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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Re: ANTS Student E-News - Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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Academic & Facilities:
- New Curriculum on ANTS Website
- Updated Library Schedule
- New Director of IT
- Winter Course Evaluations
- Current IT Issues
- Buyback of Thurman book
- Help Plan Commencement 2009! *** New ***
- The Summer Institute in Arts and Worship, June 20-25
- Make-Up Day for Wednesday January 28th Canceled Classes, April 8th
- Winter Parking Ban, November 15 - April 15, 11:00pm - 7:00am

Community News:
- Food Pantry
- Wanted for February Fund-Raising Letter
- Two Worship Items
- Multicultural Festival, February 13th
- New Art Exhibit in the Meetinghouse and Wilson galleries, February
16th - April 16th
- Prison Ministry Fellowship meeting February 17th
- Introducing the Preacher's Club! Tuesdays in Wilson Small Chapel,
February 17th
- The Bible's Buried Secrets, February 18th *** Special Update***
- Art Opening in Noyes Hall, February 19th
- Sacred Opera "The Prioress's Tale," Sunday February 22

Other News and Opportunities:
- Coats, Hats, Mittens Needed!
- Art Night Fellowship

Academic & Facilities:
New Curriculum on ANTS Website
An overview of the new curriculum for MDiv Students has been posted on
the school website. Here is the link to go directly to that page;

Updated Library Schedule
The spring semester schedule is:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

New Director of IT
It gives me great pleasure to announce the hiring Tim Swansey as IT
Director. He will be starting Feb 17, 2009. Please stop by the IT
Department to welcome him. Tim comes back to Andover Newton with a
vast amount of computer networking knowledge and will be able to help us
get back on our IT feet, sooner rather than later.
Michael P. Delfino

Winter Course Evaluations
Winter evaluations have been out for a couple of weeks now. If you took
a winter course, we urge you to take the time to fill one out.

Your feedback is not a pointless exercise; The results are actually
used for course assessments, faculty reviews, and for professor tenure
reviews, as well as a way for the accreditation board and our President
to measure the quality of education we are providing as a school.
Both positive and negative feedback are sought and appreciated. With a
new curriculum coming out, now more than ever YOU have the chance to
influence your experience and that of future students at Andover

Thank you.
The Faculty Office

Current IT Issues
While we eagerly await improvements to our internet access, the IT
department is working on several other issues that have been noticed by
the students.

Library: The EZproxy link for remote library database access is down.
The databases, however, can be accessed directly in the Trask Library or
in the Computer Lab.

1) Connect business office statements cannot be generated.
2) Connect users may not be able to change their own email address.
3) Connect users may have problems posting messages because of errors
that the text is too long.
Please see the Connect main page for a listing of open issues and

Thank you for your patience as we sort out these issues,
Emily Leavitt
Manager of IT

Buyback of Thurman book
If you have a copy of the Howard Thurman book, With Head and Heart: The
Autobiography of Howard Thurman, the bookstore is interested in buying
back copies for current students taking the class. Bring your copy to
the bookstore in exchange for a store credit you can use for future

Help Plan Commencement 2009! *** New ***
I am looking for a few impending graduates and other students to join
the Commencement Committee to help plan this year's big event. If you
would like to participate please let me know. We are hoping to meet for
the 1st time next Friday at 2 pm. We generally meet on Fridays so you
would need to be available then. I look forward to hearing from you!

Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

The Summer Institute in Arts and Worship, June 20-25
Get out your calendar! The Summer Institute in Arts and Worship is

This year's theme, "Arts and the Sensual in Renewing Worship", will
feature Don Saliers, and will include workshops with Ellen Oak, Mark
Burrows, Lisa DiFranza, and Rod Pattenden. The dates for the Institute
are June 21 - 24, with an additional Pre-Institute workshop entitled
"Helping Worship Work (and Play)" on June 20, at Old South Church.
Students taking the Institute for credit must attend from June 20 -
More information will be coming in the weeks ahead.

Make-Up Day for Wednesday January 28th Canceled Classes, April 8th
Please mark your calendars that Wednesday, April 8 will be the make-up
day for Wednesday's classes canceled as a result of the storm. Spring
Break will therefore run from Maundy Thursday, April 9, through Sunday,
April 19.

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

Community News:
Food Pantry
Have you been hearing things lately at the grocery store? Do cereal
boxes and soups seem to be calling your name? Well, they might be asking
to be brought to the food pantry. This year the pantry has been in
serious need of your support. For those who do not know, the pantry on
campus is in the kitchen next to the student lounge. Next time you are
at the store please pick up something to give.

Wanted for February Fund-Raising Letter
Our February fundraising letter is going to be a Valentine to our alums
and friends - we would love quotes from students expressing your
appreciation for the scholarships and funds alums and friends make
possible -- if you are willing to be quoted directly, please give me
your name and where you are from - it can be "Jean, from Burlington, VT"
- it doesn't have to be a full name...

Our donors love to hear from YOU! Email your comments to

Priscilla Conwell Deck
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Two Worship Items
Celtic Evening Prayer Begins THIS WEEK!
Evening prayer is a quiet time to relax and open to the Spirit. The
Celtic tradition delights in God's goodness and reminds us of God's
presence in all of creation. Join us for prayer, music and reflection
every Tuesday evening from 9:00 to 9:25 p.m.

