August 9, 2010

Monday, August 9
Tuesday, August 10
Wednesday, August 11
Thursday, August 12
Friday, August 13
Saturday, August 14
Sunday, August 15
Ongoing Meetings/Events
After August 15
Announcements, Notices, and Awards

MONDAY - August 9

SUMMER LECTURE SERIES - Geographies of Vulnerability and Silence: Meanings and Effects of Political Violence - NEW

Marie B. Breen Smyth, Ph.D. - Brown Clinical Research Institute Lecturer

Much experience of political violence is self-censored, relegated to forgetfulness, and forms a "hidden historical otherness." This has grave implications for our understanding of the meanings and effects of political violence. We tend to emphasize psychological sequelae over other effects, which accentuates the sense of vulnerability. An increasing tendency to demonize and to ignore the pain of the "Other" leaves our understanding of the meanings and effects of political violence incomplete and narrow. An enhanced understanding of the social and political effects of violence is an essential component of our ability to prevent and mitigate the effects of violence in the future.

Read more here.

Capoeira Club

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm, Berenson Dance Studio 3, Mendenhall Center

TUESDAY - August 10

Meditation Group

Tuesdays, 7:30am, Talbot

Do You Qualify for a Diagnosis of Ph.D.? - NEW

Tuesday, August 10, 12:30pm, Ziskind (outside Cutter-Ziskind Dining Room)
The Doctoral Student Organization will hold an informal information session for M.S.W. students who would like to learn more about the Ph.D. process/program.

Bring your questions and comments. See you then!

LGBTQQIF Alliance Task Force Meetings - Summer 2010

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

Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesdays, 5:35-6:50pm, Cutter Living Room

LGBTQQIF Alliance General Meetings - Summer 2010

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

WEDNESDAY - August 11

Mandatory BannerWeb Course Evaluations Begin - All Students

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

Wednesday nights, Cutter

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

Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA)

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

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 12

Research Advising Assignments Meeting for Class of A11, BSW12 & A10 Post Residents - NEW

Thursday, August 12, 6:00-7:00pm, Cutter Living Room

Presentation by Marie Hartwell-Walker - NEW

Thursday, August 12, 7:00-9:00pm, Dewey Common Room
Marie Hartwell-Walker is a psychologist with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (formerly the Department of Mental Retardation) and teaches classes on intellectual disability and mental health at the University of Massachusetts.

Mantra Therapy Workshop - Facilitated by Dada Prana - NEW

Thursday, August 12, 7:30-9:00pm, Seelye 110
Expand your mind, Liberate your emotions: Workshop on Mantra Therapy

Dada Prana will guide an interactive workshop that uses mantra as a therapeutic tool. He will show the benefits of chanting for self-care and emotional health for groups and individuals.

Guest Dada Prana is a yogic monk trained in the Ananda Marga yoga tradition and holds a Master's degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy. He currently lives in New York City.

This event brough to you by the Meditation Group and the Holistic Healing Group.

Holistic Healing Group

Thursdays, lunchtime, Ziskind HR Suite

Size Matters

Thursdays, 5:30pm, Ziskind Parlor

Yoga for School for Social Work Students

Thursdays, 6:00pm, Chase Living Room

Meteor Shower Stargazing on Campus

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.

Men and Smith

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

FRIDAY - August 13

Meditation Group

Fridays, 12:00pm (noon), Talbot

Contemplative Practice: A Dialogue with Dean Jacobs - NEW

Friday, August 13, 3:00-3:45pm, Dewey Common Room
Please join us for a dialogue on contemplative spiritual practices in our lives. Topics of discussion may include creativity, activism, stillness, and prayer. Part 3 of a continuing series.

Open to all members of the Smith College SSW community.

 

SATURDAY - August 14

 

Christian Worship Service

Saturdays, 5:00pm, Talbout House Lounge

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SUNDAY - August 15

Invitation to Baccalaureate - NEW

Sunday, August 15, 7:00-9:00pm, Helen Hills Hills Chapel
The soon-to-be graduates of 2010 invite everyone to our Baccalaureate ceremony to share our thoughts and feelings about the process by which we make meaning of this experience. The Baccalaureate is an opportunity for reflection and closure. While this is not a formal religious ceremony, we welcome people to bring their sense of spirituality, community, and connectedness. This event will provide the space for different forms of expression including musical performance, dancing, poetry, and spoken word.

Please join us, the graduating class, in celebrating our time together!

Running Group

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

AFTER August 15

Save the Date! Retirement Party for Joan Lesser

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.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation Tickets - NEW

Each graduating student receives 5 reception tickets (1 student, 4 guests) for the event following graduation. These tickets will be put in your campus mailboxes on Thursday, August 12. Please do not misplace them - we cannot replace lost tickets.

Mandatory BannerWeb Course Evaluations Begin - All Students

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.

Library Catalog Downtime - NEW

The Five College Library Catalog will not be available Friday, Aug. 13 from 5:00pm) through Saturday, Aug. 14 due to required maintenance. You can use WorldCat as an alternative database at those times or email neilref@smith.edu for help. We regret any inconvenience.

Exit Interview Information - NEW

Students who have taken out Stafford or GradPLUS Loans must complete an exit interview counseling session before you can graduate. An email has been sent to you explaining this process.

Please visit http://www.mappingyourfuture.org/oslc/ to complete the exit interview process.

This must be completed by August 17, 2010.

Joan Laird Thesis Prize - NEW

Michelle Beaulieu is the winner of this year's Joan Laird Thesis Prize for Excellence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. Her theoretical study is entitled Stigmatizing Will & Graace: A Theoretical Exploration of Gay Male Straight Female Fictive Kin Relationships.

All of the submissions this year were interesting and informative to read. The committee would like to thank everyone who submitted a thesis for the Laird Prize and commend them for their work.

End of Summer Notices - All Students

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!

THESIS INFORMATION & COLLOQUIA

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GENERAL NOTICES

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.

The Council for Students of Color Announces the New Eboard

Here are the newly elected officers for the Executive Board of the Council for Students of Color:

President
Elisabeth Hopkins, M.S.W. 12

Vice-Presidents
Thomas Brown, M.S.W. 12 and Aquila Vera, M.S.W. 12

Secretary
Mahajoy Laufer, M.S.W. 12

Treasurer
Cristy Ricaurte, M.S.W. 11

Historian
Samantha Rivera, M.S.W. 12

Social Co-Chairs
Malyna Kettavong, M.S.W. 12 and Ileana Sansano, M.S.W. 12

Diversity Representatives for Curriculum
Misty Cranston-Bates, M.S.W. 12 and Tamara Bransburg, M.S.W. 12

Diversity Representative to the Field Placement Office
Carlos Encalada, M.S.W. 12

Representatives to Student Org Executive Committee
Alex Kim, M.S.W. 12 and Patrice Boyce, M.S.W. 12

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.

Christian Worship Service

Saturdays, 5:00pm, Talbot House Lounge
All are welcome to join in scriptural reflection, music, and prayer.

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.

Knitting Group

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!

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

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)

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.

Yoga for School for Social Work Students

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.

 

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