August 2, 2010

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

MONDAY - August 2

SUMMER LECTURE SERIES - Whom Should We Serve? Analyzing Social Worker Practitioners' Views of Undocumented Immigrants - NEW


Monday, August 2, 7:30pm, Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center

Yoosun Park, M.S.W., Ph.D., Assistant Professor - SSW

Dr. Park will present her study of social work practitioners' views on undocumented immigrants and the role of social work. This work of discourse analysis was conducted to investigate the particular ways respondents represent, constitute, and thus make sense of undocumented immigrants and immigration, and to explore what meanings and significance such representations and constituted identities might have for social work. Social workers' views on undocumented immigrants is illustrative of the ways in which we determine inclusion and exclusion, writ large in national immigration policies and laws but played out in the arenas of social work and social services. Who deserves help? Who should be included and who excluded? Drawing upon empirical data, Dr. Park examines the profession and its professionals' relationship to law, social policies, as well as its own professional ethics and identity.

Read more here.

Capoeira Club

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm, Berenson Dance Studio 3, Mendenhall Center
Capoeira is a unique Afro-Brazilian martial art combining fluid movements and acrobatics with traditional music and ritual.

TUESDAY - August 3

Meditation Group

Tuesdays, 7:30am, Talbot

LGBTQQIF Alliance Task Force Meetings - Summer 2010

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Ziskind HR Suite - Task Force Meeting

Anti-Racism Task Force - REGULAR TIME RESUMES

Tuesdays, 5:35-6:50pm, Cutter Living Room
Come be a part of the commitment to our Anti-Racism Task Force! The Task Force has been the engine for many of the changes brought about at Smith College SSW as we have moved along in fits and starts withour 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. We will continue to work on many of the issues highlighted in the large task force meeting of July 26 and on the work groups that will be formed.

LGBTQQIF Alliance General Meetings - Summer 2010

Tuesdays, 5:45-7:00pm, Ziskind Living Room - Alliance General Meeting

Council-Sponsored Thesis Colloquium

Tuesday, August 3, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 201
Antwan Nedd, Illana Jordan, and William Lee will present their thesis findings.

Refreshments will be served.

 

WEDNESDAY - August 4

Mandatory BannerWeb Course Evaluations Begin - All Students - NEW

BannerWeb Course Evaluations are required. See 200.7C, Student Requirement to Complete Course Evaluations, of the M.S.W. Student Handbook: "Student evaluation of courses is a program requirement. Failure to complete a course evaluation by the deadline will result in the following: a) grade/transcript hold; b) registration hold; c) diploma hold." This applies to doctoral students as well.

WHEN: Beginning Wednesday Aug. 11, 8:00am
  Ending Sunday Aug. 22, 11:00pm
WHERE: Via the internet on BannerWeb
HOW: Instructions will be sent to your Smith email account
WHAT: A copy of the form for evaluating courses will be sent as an email attachment.

 

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Academic Support Services, x7989.

Knitting Group - NEW

Wednesday nights, Cutter
Knitters and other fiber artists - come join us on Wednesday nights on the couches of Cutter for all things yarn. Email Sam Pugh with questions and to confirm timing, which might change slightly from week to week depending on thesis colloquiua. Beginners welcome!

Meditation Group

Wednesdays, 7:30am, Talbot

Disability Awareness Group: Opportunities for Hope Beyond Stigma and Social Inequality

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Ziskind Beau Parlor

Writing Clearly and Concisely Workshop (2nd session)

Wednesday, August 4, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This 2-session workshop will focus on editing techniques for making social work writing more powerful and effective. Included will be discussion of active and passive voice, sexist language, and word choice.

Participants should try to attend both sessions.

To register for the workshop, add your name to the sign-up sheet outside the door to Seelye 307. Please feel free to bring your lunch!

Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) - NEW TIME

Wednesdays, 5:45-7:00pm, Cutter Beau Parlor

Council for Students of Color Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:45pm- 6:45pm, Ziskind Living Room

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:50pm, Ziskind Beau Parlor

Capoeira Club

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm, Berenson Dance Studio 3, Mendenhall Center
Capoeira is a unique Afro-Brazilian martial art combining fluid movements and acrobatics with traditional music and ritual.

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops with Mary Hall & Susan Donner -

Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101
The goal of this workshop is to provide summer teaching faculty on-going 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 futher issues of diversity and ways of attending to diversity in all classes;
  how to respond to student-faculty and student-student microaggressions around diversity content;
  similarities and differences in racial identity development for minority and majority group participants;
  other selected didactic content, etc.

