Andrew Iwaskow, Nyack Alumnus Named Executive VP at Tailored Brands, Inc.

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday August 22, 2017

Andrew Iwaskow (NC ’02) has been named executive vice president of human resources at Tailored Brands, Inc., the American retail holding company for men’s clothing stores, which includes the Men's Wearhouse and Joseph A. Bank brands.

Iwaskow earned a Bachelor of Science in organizational management at Nyack College. With 25 years of corporate human resources experience, he had held leadership roles with companies such as Toys “R” Us, Staples, Inc; Party City, Inc. and PetSmart, Inc.

The Nyack alumnus will also serve on the company’s executive management committee and report to the president and COO of Tailored Brands Bruce K. Thorn.

In a World of Darkness: Light...and Love

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday August 18, 2017


By God's grace, we have sought to develop at Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary an institution of Christian education that prioritizes love as the primary virtue of being Christ-like. This is consistent with how we read and understand the gospel.

As one of the nation’s most diverse institutions of higher education, we at Nyack/ATS seek to cultivate an environment that models Christ's love for all people. Our founder, Dr. A.B. Simpson, declared “Your Master knows no color line, save that of His blood-red cross.” We do not condone any act of hatred towards any group of people.

Hateful acts that have occurred in our nation and around the world—Barcelona, Spain; Charlottesville, VA; London, England; Stockholm, Sweden—break our hearts, especially when innocent blood is shed because of racial, religious or political beliefs. God’s heartbreak is also very real. His Word challenges us to oppose hate with the power of love.

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Despite the darkness that is in the world, we can glorify God by our love. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Dr. Michael G. Scales, President

Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary



2017 Top Online Colleges for Student Economic Mobility

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday August 18, 2017

SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004, recently released its findings that included Nyack College as one of the 2017 Top Online Colleges for Student Economic Mobility. Of the 2,273 colleges assessed, Nyack College was one of 97 that made the list. All annual tuitions were manually researched and calculated and mobility rate data was provided by the Equality of Opportunity Project. Methodology for rankings is found here.

The reviewed colleges and universities with online program have the highest percentage of students moving out of the lowest income bracket in the United States. The Mobility Rate Percentile reflects how each school's mobility rate compares to other schools offering at least 10 online degrees at the associate level or higher.

Learn more about the SR Education.

Rev. G. Palmer Pardington, III (1939-2017) to Be Memorialized

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday August 14, 2017

Rev. G. Palmer Pardington III, a descendant of Rev. George Palmer Pardington for whom Nyack Rockland’s Pardington Hall is named, recently passed away at his Oregon home. Mr. Marshall Davies Lloyd, the great grandson of the Pardington patriarch, informed Nyack President Michael Scales of the family’s loss.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pardington family as they prepare to memorialize Rev. Pardington, who is from the lineage of a Nyack College patriarch," said President Scales. "Our Rockland campus School of Music, housed in Pardington Hall, proudly bares the family name."

The following is the obituary published by the family in The Oregonian.

The Rev. George Palmer Pardington III, an Episcopal priest and leader in religious education, died July 26, 2017, at home. He was 78.

Palmer, fourth in a line of clergymen, was born July 12, 1939 in Mobile, Ala., and grew up in Houma, La., where his father, the Rev. George Pardington, was the rector of an Episcopal church, and his mother, Mary England Pardington, helped in every aspect of parish life.

He moved to Portland with his family in 1978 to be Episcopal chaplain for Portland State University and four other colleges. After he retired in 1997, he continued to serve on the staff of several Oregon churches, most recently as an associate priest at St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish in downtown Portland.

Throughout his career Palmer worked for peace, human rights and in his words, healing "a broken and suffering world." He trained mentors in the Education for Ministry program and served in leadership roles for many organizations, such as the Oregon Episcopal Peace Fellowship and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

He held a bachelor's degree from Washington & Lee University, two master's degrees from General Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Graduate Theological Union and the University of California, Berkeley.

Even as his health declined due to heart problems and a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, he did yoga every morning, traveled to Costa Rica and Israel and enjoyed reading and discussing theology and philosophy. He played cello, piano and organ. One of the highlights of his final years was singing in Carnegie Hall with the Oregon Chamber Singers.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Simpson Pardington; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Kristin Pardington; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne Pardington Effros and Steve Effros; brother, William Pardington; and three grandchildren, Lila and Eva Effros and Ezra Pardington.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish, 1432 S.W. 13th Ave., Portland, OR, 97201. 

New Testament City of Bethsaida Unearthed?

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday August 7, 2017

Evidence of New Testament City of Bethsaida

Unearthed in Archaeological Dig

Nyack College Distinguished Professor Dr. R. Steve Notley

Is Academic Director of  The El-Araj Excavation Project in Israel 



Constance L. Diggs


Center for the Study of Ancient Judaism & Christian Origins

NEW YORK, NY -- Excavations this summer on the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee have uncovered what may be evidence of the ancient city, Bethsaida-Julias, chronicled in the New Testament of the Bible, as the home of three of Jesus’ apostles: Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1:44; 12:21). The excavations were conducted under the auspices of the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology at Kinneret College (Israel), and directed by Dr. Mordechai Aviam (pictured right) with Dr. R. Steven Notley (pictured left) of Nyack College (New York). Notley, who served as the El-Araj Excavation Project academic director, is distinguished professor of New Testament and Christian Origins and director of graduate programs in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins at Nyack’s Manhattan campus in Battery Park. Students and faculty from Nyack College joined volunteers from the United States and Hong Kong to excavate for two weeks last month July.

The El-Araj Excavations Project was made possible through the generous support of the Center for the Study of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins, Nyack College, the Assemblies of God, and HaDavar Yeshiva (Hong Kong).

National Geographic, Fox News and The Jerusalem Post have shared this exciting, historic moment.

The excavations will continue next year from June 17 to July 12, 2018 with the expectation to uncover more evidence for the Roman period settlement and the lost city of Jesus’ apostles.


About The Center for the Study of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins (CS-AJCO)

CS-AJCO seeks to foster greater understanding of the cultural, linguistic and physical setting for Second Temple Judaism and nascent Christianity, the relationship of these faiths and their shared socio-religious milieu, and to support efforts that will make current research about these topics more widely available. Our programs and resources support scholarly endeavors with the intention of making current research available to underrepresented students, clergy and wider public audiences.  Learn more about Nyack's AJCO program

About Nyack College

Nyack College was founded in 1882 by Dr. Albert Benjamin Simpson and currently serves more than 2,500 students in its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition to its residential campus in Nyack, NY and a commuter campus in New York City, an extension site is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 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.