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ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

In this message:

Academic:
- Registrar Updates:
- Add/Drop and Late Fall Registration Continues through September
20th
- List of Closed Courses: *** Check This Daily ***
- Cancellation of Writing Tutorial
- International Study Buddy & Hospitality Program
- Bookstore Hours *** Updated ***
- Bookstore Launching Used Textbook Buy-Back and Resale!!!
- Library Updates Access to Databases
- Library Hours
- Major Database Upgrade on Sept 12-15; some Connect areas affected

Orientation, SA & Fellowship News: *** Updated ***
- Join us for a weekend of fellowship and fun! ALL are welcome!
- Potluck this Saturday, Sept 6 at 4:30 on Quad
- United Church of Christ Fellowship Meeting (Sept. 10) *** New ***
- Baptist Fellowship Meeting (Sept. 10) *** New ***

Business Office:
- Q&A on Student Health Insurance (Sept. 16th)
- Board Plan Rates for 2008-2009
- Student Health Insurance: Booklets Now Available in Business Office
- 2007-08 Student Health Insurance Claims

Staff News:
- New Title for Jen Walker

Other News and Opportunities:
- Calling All Singers! Community Choir for Convocation! *** New ***
- Prayers for Burton & Ron's aunt
- The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations: A Dialogue (Wed., Sept. 3rd)
- Installation of Donna Colletti Lowre (Sept 14)
- A Celebration of the Life of Edie Howe (Sept. 14th)
- Ann Aaberg is getting Ordained (Sept. 21st)
- Irvin Morgan is getting Ordained (Sept. 21st)
- Mark Hemenway from New England Prison Ministries (Sept 29th)
- Art Night

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Academic:
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Registrar Updates:
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- Add/Drop and Late Fall Registration Continues through September 20th

- The following courses are closed as of 2-Sept-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
P3ETHI719: Social Teachings of the Christian Churches Practitioner
Program
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
PSYC735: [PSYC735/835] Sexuality and Spirituality: Pastoral Counsel.
Pastoral & Congregational Care
PSYP611: Practices of Care in Congregations
THEO611: Systematic Theology I

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

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Cancellation of Writing Tutorial
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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

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International Study Buddy & Hospitality Program
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The Dean of Students' Students Services Team would like to invite you
to participate in a new opportunity on campus. We are looking for
returning students, international and non-international., with relevant
experience or a willingness to help, to act as BUDDIES. Our goal is to
help incoming international students adjust to their new environment on
the Andover Newton campus. We would also like to extend the opportunity
to make new friends and/or learn about other cultures, and foremost to
strengthen a sense of community. This year we have four
international/exchange students coming to Andover Newton from Korea,
India, Germany and South Africa!

As a buddy, you are invited to attend various social events:
*1 hour orientation session, September 6th
*Luncheon September 15th
*Community Day, Tuesday September 23rd
*Monthly lunch gatherings
*Monthly international film nights and pot lucks
*Multicultural Festival, Friday, January 30th, 5-9 in Peck Room

If you are interested in being a buddy, contact Aga Cram at
acram@ants.edu
In your e-mail, please answer the following questions:

Last Name:
First Name:
E-mail address:
Address:
Phone:
Year in School:
Field of Study:

Please summarize some interests of yours outside of school, such as
music preference, personality, etc. In addition, please summarize the
reasons for your interest in this program. This is just to help make
the matching better for you and the international students!

We appreciate your consideration of this invitation,

Nancy Nienhuis, Dean of Students
Brita Gill-Austern, Faculty Liaison to International Students
Aga Cram, International Student Liaison
Ming-Wei Tsai, International Student

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Bookstore Hours *** Updated ***
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Note the extended hours during new student orientation: Friday, Sept.
5, 8:30 - 6 pm and Saturday, Sept. 6, 8:30 - 4 pm.

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Bookstore Launching Used Textbook Buy-Back and Resale!!!
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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 bookstore@ants.edu 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.