 

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

THURSDAY - August 5

Holistic Healing Group

Thursdays, lunchtime, Ziskind HR Suite

Size Matters

Thursdays, 5:30pm, Ziskind Parlor

Yoga for School for Social Work Students - NEW

Thursdays, 6:00pm, Chase Living Room
Starting July 29 there will be yoga class for social work students. Any and all experience levels are welcome. It will be a nice way to practice self-care in your final few weeks of this summer session. Yoga mats and other props will be available for students to use.

Men and Smith - NEW

Thursdays, 9:00-11:00pm, Cutter Living Room

FRIDAY - August 6

Contemplative Practice: A Dialogue with Dean Jacobs - NEW

Friday, August 6, 3:00-4:00pm, Cutter Living Room
Please join us for a dialogue on contemplative spiritual practices in our lives. Topics of discusiion may include creativity, activism, stillness, and prayer. Part two of a continuing series.

Open ot all members of the Smith College SSW community.

Meditation Group

Fridays, 12:00pm (noon), Talbot

RefWorks Workshops (last one!)

Friday, August 6, 3:45-5:00pm, Neilson Library Electronic Classroom
RefWorks is a program to store and manage your references and create APA-formatted reference lists. Learn how RefWorks can help you manage your research by attending one of our workshops:

  Friday 8/6 3:45-5:00pm

 

SATURDAY - August 7

 

Licensing Exam Prep Course

Saturday, August 7, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Seelye 106
Do you plan to take the MSW Licensing Exam for Massachusetts? The Massachusetts NASW is offering a test preparation review course - learn about test-taking skills, review sample questions and receive a booklet which gives you a thorough review of what you need to know to pass the exam. Massachusetts NASW has been giving this review course for 3 years and it has been a great success!

For more information and to register, visit the Massachusetts NASW website: www.nasw.org.

Christian Worship Service

Saturdays, 5:00pm, Talbout House Lounge

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SUNDAY - August 8

Running Group

Sundays, 7:15am - meet at State St. & Stoddard at the Northampton Bikeway

Bringing the Body into Therapeutic Treatment: Yoga, Eating Disorders and Trauma - NEW

Sunday, August 8, 10:00am-2:00pm, Berenson Leeds Studio
Maggie Juliano, founder of Sprout Yoga (www. sproutyoga.org) will be hosting an experiential workshop for M.S.W. students on how to integrate yoga into therapeutic treatment for individuals suffering from eating disorders and disorders that tend to co-occur with this illness. She will integrate the impact of trauma on the body and how yoga postures and breathing can be used to alleviate eating disorders, anxiety, substance abuse behaviors and more.

This workshop is limited to 12 people, with the option of creating a 2nd workshop if there is enough interest.

Sponsored by the Holistic Healing Group and Meditation Group.

Space is limited - RSVP required: Email Nicole Vengrove.

Cost: $10, to be paid in full at time of RSVP.

AFTER August 8

Save the Date! Retirement Party for Joan Lesser - NEW

Monday, August 16, 5:00-6:30pm, Smith College Museum Atrium
Join us as we recognize the retirement of Adjunct Associate Professor Joan Lesser, who will be leving at the end of the summer.

We welcome all members of the community to this event.

Meteor Shower Stargazing on Campus - NEW

Thursday, August 12, 9:00-11:00pm, Upper Athletic Field (inside the track)
The Perseid meteor shower is the biggest of 2010. Take a study break under the shooting stars. Bring a blanket. Cloudy skies cancel.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mandatory BannerWeb Course Evaluations Begin - All Students - NEW

BannerWeb Course Evaluations are required. See 200.7C, Student Requirement to Complete Course Evaluations, of the M.S.W. Student Handbook: "Student evaluation of courses is a program requirement. Failure to complete a course evaluation by the deadline will result in the following: a) grade/transcript hold; b) registration hold; c) diploma hold." This applies to doctoral students as well.

WHEN: Beginning Wednesday Aug. 11, 8:00am
  Ending Sunday Aug. 22, 11:00pm
WHERE: Via the internet on BannerWeb
HOW: Instructions will be sent to your Smith email account
WHAT: A copy of the form for evaluating courses will be sent as an email attachment.

 

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Academic Support Services, x7989.

End of Summer Notices - All Students - 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. Thank you!

Students Continuing on to Field Internships

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.

