June 7, 2010

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Monday, June 7
Tuesday, June 8
Wednesday, June 9
Thursday, June 10
Friday, June 11
Saturday, June 12
Sunday, June 13
Ongoing Events
After June 13
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MONDAY - June 7

Summer Lecture Series - Intergenerational Effects of War

Monday - June 7, 7:30pm, Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Arts
Barbara Leiner, LCSW-C
This presentation explores the emotional and psychological aftermath of exposure to combat, focusing on the intergenerational effects within the family. The discussion builds upon the historic roots of intergenerational literature by providing an overview of the concepts followed by case examples which illustrate the impact on children and families of combat trauma. Strategies for clinical intervention will be explored; participants will be encouraged to discuss cases considering military-specific issues unique to families of service members returning from war. (Read full description.)

Add/Drop Begins for MSW Students

Add/Drop for Term 1 starts at 8:00am on Monday, June 7. (Details here.) The deadline for submission of paperwork to Lilly 115 is Friday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m.

TUESDAY - June 8

RefWorks Workshops

Tuesday, June 8, 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.

See more dates here.

Anti-Racism Task Force

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

Pedagogy and Diversity Event - Guest Edith Fraser and Film

Tuesday, June 8, 6:00-7:00pm, Seelye 101 - Film, "Deadly Deception"
llowed by seminar, 7:00-9:00pm
The first session of pedagogy and diversity will be devoted to feedback, further processing the pedagogy issues raised at the Winter Faculty Meeting in connection with the film "Deadly Deception," which addresses the Tuskegee Experiment. The benefits and challenges of using such films in the classroom will also be discussed.

Edith Fraser, former Bertha Reynolds faculty and long time adjunct faculty member, will be guest facilitator at this event.



ASSETS: LD/ADHD Academic Skills Workshops

Wednesday, June 9 and Friday, June 11, 12:30-2:00pm, Ziskind Beau Parlor
ASSETS is an academic and organizational skills workshop series for students who identify as having a disability or health condition that may impact learning, such as LD, ADHD, or other physical or mental health issues.

We will meet for 2 sessions with learning specialist, Dr. John Brody. Bring your lunch and join us for as long as you can. Bring along copies of your syllabi if possible.

If you require accommodations in order to attend, please contact Laura Rauscher in advance (413-585-2071).

Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA)

Wednesday, June 9, 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.

Thesis Dissemination Meeting

Wednesday, June 9, 1:00-1:30pm, Cutter Living Room

THURSDAY - June 10

Library Information Sessions for 2nd Summer Students

Thursday, June 10, 4:00-5:50pm, Neilson Library Classroom (1st Floor)
Worried about conducting the literature review for your thesis? Sign up for one of the required thesis research sessions offered by the Libraries. Sign up sheets are located in Neilson Library, behind the reference desk.

Information Session Dates and Times
Thursday June 10 4:00-5:30pm
Tuesday June 15 4:00-5:30pm
Wednesday June 16 4:00-5:30pm
Thursday June 17 4:00-5:30pm
Tuesday June 22 4:00-5:30pm


Questions? Contact David Podboy, x2913

FRIDAY - June 11

Study Skills Session
Friday, June 11, 12:00-1:30pm, Cutter Living Room
This year we will be meeting to discuss empirically-based and learning style- centered study habits and study groups - how they work and how to form them. Study habits can become rusty, if not used often, and can also be improved. Study groups may increase study effectiveness and efficiency while assisting with learning massive amounts of reading materials and assignments.

Please join our group for a first meeting and bring along any potential study partners.

Contact Professor David Burton at dlburton@smith.edu for information.

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AFTER June 11

Silent Racism: Citizens of African Descent in the American Imagination
Monday, June 14, 7:30pm, Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Arts
Mary F. Hall, M.S.W., Ph.D.
The term silent racism has been introduced to depict today's racism that is built into the fabric of America's cultural institutions and maintains racial inequality largely unobserved because it exists in the mind but has been rendered silent and unspoken under norms of political correctness. This lecture will draw on selected comparisons of the experiences of citizens of African descent in the United States, Brazil and Cuba to make visible and give voice to the enduring stereotypical images and paternalistic assumptions that have served as platform for uniquely American cultural enactments around race and African Americans from slavery into the present. (Read full description.)

Overcoming Writing Anxiety Workshop

Wednesday, June 16, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This workshop will present techniques for beginning writing assignments, overcoming writer's block, and dealing with writing anxiety.

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!

The Serene Student: Time Management Strategies

Thursday, June 17, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307
This workshop will provide tips for how to manage a lot of coursework in a very short semester. Specifically, we will offer strategies for prioritizing your assignments, reading more efficiently, planning your time, and writing more easily and effectively.

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!

Dean's Conversation - For the Entire SSW Community

Friday, June 18, 3:00-5:00pm, Cutter Living Room
The Dean's Conversation is an opportunity each term for any member of the SSW community to bring forth issues and ideas of importance to our community. Topics for discussion may be suggested to the Office of the Dean.

The topic of this first conversation is research and field placements in Uganda.

Grammar, Punctuation and Mechanics Review

Wednesdays, June 23 and 30, and 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!


Anti-Racism Symposium

Monday, June 21, 7:30-9:00pm, Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Arts
This summer's Anti-Racism Symposium will be part of our Summer Lecture Series. The symposium is required for entering M.S.W. students, and is open to all other students and to the public. This year's symposium will be a lecture entitled "The Color of Fear: The Paradox of Race and Oppression in the New Millennium," given by Gary Bailey, M.S.W., A.C.S.W. Professor Bailey will address racism and other forms of oppression in relation to sociopolitical and economic factors and historical themes in order to stimulate critical thinking about racism/oppression in its broader context and to provide a framework for confronting racism/oppression more resourcefully on personal and professional levels. For entering students there will be a follow-up discussion in Practice 101 classes.

