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Monday, November 03, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, November 3rd, 2008

In this message:

**** Campus Wireless Access Update ****

- Winter Registration in Progress
- Winter courses update
- Immunization Requirements
- Brita Gill-Austern: Thank You and Welcome
- For Students Who Want to Work on Their Writing

Fellowship News:
- Special Election Day Worship & Party
- Informal Meeting for Humanists, Non-Theists, and Agnostics at ANTS,
November 11th
- The Great American Book Drive

Staff News:
- VP Robert MacDonald to retire
- Cindy Bolshaw resigned as Head of Circulation

Other News and Opportunities:
- Recycle your Sneakers! Continues through Thanksgiving.
- Invite...Earth-Care Festival, November 8th
- EDS Lectures, November 13th
- Ethics and Abuse In The Ministerial Relationship, January 20-24
- Housing opportunities
- Donna Colletti Lowre being interviewed on Talk Radio WNTK 99.7 FM
- Anyone with weaving knowledge?
- Art Night

**** Campus Wireless Access Update ****
IT regrets to announce that the T1 line that feeds the dorm wireless
network is still down. The problem has been escalated to the VP level.
At this point Verizon cannot determine where the failure is occurring.

At the same time, the switch which manages the network in Noyes Hall
also failed this weekend. We were able to replace the switch so that the
bookstore and cafeteria computers now work. However, the wireless node
in Upper Noyes appears to have been fried when the switch went down. The
wireless is working in Sturtevent Hall, the Library, Wilson Chapel, and
Davis Hall.

We are working as quickly as possible to correct these problems.

Thank you for your patience and prayers,

Emily Leavitt
Manager of IT

Winter Registration in Progress
October 21-November 7; 9:00 am- Seniors registration start for Winter
Session courses .
October 27-November 7- 9:00 am- All other students registration start
for Winter Session courses.

Winter courses update
Cancellation of Border Crossing Trip

Immunization Requirements
Massachusetts requires that all registered students, regardless of age,
provide proof of immunization for certain communicable diseases
-- 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine are required for all full time and
part time graduate students.
-- All full and part-time graduate students (whether or not they
reside in campus) must: provide documentation of receipt of one dose of
meningococcal vaccine (within the last 5 years) or As an alternative
students may sign the Meningococcal Information and Waiver form to
indicate that they have read and understood the required information
related to the risks of meningococcal disease, and have elected to
decline the vaccine
-- 1 Td Booster within the last 10 years and
-- 2 Doses of MMR vaccine
If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to
e-mail me at
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Nayda G. Aguila

Brita Gill-Austern: Thank You and Welcome
By now, you are aware that the program in Faith, Health and
Spirituality will close for the reasons that Brita so eloquently
enumerated in a recent enews column. The influence of the emphasis on
faith, health and spirituality will continue in the new curriculum in
ways that Brita has indicated. But the purpose of this note is to
express my deep and abiding gratitude for Brita's leadership. It was
Brita's vision that gave us the program in Faith, Health and
Spirituality, and it was her vision that encouraged us to relinquish
this program precisely because it had fulfilled its mission and purpose
so well. Now, Brita's vision has led her to provide leadership for the
border crossing experiences and emphases that will be essential to the
new curriculum. She is already investing herself in this new adventure
and exhibiting the combination of insight and intensity that marked her
earlier work. So we can say simultaneously, "Thank you for all you have
given this school, especially the program in Faith, Health and
Spirituality, and welcome to your new role.

Bill Herzog II
Dean of the Faculty

For Students Who Want to Work on Their Writing
After some discussion, we have put in place a series of opportunities
for students who wish to work on their writing skills. Judy Brandon,
Brenda Hermanson and Sherry Thomas have agreed to conduct two Group
sessions each week, beginning on Tuesday, November 4 and Thursday,
November 6 in Worcester 303. The Groups will meet from 11:30 am to 1:30
pm, except for the first session which will end at 1:00 pm. The fee will
be $5 per session.

