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Thursday, December 18, 2008

ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, December 18th, 2008

In this message:

Academic & Facilities:
- School Closing at noon, Dec. 19th *** New ***
- Course Evaluations are out!
- Winter 2009 Registration Continues *** Updated ***
- 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
- Connect Web Site problem for Winter & Spring Courses
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Fellowship News:
- SA Announcements
- MLK Day of Service Opportunity
- Beauty For Sale

Other News and Opportunities:
- Change of Date Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
- Show your colors at your next slumber party!
- BC Gym Parking Costs
- Art Night & Weaving Knowledge

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Academic & Facilities:
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School Closing at noon, Dec. 19th *** New ***
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In light of the impending storm and the expected 9-12" of snow, I have made the decision to close the School as of noon tomorrow. The snow is supposed to begin here about noon (coming from the WSW) and then grow in intensity all afternoon into the evening.

In order to ensure safety it makes sense for us to shut down at noon. Please work with your teams and any program groups to anticipate problems and facilitate good communication. In those circumstances where there are complicating factors, please consult with your Vice President and she/he can make the judgement call. It is OK, with the expressed permission of your supervisor to work from home tomorrow.

We are expecting another storm on Sunday so be sure to check the School's website first thing Monday AM about our plans. As always, if you find no notice on the website or on the TV/radio it means the School is open.

Snow angels anyone?

Nick

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Course Evaluations are out!
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Online course evaluation links have been sent out for fall semester classes. You should be receiving a link in your e-mail for each class you have taken this fall. These evaluations provide important information for learning and improvement, and we are interested in your feedback! All responses are confidential.

*DO check the survey to make sure that the course number indicated matches with the one in the subject line of the e-mail. Also, if you have received e-mails for a number of courses, please familiarize yourself with the appropriate course number for each of your classes, so that you know to which one you are responding. For example, a Systematics professor will not know if you offer a useful response to that course if you put it on the evaluation for your Hebrew class!

If you do not receive an evaluation link for a course, or have questions, please contact the Faculty Office.

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

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

Please remember that your registration IS NOT complete until you have completed the "registration and services confirmation form" online in Connect. Failure to complete this form could result on the loss of financial aid for the semester, so please do not forget this step. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's office.

Closed Courses:
CHRS723 - [EL] The Practice of Prayer
CMFE621 - Integrative Seminar
CMPR601 - Christian Preaching: Theology and Practice
ETHI776 - Moaning, Singing and shouting: Spiritual Longing & Enlightenmen in African American Music
OLDT636 - The Crossroads:Interpreting the Book of Job
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

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Spring 2009 New Course
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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

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For students entering the second required semester of Field Education this spring
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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 sdrummond@ants.edu) 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

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Addendum on the MDiv Curriculum Transition
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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 questions.

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

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Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus
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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 tjdelorenzo@ants.edu. 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

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Connect Web Site problem for Winter & Spring Courses *** New ***
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The IT department is aware of a problem with Connect where the student courses are not showing up in the correct sessions. In short, the Academic tab is appears to be listing under "Current Courses" the FA08 and on-campus SP09 courses, and then under "Future Courses" the WI09 and on-line SP09 courses. This problem has been reported to the vendor. As long as you are seeing all of your courses under one of these options, you are all set. Feel free to email the Help Desk, helpdesk@ants.edu, if you have questions.

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Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am
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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

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Fellowship News:
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SA Announcements
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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 (sa@ants.edu) by December 15th so we can RSVP. The event is on Saturday, January 17th from 9-4 in Boston.

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Beauty For Sale
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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.

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Other News and Opportunities:
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Change of Date Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
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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
401-421-4032

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 metrepwar@prodigy.net.

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Show your colors at your next slumber party!
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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!!

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BC Gym Parking Costs
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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

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Art Night & Weaving Knowledge
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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 fulajoy@hotmail.com or talk to Joy (Resident Teaching Artist).

Contact Joy (Resident Teaching Artist at ANTS) with questions (Dhonen@ants.edu)