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Thursday, October 02, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

In this message:

- Notice for December 2008 Graduates
- Attention all MARE students
- Applications for Border Crossing to Mexico in January DUE Oct 8th ***
New ***

B&G, Facilities and Parking:
- No Parking Behind Davis Classrooms for Jewish High Holy Days
- Parking Permits: Grace Period coming to and end
- Wanted: Nightwatch Person
- Dorm Wireless Update *** New ***

Prayer Requests
- Prayer Request for Sandra Plankey *** New ***
- Update on Chris Findlay *** New ***

Fellowship News:
- Green Supper (Oct 2nd)
- 2 Student Life events for October
- Food Services Committee seeking new members
- Hispanic Heritage Month

Other News and Opportunities:
- Noel Paul Stookey Concert (Oct. 4th) *** Tickets Still Available ***
- no concert Oct 7th, as was printed in the Newton Tab -
- Free Women's Health & Environment Conference
- Courageous Conversations (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
- Seminarian Assemblies of God Conference *** New ***
- Calling United Methodist Students! *** New ***
- Art Night

Notice for December 2008 Graduates
September 29-October 17

Students anticipating December 2008 graduation shall go over their
programs with the Registrar, to assure that all course requirements for
graduation will be met by the end of the semester. Please send e-mail to
Nayda Aguila at for an appointment.

Attention all MARE students
CMED 734/834 (Seminar on Problems & Issues in Religious Education) will
be offered on Wednesday afternoons in the Spring 09 semester by
Professor Pazmino. It provides an important option for students
completing the required Integration Essay for the degree and is only
offered every 2 or 3 years.
Please contact Professor Pazmino about taking the course that is also
open to experienced students who desire to do advanced work in Religious
Education while possibly meeting their educational requirement in the
MDiv program.

Applications for Border Crossing to Mexico in January DUE Oct 8th ***
New ***
APPLICATIONS FOR THE WINTERIM CLASS " Border Crossing: A Transformative
are due on Friday October 8th with $50 deposit to Professor Brita
Gill-Austern. If you need application, scholarship or information,
please see Professosr Gill-Austern or the Faculty Bulletin Board in
Dabney on first floor.

This class counts for 3 renewal areas, FHS,GCIM,PTL or for Justice
Matters course.

Don't miss the opportunity to travel to the border of Mexico this
January to learn more about immigration, to see the human face behind
the immigration debate, to understand the economics that drive it, to
face the reality of the militarization of our border to the south and to
learn about how the churches have and have not been involved in facing
one of the most pressing issues in our country.

Brita L. Gill-Austern, M.Div., Ph.D.
617 964 1100 ext. 219

B&G, Facilities and Parking:
Parking Permits: Grace Period coming to and end
Andover Newton typically has a grace period at the beginning of each
semester in which no towing will take place in order to give students
time to get their parking permits. That grace period is running out,
and will be up on October 10. If you have not already done so, we
encourage you to stop by the Building & Grounds office between the hours
of 8:00am - Noon and 1:00pm - 3:00pm Monday - Thursday and Friday from
8:00am - Noon only.

If for some reason you cannot make it to the office during these times,
please call Tricia at extension 265 to see if other arrangements can be

Building & Grounds

No Parking Behind Davis Classrooms for Jewish High Holy Days
Due to the Jewish High Holy Days, please make every effort to avoid
parking in the lot behind the Davis classrooms on the days of Monday,
September 29, Tuesday September 30, Wednesday October 8 and Thursday
October 9. There will be worship services occurring in Wilson chapel
and Stoddard auditorium.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

Wanted: Nightwatch Person
Building and Grounds is looking for a nightwatch person to start as
soon as possible. Some mechanical skills are desirable. Candidates
must be willing to adhere to a set schedule (usually every other week)
and be willing to respond to emergency calls from our after-hours
answering service. There are a total of two (2) tours per day; 6:00pm
and 10:00pm, Monday - Friday and 8:00am and 10:00pm, Saturday and
Sunday. If you are interested in this position, please contact Frank
Cavaco, Director of Building & Grounds at extension 266.

Dorm Wireless Update *** New ***
Good News: Most of the dorm wireless nodes are now (or will soon be) up
and running.

Caution: The dorm network was designed for academic and light
entertainment use only. As a result, it can not handle much live gaming,
video & MP3 downloads, or Skype conversations. We believe that it was
this heavy usage that caused a cascade of failures across the campus.

Solution: The IT department is in the process of contacting vendors to
determine the cost of upgrading the dorm network. In the mean time,
please be judicious in your use of the network until such time that we
can implement an upgrade.

Please remember to thank you IT team for all of their hard work this
week: Shaun Gould, Andy Edwards, Carol Hayward & Len Hayward.

Emily Leavitt

Prayer Requests
Prayer Request for Sandra Plankey *** New ***
Sandra Plankey will be going in for surgery on Friday, October 3. She
is confident that all will go well, but she would appreciate your
thoughts and prayers. Please also keep her husband in your prayers--he
recently had a chest pain scare.

