School of Ed Professors Recognized by American Educational Research Association

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday June 22, 2017

Nyack College School of Education professors, Dr. Marie White and Prof. Miriam Velez (l-r) were recognized in the Summer 2017 Studying & Self-Regulated Learning SIG (Special Interest Groups) Newsletter. Their work was cited as “an illustration of the transformational power of global citizenship in this era of self-regulated science” and for their “comprehensive global citizenship approach to teacher education,” noting their global accomplishments in Honduras and the Philippines.

SIGs offer a platform within the American Educational Research Association (AERA) to connect people who have a common interest in a field of study, teaching or research. The two Nyack New York City campus professors co-authored Developing Self-regulation of Learning and Teaching Skills Among Teacher Candidates, with Héfer Bembenutty (Springer, 2015). Dr. White also co-authored, Self-Regulation and the Common Core: Application to ELA Standards (Routledge, 2015) with Maria DiBenedetto.

This Special Interest Group (SIG) recognition has notable significance because of the strong international readership, including many well-known leaders in teacher education research at prestigious universities. Dr. White is a former SSRL(Studying and Self-regulated Learning) SIG Chair.

Congratulations are in order for these two Nyack faculty members who serve their students and the institution with excellence and compassion.

June 25 Memorial Service for Robin Luce

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday June 12, 2017

The family of the late Robin Luce, former Office of Student Development administrative assistant on the Nyack Rockland County campus, has announced that a memorial service will be held to celebrate Robin’s life on Sunday, June 25. The gathering will be hosted by Robin’s friends and the deaconesses at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church. A luncheon and the service will be held at The Mill, across the street from, the Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 813 Rothsville Rd., Lititz, PA 17543 beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Those members of the campus community who plan to attend should RSVP to Robin’s friend, Sarah Mershon at by Wednesday, June 21.





Division of Student Success Dean Hosts STEM Event for Rockland Youth

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday June 9, 2017

Dr. Gwen Parker Ames (pictured), dean of the Nyack College Division of Student Success continues with an initiative to cultivate the interest of high school and middle school students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Math) fields.

A special event open to the public will take place on June 17 at Nyack College in Hilltop Classrooms on the Rockland County campus in Nyack. STEM demonstrations and presentations will be offered from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

An introduction to a Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) program at Nyack funded by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) was launched in the spring to acquaint students with the various STEM fields. A summer program will run July 5 through August 3 and will meet in various Hilltop classrooms where students will be able to choose from a selection of science and technology classes.

Rockland County students from Nyack High, Ramapo High and Spring Valley High will participate. Middle school students are from Kakiat Elementary, Chestnut Ridge Middle School, Eldorado Elementary, Elmwood Elementary, Sacred Heart, Felix Festa Middle School, Highview Elementary, Bardonia Elementary and A. MacArthur Barr Middle School. Instructors will include Nyack College professors and professionals from outside companies. Most activities will be on campus; however, some field trips have been planned as well.

Busing will be provided to the campus from the various high schools. Parents may also transport students. Lunch will be available in the Nyack cafeteria.

For more information on this exciting new development for Rockland County students, contact the Division of Student Success at 845.675.4446


Remembering Manuel Ocana: A Strong, Gentle Leader

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday June 7, 2017

The Nyack College Rockland campus was recently informed that Manuel Ocana, an Aramark housekeeping supervisor who in April celebrated his 10-year anniversary, passed away while visiting his family in Ecuador.

Director of the Nyack Facilities Department, Doug Walker had a special relationship with Manuel and shared about this exceptional man who was so well-loved in the campus community. “Manuel expressed how much he was looking forward to resting when he visited his family in Ecuador. He was a strong leader, yet soft-spoken and gentle, one who would come alongside to help get a project done. He was determined to help each individual do his or her tasks well. Richard Lopez, his supervisor, commented that Manuel was extremely neat and organized and this carried over to his team of housekeepers.”

On Manuel’s dedication to his job and the people he worked with, Doug Walker also remarked, “Monday mornings and throughout the week, Manuel would pray with his team before they set off to clean the Nyack and ATS residential campuses. His cheerful smile and encouragement to the entire Facilities team—both tradesmen and housekeepers—brightened our days. We will miss his smile and encouraging words.”

Nyack College Partners With Long Island School on NYS Presidential Scholarship

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday June 2, 2017

Nyack College has partnered with Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) in an initiative called the New York State Presidential Scholarship (NYSPS).

Nyack, known for its mission to provide access to affordable higher education—in many cases for students who are first generation degree earners, will grant a scholarship renewable annually to one candidate who has applied for admission by March 1 in the year preceding the planned enrollment.

Joan (pronounced Jō-Ahn) U Bolanos Martinez is this year’s recipient of the 2017 New York State Presidential Scholarship (NYSPS). He is one of three students selected for consideration who achieved the required cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher by the end of the third semester.

Born in Venezuela, Joan successfully completed ESL programs to master the English language after arriving in the States in 2014. He will fulfill his dream of earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration at Nyack’s Manhattan campus in Battery Park. “The NYSPS offers students like me the opportunity to pursue our academic goals. Nyack, in particular, combines academics with Christian values, which is one of the reasons I applied for admission,” shares Joan.

Pictured: (l-r) Nyack NYC Dean of Students Dr. Charles Hammond, Joan Martinez and School of Business and Leadership professor, Dr. Gerard Becker.