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Monday, April 30, 2007

ANTS Student E-News Monday, April 30, 2007

In this message:


- Faith, Health and Spirituality Minsitries Celebration 5 p.m. Tuesday May 1st
- Passion Play (Plus)


- Rationale for New Tuition Fee Structure, April 2007
- New Summer 2007 Course
- A Farewell To Colby Chapel
- Future of the Student Association
- Writing Tutor Available
- Summer course update- NEW DATES
- Darrick Jackson's Farewell Reception - May 9
- Wilson Chapel Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - May 18, 2007
- Andover Newton at the American Baptist Biennial - June 29 - July 2

Faith, Health and Spirituality Minsitries Celebration 5 p.m. Tuesday May 1st

Please join us for hor d'oeuvres and refreshments to celebrate the ministries of FHS. We hope you will come to thank those whose ministries have made a difference in your life. We will thank those who have led the labyrinth, visual arts, ecology, Reiki and spiritual companioning ministries. Come to the FHS Center on the 3rd floor of Sturdevant and join wtih friends in honoring these ministries.

Passion Play (Plus)

On Wednesday May 2nd, Jen Munroe-Nathans and Lisa Durkee Abbott will be presenting a project from their Directed Study in WOTA. "Passion Play (Plus)" is a multimedia presentation that will include the read around of the play's text, including many characters--perhaps read by you! We will be presenting in Sturtevant Lounge following the Senior Breakfast, at 11:00, with the presentation lasting around one hour. We hope to see many of you there!

Rationale for New Tuition Fee Structure, April 2007

Download PDF letter:

Dear ANTS Students,

Beginning next year we will be implementing a multi-tiered tuition structure based on the number of courses you're taking. We wanted to let you know about this new scale and explain why we are moving in this direction.

As you know, there are a number of services that support student life at ANTS, all of which come at a cost. Faculty, staff, the library, cafeteria, building infrastructure and upkeep, IT resources, and more all come at a cost. Regardless of whether you take 1 class or 8 over a given year, all of these resources need to be in place for each of you. Each tuition credit hour you pay provides a partial offset of these costs, although tuition does not cover the full cost of running the school. Up until now we have split these costs evenly across all students, even though those of you who pay more tuition in a given semester are actually contributing more to these costs than are those who take fewer classes. We feel that it is unjust to ask those of you who pay more tuition to continue to cover a disproportionate portion of these costs.

In order to address this concern we are moving to a multi-tiered tuition structure. The more courses you take, the lower your cost per credit hour. In fact, for the first time in recent history those of you who are full-time (24+ credits/year) will pay no increase in tuition at all next year, even though our operating costs have risen. We have elected to give you a 4% discount. Those of you who take 21-23 credits will face the standard 4% increase in tuition, or $450/credit hour. If you take 15-20 credits over the course of a year your tuition will be $500/credit hour, and if you take 0-14 credits your tuition will be $550/credit hour. The total credits for courses you take; fall, winter, spring, and summer, will be added together to get these totals.

Aside from the justice issue described above there are a number of other items we took into consideration as we made this decision:

- We want to continue to support part-time students. Unlike many of our peer institutions who require degree candidates to be full-time (in part because their costs per student go down when they do) we feel it is important to continue to have part-time students at ANTS. We appreciate what you contribute to this community.

- We want to raise the level of financial aid available to students. By making these adjustments we will be able to increase the amount we can discount your cost of attending ANTS. While we offered the equivalent of a 22% discount last year to those with greatest financial need, this year we are increasing that discount to 30%.

- We are concerned about student debt. We know from our own and national data that student indebtedness can make the difference between someone staying in ministry or leaving because they cannot pay back loans. We also know that students who move through seminary more quickly leave with less debt. We want you to have less debt.

- Church bodies have expressed concern to us about the length of time students are taking to complete their studies. We hope this change provides motivation for you to move through your ANTS work more quickly.

- We asked you! In a recent survey on course load many of you indicated that if we made it less expensive to take more courses you would probably elect to take more classes.

As we begin to provide a tuition structure that is fairer across students, we are also working to insure that our course offering match your schedules. We are trying to increase the number of times required courses are offered as well as adjusting the scheduling of these courses in order to make it easier for you to move smoothly toward your goal of graduation. At the same time, we still welcome those of you who want to take your time as you journey through seminary. And for those of you who are seniors, who have pursued your degrees full-time and have very few classes left to take next year, please contact me to discuss what we'll do for you in light of this new schedule. Let me know if you have any questions.

Take good care,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life
Faculty of Theology

New Summer 2007 Course
ETHI 767 J Ethics in Literature- Prof. Dixon
May 29-June1, June 4-8; 9-noon

This course will read both classical and contemporary literary works through the interpretative lens of ethics.

