July 6, 2010

Monday, July 5
Tuesday, July 6
Wednesday, July 7
Thursday, July 8
Friday, July 9
Saturday, July 10
Sunday, July 11
Ongoing Meetings/Events
After July 11
Announcements, Notices, and Awards

MONDAY - July 5

HOLIDAY

TUESDAY - July 6

Meditation Group

Tuesday, July 6, 7:30am, Talbot

Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesday, July 6, 5:35-6:50pm, Ziskind Head Resident Suite

LGBTQQIF Alliance Meetings - Summer 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 5:45-7:00pm, Ziskind Living Room - Alliance General Meeting

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops with Mary Hall & Susan Donner

Tuesday, July 6, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Seelye 101

WEDNESDAY - July 7

Meditation Group

Wednesday, July 7, 7:30am, Talbot

LGBTQQIF Alliance Meetings - Summer 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 11:45am -1:30pm, Ziskind HR Suite - Task Force Meeting

Pizza Party and Psychology Experiment Participation - NEW

Wednesday, July 7th from 12:00-2:00pm, Bass 209
We are desperate for adult participants in several language studies that we are working on in the Psych department! We are hosting a pizza party for SSW students who would like to participate in a 5 minute study. This eyetracking task is quick and simple, and you will have a chance to learn about some ongoing research in the department and see how exciting new eyetracking technology works. Pizza and soda will be provided. Thank you so much in advance and we hope to see you all there!

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

Wednesday, July 7, 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.

Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA)

Wednesday, July 7, 12:30-1:30pm, Cutter Beau Parlor

Surviving Your Thesis: A workshop for 2nd Summer Students

Wednesday, July 7, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This workshop will provide 2nd summer students with helpful tips for writing their theses. The format will be an informal discussion of successful strategies as well as a question and answer period.

We will offer this workshop again on July 21. Participants need only attend 1 session.

Please pre-register for the workshop by adding your name to the sign up sheet posted in the foyer outside Seelye 307. Feel free to bring your lunch!

Council for Students of Color Meeting

Wednesday, July 7, 5:45pm- 6:45pm, Ziskind Living Room

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesday, July 7, 5:50pm, Ziskind Beau Parlor

DISCUSSION - Why Can't We Talk to Each Other?: Toward a Civil National Discourse

Wednesday, July 7, 7:00-8:30pm, Seelye 201
Fred Newdom, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., Adjunct Associate Professor and Coordinator of Community Practice
In response to the recent polarized political national discourse, and the lack of rigorous repudiation of homophobic and racist remarks at political rallies, the school is sponsoring a lecture and discussion on this growing phenomenon. Fred Newdom will speak to the community on this issue followed by a discussion and letter writing campaign. Please join us.

 

THURSDAY - July 8

Grammar, Punctuation and Mechanics Review

Thursday, July 8, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This 3-session workshop will review common errors and stylistic dilemmas encountered by graduate-level writers through discussion and exercises. Participants should try to attend all 3 sessions.

Please pre-register by adding your name to the sign-up sheets posted in the foyer outside Seelye 307.

Feel free to bring your lunch!

Holistic Healing Group

Thursday, July 8, 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.

Size Matters

Thursday, July 8, 5:30pm, Ziskind Parlor

Capoeira Club - NEW

Thursday, July 8, 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.

FRIDAY - July 9

Mandatory Course Evaluations

Starting Friday, July 2, 8:00am , BannerWeb
BannerWeb Course Evaluations are required. See 200.7C, Student Requirement to Complete Course Evaluations, in the Master's Program 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 requirement applies to doctoral students as well.

Course evaluations

  begin Friday, July 2, at 8:00am
  end on Friday, July 9, 11:00pm.

 

Instructions will be sent to your Smith email account in the next few days.

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, sswoas@smith.edu, x7989.

Meditation Group

Friday, July 9, 12:00pm (noon), Talbot

 

SATURDAY - July 10

 

Inclusive Catholic Liturgy

Saturday, July 10, 5:00pm, Talbout House Lounge

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AFTER July 10

Job Interview Skills for Social Workers - NEW

Tuesday, July 20, 12:30-1:30pm, Ziskind Living Room
An interactive session to help SSW students polish up those all-important interview skills presented by the Career Development Office.

