Bertha Capen Reynolds recorded the songs they sung in 1918 in her diary. Try to imagine the women with serious expressions and lovely modest white dresses singing about sex, libido and repression!
This delightful “hymnal” from 1923 unfortunately does not contain authorship information. Enjoy, nonetheless!
Here is a skit from 1953 tracing students’ complicated relationship to Associate Director Annette Garrett, who was also in charge of field placements for most of her term, which often earned her student frustration when she sent them somewhere they hadn’t expected to go.
A collection of songs lyrics they from the early days of the school to celebrate its 65th Anniversary in 1983.
‘I am the Dean’ starts out with a tribute to Dean Katherine Gabel in her final year as dean. Dean Gable comes into the skit part way through. She looks back and captures a lot of the spirit of student life in the 1980s through humorous (and fictional) statistics.
In this 1987 skit, a student parodies therapeutic language with skillful wit.
The 1989 B program skit gives a sense of a day in the life of a student. The B program was a one year MSW for people who had had at least three years of supervised clinical experience prior to coming to Smith. The days at Smith for A and B students were very busy, but the B programs surely packed a lot in 15 months of study.
This 1989 Smith College School for Social Work skit was a tribute to the national AIDS Quilt effort to remember and show love for those who died of AIDS and to raise awareness of the need for services for persons with HIV+ and AIDs.
This 1992 skit shared an arc of students’ interest and comfort in their “human sexuality” course. Sexuality in all its forms can still be a difficult conversation for beginning social workers.
The 1992 Blue Slip skit marks a tradition at Smith College School for Social Work. Students who turned in a completed thesis were give a ‘blue slip’ as a receipt for turning in their work. The blue slip was the invention of Joyce Leamy – who was the person to whom slips were turned in for many years. (Joyce Leamy writes her signature on the big blue slip at the start of the skit.) The enthusiasm of finishing the thesis was evident annually at Smith!
Dr. Jerry Sachs, a member of the resident faculty, and Fred Newdom published a book in 1999 on Activism and Clinical Work. This Smith College School for Social Work 1999 skit addresses the false dichotomy between practice and policy in a humorous way.