A Farewell To Colby Chapel

Next Wednesday, May 2nd, the traditional Senior Chapel Service will be held at 1:00PM in Colby Chapel. This is the last chapel service of the academic year. It is marked by the offering of 'milk and honey' to the graduating seniors, and has come to be a cherished time in the life of the school.

This year, however, the Senior Chapel Service will take on special meaning. The last service of the year and with the rapidly approaching opening of the new Wilson Chapel, it means this will be the last formal chapel service ever to be held in Colby Chapel. The Chapel, which was first dedicated in 1897 (it was formerly the school's library) and then renovated in 1930, has played a distinctive role in the life of Andover Newton for 110 years. Generations of students have worshiped there. Distinguished faculty and clergy have preached there (one faculty member even died there!). Some have heard their call to ministry there, many have found solace and inspiration there, and countless others preached their first sermon there. Dozens of weddings have taken place there as well.

For this reason, at the close of the Senior Chapel Service, there will be a special ritual of thanksgiving and farewell to Colby Chapel. A central feature of this ritual will be a procession across campus to deliver the sacred objects (cross, candlesticks, Bible, communion ware, etc) to the new Wilson Chapel. Current students, staff and faculty will be joined by Andover Newton alums to participate in this historic moment of transition.

I invite you all to come and be a part of this important ritual. Please feel free to invite others. In this our 200th year as a school we are keenly aware of our past and we know that how we end things is just as important as how we begin things.

President Nick Carter

Trustees Elect New Faculty
Good people:

It gives me enormous pleasure to share with you that last night the Andover Newton Board of Trustees received your recommendations with enthusiasm and voted unanimously to elect

Dr. Nimi Wariboko to the position Associate Professor in Katharine B. Stuart Chair of Christian Ethics, effective July 1, 2007. As circumstance would have it, Nimi will be on campus today and tomorrow attending the Templeton conference on Bioethics. If you see him, please offer him a warm welcome.


Dr. Maria Theresa Davila ("MT") to the position of Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics(elect), effective no later July 1, 2008 (pending the departure of Dr. Valerie Dixon). Bill Herzog will be in communication with MT today and further details of her work with us over the next year will be forthcoming.

Following the Board meeting Dean Bill Herzog joined me in telephoning both Nimi and MT to tell them of the Board's decision. Needless, to say it was a happy night for all of us.

You should know that the trustees concluded their voting with a round of applause for all who worked so hard to make this happen and for the promise these two new faculty members hold for our school.

Congratulations to us all!

Future of the Student Association

For the last two years the Student Association Executive Committee has had to fill two to three offices by arm twisting and cajoling because, at the time of elections, there were no candidates for the positions. It was not unusual to have two or three officers trying to do the job of five.

For the last two weeks the Student Association has announced election of officers and invited folks to run. Currently there is one candidate for President and two candidates for Vice President. There are no candidates to fill the positions of secretary, treasurer and student life chair.

Rather than continue to have a Student Association under staffed, the executive board has decided to step back and look at the viability of the Association. We will hold a meeting May 1 from 12 – 1 in the small dining room to discuss the possibility of suspending the Student Association for a year to re-evaluate its effectiveness. We ask that all fellowship chairs be present.

If anyone has questions, please email the Student Association:

Writing Tutor Available
An end-of-semester reminder: I'm happy to work with you on final papers or anything else you might be writing (or contemplating writing!)

I'm on campus Tuesdays 10 to 3, and alternate Thursdays 12 to 3, in Worcester 302. I will be here May 1, 8, 10, and 15. So catch me soon!

Feel free to drop by during my hours, but it's usually best to make an appointment by email.

Helen Snively
ANTS Writing Tutor
617-964-1100 x 282

T Passes Are In
May T passes have arrived. Please pick yours up from the Housing Office before Tuesday May 1, 2007.

Thank you,

Amelia O'Dowd
Housing & Facilities Coordinator
voice: 617-964-1100 x261
fax: 617-965-3528

Summer course update - NEW DATES
THEO 770/870J Seminar on Christology
Prof. Martell-Otero
June 11-15, and June 18-22

Graduating Seniors
Lunch Tickets, invitations and caps and gowns are available at the registrar's office for you to pick up, don't forget to bring your senior survey confirmation. After commencement please remember to return your caps and gowns to my office in Worcester Hall.
We look forward to sharing this joyous occasion with you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Darrick Jackson's Farewell Reception - May 9
Dear friends and colleagues,

Please set aside Wednesday, May 9 from 3-4:30 as a time to thank Darrick and wish him well as he leaves to begin his new position as the Assistant Director of Youth Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association. Be sure to congratulate him on obtaining his Master of Divinity degree as well! We will have desserts and beverages in the MEETINGHOUSE. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend this event. If you find you are unable to attend, please make it a point to stop by the Admissions/Recruitment Office (before May 16, his last day!) to express your personal appreciation for the contributions Darrick has made to the Admissions/Recruitment Office, Student Services in general, and the larger campus community.

