Smith College School for Social Work BannerWeb
Our Mission Statement
Just the Facts
SSW Offices
A Learning Community
Anti-Racism Commitment
Supporting Needs of Servicemembers
History of the School
Clinical Research Institute
Our Alumni
News & Events
SSW Buzz
SSW Bulletin

Where to find SSW News

Related Links

About the Bulletin

The SSW Bulletin is a monthly bulletin that includes all relevant notices and deadlines from SSW.

Students are welcome and encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. See posting rules.

JULY 5, 2011

Monday, July 4
Tuesday, July 5
Wednesday, July 6
Thursday, July 7
Friday, July 8
Saturday, July 9
Sunday, July 10
After July 10
Ongoing Meetings/Events
Announcements, Notices, Awards


Next bulletin - July 18; be sure to submit your items by Thursday, July 7.

Tuesday - JULY 5


Wednesday - JULY 6

Writing Workshop - Surviving Your Thesis: A Strategies Workshop for Second Year Students

Wednesdays, July 6 and 20, 12:30-1:30pm, Seelye 307

This workshop will provide second year 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. Participants need only attend ONE session.

Please feel free to bring your lunch!

SWAA - Social Welfare Action Alliance

Wednesday, July 6, 12:30-1:30pm, Cutter-Ziskind

"The real choice before us as social workers is whether we are to be passive or active." - Bertha Capen Reynolds

Come be active with the SCSSW chapter of SWAA! Weekly meetings held in Cutter-Ziskind on Wednesdays at lunch.

Thursday - JULY 7


Friday - JULY 8


Saturday - JULY 9


Sunday - JULY 10

After juLY 10

Colloquium - Clinical Use of Music with Levin Schwartz

Wednesday, July 20, 7:00-8:30pm, Neilson Browsing Room

An interactive presentation on the clinical use of music as an adjunct to evidence based practice for treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The presentation will include analysis of research on the physiology, psychology & sociology of both music and PTSD and a description of the behavioral and experiential approaches of music used in the treatment of PTSD.

SSW Career Fair 2011

Monday, July 25, 4:30-6:30pm, Campus Center Lower Level

At the third annual SSW Career Fair students will have the opportunity to speak with employers about job opening and network informally with SSW alums. Bring resumes and wear business casual, please. Further details about this event, including a list of employers attending, are on the Career Development Office website under Social Work Resources. All SSW students are welcome!


Sunday, August 14, 6:00pm - Location TBA

From Leah and Neil: This ceremony is in ways a heart based, intimate termination for our class. In past years people have read poems, spiritual prayers and used mediums like dance, yoga, capoeira, meditation and music - anything and all that is open and affirming.

So what about you? How would you or a group of you like to participate in this ritual?

Additionally, as a transitional object we will be creating a book of quotes, poems, and inspirations in relationship to any part of being a social worker. Email your writings to Leah Krieger ASAP.

So, rally together and let's terminate with sweetness and grace. Email Leah or Neil with questions and how you want to participate.

Administrative Announcements

Grab 'n' Go Hours

Please note that the Grab 'n' Go station is open ONLY during the following times:

Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 10:00am and 11:00am - 1:30pm

Please do not try to open the unit on your own when it is locked as food is not stored in there.

Thank you for your consideration with this.

Dean's Conversation Date Changes in July

Please not that there will be no Dean's Conversation on July 8, 15, and 22. The next Dean's Conversation will be held on Friday, July 29.

Anti-Racism Consultation Committee

The anti-racism consultation commmittee members are available to anyone who would like to have a discussion or dialogue about any concerns of a racialized nature on campus. Committee members can be contacted directly and they are: student reps - Maggie Matthew (A12) and Madeline Nussbaum (A11); council rep: Andrea Yoshida (A13); administrative staff: Idene Martin and Tonya Dixon; alumnae rep: Rani Varghese; faculty reps: Fred Newdom and Joyce Everett; and chair: Dennis Miehls.

