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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 30th

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
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May 30
June 3
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June 10
June 20
June 24
June 13
June 17
June 27
July 1
July 11
July 15
July 18
July 22
July 25
July 29
August 1
August 5
August 8
August 12

Please note: The SSW Bulletin will go from monthly to weekly issues starting Monday, June 3rd. The next submission deadline is Thursday, May 30th.


Summer Information Webpage
Get all of the information you need for summer here!

Important - Notice of Office Locations Changes
To better accommodate student needs, a number of shifts have taken place in the location of some of the SSW administrative offices. The Office of Academic Support Services has moved to Lilly 110; Housing is now located in room 218 (second floor); and Laurie Wyman (thesis support) can now be found in room 115 (first floor).

NEW Policy/Procedure Information VERY IMPORTANT!!! We have a NEW policy and procedure for requesting event space reservations. You will find the information on the Summer Information page, under "Planning An Event":

Please be sure to read ALL of the information very carefully!

Message from the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning
Welcome New and Returning School for Social Work Students:

We’d like to ask you to take a few moments to read about the academic support services we can provide you during your summers at Smith. And please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Individual Writing Conferences
Throughout the two summer terms, we offer you individual writing conferences. During these half-hour sessions, we work on pre-writing, writing, and editing strategies, and you can set the agenda for our meeting. We serve as an audience for your ideas about your assignments and the written expression of those ideas.

Our goal in these conferences is to address the specific writing issues evident in a particular paper and also the characteristic patterns in your writing that the paper reveals. We always start with the strengths in your writing, and we also discuss the ways you can build on your strengths. Among the writing issues we can deal with are organization, the presentation of evidence, argument, language bias, grammar, and sentence structure.

Ours is not a remedial program, but rather a support for all writers. Our experience has shown us that all writers can benefit from feedback on their writing patterns, no matter what their level of expertise. We also offer more intensive work on writing issues common to speakers and writers of English as a foreign language and people with learning disabilities.

However, we cannot proofread your writing, nor can we provide line-by-line editing. We aim to teach writers to develop these skills for themselves.

To schedule writing conferences during the summer, please come to Seelye 307. Our schedules are posted in the foyer outside the door; just sign your name in any available slot. Feel free to call us if you have any questions about the schedules.

Writing Skills Workshops
Each summer we also offer small-group workshops: Overcoming Writing Anxiety; The Serene Student (A Time Management Workshop); Grammar, Punctuation and Mechanics; Writing Clearly and Concisely; and Surviving Your Thesis (for second year students). A schedule of these workshops is available on our Moodle page Writing Resources (you are all enrolled), and we also publicize them in the Weekly Bulletin.

Web Resources
We urge you to visit our Moodle Page Writing Resources for additional materials and information. (You are all enrolled.) The Jacobson Center Website can also be helpful, particularly “The Writing Process Series.”

We look forward to working with you!

Debra Carney, x3035
Peter Sapira, x3057
Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning
Seelye Hall 307

Razing of 66 Green Street
On May 28, a contractor will begin work to take down 66 Green Street. The building is located in an area that has been identified for long-term expansion by the college. After it is taken down, the area is slated to become green space, creating a landscaped corridor between center campus and Ford Hall. To facilitate contractor access, the parking area adjacent to Ford Hall, which is entered from Arnold Avenue, will be closed May 28-June 7.  


Important Notice from Student Financial Services
Payment in full for the first bill pay period was due on May 15th.

If you have not yet paid in full, please do so promptly to ensure a smooth transition and continued enrollment in the upcoming 13-14 academic year.

Student account information, including standard processing dates and how to access the TouchNet eBill system, can be found at

A signed copy of your financial aid award letter is required for our office to create and process the Federal Unsubsidized Loan offered (if you filed 13-14 FAFSA). Federal student loan/s must be approved with all requirements satisfied for a loan to qualify as “paid in full” and to allow the loan to disburse on June 3rd. Satisfy Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note requirements at


Plan Now for Banner Server Downtime June 7-9
From ITS: Please note that all Banner servers will be shut down at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, in preparation for a move to a new location. Full service will be restored by 8 a.m. on Monday, June 10. The following systems and services will be unavailable during the downtime: Smith Portal, Campus Directory, Course Catalog, Banner, BannerWeb, eBill, ePay, Nolij document management, Cognos, BAR reporting, Maps/Intellicheck, R25/25Live, and the Smith data warehouse.

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.