In Brief

Volume 4: Issue 10 - July 2010

In This Issue:

In Depth Class Notes Wanted for Fall Issue

Annual Conference Lecture

End of Life Care Certificate Program

S.S.W. Summer Update

Executive Committee Nominations Wanted

Alumni Association Executive Committee June Meeting Report

SSW Annual Fund - Thank you for your Support!

Planned Giving Update

Faculty in the News

Alumni Volunteers On-Line Form

On-Line Directory and Listservs

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In Depth Class Notes for Fall Issue
Have you sent in a class note in the last year, or ever?  Your classmates want to hear from you!  Please let us know about important events in your life so that we may publish them in the next In Depth newsletter.  Do you have a new job?  Have you moved?  Received a promotion or award or presented or published?  Married or given birth?  Enjoying retirement and/or grandchildren?  Please send all news items to  The deadline for the next publication is August 2, 2010 for the fall 2010 In Depth. We'd love to spread your news and if you have a photo or graphic which could illustrate your news, please consider sending that as well. Please include the full spelling of your name, degree and class year. Due to space constraints, please limit submissions to150 words or less. We reserve the right to edit submissions for space. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Annual Conference Lecture

This Friday, July 23, as pas part of the School's Annual Conference, Judith Kay Nelson, M.S.W., Ph.D. will present "Seeing Through Tears: An Attachment Perspective on Crying in Psychotherapy." This lecture will be presented in John M. Greene Hall at 7:30 p.m.
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End of Life Care Certificate Program
Program Dates: October 7 - 10, 2010 and April 13 - 17, 2011
This program is co-sponsored by Baystate Medical Center, a part of Tufts N.E. Medical Center. The End of Life Certificate Program carries 57 Continuing Education Credits for social workers. For more information, please visit:
The application deadline is September 7, 2010.
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S.S.W. Summer Update

With Term 2 starting this week, we wanted to give you a quick update on what has happened so far this summer and what is coming up.

The largest first year M.S.W. class in many years finished its first term asignments and earned a much needed respite during break week which took place last week. Five lectures from the Summer Lecture Series have been presented and have been extremely well attended.

  • Barbara Leiner, L.C.S.W., "Intergenerational Effects of War"
  • Mary Hall, M.S.W.'66, Ph.D., "Silent Racism: Citizens of African Descent and the American Imagination"
  • Gary Bailey, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., "The Color of Fear: The Paradox of Race and Oppression in the New Millennium"
  • Neil Altman, Ph.D., "Race and Clinical Work in the Office and in the Community"
  • Joan Berzoff, M.S.W.'74, Ed.D., "The Transformative Nature of Grief and Bereavement"

This week resident faculty member Yoosun Park, Ph.D. will address the topic of "Whom Should we Serve? Analyzing Social Work Practioners' Views of Undocumented Immigrants", and on August 9th Adjunct Professor Marie Breen Smith, M.A.S.S., Ph.D. will speak on "Geographies of Vulnerability and Silence: Meanings and Effects of Political Violence." Please make plans to join us on campus in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, please visit:

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Executive Committee (Alumni Association Board) Nominations Wanted

We would like to ask you to consider running for a position on the S.S.W. Alumni Association Executive Committee. Vacant positions beginning July 1, 2011 are:

  • Region II Representative (NY, NJ, Eastern PA-including Philadelphia)
  • Region III Representative (AL, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA,WV, DC)
  • Region IV Representative (AR, KS, IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, Western PA, SD, WI, Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Quebec, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia)

Region Representatives are key volunteers for the School and are influential in helping connect graduates with students in their regions, planning events and acting as advocates for S.S.W. throughout the country. If you are interested in submitting your name for one of these critical positions, please contact Gay Lee, M.S.W.'94, Nominations Committee Chair, at To view the position description, please visit:
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Alumni Association Executive Committee (Board) June 2010 Meeting Report

The Smith School for Social Work Alumni Association Executive Committee meeting was held June 18-20 on campus. At the meeting, the Association welcomed four new Board members:

  • Ray Fisher, M.S.W.’03, Vice President
  • George Herrity, M.S.W.’09, Treasurer
  • Natasha Bob-Semple, M.S.W.’99, Chair, Alumni of Color Standing Committee
  • David Kells, M.S.W.’06, Region I Representative

The Board also took note of the great work done by the outgoing Board members- Alice Chornesky, M.S.W.’78, Ph.D.’90, President, Ashley Varner, M.S.W.’99, Treasurer, Mike Langlois, M.S.W.’94, Region I Representative and Sujin Lee, M.S.W.’04, Chair, Alumni of Color Standing Committee. 

New Executive Committee President Tanita Teagle, M.S.W.’99 brings great leadership to her new role, and is focused on ways that the S.S.W. Alumni Board can better support and serve our graduates and students. Over the course of the weekend, there were reports given by the Dean, Field Department, Admissions, Alumni of Color Standing Committee, Nominations Committee, and Development and Alumni Affairs.

Some key initiatives that the Board will focus on this year are:

  • Improving the ways in which the Alumni Board and the Administration communicate with the S.S.W. alumni body.
  • Providing resources to help alumni recruit potential S.S.W. students for the Master’s and Doctoral Programs.
  • Help in the planning of regional S.S.W. events which bring faculty members, graduates and students together to engage in important conversations about the social work discipline.
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S.S.W. Annual Fund - Thank You for Your Support!
The School’s fiscal year ended on June 30, 2010, and this year through the generosity of our graduates, friends and other supporters, we raised over $140,000 from over 600 donors! The funds that were raised from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 support student scholarships.

Thank you to those of you who joined or renewed your membership in the 1918 Fellowship Society this year. In addition, we extend a heartfelt thank you also to the fundraising efforts of our 1918 Fellowship Society Committee members who reached out to graduates and other constituents nationwide. This year, the Committee was ably chaired by Clara Genetos, M.S.S.’54 and we thank her for her very active fundraising effortts on behalf of the School.

One of the critical areas Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, David Brown, will focus on this fiscal year (2011) is our donor participation number.  Participation is an important metric as it can help determine our access to additional sources of grant and foundation funding for the School.

If you have not made a contribution to S.S.W. in some time, we urge you to consider reinvesting in the future of the School through an S.S.W. Annual Fund gift this year!
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Planned Giving Update

Please let us know if you have included the Smith College School for Social Work in your estate plans or might consider making a gift of stock or a related security. David Brown, Director of Development and Alumni Affairs, would enjoy speaking with you about ways that you might consider supporting S.S.W. through a gift of an annuity or other giving vehicle.
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Faculty in the News
The faculty at SSW have been very busy writing, volunteering, etc. For more information about the SSW faculty visit:
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Alumni Volunteers On-Line Form

We are working diligently on updating our S.S.W. Volunteer Opportunity Form to more easily capture information on the areas of volunteer interest of our graduates and other constituents. The School relies very heavily on the efforts and goodwill of our alumni to help us in the areas of prospective student recruitment, mentoring current students, providing reduced rate psychotherapy to students, hosting and attending S.S.W. events and participating in our fundraising effort. In the near future, we will be sending out a revised Volunteer Opportunity Form that will hopefully spur you to think of the way(s) that you might want to get more involved in our work at the School – thank you in advance for filling out our Volunteer Opportunity Form when it arrives!
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On-line Directory & List Serves
Find classmates and search for SSW alumni in a particular geographical location! This self-service tool is available to you now through the on-line directory. General information about networking and navigational tips specific to SSW can be found at:; to log into the on-line directory, go to: where you will find the log-in box in the upper right corner of the page.
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