Every Day A Gift Concert: Music Prof and Transplant Recipient, Sungrai Sohn

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Sunday September 25, 2016

The Nyack College School of Music in Rockland County will host, “Every Day a Gift: An Evening with Sungrai Sohn,” on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Nyack’s Pardington Hall, 45 South Boulevard in Nyack, NY. Prof. Sohn is a concert violinist and professor of music, known for his international performances in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada. Admission to the event is free.

Sungrai has appeared as soloist and chamber musician with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra; Laurentian String Quartet; and the Nyack College Trio-in- Residence, the Amasi Trio. His acclaimed performances have been featured at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center.  

The evening’s program will include dynamic works for violin including, "Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24," Beethoven and "Zigeunerweisen" Op. 20, Saraste. A screening of "To Have and to Give," a film produced and directed by David Esposito, Sungrai's brother-in-law and his living transplant donor will be shown. The piece documents Sungrai’s journey through the partial organ transplant experience in 2001. The film also highlights his life as a musician, and as an individual able to maintain peace, and optimism, despite years of illness and uncertainty. Sungrai received a second whole liver transplant in 2014. A question and answer session will follow the film.

Sungrai is a recipient of the Maryland Women's Club Award, the Artist International Award, Jack Kahn Award and Honored Diplomat at the Algiers Fourth International Music Festival. He is a grand prize winner of the Korean National competitions in violin solo and in chamber music and a winner of “Friends and Enemies” of the New Music competition.

Learn more about Sungrai Sohn here.  For more information about the concert, phone the School of Music Office at 845.675.4687.


Holly Nichols: Keeping the Nyack Founder's Vision Alive

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Sunday September 25, 2016

When Nyack College (Missionary Training Institute) founder Dr. A. B. Simpson spoke of taking the whole gospel to the whole world, he had people like Holly Nichols (NC ’16) in mind. She’s been one of our 80,000 alumni whose degree is being used to serve others; for her, service is a lifestyle, not an “occupation.”

The campus community is excited to welcome back Holly as the Founder’s Day chapel speaker during Nyack’s 2016 Homecoming Weekend on Friday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m. in Bowman Gymnasium.

The Interdisciplinary Studies major (Business Administration and Bible and Theological Studies) minored in Pastoral Ministry; in 2008, she earned a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at Nyack.

Holly moved to Asia in 2009 to work with a team engaged in church planting among unreached people groups. Her major focus has been teaching on prayer and intercession and facilitating a prayer house.

She is currently residing in Redding, CA and attends the School of Supernatural Ministry at Bethel Church.

What’s her long-term goal? “To see the kingdom of God advance in any way possible!”

You’ll be inspired by the way this courageous woman of God adds new chapters to the book-of-Acts. Don’t miss this Founder’s Day chapel!

Nyack President, Professors and Staff Are CCCU Diversity Conference Presenters

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday September 23, 2016

Nyack College, named this year as one of America’s top 50 most ethnically diverse U.S. colleges by The Best Colleges.org, will welcome the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) 2016 Diversity Conference to the New York City campus Friday, September 23-25, located at Two Washington Street in Battery Park.

Among the featured presenters and panelists are the following:


9:00 AM Conference Welcome Session, Dr. Michael G. Scales, President, Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary

Musical performance by Purpose, the Nyack College NYC Gospel Ensemble, directed by Prof. Willana Mack

11:00 AM Dr. Wanda Walborn, Director, Office of Spiritual Formation, Getting on the Same Page: Spiritual Formation in a Diverse Community

2:00 PM Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, Associate Dean of Student Success and Mr. Nathaniel Perez, College Advisor/Coordinator for The Conversation Project, The Conversation Project: Expanding the Dialogue on Race & Cultural Reconciliation

6:00 PM Arts Presentation: Pieces from West Side Story performed by the Nyack College Drama Ensemble, directed by Dr. David Turk (Provost, Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary and member of the CCCU Commission on Diversity) and School of Music professors, Dr. Dana Talley and Prof. Mary Gatchell


8:45 AM Worship led by Dr. Charles Hammond (Nyack NYC, Associate Dean of Students and Brooklyn Tabernacle, Assistant Pastor

9:00 AM Presidents Panel, Panelists include Dr. Michael G. Scales, President, Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary

11:00 AM Sponsorship & Networking: Critical Contributors to the Multi-Ethnic Leadership Development? Networking Panelist: Mrs. Wanda Velez (Nyack Rockland County Associate Dean of Students)

6:00 PM Musical performance by the Christian Folk Ensemble and Nyack College NYC Alumni Choir directed by Dr. Sue Talley (Dean Nyack NYC School of Music) and Prof. Willana Mack.


Nyack Among Alliance Colleges Featured in Special Fall ALife

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday September 23, 2016

If you’re an Alliance Life magazine subscriber, you may know by now that the latest edition puts the spotlight on Alliance colleges.

You’ll enjoy a series of wonderful features that showcase Nyack College. This special issue includes articles from Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary President Michael Scales, Vice President for College Relations Jeff Quinn, Nyack alumnus Josue Calderon and ATS alumnus Dr. Joel Smith.

The online version of the publication will be live on September 30.

A Prayer Walk From NYC to Chicago With ATS Alumnus Al Taylor

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday September 23, 2016

If someone asks you to walk a mile in his shoes, you might consider it. But would you be willing to trek 780 miles from New York City to Chicago?

That’s what 2011 Alliance Theological Seminary alumnus Rev. Al Taylor did. The pastor at Infinity Mennonite Church in Harlem is no stranger to walking. In fact , he completed his prayer walk this past August traveling through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. His story was featured in the Summer 2016 issue of The Positive Community, a New Jersey publication.

Under the protection of police escort, he participated in a prayer gathering on Chicago’s South Side where more than 500 individuals have been victims of violence in 2016, covered by Fox News 32 Chicago.

Under the banner of “It’s a Love Thing,” Rev. Taylor’s walk was a demonstration against gun violence. He is also the founder of “Man Up in Harlem,” an outreach ministry for men that includes weekly prayer walks and a variety of community service efforts.