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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, August 30, 2006

- Community Day - Tuesday, Sept. 26
- Courses CLOSED

- Community Box Lunch Picnic - Sept. 13 - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
- Extended Bookstore Hours
- Student Volunteers Needed for Orientation

Community Day - Tuesday, Sept. 26
Dear Community Members,

We are in the planning stages of the fall Community Day, Tuesday September 26. All classes are canceled on this day so that faculty, staff, and students can go "off the hill" to be of service in various communities. If you would like to help us plan this day, you would be most welcome. Please send me an email.

Take good care,

Nancy Nienhuis

Dean of Students and Community Life

Courses CLOSED
The following Fall 2006 courses are closed:

HIST 609 History of Christianity I: Beginnings through the European Reformation
HIST 743 English Mystics of the Later Middle Ages

CMFE 611Y Field Education Integrative Seminar I

CHRS 748 Prayer and Pastoral Care
NEWT 505 New Testament Foundations
OLDT 509 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible I

CMPR 625 Holistic Preaching
EL-NEWT748 Revelation
CMPR 601 Christian Preaching
PSYF 762 Spiritual Practices for Healing and Wholeness

Community Box Lunch Picnic - Sept. 13 - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
Sept. 13, 2006
12:00 p.m.
On the Quad

All new and returning ANTS students and other members of the ANTS
community are invited to a Box Lunch Picnic on the Quad on Wednesday,
September 13 2005 at 12:00 p.m., prior to Opening Convocation.

The picnic is free, but advance reservations are required from everyone
(including students on the meal plan). If you plan to attend, please
RSVP to Kerri Saucier in the Development Office at
She needs to hear from you no later than Tuesday, September 5.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Extended Bookstore Hours
The bookstore is offering extended bookstore hours starting next week and the week following to assist students in getting off to a good start.

Closed Monday, September 4, Labor Day.
Tuesday-Thursday, 10 am -6 pm.
Friday, September 8/Orientation Day #1: 8 am - 5 pm
Saturday, September 9/Orientation Day #2: 10 am - 4 pm.

Monday, September 11 (classes begin) through Friday, September 15 early opening each day at 8 am.

Student Volunteers Needed for Orientation
The Student Association is helping with the New Student Orientation on Friday, Sept. 8th, and Saturday, Sept. 9th. We are in need of volunteers during both days.

All volunteers will get:
-The new SA T-Shirt to wear during Orientation
- Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner both days
- Gas money to help with your travel expenses.

We need volunteers to help with:


8:00 - 8:45 am = Welcome
Greet the new students and help them to feel at home. Answer any questions they may have about Orientation, ANTS, faculty and administration, parking, restrooms, number of carbs in the muffins*

8:15 - 8:45 am = Campus Tour
Help show where to find the Classrooms, Bookstore, Cafeteria, Dean of Students' office, President's office, Meeting House, Colby Chapel, Berkeley Lounge, the tunnel between Noyes and Davis*

2:30 - 3:30 pm = SA sponsored Break
Help with the refreshments. Chat with the new students and answer any questions.

6:00 pm = Dinner / SA Town Meeting
As part of the SA Town Meeting, hand out the new SA T-Shirts to the new students.

After Town Meeting to Whenever = SA sponsored "Unwind Time" / Game Time
Help with the refreshments. Chat with the new students and answer any questions. Bring your favorite indoor or outdoor game to play after dinner.


8:30 - 9:00 am = Welcome / Continental Breakfast
Say good morning to everyone. Chat with them and make them feel at home.

9:00 - 10:00 am = Concurrent Sessions

1) International Students Discussion: Give some insight and help to international students.

2) Seminary and Parenting: Give tips and sympathy to parents who are also students.

3) Life as an ANTS Commuter: Tell what life is like as a commuter. What can be expected for traffic, parking, how to find resources near home*

4) Being a Spouse/Partner of an ANTS Student: Tips on how to help your student survive seminary, tips on how students can help their spouses/partners survive seminary.

5) Walk around Crystal Lake: Show a great place nearby to escape to.

10:00 - 10:30 am = Coffee
Help with the refreshments.

10:30 - 11:30 am = Student Life Panel
Participate in a discussion on how students can make the most of their time at ANTS and how to navigate the theological terrain. Talk about the different faith traditions represented at ANTS and how we work toward understanding and celebration of our differences.

3:15 - 4:15 pm = Discover Newton Centre
Lead a tour of Newton Centre showing the favorite places (that neat restaurant down the 3-foot wide alley) and the everyday-but-needed places (pharmacies, banks, Green Line T stop, Starbucks).

After the Cookout to Whenever = Outdoor Games
Bring your favorite outdoor game or indoor game, if it rains.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Len Hayward, SA President ( as soon as possible.

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