SSW Career Fair

Monday, July 26, 4:30-6:30pm, Campus Center - Lower Level
The CDO is hoting our 2nd annual School for Social Work Career Fair. If you're eager to meet with representatives from organizations to discuss a broad range of social work career opportunities, save the date and stay tuned for more details!

International Party - Open to the Smith Community - NEW

Saturday, July 31, 7:00pm-1:00am, Mwangi Cultural Center
The Council for Students of Color is hosting the annual International Party. Please join us for the international food, drinks, dancing, open mic and lots of fun. Please share your singing, dancing, spoken word or any other talents during the open mic. To participate in the open mic, please email councilsc@smith.edu with your name and a brief description of your act. You can also sign up the day of the party. See you there!

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ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Need a space for an event or meeting? - NEW

Remember to submit your space or room request via this online form.

Grecourt Bookshop to Close for a Week - NEW

As of Monday, July 5, Grecourt Bookshop in the Campus Center will close for a week in order to change over inventory and transition to a new vendor. The bookstore will reopen Monday, July 12. The college recently entered a 5-year contract with Validis Resources to operate the bookstore, which sells college apparel and gifts as well as books. Validis currently operates about 260 college bookstores nationwide, including those at Wellesley College, Penn State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to operating the bookstore, Validis will manage the Campus Center student mailroom, as has been the case with its predecessor, Follett. The 7 current staff members in those operations will be considered for employment by Validis, which was unanimously selected by a committee of students, faculty, and staff.

Thanks to 3rd Year Class - NEW

The Smith College Libraries' staff thank the SSW 3rd year class for the lovely roses distributed at the Thesis Breakfast and wish them all good jobs & happy careers!

ALL STUDENTS GOING INTO FIELD: Health Insurance Enroll or Waiver - NEW

Letters have been place in your student mailboxes explaining how to sign up for or waive out of health insurance for the period of September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011. This process must be done online through the GallagherKoster Insurance website before August 2, 2010, even if you completed this process in the spring. If you do not waive out of the insurance plan on the website, your student account will be billed $2,861 for the school's health insurance plan.

Again, all students entering Field Placement in September must complete either the waiver or the enrollment process online. You may direct questions to: mbala@smith.edu.

Read the letter here.

Computer Center Hours

Smith College provides computer centers for students in several locations across campus, including Seelye Hall, Washburn House, and the Quad.

All student computer centers are equipped with Windows and Macintosh computers and laser printers. The Technology Learning Commons also offers scanning stations.

During the summer, the TLC is open and staffed with student consultants during the following hours:

Monday - Thursday:  8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Read more about the Student Computer Center here.

 

Pilot Library Survey

The library plans to conduct a survey this coming fall on current journal use patterns. We have developed both a short survey form and a longer series of questions for focus groups, and we plan to "pilot" both this summer while SSW is in session.

The survey form has been placed on roughly 30 journals in the Collacott (current periodicals) Room in Neilson Library and on a handful of journals in the Young Science Library. If you encounter the survey form, please fill it out. And if you're invited to attend a focus group, please say "yes!"

Feedback from you will help us with the larger project in the fall. Many thanks!

Mandatory Course Evaluations

Starting Friday, July 2, 8:00am , BannerWeb
BannerWeb Course Evaluations are required. See 200.7C, Student Requirement to Complete Course Evaluations, of the Master's Program 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 requirement applies to doctoral students as well.

Course evaluations

  begin Friday, July 2, at 8:00am
  end on Friday, July 9, 11:00pm.

 

Instructions will be sent to your Smith email account in the next few days.

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, sswoas@smith.edu, x7989.

 

Neilson Library Hours

Summer hours for Neilson Library are:

Mon - Thu 8am - 10pm
Friday 8am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 10pm

 

The libraries are closed July 10 & 11 and have shorter hours July 12-18.

This information is in your Summer Information Booklet and on the Smith College libraries page.

 

Joan Laird Thesis Prize

The Joan Laird Thesis Prize for Excellence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender Studies will be awarded to the author of a thesis in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender studies that best advances social work theory, knowledge and practice. If you are interested in being considered for this prize, please submit a copy of your thesis by 3:30pm on July 6, 2010 to the office of Associate Dean Susan Donner, Lilly 204. An announcement of the award winner will be included in the SSW Bulletin by the last week of school.

