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Week of march 3, 2014

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: 4/3

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 3
April 7
April 17
April 21
May 1
May 5
May 22
May 27


Please note: The Bulletin will now be issued on a monthly basis throughout the academic year.

DEADLINES & IMPORTANT DATES

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTICES

The Lazarus Center for Career Development
Lazarus Center services are available to all School for Social Work students throughout the year, during summer session, and after graduation. For more information click here!

  • Individual advising appointments - Please call 413-585-2582 to set up an in-person or phone appointment to discuss any aspect of your job search.
  • Our online guides on resumes and cover letters; networking and job search; and interviewing are suggested background reading before an individual appointment. Lunch-time workshops are offered on these topics during the summer.
  • Practice your interview skills during a one-hour appointment with a career advisor. You don't need to have an interview scheduled to take advantage of this service.
  • Job listings received by the Center may be found in E-Access. Enter with your 99#.
  • Networking is an important component of anyone's job search. Consult the Center for access to the Alumnae Association of Smith College online directory.
  • Annual SSW Career Fair - Details are on the Career Fairs page.

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Academic Support & Registrar Services

Elective Registration - 2nd summer students
You should by now be familiar with the BannerWeb registration procedures that you will undertake at the end of March (information was contained in the February Bulletin and on the SSW website here). Once the third-summer students have registered for their electives, we will post an updated elective schedule on that page for second-summer students (approximately mid-March).

2013 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
Many of your textbooks can be rented! Rentals are due back on the Monday after Commencement day, August 18, 2014. Check the Grecourt Bookshop website. School for Social Work textbooks will start being listed in May.

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Student Financial Services

DEVELOPEMENT AND ALUMNI AFFAIRS

Alumni Association Thesis Awards
Attention 3rd years!
The SSW Alumni Association is currently offering three $500 awards designed to support excellence in student research and are awarded on the basis of merit. The submission deadline is March 31, 2014.
For more information, click here!

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Thesis

LGBTQ Thesis Awards
Monies are available to give 3 $250.00 awards to students who are doing a thesis on an LGBTQ topic. The application must be approved and signed by your research advisor (an e-mail signature will suffice). Please send it to: Laura Wyman, Admin. Asst./Research Sequence at lwyman@smith.edu. THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ON OR BEFORE MARCH 31, 2014.

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GENERAL NOTICES

NASW Information


Loan Forgiveness Program
The NASW has created a Loan Forgiveness FAQ page in an effort to help members navigate the student loan repayment options in Massachusetts and to offer assistance in answering commonly asked questions. Read more here!

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NASW's Annual Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Massachusetts State House 24 Beacon Street, Boston
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Social Workers for Social Justice: How to LEAD in 2014. LEAD offers an opportunity for social workers to meet with state lawmakers and advocate for legislation that is important to our clients and to the social work profession.

Keynote Speaker: Kate Audette, MSW Director of State Government Relations at Boston Children's Hospital Co-Chair, NASW-MA Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE)

Workshop topic areas: Elder Issues, LGBT Issues, Criminal Justice, Economic Equality, Professional Issues, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health/Education

Visit www.naswma.org for more information about workshops and to register! There will be NO on-site registration. Make sure to register in advance on-line. Registration Costs: Professionals-$35 and Students-$20

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The NASW Foundation is accepting online applications for its 2014-2015 fellowship and scholarship awards through March 5, 2014. Eligible NASW members are invited to apply.

  • The Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to a social work doctoral candidate engaged in dissertation research in health care policy and practice. One fellowship of up to $4,000 will be awarded.
  • The Eileen Blackey Doctoral Fellowship is awarded to a social work doctoral candidate engaged in dissertation research in welfare policy and practice. *One fellowship in the amount of $15,000 will be awarded. *Fellowship funded in part through a generous grant from the New York Community Trust Robert and Ellen Popper Scholarship Fund.
  • The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarships are awarded to master's degree candidates in social work interested in working with American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations or in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings. Up to 10 scholarships of up to $4,000 each will be awarded.
  • The Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarships are awarded to master's degree candidates in social work who demonstrate an interest in or have experience with health/mental health practice and have a commitment to working in African American communities. *Four scholarships in the amount of $4,150 each will be awarded. *Scholarships funded in part through a generous grant from the New York Community Trust Robert and Ellen Popper Scholarship Fund.

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Graduate Student Scholarship
A graduate level scholarship is available for students specializing in children and family issues. For more information, click here!

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FOR FACULTY

Coming soon!

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Note:
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.