Lauren Lebo, Lacrosse Head Coach

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday July 17, 2017

What does “the best of both worlds” look like for Lauren Lebo?

The 2016 summa cum laude graduate left Nyack College with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to pursue her passion for serving. While holding down her role at Blythdale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, NY--Nurse Lebo will be returning to Nyack College in a new role--head coach of the women's lacrosse team.

“We are excited to see Lauren continue the growth of the program and lead it to the CACC playoffs and beyond,” comments Nyack’s Athletics Director Keith Davie.

Is there any reason why great things wouldn't be expected of Lauren?

In the 2013-2014 season, Lauren earned the #2 spot in goals per game for all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II programs and the distinction of being Nyack’s first statistical champion in lacrosse. In 2014-2015 and 2015-16, Lauren led in draw controls. She was a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Academic All Conference player during her Nyack career and concluded her senior season as the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association’s Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Athletic Department’s highest award, the Jonathan L. Gainer Memorial Sportsmanship Award, was also presented to Lauren at the annual Warrior Awards ceremony in 2016.

At the Nyack School of Nursing pinning ceremony, the Alpha Chi Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society member received the American Nursing Association (ANA)’s Future Nurse Leader Award and for academic excellence in nursing, the Drs. Ardel and Teresa Vietti Award.

“I am excited to come back to Nyack as a coach because Nyack has influenced me in more ways than I can say. The lacrosse program has played an irreplaceable role in my life, and I am looking forward to being able to pass on the things I have learned to the team I will now coach. Not only do I love to compete, I love that at Nyack we can compete without losing the focus on integrity and character. I’ll strive to help build a team that achieves excellence, but has a foundation in Christ,” says Lauren.

Welcome home, Coach Lebo!

*Learn more about Nyack’s School of Nursing.



JULY 21: Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah, "Mutual by Design" Conference Speaker

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday July 17, 2017

Associate Professor of Bible Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah will be a workshop speaker at the 2017 Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) Conference, “Mutual By Design," which will be held July 21-23 in Orlando, FL at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort.

Dr. Abdallah will speak in Workshop Block 2 on Friday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. “Harry Was Wrong: Women and Men as Friends and Colleagues,” is the title of her presentation described as follows:

The movie When Harry Met Sally has a famous dinner conversation where Harry states, “men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.” He was neither the first nor the last to express a sentiment that has consistently brought fear and suspicion into cross-sex relationships. While we should be cautious in our society of affairs, divorce, and casual sex, the time has come to look beyond our societal issues and ask whether that fear and suspicion among brothers and sisters is all we can hope for in the family of Christ. We need diverse perspectives in all aspects of society—even in our interpersonal relationships. This seminar will explore this question biblically and theologically, and more forward with practical steps to forming friend and colleague relationships with the opposite sex. Remember, Jesus had several close friends who were women.

CBE International is “a non-profit organization of Christian men and women who believe that the Bible, properly interpreted, teaches the fundamental equality of men and women of all ethnic groups, all economic classes, and all age groups, based on the teachings of Scriptures such as Galatians 3:28.”

Learn more about the conference here.

SAVE THE DATES! September 29 & 30: Borderline Music Festival

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday July 14, 2017

Nyack College is a sponsor of the Borderline Music Festival coming to Rockland County on Friday, September 29 and Saturday 30, 2017 at Boulder Stadium, Palisades Credit Union Park, 1 Provident Bank Park Dr. in Pomona, NY. 

Event host, The Good News Association, is bringing a phenomenal roster of contemporary Christian artists, including Nyack’s own gospel ensemble, Purpose, to the stage.

You don’t want to miss these two days of praise. Check out the stadium seating chart and purchase your tickets here.

El-Araj Excavation Update and Photo Gallery

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday July 10, 2017

Dr. R. Steven Notley, director and professor of Nyack College’s Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins(AJCO) graduate degree program and Dr. Jeffrey P. García, AJCO professor submitted their first weekly update (below) on the progress with the El-Araj Excavation in Israel led by head archaeologist, Dr. Mordechai Aviam from the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology. Ms. Constance Diggs, AJCO program manager, shared the report from the professors. (See photo gallery here.)

Participants from the United States and Hong Kong have joined to continue the archaeological investigations of a site that is considered by many to be the first-century CE Jewish fishing village of Bethsaida (cf. Luke 9:10). Generous donations from the Assembly of God’s Center for the Holy Lands Studies, The Center for the Study of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins (CSAJCO), Nyack College, and HaDavar Yeshiva (Hong Kong) have made this season possible.

Day One. We opened our season on July 1, 2017 with a four-hour jeep trek through the Bethsaida Valley to give the participants an understanding of the broader geographical setting for El Araj’s location. The day ended with an overlook of the Galilee region and a short swim in the Zakki Stream, one of two major tributaries (with the Jordan River) that feed into the Lake of Galilee. The site of our excavation is located between these two important sources to the lake.

Day Two. Preparations for the site began with the staging of three 5x5 meter squares that had been excavated last season, and the opening of a new fourth square. Last year’s efforts reached the level of a Byzantine period floor (4th-7th century CE) and demonstrated that large public buildings existed at El Araj in this period.

