MAY 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

ISSUE DATES
DEADLINE DATES
May 3 April 28

WELCOME TO INCOMING STUDENTS!

All of us at the school heartily welcome the incoming first year class. We are all busily preparing for your arrival. The SSW Bulletin is our main communication vehicle and is issued weekly during the summer and monthly the rest of the year. Please check it regularly for important information about deadlines and events. We look forward to greeting you on campus in a few weeks!

Planning for Summer Events

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

ESRs

FIELD DEPARTMENT

Upcoming Deadlines for Field and Other Departments

MAY 10 Monthly Narrative & Statistical Report Due to FFA 1st and 2nd yr MSW students, all Adv. Standing students
MAY 13 Thesis data collection deadline Adv. Standing students
  Interim Thesis Deadline - bulk of thesis submitted to RA MSW 2nd year students
MAY 20 Deadline for receipt of all required materials by the Financial Aid Office to be cleared for Sunday check-in 2nd & 3rd summer MSW and all Adv. Standing students
MAY 23-JUN 3 Spring break Adv. Standing students
MAY 25 Date on which all 2nd and 3rd summer MSW students and all Advanced Standing students will be notified by the Field Department and the Financial Aid Office if they are cleared or not cleared to check in on Sunday, June 5. 2nd & 3rd summer MSW and all Adv. Standing students
JUNE 2 Dormitories open (1:00pm). Buffet lunch at noon for students who will be living on campus. All students
JUNE 3 Central check-in for all entering and non-cleared students.  
JUNE 4 Student Community Day (planned by current students for entering students)  
JUNE 5 Opening Convocation and all-campus barbecue.  
  Central check-in for cleared returning students  
  Orientation to Professional Social Work 1st year MSW students
JUNE 6 Late check-in (8:00-10:00am)  

 

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OFFICE OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

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

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.

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.

 

FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

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.)

MAY

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

 

THESIS INFORMATION

Thesis Deadlines - May 13

By Friday, May 13, you must submit approved drafts of all or most of the thesis (minimally, chapters 2, 3 & 4 for empirical projects and chapters 2, 3, 4 & 5 for theoretical projects, plus bibliography) to the winter research advisor as well as initial drafts of the remaining chapters.

VERY IMPORTANT: If you have not been in contact with your research advisor in the last 30 days please do so ASAP.

MAY 13 Thesis data collection deadline Adv. Standing students
     
MAY 13 Interim Thesis Deadline - bulk of thesis submitted to RA MSW 2nd year students

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Vipassana Meditation: A Way of Life - NEW

Wednesday, June 8, 7:00pm, Weinstein Auditorium (Wright Hall)

Paul Fleischman, psychiatrist, author, and Vipassana meditation teacher, will describe how Vipassana in the tradition of S. N. Goenka is learned and practiced, and will explain its unique appeal for people of the twenty-first century.

Vipassana means to live realistically. It provides a path to cultivating mental states of peace and harmony. Originally taught and practiced by the Buddha, Vipassana has been maintained by a chain of teachers for over 2,500 years. It still is offered as a spiritual practice in 10-day silent retreats for free. There are currently over 100 Vipassana centers worldwide, teaching approximately one million students per year, and courses have been offered in prisons in India, the United States, and other countries. We do not encourage the use of Vipassana for the treatment of any mental or medical illness. Teacher training requires decades of development. People practice Vipassana for practical personal benefit, and for the preservation and augmentation of its enduring goals and values, which include the capacity for increased humanistic contribution to society. Vipassana also has a remarkable linkage to the scientific worldview. Dr. Fleischman will discuss the guidance it provides to a mental health professional across a lifetime.

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