In addition, tutoring will be available on an individual basis. The
first half hour is free. Thereafter, the fee will be $15 per hour or $10
per half hour. Tutoring sessions may be done on line after the first
session which must be done face to face. The cost is determined by the
length of the paper at a fee of $1 per page.

As soon as this system is in place and working and Helen Snively
returns,, we will turn our attention to arrangements for the Spring
semester. I want to express my gratitude to Judy, Brenda and Sherry for
their interest in contributing to the development of writing skills that
are so essential to ministry.

Stay tuned for further developments.

Dean Bill Herzog II

Fellowship News:
Special Election Day Worship & Party
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1 pm, Wilson Chapel
A special Election Day worship service, lead by Mary Luti. Prayers for
our nation and Holy Communion.

Election Night Party
Tuesday, Nov. 4. Join the Student Association as we count the red and
blue states! Bring a snack or drink to share, and don't be shy to come
in pj's (in case it's another long night...) The TV will be on all day,
festivities will be full swing at 7 pm! All are welcome!


Informal Meeting for Humanists, Non-Theists, and Agnostics at ANTS,
November 11th
Dear Members of the ANTS Community -

Are you a humanist, non-theist, or agnostic at ANTS who would like to
gather for discussion and perhaps form a fellowship? If so, let's gather
together in the dining hall for an informal meeting on November 11 at
12:00. Bring ideas if you have them, or just join us to talk about what
a fellowship might do for our wonderful community on the hill. All are
warmly welcome.

Contact: Jason Bachand

The Great American Book Drive
I noticed someone put a postcard out for a book donation for inmates.
I don't know if someone on campus is collecting. If so, let me know.
If not, I will put some boxes out, and deliver them next Sat. to the
Brighton Alston Congregational Church.

Bill 781-698-6753

Staff News:
VP Robert MacDonald to retire

I want to share with you the news that our Vice President for Finance
and Operations, Robert MacDonald, has recently informed me of his
decision to retire from Andover Newton after 8 years of loyal service to
the School. Bob will wind up his duties here in mid-November.

While we search for a new Vice President, our controller, Michael
Delfino, has agreed to assist me in ensuring a smooth transition.

I know many of you will want to offer your thanks and best wishes to
Bob as he moves on, so the Senior Management Team will be organizing a
farewell party for Bob in the coming weeks. As details become available
about this event and the transition, we will share them with you all.


Cindy Bolshaw resigned as Head of Circulation
We regret to announce that Cindy Bolshaw has resigned her position as
Head of Circulation, Trask Library, effective November 7. For the past
11 years Cindy has been an invaluable member of our staff, providing
personable service at the main circulation desk.

Please stop by the Library to greet Cindy and wish her well in her new
position at Goddard Library, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Jeff Brigham
Diana Yount

Other News and Opportunities:
Recycle your Sneakers! Continues through Thanksgiving.
Your fellow student Allen Vander Meulen III just alerted me to the fact
that Nike recycles old athletic shoes and uses them to create basketball
courts, running tracks, and playgrounds. Toward that end I will be
collecting your old sneakers in a box OUTSIDE (!) my office through the
Thanksgiving holiday. Allen will then bundle these up and send them on
to Nike. If you have shoes to contribute please feel free to drop them
by, and if you can also contribute $1.00 toward defraying postage please
give it to Jennifer Shaw in Worcester 105.

Nike has some guidelines about what their shoe grinding machines can
● Athletic shoes only (any brand) ● No shoes containing
● No cleats or dress shoes ● No wet or damp

For more information see:

So bring me your worn out sneakers and we'll get them off where they
can do some good!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life; Worcester 104

Invite...Earth-Care Festival, November 8th
When: Saturday, 11/8 from 5-8pm
Where: 39 Edwards St., Framingham, MA

-co-sponsored by Edwards Church, UCC & Grace Congregational, UCC,

What to expect: Energy saving info. for all budgets, door prizes that
save $ and the planet! Drama by the Just Peace Players that will
entertain & educate (suitable for all ages)

more info: or OR call
Edwards church office: 508-877-2050
Bring a dish for potluck dinner at 5:30, beverages & coffee provided.

