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Monday, May 15, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, May 15, 2006

NEW:
- Preliminary Fall Course List 2006 Available
- Calling All ANTS Choristers

REVIEW:
- Are We A Christian Nation? - May 25, 2006
- Appleton Chase to Go Partly Co-ed
- Help Wanted - Buildings and Grounds
- Introducing ANTS Connect
- Your ANTS Connect Username and Password
- ANTS Connect and E-Learning
- Blackboard Going Away - June 30

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Preliminary Fall Course List 2006 Available
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The preliminary course list for Fall 2006 is attached to this message
(PDF).
Please note that this list is subject to change.

You can also view this course list online at:
http://www.ants.edu/academics/courses/fall06_course_list.htm

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Calling All ANTS Choristers
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ANTS choir members past and present are encouraged to sing with us at
Friday's Baccalaureate Service.

Rehearsal at 6pm at the church : Second Church Newton, 60 Highland
St.

Contact Burns Stanfield with questions: bstanfield@hds.harvard.edu

Our selection is "Psalm 84" from the Family Prayers CD.

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Are We A Christian Nation? - May 25, 2006
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The Moral Nation: Alternative Voices

Thursday, May 25th
7:30 P.M. in Stoddard Hall

What do preachers mean when they call for a new morality? What do they
mean when they refer to the United States as a "Christian Nation?" What
would the impact of a "Christian Nation" be on America's diverse
population? Speakers: Diana Eck. Ph.D., Harvard University; the Rev.
Arthur Kennedy, University of St. Thomas; Rabbi David Gordis, president,
Hebrew College. Moderator: President Nick Carter, Andover Newton
Theological School.

More information:
http://www.ants.edu/community/events/2006/052506icplforum.htm
View brochure:
http://www.ants.edu/community/events/2006/052506icplforum.htm

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Appleton Chase to Go Partly Co-ed
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Hi Everyone,

Beginning next year the first floor of Appleton Chase will be co-ed,
with 2 men or 2 women sharing a bathroom. The second floor will remain
women only. This provides men with a second option for inexpensive
housing at ANTS, so their choices match those that women have.

Other new and revised housing policies for next year include:

--Allowing an adult son or daughter or parent to share an apartment
with an ANTS student
--Allowing some non-BTI students to live in housing (after ANTS, Hebrew
College, & BTI students have been accommodated)
--Allowing two unrelated people to share a 1 bedroom in Fuller (these
are set up so that each person would have a separate bedroom and bath
and share a kitchen)
--Marriage/Co-habitation policy: requiring all married couples to
provide a copy of their marriage license and all non-married couples to
sign a (still to be developed) statement of commitment, whether they are
heterosexual or gay/lesbian.

I wish to thank those community members who volunteered to meet with me
and give me feedback about housing policy issues: Joy Honen, Jen
Duhamel, Erica Baron, Len Hayward, Jen Holloman, and Cherylann
Richards.

Have a good weekend,

Nancy

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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Help Wanted - Buildings and Grounds
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Building and Grounds is in search of a new Nightwatch Person. Some
mechanical skills desirable. Candidates must be willing to adhere to a
set schedule (usually every other week) and be willing to respond to
emergency calls from our after-hours answering service. Letters of
interest should be dropped off at the Building & Grounds office located
in the basement of Sturtevant Hall no later than May 26, 2006.

Building & Grounds

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Introducing ANTS Connect
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ANTS Connect is our new internet campus portal system that acts as a
digital 'commons' for our campus, offering a powerful resource to
connect students, faculty, and staff with our school's databases.

ANTS Connect offers everyone on campus a single point of access to
Web-based self-service, e-learning, communications, and
community-building applications.
With one login and password, students, faculty and staff can have 24x7
access to perform tasks that enhance their relationship with the
school.

We will first use ANTS COnnect for e-learning courses in June (Summer
2006). In the Fall, ANTS Connect will host all online course areas and
community groups.

Future features of ANTS Connect will include online registration and
bill payment.

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Your ANTS Connect Username and Password
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All students will receive an e-mail or letter containing their new
username and password for ANTS Connect between August 25-30, 2006.

The e-mail will be sent to your ANTS.EDU e-mail address.

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ANTS Connect and E-Learning
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A Learning Management System, with capabilities similar to Blackboard,
is fully integrated into ANTS Connect. Course areas are created
automatically from our CX database records, and all students are
automatically enrolled in their course areas when they register for a
course. You need only log in to access your course area.

Each online course can contain course documents, announcements, web
links, syllabi, threaded discussions, and real-time chat. You can view
and download course documents and syllabi, engage in class discussions,
and send e-mail to other class members from any computer with Internet
access.

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Summer E-Learning Courses to Use ANTS Connect
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We will be using our new ANTS Connect internet portal for our summer
e-learning courses.

If you are taking a summer e-learning course, an e-mail or letter was
sent to you today, May 15, with your new username and password and
instructions for how to log in to your E-learning class.

If you have questions, please contact please contact Karen Brockney at
kbrockney@ants.edu or 617-964-1100 ext. 225.

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Blackboard Going Away - June 30
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Beginning with this summer's e-learning classes, we are moving to a
new learning system for online classes. The new system is integrated
into our campus internet portal, ANTS Connect.

The new system provides much of the same features as Blackboard,
including disussion boards and class rosters and email. It is very
flexible and should provide an excellent learning environment.

Once our contract with Blackboard expires, however, you will not be
able to access old courses. This means that if you have any material
from previous courses that you want to retain and that is not located
elsewhere you will need to move it from Blackboard to your own computer.
The easiest way to do this is to use the Control/C and Control/V
functions to cut and paste the material into your own word processing
system.

If you run in problems with this, please contact Karen Brockney at
kbrockney@ants.edu or 617-964-1100 ext. 225

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney
617-964-1100 ext. 225
kbrockney@ants.edu