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Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean would like to stress that students are welcome and encouraged to use this vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. (As with the summer version of the Bulletin, notices of a personal nature will not be accepted - this includes notices regarding housing, employment, non-SSW events, rides, or personal items for sale.)

Deadlines and Issue Dates

February 1 January 27
March 1 February 24
April 5 March 31
April 19 April 14
May 3 April 28

SSW Summer Events Calendar Online - NEW

See what's been scheduled for summer 2011. We start taking student space reservations for summer events on Friday, April 1.

Post-M.S.W. Fellowship in Clinical Social Work at UC Berkeley

The University Health Services at the University of California, Berkeley has announced their Post-M.S.W. Fellowship for 2011-12. They are seeking 2 qualified applicants for this joint Fellowship in the Counseling and Psychological Services and Social Services units.

The Post-M.S.W. Fellowship Program is committed to providing a comprehensive training experience to support and facilitate the fellow's growth and development as a professional social worker. This program includes intensive supervision, didactic training seminars, mentorship, and a broad range of clinical, consultation and outreach experience.

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have completed a master's degree in social work prior to August 1, 2011 from an accredited training institution. Two years or more of supervised social work experience including direct clinical counseling experience is required.

APPOINTMENTS: The fellowshop is full time for 12 months beginning late August 2011. The stipend for the internship is $26,500. Medical insurance, vacation, sick leave, and professional development time are provided. Applications are due February 22, 2011.

Please see the University Health Service website for more details: http://www.uhs.berkeley.edu/home/joinourteam/cps/mswintern/letter.shtml



Upcoming Deadlines for Field and Other Departments

FEB 1 - MAR 20 Financial Aid Award decisions sent out; signed and completed paperwork due back to Financial Aid Office within 15 days of receipt of Financial Aid award notification All 1st and 2nd year students
FEB 4 Anti-racism project proposal due to Field Department and FFA AS students
  Supervisors' mid-year evaluation of the student AS students
FEB 10 Monthly narrative and statistical report due to FFA 1st and 2nd year students; AS students
Mid-February Elective schedule available online  
FEB 20 Community Practice Project monthly progress report due to CPPA 1st year MSW students
FEB 25 Major case study due to Field Department and FFA All 1st and 2nd year MSW students
FEB 28 HSR application submitted

AS students

  Deadline for students on leave of absence to write to Associate Dean for reinstatement All MSW students
MAR 1 Deadline for AS students to select electives AS students
  Research advisors for AS students send approval for course overload to Jean LaTerz AS students


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Waiving Child Development (330) - Second Summer Students

Students interested in waiving course 330, Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence in its Social Context, and are instead taking 333, Developmental Deviations in Childhood and Adolescence, should consult the website and meet the February 18 deadline. (Read course descriptions here.) If you have questions after reading the information on the website, please contact sswoas@smith.edu and include your 99 number.

Special Scheduling Needs - 2nd Summer Students - NEW

If you have special scheduling needs in advance of BannerWeb Registration in late March, you must submit your request to the Office of Academic Support Services (sswoas@smith.edu or fax, 413/585-7994). Such requests must arrive at OAS by 4:00 p.m. on March 11, 2011, in order to be considered. Please see http://www.smith.edu/ssw/oas/oas_registration.php for details. If you have questions after reading the information there, please contact us and include your 99 number.

Elective Schedule - 3rd Summer Students - NEW

There will not be another Bulletin between now and when the elective schedule is posted online. Please check the website after February 15 to view the schedule. This is what you will use to choose your electives as per the BannerWeb registration instructions. We strongly urge you to enter BannerWeb in advance to make sure you have correctly reset your PIN.

99 Number - 2nd & 3rd Summer Students - NEW

Please include your student ID (99) number with all correspondence with the school, including voice mail messages. Since there may be several students, past and present, with the same name, including your 99 number ensures that any requests for address changes, waivers, information, registration requests, etc., are completed for you in a timely and accurate manner.

BannerWeb Registration - 3rd Summer Students - NEW

By now you should have received in your mail a postcard announcing BannerWeb registration in March. Complete information is available online. Please read this through at least once before February 25, 2011.

Moodle Courses - 2nd & 3rd Summer Students - NEW

Please note that last year's courses will be deactivated in Moodle at the end of the third week of April. Please plan accordingly.

Server Status - NEW

Please bookmark the following url for refernce when the BannerWeb or other systems appear to not be working: http://www.smith.edu/status/. We have found that power outages and other situations beyond the control of SSW occur with some frequency during times when our students are using BannerWeb (usually on the weekend when no SSW staff are available). This ITS site is the best way to learn whether a technical problem you are experiencing is the result of an emergency technical situation.



Financial Aid Packets - NEW

Financial aid packets were mailed to all current students in January. If you have not received your financial aid packet yet, please contact the Financial Aid Office at sswfa@smith.edu with your mailing address so that we can mail you another packet.

Reminder about Mailings and Timelines from Financial Aid Office

Student bills are sent out monthly with the exception of May and August. (In May students are in transit and getting ready to come to SSW. In August, students are relocating to their field sites and addresses are being updated during this time.)

On the horizon...


  Housing packets are mailed to all returning students - DATE SENSITIVE MATERIAL






Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Programming - NEW

-from Sarah Williams
Do you have experience with sexual assault and relationship violence programming? Are you interested in collaborating with other students, sharing ideas, and creating a workshop to address sexual assault and relationship violence within the Smith and Northampton communities? I want to hear your ideas about how to create programming on this very important issue geared towards an adult audience. The workshop will take place the first week of the summer term. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Williams.

MSW Thesis Research Study - NEW

Jennifer Begun has received approval from administration to recruit members of the SCSSW community to participate in thesis research study:

I am interested in gathering data from fellow MSW students currently participating in a field placement. The survey asks both qualitative and quantitative questions and should take no longer than 30 minutes of your time.

This project is designed to explore MSW students' experiences and education regarding sexual feelings toward clients. The survey is conducted on Survey Monkey and your repsonses are entirely confidential and anonymou.

I would also appreciate your forwarding this email to any MSW students that you know of. I would like to get many responses from people from different schools and from diverse backgrounds. This is research that may possibly influence future MSW training programs. If you are interested in learning more about and perhaps participating in this project, please look at this survey:


Summer Housing - NEW

Housing packets were mailed on January 25. If you DO NOT receive a packet in the mail by February 4, please email Michele Bala; she will resend the material to you. Please remember that ALL students must return the housing form, even those who live locally or plan to live off-campus. This year's deadline for returning housing forms is February 25. Students who want to live off-campus may contact Doreen Underdue to receive weekly rental listings that come to the school.

Tutors Needed for Adult Basic Education - NEW

Holyoke's Adult Basic Education classes are full and have long waiting lists. Classroom tutors help students progress faster, opening slots for those on the waiting list. We have more requests for tutors than we can fill - please consider joining the Holyoke/Tutor Mentor Program. For more information, call 413-552-2932, email holyoketutor@holycham.com., or visit the web site.

The Holyoke Tutor/Mentor Program operates in conjunction with the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce and is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and a Community Development Block Grant.