June 28, 2010

Monday, June 28
Tuesday, June 29
Wednesday, June 30
Thursday, July 1
Friday, July 2
Saturday, July 3
Sunday, July 4
Ongoing Meetings/Events
After July 4
Announcements, Notices, and Awards

MONDAY - June 28

Race and Clinical Work in the Office and in the Community
Monday, June 28, 7:30pm, Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center for the Arts
Neil Altman, Ph.D., Lydia Rapoport Lecturer

Few topics are as emotionally charged with rage, guilt, shame, and love in the United States as race. This statement applies to society at large, as well as within psychotherapeutic relationships whether office-based or community-based. This topic will explore racial dynamics in the U.S. with a particular eye on how these dynamics may play out between therapists and clients. We will consider how the process of working through racial dynamics may work to therapeutic benefit. We will pay particular attention to the invisibility of whiteness. (Read full description.)

Jewish Students' Alliance

Monday, June 28, 12:40-1:30pm, Cutter Living Room
See full description here.

Student Org - General Meeting
Monday, June 28, 12:45pm, Ziskind Living Room

TUESDAY - June 29

Senior Thesis Breakfast - NEW

Tuesday, June 29, 7:00am, Cutter-Ziskind Dining Room
You are cordially invited to the 2010 Senior Thesis Breakfast. Please be prepared to enjoy breakfast eats and spiked drinks and to be royally entertained.

We ask that you either dress in blue like the Na'vi people in Avatar or dress as your thesis title.

All 3rd summer students (those with and without blue slips) are invited to attend and partake in the celebration, foolishness, and mayhem.

Please arrive promptly, before the College Bell rings at 7:00am. See online invitation for more details and to RSVP.

Meditation Group

Tuesday, June 29, 7:30am, Talbot

Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesday, June 29, 5:35-6:50pm, Ziskind Head Resident Suite

LGBTQQIF Alliance Meetings - Summer 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 5:45-7:00pm, Ziskind Living Room - Alliance General Meeting

 

 

Pedagogy and Diversity Workshops with Mary Hall & Susan Donner

Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 - 9:00pm, Seelye 101

WEDNESDAY - June 30

Meditation Group

Wednesday, June 23, 7:30am, Talbot

LGBTQQIF Alliance Meetings - Summer 2010

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

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

Wednesday, June 30, 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, June 30, 12:30-1:30pm, Cutter Beau Parlor

Grammar, Punctuation and Mechanics Review

Wednesday June 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!

Council for Students of Color Meeting

Wednesday, June 30, 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!

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesday, June 30, 5:50pm, 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.

THURSDAY - July 1

Holistic Healing Group - NEW

Thursday, July 1, 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.

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.

Last one:
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.

Size Matters

Thursday, July 1, 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.

Colloquium with Dr. Neil Altman for Faculty and Doctoral Students - "Taking Psychoanalysis Out of the Office and into the Community" - NEW

Thursday, July 1, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Dewey Common Room
When psychoanalysis moved to the United States from Europe, it responded to the capitalist socio-economic system here by locating itself in the world of medical private practice. Thus, psychoanalysis has come to be thought of in the U.S. as an office-based treatment for the well-to-do. But there is no reason this tradition must be continued. Psychoanalytic concepts of transference, countertransference, and the unconscious are as, or more, useful in community-based practice. In this talk we will explore some of the possibilities that open up when we take psychoanalysis out of the office and into various communities with groups that vary socio-economically and ethnically.

FRIDAY - July 2

Mandatory Course Evaluations - NEW

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.

Meditation Group

Friday, July 2, 12:00pm (noon), Talbot

Shabbat Potluck Dinner - NEW

Friday, July 2, 6:30pm, Helen Hills Hills Chapel
Shabbat Dinner this Friday. All are welcome - Jewish, non-Jewish, and the not-even-close. Potluck, but there will be enough food for all. We'll guide a little basic pre-meal ritual and blessings (no Hebrew skills required). Please feel free to bring a reading, song, or conversation topic in addition to a dish to pass. John Stamos may or may not make an appearance.

 

SATURDAY - July 3

 

Inclusive Catholic Liturgy

Saturday, June 26, 5:00pm, Talbout House Lounge
Weekly Mass every Saturday. John Reardon (MSW 11), will preside and preach. All are welcome!

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AFTER July 3

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.

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!

Annual Conference 2010 - Save the Date!

Friday, July 23 & Saturday, July 24
Save the date for this year's Annual Supervisors Conference, where you'll have the opportunity to meet with agency personnel and faculty field advisors.

A detailed schedule will be sent to your SSW email account.

SSW Career Fair - NEW

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!

Writing Clearly and Concisely Workshp

Wednesdays, July 28 and 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.

Feel free to bring your lunch!

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.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Computer Center Hours - NEW

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

Please note: The Computer Center will be open for use on Saturday, July 3 from 10:00 to 5:00. It will be closed for the holiday on July 4 and 5.

Read more about the Student Computer Center here.

Writing Center Open Monday, July 5 - NEW

We know that this is a busy week for SSW writers, so the Writing Counselors will be available on Monday, July 5!

Regalia Ordering - Graduating Students - URGENT

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.

Pilot Library Survey - NEW

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!

Updated Moodle Page of Writing Resources - NEW

All students are enrolled in the UPDATED Moodle course "Writing Resources." On this page you will find information about the Writing Counseling Program, writing workshop materials, and links to sites on writing literature reviews and APA style.

Mandatory Course Evaluations - NEW

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.

Save the Dates!

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

Writing Counselors - Contact Information

Please note the correct contact information for the Jacobsen Center Writing Counselors:

Debra Carney, x3035, dcarney@smith.edu

Peter Sapira, x3057, psapira@smith.edu

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 5, 10 & 11 and have shorter hours July 12-18.

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

 

24-Hour Computer Labs

Smith provides two 24-hour student computer centers, locatd in Washburn House and in the Quad (basement of King House). Students must have a valid Smith OneCard to access these centers.

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.

Regalia Ordering - Faculty - URGENT

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.

THESIS INFORMATION & COLLOQUIA

Final Date for Thesis Corrections - Class of 2010 - NEW

Any corrections that need to be made after the thesis deadline must be submitted to Laura Wyman by noon on Friday, July 2.

All pdf files of theses for 2010 will be set up for archiving at Neilson Library beginning Monday, July 5.

Thesis Dissemination 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.

Extra copies of materials handed out at the dissemination meeting on June 9 can be picked up outside Laurie's office (Lilly 218).

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GENERAL NOTICES

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

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.

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- NEW

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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