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Thursday, December 11, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, December 11th, 2008

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Academic & Facilities:
- Winter 2009 Registration Continues
- Spring 2009 Registration & Full Courses *** Check Daily ***
- Spring 2009 New Course
- For students entering the second required semester of Field Education
this spring
- Addendum on the MDiv Curriculum Transition
- Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus
- Mail Delivery, Including Packages, over Christmas Break
- Library Holiday Break Schedule *** New ***
- Dining Services December 08 and January 09 Schedule
- Annual Christmas Open House *** New ***
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Fellowship News:
- SA Announcements
- MLK Day of Service Opportunity
- SA Office Hours
- Morning Worship Continues Finals Week!
- Beauty For Sale

Other News and Opportunities:
- Free bureau/dresser *** New ***
- Snow Tires *** New ***
- ANTS "Field-Trip": Worship December 14th at Old West Methodist Church

- The First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist looking for story
teller December 14th
- Enneagram Workshop led by Herb Pearce, December 15th
- Change of Date Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
- Show your colors at your next slumber party!
- BC Gym Parking Costs
- Art Night & Weaving Knowledge

Academic & Facilities:
Winter 2009 Registration Continues
November 8-January 5, 2009:
Winter Session Add/Drop Continues - Late fees now apply

- Spring 2009 Registration & Full Courses *** Check Daily ***
Spring Registration continues for all students through Dec 19th.
After December 19: $150 Late fee apply
Dec. 20-February 6: Add/Drop Period

Closed Courses:
CMPR601 - Christian Preaching: Theology and Practice
OLDT661 - Prophets and Priests, Patriarchs and Matriarchs:Biblical
Models of Religious Leadership
P3HIST609 - History of Christianity I Practitioner Program
P3THEO614 - Systematics Theology II -Practitioner Program

Spring 2009 New Course
INTE 515 Writing Seminar
Helen Snively, Ed.D.

This course is for anyone at ANTS who wants to become a better writer.
By looking together at the drafts you and your fellow students write for
ANTS courses, you learn how to organize and draft a paper, create an
argument, use citations well, make your writing interesting, and
proofread your work. During the semester, each student will offer at
least 2 drafts for others to read; each week we will read 1-3 drafts
that others have offered and prepare suggestions on how to improve them.
We aim to understand the many types of writing students do at ANTS,
including reflections, exegeses, sermons, research papers, and
ordination papers. I will also incorporate brief lessons on elements of
good writing. The course grows out of the less formal writing groups I
offered at ANTS in 2006-2008. Minimum 12 students, maximum 15. No
credit. $250. Register online.
Spring - Tuesdays (or possibly Thursdays), 12:15-1:45pm

For students entering the second required semester of Field Education
this spring
Dear Students,

If you are entering your second required semester of Field Education
this spring, please note two important reminders:

First, you must register for the second semester of Field Ed, even
though it is a year-long course.

Second, if you are unable to participate in any P3 sections, you may
petition to participate in the Integrative Seminar, CMFE 621S, with Dr.
Jeff Jones. Petitions should be in email form (to
and must include why the Integrative Seminar is your best or only option
for meeting the integration requirement for Field Education. I will
notify students as to the outcome of their petitions just before spring
semester registration begins, and petitions that come after that point
will be considered on a case-by-case basis if there is still space in
the Seminar. Students who register without permission will be contacted
and removed from the class list. Please be in touch with any questions
or concerns you may have.

All the best,
Sarah B. Drummond

Addendum on the MDiv Curriculum Transition
Dear M.Div. students graduating in January 2010 or later:

Greetings to you. You received a letter from me in late November that
describes some important information related to the M.Div. curriculum
transition. Please consider this note an addendum to that letter: As you
plan your spring, 2009 courses, please take into consideration that the
new M.Div. curriculum will include one semester of introductory Old
Testament, whereas now students take two. Therefore, if you will change
or might change over to the new curriculum (see the letter to know into
which category you fall), you will maintain more flexibility in the
future if you now take only one 500-level introductory Old Testament
course. Furthermore, the new curriculum will not require students to
take upper-level Ethics, or a 700 option, although many of the options
offered this spring will meet other requirements. Of course, students
will still receive credit for the courses they have taken if they change
curricula, so again, these tips are meant to help students to maintain
maximum flexibility. Please speak with Nayda Aguila or me with your

Sarah B. Drummond
Associate Dean of the Faculty &
Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership
Andover Newton Theological School

Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus
I am pleased to announce that Ms. Toni Jean DeLorenzo has joined the
community as our Associate for Spiritual Direction and Pastoral
Counseling. She is available for counseling, as well as both individual
and group spiritual direction. Toni comes to us with extensive
experience. She is trained in spiritual direction through the Shalem
Institute for Spiritual Guidance in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a
psychotherapist in private practice, mental health clinics, McLean
Hospital, and most recently as the Director of Mental Health at Fisher
College. In addition, she has been trained as a clinical practitioner at
the Mind/Body Medical Institute. At Andover Newton she completed an
M.Div. degree. She is particularly interested in contemplative
practices, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body techniques as they
relate to spiritual formation. Toni also has a special interest in
issues of vocational discernment.

