as we have moved 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. It meets on Tuesdays at lunch (12:30-1:30) in the King Study room.

LGBTQQIAF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45pm, Scales Living Room
The Alliance general meeting is open to all members of the Smith SSW community who want a space to build community under the Queer umbrella. Allies are encouraged to join and are always welcome.

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops - For Faculty

Tuesday, July 6, 7:00-9pm, Seelye 101
The goal of this workshop is to provide summer teaching faculty ongoing support and space to reflect on classroom transactions in connection with diversity content. Participants and the facilitators will determine together which topics will be covered. Previous workshops have addressed such issues as:

  • use of self to further issues of diversity and ways of attending to diversity in all classes;
  • how to respond to student-faculty and student-student micro-aggressions around diversity content;
  • similarities and differences in racial identity development for minority and majority group participants;
  • other selected didactic content

This workshop is open to all summer teaching faculty. The adjunct teaching faculty is particularly encouraged to attend.

Tuesdays, Term 1, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101

Wednesday - JULY 4 - holiday

No classes; Smith College and SSW offices closed.

Thursday - JULY 5

LGBTQQIAF Alliance - Task Force Meeting

Thursdays, 12:30pm, Scales Study Room
This meeting is open to all SSW students who wish to help plan events and meetings for/with the Alliance. Bring your ideas (and your lunch)!

Curriculum Committee Open Meeting

Thursdays, 12:40-1:20pm, King Living Room
The mission and purpose of the student CC is to "build community among all members of the Smith School for Social Work; to join the members of the SSW community in a positive and effective forum for dialogue, with a focus on proactive and creative responses to identified issues." Its role in the community, therefore, is to serve as an intermediary organization through which the student body can voice its questions, concerns, and thoughts about the curriculum to the faculty. Ideally, it also serves as a mechanism for delivering to students information about curricular changes made year to year and it is a source of information for students interested in how the curriculum is constructed. Curriculum Committee meetings are open to the student body, however, we reserve the right to hold closed portions of meetings to discuss more sensitive and confidential items. 

Friday - JULY 6

Free Yoga for Students

Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, Bodman Lounge (chapel)
Friday afternoon yoga classes will be an uplifting and energizing hour of linking movement to breath to create opennes and flexibility in the body. All levels and body shapes/sizes welcome. Please feel free to contact Becky at brothbergsmith.edu with any questions.

Saturday - JULY 7

 

SUNDAY JULY 8

After JULY 8

School for Social Work Career Fair - NEW

Monday, July 16, 4:30-6:30pm, Campus Center, Lower Level
Speak with employers in the social work field about job opportunities and network informally with Smith SSW alums at the 2012 School for Social Work Career Fair. All class years are welcome and encouraged to attend and to bring copies of your resume. Business casual dress suggested. A list of participaing employers is on the Lazarus Center for Career Development website.

Administrative Announcements

Alumni Association Thesis Award Winners -NEW

The Alumni Association has established thesis awards designed to support excellence in student research and are awarded on the basis of merit. These awards are given yearly. The Alumni Association Executive Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 awards:

Thesis Award for Students of Color
Anastasia Taketomo, Class of 2012
"The Double Bind of Triple Jeopardy: Exploring the Impact of Multiple Minority Stress on LGBTQ-Identified Asian Women in America"

Alumni Association Thesis Award
Theresa Carter, Class of 2012
"Resiliency in Female Survivors of Human Trafficking: An Exploratory Study of Clinicians' Perspectives on Protective Factors"

Roger Miller Dissertation Grant Winner - NEW

The Roger Miller Dissertation Grant was established to support the highest level of scholarly dissertation research on at-risk populations by doctoral candidates at the School for Social Work. This annual grant was established by the Alumni Association Executive Committee as a tribute to, and in honor of, Professor Emeritus Roger Miller. The Executive Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 grant.

Kathryn Davis, MSW '02, Doctoral Candidate
"Pathways to Ending Intimate Partner Violence in the Lives of HIV-Positive Women: What Role do Stigma and Attachment Play?"

Mandatory Course Evaluations

Mandatory BannerWeb course evaluations begin Friday, June 29, at 8:00am and end on Friday, July 6 at 11:00pm. Please note the M.S.W. Handbook regulations at 200.7C - Student Requirement to Complete Course Evaluations: "Student evaluation of courses is a program requirement. Failure to complete a course evaluation by the deadline will result in the following: a) a grade/transcript hold; b) registration hold; c) diploma hold." These regulations apply to both master's and doctoral students. Responses to essay questions should be kept short and concise. Thank you for your cooperation.

Regalia for Commencement (Faculty and Graduating Students)

By now all faculty and potential August graduates should have received an email with information about ordering regalia for commencement. The deadline is Friday, July 6, 2012, so please contact Valerie Abrahamsen at vabraham@smith.edu immediately if you did not receive the email. (Students would have received the email at their Smith Mail addresses.)

