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Student Success Joins Arts & Sciences

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday August 28, 2014

Student Success Joins Arts & Sciences

We are pleased to announce that the Division of Student Success will now join the College of Arts and Sciences!

The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to provide students with a liberal arts education which will serve as a foundation for the pursuit of lifelong learning, ethical living, and a successful career. The fundamental goal of the Division of Student Success is to help students identify their strengths and point them in the direction for success.

Dr. Fernando Arzola Jr., Dean of Arts & Sciences and Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, Associate Dean of the Division of Student Success are excited about this partnership as they believe it will help to enhance our academic support services to the Nyack College students.

HEOP Update

The Division of Student Success was able to obtain for Nyack College a five year HEOP (2014-2019) grant for the Rockland campus in June. The Rockland campus will welcome twenty five HEOP first year students this fall. The new allocation will boast the total number of HEOP students at Rockland to sixty-two. 

In addition the New York City campus was also awarded HEOP funding for (2014-2019). Nyack College was the only HEOP participating college within the state of New York to receive additional funding for another campus site.  .

Highlights of the HEOP funding for 2014-2019 include

Math Success Initiative that will encourage complete math remediation by beginning of HEOP student second college year; to provide professional tutoring and departmental networking with college faculty to ensure success in required college level math courses. Deborah Spivey, Lecturer in Developmental Education, will lead this initiative.

Allocation of funds to support research partnerships between faculty and HEOP students in an effort to encourage strong research skills and graduate school admissions as well as preparation for the world of work. This initiative will be executed through partnership with Dr. Vilma Balmeceda, Director of the Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement.

Developmental Education Teaching Faculty for 2014-2015

Deborah Spivey, Foundations of Algebra (NYC & Rockland)

James Carrington, Math Essentials (NYC)

Gina Jacob Strain, Academic Life Skills (NYC & Rockland) 

Nathaniel Perez, Academic Life Skills (Rockland)

Denise Patrick, Fundamentals of Writing, Critical Thinking (NYC)

Joan Wilkins, Foundations of Literature, Academic Life Skills (NYC & Rockland)

Joseph Matar, Fundamentals of Writing (NYC)

Hector Lino, Academic Life Skills (NYC)

Kevin Keisal, Fundamental of Writing and Intermediate Writing (Rockland)

Susie Tolaio, Critical Thinking, Foundations of Literature and Introduction to College Reading (Rockland) 

For more information of the Division of Student Success:

Arts & Sciences Participate in Faculty Retreat

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Friday August 22, 2014

Arts & Sciences Faculty Participate in 2014 Annual Retreat

Friday, August 22, 2013

Rev. Br. Randy Greve, Director of Associates at Holy Cross Monastery, led the day on the topic "Benedictine Archtypes of the Christian Life: Child, Worker, Warrior, Athlete, Student."

Dr. Yu Receives Columbia University Grant

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday August 4, 2014

Dr. Keyone Kale Yu, Assistant Professor of History, is the recipient of the Columbia University 2014 Libraries Research Awards. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to scholars whose research proposals demonstrated a compelling need to consult Columbia University Libraries holdings for their work.

Dr. Yu's project is entitled Conceiving a Religious and Social Movement: Henry G. Appenzeller in Late Nineteenth Century Korea.

Collections: Starr; late nineteenth-century periodicals and Burke, Missionary Research Library Archive, Henry G. Appenzeller papers.

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Adjunct D'Agusto continues art exhibitions success

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Wednesday July 30, 2014

Marc D’Agusto, Art History adjunct, will have his work displayed at two more shows:

The MFA National Competition at First Street Gallery in Chelsea, NY and an inclusion at Gateway Plaza Gallery's Emerald City Exhibit in Newark NJ.

For information about The First Street Gallery:

For information about The Gateway Project:!gatewaygallery/cfvg

Dr. Yu Honored by Wheaton's Institute of American Evangelicals

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Saturday July 12, 2014

Dr. Keyone Kale Yu, Assistant Professor of History, was honored by Wheaton College’s Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. He was selected as one of the winners of the “Diversity in American Evangelicalism” research travel grants. Dr. Yu was recognized for his work on Korean immigrant congregations in the New York City area.

For more information on the ISAE:

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