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Thursday, June 08, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, June 8, 2006

In this message
- Report on Deferred Maintenance
- Clergy Candidates' Forum - June 15, 2006
- Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations
- Save the Date - BTI Dinner and Lecture - Tuesday October 3
- Library Notice
- GLANTS: Boston Pride - June 10

Report on Deferred Maintenance
Dear ANTS Students,

I am writing to give you an update on some of the many investments we've made this year to the physical plant of ANTS. Some of these you've probably seen and many of them are in areas out of public view. Each year we are working to gradually "catch up" on the deferred maintenance needs of the campus and I want you to be aware of our progress on this front. This year the school will spend about $350,000 on deferred maintenance projects alone. I've listed below many of the projects the Building and Grounds staff completed or are about to complete this year.

The "obvious" work includes:
Fuller Hall: Painting all hallways, foyers, and doors; installed fire extinguishers in all rooms
Kendall: Painting all foyers, installed fire extinguishers in all rooms
Fuller/Kendall: Cleaning out central area of study room to create a Kendall/Fuller lounge and community space, installed new carpet and furniture
Appleton Chase: installed new carpet on 2nd floor and replaced refrigerator in the 2nd floor kitchen, replaced 2 rotted windows
Farwell: Complete rebuilding of 2 showers, changed outside door key for all residents
Herrick: Painted the laundry room, entry ways, children's play room; installed fire extinguishers in all rooms, roofing repairs were done on the back side to stop leaking, and CO detectors were also installed in each apartment.
Sturtevant: Painting the men's and women's bathrooms and the floor downstairs, along with the hallway. FYI, before we could do any painting in Sturtevant we had to spend $60,000 to fix the roof so it wouldn't leak and ruin what painting was done! So the roof was replaced as well and will now allow more painting.
Stoddard: Fixed front doors so they open more easily, elevator repairs
Davis: Replacing all existing door handles with ADA approved handles, new paper towel dispensers in all restrooms (which will save us 20% on our paper usage so they are a good move, ecologically)
Recycling: B&G is working with the ecology ministry to get recycling of paper on campus. Recycling stations will probably be located in back of the Meeting House sometime this month. B&G is also working on a recycling station for cans, bottles, and plastic.
Dabney: installed carpeting on main floor and repainted throughout
Noyes Hall: replaced the old heating and air conditioning unit that is used in the cafe dinning area.
Library: Fixed library threshold to solve flooding problems and repaved the whole front entrance with new bricks, and a large area on the main floor was painted last summer
Chapel: installed emergency lights and exit signs
In addition, hard-wired CO2 detectors were installed in residence halls in accordance with MA law, and all our fire escapes were inspected and we are in the process of getting our certification for them.

The "not so obvious" work includes:
Spending $150,000 on necessary upgrades to the campus heating system (replacing 100 feet of steam line, replacing oil lines, and more)

All of these repairs and improvements are aimed at making the campus a better place to live, and even more are planned for next year. I will give you an annual report on these items.

Let me know if you have any questions,


Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Clergy Candidates' Forum - June 15, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
2:00 p.m.
Old South Church in Boston, UCC

As a member of the clergy in Massachusetts, you are invited to a

Clergy Candidates' Forum

with candidates for the 2006 gubernatorial election:

Christy Mihos
Kerry Healey*
Chris Gabrieli*
Thomas Reilly*
Deval Patrick

Where do the candidates stand on the issues to which the prophetic biblical tradition calls us to pay special attention?

Join us in this free interfaith opportunity to hear from the candidates about their views on poverty, public education, social welfare, housing, health care, immigration, and stewardship of our natural environment.

Moderated by:

Rev. Nick Carter
Andover-Newton Theological School

Rev. June Cooper
Executive Director
City Mission Society

Location: Old South Church in Boston

Click here for map.

At the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets, "Copley" stop on the Green Line.

$6 parking at The Garage at 100 Clarendon. Bring your ticket to the OSC front desk on arrival.

Sponsors to date:
The Back Bay Clergy Association
Rev William G. Sinkford, President, UUA
Rev. Dr. Steve Sterner, Minister and President, Mass. Conference, UCC
Rev. Hurmon Hamilton, Senior Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church
Rev. Don Wells, President, Massachusetts Bible Society

*Invited, have not yet responded.

Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations
Andover Newton Publications announces the publication of Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writing from Rising Generations, edited by Alexander Levering Kern. Kern serves on the staff and adjunct faculty at Andover Newton Theological School, where he directs the Faith Youth Institute.

Becoming Fire is an anthology of spiritual writing from Generations X and Y and their mentors. The collection includes essays, fiction, poems, and sermons from both emerging writers and established, award-winning authors. It provides a perfect resource for ministers, educators, young adults, and readers of contemporary literature.

View excerpts from the book and download an order form online at:

$12.95, 1-4 copies
$10.95 orders of 5-9
$9.95 for 10 or more

All proceeds benefit the Faith Youth Institute.

To order, call 800-964-2687, ext. 267 or e-mail

Save the Date - BTI Dinner and Lecture - Tuesday October 3
Dear Friends and Colleagues:

As you continue with planning for the next academic year, please be sure to save the date of October 3 for the annual BTI dinner and lecture, this year to be co-hosted with Episcopal Divinity School. Our theme and general venue is as follows:

From Conflict to Communion:

Exploring a Sabbath Way of Life

Tuesday - October 3, 2006

Host: Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass. together with

the Schools of the Boston Theological Institute

and the National Lord's Day Alliance

Featuring: Marva Dawn, The Sense of the Call. A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World (Eerdmans, 2006); and Tom Porter, ed., From Conflict to Communion (Methodist Press, 2006).

As we begin to look to the end of this academic year, I want to offer a special word of gratitude to each of you for the continuing support and vision you offer for our common theological work through this consortium.


Rodney L. Petersen, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Boston Theological Institute
Sturtevant Hall, 210 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Phone: 617.527.4880; Fax: 617.527.1073

Library Notice
Plan ahead!
The Library catalog (including the web catalog) will be down June 19-25 for upgrades and routine maintenance.
The work should be completed by June 26; but call or check web site then for catalog status.

GLANTS: Boston Pride - June 10
Boston Pride
June 10
11:30 am
Meeting at Old South Church in Boston

Come join GLANTS as we carry the Andover Newton banner in Boston Pride! We'll be marching with the contingent of UCC churches, meeting at Old South between 11:30 and 12. All members of the Andover Newton community are invited to join us. If you have questions, contact Erica Baron at or
Hope to see you there!

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney
617-964-1100 ext. 225