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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, August 20th, 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 ***
- Cancellation of Writing Tutorial *** New ***
- Orientation Volunteers Needed!! *** New ***
- Bookstore Summer Hours
- Bookstore Launching Used Textbook Buy-Back and Resale!!! *** New ***
- Library Updates Access to Databases

Business Office:
- Student Health Insurance: Booklets Now Available in Business Office
- 2007-08 Student Health Insurance Claims

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

Other News and Opportunities:
- News from Ann Aaberg *** New ***
- Irvin Morgan is getting Ordained (Sept. 21st) *** New ***
- The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations: A Dialogue (Wed., Sept. 3rd)
- 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 19-Aug-08
CMFE620: Integrative Seminar
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
PSYF762: [PSYF/CHRS/FHSP 762/862] Spiritual Practices for Healing and Wholeness
PSYP611: Practices of Care in Congregations
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.

Cancellation of Writing Tutorial *** New ***
Owing to budget restraints, it has been necessary to cancel the Writing Tutorial ably staffed by Dr. Helen Snively. We know that this will cause a hardship for some students, and we will look for ways to lessen that hardship. This year has brought a share of budget challenges, and this decision represents one response to this difficult situation.

Dean Bill Herzog II

Orientation Volunteers Needed!! *** New ***
The beginning of the school year is approaching and we are all busy planning our schedules. Many new students getting ready to enter Andover Newton for the first time, and we need your help in making their orientation welcoming, informative and encouraging. If you are able to join us for part of the weekend (see details below), we hope to have a solid presence of returning students to welcome our new colleagues into our community. As a volunteer you are invited to join us for breakfast and lunch. Please contact if you're interested and please include when you're available!

Also, ALL students and families are invited to the all-campus dinners on Friday 6pm and Saturday 4:30.

When: Friday, September 5th and Saturday, September 6th, various times
What: (check times and activities)
*Hospitality Center (being present in the student lounge, answering questions or simply inviting them to rest)
Friday 8:30-6, especially 2-2:30 during break
Saturday 8:30-2:15, especially 8:30-9am, 11-11:15am
*Tour Guides (Friday, 8:30am)
*Discussion Leader: Seminary Life as a Commuter (Saturday, 10am)
*Discussion Leader: Being a seminarian and a parent!!! (Saturday, 10am)
*Discussion Leader: Being the spouse/partner of a seminarian(Saturday 10am)
*Discussion Leader: Being a Young Adult Seminarian (Saturday 10am)
*Discussion Leader: Starting a Second Career (Saturday 10am)

*Q&A with Students and Dean (Saturday 11:15)
*Lead a walk around Crystal Lake or Webster Reservation (Saturday 3:15)

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.

Bookstore Launching Used Textbook Buy-Back and Resale!!! *** New ***
In an effort to help students lower the costs of their textbooks, Andover Newton Bookstore will buy-back select texts now through September 12 (the end of the first week of classes). The list covers selected texts from several courses being taught this fall semester so you will have an opportunity to reduce your expenses for the fall.

When you sell your books back to the Bookstore, you will receive a store credit which can be used for any store purchase, whether books or non-book items. The used books will be available for purchase as soon as possible after the buy-back.

Look for the list on campus and dorm bulletin boards, CONNECT (within the next day or two), or email for a copy.

Please note our new store hours beginning Sept. 2: We will open each morning at 8:30 am if you need a quick stop before you go to 9 am classes. We will close at 5:30 Mon-Thurs, at 4 pm on Fridays.

In addition we will be open extended hours during Student Orientation:

Friday Sept. 5, 8:30 am-6:00 pm
Saturday Sept. 6, 8:30 am-4:00 pm

Stop in during those two days to beat the rush the first week of classes.

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
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.

Farewell for Sean Porter is this Friday!
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

News from Ann Aaberg *** New ***
I am pleased to share some good news from Ann Aaberg. She has accepted a call to be the Pastor at Mystic Congregational Church in Mystic, CT, beginning in mid-October. Her ordination will take place at her home church, North Community Church UCC in Marshfield Hills, MA on Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 PM. Let's keep Ann in our thoughts and prayers as she moves into this next stage of her ministry. If you would like to send Ann words of support and congratulations her email address is:

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Irvin Morgan is getting Ordained (Sept. 21st) *** New ***
Irvin Morgan is getting ordained into the American Baptist Churches on September 21, 2008 at 3:00pm.

Myrtle Baptist Church
21 Curve Street
West Newton, MA

All are welcome to attend.

Congratulations Irv!

The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations: A Dialogue
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.

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 (