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Nyack Baseball Team Collecting Baseball Gloves for Sports Clinic in Mexico

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday December 18, 2014

Nyack-Valley Cottage Little League (NVCLL) is comprised of a group of amazing families who love baseball. 

NVCLL Vice-President and Majors Manager Keith Davie is also the Athletic Director and Men’s Soccer Coach at Nyack College. In August he took his soccer team to Mexico to run sports clinics and hand out soccer equipment to the kids in the Cancun area. While there, it was very obvious that soccer was the little brother to baseball and the people wanted to have baseball clinics similar to the Nyack soccer clinics.

January 13-20, 2015 Coach Davie will take the Nyack College Baseball team to Mexico where they will run clinics for over 750 kids in a little less than seven days! What was obvious during the last visit was that most of the kids did not have equipment suitable for the game that they love.

Here’s how you can help.

Many of children have had baseball gloves that they no longer use and despite their slightly worn condition. Those gloves are better than the bare hands that the kids in Mexico use. Please take some time to go through the baseball gear you might have in your home and donate those old gloves that the Nyack College Baseball team can give to the kids during the clinics. The impact is nearly immeasurable because these kids usually have very few things they could call their own.

If you would like to donate baseball gloves, there is a donation box inside the Nyack College Gymnasium (1 South Boulevard, Nyack, NY) where you can drop them. There will also be a box outside of the Liberty Field concession stand (Liberty Elementary School, Valley Cottage, NY). If you would rather deliver them to Coach Davie personally, please phone him at 845-304-9120.

The goal is to take several hundred gloves to Mexico when the Nyack team leaves in January. Won’t you help the Nyack College effort to reach that goal?

Global Service-Learning 2015

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday December 16, 2014

Under the direction of Prof. Scott Reitz, Intercultural Studies faculty member, Nyack College students are offered global service-learning courses that go to the heart of the matter—cross-cultural immersion emphasizing service and sharing the love of Christ .

During winter break students and faculty will head to the following destinations.


Poverty and Children in Southeast Asia

Faculty: Dr. Kwi Yun, Dr. David Jennings

For the seventh year, this course is presented in the Philippines, where they will be welcomed by missionaries Rick and Jiji Harner, both Nyack College and ATS alumni in a small community called Nangka, Consolacion, (Cebu), where the Harners run a tutoring center. Students will visit social service agencies and mission organizations that deal with human trafficking, child welfare, poverty, substance abuse, or crime.

ITALY (Florence, Pompeii, and Rome)

Nyack College Honors Program

Faculty: Dr. Jonathan Gates

Emphasis will be on exploring the intersection between what students have been learning in the four honors humanities core courses in their freshman and sophomore years and the historic and recent resources available in central and southern Italy. Students will also examine the relationship between historic and current expressions of Catholic and Protestant Christianity.

ITALY (Florence, Feltre, Padova, Siena, Venice)

Fine Arts in the City of Venice

Faculty: Dr. Dana Talley, Dr. Sue Talley

Global Literature in the City of Venice:

Faculty: Dr. Kevin Pinkham

Students and faculty in these two courses will travel together. Fine arts students will study art and music; literature students will read texts about Venice and immerse themselves in the city, arts, and culture that fueled the literature. In addition to visiting art museums, galleries, churches, and music halls of Venice, arts and music will be explored by fine arts students in relation to the broader cultural, political, and intellectual context of Italy. Lit students will focus on literature written in or about Venice and Florence. While in Venice and Tuscany, sites will be explored that a number of authors from around the world visited while touring Europe. The course will consider how Italy, especially Venice, has captured the imagination of so many authors and how their representations of the city construct and/or challenge the city's image and its reality.


Missions Outreach From a Business Perspective

Faculty: Prof. Jim Muckell, Dr. Gordon Boronow

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico is the destination of this week-long missions trip. Upon arrival at Cancun International Airport, the group will next hear by van approximately five hours into the interior jungle of the Yucatan. In the village of Jose Maria Morelos (approximately 14,000 residents), Team Mexico will work with a local church and its pastor, Wilie Tec Chan, on some construction projects on the church building and its accompanying parsonage. Several trips will be made by van deeper into the jungle to minister to villages of between 500 and 1,000 people by bringing them the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ through music, drama, and preaching. Children of the village will experience the joy of playing games, face-painting, and for the older youth, sports activities. This Nyack Business Department trip will also include meetings with local business men and women to learn about their business activities in Mexico.

Please remember to pray for our GS-L teams--for their safe travel, good health, protection, and personal transformation. 

Peace and Hope Visit Nyack Rockland

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday December 16, 2014

Alfonso Wieland and Rolando Perez of the Paz y Esperanza Institute in Lima, Peru recently visited the Nyack College Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement (CSGE) Rockland office.

Paz y Esperanza is a Christian human rights organization committed to defending and promoting justice for underserved people in Latin America. Founded in 1996 by a coalition of pastors, professionals and evangelical churches, the non-profit has offices in Lima, Bolivia, Ecuador, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Wieland and Perez shared with CSGE interns about the important work that the organization is doing to address the rights of women and children who are overwhelmingly victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. The organization is intentional about advocating the importance of a Christian’s relationship with God and social involvement on a grassroots level. “Spiritually has to embrace all of life,” explains Perez.

Paz y Esperanza is run by teams of lawyers, psychologists, social workers, educators, and pastors. It also provides training for leaders on how to work with people who are in oppressive circumstances.

Learn more about Nyack's relationship with Paz y Esperanza here

Hudson Link, TEDxSing Sing and Nyack College in New York Times Feature

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday December 8, 2014

The first Hudson Link for Higher Education graduates earned their degrees from Nyack College in 2001. Today, with Nyack alumnus Sean Pica (pictured above) heading the organization as its executive director, the partnership remains strong. Pica's passion for higher education earned him a role on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration this year.

Nyack continues to support Hudson Link efforts to champion the cause of transforming the lives of incarcerated men and women through the tools of an earned college degree and life skills for re-entry into society with the goal of lowering recidivism.

Recently Hudson Link and a special TEDx event that took place at Sing Sing was the subject of a New York Times feature. Read the article in its entirety here.


Sophia Institute Conference Features Nyack NYC Faculty

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday December 5, 2014

Nyack Manhattan campus School of Music professors, Drs. Dana and Sue Talley along with Prof. Jhasoa Agosto, will be featured performers in a musical tribute to Nicholas of Myra at Union Theological Seminary on December 5 at 5:30 p.m., 3041 Broadway at 121st Street in Manhattan at the Sophia Institute’s Sixth Annual Conference on Healing, Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Eastern Orthodox Perspectives.

The musical selection was commissioned by the Rev. James McGuckin, a recent guest speaker at Nyack's Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins conference. Dr. Sue Talley shares that “Dr. McGuckin, is not only the Nielsen Professor of Early Church History at Union Theological Seminary, but a poet.” His translation of the selection is set to music composed by Mrs. Talley an accomplished pianist and dean of the Nyack NYC School of Music.

She adds, “Some people think of Nicholas of Myra as "Santa Claus" of fiction and fairy tale, but his dedication to the truth of Christ as eternally begotten of the Father was heroically courageous, as was his dedication to the poor women he ransomed from a life of slavery. He spoke out in defense of the truth at the peril of his life. He is ‘the real St. Nicholas’ who is worthy of remembrance.”

The performance will be recorded by the Sophia Institute and subsequently broadcast throughout Europe.

For more information about the one day conference, click here.

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