Nyack Athletes in the Kitchen for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday November 22, 2017

On Sunday, the only “day off” during playing season, you would usually find the 13 members of Nyack’s Men’s Basketball team occupied with evening study hall, catching up on rest or socializing with friends. But this is the Sunday before Thanksgiving holiday and most of the dorms have emptied as students are homeward bound for the holiday. More than any other weekend, just the thought of a home-cooked meal this week is probably like an early Christmas present, especially for the four freshmen on the team in their first semester away from family.

But on this Sunday evening, our Nyack Warriors volunteered time for community service. Carl Balthazar, Elijah Farley, Junior Graham, Rashard Lewis, Tahj Malone, Jah-Meer McDuffie, Deandre Osuigwe, Malik Pouncy, Imran Ritchie, Ezekiel Snowden, Curtis Thompson, Calvin Willis and Shawn Witherspoon along with Assistant Coach Stephen Howard gathered at Living Christ Church in downtown Nyack.

Nyack’s Manager of Special Events in the Office of College Relations, Mrs. Nancy Gates (pictured with the team), arranged for the team to prepare stuffing for a community meal that her home church will serve to homeless and low-income families at their Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner.  In two seatings, from noon until 2:00 PM and from 3:00-5:00 PM, this dinner is offered at no cost by Living Christ Church as an "experience of giving thanks in community."

An excellent chef accustomed to cooking for crowds and also the mother of five sons, Mrs. Gates was quite at home guiding the assembly line of young men chopping onions, celery and parsley; sautéing the vegetables, and hand-mixing the combined ingredients. This display of camaraderie and compassion was a perfect segue into the season of charitable giving.

Leadership development is entrenched in the guidance provided by Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jason Crafton. In the spirit of servant leadership, the team enthusiastically offered their down time for the good of those less fortunate than themselves.

“It was a pleasure to give back to the community. I didn’t realize that you can help so many people by chipping in together as a team to help prepare dinner for Thanksgiving,” commented senior Imran Ritchie from Uniondale, NY.

Accustomed to the importance of team effort, Shawn Witherspoon, a junior from Philadelphia, PA observed, “It was great for the team to strengthen our relationship by bonding off the court while also making someone else's Thanksgiving better by helping to prepare the food.”

At this time of year, celebrating the holidays with family and friends can be a blessing easily taken for granted; but the importance of community is not overlooked by senior Rashard Lewis from Chesterfield, VA, who remarked, “Last night was special. We had a chance to take a step back and not think about ourselves. We prepared food for many people in need on a special holiday like Thanksgiving. That church is doing something great for the community by giving people a place to go and to enjoy a family atmosphere!”

Carol & Candlelight Tour Marks 69th Year

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday November 22, 2017

The Nyack College School of Music in Rockland County launches its 69th annual Carol & Candlelight Tour on November 30 in Vermont. The Brass Ensemble will be directed by the School's dean, Dr. Glenn Koponen. Ms. Jennifer Scott will conduct the Women's Chorale and the Handbell Choir.

The repertoire includes seasonal music ranging from classical to contemporary, including carols from England, France, Austria, and the United States. Each evening the tour concludes with a deeply moving Candlelight Ceremony.

If Carol & Candlelight comes to a town near you, you don’t want to miss it! No matter where you are, you can also tune in and hear a livestream of the program on WNKY 88.7FM, Nyack’s radio station.

The Northeast stops are as follows:

Thursday, November 30 at 7:00 PM, Green Mountain Chapel, 480 Western Avenue, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

Friday, December 1 at 7:00 PM, First Baptist Church, 17 N. Main Street, Troy, New Hampshire 03465

Saturday, December 2 at 7:00 PM, Pittsfield Evangelical Free Church, 389 Cheshire Road, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201

Sunday, December 3 at 11:00 AM, West Stephentown Baptist Church, 1672 NY‐43, West Stephentown, New York 12018

Sunday, December 3 at 8:00 PM, Nyack College, Pardington Hall, 45 South Boulevard, Nyack, New York 10960

A free-will offering will be received to benefit the cost of the Carol & Candlelight Tour.