If you would like to see Toni you may call her at extension 319 or
email her at Her office is located in Sturtevant
room 38. She is available to students at a reduced rate of $60 per
session, with a sliding fee scale appropriate to need. Counseling
sessions are limited to three meetings per term. She is happy to work
with students to find the right--and affordable--referral if more
intensive work is desired.

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Mail Delivery, Including Packages, over Christmas Break
Please be advised that since Andover Newton will be closed on December
24 and will not reopen until Monday, January 5. We have made
arrangements with delivery companies (Fed Ex, UPS, and so forth) to
deliver all packages to the bookstore. The bookstore will be open from
12/29 through 12/31. The bookstore is closed on Friday, 1/2. Regular
mail will be delivered to student boxes 3 times, on Monday, 12/29,
Wednesday, 12/31, and Friday, 1/2. Please note that US Postal packages
will be delivered to the mailroom as usual because they come with the
regular mail. These will be stored in Sturtevant and will be brought
over to Dabney on 1/5 for students to pick up then. If you have
particular questions or concerns please contact me or Mr. Frank Novo at

Thank you,

Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Library Holiday Break Schedule *** New ***
Library holiday break schedule:
December 12-23 Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday closed

December 24-January 4 TBA

Dining Services December 08 and January 09 Schedule
December 11th - Last day of Fall Semester Dining Service

January 5th - Dining Services Opened for Inter Session. The Cafeteria
will be open 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, with limited service Monday through
Friday 1/5 through 1/9 and 1/12 through 1/16.
In addition to hot and cold beverages, chips , cookies, fruit and other
snacks we will serve a Continental Breakfast with scrambled eggs till
9:30 am and Salad Bar, Deli Bar and Soup, available from 9:30 am to 2:00

January 26th - We will reopen with our regular Monday through Thursday
hours and additionally we will open with limited service on Fridays !!!
Hours on Friday will be 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Salad Bar, Deli Bar,
Soup will be available in addition to hot and cold beverages, chips,
cookies and fresh fruit.
Happiest of holidays to all and best wishes for a healthy and peace
filled New Year!!!

Linda Costarides
General Manager of Dining Services

Annual Christmas Open House *** New ***
Gentle people:

You are all invited to drop by the President's House for our

Annual Christmas Open House
Thursday December 18th
from 3-5PM

Come for a few minutes or stay for a while!
Light refreshments, punch, and wine served (until it runs out!)

Families, guests and students are welcome.

Nick and Debbi Carter

Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am
Please note that as stated in the Parking Policy, the Quadrangle and
the front of Fuller Hall are off limits to parking from November 15 -
April 15 between the hours of 11:00pm - 7:00am. Please note that this
also includes the side road by Farwell Hall.

In the winter months we keep these areas open in case of a snow storm.
Once these areas are cleared and the storm is over, you may move your
car from the parking lots to these areas so that the snow crew can start
to clear the parking lots.

Building & Grounds

Fellowship News:
SA Announcements

MLK Day of Service Opportunity
The City Mission Society of Boston is holding its 2nd annual day of
service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The Student Association is
organizing a group from Andover Newton. If you are interested in joining
us, please email us ( by December 15th so we can RSVP. The
event is on Saturday, January 17th from 9-4 in Boston.

SA Office Hours
There will be regular SA office hours the week of the 8th. After that
there will be no office hours until the Spring semester. As always, we
are available via internet or catch us around campus.

Morning Worship Continues Finals Week!
Morning Worship will continue ALL of next week. Join us at 8:15 a.m.
in the small prayer room on the ground level of Wilson Chapel.

Morgan R. McLean

Beauty For Sale
Well, paintings for sale, actually. In support of the arts program at
Andover Newton, Robert Sarly has offered to sell any of his paintings
for half the marked price, to ANTS students, faculty, staff, or alums -
with all proceeds going to the school. If you have enjoyed the show, and
discovered a canvas you'd like to live with - or give to someone you
love - then here is your chance. Contact Jennifer Shaw, at ext. 228, or
Mark Burrows, ext. 235, with your wishes. It's not quite Santa's Hot
Line, but close. The exhibit closes on 31 December.

With holiday greetings, and thanks.

