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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

In this message:

*** Wireless Update ***

- From the Registrar's office *** New ***
- Immunization Requirements
- Brita Gill-Austern: Thank You and Welcome
- For Students Who Want to Work on Their Writing

Fellowship News:
- Thursday UU worship - November 6th, Wilson Chapel, 1:00pm *** New
- Black Student Fellowship Gospel Chorus Rehearsal, November 6th & 13th
*** New ***
- Foreign Movie Night, November 7th *** New **
- Informal Meeting for Humanists, Non-Theists, and Agnostics at ANTS,
November 11th
- Outreach for Prisoners *** New ***
- Food Pantry *** New ***

Staff News:
- VP Robert MacDonald to retire
- Delfino Appointed Interim VP *** New ***
- Cindy Bolshaw resigned as Head of Circulation

Other News and Opportunities:
- Donna Colletti Lowre being interviewed on Talk Radio WNTK 99.7 FM ***
Tonight ***
- Recycle your Sneakers! Continues through Thanksgiving.
- Invite...Earth-Care Festival, November 8th
- EDS Lectures, November 13th
- The Beacon Coffeehouse presents: Tripping Lily November 21st *** New
- Housing opportunities
- Anyone with weaving knowledge?
- Art Night

*** Wireless Update ***
Fellow Students,

Verizon fixed the T1 line which feeds the dorm wireless network late
yesterday afternoon. In addition, the wireless node in Noyes was fixed
this morning.

Our continuing priority is to keep as many of the individual wireless
nodes running as possible. However, there have been times when specific
areas have been out for several days before IT became aware of the
situation. I am now keeping a running list in the IT offices of the dorm
outages so that we can manage them as best as possible.

I would appreciate your help as follows:
1) Do not assume that we know your area is down. Instead, please notify
me at or x221 with your concerns.
2) Please continue to be judicious in your usage of the internet
3) Please remember to thank the IT staff for their hard work when you
see them.
4) Remember that in addition to keeping the current network running, we
are planning a major upgrade so that these outages will not continue.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers,
Emily Leavitt
Manager of IT

From the Registrar's office *** New ***
Friday, November 7: Last Day for Winter Session Registration
Border Crossing Trip Canceled

November 3 - 28; Monday - Friday

M.Div. Seniors anticipating May 2009 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 next semester. Please send
e-mail to Nayda Aguila at for an appointment.

M.A., S.T.M. and D.Min. Candidates anticipating May 2009 graduation
shall go over their programs with the Program Director to assure that
all course requirements for graduation will be met by the end of the
next semester. Please contact them for an appointment.

Mid-Program Review
After completing at least 40 and not more than 55 credits, each M.Div.
student is required to complete a Mid-Program Review (MPR) to assess her
or his preparation for ministry. The student will meet with the MPR
committee to discern areas of strength and weakness and set goals for
the remainder of his or her studies. Guidelines for the MPR are
available in the Academic Dean's office.
A student who, without approval from the M.Div. Director, fails to
complete the Mid-Program Review within the required time will not be
allowed to take classes.

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:
Thursday UU worship - November 6th, Wilson Chapel, 1:00pm *** New ***
Dear friends and colleagues,

Please join us for UU Worship on Thursday, November 6 at 1pm in Wilson
Chapel. For our first worship after the historic election, the Reverend
Maddie Sifantus, our liaison from the UUA, will consider change,
especially in this year when both parties have claimed change in the
offing. All are welcome to join us for this time of sharing and

Blessings from worship coordinators
Morgan McLean
Bruce Taylor

Black Student Fellowship Gospel Chorus Rehearsal, November 6th & 13th
*** New ***
The Black Student Fellowship Gospel Chorus will have its first
rehearsal of the school year this Thursday from 12-12:30 in Wilson
Chapel. Our second rehearsal will be next Thursday 12:30-1pm. We will
be singing for BSF Chapel on November 13th 1-2pm, immediately after next
Thursday's rehearsal.

All are welcome! If you would like to sing, but can not make this
Thursday's rehearsal, please contact Ngozi Robinson (
for song information.

Foreign Movie Night, November 7th *** New **
Foreign Movie Night - "CAPE OF GOOD HOPE"
Friday, November 7th, 2008, 5PM-8PM, Wilson Chapel

Join us and international student Nanette Savides for a South African
movie and discussion that engages the issues South Africa has overcome
and continues to struggle with.

"Cape of Good Hope"
Filmed in Cape Town in 2005, this thought-provoking comedy explores the
ever-present friction between class, race, and faith in modern-day South
Africa, tracing the intersection of multiple lives.

Movie night will be proceeded by beverage tasting event. Bring your
favorite tea, coffee, wine, etc. and share it with us!

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

Outreach for Prisoners *** New ***
Boxes for collecting books for prisoners are in Upper Noyes, Stoddard
Hall, and the Dining Hall. They will be delivered Sat. Nov. 8th.

The Prison Ministry Fellowship will be giving gifts to children of
prisoners for the holidays. We are committed to presenting gifts to
twenty children in an area north of Boston. Each child will receive two
gifts (approx. $15-20 in value).
Please contact Bill Gural at or Tonia Petty at

Food Pantry *** New ***
A can of soup; a box of pasta; crackers; a prepared non-perishable
meal. Could you pick one of these up the next time you go to the grocery
store and donate it to the food pantry? The ANTS food pantry is located
in the kitchen of Upper Noyes and is available to all students. Please
use it as you need and contribute as you can.

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.


Delfino Appointed Interim VP *** New ***
I am pleased to announce that Michael Delfino, who currently serves as
our Controller, has accepted my invitation to serve as the Interim Vice
President for Finance and Operations at Andover Newton. His term of
office begins Friday Nov. 14 and extends until a new Vice President
assumes the position. The transition will involve bringing in some
temporary help in the Finance Office and a few adjustments in lines of
accountability (notably, Frank Cavaco, Director of Buildings and
Grounds, will report to me for the interim period). The position
announcement for the permanent Vice President has been posted and a
handful of interested candidates have already applied, but it may be a
few months before the search is complete and a new person is on board.

Michael is one of the longest tenured employees of the school; he
served ably in the past during a period when Bob Macdonald was out for
surgery, and was recently singled out by our auditors for his command
of the school's accounting. I am grateful to him for his willingness to
take on this critical role at such an important time. I ask for your
prayers for and cooperation with Michael and the entire Finance and
Business Office team during this transition.

Thank you.

Nick Carter

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:
Donna Colletti Lowre being interviewed on Talk Radio WNTK 99.7 FM ***
Tonight ***
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

Recycle your Sneakers! Continues through Thanksgiving.
Your fellow student Allen Vander Meulen III 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.

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.

The Beacon Coffeehouse presents: Tripping Lily November 21st *** New
Tripping Lily
Wonderful folk trio (or more?)
Friday, November 21st @ 8pm (doors open at 7:30)
Tickets: $15 (call for reservation)

First Baptist Church in Newton
848 Beacon Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459
(Corner of Beacon and Centre Streets in Newton Center)
For more info call (617) 244-2997 or visit

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.

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