WNYK Interviews Cast Members of "In the Heights"

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday November 20, 2017

Nyack’s Performing Arts Department will revive Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning production of “In the Heights” at the American Theatre of Actors, 314 West 54th Street in Manhattan. The first of eight performances opens on Thursday, November 30 at 8:00 PM. Shows continue December 1 and 2 at 8:00 PM; December 3 at 2:00 PM; December 7, 8 and 9 at 8:00 PM and December 10 at 2:00 PM.

Interviews of the cast members, conducted by station manager Brad Hickey (NC '07) with assistance from his intern staff, will air on Nyack’s radio station WNYK 88.7FM, November 20 through November 22. On November 29 and November 30, reairs of the interviews and music from the play will be broadcast. Tune in to the conversation with the Rockland and New York City campus actors.

Monday, November 20 at 3:00 PM: (Row 1, left) Rockland campus students Matt Freitas (Sonny) and Bryanna Yosick (Carla

Monday, November 20 at 5:00 PM:  (Row 1, center) Rockland campus students Isabel Adorno (Nina) and Alexa Ojeda (Vanessa)

Tuesday, November 21 at 2:00 PM:  (Row 1, right) Rockland campus students Shayla Perez (Abuela Claudia) and PJ Barner (Benny)

Tuesday, November 21 at 3:00 PM: (Row 2) New York City campus student Katherine Class (Carla)

Tuesday, November 21 at 4:00 PM:  (Row 3, left) New York City students Andre Rogers (Piragua Guy) and Betsaida Valle (Daniela)

Wednesday, November 22 at 12 noon: (Row 3, center) New York City students David Mercado (Benny) and Gabriela Holguin (Carla)

Wednesday, November 22 at 1:00 PM: (Row 3, right) New York City students Daniel Diaz, Jr. (Kevin) and Zoe Prawda (Graffiti Pete)

Purchase your tickets today!

 

Nyack College In Top 20 Schools for Environment on 2018 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday November 16, 2017

The second edition of the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings has been released. Editorial Director Phil Baty writes in a cover letter accompanying the publication, “Rather than rewarding colleges for educating “better” students, we created a ranking that rewards colleges for educating students better.”

Again Nyack College is on the 2018 list of top 20 colleges and universities for environment and has moved from the #17 spot, shared with five other institutions in 2017, to #13 shared with three other institutions. Nyack has also moved up from the 800+ level ranking to the 600 level.

The four “pillars” ranked are resources, engagement, outcomes and environment. In the environment category, a variety of measures of diversity in the student and faculty population are weighed. Among those factors examined at each institution are ethnic diversity, economic diversity (the proportion of students who receive Pell Grants), the proportion of students who are first generation degree earners and the proportion of international students at the institution.

Learn more about the 2018 College Rankings.

Christian Medical & Dental Association NYC Chapter Holds "Care for the Soul" Conference

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday November 16, 2017

The New York City chapter of the national Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) recently held its “Critical Care for the Soul” conference at Nyack College's campus at 2 Washington Street near Battery Park in Manhattan.

The daylong event offered a time of reflection, fellowship and learning for medical professionals (some participants pictured above) who serve in New York City, New Jersey, Westchester and Long Island. Dr. Ronald Walborn, dean of Alliance Theological seminary presented a powerful devotion from John 8 on Jesus’ ability to look beneath behavior to capture hearts. Alliance Graduate School of Counseling professor, Dr. Elaine Eng, spoke on “Discovering Your Spiritual Specialty.” Other speakers included Dr. Richard Johnson (“Caring for Our Marriages”), Dr. Sathya Theodore, (“For Heaven’s Sake, Take Care of Yourself”), and Dr. Margaret Yoon (“Parenting and Caring for our Families”). Dr. Meredith Hawkins concluded the day with prayer. 

Learn more about Alliance Theological Seminary and Alliance Graduate School of Counseling.


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