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Friday, August 15, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Friday, August 15th, 2008

In this message:

- Add/Drop and Late Fall Registration Continues through August 20th
- List of Closed Courses: *** Check This Daily ***
- Library Updates Access to Databases
- Student Health Insurance: Booklets Now Available in Business Office
- 2007-08 Student Health Insurance Claims *** New ***
- Needed: Spiritual Formation Group Leaders!
- Bookstore Summer Hours

Staff & Faculty News:
- Nick Carter Out of the Office

Other News and Opportunities
- Computer Desk Available *** New ***
- Newton Highlands Apartment Rental *** New ***
- Another Preaching Opportunity - This Sunday in New Hampshire *** New
- Michael Hall Update
- Summer Art Night

Add/Drop and Late Fall Registration Continues through August 20th
All* ANTS registrations must be completed online at the following
Connect Website

If you cannot complete registration online, paper registration forms
may be picked up in the Registrar's Office or by sending a
self-address, stamped envelope to:

Andover Newton Theological School
Attn: Registrar 210 Herrick Road Newton Centre, MA 02459

Priority registration, especially for Seniors, cannot be guaranteed
when using paper registration forms.
- Seniors are designated by # credits earned as follows: MA >= 24, MDiv
>= 60, STM >= 12, DMin >= 15

Registration dates are as follows:
July 28 -August 15: Seniors - registration opens at 9am
August 4 - 15: All Other Students - registration opens at 9am
After August 15: Late fees apply ($150)
August 16-September 20: Add/Drop Period

If you need assistance with on line registration, please contact the
help desk at ext. 314 or at

* Students who are
1) Currently on probation,
2) or registering for CPE
3) or registering for a directed study
Must contact the Registrar directly at:

List of Closed Courses: *** Check This Daily ***
The following courses are closed as of 13-Aug-08
CMPR609: Preaching in the Congregation: An Intro. to the Pastoral
Pract. of Preaching
CMPR625: Holistic Preaching
CMPR730: The Jazz of Preaching
OLDT509: One Love: Intro. to the Hebrew Bible I, Torah and Former
P3NEWT772: Paul as Pastoral Strategist Practitioner Program
P3OLDT509: One Love: Intro to Hebrew Bib. I The Torah & Former Prophets
Practitioner Program
P3PSYP611: Practices of Care in Congregations Practitioner Program
PSYF762: [PSYF/CHRS/FHSP 762/862] Spiritual Practices for Healing and
THEO611: Systematic Theology I

If you were hoping to take one of these classes, please contact Nayda
at as there may be an wait list option for the

Library Updates Access to Databases
Over the summer we have been working on enhancements to your online
library experience. Now we have one-stop authentication for remote
access to all databases. You login just one time--no more different
passwords for different databases. Call Library Circulation Desk for
password information: 617 964-1100 ext. 251. Use of all database
products is limited to students and faculty because of license

On August 1 we will add a Biblical studies and worship resource,
iPreach. iPreach provides full text of several commentaries, including
New Interpreter's Bible. There are also lectionary commentaries,
theological dictionaries, and sermon aids. A trial version of iPreach is
available on the Library web site now.

Beginning with the fall semester many reserve readings will be
available as pdf files in Connect course sites, when fair use guidelines
of the copyright law permit.

In light of these additional full text resources, beginning August 1
all campus student printing will be centralized at the computer lab in
Stoddard Hall.

Student Health Insurance: Booklets Now Available in Business Office
All Registered Students taking 9 or more credit hours are automatically
enrolled in the School Plan.
Massachusetts state law now requires all students not enrolling in the
student health insurance plan must bring physical proof of insurance to
the business office.
The premiums for the Student Health Insurance 2008-09 policy year (Sept
1 to Aug 31) are:

Student: $ 944.
Spouse: $3752.
Each Child $1878.

Starting this year, students enrolled in the plan may elect to cover a
domestic partner at the spousal rate. The web site for the insurance
carrier, United Health Care Student Resources, is
Student Health Insurance Plan booklets are now available in the
Business Office. These booklets explain in detail what and who is
covered ANTS' Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan for the
Academic Year 2008-09, and how much it will cost to participate.
Included are the forms you will need if you decide to include your
spouse, domestic partner, or dependent children in the plan.