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.

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Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellow, Term 1

This summer we have on campus 2 Senior Bertha Reynolds Fellows who will help us in a variety of ways with our anti-racism commitment. Both fellows have office hours open to anyone in the community to discuss any concerns, issues, or research related to racism.

TERM 1 - Lisa Lynelle Moore, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Lisa Lynelle Moore is a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work. She is currently a Clinical Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Social Work. This summer she will lead a discussion group in relationship to the film on racism that the SSW community will be invited to see. She will also be available to all SSW community members for consultation about anti-racism issues and will serve on the Anti-Racism Consultation Committee.

Lisa's office is located at Green Street Classroom Annex 205 (in the old engineering building) and her office hours are:

Monday 10:30am-11:45am
Tuesday 1:00pm-2:30pm
Wednesday 10:30am-11:30am


Loan Repayment Programs for Social Workers and Other Health Professionals

Two repayment plans are being offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the 1) National Health Service Corp and 2) Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service. (Read complete descriptions.)

National Health Corp (NHSC): $200 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will double the NHSC field strength this year. The National Health Service Corps recruits primary care medical, dental and behavioral and mental health clinicians who are dedicated to providing care to the nation's underserved people. In return, they can reduce or eliminate their health professions student debt by providing care at a National Health Service Corps-approved site. NHSC loan repayors are committed to serve 2 years (full time) or 4 years (part time) at an approved site in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area. Read complete description.

The Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS) addressed the nationwide shortage of health care providers through scholarship and loan repayment programs that help underserved communities and shortage facilities recruit and retain qualified health professionals. Each year BCRS accepts applications from students and clinicians and selects qualified individuals to receive financial assistance in exchange for service where they are needed most. Read complete description.

Writing Resources on Moodle!

All students and faculty are enrolled in "Writing Resources," available on Moodle and maintained by the Writing Counselors. Here you will find the handouts for the Writing Workshops as well as a link (from "Citation Guidelines") to the library's APA guide.

RefWorks Workshops

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.

Tuesday 6/8 3:45-5:00pm
Thursday 6/17 10:45am - noon
Wednesday 6/23 1:45-3:00pm
Thursday 7/1 3:45-5:00pm

All workshops will be held in the Neilson Library Electronic Classroom. To register please email David Podboy or sign up at the Reference Desk.

Replacement Pages for MSW Program Handbook

In your campus mailboxes you will find replacement pages for pages 28 and 29 of the Masters Program Handbook, which include the updated financial figures for 2010-2011. Please insert these and disregard the outdated pages that are there. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Anti-Racism Committment Speech 2010

Read Fred Newdom's address here.


Thesis Submission Information for 2nd- and 3rd-Summer Students

For the week beginning Monday, June 7, Laurie Wyman will be available to receive your thesis submissions in Lilly 218.

Monday 6/7 1:15-4:00pm
Tuesday 6/8 9:00am - 12:00pm (noon)
Wednesday 6/9 9:00am - 12:00pm (noon)
Thursday 6/10 9:00am - 12:00pm (noon)
Friday 6/11 1:15-4:00pm

Please call Laurie at x7974 or send an email if there is a conflict.

Thesis Dissemination Plans

This week you will be receiving information via email from Dr. Joanne Corbin on Thesis Dissemination Plans and Research Advisor Online Evaluations.

Please put the Dissemination Meeting (Wed., June 9, 1-1:30pm, Cutter LR) on your calendar.

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Paid Research Opportunity

Work on a study of father-involvement and family relationships. We are looking for both English-speaking and bilingual (Spanish-speaking) students to code videos of 1) parent-child interactions and 2) couple interactions. We are assessing qualities such as warmth, parental sensitivity, and playfulness for the parent-child coding. We will be coding couples' affectionate, conflict-oriented, and problem-solving interactions. The task provides a breadth and depth of clinical experience in understanding the nuances of parenting and couple relationships among a large sample of diverse low-income families with children ages 2 to 7. The research can also be used as a master's thesis if a project is agreed upon by the student and project faculty.

Students with interests in and experience (preferred but not mandatory) with young children and families are sought. The hours are flexible and you can work from home. There will be some training over the summer, but the work will primarily be during the fall and spring. The pay will be $15/hour for a minimum of 3-5 hours of work weekly. Students will work in pairs; altogether 5/6 students and/or recent graduates of the M.S.W. program will be working together.

If interested, contact Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett at the School for Social Work: mpruett@smith.edu.

Lost and Found - Lilly Hall

Looking for something you've lost? Check the lost and found bin in Lilly Hall 101. Items can be deposited or retrieved during main office hours, 8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Smith College Public Phone Locations

Smith College public phones are located in Seelye Hall, 1st floor and College Hall, 1st floor.

Area Summer Camps, Programs, Schools, and Daycare Centers

See list of area summer camps, programs, schools, and daycare centers here. (The School for Social Work does no investigation of and does not endorse any of the camps listed.


Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesdays, 5:35-6:50pm, Ziskind Head Resident Suite
Come be a part of the rejuvenation and commitment to our Anti-Racism Task Force. The Task Force has been the engine for many of the changes brought about at Smith SSW as we have moved along in fits and starts with our 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. Read more about the Task Force here.

Faculty liaisons: Fred Newdom and Susan Donner.

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops with Mary Hall & Susan Donner

Tuesdays, June 8, 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.

Term 1 - Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101


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