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january 4, 2012

About the Bulletin

The Bulletin offers relevant notices, reminders, and deadlines for School for Social Work students. Students are encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body.

The Bulletin is updated weekly during the summer terms, and monthly throughout the fall and spring.

Next Submission Deadline: February 2


We would like to invite students to use this vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. Submission deadlines are listed below:

Submission Deadline
To Be Issued On
February 2
February 7
March 1
March 6
March 22
April 3
April 12
April 17
April 26
May 1


January & February Deadlines & Important Dates

Due   Task Audience
JAN 10   Monthly Narrative and Statistical Report due to FFA 1st & 2nd years; AS* students
JAN 13   Agency Assessment Report due to FFA 1st years
JAN 16   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - observed at Smith SSW and at agencies; no field internship  
JAN 20   Community Practice Project Monthly Progress Report due to CPPA 1st years
JAN 24 - APR 4   HBSE 332, Child Development - 10 sessions (weekday evening, time and location TBA) AS* students
JAN 27   3rd Thesis deadline. Complete draft of two substantive chapters of thesis due to RA (2nd years). Submit HSR materials (empirical projects) 2nd years & AS*
FEB   Financial Aid award decisions begin to go out; signed and completed paperwork due to Financial Aid Office within 15 days of receipt of Financial Aid award notification. 1st and 2nd years
FEB 3   Anti-racism Assignment Proposal due to Field department and FFA AS* students
    Supervisor's mid-year evaluation of the student AS* students
FEB 10   Monthly Narrative and Statistical Report due to FFA 1st and 2nd years; AS* students
FEB 17   Deadline for students on leave of absence to write to Associate Dean for reinstatement  

* Advanced Standing


Financial Aid Packets: All Now Online - NEW

For new and returning 2012 students, the School for Social Work will not be mailing hard copies of the Financial Aid packet this year. A list of all required Financial Aid materials, including the online Full Financial Aid application and a link to the FAFSA, is available at All applications and related documentation must be physically received by the SSW no later than March 20, 2012. The sooner required materials are received, the sooner an award decision can be determined. All students are encouraged to apply. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at or at 413-585-7956.

We wish you a joyful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the summer of 2012.

Mailings and Timelines from the 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.)


Waiving 330 - NEW

2nd summer students interested in waiving course 330 (Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence in its Social Context) and taking 333 (Developmental Deviations in Childhood and Adolescence) instead should consult the website at and meet the February 17, 2012, deadline. Course descriptions can be found at If you have questions after reading the information on those sites, please contact

BannerWeb Registration - for 2nd and 3rd Summer Students - NEW

Check your mail for a postcard announcing BannerWeb registration in March. Complete information is available on the SSW website starting on the course registration pages at Remember to check your Smith email regularly for important notices!

Special Scheduling Needs for 2nd Summer Students - NEW

We would like to remind you that if you have special scheduling needs in advance of BannerWeb registration in late March, there is a deadline. Please see for details. If you have questions after reading the information there, please contact

thesis information

Upcoming Deadlines for Thesis Students - NEW

Please submit completed drafts of acceptable quality of the introduction or methodology chapters (empirical thesis) or the first theory chapter (theoretical thesis) to the research advisor by January 27, 2012. (The introduction and methodology will probably need to be revised as changes occur during the course of the study.)

Remember that the Human Subjects Review application and related materials should also be completed, approved and submitted to the Human Subjects Review committee on or before January 27, 2012.

Summer 2012 Housing Packets - NEW

This year all returning students will receive their housing information and forms via email. We anticipate the information will be sent on January 24, 2012. Please remember that if you plan to live off-campus you still need to return the first page of the housing form to Michele Bala. Students who plan to live on-campus will need to send the first and last page signed with your signature to Michele. Please remember to sign the last page.

Return all completed forms to Michele Bala via regular mail, fax, or email:

Michele Bala, Smith College School for Social Work
Lilly Hall
Northampton, MA 01063
FAX: (413) 585-7994

Disability Awareness at the School - NEW

Laura Rauscher, Smith College Director of Disability Services, will give a presentation at the winter faculty meeting that will be held in early February, 2012. This presentation will offer both resident and adjunct faculty pedagogical tools and strategies to assist them to better integrate content on disabilities throughout the curriculum. This initiative emerges from discussions with the student Disability Awareness Group with Laura Rauscher and Associate Dean Dennis Miehls that happened this past summer on campus. The faculty meeting will offer an opportunity for resident and adjunct faculty to "re-think" the ways in which issues of disability can be highlighted in all course offerings.

Library Purchases Counseling and Therapy Video

After receiving much positive feedback during the trial of this product, the Smith College Libraries purchased "Counseling and Therapy in Video," which contains videos relating to social work, psychotherapy, psychology & psychiatric counseling. It includes actual footage of consultations, counseling sessions, demos, interviews, lectures, personal narratives & dramatizations. The individual videos are listed in the library's online catalog; the collection is also accessible from the Databases by title page: and the Social Work page:

Health Insurance

Students who have enrolled in the School's health insurance plan may have already seen the charge on their bills beginning 9/1/11, the coverage start date. Payment can be deferred until December, when your loan funds come in. You will not be charged interest fees during this period.

Social Media Arrives to the School for Social Work

We are pleased to announce our new Facebook Page and Twitter Feed! Like or follow us on:

The Bulletin will remain in place as the main vehicle for important reminders from the School. These additional channels will provide opportunities for our community to stay connected and engaged throughout the year.