Thank you,

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Update on Chris Findlay *** New ***
I am pleased to announce that Chris Findlay came through her heart
surgery well, and is on the road to recovery. Please continue to keep
her in your thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Fellowship News:
Green Supper (Oct 2nd)
Come join the Emerging Ecology Fellowship for a "Green Supper."
Meet with other ecologically-minded students for casual conversation.
How do we heal our relationships with each other and the web of life
that sustains us? How can we green our campus and our curriculum? What
does it mean to be spiritual leaders in an age of ecological crisis?
When? Thursday, Oct. 2, 5-6 p.m.
Where? Upper Noyes
Just get your dinner and bring it upstairs to the Student Lounge.
Dessert will be provided!
FMI: Christina Ray <>

2 Student Life events for October
Friday Oct. 10th Swing Dancing
Somerville City Club
20 Inner Belt Road
near Sullivan Square, Somerville
7:30 p.m. lesson
8:30-12 dancing with live band
$10 with student ID

Saturday Oct. 18 Canoeing on the Concord River, enjoying God's glory
of the foliage.
depart in front of chapel at 10 a.m., rental will be about $12
for two hours.

Contact Bill Gural 781-698-6753,

Food Services Committee Seeking New Members
The Student Association Food Services Committee is seeking positive,
solution-oriented folks to join us as we work to improve communication
between our food services staff and the Andover Newton community. We
work under the auspices of Morgan McLean, SA Student Life Chair.

Please contact committee facilitator Burton Bagby at as
soon as possible if you are able to commit to a regular monthly meeting
for this academic year.

Hispanic Heritage Month
The Latino and Latina Student Fellowship at Andover Newton Theological
School invites you to
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: September 15th - October 15th

Other activities/events:
ANTS Cafeteria: Spanish lunch: TBD
ANTS Bookstore: Books of Latino and Latina Theologians

For more information contact:
Ramona: or Jetro:

Other News and Opportunities:
Noel Paul Stookey Concert (Oct. 4th) *** Tickets Still Available ***
- no concert Oct 7th, as was printed in the Newton Tab -
In his fourth decade as the 'Paul' of Peter, Paul, and Mary,
Stookey's music continues to challenge, encourage and entertain. His
music has spanned a spectrum from 'I Dig Rock And Roll Music', his
'60's satire on pop trendiness, to one of the best loved solo
records, 'The Wedding Song', which reached the top 30's of the pop
charts in the early '70's. His lyrical style, humor, and stage
presence have marked the American musical and cultural scene for almost
half a century, embodying his passionate commitment to border-crossing
through song and witness.

Saturday, October 04, 2008
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Location: Wilson Chapel

Tickets at the door (if available): $30
Advanced ticket sale prices are:
$25 general admission
$20 seniors and students
$20 per person for groups of 5 or more

To order tickets in advance: email with your name,
phone number, and number of tickets requested. We will call you for
credit card purchases and billing information. Or mail your check by
Sept 10th to: Concerts At Andover Newton, c/o Institutional Advancement,
210 Herrick Road, Newton, MA 02459.

This concert will sell out quickly, so order today!

Free Women's Health & Environment Conference
Friday, October 31, from 9 am to 3 pm the 12th Annual Women's Health
conference will be sponsored by the Heinz Family Philanthropies at the
Westin Waterfront Hotel. Online registration is at Special guests include Nena
Baker, author of "The Body Toxic," Diane MacEachern, author of "The Big
Green Purse," and Nancy Nichols, author of "The Lake Effect." Lunch is
included and there is no registration charge.

Courageous Conversations (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
Courageous Conversations: Finding the Other without Losing Yourself
Led by Robert Sarly
In the Peck Room, 9:00 am - noon, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

This five-week interactive series will help you discover how courageous
dialogic conversation can become an important everyday spiritual
practice which teaches us how to engage with the other without losing
ourselves. Courageous conversation can create new possibilities for
connection which leads to healing and to a greater sense of wellbeing
for self and other. These classes are intended for pastors, seminarians
and laypeople who want to improve their communication skills and become
better at the art of healing conversation.

* The program of workshops is cumulative, so participation in all four
sessions is requested. Registration is limited to 18.

The cost of the 4 workshops is $25 for students, $50 for pastors and
laypeople. Scholarships are available if needed.

To register please contact Jennifer Shaw at or call 617
964 1100 ext. 228.

Seminarian Assemblies of God Conference *** New ***
The Alliance for Assemblies of God in Higher Education is sponsoring
its sixth Seminarians Conference July 5-17, 2009 in Springfield, MO.
Students who attend the conference receive 6 semester hours of seminary
level credit from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, accredited
by the Association of Theological Schools. They also have a weekend
retreat where they dialogue with denominational executives. Students
have everything paid at the conference except air fare to get there.
For more information or to get on the list of attending students please
contact Dr. Marilyn Abplanalp, Assistant Vice President for Faculty a dn
Student relations, at or at 417-862-2781, ext. 3315.

Calling United Methodist Students! *** New ***
Editors at the United Methodist newsletter publication "Catalyst:
Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives for United Methodist Seminarians"
would like to send you 4 free issues of their publication. If you would
like to receive these issues please contact Mr. Michael Walker,
Production Editor, at For more information on the
publication please see

Art Night
Art Night is a drop-in open studio opportunity to explore art in a
safe, no rules atmosphere. We meet every Thursday night from 7-10 pm in
the lower studio of the Meetinghouse. All materials provided. Fun,
fellowship and theological reflection. Free will donation.

Contact Joy (Resident Teaching Artist at ANTS) with questions