Health Insurance Enroll or Waiver

For all students going into Field: Letters have been placed in your student mailboxes explaining how to sign up or waive out of the school's health insurance plan for the period of September 1, 2011 through August 31, 2012. All students entering field placement in September must complete either the waiver or the enrollment process online through the Gallagher Koster website before August 1, 2011, even if you completed this process in the spring. If you do not waive out of the insurance plan on the website, your student account will be billed $3,102 for the school's health insurance plan. You may direct questions to Michele Bala.

From Campus Police: Safety Tips & Emergency Contact Numbers

Remember: do not walk alone at night, especially in dark, vacant areas and avoid shortcuts through woods, alleys, etc. Help others walk safely by teaming up with another community member when walking at night. If you must walk alone, walk directly to your destination on well-lighted paths. Look alert and be aware of your surroundings. Let a friend know where you are headed and when you plan to return.

For community members and guests who are staying in our campus houses: remember to always leave your room doors and windows locked. Don't let strangers into your room - meet visitors and delivery people at the main door (they can phone you from the entrance by using the access phones located outside of each house). Never prop open dooors outside residence houses or other buildings. Do not leave your keys or your OneCard unattended in public places or in the pockets of an article of clothing (e.g. sweater, jacket) that you are not wearing.

If you are involved in (or become aware of) an accident or health emergency of any kind, call Campus Police.

  Campus Phone Off-campus phone
Emergency Ext. 800 413-585-2499
Campus Police Office Ext. 2490 413-585-2490


Please program the emergency and business line numbers for Campus Police into your cellphone.

Please remember that the Campus Police are available 24-hours a day to assist you with any emergencies or problems that you may encounter while at Smith College.

Course Evaluations

Student evaluation of courses is a program requirement (see Master's Program Handbook, section 200.7C). Failure to complete a course evaluation by the deadline will result in:

The deadline for Term 1 course evaluations is Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:00pm. Instructions here.

Counseling and Therapy Databases on Trial this Summer

Two databases of potential interest to social work students and faculty are currently on trial:

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works

Counseling and Therapy in Video

The trials run through August 7, 2011. You may connect to these databases from this page:

We welcome your feedback; please use the feedback form on the Trial Databases page (see link above) or via this link:


Thesis Information

Thesis Prizes

The school's research sequence will be asking research advisors to nominate student theses for thesis prizes: the Eleanor Clark Thesis Prize and the Amith Ben-David Memorial Thesis Prize. The awards have been established in honor of these two alumni. The request for nominations will be sent to research advisors the week of July 1, 2011.

The Eleanor Clark Thesis prize is awarded annually to a current master's thesis that advances any of Miss Clark's interests: innovations in service deriving from knowledge about human functioning and the social environment; creative attention to social needs, especially in medical or psychiatric settings; and the education of professional social workers.

The Amith Ben-David thesis award recognizes excellence in cross cultural family practice and theory. This award is about advancing Amith Ben-David's passions in the field of family therapy and is awarded annually for a master's thesis that advances er interests. Preferences will be given to theses that incorporate ideas from a postmodern perspective and/or those that are theoretical in nature.

General Notices

"Distracted" - A Play about ADHD

ADHD is a focus of clinical social work practice. New Century Theater has a production of the play "Distracted," about a family struggling with ADHD. The play runs from June 30 through July 9.

Final Chance to Buy Council T-Shirts

Still waiting to buy your "I See Color" t-shirts? Please come to this term's last opportunity to buy these great shirts on Tuesday, July 5. We will be selling in Cutter-Ziskind during lunch. Shirts are $10 and $15 so please bring CASH. See you then!

Research Assistant Needed

From Yoosun Park: I am looking for a research assistant for the next academic year to help me with a research project. The position will begin in mid-August at the end of the summer term 2011 and will conclude at the end of May, 2012. Work will be approximately 5 hours per week. Duties will be varied and will range from photocopying to conducting literature and archival research to producing literature reviews. If interested, please email me a CV and a letter detailing any relevant experience.