THESIS INFORMATION & COLLOQUIA

Thesis Dissemination Information Required from M.S.W. 10 Students - NEW

Extra copies of materials handed out at the Dissemination Meeting on June 9 can be found outside Laurie Wyman's office (Lilly 218) for you to pick up.

Thank you to those who have completed and returned the necessary forms.

Please complete the pink Research Presentation Plans form and forward to Laurie Wyman ASAP. Thank you.

Thesis Requirment Information - M.S.W. 10 Students

Please contact Laurie Wyman (x7974) if you did not receive the important and time-sensitive email from Dr. Joanne Corbin, Research Sequence Chair, on Monday, June 7 regarding Thesis Completion Requirements. This information was sent to you at your Smith email address and was also sent to your research advisor.

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GENERAL NOTICES

Knitting Group - NEW

Are you a knitter, crocheter, or other fiber arts enthusiast? Trying to figure out a way to incorporate your love of yarn into your summer at Smith? If interested in joining a group of like-minded fabric creators, send an email to Sam with days and times that you would be available for knitty goodness. Beginners welcome!

Exhibit: A Reason to Remember, July 1 - July 21 - NEW

"A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany 1933 - 1942" is an exhibit on display July 1 - July31, 2010 in Smith's Campus Center Arts Lounge. This exhibit tells the personal story of the 5 Jewish families who lived in the small village of Roth, Germany.

The exhibit introduces the families as they lived in 1933 and details what happened to them during the Nazi era. Through the use of photographs, documents and personal testimonies, the exhibit illustrates how the relations between families and their neighbors were systematicaly dismantled. The stark contrast between the ordinariness of their lives and the radical way in which their lives were changed by the Nazis and their collaborators illuminates the process that caused "good people" to remain silent in the face of their neighbor's persecution.

Deborah Roth Howe (SSW '78) is available to talk to student groups or individuals while the exhibit is on campus - (413) 256-1096 or drothhow@gmail.com.

Pizza Party and Psychology Experiment Participation - NEW

We are desperate for adult participants in several language studies that we are working on in the Psych department! On Wednesday, July 7th from 12:00-2:00pm we are hosting a pizza party in Bass 209 for SSW students who would like to participate in a 5 minute study. This eyetracking task is quick and simple, and you will have a chance to learn about some ongoing research in the department and see how exciting new eyetracking technology works. Pizza and soda will be provided. Thank you so much in advance and we hope to see you all there!

Position Open for M.S.W and B.S.W. 12 Students

Would you like to serve on the Academic and Field Work Performance Standing Committee (AFWPSC)? The AFWPSCA serves with members of the faculty and administration in situations pertaining to the Master's student personal and professional conduct requiring a formal review. (For more detailed information about the AFWPSC, please refer to the Smith College School for Social Work Master's Program Handbook.)

The appointed M.S.W./B.S.W. 12 member of the AFWPSC

  will serve a 2-year term
  may not hold another position on Student Org
  attends weekly Student Org meetings
  is available on an ad-hoc basis to attend meetings during the academic year and summer terms
  is a student in good standing

 

Interested students should nominate themselves by submitting a statement outlining their interest, qualifications and any relevant information to Ben Weiss or Patty Kruglak. Selected nominees will be interviewed by a selection committee. If the number of nominees exceeds the interviewing capacity, an election will be held to narrow the applicant pool by the general student body.

ONGOING EVENTS

Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesdays, 5:35-6:50pm, Ziskind Head Resident Suite
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 - NEW

Thursdays, 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

Inclusive Catholic Liturgy

Saturdays, 5:00pm, Talbout House Lounge
Weekly Mass every Saturday. John Reardon (MSW 11), will preside and preach. All are welcome!

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 - Wednesdays, 11:45am -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

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops with Mary Hall & Susan Donner

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Seelye 101
The goal of this workshop is to provide summer teaching faculty ongoing support and space to reflect on classroom transactions in connection with diversity content. Participants and the facilitors will determine together which topics will be covered. Previous workshops have addressed such issues as:

- 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
- and other selected didactic content.


This workshop is open to all summer teaching faculty. The adjunct teacing faculty is particularly encouraged to attend.

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, 12:30-1:30pm, 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
Mondays, 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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