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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 23, 2012

Monday, July 23
Tuesday, July 24
Wednesday, July 25
Thursday, July 26
Friday, July 27
Saturday, July 28
Sunday, July 29
After July 29
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards

 

Monday - JULY 23

 

Student Org Executive Meeting

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

Council for Students of Color EBoard Meeting

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

An Invitation to the Thesis Poster Session

Monday, July 23, 7:00-8:30pm, Scales Living Room
All members of the SSW communitiy are invited and encouraged to attend the Smith College School for Social Work Class of 2012 Thesis Poster session. Come and view students' poster displays on their theis projects.

Tuesday - JULY 24

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.

Job Interview Skills for Social Workers

Tuesday, July 24, 12:30-1:30, Scales Study Room
Learn and practice interview skills for jobs in the social work field at this informal workshop offered by the Lazarus Center for Career Development. All are welcome, and feel free to bring your lunch.

Writing Clearly and Concisely: A Workshop for Improving Writing Style

Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 26, 12:30-1:30pm
This two-session workshop will focus on editing techniques for making social work writing more powerful and effective. Included will be discussions of active and passive voice, sexist language, word choice, and other topics. Participants should try to attend BOTH sessions.

To register: just add your name to the sign-up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. The workshop will be held in 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.

To the Class of 2014: First Year Thesis Orientation

Tuesday, July 24, 1:00-1:30pm, King Living Room
Dr. Jean LaTerz, Thesis Coordinator, will moderate the First Year Thesis Orientation. Dr. LaTerz will give an overview of the thesis project and advising process. Time for questions and answers will follow.

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.

To the Class of 2013: Theoretical Thesis Orientation and Colloquium

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00-8:30pm, Scales Living Room
Student volunteers from the Class of 2012 will present to the second year class their theoretical theses. This will be followed by a discussion of the format and process for Theoretical Theses.

Thesis Presentation - An Untapped Body of Knowledge: The Use of Body Languae in Clinical Social Work - NEW

Tuesday, July 24, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Seelye 110
All are invited to Sasha Wright's presentation of her thesis, "An Untapped Body of Knowledge: The Use of Body Language Clinical Social Work." Sarah Pulver will serve as moderator.

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops - For Faculty

Tuesdays, 7:00-9pm, Seelye 101
We had very rich and thoughtful meetings during Term 1 and look forward to seeing you for Term 2. Hye-Kyung Kang and Josh Miller will be co-facilitators.

  • 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 2, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101

Wednesday - JULY 25

Smith College Dept. Sociology & Media Education Foundation Lecture - NEW

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00pm, McConnell 103
Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College - "Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth"

Interracial Dialogues - NEW

Wednesday, July 25 and August 1, 7:00-8:15pm, Seelye 102
Join Dr. Ruth Spencer, Bertha Reynods Fellow, in a two-session conversation about race that will challenge us to think differently in a non-academic environment. We aim to learn more about how others (those who identify as the same or different racial identity as ourselves) come to their beliefs about race; learn more about ourselves and what assumptions we hold about race; and practice seeing ourselves as an instrument of change.

In order to facilitate greater depth in interaction, students must RSVP and commit to attending both sessions. Please direct RSVPs and any questions by Tuesday, July 24, 5:00pm, to Bronwyn Shiffer at bshiffer @smith.edu or Dina Pasalis at dpasalis@smith.edu. If you are interested in participating but unable to come on Wednesdays, please let us know. Thanks you very much!

Thesis Colloquium - The Effects of Narrative-Sharing Spaces on Undocumented Students - NEW

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00pm, Seelye 201
All are invited to join Chris Heinrich as he presents the outcomes of his thesis project, "Evolving Identities, Shaping Connection: The Effects of Narrative-Shaping Spaces on Undocumented Latino Students". Smith professor Rani Varghese and Springfield community organizer Roberto Garcia-Ceballos will serve as moderators.

Bridging the Gap: The Clinical is Political - NEW

Wednesday, July 25, 7:30pm, Seelye 109
SWAA members have invited panelists who are practicing clinical social workers to campus in order to discuss how our profession can do both clinical work and political action work at the same time. The goal of the discussion is to address the historic divide in our profession between clinical work and community/social justice work. There are many of us who would like to find a way to pursue both in our careers, but it can seem hard to imagine what such a career would look like. Let's take some time to talk about it!

Light refreshments will be available.

Thesis Colloquium - Enduring Loss and a History of Reminiscences - NEW

Wednesday, July 25, 8:00pm, Seelye 201
Announcing a joint thesis colloquium by Tamara Bransburg, who presents "Enduring Loss: A Critique of Cultural Competence Literature in Social Work Practice with Latin American Immigrants," and Alexandra Jamali presenting "A History of Reminiscences: Clinical Descriptions of Nostalgia, Psychodynamic Theories of Mourning, and the Confluence of Teleology." This colloquium is sponsored by the Council of Students of Color.