Day Three. Excavating began. Five full days of excavation have resulted in a number of important finds. The new fourth square quickly uncovered a wall, two limestone columns in secondary use, and sugar pots from a Crusader period (12th CE) sugar factory. Gilded gold and stone tesserae from what was perhaps a mosaic wall decoration were discovered and Byzantine period coins were also found in another square. As the work continued, the Byzantine floor composed of large ashlar stones in two squares were removed, along with two limestone columns and other cut stone.

Numerous exciting finds under and near the floor include a metal hook that Dr. Aviam suggests was used to hold a candle steady within the chandelier of a Byzantine period structure. As a result of the sifting of dirt from these squares, an unprecedented number of coins, 30 in total, were found in a single morning in two spaces that are no larger than a meter and half squared. The archaeologists were surprised to have such a concentration of coins in a small locus and suggest that it is indicative of the importance of where we are currently excavating. Along with the coins, participants have uncovered pottery dating from the Byzantine period to the Early Bronze period, that is between the 4th century CE and 3rd millennium BCE (before the time of the patriarch Abraham).

Five limestone columns and a basalt column were discovered in secondary usage. These finds complement many of the architectural features, e.g., basalt column capital and a heart-shaped corner column, and indicates that we are digging in the area of public buildings. The presence of Roman glass, as well as early Roman pottery (1st century BCE) suggests that we are approaching Roman period public structures. The public building of a first century Jewish village was the synagogue! Although we have not yet identified the first-century public structure, we hope the second week will bring us closer in terms of first century remains.

Our morning excavations are followed by afternoons of washing and reading pottery, field trips and lectures. These activities underscore the wider cultural, geographical and historical importance of this dig. On our free day, a visit to the Herodian temples at Omrit and Caesarea Philippi and a hike from Caesaera Philippi to the Banias waterfall provided some sense of how ancient people lived and practiced religion at the foothills of Mount Hermon. Lectures by Dr. Aviam and Dr. Notley have further deepened our understanding of the differences between the area of the Golan Heights and the Jewish Galilee in the first century. Our search continues!

We look forward to the beginning of Week Two and what lies ahead. 

Leadership and Participants: Dr. Mordechai Aviam (Kinneret College), Shoshi Lotan, Ayelet Tatcher, Dr. R. Steven Notley (Nyack College), Dr. Wink Thompson (Emmaus Educational Services), Marc Turnage, Dr. Jeffrey P. García (Nyack College), Sunya Notley, Kathryn Notley, Juan Arias, Sandra Arias, Steve Bailey, Tom Blackwell, Andy Chung, Laurette Harper, Yuen Wa Ho, Deborah Jackson, Erik Lui, Jesse Martone, Erin Martone, Eric Tomlin, Chris Tomlin, Natalie Vredevoogd, Zachary Wong




RELEASE: Nyack College Opts In to the NYS Enhanced Tuition Award

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday July 10, 2017


July 2017

Nyack College Opts In to New York State

Tuition Discount Program

Private Colleges Find a Viable Counterpart

to NYS Free Tuition for State Schools

NYACK, NY--As New York State rolls out its free tuition program, officially known as the Excelsior Scholarship, exclusively for State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) schools, another initiative—the Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA)—is available for New York’s private colleges.

Nyack College is one of a half dozen Hudson Valley institutions of higher education and one of the 29 out of 95 New York private colleges that will opt in to the State’s ETA program, providing New York residents with a discounted tuition. The awards, which will be available to students beginning with the fall 2017 semester, can be a combination of a Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) award, ETA and matching funds from participating colleges.

The NYS free tuition and NYS free college for State residents will potentially contribute to a workforce empowered by higher education. Similarly, Nyack College’s decision to opt in to the ETA reflects its longstanding commitment to an affordable, quality education in an intentionally diverse and personally transforming environment.

“Nyack College is dedicated to college affordability for all of our students. We have worked diligently to maintain affordable costs while simultaneously distributing student aid that facilitates access to students seeking private Christian college education, regardless of a student’s economic background,” says Nyack president, Dr. Michael G. Scales.

Students in associate or bachelor’s degree programs, who maintain passing grades and are on track to complete their degree on time, will be eligible to receive the tuition discount award. In addition to the 12-month State residency required prior to the term for which application is made, the student’s annual family income must be less than $100,000. Among other requirements, applicants must plan to live and work in New York for the same number of years for which the discount has been awarded. (i.e. Students who receive the discount for four years are required to live and work in New York for four years.) Individuals in an undergraduate program that is structured to be completed in five years are eligible to receive the award for the five years. If students do not maintain the requirements of eligibility, the award will be converted to a loan.

The ETA application is available now. The deadline for completing the application is August 21, 2017. Students can also email the Nyack College Office of Student Financial Services at to learn more about the ETA program at Nyack. See detailed information about undergraduate degrees offered at Nyack’s Rockland County and Manhattan campuses.



Nyack College was founded in 1882 by Dr. Albert Benjamin Simpson and currently serves more than 2,500 students in its undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and online degree programs. Nyack is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. 

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