Morning Worship NEW TIME: 8:25 a.m.
Morning Worship continues all semester in the lower level of Wilson
Chapel. Sometimes you need more than a cup of coffee to start the day...
Join us now at 8:25!

Morgan R. McLean

Multicultural Festival, February 13th
Please accept this invitation to the "Multicultural Festival". We are
going to celebrate our cultural diversity on Friday, February 13th, 2009
at 5pm in the Meeting House.

This year's festival will begin with a flag parade and a pot-luck
dinner. At least six international students (ANTS and BC) and a faculty
member are preparing country presentations. We may also host guests from
a Greek-Orthodox Church, who will tell us about they work with Ugandan

Bring your families and friends. Share your favorite dish or present
something from your culture. It is a MULTICULTURAL event, so you don't
need a foreign passport to be a part of it ;-) Embrace diversity!

Questions? Contact:

New Art Exhibit in the Meetinghouse and Wilson galleries, February 16th
- April 16th
"My America: An Exhibition of Photographs" by Kwesi Arthur running
February 16-April 16, 2009 in the Meetinghouse and Wilson galleries
Kwesi Arthur is a Ghanaian visual artist now living in Boston. Kwesi
has spent the last twenty years exploring his own identity as an
American through his camera and the music and art of the western world.
A special show opening reception will be held with the artist in the
Meetinghouse gallery, 26 February, 5 - 8 p.m.

Prison Ministry Fellowship meeting February 17th
The Prison Ministry Fellowship will meet Feb. 17th at noon in the
dining room. We will be talking about the Alternatives to Violence
Project, and the possibility of bringing this training to ANTS. We will
also discuss and plan about prison visitation and ministry for next year
(i.e. partnering with Partakers). Also we will check in on various
prison ministries ongoing with ANTS students. Contact Bill Gural at

Introducing the Preacher's Club! Tuesdays in Wilson Small Chapel,
February 17th
The Preachers Club will hold its first event on Tuesday, Feb. 17th from
12 - 1 PM (Lunch time - bring a snack!) Our first Student Preacher will
be Melvin Williams and it will be held in the Lower Chapel. Flyers will
be located through the campus and we can't wait to get started! Please
visit our student page on connect to view the speakers for the next
couple of months!

The Preacher's Club provides Andover students with a nurturing
environment for the development and practice of sermon delivery using
the skills and tools necessary for effective preaching of the gospel in
the African American Preaching Tradition.

The Bible's Buried Secrets, February 18th *** Special Update***
Spend an Evening with Producers of NOVA's "The Bible's Buried Secrets"

UUCANS and JOTH are hosting a screening of "The Bible's Buried
Secrets," a film that traces the archaeological routes of the Hebrew
Bible. (You can see more about the film at: We have just learned that
Paula Apsell (Senior Executive Producer for NOVA), Gary Glassman
(President/Writer/Director/Producer of Providence Pictures), and Tristan
Barako (Senior Researcher, Providence Pictures, Inc.) all plan to be
here for the screening. This is a great opportunity to watch a film
with the people who made it, and ask them questions. The film will be
introduced by Prof. Greg Mobley of Andover Newton and Prof. Or Rose of
Hebrew College. We hope you will join us.

This event begins at 6:30 with a wine and cheese reception in the
Wilson lobby, with the film being screened afterwards in the sanctuary.

Art Opening in Noyes Hall, February 19th
Watercolors & Monoprints
by Virginia Vogel Zanger
Open Reception

Please drop in to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments on
Thursday, February 19th from 6:30 - 8:00pm there will be a reception
in the Noyes Dining Hall to celebrate the opening of a show of
watercolors and monoprints by Jamaica Plain artist Virginia Vogel

Travels in Costa Rica, Patagonia, and Cape Cod inspired her
color-drenched landscapes. This work is her largest to date. "The
majesty of Patagonia just could not be captured on a small scale," says
the artist, who has exhibited widely in Boston and at the Provincetown
Art Museum. Additionally, Virginia holds the position of V P of
Community Relations for the Boston Children's Museum. Her interest in
children & creativity transcends visually in her whimsical underwater

Sacred Opera "The Prioress's Tale," Sunday February 22
ANTS is proud to co-sponsor, with the Massachusetts Council of
Churches, a performance of a new sacred opera "The Prioress's Tale" on
Sunday February 22, 2009 4pm in Wilson Chapel, Andover Newton
Theological School. You are warmly invited to attend. For more
information about the opera see:
A reception will follow. Suggested Donation $10. Andover Newton
Theological School is located at 210 Herrick Rd. Newton Centre, MA, with
parking available. For directions, please check the website

Other News and Opportunities:
Coats, Hats, Mittens Needed!
The Eastern Service Workers Association, one of the places we served in
our fall Community Day, is in need of warm clothing. Each winter they
collect good used or new clothing for low income workers who cannot
afford these items for themselves or their children. Given the current
economic reality and our cold winter this need is greater than ever. So
if you have anything you can donate please bring it by my office,
Worcester 104. Please leave a bag in the box outside my door. Obviously
the items should be clean and in good repair, and of course new things
are also welcome.

Many thanks,
Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students and Community Life

Art Night Fellowship
Art night is a year round, drop in, safe, "no rules," open studio
experience held every Thursday, 7-10 pm in the lower studio of the
Meetinghouse. We are a group of adult artists of all skill levels who
gather to experience revelation, healing, fellowship and fun through
visual arts! Many supplies are available or bring your own. Questions?
Contact Joy (Resident Teaching Artist) at