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may 2013

About the Bulletin

The Bulletin offers relevant notices, reminders, and deadlines for School for Social Work students. Students are encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body.

The Bulletin is updated weekly during the summer terms, and monthly throughout the fall and spring.

Next Submission Deadline: May 16th


We would like to invite students to use this vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. Submission deadlines are listed below:

Submission Deadline
To Be Issued On
May 16
May 20



The April bill for the first bill pay period has been generated for the 2013-2014 academic year. Payment in full is due on May 15th.

If applicable, a signed copy of your financial aid award letter is required for our office to process your financial aid which will enable it to pay appropriately to your account.

Also, if you are taking out federal or alternative student loans to pay for your billed fees, payment in-full means that the loan has been approved and you have met all requirements for the loan to disburse. This includes fulfilling entrance counseling and a master promissory note.

Please see for federal student loan information and to satisfy requirements.

Please see for information on your student account including important processing dates during the academic year and how to navigate the TouchNet eBill system.


May Deadlines for Thesis Students

By May 10, 2013 please submit approved drafts of all or most of the thesis (minimally, chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4 plus references for empirical projects and chapters 1,2,3, 4, & 5 for theoretical projects, plus references) to the winter research advisor, as well as initial drafts of the remaining chapters.
Please be sure to monitor your progress on your theses in accordance with the deadlines published in the Thesis Guidelines.


Some Links to Consider before Arriving at Smith
As you prepare to arrive at (or return to) campus, you might want to review these excellent resources for writing and researching at Smith (great information for everyone, and especially important for those beginning to think thesis!):

Owl Purdue Online Writing Lab - General Writing Resources

Smith College Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning


Reaching for Excellence - Nominations now open! Nominate for Reaching for Excellence now!
Nomination deadline: May 15, 2013
Program Dates: September 19-21, 2013

SSW invites nominations for a weekend full of courses and lectures designed to challenge and stretch Bachelor-level human service workers and to inspire them to consider graduate education!

Nominate someone you know or read more at:

Qualified nominees must: Be a bachelor-level social worker or other human service provider with at least two years of experience; Have earned a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0; Demonstrate a passion for human services work; Have not yet received or applied for their master's degree in social work or similar field.

If selected, Reaching for Excellence (REX) participants receive: A grant to cover all coursework, lectures, room and board for REX; Half of domestic travel expenses to REX exceeding $50; 18 continuing education credits; Waiver of the $60 MSW application fee; Geographic location preference for MSW program field placement.

Questions? Call (413) 585-7960 or email




Back by Popular Demand-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for SSW Students!
This is a non-credit offering by the school to promote student wellbeing and self-care. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and negative affect among health and mental health professionals and increase positive affect and self-compassion. The course is for students who would like to explore the potential of MBSR to help them manage stress in their own lives during the busy Smith summer as well as developing a practice that may be able to sustain them in their professional pursuits as a clinical social worker.

Please note this is not a course in conducting MBSR with others, but rather a course focused on one's own personal stress management. It will be facilitated by Annemarie Gockel and Martha Reeves, who have both trained in MBSR at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. The course will take place on campus in the Helen Hills Chapel on 8 consecutive Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm beginning June 13th and ending August 15th, 2013. An orientation meeting for all those interested in participating will be held Thursday June 6th, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Chapel. Enrollment is limited and students must be able to attend all 8 sessions of the course to participate.


Columbia Social Work Review
The Columbia Social Work Review is a yearly publication, produced by social work students, aimed at sharing student research, experience and views with faculty, fellow students, and the larger social work community. Our mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of innovative ideas that integrate social work practice, education, research, and theory from the perspective of social work students. To read past and current issues,or to learn more, please visit our website at

Post-Master's Fellowship Opportunities for MSW Grads
The Psychological Health and Psychiatry Clinic at University of Colorado-Boulder is offering one-year fellowships for both first-year post-grads and for second-year post-grads.  Applicants must be graduates of an accredited MSW program.  If you know of someone who might be interested, please contact Howard Snooks, Ph.D., LCSW, BCD via email at

The Bulletin will remain in place as the main vehicle for important reminders from the School. These additional channels will provide opportunities for our community to stay connected and engaged throughout the year.