Dr. Marie White,
Associate Professor of Education, NYC Campus
What I did over summer vacation: I
was able to connect with three friends on Cape Ann in Massachusetts who
I met almost thirty years ago. I also was able to see the woman who
introduced me to my husband. Later in the summer, I spent time with
family in Ohio where each year we enjoy the lazy days of summer in a
house without cell phones or internet. We play games, walk, do water
sports, and have great conversations. Any time in between was spent with
my three precious granddaughters. Lastly, I collaborated with a
colleague from another university to complete a research project which
has been submitted to a major educational research conference.
What's on my Ipod playlist:
A new Amy Grant song "Better than a Hallelujah Sometimes" and
"Unredeeemed" by Selah. I also have Coldplay, "Viva La Vida," Andrea
Bocelli "Romanza," and Hillsongs United "Stand."
Latest interesting reading:
I now have a Kindle--this has made reading a new and exciting
experience. The first book I downloaded was the NIV Bible. Also, Amy
Carmichael's devotional, I Come Quietly To Meet You: An Intimate Journey in God's Presence and Jason Barger, Step Back From The Baggage Claim.
Lastly, my daughter-in-law, daughter, my mentor from college, and
myself are beginning an online Beth Moore bible study, Believing God.
This is my first attempt at an online Bible study because we don't have
the time to meet weekly.
Favorite food: The
Vivanno--a smoothie from Starbucks which includes a whole banana,
chocolate, and some type of protein. I also enjoy grilled salmon, green
salads, and fresh fruit.
Unknown talent: I
asked my thirty-one year old son, and he said I am a good cook when I
want to be. I attribute my growth in this area over the years to Julia
Child and more recently to becoming a fan of Top Chef. When I
have time I like to restore furniture, do folk art applique, and sew.
When I did not live in NYC I had a garden, canned my own jellies and
vegetables, baked our bread, and made candy.
Why I'm at Nyack:
I believe that Nyack College is where God has called me to use the
gifts He has so richly bestowed on me. It is through Him and for Him
that I live, work, and breathe. To be a part of a growing and vital
Christian community is a privilege. My time and efforts are devoted to
being available to students who desire a Christian education, faculty
who desire to serve them, and an administration who is mindful of the
purpose God has called this great institution to fulfill.
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Vilma Balmaceda
Dr. Balmaceda led a workshop
on Christian Principles for Organizational Leadership for chairpersons
and board members of national associations of Christian lawyers in Latin
America. The workshop took place on May 26-27 in Acapulco, Mexico, as
part of the 9th Latin American Conference for Christian Lawyers.
Dr. Balmaceda, along with Rebecca Noss, ATS Registrar,
visited Haiti in July to take a donation to an interdenominational NGO
that works on disaster prevention with local communities. The NGO
"Action Secours Ambulance" received $3,000 USD from the fundraising
efforts carried out at Nyack College and ATS last year. The funds will
be used to carry out workshops to help Haitian families prepare for the
hurricane season in four locations in the West of the country. They also
visited several orphanages bringing donations to the children thanks to
the Haiti Solidarity Fund.
On August 16, Dr. Balmaceda led a
workshop in Lima, Peru, for an interdisciplinary group of human rights
defenders who work with the Christian organization "Peace and Hope." The
session explored the relationship between the defense of international
human rights and the promotion of human capabilities in the search
for development in the global South.
Professor Brad McDuffie
McDuffie's article on Hemingway and Salinger, "For Ernest -- With Love
and Squalor: The Influence of Ernest Hemingway Upon the Life and Work of
J.D. Salinger," was excerpted by the Kansas City Star. The essay will appear in the Spring 2011 issue of The Hemingway Review.
Dr. Steven L. Ware
Ware, professor of historical theology, NYC, and his wife Rebecca
traveled with a group from their church on a mission trip to Ecuador in
July, where they participated in evangelistic, educational, and physical
construction activities. Dr. Ware also investigated a recently
discovered Native American astronomical observation site which will be
included in his upcoming manuscript, Redeeming the Time: Christianity, Chronology, and the End of the World.
Dr. Jacqueline Washington
Washington, department chair of biology and chemistry, was selected as
vice chair of the American Society for Microbiology Conference of
Undergraduate Educator 2011 and chair-elect for 2012.
Dr. David Weir
Weir, professor of history, taught an intensive course on church
history at Kobe Theological Hall in Kobe, Japan in July. He also serves
on the Committee of Research and Prizes of the American Society of
School of Business and Leadership
Dr. Gerard F. "Jerry" Becker
Becker, Nyack's MBA program director, had two papers accepted for
publication at the International Academy of Business and Economics
Annual Conference in October 2010. "Instituting Organizational Change
for Sustainability in a Global Supply Chain" and "Is Social
Entrepreneurship Relevant for a Capitalistic Enterprise?" will be
published in their proceedings.
