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Nyack NYC Student Leadership Development Retreat

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday August 21, 2014

The Nyack NYC Office of Student Development hosted a daylong retreat on the Rockland County campus for NYC campus student leaders. The staff of the NYC Student Development Office, Associate Dean of Student Life, Rev. Charles Hammond; Assistant to the Associate Dean, Deborah Harris; Student Counseling Center Supervisor, Esther Jhun; Coordinator of Student Activities, Cezanne Perez; and Administrative Assistant to the Office of Student Development, Courteney Thompson were the team responsible for organizing the leadership development event.

Pastor Adam Durso, executive pastor of Christ Tabernacle Church (see in Glendale, NY, was the guest speaker (pictured above). His message, “Not in My House” addressed important characteristics of an effective Christian leader.  Rev. Durso and Pastor Ralph  Castillo, also of Christ Tabernacle, conducted a Q&A session with the students.  Other presenters included Dean Hammond and Esther Jhun.

In addition to the Student Government Association (SGA), clubs represented included Bible and Theology, Christian Arts and Media, Evangelism, Social Work Organization, Students Against Hunger and Chapel Worship Team.

2014 Global Engagement Lecture Features Director of REALIS Christian Center in Kiev, Ukraine

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday August 21, 2014

2014 Global Engagement Lecture

Monday, August 25, 9:30-11:30 AM

Nyack College, Pardington Hall

45 South Boulevard, Nyack, NY

Dr. Sergiy Tymchenko will be the featured speaker for the 2014 Global Engagement Lecture sponsored by Nyack College’s Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement during the annual faculty retreat. Dr. Tymchenko will address the current situation in the Ukraine and its effects on Eastern Europe. 

A citizen of the Ukraine, Dr. Tymchenko grew up in Kiev in a family that was a part of the underground Baptist church movement under the Soviet Union. He committed himself to the Lord when he was a student at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute. After being discipled by Navigator missionaries, he became involved in underground evangelism and discipleship networks. He began his ministry as pastor of a Baptist church in 1985 and later received an M.Div. from Denver Seminary and a Ph.D. from the London School of Theology.

He founded and directs REALIS Christian Center in Kiev, Ukraine, which in partnership with Alliance Theological Seminary from 1996-2011, provided an education to evangelical leaders from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Georgia. More than 100 of these leaders received their M.A. in Intercultural Studies through the Research, Education, and Light Center (REALIS) campus of ATS, which was the first fully accredited seminary in the post-Soviet states. From 2002-2006, REALIS offered education in clinical psychology to 25 Christian counselors in Ukraine and in 2006, it opened the first Christian counseling clinic in Ukraine.

Dr. Tymchenko co-founded the mission society "Light of the Gospel" (which was the first indigenous mission to post-Soviet states), the Association of Missionary Evangelical Churches of Ukraine, and the Center for Leadership Development. Dr. Tymchenko is also a member of the IFES International Executive Committee and the Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative Consultation Group.

Together with other evangelical, Ukrainian Orthodox, Greek Catholic, and Roman Catholic leaders, he was actively involved in providing Christian support to the Ukrainian people’s political protests in 2004 and 2013-2014, known, respectively, as the Orange Revolution and Euromaidan.

Dr. Tymchenko has taught at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Donetsk Christian University, the North Caucasus Bible Institute, and the Eastern-European Seminary for the Education of Leaders.

The local community is welcome to attend.

College of Arts and Sciences Convenes Its Faculty/Staff Retreat

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday August 14, 2014

Dr. Fernando Arzola, Jr., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Nyack College, (above) will host the 2014 Arts and Science retreat for faculty and staff on Friday, August 22 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the Rockland County campus in Shuman Hall.

Rev. Br. Randy Greve, director of associates at Holy Cross Monastery, will be the guest speaker. “Benedictine Archetypes of the Christian Life: Child, Workers, Warrior, Athlete, Student” is the theme of the daylong pre-academic year gathering.

In “The Prologue” of The Rule of St. Benedict, Benedict provides rich imagery in what it means to be a Christian called to monastic life. Using "The Prologue," faculty will reflect on what it means to be in relationship with God as a child, worker, warrior, athlete, and student. The biblical inspiration of these metaphors and their meaning and expression in our lives will be explored.


Nyack History Professor Receives Columbia U Libraries Research Award

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday August 14, 2014

Dr. Keyone Kale Yu, Nyack College Assistant Professor of History, received a Columbia University 2014 Libraries Research Award. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to scholars whose research proposals demonstrate a compelling need to consult Columbia University Libraries holdings for their work. Collections: Starr; late nineteenth-century periodicals and Burke, Missionary Research Library Archive, Henry G. Appenzeller papers.

Dr. Yu's project is entitled “Conceiving a Religious and Social Movement: Henry G. Appenzeller in Late Nineteenth Century Korea.”

For more information, click here

Coming Soon: Nyack NYC and Rockland Student Orientations

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday August 12, 2014


MANHATTAN CAMPUS, 2 Washington Street, 22nd floor – Room 2241, New York, NY

Thursday, August 28 (begins at 9:00 a.m.)

  • Get an intro to Life at Nyack
  • Learn the role of the Office of Student Development
  • Meet members of the Nyack staff
  • Meet club presidents
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served

For more information on the NYC orientation email


Sunday, August 31

New Residential Students – Residence Halls (Christie, Simpson, and Moseley) open 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Activities include

  • A community BBQ and block party
  • Meet and Greet with President Michael Scales

Monday, September 1

  • JUMP Activities
  • Movie on the Lawn
  • Campus life for commuters

Tuesday, September 2

  • JUMP Activities
  • International Student Welcome
  • Community Worship and S’mores

To view the full Rockland County campus orientation schedule for residential, transfer, and commuter students, click here.



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