Student registered for 9 or more credits for the upcoming Fall Term
will be automatically enrolled in the Plan. If you have other medical
insurance and want to waive this automatic participation, you must
provide proof of this insurance (your insurance card will do) to the
Business Office,even if you did so last year. Your proof must be
renewed every year in the fall before the end of the Add-Drop Period.

2007-08 Student Health Insurance Claims *** New ***
A number of students who participated in ANTS Student Health Insurance
Plan for the 2007-08 academic year have recently had their insurance
claims denied by United Health Care Student Resources (uhcsr), the Plan
Administrator, which has asked students to submit proof of their
enrolled status at ANTS in order to process claims. The Claims
Department at uhcsr informs us that these student status verification
letters were sent out in error; they are no longer sending the letters
out to ANTS students and are releasing and/or reprocessing any claims
that were pended for a response to them. If you receive or have
received one of these letters, you do not need to respond to it;
however, you may call Peter Gibson in the Business Office (617 964 1100
x218) if you would like him to contact uhcsr to make sure that your
claim is processed correctly.

Needed: Spiritual Formation Group Leaders!
Dear returning Students,

Once again I will be dividing all incoming students into small
spiritual formation groups. Students who have led these groups in the
past have found it very rewarding, and excellent preparation for
ministry. And, these groups have meant a great deal to incoming
students. One such student described his/her group in this way, "It was
a time of feeling a part, caring for others and knowing they cared about
you. It was good to have people who were more advanced in their studies
as well as those who were trying to figure it all out as I was. We
formed such a unit that you know if you needed someone or special
prayer, it was available." This makes such a difference in the lives of
new students, please consider this ministry.

If you are interested in being a small group leader you need to
register for "Explorations in Spiritual Formation" (INTE684 (GR08) 01).
Incoming Professor and Director of the Wilson Chapel Mary Luti and I
will be leading this 1.5 credit course, which will meet every other
Thursday afternoon for 2 hours for the fall. If you took the course
last year and wish to be a leader again, please register to "audit" the

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Bookstore Summer Hours
The bookstore has reopened for the season.
Hours from Monday, July 28 through August 29:

8:30-4:30 Mon.-Thurs.
8:30-1:00 Friday

Textbooks for fall courses are arriving.

Nick Carter Out of the Office
I will be out of the office from August 1 through August 17th.
If your message is urgent please contact Rose Costas at or Stephanie Haskins at
For all other messages I will begin to reply on August 18th or 19th.



Computer Desk Available *** New ***
Sheela Jeyaraj has a full sized computer desk that she is unable to fit
into her suitcase. If you are interested in relieving her of this large
piece of furniture, please contact Sheela at her email,, before August 20th.

Newton Highlands Apartment Rental *** New ***
Located five minutes from campus in lovely Crystal Lake neighborhood,
Newton Highlands.

Third floor of Victorian house. One bedroom, living room, private
bath, new eat-in-kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, oven/stovetop,
refrigerator and disposal. Desk workspace with internet hookup. Washer
and dryer. T access at end of street (short two minute walk)
No private entrance

Rent: $950 - All utilities included - (heat/air conditioning/electric)

If interested please phone Lisa @ 617.719.1169

Another Preaching Opportunity - This Sunday in New Hampshire *** New
The Admissions Office is once again looking for someone interested in
leading worship and preaching this Sunday at a multi-faith UCC church in
Gilsum, NH (just north of Keene). It's a country church with a small -
but dedicated - congregation. You will be compensated by the church for
your time and by the Admissions Office for your mileage. Email Sean
Porter at if you are interested.

Sean Porter
Director of Recruitment & Admission
617-964-1100 ext. 313

Michael Hall Update
Michael Hall sends his sincere thanks for the many phone calls he
received in the wake of his emergency appendectomy. The warmth and care
you all expressed to him meant a great deal--he felt like the whole
community was his pastor!

Unfortunately, his recovery has been much slower than he'd hoped. He
is making progress but it continues to be challenging. Please continue
to keep him in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers.

Thank you,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Summer Art Night
Art Night continues all summer! 7-10pm, Thursdays, in the lower studio
of the Meetinghouse. You don't even need to consider yourself an artist,
just come and play. The studio is a cool place (in both senses of the
word)! Free will donation to buy supplies.

Contact Joy with questions (