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Library Updates Access to Databases
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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.

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Library Hours
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Library hours August 30-September 7:
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday closed

The academic session schedule begins Monday, September 8:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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Major Database Upgrade on Sept 12-15; some Connect areas affected
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The school database will be undergoing a major upgrade over the weekend
of Sept 12-15. The goal is to have everything up and running on Monday
morning, Sept. 15, but we are scheduling an extra day of down time to
ensure a smooth upgrade.

Other than occasional down times, the following areas in Connect should
NOT be affected:
- Academics Tab
- Field Education Tab
- Campus Life Tab
- My Pages Tab

The following areas WILL be affected:
- Student Tab
- Course E-mail or Roster access

Please plan your work accordingly.

Emily Leavitt
Interim Manager of IT

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Orientation and SA News: *** Updated ***
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Join us for a weekend of fellowship and fun! ALL are welcome!
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Friday:
6:30 Campus Cookout on the Quad
7:30 Movie in the Chapel: Big Eden (Sponsored by the Evangelical
Fellowship and BGLANTS)
Saturday:
2:15 Orientation Closing Worship
4:30-7 Pot Luck Dinner - SA will provide the main dish - On the Quad.
Rain location: Appleton Chase Lounge
7:30 Gathering of on-campus residents - On the quad - rain location is
the Meeting House (sponsored by your friendly neighborhood Res Reps)
We hope you can join us!
To keep posted on future activities and Student Association news,
please join the group on Connect. (connect.ants.edu)

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Potluck this Saturday, Sept 6 at 4:30 on Quad
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Welcome back and greetings from the Student Association! This Saturday
is the final day of orientation and our campus wide potluck. Festivities
will begin at 4:30 on the quad. (--IN CASE OF RAIN-- we will gather in
the basement of Appleton Chase.) We will be providing the essentials
(hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie dogs and burgers, and drinks) However, we
need your help with dessert, side dishes, and whatever else you think is
important. Our hope is to have a wonderful mix of returning and new
students sharing a meal together and playing a few games on the quad.
Please contact Ruth Edens, REdens@ants.edu if you have any questions.
Thank you!!

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United Church of Christ Fellowship Meeting (Sept. 10) *** New ***
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You're invited... to the United Church of Christ gathering at Andover
Newton Theological School on Sept 10th (Convocation Day) from
4:45-6:00PM in the Meetinghouse.

We'll gather together to: meet other UCCers, learn more about the UCC,
meet some of the Massachusetts Conference staff people and learn about
opportunities available in MA, ask questions about the in-care process,
and more.

There will be refreshments provided.

We'd love to know if you're planning on joining us - please RSVP to
Kris LoFrumento, lofrumentok@macucc.org or 508-875-5233 x274 by Sept 9th
if possible.

We'd love to have you join us for the whole time, but we know some of
you will be coming from afternoon classes and others will be headed to
evening ones - come for whatever time you can!

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Baptist Fellowship Meeting (Sept. 10) *** New ***
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The Baptist Fellowship Group will be meeting and greeting some ABC
denominational representatives on Wednesday, Sept. 10th. Come and start
some new friendships or renew some old ones. All are welcome - any
denomination, new and returning students, faculty & staff. Light
refreshments will be provided.

Drop in at any time!
Greene Room
Top Floor of Dabney Hall
4:45-6pm

Emily & Jim Leavitt
Coordinators of the Baptist Fellowship Group

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Business Office:
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Q&A on Student Health Insurance (Sept. 16th)
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On Tuesday, September 16, from Noon-1:30 p.m., Mr. Scott Collins will
be available to give a general overview of the student health insurance
plan and answer any questions you may have. Mr. Collins is a Sr.
Account Executive with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. This conversation
will occur in Upper Noyes in the Student Center. Please feel free to
bring your lunch.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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Board Plan Rates for 2008-2009
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Board Plan rates for the 2008-09 academic year were announced as
subject to change, and have now been revised to reflect an increase of
5%. The new rates now in effect are as follows:

1 Meal Plan $127 per semester (up from $121)
3 Meal Plan $367 per semester (up from $349)
Full Meal Plan $759 per semester (up from $723)

If you have already been billed for the previous amount, the increase
will appear as an additional charge to your student account.