So put the date on your calendar and come and join us as we bless Darrick on his way to a new adventure!
Thanks so much,

Wilson Chapel Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - May 18, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
12:00 - 12:45 PM Lunch on the Quad
1:00 P.M. Dedication fo Wilson Chapel
2:00 PM Tours of the new chapel, cake and punch

On May 18, 2007, ANTS will be hosting the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Dedication for the New Wilson Chapel. The Quad will be covered by a large tent insuring the celebration will occur rain or shine ( of course we expect a beautiful day).

A light lunch will be served from 12:00-12:45 and the Ceremony will begin at 1PM and should conclude by 2PM.

If you are coming to lunch, PLEASE RSVP to Evan Page so that we can order enough food and drinks for all attending (Trustees, Faculty and Staff do not have to RSVP since we have included you in our numbers). Since classes will be ended, we do need to know the number of Students, Alumnae/i,Guests and Friends who will be attending. The tent will accommodate up to 600 individuals.

After the Ceremony, cake and punch will be available as well as tours of the New Chapel. Please join us !

RSVP to Evan PAge
Phone: 617-964-1100 ext. 201

More info:
Photos of Chapel:

Courses Slated for P3
Dear MDiv and MARE students,

Next year, students in their required year of Field Education must, each semester, take one course designated "P3" and participate in its discussion section for Field Education students. P3 stands for the "Professor-Practitioner Program;" these courses will have a Resident Ministry Practitioner on-hand for course meetings who will also lead the discussion sections.

Here is a tentative list of the courses that will have P3 designations, their meeting times, and the section times for the Field Education small group. Please know that this list is subject to change, as the catalogue for next year is still being finalized. The Field Education Program will have a list of the Resident Ministry Practitioners assigned to each group before registration for the fall begins. Please note that sections WILL BE CAPPED at 8 participants, so advance planning and early registration would be wise.

CMED 601 Intro. Religious Ed.
Course time, Mon. Morn.; Section, Mon. 2-3:30

THEO/WOTA/TMPL 712 Screening Theology
Course time, Tues. Aft.; Section, Tues. 10:30-12

HIST 645 American Hist.
Course time, Wed. Morn.; Section, Wed. 2-3:30

CMLE 734 Congregational Life
Course time, Wed. Aft.; Section, Wed. 10:30-12

NEWT/WOTA 762 Parables
Course time, Wed. Eve.; Section, Thurs. 7:30-9

CMPR/OLDT 664 Preaching scripture
Course time, Fri. Morn.; Section, Fri. 2-3:30

WOTA 667 Aesthetics
Course time, Mon. Morn.; Section, Mon. 2-3:30

PSYF 784 Bereavement
Course time, Mon. Eve.; Section, Mon. 3:30-5

CMLE 624 Planning/Evaluation
Course time, Tues. Morn.; Section, Tues. 2-3:30

HIST 698/798 New Religious Mov.
Course time, Wed. Aft.; Section, Wed. 10:30-12

NEWT 748 Revelation
Course time, Wed. Eve.; Section, Thurs. 7:30-9

CMED 605 Rel. Ed. Lifespan
Course time, Wed. Morn.; Section, Wed. 2-3:30

THEO 786 Atonement
Course time Thurs. Eve.; Section, Thurs. 3:30-5

OLDT 512 Old Testament
Course time, Fri. Morn.; Section, Fri. 2-3:30

Thank you, and please do not hesitate to get in touch with questions or concerns.

Sarah B. Drummond, M.Div., Ph.D.
Asst. Prof. of Ministerial Leadership & Director of Field Education
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 964-1100 ext. 230

Andover Newton at the American Baptist Biennial - June 29 - July 2
Andover Newton will be hosting a dinner for Andover Newton alumni/ae and friends on Sunday, July 1st from 5:00-6:45 at the Washington Plaza Hotel. It is located just 5 blocks from the Convention Center. The meal will be buffet style at a cost of $40/person.

To register for this event, please send a check for the cost of the meal(s) payable to "Andover Newton Theological School" to:

Andover Newton Theological School
Attn: Kerri Saucier
210 Herrick Rd.
Newton Centre, MA 02459

For more information, contact Kerri Saucier.
Phone: 617-964-1100 ext. 206

Washington Plaza Hotel:

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