There will be no reminders, so please click on the link below to send us your contact information today.  If we do not hear from you we will send all U.S. mail to your placement address.

http://www.smith.edu/sswoas/address/second_sum.htm

This form must be submitted by Monday, August 9th. Thank you!

 

Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow

Ruth Spencer, J.D., M.S.S.A., is the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at Vassar College. She served as the head of Human Resources at Oberlin College for over 10 years. In addition, she has directed a mental health center. She has been a Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow as well as an adjunct assistant professor at SSW for many years, teaching law and social policy courses. She has had extensive clinical social work experience in inpatient, outpatient and correctional psychiatric settings. Ruth earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Oberlin, her master's degree in social work at the Mandel School at Case Reserve University, and her law degree at CWRU. This summer she will participate in the Anti-Racism Consultation Committee during 2nd term. She will also be available to all members of the SSW community for consultation about anti-racism issues.

Office location: Green Street Classroom Annex* 205 (*old Engineering building)

Office hours: Wednesday, 9:00-11:00am and Thursday, 2:00-4:00pm. To arrange an appointment, please email her at ruspencer@vassar.edu

Paradise Road Closed

Paradise Road wil be closed for construction from July 12 - August 6.

THESIS INFORMATION & COLLOQUIA

Thesis Dissemination Information from Laurie Wyman

If you have not handed in your pink dissemination presentation form to Laurie Wyman, please send them or bring them to her (Lilly 218).

For those who have completed their dissemination and have the required sign-offs, please forward the ivory "Disseminatin Confirmation" form or other appropriate documentation to Laurie. Please remember that the Dissemination of Knowledge deadline is Friday, August 6.

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GENERAL NOTICES

Knitting Group - NEW

Wednesday nights, Cutter
Knitters and other fiber artists - come join us on Wednesday nights on the couches of Cutter for all things yarn. Email Sam Pugh with questions and to confirm timing, which might change slightly from week to week depending on thesis colloquiua. Beginners welcome!

Join NASW at a Reduced Student Rate

Are you thinking of joining NASW, the only professional organization which stands up for both our clients and the profession? Join now, while you're still a student and save money! The normal rate of MSW memberships is $190 per year. The reduced student rate is $48 per year. The same reduced rate will apply for as long as you are a student and for the first 2 years after you graduate. There is an NASW chapter in every state and you can change state chapters when and if your internship or living situation changes.

For more information and to join, visit the national NASW website: www.naswdc.org/join.

New Student Org Board

  Co-Presidents Jess Markowitz & Lisa Brookens
  Co-Vice Presidents Anne Hopkinson & Winnie Simmons
  Co-Secretaries Sarah Williams & Kim Winnegge
  Campus Life Rep Alana Honigman
  Off-Campus Rep Michelle Marchese
  A11 Curriculum Committee Co-Chairs Shil Sengupta & Cassie Peterson
  A12 Curriculum Committee Co-Chairs Alexandra Jamali & Sara Lipton-Carey
  Curriculum Secretary Amanda Slatus
  Curriculum Registration Rep Patrice Boyce
  A11 Curriculum Rep for Research Anna Cable
  A11 Curriculum Rep for Policy Sarah Matlock
  A12 Curriculum Rep for Policy Carlos Encalada
  A11 Curriculum Rep for Practice Jillian Robbins
  A12 Curriculum Rep for Practice Miya Drucker
  A11 Curriculum Rep for HBSE Paula Mazzotta
  A12 Curriculum Rep for HBSE Shoshanna Brady
  A11 Co-Class Reps Michelle Kaye & Caitlin McInerney
  A12 Co-Class Reps Katryn Little & Meg McGrath
  A11 Field Placement Reps Jess Taylor-Pickford & Heather Wollin
  A12 Field Placement Reps Mary Stanton & Patrick Cody
  Council for Students of Color Reps Alex Kim & Patrice Boyce
  Diversity Rep Kim Winnegge
  Financial Aid Rep Megan Oberdorfer
  Admission Rep Paula Mazzotta
  Academic Support Services Rep Tiffany Romer
  Social Aciton Rep Lilith Wolinsky

 

Lost and Found Items in Lilly Hall

The following items are in the LillyHall lost and found:

  red and black umbrella
  brown, gray, gold, and red sweater
  black graduation gown
  multicolored hand-knit hat
  car key
  glasses
  red and brown earring
  Smith College water bottle

ONGOING EVENTS

Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesdays, 5:35-6:50pm, Cutter Living Room
The Anti-Racism Task Force provides a space for students, faculty and staff to discuss issues around race and anti-racism in terms that are structural to the school. Areas of discussion might include (but are not limited to) the curriculum, access, programming, and student activities. This group is open to all students, faculty and staff. Come and have your voice heard on this important topic!

