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Nyack Alumnus Charles Galbreath, a 2015 C&MA Council Speaker

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday May 21, 2015

As thousands head to The Christian and Missionary Alliance’s biannual General Council in Long Beach, California May 26-31, the Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary community will be represented by alumnus, Pastor Charles Galbreath at the speaker’s podium on Friday, May 29.

Rev. Galbreath, senior pastor of Clarendon Road Church (CRC) in Brooklyn, NY, earned his Nyack College bachelor’s degree magna cum laude (’06). He also holds graduate degrees in Divinity and Theology from Alliance Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2011, Pastor Charles was awarded the Young Alumnus of the Year Award during Nyack’s Homecoming Weekend.

Still connected to his alma mater, Pastor Charles serves as the Field Education Director at Alliance Theological Seminary in Manhattan and as an adjunct professor in the Pastoral Ministry Department of Nyack College on the Rockland County campus in Nyack, NY. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the 67th Precinct Clergy Council, the District Executive Committee for the Metropolitan District of the C&MA, and has served as Co-Chair of the 45th District Committee in Brooklyn, NY.

Charles is married to his college sweetheart Flobien Vidal Galbreath. Together they are the proud parents of their son, Charles Oliver Galbreath, Jr. (C.J.) and a daughter, Malia Marie Galbreath.

For more information on Council, click here.

Tappan Zee Bridge Evening Travel Advisory May 18-22

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday May 19, 2015

Traveling to Nyack's Rockland County campus or surrounding area soon?

Click here and check out this article about construction impact on evening travel across the Tappan Zee Bridge.

2015 Hudson River Pianofest at Nyack College Rockland

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday May 19, 2015

Nyack College School of Music is proud to host its sixth annual Hudson River Pianofest, which will take place May 29-30, 2015 on the idyllic Rockland County campus, overlooking the historic Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge. This inspiring two-day program of piano master classes, lectures, workshops, piano ensembles, and concerts is open to all music lovers: students, adult amateurs, teachers, and observers.

The featured guest artists and master teachers are the world-renowned virtuosi pianist, Sergei Babayan, noted contemporary music expert, Christopher Oldfather, award winning pianist, Alexandre Moutouzkin, award winning prodigy composer/pianist, J.P. Redmond, and our own Artistic Director, Dr. Tammy Lum.

Dr. Lum shares, “We are happy to partner with the Nyack Public Library to host a concert on Saturday, May 30 featuring Mr. Moutouzkin in the Library’s Carnegie Room. The Library is located at 59 South Broadway in Nyack.

Registration for the observer package, with meals included, is open until May 22. Admission to the single events may also be purchased at the door.

For more information about the events and artists, please click here.

Nyack ATS Commencement 2015

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday May 18, 2015

Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary celebrated its 2015 commencement by conferring doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees upon the College’s 132nd graduating class on Saturday, May 9 at Westchester County Center.

Four hundred and thirty-three undergraduate degrees were conferred by President Michael G. Scales, who presided over the ceremony along with Dr. David Turk, the school’s provost. Joining the undergraduates were 266 recipients of master’s degrees from the College’s graduate programs and seminary as well as 10 recipients of the Doctor of Ministry degree of Alliance Theological Seminary. Another 16 students at our extension site in Puerto Rico received master’s degrees on May 15.

“Every commencement ceremony is a confirmation,” explained President Scales. “For graduates of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, what is confirmed is a calling to serve people wherever the need is found. This is the legacy of our founder, Dr. A.B. Simpson.”

Along with degrees granted to Nyack and ATS students, the College conferred three honorary Doctor of Letters degrees. Receiving this honor were Dr. Frances E. Pratt, a champion for civil rights and a former registered nurse at Nyack Hospital and president of the Nyack branch of the NAACP; Datuk Dr. Edward Ong, accomplished builder and property developer, whose projects benefit and employ thousands throughout Southeast Asia; and Dr. Juan Hernandez, author, scholar, political advisor and pioneer in the development of Mexico-U.S. relations. These honorees join 24 other men and women who have been inducted into the Nyack College President’s Hall of Distinction since 2008.


* Homepage photo credit: Maggie Andresen for The Journal News

** Blog post photo credit: Andres Valenzuela 

Bench Dedication Procession to Memorial Park Led by Nyack College Music Students

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday May 18, 2015

On Monday, May 18, Rockland County leaders and organizations hosted a special dedication ceremony for the Toni Morrison Society’s “Bench by the Road Project.” The Society, founded in 2006, has advanced its goal of "creating an outdoor museum of benches that marks important historical locations in the African diaspora in the United States and abroad." Fourteen benches have been installed around the globe.

The village of Nyack was named the 15th location for one of the prestigious benches honoring the memory of 19th century Nyack resident and one-time slave, Cynthia Hesdra. In 2010, a section of town was renamed Cynthia Hesdra Way. The bench will sit 400 yards from property that was owned by Ms. Hesdra from 1837 through 1859, the period when Underground Railroad activity was most intense. Nyack was considered the half-way point between Underground Railroad stops in Jersey City, New Jersey and Newburgh, New York.

The afternoon event began at Nyack Center where members of the Nyack College Chorale from the Rockland County and Manhattan campuses performed and were directed by 2015 Nyack alumnus Jamal Sarikoki. The Bachelor of Sacred Music major (picture above left) with his fellow vocalists led the procession to Memorial Park were the Nyack bench was dedicated.

Nobel Prize-and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist Toni Morrison joined celebrants at the park and shared remarks.

Read more about this historic Nyack commemoration here

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