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

Presidents Email – July 15, 2018

Welcome to my July update:

Summer greetings from New Saint Andrews College. The summer months bring a different pace to academic institutions, as many of you also enjoy experiencing. I was glad to visit with some of you at the annual Association of Classical and Christian Schools conference in Frisco, Texas. I am grateful for how productive that week was in the furthering of classical Christian education across our nation. It is a privilege to be actively involved in repairing the educational ruins that our society is currently mired in.

ACCS National Honor Choir
At that conference, New Saint Andrews was pleased to sponsor the first annual ACCS National Honor Choir under the direction of our own Dr. David Erb. Over seventy students from across the nation participated in an intense week of musical rehearsals and study, culminating in a glorious choir concert accompanied by professional instrumentalists from the Dallas metro area for the enjoyment of conference attendees. New Saint Andrews is dedicated to renewing a spirit of classical excellence in music instruction and was pleased to share that enthusiasm with many of you.

Music Camp
In a similar vein, our college will be hosting two local intensive music opportunities in July: the first is Schola Cantorum Music Camp which meets during the daytime starting this week from July 9 to July 14 here in Moscow, Idaho, also under the direction of Dr. David Erb, where students will be learning to make and enjoy music to the glory of God. Second, just on the heels of music camp, we will host the Chenaniah Summer Music Institute from July 23 to August 3, which is a collegiate/adult program and includes Christian Kodaly training for music teachers. More details can be found here:
 https://music.nsa.edu/csmi/.

CALLED Conference
To round out the conference schedule this summer, our college is looking forward to hosting 114 young people (ages 14 to 19) from all over the United States at our CALLED Conference from July 16 to July 20 where we hope to encourage and challenge them in the process of becoming cultural leaders under the guidance of several nationally known speakers. We are grateful for the opportunity to invest in the lives of pre-college age students this summer. You can read more about it here: http://calledconference.ninja/.

Classical Christian Studies
Also taking place from July 16 to 20, we are pleased to be hosting graduate students who are currently enrolled in our Classical Christian Studies program. This program is designed for those individuals who seek a firm grounding in the western liberal arts tradition. It is especially attractive to teachers involved in classical Christian education. Here is further information: https://www.nsa.edu/academics/graduate-school/ccs/.

Prologus Week
Toward the end of summer break, we are looking forward to meeting and greeting our new 2018-2019 freshman class and their families for a full slate of  orientation, which we call Prologus Week (August 7 to 10). More information for Prologus Week and for new students can be found here: https://www.nsa.edu/academics/new-students/.

New Academic Year
Regular classes for the 2018-2019 academic year will convene the following Monday. We are pleased to have over fifty incoming freshmen, which is the largest entering class in a decade.

Alumni Weekend
We are looking forward to New Saint Andrews Alumni Weekend from September 21 to 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 and registration information can be found here: https://connect.nsa.edu/alumni/alumni-weekend-2018/.

Prospective Student Weekend
That same weekend, we will not only be looking back at our alumni, but we will also be looking forward to potential new students at our first Prospective Student Weekend of the new academic year. Prospective students are invited to attend New Saint Andrews September 21 to 22 as well as October 26 to 27. Of course, visitors are always welcome, and one of the best ways to see if New Saint Andrews College is for you is to come visit. It is quite helpful to shadow the freshman classes for an entire week, so contact us if that sounds interesting to you or someone that you know. Here is a link to the admissions page of our website: https://www.nsa.edu/admissions/visit-nsa/.

May you enjoy the special opportunities that the summer brings with it, and perhaps we will providentially cross paths at an upcoming event.

Cordially,

Benjamin Merkle
President of New Saint Andrews College


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