APRIL 2011

Office of the Dean Office of Academic Support Services
Field Department Thesis Information
Financial Aid Office Student Announcements

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

April 5 March 31
April 19 April 14
May 3 April 28

Planning for Summer Events - NEW

If you are planning any orientation or welcoming events for the first weekend on campus, remember to submit your space requests and ESRs via our online forms.

Space requests



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

APR 10 Monthly Narrative & Statistical Report due to FFA MSW 1st, 2nd year students, AS students
APR 10-13 BannerWeb registration for 3rd summer MSW students to add electives. Begins April 10 at 3:00 pm eastern time

MSW students

APR 15 Major Case Study due to Field Department and FFA AS students
APR 15 Deadline to appeal financial aid award decisions  
APR 20 Abstract and Final Report on Community Practice Project due to CPPA (1st year students) and abstract only to Field Department MSW students
APR 29

Last Day of Field Internship - deadline for all Field paperwork

Students who have not completed ALL of their paperwork (except thesis) by this date will note be allowed to enter the summer academic term.

MSW Students
MAY 10 Monthly Narrative & Statistical Report Due to FFA 1st and 2nd yr MSW students, all AS students


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Adding Electives - 3rd Summer Students - NEW

BannerWeb will reopen between April 10 and April 13 for adding courses to your schedule where seats are available following second-summer registration (see details online at http://www.smith.edu/ssw/oas/oas_thirdsummer.php).

The revised elective schedule is posted on the website at http://www.smith.edu/ssw/oas/oas_electiveschedule.php.

The add/drop procedure is described at http://www.smith.edu/ssw/oas_registration.php.


Spring Planning Guide Online - Returning Students

We would like to remind you that the Spring Planning Guide is now online and contains many important dates and deadlines, including information about Central Check-In and Sunday Check-In.

Courses Linked to Moodle - All Students - NEW

Your summer 2011 courses will be linked to Moodle around the second week in May. SSW Moodle instructions in TARA, developed specifically for SSW students, can be found on the For Current Students page, which you should bookmark for future reference.

99 Number - 2nd & 3rd Summer Students

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.

2010 Moodle Courses - Returning Students

This is a reminder that last summer's courses will be deactivated in Moodle at the end of the third week of April. Please plan accordingly.

Server Status

Please bookmark the following url for reference 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.



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.)


  Student bills for the 2011-12 academic year will be mailed. They will include tuition, room and board (if living on campus) and the student activity fee. The bills will also have credited the portion of your financial aid award for the first billing.
  Appeal deadline for financial aid awards is April 15. Please make sure your letter of appeal and any supporting documentation is at the school for this deadline.


  The Financial Aid Office will begin processing Stafford and GRAD Plus loans through the federal government in late April, or beginning of May for thos who have applied.



To Second Year Thesis Students - NEW

Happy Spring! This is just a gentle reminder to those of you who are collecting quantitative data. The deadline for emailing your Excel database to Marjorie Postal is April 15. By now you also should have contacted Marjorie for the purpose of a) letting her know you will need assistance and b) sending her a copy of your data collection instrument(s) and your codebook.

PLEASE NOTE: If you send your data to Marjorie later than April 15, she cannot guarantee that your analysis will be done in time to write your Findings chapter.


Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Programming

-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.



Study on Children of Russan-speaking Jewish Immigrants - NEW

From Marina Kantarovich

Hello fellos Smithies: I am conducting a research study that seeks to examine how children of Former Soviet Union Jewish emigres are affected by their parents' immigration experience. If you know of anyone who might be eligible for this study and would be interested in participating, please have them email me at mkantaro@smith.edu or call 510-418-7385

Tutors Needed for Adult Basic Education

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.