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Marquand Chapel is almost unrecognizable this summer. The wood and stone floors have been ripped up. Chandeliers are gone. Dust covers every surface. The piercing clamor of the arc welder fills the nave. The chapel is undergoing a total facelift.
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Nora Tubbs Tisdale Nora Tubbs Tisdale, a longtime Presbyterian pastor and veteran of three seminary faculties, is joining Yale Divinity School as a professor of homiletics. Beginning this fall, Tisdale will teach the theory and practice of preaching.

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Dave BrubeckThe Dave Brubeck Quartet will perform with the Yale Camerata on Oct. 9 at Yale's Woolsey Hall during Convocation and Reunions week 2006. Among the selections will be a performance of Brubeck's Pange Lingua Variations, part of a canon of sacred works composed by the celebrated jazz icon. The concert is sponsored by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. >Go to story

Four YDS alumni will receive awards for distinguished service at this year's Convocation and Reunions, Oct. 9-12. Recipients are: David E. Price '64 B.D., '66 M.A., '69 Ph.D.; Hallam C. Shorrock, Jr., '52 M.Div.; Thomas S. Neilsen '76 M.Div.; and Preston N. Williams '54 S.T.M. The awards will be formally presented at a banquet to be held Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6 p.m. at the New Haven Lawn Club. >Go to story

Web siteVisitors to the new Yale Divinity School web site will encounter a livelier, more attractive and easier-to-navigate YDS internet presence. Content on the home page is much more people- and news-oriented, yet maintains all of the critical information of its predecessor.

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Sally M. Promey, a highly regarded historian of American art whose research engages relationships between visual culture and religious experience, is joining the faculties at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Yale Divinity School and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  Her most recently completed monograph, Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's "Triumph of Religion" at the Boston Public Library, received the American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Historical Study of Religion.  Promey is currently on the faculty of the University of Maryland. >Go to Story

Convocation and Reunions 2006 will be celebrated Oct. 9-12 on Sterling Divinity Quadrangle, and registration forms postmarked by September 11 will yield savings in Convocation lecture fees. Featured lecturers include Thomas G. Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Emory University (Lyman Beecher Lectures) and John P. Meier, William K. Warren Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame (Kent Shaffer Lectures). Reunion classes include 1951, 1956 and 1981. Cluster reunions will be held for 1970-72 and 1990-92. >Go to Convocation 2006.

Solar PanelsThe pounding of feet and the sounds of construction at Fisher Hall over the past year pointed to an exciting new YDS venture in collaboration with the University: the installation of solar energy panels atop the 1950s-vintage dormitory.

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Aidan KavanaughAidan J. Kavanagh, professor emeritus of liturgics at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School , died July 9 at his home in Hamden, CT at the age of 77. A Benedictine monk, Kavanagh was among the first faculty hired at the Institute soon after its move to Yale from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 1973. His influence was critical in the United States to the appropriation of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. >Go to story

Yale Divinity School alumni have free access to an online collection of more than 70 major religion and theology journals, thanks to a two-year grant from the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) and generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc. Available titles include such journals as Christian Century, Interpretation, Journal of Biblical Literature, Sociology of Religion, Theological Studies, and Worship. >Go to story

View a photo collage of the teaching and learning experience on the Quad, June 5-23.  Once again, Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music, in cooperation with Berkeley Divinity School, offered an exciting series of weeklong courses in a variety of fields, including biblical studies, worship, music, interfaith dialogue, pastoral care, art, and ministry.  It's not too early to begin thinking about Summer Term 2007.
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The Rev. Dr. William Sachs has been named as a visiting assistant professor of Anglican studies for the 2006 fall semester. He was most recently head of research for the Episcopal Church Foundation and will teach the foundational course in Episcopal history and theology, as well as serve as a mentor and advisor to Episcopal students.

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