Thursday - JULY 26

Emergency Notification System Test on July 26 - NEW

On Thursday, July 26, at 10:00 a.m., Smith’s Campus Police Department will test the college’s emergency notification system. Please follow the instructions within the message and respond so that we can best determine how well the system is working. If you need to make changes to your emergency contact information prior to this test, you can do so by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. To receive emergency messages through your cell phone, via text and voice, please update your emergency contact information. Students and employees can do so by logging on to BannerWeb. Click the link for Personal Information Menu and then Emergency Information Review and Update."For more information about Smith’s Emergency Notification System see http://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/crisis_notification.php

 

Writing Clearly and Concisely: A Workshop for Improving Writing Style

Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 26, 12:30-1:30pm
This two-session workshop will focus on editing techniques for making social work writing more powerful and effective. Included will be discussions of active and passive voice, sexist language, word choice, and other topics. Participants should try to attend BOTH sessions.

To register: just add your name to the sign-up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. The workshop will be held in Seelye 307. Feel free to bring your lunch!

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

ADA Anniversary: Celebrating the Power of Activism to Change Lives! - NEW

Thursday, July 26, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 106
Please join us to celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

We will be showing a film called Lives Worth Living, followed by a discussion with Chris Palames, disability historian and long-time disability activist, adn Eli Clare, LGBT and disability activist, writer, and rablle-rouser.

People with disabilities are one of the largest marginalized groups in the U.S.; this film traces the history of the Disability Rights Movement that changed attitudes, laws, and the lives of millions, leading to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. For us now, as activists, students, and social workers, these stories continue to shape our work, present new challenges, and inspire new calls to action for autonomy, dignity, and justice!

Supported by the Disability Awarenesss Group, LGBTQQIFA Alliance and Social Welfare Action Alliance.

Friday - JULY 27

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.

Dean's Conversation, Term 2 - NEW

Friday, July 27 and August 10, 3:45-5:15pm, Scales Living Room
The Dean's Conversation is an opportunity for any member of the SSW community to explore contemplative practices, as well as bring forth issues and ideas of importance to our community with Dean Jacobs.

Saturday - JULY 28

 

SUNDAY JULY 29

After JULY 29

Summer Lecture Series - Client Suicide and the Clinical Social Worker: Making Room for Disenfranchised Grief - NEW

Nina Rovinelli Heller, M.S.W., Ph.D.

Monday, July 30, 7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium
In 2009, 36,909 Americans died by suicide, ninety percent of whom had diagnosable mental illnesses. In addition, it is estimated that nearly a million made a suicide attempt. Given that social workers are primary providers of mental health services to people in this country, most of us have worked with suicidal clients, many have had a client make an attempt, and some of us have had the devastating experience of losing a client to suicide. The loss of a client to suicide is a stigmatizing event which may leave a social worker in professional, personal and/or legal jeopardy. This experience, not unlike other traumatic events, can profoundly affect one's sense of competence and well- being. Drawing upon the literature and her own experiences as clinician, supervisor, teacher and researcher, Dr. Heller examines the scope and dynamics of the problem, and offers suggestions for dealing with the disenfranchised grief of the social worker. She also suggests guidelines for the profession as a whole. (read more)

Thesis Colloquium - Talking to Children About Sexual Assault

Tueday, July 31, 6:30pm, Seelye 110
All are invited to attend as Karen Taylor presents the findings and implications of her thesis, "'Prevention Starts at Home': Mapping the Discourse Parents who Work in Sexual Assault-Related Fields Create with Their Children about Sexual Assault." Dr. David Burton will serve as moderator.

Experienceing the Dao: Practices of Daoist Meditation and Qigong Practice

Saturday, August 4, 2:00-4:00pm, Neilson Browsing Room
Dr. Lai Ping Yuen, who practices traditional Chinese Medicine in Hong Kong, will give a talk and present the experience of qigong.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and longevity practices in China originate from Daoism. Daoism promotes meditation and qigong practices, and healthy lifestyle and diet as well as a relaxed and easy-going mental attitude towards the ups and downs in life. The search for balance and harmony is through a deep appreciation of nature and the forces in the universe. Health practices can be translated into the five aspects of:

  • healthy diet in line with the seasons
  • physical exercises through daily qigong practices
  • Daoist meditation in the morning and in the evening
  • healthy lifestyle and diet
  • and harmonious relationships with mankind and the universe.

Systematic review of the literature on qigong and health issues will be shared. By a ten-movement qigong exercise and meditation practice, Dr. Yuen and her team conducted a randomized control clinical trial on qigong and found that this Daoist exercise qigong can significatnly reduce fatigue and pain, and improve sleep and emotional well-being of patients of chronic fatigue syndrome as well as cancer. Both qualitative and quantitative data and physiological outcomes of these studies will be shared. There will be an opportunity to conduct experiential sharing during the presentation.

Administrative Announcements

Forwarding Addresses: Continuing Students - NEW

Below is a link to our Winter Directory Information form. Please complete all portions of this form to give us your most updated information. Once you have finished filling it out, please make sure to press the SUBMIT button, located on the bottom left of the form.

