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21st Century One Room Schoolhouse coming to Atlanta
Special Offer for children of Columbia Theological Seminary faculty, staff and graduate students: 21st Century STEM Academy will offer a $1000 scholarship per child for five years with a guarantee that tuition will not increase for your family during the five year period. 21st Century Stem Academy, Atlanta’s high-tech version of the one room schoolhouse, opens in August on Clairmont Road, near Emory University. University of Chicago professor Benjamin Bloom found that combining mastery based learning and prohibitively expensive individualized tutoring produced students who scored, on average, higher than 98% of all other students. School founder Gareth Genner, former President of an elite college prep school, has spent twenty years solving Bloom’s “Two Sigma Problem” and this school achieves that goal by leveraging accomplished teachers with a research-based blended learning curriculum and one-to-one technology to provide an affordable, personalized, STEM focused education for every student. For more information visit their facebook page or website.
Campus Security & Fire Safety Report
In accordance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (P.L. 101-542), Columbia Theological Seminary is required to disclose campus security policy and campus crime statistics annually to all current students and employees and to any prospective students/employees upon request. The intent of this federal legislation is to promote awareness and to encourage responsible action in making the Seminary a safer place. Columbia Theological Seminary is also committed to providing a fire‐safe environment for the faculty, staff, students and visitors, and to protecting its property through an effective fire prevention, protection, preparedness and response program. These policies are in effect to assist the campus community in working together to maintain an environment that reduces the risk of fire hazards. Download Here.
AAAS Sermon Competition
Through a grant from the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), Columbia Theological Seminary is able to host a sermon-writing competition for a generous cash prize that addresses the following broad question: How can science further theological understanding? In a sermon (6-8 pages) based on at least one biblical text, discuss or illustrate how science can enhance Christian faith and practice. The sermon will be judged in terms of clarity and creativity. The due date for submission is April 25 by 4:00 pm. Please submit a manuscript with no name, however, please indicate who the author is to Ann Clay Adams. Manuscripts may be submitted in person to CH114, through campus mail (Box 11F) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RISING MIDDLERS and 2nd/3rd YEAR DUAL DEGREE STUDENTS: Time is NOW to apply for Explorations 2017! Explorations (I-520) is a required course for ALL MDiv and Dual Degree Students. (MAPT and MATS students may apply, but first consideration for placement is given to MDiv and Dual degree students.) You may apply to take I-520 in 2017 if you will have completed 42 credits by the end of Fall Term 2016. Check your CTS email for the application and course information sheet. Applications are due April 15, 2016! Contact Int’l Programs Office (email@example.com) if you have questions or concerns
Library Hours for Spring Break
The library hours during Spring Break are:
- April 2 and 3 – CLOSED
- April 4 through 8 – 8:30 to 4:30
- April 9 and 10 – CLOSED
Cap and Gown Orders
The deadline for reserving your Cap and Gown for May 2016 Commencement is rapidly approaching. Please make sure you have taken care of this important matter before MARCH 21, 2016. It takes a few minutes to complete the form. No payment is required.
Wanted: TAs for Biblical Languages
Did you do well in a biblical language course and enjoy it? Are you willing to share your knowledge, skill, and love of the language with students who will soon begin their exploration of Greek or Hebrew grammar? Do you want to test your own ability to teach or the possibility that you might pursue further study in Old or New Testament? The Bible Area is currently welcoming letters of application for teaching assistantships for B501 Essentials of Greek, Summer 2016, and for B505 Introductory Biblical Hebrew, Fall 2016. Please send a latter of application to Raj Nadella (Nadellar@ctsnet.edu) no later than noon on March 21, 2016. The positions entail the following responsibilities:
Greek (Summer Term, July 11 – August 19, 2016)
Regular attendance and participation in plenary sections.
Class meets five days a week, three hours a day (9:00 a.m. to noon), for six weeks. One half of each day is spent in plenary and one half in precepts, with a break in the middle. Primary teaching responsibility for one small group of 9-11 students. This includes daily review of plenary material, discussion of homework, and facilitation of drills and reading, as well as supervised grading of quizzes and exams. Weekly meetings with the instructor to prepare for the small groups, to overview upcoming lectures, to address any questions or concerns, and to read passages of the New Testament together.
Hebrew (Fall semester, 2016)
Regular attendance and participation in plenary sections.
Primary teaching responsibility for one small group of 8-10 students, which will meet twice a week. This includes review of plenary material, discussion of homework, and facilitation of drills and reading. Weekly meetings with the instructor to prepare for the small groups, to overview upcoming lectures, to address any questions or concerns, and to read passages of the Old Testament together.
Please let us know of your interest in serving in this important capacity by writing a letter/email that includes the following: a brief statement about your interest in teaching Greek or Hebrew, a list of the Hebrew, Greek, and exegetical courses you have taken, and any other information you consider pertinent. Please send the latter of application to Raj Nadella (Nadellar@ctsnet.edu) no later than noon on March 21, 2016. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Raj Nadella or any other member of the Bible Area.
Writing Consultations at the Center for Academic Literacy
Want to discuss your exegesis paper, research project, book review, essay exam, or another writing assignment with a writing coach? Need help with textual analysis, critical reading and thinking, or effective communication? Click here to schedule a 30 minute appointment. New Hours are as follows:
- Mondays 1:00 – 5:00 pm
- Tuesdays 10:00 am – 12:00 noon & 1:00 – 5:00 pm
- Wednesdays 2:00 – 5:00 pm
- Thursdays 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Christ, Culture and Mission in Appalachia: Immersion Seminar
April 25-May 10, 2016. This is a 16-day immersion in the North Carolina Cherokee Nation and the coal-producing and agricultural counties of southeast Kentucky. The residential bases will be Cherokee, NC, and Berea, Hindman, and Pine Mountain, KY. The group, led by Columbia Theological Seminary professor, Skip Johnson, and AMERC executive director, Lon Oliver, will engage in on-site interactions with congregations, agencies, businesses, and community leaders from the region. Daily routines will include worship, theological and cultural analysis, reading and reflection. A final integrative paper will be required of all students wishing academic credit. The cost of the course is $1,000, which includes meals, accommodations, and transportation during the course. Application deadline is March 15, 2016. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and additional information.
They’re here! Get your Women in Ministry shirts, lovingly designed by our very own Allison Wehrung and Lauren Wright Pittman. Each shirt demonstrates your support of our sisters in ministry, as well as subsidizing the cost of the Ladies Senior Spring Tea and Gift. Order directly through Bonfire Funds HERE. They will process payment and ship the orders directly. Hurry! The sale is only open until March 21! For questions, please contact Kate Watkins.