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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 30, 2012

Monday, July 30
Tuesday, July 31
Wednesday, August 1
Thursday, August 2
Friday, August 3
Saturday, August 4
Sunday, August 5
After August 5
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards


Monday - JULY 30

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

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. (more...)

Grief and Bereavement Meeting - NEW

From Joshua Miller, Associate Dean

Monday, July 30, 6:00-7:30pm, and August 6, 8:30-10:00am, King Lower Level
We are aware that a number of students have suffered major losses of family and friends during the summer in the recent past and have arranged for one of the therapists who offers counseling for SSW students, Angela Bardawill, to have two meetings for students experiencing grief and bereavement to talk about this process while managing being a student at SSW. The meetings are voluntary and will be confidential.

LGBTQQIAF Alliance - Task Force Meeting

Mondays, 12:30pm, infront of Campus Center (campus side)
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)!

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

Tuesday - JULY 31

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

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.

Thesis Colloquium - Talking to Children About Sexual Assault

Tuesday, 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 Brown will serve as moderator.

Thesis Colloquium - Growing Empathy: School Gardens and Children's Socio-emotional Development - NEW

Tuesday, July 31, 77:00-8:30pm, Seelye 311
All are invited to join Emily Wolf McMane as she presents the findings of her master's thesis research. Smith professor Stacey Novack will serve as moderator. Light refreshments will be provided.

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 - august 1

"Talking with Delores" - A Screening and Discussion with author Dee O'Connor - NEW

Wednesday, August 1, 7:00-8:30pm, Seelye 106
"Talking with Delores" was created as an educational intervention used to facilitate discussions about, and normalize, elder suicide and depression. A professor of geriatrics at the University of Massachusetts, Dee O'Connor, Ph.D., authored this play with funding and support from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. "Talking with Delores" is a one-act play about aging, life-and-death choices, and saving room for dessert. Within the play, the actors briefly step out of their roles and discuss suicide, the mess it leaves behind, and the message of the play. The film is debriefed with the senior audience with conversation, more information, and handouts that include resources and emergency contacts for depression and suicide.

Interracial Dialogues

August 1, 7:00-8:15pm, Seelye 102
Join Dr. Ruth Spencer, Bertha Reynolds 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 or Dina Pasalis at If you are interested in participating but unable to come on Wednesdays, please let us know. Thanks you very much!

Thursday - august 2

Curriculum Committee Open Meeting

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

Friday - august 3

Thesis Colloquium - The Resilience of Undocumented Students - NEW

Friday, August 3, 12:15-2:00pm, Seelye 201
Announcing a thesis colloquium by Kiam Parker, who will present her project, "Surviving Broken Dreams: A Qualitative Study on the Resilience of Undocumented Students." A discussion will follow. Moderated by Professor Gael McCarthy.

Dissemination Deadline for All Thesis Students - NEW

Movie - The Whale Rider - NEW

Friday, August 3, 6:30-9:30pm, Seelye 201
Men's Group, SSW Feminist Alliance, and Council for Students of Color present The Whale Rider. On the eastern coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their ancester Paikea was saved from drowning by riding home on the back of a whale. The tribal group has since granted leadership positins to the first-born males, believing them to be descendants of Paikea. This tradition is challenged when a young mother dies in childbirth along with her newborn male son. His twin sister manages to survive and the father runs off, overwhelmed with grief. The little girl, Pai, is brought up by stubborn grandfather (and chief of the tribe) Koro and gently grandmother Nanny.

A discussion will follow. Some snacks and beverages will be provided.

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 with any questions.

Saturday - august 4

Experiencing 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 trail on qigong and found that this Daoist exercise can significantly 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.

SUNDAY august 5

After august 5

Smith College Department of Sociology & Media Education Foundation Summer Lecture Series - NEW

Tuesday, August7, 7:00pm, McConnell 103
John Bracey, Professor of African American Studies, UMASS Amherst - How Racism Harms White People.

Administrative Announcements

Close of School Notice - NEW

By now you should have received via Smith email an important notice listing dates, deadlines and responsibilities for the end of the summer. We urge you to read these materials soon - there are consequences for not meeting the deadlines. Thank you!

A Request from the Writing Center - NEW

If you wanted to meet with a writing counselor this summer but were unable to get an appointment, would you send a brief email to Debra Carney ( letting her know which term and week you were unable to find a time on our schedules?

This information will help us plan Writing Center services more effectively in the future. Many thanks!

Writing Counseling Appointment Wait List - NEW

If you are unable to get an appointment with a writing counselor, please add your name and contact information to our wait list (posted right next to our appointment schedules, outside the door to Seelye 307).

Casebook Shredding - NEW

Students in Practice 101/102 and 301/302 and in doctoral courses that use casebooks: please plan to place your casebooks in shredding bins during the last week of the term. Bins will be provided for this purpose on the second floor of Hatfield an on the second and third floors of Seelye. No casebooks will be accepted for shredding in the Office of Academic Support Services. We appreciate your cooperation.

Forwarding Addresses: Continuing Students

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.
This form must be submitted by Monday, August 13. Thank you!

BannerWeb Down in Early August

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.

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 ( and Peter (

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

Thesis Information

Dissemination Deadline is Friday, August 3rd - NEW

Just a reminder that the deadline for dissemination completion is Friday, August 3. Third years should submit their dissemination confirmation/evaluation forms to Laurie Wyman on or before that date. Just to be sure, you should contact Laurie to confirm that your dissemination has been logged in as completed. Laurie's email is

General Notices

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

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 ( or Yoland Young Armstrong ( 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

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

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.

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

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 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

Lost and Found:

Ongoing Events

Also see the SSW events calendar for all regularly schedule weekly events:

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