Other News and Opportunities:
Free bureau/dresser *** New ***
I am leaving campus on Friday for good and have a used 7-drawer, 1 door
bureau/dresser I do not need. If anyone is interested, I live in Kendall
#13. Phone 609.577.8740.
You will need to retrieve it by Friday, Dec 12, probably no later than

Brenda Hermanson

Snow Tires *** New ***
Four FREE excellent snow tires - were on a Jetta for one year in
Northern Maine. See Priscilla Deck, x. 209, Dabney 11

Priscilla Conwell Deck
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

ANTS "Field-Trip": Worship December 14th at Old West Methodist Church
*** New ***
Our Own Marion Easterling has invited us to fellowship at Old West
Methodist Church ( where he pastors for
their 11am service on Sunday December 14th. Our own Ngozi Robinson will
be the preacher of the hour!

This is a great opportunity to praise God for making it through the
semester and to spend some time with each other. Join us and bring a

Please contact Ngozi Robinson with any questions (
You can also RSVP on Facebook at

Old West Church is located at the corner of Cambridge Street and
Staniford Street, near Government Center, Massachusetts General
Hospital, and the Holiday Inn. The map below indicates our exact
location. We are able to provide validated parking on Saturday and
Sunday for 50¢ at the Charles River Plaza UNDERGROUND parking garage
(not the above-ground parking lot). Be sure we stamp your parking claim

The MBTA offers four subway stations that are a ten minute walk from
the church.
*Green and Blue lines - Government Center
*Blue line - Bowdoin Station is open Monday - Friday until 6:30 pm
*Red line - Charles/MGH
*Orange line - North Station & Haymarket

First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist looking for story teller
December 14th
The First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist is looking for a story
teller for their December 14, 2008 service (The scheduled story teller
needed to cancel). The story teller would need to provide four short
and seasonal stories (8-10 minutes each) from four different
traditions. The story telling is one part of the service. The entire
congregation will participate. The congregation is willing to pay
$400.00. The story teller would need to arrive at 10 am and participate
to 11:45 am on the day of the event. If you are interested please
contact CJ McGregor at ASAP!

CJ McGregor

Enneagram Workshop led by Herb Pearce, December 15th
10am - 3pm Monday, December 15th
Center Congregational Church-Lynnfield
5 Summer St
Lynnfield, MA 01940

Are you a Reformer, a Helper, an Achiever, an Individualist, an
Investigator, a Loyalist, an Enthusiast, a Challenger, a Peacemaker?

Find out about your personality type and how you can identify and
relate to others.

Herb Pearce, has been practicing psychotherapy and teaching workshops
and trainings for 25 years. He is well-known as an Enneagram teacher and
trainer, having led over 1500 workshops and trainings on this topic
locally and nationwide.

Sliding fee based on number of attendees.

Limit of 20 people
Registration required by noon on Thursday, December 11th
Includes lunch
Contact Amy at 603.890.6767 x 106

Change of Date Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
Toni DiPina's Ordination Service Date has been Changed from 1/25/ 09 to
February 8, 2009. The Ordination Service will be at Congdon Street
Baptist Church. After three and a half years of seminary and another
full year of discernment, let the dancing begin!

Toni DiPina's Ordination Service: February 8, 2009 at 4pm
Where: Congdon Street Baptist Church
17 Congdon Street
Providence, RI 02904

Toni will be the first woman to be ordained in this Historic one
hundred and ninety year old American Baptist church -- which is the
oldest African-American church in RI. She looks forward to seeing you
all there and hopes you will also plan to attend the reception after the
service. There will be plenty for all!

Please RSVP if you will attend so they might have a count as we prepare
for the reception. Email is

Show your colors at your next slumber party!
Flannel pajama pants embossed with "Andover Newton" have just arrived
in the bookstore--Black Watch plaid in sizes S-XL. Make great Christmas
presents for your loyal family and friends. Come and see!!

BC Gym Parking Costs
Many of you have lamented the fact that Boston College has begun
charging for parking, giving you an extra cost when you go to their gym
facilities. Thanks to some sleuthing by Frank Novo we've discovered
that you can park at a discount. Here's what you need to do to purchase
a parking permit that gives you unlimited parking for $11.42/month (you
have to pay by check). Go to the membership desk at the Plex and give
your name, license plate information, start date and end date. The
representative will then send that information to the parking office and
you'll be set up in the system. Once in the system you go over to
Student Services in Lyons Hall to obtain your parking permit and
transponder. You will then have designated parking spaces: in the
garage on Beacon Street, directly behind the Plex, and in a 2nd garage.

Happy Exercising!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Art Night & Weaving Knowledge
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.

** We're also still looking someone with weaving knowledge. 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).

Contact Joy (Resident Teaching Artist at ANTS) with questions