Do You Want to MC Skits? - Master's Class of 2011

From Emma Yovanoff: As the summer quickly passes we are beginning to think about graduation and SKITS! Skits is a student-run perfomance the night before graduation. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to get involved by writing skits, performing, working backstage or cheering in the audience.

We need two people to fill the role of MC. The MCs will host the show; this involves a lot a work and a desire to be on stage. Historically this has been a humorous role held by 3rd year master's students.

If you are interested in serving as MC or if you would like to nominate someone (a single person or a pair), please email Emma Yovanoff by Wednesday, July 6. This is a large commitment; please be conscious of nomination friends that may not really want to or have the time.

"Public Safety" is Now Campus Police

On June 1, Campus Police changed their name (formerly Public Safety) and their location. Campus Police offices are now in the Smith College Facilities building on 126 West Street.

Ongoing Events

Anti-Racism Task Force

Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30pm, Dewey Common Room

Come be a part of the commitment to our Anti-Racism Mission. The Anti-Racism Task Force has been the engine for many of the changes brought about at Smith SSW as we have along with our anti-racism commitment. The Task Force has been a very collaborative effort and a place where all constituents of the school have had a chance to work together.

Faculty liaison: Fred Newdom

Council for Students of Color Member Meeting

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45pm, Ziskind Living Room

Join us for our general meeting providing a space to be yourself for all students of color (both masters and doctoral levels). We are a support and advocacy group that wants to know how students of color are doing on campus. Feel free to bring your dinner and your kids. See you there!

Dean's Conversations

Fridays, 3:45-5:15pm, Cutter Living Room

The dean's conversation is an opportunity for any member of the SSW community to explore contemplative practices, as well as to bring forth issues and ideas of importance to our community.

Please note that there will be no Dean's Conversation on the following dates: July 8, 15, and 22.

Jewish Student Alliance (JSA) Weekly Meeting

Tuesdays, 12:45-1:30pm, Ziskind Living Room

Are you Jew-curious? come have lunch with the good folks of Jewish Students Alliance (JSA) and join in our continued curiosity and exploration of Judaism!

JSA embraces a full spectrum of Jewish experiences and identity, including those with a strong religious background, those for whom being Jewish is important culturally, those with little knowledge about being Jewish, and those students who wish to connect with an aspect of Judaism. The group's format is a weekly informal discussion on a topic related to being Jewish, and time set aside for planning events including speakers and community-building activities.

LGBTQQIF Alliance General Meeting

Tuesdays, 5:45-7:00pm, Ziskind Living Room

The Alliance is a welcoming space for the LGBTQ community and our allies at Smith SSW. All are welcome to join in as we build community, learn from one another and ourselves, and foster constructive action and dialogue. Feel free to bring your dinner!

Pedagogy and Diversity Seminars

Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm, Seelye 101

Term 1 - Ann Marie Garran and Joshua Miller

Term 2 - Norma Akamatsu and Joshua Miller

The Pedagogy and Diversity Seminar seeks to support all faculty teaching at SSW by creating a space where professor can discuss how issues of diversity, social identity and social oppression influence their teaching, the classroom environment, student interactions, and the overall campus culture and climate. Pedagogy and diversity is a major vehicle for furthering the SSW's anti-racism mission statement by deepening the capacity of faculty to explore and develop their awareness and skills to manage the inclusion of this content while also processing issues that arise in the classroom. The seminar will include a mixture of discussion, problem solving, presentations, and exercises that will be developed by participants and the facilitators. The minutes of each pedagogy and diversity session are posted on Moodle and distributed to all SSW faculty for information and resource sharing, comment and dialogue. All who are teaching at SSW are welcome.

CEUS are available for this seminar. Faculty attending four of the five sessions will receive 10 CEUs at the end of the summer (upon completing an evaluation). We are happy to offer this at no cost to our wonderful adjunct faculty.

Unlearning Racism Group

Wednesdays, 5:45-6:50pm, Ziskind Parlor

The foundational principles of the group are an emotional space, mutual support and accountability around issues of race and racism. This group is open to the entire student body and has historically been a space for white students to unpack, share, and reflect on privilege and embedded internal racism.