EDS Lectures, November 13th
Please join us in person, or via a live webcast for...

- The Joanna Dewey lecture in Feminist Biblical Studies:
"Baking Cakes to the Queen of Heaven: God, Goddesses, and Growing up
Black and Female in America," The Rev. Renita J. Weems, Lecturer

- The Carter Heyward Scholars Program Lecture:
"Is Marriage a 'Must' or a 'Bust'? Enlarging the Justice Agenda," The
Rev. Dr. Marvin M. Ellison, Lecturer

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 4:00 - 9:00
For more information or to register please contact Priscilla Burns at or 617.682.1506. Preregistration is requested.

Ethics and Abuse In The Ministerial Relationship, January 20-24
You are invited to participate in an upcoming seminar designed to help
you meet the ethical challenges of congregational life and ministerial

Ethics and Abuse In The Ministerial Relationship
January 20 to 24, 2009 Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

An ethical analysis of the ministerial relationship, outlining the
ethical risk of sexual and interpersonal abuse inherent in ministerial
practice and highlighting skills and strategies for relational
competence for ministry; designed to help clergy and lay leaders
identify unethical conduct and potentially abusive situations, to
develop preventive strategies and healing skills in theirs and others'
ministries and to engage in ethical and effective ministries.
Theological, ethical, psychological and pastoral concerns are considered
along with related organizational, insurance, legal and public relations
matters. Presentations include videos, case studies, lectures,
role-playing and worship.

The seminar leader is the Reverend Dr. Deborah J. Pope-Lance, a
Unitarian Universalist Minister and Licensed Marriage and Family
Therapist, who has been researching, writing, and teaching in the field
of clergy and congregational ethics since 1985.

Don't Minister In Church or Community Without This Seminar designed to
help you.
To register or for information contact Deborah Pope-Lance at (978)
443-4393 or
Cost: $465 plus materials.
Housing available upon request. Financial support for UU seminarians
and ministers through the UUA Ministry & Professional Leadership Staff

Sponsored by UUCANS and held on the campus of Andover Newton
Theological School, Newton Centre, MA. This seminar is not an ANTS
Winterim Course but academic credit may be arranged.

Emily Melcher
54 Wayte Rd.
Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 325-1070 (home)
(617) 489-7954 (home)

Housing opportunities
Housing opportunity:
-Great 1 bedroom apt. for rent. $780: includes heat & utilities.
-Location: Millis, MA (approx. 35 min. from Newton)
-Smoke free & pet-free environment
-Good storage/closet space
-Quiet, country setting (across from beautiful yoga center/Ashram)
Contact: Guruatma at: 508-353-5327
Apartment for Rent
Cozy, one bedroom immaculate apartment for rent at Newton Corner. Easy
access to Mass Pike and Route 95. Bus stop to the T, local buses and
buses to downtown Boston is one block from apartment. Walking distance
to many stores and a beautiful park across the street. Quiet, secure
building with laundry on premises. $1100.00 includes heat and hot water.
On site parking is optional and is $75 a month. Move-in date can be
either Nov.15th or Dec.1. E-mail me if interested at or call 617-304-7734.

Donna Colletti Lowre being interviewed on Talk Radio WNTK 99.7 FM
The show is Twin State Journal and will be live Tuesday, Nov. 4 th
from, 6-7pm. The host is Janine Weins who will be talking with Donna
about her one woman play, In Her Own Voice. Donna wrote and performed
in April 2008, while an M. Div senior at Andover Newton.

There has been a lot of interest in the play from churches across the
country (most recently at the ABC Conference in Greenlake, WI).
Donna will be bringing the play, with an interactive workshop, to
churches in the coming months.

Take a break from election night and listen about your bible sisters of

Anyone with weaving knowledge?
The Andover Newton Community Art Studio in the Meetinghouse has both a
floor loom and a table loom. There are several people who are eager to
use these, but we need some knowledgeble person to help us set up and
get started. If you are that person or know someone who might be able
to help, please contact Sandy at or talk to Joy
(Resident Teaching Artist).

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