Read more about the Task Force here.

Faculty liaisons: Fred Newdom and Susan Donner.

Capoeira Club

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm, Berenson Dance Studio 3, Mendenhall Center
Capoeira is a unique Afro-Brazilian martial art combining fluid movements and acrobatics with traditional music and ritual.

Council for Students of Color Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:45pm- 6:45pm, Ziskind Living Room
The Council for Students of Color would like to invite all self-identified students of color to join us at our weekly meetings. Hope to see you there!

Disability Awareness Group: Opportunities for Hope Beyond Stigma and Social Inequality

Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Ziskind Beau Parlor
The Disabilities Awareness Group of the Smith College School for Social Work strives to promote awareness, education, and support around issues of impairment and disability on campus and in the field to students, faculty, and staff.

See full description here.

The group is open to the entire School for Social Work community, regardless of race, gender, nationality, class, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability/ability, or impairment. We are made up of people with disabilities; friends, allies, and family members of people with disabilities; and allies and persons of Deaf culture. Neither discussing an assigned diagnosis nor identifying as a person with a disability is necessary to participate in the group. For more information, please contact Lynn Goode, president of the DAW group.

Holistic Healing Group

Thursdays, lunchtime, Ziskind HR Suite
The Holistic Healing Group seeks to explore complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM), spiritual practices, and culturally sensitive approaches to healing beyond the scope of the Westen biomedical program. We are looking for new student membership since the current representatives will be graduating. Please contact Ashley Sitkin if you are interested in joining, participating, or co-leading this group. All students are welcome. We plan to meet on Thursdays during lunchtime in the Ziskind HR Suite if there is sufficient interest.

Jewish Students' Alliance

Mondays, 12:40-1:30pm, Cutter Living Room
See full description here.

LGBTQQIF Alliance Meetings - Summer 2010

Alliance General Meeting - Tuesdays, 5:45-7:00pm, Ziskind Living Room

Task Force Meeting - Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Ziskind HR Suite

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Fluid (LGBTQQIF) Alliance is a student group open to the queer community and allies. The Alliance Task Force is a subgroup of the LGBTQQ Alliance and is focused on planning and action items for the larger group.

Meditation Group

Meditate with us! The Meditation Group gathers 3 times a week to support one another in the practice of being present through breath. Anyone is welcome, regardless of previous experience. We are always happy to offer guidance. And don't hesitate to join even if we've already begun.

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 7:30am, Talbot
Fridays, 12:00pm (noon), Talbot

Men and Smith - NEW

Thursdays, 9:00-11:00pm, Cutter Living Room

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops with Mary Hall & Susan Donner

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Seelye 101

Running Group

Sundays, 7:15am - meet at State St. & Stoddard at the Northampton Bikeway
The Running Group meets every Sunday for a 7-10 mile run. Pace varies: 9-12min/mile. It's a great way to relax and get ready for the week ahead. Bring an old friend and meet new ones!

Size Matters

Thursdays, 5:30pm, Ziskind Parlor
Size Matters is a size-positive, fat acceptance and health-at-every size group addressing matters of size oppression on campus and in the community. Meetings are inclusive and open to all.

Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) - NEW TIME

Wednesdays, 5:45-7:00pm, Cutter Beau Parlor
The Social Welfare Action Alliance invites you to attend our weekly meetings and share your passion for change and social justice. Help us to connect the Smith bubble with the Northampton community and beyond. The Alliance is a national organization of hundreds of progressive social workers committed to reducing the gap between theory and practice.

Student Org - General Meeting
Wednesdays, 12:45pm, Ziskind Living Room
General Student Org meetings are open to everyone - we especially look forward to seeing 1st summer students! In addition to executive committee members, who are expected to attend Monday and Wednesday meetings, all representatives from student groups are expected to attend Wednesday evenings.

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:50-7:00pm, Ziskind Beau Parlor
Join us on Wednesday evenings to support one another in chipping away at the racism that we have learned. This is a space in which whiteness is felt, embodied, and explored through personal experience. The door will close as the meeting begins, in an effort to create an uninterrupted process, so please come on time.

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