June 14, 2010

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Monday, June 14
Tuesday, June 15
Wednesday, June 16
Thursday, June 17
Friday, June 18
Saturday, June 19
Sunday, June 20
Ongoing Events
After June 20
Announcements, Notices, and Awards
Lost and Found

MONDAY - June 14

Jewish Students' Alliance - NEW

Monday, June 14, 12:40-1:30pm, Cutter Living Room
The Jewish Students Alliance embraces a full spectrum of Jewish experiences and identity, from those with a strong religious background, to those for whom being Jewish is important culturally, to those with little knowledge about being Jewish, and to those students who wish to connect with an aspect of Judiasm. The group’s format is a weekly informal discussion on a topic related to being Jewish, as well as time for planning of events including speakers and community-building activities.

Read about more student groups here.

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.)

TUESDAY - June 15

Writing Effective Resumes and Cover Letters for Social Workers

Tuesday, June 15, 12:30-1:30pm, Ziskind Living Room
All students are invited to a workshop on "Effective Resumes and Cover Letters for Social Workers." This workshop is part of the Career Development Office's (CDO) Tuesday Workshop Series for SSW Students.

No advance sign-up is needed; feel free to bring your lunch.

Library Information Sessions for 2nd Summer Students

Tuesday, June 15, Neilson Library Classroom (1st Floor) - see times below
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
Tuesday June 15 4:00-5:30pm
7:00-8:30pm
Wednesday June 16 4:00-5:30pm
7:00-8:30pm
Thursday June 17 4:00-5:30pm
7:00-8:30pm
Tuesday June 22 4:00-5:30pm
7:00-8:30pm

 

Questions? Contact David Podboy, x2913

LGBTQQIF Alliance General Meeting

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Fluid (LGBTQQIF) Alliance is a student group open to the queer community and allies.

Tuesday, June 15, 5:45-7:00pm, Ziskind Living Room
Alliance General Meeting

Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesday, June 15, 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.

 

WEDNESDAY - June 16

Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA)

Wednesday, June 16, 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.

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!

LGBTQQIF Alliance Task Force Meeting

Wednesday, June 16, 12:40 -1:30pm, Ziskind Head Resident Suite: Task Force Meeting
The Alliance Task Force is a subgroup of the LGBTQQ Aliance and is focused on planning and action items for the larger group.

Anti-Racism Film & Discussion - The Price of a Ticket - NEW

Wednesday, June 16, 7:00 -9:30pm,Seelye 201
"The Price of a Ticket" is a film about James Baldwin, writer and social activist. An African American, gay man, his voice was part of a chorus who believed in social justice for all individuals. It is a moving film which includes many other artists and activists such as Maya Angelou and Amira Baraka. Baldwin's voice is one of both anger and compassion. Baldwin also helped forge the political path that Smith School for Social Work has been walking.

A discussion, facilitated by Bertha Reynold Senior Fellow Lisa Moore, LSCW, Ph.D., will follow.

 

THURSDAY - June 17

RefWorks Workshops

Thursday, June 17, 10:45am-12:00pm, 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.

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!

FRIDAY - June 18

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.

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AFTER June 19

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.

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!

Presentation - The Haiti Earthquake: Tragedy, Loss and Resilience - NEW

Thursday, June 24, 7:30-9:00pm, Neilson Browsing Room
This presentation will describe the recent earthquake in Haiti in the context of the social ecology of that country. The consequences of the earthquake for people of Haiti will be considered with an emphasis on challenges faces as well as strengths and sources of resiliency. A model of psychosocial capacity building that was used in Haiti will be described and illustrated.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Class Meeting Times Correction - NEW

From Valerie Abrahamsen (Office of Academic Support Services):
My apologies for confusion around the meeting times of morning classes. We will update the databases and the website as soon as we can with the correct information, but for now please note the following start and end times:

8:30am - 10:20am

10:35am - 12:25pm

Afternoon and evening times remain the same.

Save the Dates! - NEW

This summer we will be recognizing the retirements of 2 long-standing members of our faculty: Adjunct Associate Professor Joan Lesser, who will be leaving at the end of the summer, and Associate Dean Susan Donner, who will be retiring in May, 2011.

Please mark these dates for their retirement parties:

Susan Donner
Joan Lesser
July 22, 2010
August 16 2010
4:30-6:00pm
5:00-6:30pm
Museum Atrium
Museum Atrium


We welcome all members of the community to these 2 events.

Joan Laird Thesis Prize - NEW

The Joan Laiard 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.

Regalia Ordering - Graduating Students - NEW

If you are attending Commencement, the deadline for ordering regalia from the Grecourt Bookshop is July 2. Master's regalia can be purchased for $76.00 for the entire outfit (cap, tassel, hood and gown). The rental fee for a Doctorate outfit is $44.00. Bookstore staff will require credit card number to place your order as well as yoru height, cap size, and weight; indicate whether you are a M.S.W. or Ph.D. candidate of SSW and provide your contact information.

Orders received after July may incur additional shipping fees and the vendor cannot guarantee availability.

Regalia orders will arrive at the bookstore the week of August 16 to be picked up. Any rentals must be returned to the bookstore in their entirety within one week of graduation.

Summer hours at the bookstore are Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm and the phone number is (413) 585-4140.

Regalia Ordering - Faculty - NEW

If you are attending Commencement, the deadline for ordering regalia from the Grecourt Bookshop is July 2. SSW covers the cost of faculty regalia rental if you do not own your own outfit. When you place your order at the bookstore, please indicate to them that you are SSW Faculty. Bookstore staff will require credit card number to place your order as well as yoru height, cap size, and weight to ensure a good fit.

Orders received after July may incur additional shipping fees and the vendor cannot guarantee availability.

Regalia orders will arrive at the bookstore the week of August 16 to be picked up. Any rentals must be returned to the bookstore in their entirety within one week of graduation.

Summer hours at the bookstore are Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm and the phone number is (413) 585-4140.

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.

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 INFORMATION & COLLOQUIA

Thesis Submission Schedule for M.S.W. 10 Students - NEW

For the week beginning June 14, Laurie Wyman will be available to recieve your submissions in Lilly 218:

Monday 6/14 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Tuesday 6/15 8:30am - 12:00pm
Wednesday 6/16 1:15pm - 4:00pm
Thursday 6/17 8:30am - 12:00pm
Friday 6/18 1:15pm - 4:00pm


Please call Laurie at x7974 or send an email to lwyman@smith.edu if there is a conflict.

Thesis Completion Requirement - M.S.W. 10 Students- NEW

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

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.

ONGOING EVENTS

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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