Dr. Debbye Turner, CBS correspondent, veterinarian, and
former Miss America will be the guest speaker at a special dedication service
for new students sponsored by the Department of First Year Studies at Nyack
College on Sunday, August 27. The service will begin at 10:30 am in Pardington
Hall on the Rockland County campus.
A graduate of Arkansas State University with an
undergraduate degree in agriculture, after winning the 1990 Miss America
pageant, Dr. Turner received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the
University of Missouri-Columbia in May 1991. As a CBS correspondent, she
reports on pets and pet care on both The Early Show and Saturday
Early Show on segments called “Pet Planet.” Also passionate about
motivational speaking, the ordained African Methodist Episcopal minister is in
demand as a speaker for college, corporate, and community audiences.
Dr. Turner was invited to speak to Nyack’s new and transfer
students as a part of Orientation Weekend, which begins on Friday, August 25 at
8:00 am in Boon Student Center. A
parents’ reception in Shuman Hall, the administration building on campus, which
overlooks the Hudson River, will take place at 4:15 p.m. on Friday. On that
same evening, Pardington Hall will also be the site of a town meeting with
Nyack’s new president, Dr. Michael G. Scales, to address questions about
academics and community life.
Over the course of the weekend, students will benefit from
attending workshops on academic success, career services, disability support
services, campus security, and financial services, as well as a series of
sessions entitled “Foundations for Excellence.”
Dr. Gwen Parker-Ames, Director of First Year Studies, is
coordinating the weekend for students and their families along with First Year
Studies Assistant Director Vittorio Aversa.