Dr. Richard L. Gathro
Gathro, Nyack DC dean and assistant to the president, was a featured
speaker this spring at the Army-Navy Club of Washington, DC luncheon on
the topic of "Thoughts on the Nature and Significance of
Friendship...Relationships Are All that Really Matter, Everything Else
is Details." Dr. Gathro also traveled to Moscow, Russia to participate
in dedication ceremonies for the new campus and Commencement exercises
at the Russian-American Institute, a Christian liberal arts university,
where he served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees. He has served as a
trustee since its founding in 1995.
Dr. Gathro agreed during
the past year to join the Board of Directors of Act One, a film school
in Hollywood that trains screenwriters, producers, and directors to
create movies and television programs that exemplify truth, goodness,
and beauty. It is a collaborative Evangelical and Roman Catholic
Earlier this fall, Dr. Gathro was invited to
participate in a meeting of 17 educators with senior members of
President Barak Obama's National Security Council staff. The advisory
consultation focused on the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. The
meeting took place in the Roosevelt Room of the West Wing at the
invitation of the White House Office of Public Engagement. "The meeting
was candid and frank, and the President's team impressed me with their
commitment to consider religious factors in foreign policy," Gathro
Ed Green, adjunct
professor in the Master of Science Organizational Leadership program at
the DC campus, was named Graduate Faculty Member of the Year
by Nyack DC students.
Ed brings over thirty years
experience in senior management and executive positions in the U.S.
Marine Corps and in the civilian business sector. Ed received his B.S.
in education from West Chester University and an MLS from Johns Hopkins
University. Mr. Green is also an executive coach, specializing in
leadership development and organization improvement.
Lawson, professor in the Bachelor of Science in Organizational
Management program at Nyack DC, was named Undergraduate Faculty Member
of the Year by Nyack DC students.
background includes seven years in corporate finance, working for
such companies as the former First Union National Bank, now Wachovia,
Daimler-Chrysler Financial Services, and the Fannie Mae Corporation. She
received her B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte and her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from
Nyack College. Sherry is currently working on her Ph.D. in leadership
and organizational change in the School of Applied Management and
Decision Science at Walden University.
College of Bible and Christian Ministry
Dr. Frank Chan
Dr. Frank Chan, associate dean
for Nyack's College of Bible and Christian Ministry, was a speaker at
the annual Bible and Missionary Conference at Beulah Beach Camp
(C&MA) in Vermillion, OH, in July.
Dr. Dongsu Kim
Dongsu Kim, professor of Bible and theology, presented the following
papers: "The Spirit's Intercession and Saints' Perseverance through
Trials (Rom 8:26-27)" at the Nyack College Faculty Symposium in April
2010 and at the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) annual meeting in
November 2009; and "Revisiting Paul's Concept of Suffering in Rom 8:17:
Christological vs. Generic" at the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
International Annual Meeting in July 2009. Prof. Kim's book, A Symphony of the New Testament, was published by Eldoron Publication in 2010.
School of Education
Dr. Sherry Jarrett
Each year the
National Wellness Institute invites university faculty, staff, and
students to submit poster proposals highlighting best practices and/or
research related to wellness. A select few are invited to participate in
The Poster Showcase at the annual National Wellness Conference. Dr.
Sherry Jarrett, DHEd, department chair of early childhood education at
Nyack College, presented a poster entitled "Holistic Wellness of
Undergraduate Teacher Candidates" at this year's 35th Annual National
Wellness Conference held in Stevens Point, Wisconsin July 17-22. Her
poster received the 2010 Award of Excellence for the research category.
Her research study provides a model for other universities involved in
teacher education. The National Wellness Institute Poster Review
Committee, chaired by Dr. John Munson, was greatly impressed with Dr.
Jarrett's research and applauds her for reaching across disciplines to
provide holistic wellness education for tomorrow's teachers, as they
will be role models for the children they will someday teach.
School of Music
Dr. David Wallace
Dr. Wallace of
The Juilliard School, presented a workshop in interactive performance on
September 16 to the Freshman Music Seminar at NCMC. Dr. Wallace, a
professional violist and an NCMC adjunct professor in viola, gives
workshops on the subject of interactive performance all over the United
States, most especially to members of the New York Philharmonic and
other great orchestras. His spellbinding presentation, in which he drew
students into the music as participants in the creation of a
Passacaglia, offered excellent perspectives in both performance and in
Christian witness to the class. The entire School of Music at NCMC will
be invited to the next event featuring Dr. Wallace. His book, Reaching Out: A Musician's Guide to Interactive Performance, was chosen as the main text for the class.
School of Nursing
Dr. Elizabeth Simon
Simon, professor and director of nursing, was selected as the 2010-2011
fellow in the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP) sponsored
by American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The cohort of 40
fellows from 640 AACN member schools met in Kansas City, MO in August.
