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mid-APRIL 2013

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: April 25th


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
April 25
May 6



Curious about important student account standard processing dates for the upcoming 13-14 academic year? To view a chart that details bill dates, due dates and refund dates, please go to Be an informed consumer and read all of the notes listed on the chart!


Course Add Period
Third-summer students may add electives to their Summer 2013 schedule via BannerWeb - up to 5 electives per term - starting at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, April 14, 2013. The system will close on Wednesday, April 17, at 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Courses Linked to Moodle
Your Summer 2013 courses will be linked to Moodle around the second week in May.

Spring Planning Guide now online
The Spring Planning Guide is now online and contains many important dates and deadlines. Click here to view it.

2012 Moodle Courses
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.

Renting textbooks
Your textbooks can be rented! Rentals are due back on Commencement day, August 16, 2013. Check the Grécourt Bookshop website at School for Social Work textbooks will start being listed in mid- to late April.

thesis information

Important April and May Deadlines for Thesis Students By May 10, 2013 please submit approved drafts of all or most of the thesis (minimally, chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4 plus references for empirical projects and chapters 1,2,3, 4, & 5 for theoretical projects, plus references) to the winter research advisor, as well as initial drafts of the remaining chapters.

Important Reminders to All Thesis Students
For those students that are collecting quantitative data and using Marjorie Postal, Research Analyst as a resource please be in contact with Marjorie as soon as you can and certainly by the April 15th deadline. Marjorie can be reached via email at and by phone at (413) 585-7975.

Please be sure to monitor your progress on your theses in accordance with the deadlines published in the Thesis Guidelines.


Reaching for Excellence - Nominations now open! Nominate for Reaching for Excellence now!
Nomination deadline: May 15, 2013
Program Dates: September 19-21, 2013

SSW invites nominations for a weekend full of courses and lectures designed to challenge and stretch Bachelor-level human service workers and to inspire them to consider graduate education!

Nominate someone you know or read more at:

Qualified nominees must: Be a bachelor-level social worker or other human service provider with at least two years of experience; Have earned a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0; Demonstrate a passion for human services work; Have not yet received or applied for their master's degree in social work or similar field.

If selected, Reaching for Excellence (REX) participants receive: A grant to cover all coursework, lectures, room and board for REX; Half of domestic travel expenses to REX exceeding $50; 18 continuing education credits; Waiver of the $60 MSW application fee; Geographic location preference for MSW program field placement.

Questions? Call (413) 585-7960 or email


Back by Popular Demand-Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for SSW Students!
This is a non-credit offering by the school to promote student wellbeing and self-care. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and negative affect among health and mental health professionals and increase positive affect and self-compassion. The course is for students who would like to explore the potential of MBSR to help them manage stress in their own lives during the busy Smith summer as well as developing a practice that may be able to sustain them in their professional pursuits as a clinical social worker.

Please note this is not a course in conducting MBSR with others, but rather a course focused on one's own personal stress management. It will be facilitated by Annemarie Gockel and Martha Reeves, who have both trained in MBSR at the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. The course will take place on campus in the Helen Hills Chapel on 8 consecutive Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm beginning June 13th and ending August 15th, 2013. An orientation meeting for all those interested in participating will be held Thursday June 6th, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Chapel. Enrollment is limited and students must be able to attend all 8 sessions of the course to participate.


Post-Master's Fellowship Opportunities for MSW Grads
The Psychological Health and Psychiatry Clinic at University of Colorado-Boulder is offering one-year fellowships for both first-year post-grads and for second-year post-grads.  Applicants must be graduates of an accredited MSW program.  If you know of someone who might be interested, please contact Howard Snooks, Ph.D., LCSW, BCD via email at

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.