Anti-Racism Consultation Committee

The Anti-Racism Consultation Committee (ARCC) was formed about one year after the Anti-Racism Task Force, in 1995. Its purpose is to be available to any member of the SSW community for consultation about issues of race, ethnicity, culture and social justice. To learn more about this committee and to see a list of committee members, please visit http://www.smith.edu/ssw/about_antiracism_committee.php

Thesis Information

Thesis Completion and Dissemination Information for the Class of 2012 - NEW

Pleace contact Laurie Wyman if you did not receive the important and time-sensitive email sent during first week of classes from Laurie and Dr. Joanne Corbin regarding Thesis completion requirements.

You can pick up extra copies of the materials handed out at the dissemination meeting on June 13 outside of Laurie's office, Lilly 218. If you have not already done so, please complete the Research Presentation Plans form and get to Laurie ASAP.

General Notices

Become a member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW) at Student Reduced Rate - NEW

You are invited to join the one professional organization that promotes social work as a profession and that advocates for better policies for clients. There is an NASW chapter in each state. The membership fee for students is $48 a year (compare this with regular $190 rate). If you join as a student you will benefit from the student rate for the entire time you are a student. And for the first two years after you graduate, you will pay a hgher, but still reduced fee. Why not join now? Visit https://www.socialworkers.org/online-join/join.aspx.

Please email Jeff Schrenzel, Western Massachusetts Coordinator for NASW, at jscrenz@wne.edu.

Take the NASW Licensing Prep Course - NEW

Saturday, August 4, 9:00am-4:00pm, Seelye Hall
The Massachusetts chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is offering a one-day licensing test preparation course for students who will soon be taking their LCSW exam. This workshop is an excellent review of material for the exam, and provides a great opportunity to review the types of questions you may encounter on the exam. The fee is $100 for NASW members and $155 for non-members. The licensing exam is the same in all 50 states, so you do not need to live in Massachusetts to benefit from this review.

To register, visit http://naswma.org/cde.cfm?event=364110. Questions, email Jeff Schrenzel, Western Massachusetts Coordinator for NASW, at jschrenz@wne.edu.

Group Meditation and Yoga Classes

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Bodman Lounge
We will be offering group meditation in Bodman Lounge in the basement of Helen Hills Hills Chapel at the following times:

MONDAYS 1:00-1:30pm
WEDNESDAYS 7:30-8:00am
THURSDAYS 4:00-4:300pm


Note that this is a new location for these sessions. Beginners as well as experienced meditators are welcome.

Additionally, thanks to two generous fellow Smithies we will be offering twice weekly free yoga classes for the rest of the summer (except during break week).

Tuesdays, 8:15am-9:00am, Ainsworth 151 (in the gym) led by Julia Jakubowski
Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, Bodman Lounge in the chapel led by Becky Rothberg.

While the classes are free, yoga mats are not provided, so please bring your own. Please come early so that the classes can start on time without disruption.

The Tuesday morning yoga class will have a focus on grounding postures and breathing practices, and creating mindfulness of the subtle experience of yoga. All levels welcome. Come connect to the earth and get nourished! Class will be lead by Julia Jakubowski. If you have questions email Julia at jjakubo@smith.edu.

Friday afternoon yoga classes will be an uplifting and energizing hour of linking movement to breath to create opennes and flexibility in the body. All levels and body shapes/sizes welcome. Please feel free to contact Becky at brothbergsmith.edu with any questions.

2012 Summer Lecture Series

A reminder that Smith College SSW is offering its lively and informative summer lecture series to area professionals, students, and alumni. All lectures take place in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. Lectures start at 7:30pm and are free and open to the public.

To learn more and to register, visit http://www.smith.edu/ssw/acad_cont_lectures_summer.php.

Lost and Found: Current Items

Currently the following items are in the Lost and Found in the main office of Lilly Hall 101:

small, blue SSW water bottle
tall, grey Crate and Barrell mug/thermos
small, black collapsible umbrella
brownish/maroon pair of sunglasses from Solar Shield


The owners of these lost items can pick them up at reception 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Any questions or concerns, call extension 7952.

Ongoing Events

Also see the SSW events calendar for all regularly schedule weekly events: http://www.smith.edu/ssw/about_news_calendar.php

Anti-racism Task Force Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, King Study Room

Council for Students of Color Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, Scales Living Room

Council for Students of Color EBoard Meeting

Mondays, 5:45-6:45pm, Scales Study Room

Disability Awareness Group

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Living Room

DSO Weekly Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:15-1:30pm, Campus Center 003 (CC003)

LGBTQQIAF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45pm, Scales Living Room

LGBTQQIAF Alliance - Task Force Meeting

Thursdays, 12:30pm, Scales Study Room

Social Welfare Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) Meetings

Wednesdays, 12:40-1:20pm, King Lounge, Lower Level

Student Org Executive Meeting

Mondays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Study Room

Student Org General Meeting

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Scales Living Room

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, King Study