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Monday, January 05, 2009

ANTS Student E-News - Monday, January 5th, 2009

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Academic & Facilities:
- Spring 2009 Registration Continues & Full Courses *** Check Daily ***
- Addendum on the MDiv Curriculum Transition
- Spiritual Direction and Counseling on Campus
- Connect Web Site problem for Winter & Spring Courses
- Important Internet Explorer Update
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Fellowship News:
- SA Announcements
- MLK Day of Service Opportunity

Other News and Opportunities:
- Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability Conference
- Change of Date Toni DiPina Ordination, February 8th
- BC Gym Parking Costs
- Art Night & Weaving Knowledge

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Academic & Facilities:
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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 - Systematic Theology II -Practitioner Program
THEO614 - Systematic Theology II

Cancel Courses:
THEO733 - Unitarian Universalist Theologies

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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
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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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Important Internet Explorer Update
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Microsoft released a critical security patch on Wednesday to plug vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, a move that comes amid malicious attackers taking advantage of the security flaws. The patch is designed to prevent attackers from downloading malware onto users' computers if they visit a malicious Web site, or a legitimate Web site that has been infected. This zero-day exploit has been in circulation since the first week of December and potentially could have infected a wide swath of users. The vulnerabilities are found in not only IE 7, Microsoft's latest browser, but also Internet Explorer 5.01, Internet Explorer 6, and Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1.

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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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Other News and Opportunities:
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Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability Conference
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Technology and Culture Forum at MIT will be hosting the Boston gathering for Trinity Institute at the end of January. This year's topic, "Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability," is critical and timely. justice and human rights would be a great contribution to our work and experience.

Drawing on presentations by Majora Carter, Timothy Gorringe, David Korten, and Nestor Miguez, we will consider together: Is there a theological basis for living abundantly while striving for justice and sustainability? For details please see the website (http://web.mit.edu/tac).

The event is open to the public.

The Rev. Amy McCreath
Episcopal Chaplain at MIT
Technology and Culture Forum
617-253-2983

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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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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)