Presidents Email - August 15, 2018 - New Saint Andrews College

Presidents Email – August 15, 2018

Welcome to my August update:

Greetings from New Saint Andrews College as we wrap up a very productive summer and anticipate an exciting academic year featuring our highest freshman enrollment in a decade. We look forward to continuing our mission of educating and graduating leaders who shape culture living faithfully under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

To begin, here is a recap of our productive summer here in Moscow:

ACCS Honor Choir
Take a look at the newly-posted YouTube clip from June’s fabulous ACCS Honor Choir at the annual conference which was in Frisco, Texas:
We were delighted to have sixty-eight students in attendance and look forward to next year’s Honor Choir, which is scheduled to be held June 12-15 in Atlanta. If you would like more information about participating, please email Heather Lloyd at or visit

Music Camp
There were over 220 students in grades K-12 from as far away as Wisconsin who attended this year’s fantastic activity-filled day camp with the theme of “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God.” Next year will be the tenth year of NSA’s music camp under the direction of Dr. David Erb. It is worth the trip to attend and is scheduled to be July 8-13, 2019.

Called Conference
We were pleased to host 126 high school students from across the country and Canada for the first Called Conference just a few weeks ago. Our speakers addressed topics such as: film, writing, economics, politics, media, and law, while modeling how to engage the culture and advance the kingdom. See more about the Called Conference here:
Plan to join us next July 15-20, 2019, for another inspiring, activity-filled week.

Chenaniah Summer Music Institute
In late July, we had music teachers come from ten different states. The program was rigorous and informative, seeking to build up and encourage music teachers while equipping them with the skills needed for a successful music literacy program, all through the lens of a Christian worldview. NSA was pleased to have the following outstanding instructors intensely investing in those attending: David Erb, Jarrod Richey, Lamar Robertson, and Sarah Davis. The institute culminated with a fabulous choral concert last Friday in the Nuart Theater, which you can view here (the finale piece begins at 58:40): We look forward to doing this again next year from July 22-August 2, 2019.

Classical Christian Studies
Also in mid-July, twenty-five graduate students descended here upon Moscow for a week of intensive residency courses, including Latin with Mr. Griffith, Byzantine Theology with Mr. Escalante, and Classical Rhetoric with Dr. Schlect. They came from all regions of the United States, and even from as far as Indonesia, to enjoy the rigor and the face-to-face banter of classroom interaction that is an important component of NSA’s Classical and Christian Studies graduate program.

Prologus Week 
Currently, we are pleased that the 2018-2019 freshman class as well as attendant parents have descended from the four winds upon Moscow to complete their orientation week known as Prologus. It is also known as “Week 0”, as it is a foundational, introductory week for our new students before the first week of NSA’s Jerusalem term begins.

Concurrent with Prologus week is NSA’s annual week of intense Latin instruction led by Timothy Griffith where those brave souls who have registered speak Latin exclusively in the classroom and in other venues all day for four days.

New Faculty
Joining our faculty this year is Dr. Joseph Tipton who will be teaching Greek and Latin as well as directing Wenden House and teaching in the new M.A. in Theology and Letters.  Learn more about Dr. Tipton here:

Also joining us is Dr. Ryan Smith as Fellow of Music. Dr. Smith will be teaching, performing, and helping to develop the NSA Music Conservatory. Learn more about Dr. Smith here:

Alumni Weekend
We continue to look forward to New Saint Andrews Alumni Weekend September 21-23. All Alumni are invited to join us for a special Alumni Disputatio on Friday, followed by a wine and cheese reception. More details for the weekend, as well as registration information, can be found at

Prospective Student Weekends
We are always glad to have prospective students come visit classes and activities; one of the best times to do that is during a prospective student weekend, which is particularly geared to address the questions of prospective students who want to find out more about college life at NSA. Those specific weekends are scheduled for September 21-22 as well as October 26-27. For more information and to register, see our admissions page at

Benjamin Merkle
President of New Saint Andrews College

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