This information is critical for school-related business and helpful connections during the internship period, including but not limited to: school business and publications; information from alumni placement area coordinators; and notice of alumni-sponsored events in your area. We will continue to use Smith email for the bulk of our communications.

Please click on the link below to send us your contact information. If you do not submit a forwarding address, any mail we receive will be sent to your placement agency, which could cause confusion or problems.
http://www.smith.edu/sswoas/address/second_sum.htm
This form must be submitted by Monday, August 13. Thank you!

Welcoming Our Students from Hong Kong University - NEW

We are very pleased to announce that we have two Ph.D. social work students from the University of Hong Kong joining us for the second term. Please join the Offices of the Dean and Associate Dean in welcoming FU Fang and Nin Qin (Bethany). We know that the SSW community will help them to feel at home and enjoy their time here while auditing classes and pursuing their interests in research, teaching, and social work.

BannerWeb Down in Early August - NEW

Due to a necessary upgrade of the Oracle system, ITS will need to take BannerWeb down for a few days. There will be no BannerWeb access from 4:00pm on Thursday, August 2 through 8:00am on Monday, August 6. Please plan accordingly.

Please Welcome New Faculty Member Peggy O'Neill

Peggy O'Neill, our newest resident faculty member, has arrived and is on campus for the rest of the summer. We are very excited by all that Peggy will bring to our program. During Term 2 she will not be teaching any classes but is available to meet you, consult with you or a student organization, attend presentations and other activities that both give her a sense of our community and/or where she can make a contribution. Here is what Peggy would like you to know:

"I am delighted to be joining the Smith College School for Social Work resident faculty and look forward to meeting as many students during the summer sessions as possible. I welcome curiosity and inquiry and invite you to reach out to me with questions and your own interests."

Peggy has listed some area that she would like you to be aware of that are of particular interest to her:

  • Building resilience as prevention and preparedness in face of community trauma and disaster
  • Adaptation of evidence based treatment models in the context of a person's life and agency practice - culturally/socially responsible and aware care
  • Tending to care (self & others) in the face of trauma
  • Significance of therapeutic relationships and employment of evidence based practices - both/and rather than either/or
  • Finding the clinical in case management

You can contact Peggy via email at poneill@smith.edu.

Writing Center Appointments

Please Cancel Writing Center Appointments You Are Unable to Keep
We have been very busy in the Writing Center and have a wait list for writers who would like to find appointments. We ask that you cancel any appointments with us that you are unable to keep.

To cancel, just email us or use the white-out to erase your name on the appointment calendar.

Thank you! -- Debra (dcarney@smith.edu) and Peter (psapira@smith.edu).

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

To the Class of 2013: Theoretical Thesis Orientation and Colloquium

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00-8:30pm, Scales Living Room
Student volunteers from the Class of 2012 will present to the second year class their theoretical theses. This will be followed by a discussion of the format and process for Theoretical Theses.

General Notices

First Year Class Rep Needed for Academic & Field Work Performance Standing Committee - NEW

Laura Mackie (3rd year representative) and Yolanda Young Armstrong (2nd year representative) will be visiting first year policy course sections to discuss the position as well as answer students' questions. Those interested are asked to email either Laura Mackie (lmackie@smith.edu) or Yoland Young Armstrong (yyoungar@smith.edu) with a statement of interest as well as any further questions. Students will then be contacted to continue the selection process, which included discussion of a theoretical case as well as an interview by other student representatives.

Parking Garage Maintenance - NEW

The parking garage is undergoing a maintenance project involving installing new waterproofing sealants, power washing the decks and striping new lines. Levels three and four are closed July 16 through August 3, leaving level one and two available for parking. Once work has been completed on the fourth floor, the contractor will continue working down consecutive floors, leaving a lane open to travel to the upper floors for parking. The project completion date is scheduled for August 24.

Off-Campus Housing Lists - NEW

Any current listings of off-campus summer housing received at this time will be posted in the Off-Campus Summer Sublets Reference Manual located in Lilly's main office, room 101. Any questions or concerns, please call ext. 7952.

LGBT Studies in Video - Please Send Feedback

From Pam Skinner, Neilson Library:

The library currently has a trial for a new video database that may be of interest to SSW students: LGBT Studies in Video.

This database is produced by the same company that offers Counseling & Psychotherapy in Video. LGBT Studies in Video includes documentaries, interviews, archival footage and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, religious perspectives, global comparative experiences, etc. The trial ends 8/25/12.

Please connect from this page: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/research/subject/trialdatabases.

And note, the eResource Trials Feedback form on that page or via this link: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/forms/trialdb.

We would love to get your feedback as we evaluate this product.

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:

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

Curriculum Committee Open Meeting

Thursdays, 12:40-1:20pm, King Living 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

Meditation and Holistic Healing Group - Meditation & Yoga

MEDITATION: Mondays, 1:00-1:30pm; Wednesdays, 7:30-8:00am; Thursdays 4:00-4:30, Chapel basement- Bodman Lounge
YOGA: Tuesdays, 8:00-9:15am, Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm, Chapel basement - Bodman Lounge

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