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Student Health Insurance: Booklets Now Available in Business Office
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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 www.uhcsr.com
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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.

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2007-08 Student Health Insurance Claims
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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.

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Staff News:
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New Title for Jen Walker *** New ***
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Jen Walker, a member of the Dean's administrative team, has a new
title: Administrative Assistant for Contextual and Continuing Education.
Jen will continue in her work coordinating field education, CPE, the
DMin Program, and the Woodbury Management Workshop, and she will add to
her duties some responsibility for LEARN administration. We hope the new
title communicates more broadly the many ways in which Jen helps
students and supports the work of the School.

Sarah B. Drummond
Associate Dean of the Faculty &
Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership

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Other News and Opportunities:
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Calling All Singers! Community Choir for Convocation! *** New ***
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From Burns Stanfield ....
Attention everyone who would like to form part of the community choir
for ANTS' Fall Convocation on Wednesday, September 10 at 1:00 pm.
You are invited to gather at 11:45 a.m. sharp in the Wilson Chapel on
Wednesday, Sept 10, for a half-hour rehearsal prior to the service.

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Prayers for Burton & Ron's aunt
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Please remember our Aunt Dorothy in Pascagoula, Mississippi in your
thoughts and prayers.

We stayed with Aunt Dorothy when we made our cross-country trek to
Andover Newton in January. Ron spent many summers with her growing up
and we have remained very close to her over the years so her recent
diagnosis with breast cancer is quite challenging for us all.

She will have a radical mastectomy September 8 and would appreciate our
entire community's thoughts and prayers.

God's Grace and Peace to You All,
Burton and Ron

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The Future of Jewish-Muslim Relations: A Dialogue (Wed., Sept. 3rd)
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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:
https://secure.hebrewcollege.edu/HebrewCollege/event-reg.htm

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.

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Installation of Donna Colletti Lowre (Sept 14)
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Donna Colletti Lowre will be installed at the First Baptist Church of
Lyme, NH on Sunday September 14, 2008 at 4pm. If you are interested in
attending, please RSVP to:
First Baptist Church of Lyme
PO Box 108
Lyme Center, NH 03769

Congratulations Donna!

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A Celebration of the Life of Edie Howe (Sept. 14)
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Join family and friends from Andover Newton, Hebrew College, the
Daughters of Abraham, and First Church in Cambridge in giving thanks for
the life of ANTS M. Div. student and interfaith champion, Edith Crary
Howe, who died peacefully at her home in Cambridge, MA, on July 6, 2008.
The celebration will be held in the Wilson Chapel at 4 p.m. on Sunday,
September 14, followed by a reception hosted by Edie's family. All are
welcome.

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Ann Aaberg is getting Ordained (Sept. 21st)
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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: aaaberg@aaberginc.com.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

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Irvin Morgan is getting Ordained (Sept. 21st)
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Irvin Morgan is getting ordained into the American Baptist Churches on
September 21, 2008 at 3:00pm.
Location:
Myrtle Baptist Church
21 Curve Street
West Newton, MA

All are welcome to attend.
Congratulations Irv!

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Mark Hemenway from New England Prison Ministries (Sept 29th) *** New
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Mark Hemenway, the president of New England Prison Ministries, will
join us for dinner in the dining room and then a conversation about
sharing the gospel with inmates on Monday Sept. 29th at 5:30 p.m.
Please join us!
We in the Prison Ministry Fellowship are trying to discern in what way
we can reach out to prisoners.
Questions? Contact Bill Gural at wgural@ants.edu or 781-698-6753.
Pax <><

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Art Night
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Art Night meets 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 (Dhonen@ants.edu)