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Monday, August 18, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, August 18th, 2008

In this message:

- Registrar Updates:
- Add/Drop and Late Fall Registration Continues through September 20th
- Registrar's office closed Friday, August 22nd
- 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 ***
- Bookstore Summer Hours

Staff & Faculty News:
- Farewell for Sean Porter is this Friday! *** New ***

Other News and Opportunities
- The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations: A Dialogue (Wed., Sept. 3rd) *** New ***
- Computer Desk Available
- Newton Highlands Apartment Rental
- Summer Art Night

Registrar Updates:
- Add/Drop and Late Fall Registration Continues through September 20th
- Registrar's office closed Friday, August 22nd

- The following courses are closed as of 18-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 Prophets
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
PSYP611: Practices of Care in Congregations
PSYF762: [PSYF/CHRS/FHSP 762/862] Spiritual Practices for Healing and Wholeness
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 courses.

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 restrictions.

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.

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.

Farewell for Sean Porter is this Friday! *** New ***
As you know, Sean Porter is leaving Andover Newton for a position at Boston College. You are invited to wish Sean well over coffee and donuts on Friday morning, Aug. 22, at 9:30 a.m. in the Peck Room. Friday is Sean's last day here. Please join me as we thank Sean for the excellent work he's done over this past year.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations: A Dialogue *** New ***
Dr. Eboo Patel and Rabbi Or Rose
Moderated by Dr. Jennifer Peace

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Hebrew College
Berenson Hall
7:30 p.m.

$10 general admission; $5 students

Please register online by copying and pasting the following link:

Why have relations between Jews and Muslims been so complicated over the centuries? What lessons might we learn from our shared history? How might we forge a new path together, engaging in honest, respectful, and mutually enriching ventures? Join us for an exciting evening as two leading young religious leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities for interreligious cooperation among Jews and Muslims in the contemporary world.

Hosted jointly by Hebrew College and Andover Newton Theological School, in partnership with Brandeis University Interfaith Leadership Development Program and Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries.

Kurt Walker

Computer Desk Available
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
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

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 (