The LANP fellows are selected to participate in this program through a
competitive application process. The program, supported by the Helene
Fuld Health Trust, is designed to prepare a more diverse, younger pool
of leaders and to enhance the leadership capabilities of the chief
administrator for nursing programs.
Dr. Simon's book, Critical Care Nursing Practice Guide: A Road Map for Students and New Graduates, was recently published by Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Alliance Theological Seminary
Dr. Stephen Bailey
Dr. Bailey, director of Alliance Graduate School of Mission (AGSM), serves as senior associate for the Institute for Global Engagement.
He conducted a seminar in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
(PDR) on Religious Diversity and Religious Freedom on July 12. In
attendance were Lao government leaders from the Lao National Front and
the Department of Religious Freedom. Also in attendance were leaders
from the Catholic, Evangelical, 7th Day Adventist, Bahai, and Buddhist
Communities. Prof. Bailey works regularly in the Lao PDR with the Lao
Front in an effort to strengthen the environment for religious freedom.
He worked in Laos from 1990 to 2001.
Dr. Janet Lerner
Lerner, adjunct professor for Alliance Graduate School of Counseling
(AGSC), went to Nicaragua and to Liberia this summer to teach her
"Counseling Survivors of Abuse" course to more than 200 pastors,
pastors' wives, and other church leaders. In Nicaragua, Dr. Lerner
worked with Sandra and Roberto Zapata (Roberto earned his M.Div. from
ATS) along with two other trained leaders who helped in the
implementation and work with the participants and their families.
Liberia, the program was organized by a graduate of the AGSC program,
Salena Brown, who works for the UN Mission in Liberia. In addition to
the course she teaches at AGSC, three areas of trauma related to Liberia
in particular were added to the program: civil war, rape and female
genital mutilation, and early forced marriage. All of these one hour
presentations were given by Liberians who work in the fields being
She saw Africans and Nicaraguans talking about issues
they had never been able to discuss before. They asked very intelligent,
profound, and insightful questions, and the Holy Spirit provided
answers which took them to the next step in their growth and
development. In both places, some of the leaders were able to minister
to the children who had come to the program with their parents. These
children were able to receive healing as well.
Bob Dickson, freelance Nyack College/ATS journalist, had a story published in Chicken Soup for the Runner's Soul titled "Cross Country Isn't for Wimps."
Joan Reed, financial aid counselor, will have an article published in the November 2010 issue of Student Aid Transcript,
a publication both online and circulated by the National Association of
Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). The title of the article
is "The Marriage Game." For more information click here.
Scales, payroll accountant, hosts a blog, The Sweet and Savory Kitchen,
where she shares hundreds of fabulous and delicious recipes. Click here to check out Kim's blog. Try one of her creations!
Michele Blanck, Director of Conferences and Auxiliary Services, Rockland Campus
What I did over summer vacation: I visited family (especially grandchildren) and attended a reunion in the Midwest.
What's on my Ipod playlist: Beatles, Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Johnny Cash, Josh Ritter, Misty Edwards...so much more...too much to mention! I love music.
Latest interesting reading: The Life of A.W. Tozer: In Pursuit of God. I read it on vacation and was deeply challenged by Tozer's life.
Favorite food: Surf and turf
Unknown talent: Tap dancing
Why I'm at Nyack:
My journey at Nyack started as a student in the late '70s and brought
me back in 2000 when we moved here from Chicago. Over the past ten years
I have remained at Nyack College because I care deeply for the students
and enjoy being a part of their lives.
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Welcome to Nyack!
The Fall 2010 Faculty Roster includes 16 new faculty members:
Dr. Elizabeth Simon, Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Program
Dr. Michael Huster, Professor of Physics
Dr. Jeffrey Dueck, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. James Romaine, Associate Professor of Art History
Dr. David Chun, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dr. David Emanuel, Assistant Professor of Bible
Dr. Kimberly Huster (ABD), Assistant Professor of ESL and Director of the ESL Program
Dr. Jennifer Kimble (ABD), Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Jung Hang Lee, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, Assistant Professor of Music
Dr. Wenbo Yan, Assistant Professor of Biology
DeVonne Allen, Instructor in Social Work
Mary Cloutier, Instructor in Intercultural Studies
Johanna Dillenbeck, Instructor in Special Education
Amy Flavin, Instructor in Psychology
Deborah Spivey, Instructor in Developmental Education
72% of the instructional faculty hold a terminal degree as of this
fall. With 19 additional faculty enrolled in doctoral programs, this
percentage will increase substantially in the next three years.
Rockland and NYC Homecomings - A Great Success!
Nyack College, Rockland campus, welcomed home alumni, faculty, staff,
family, and friends during Homecoming Weekend October 8-9, 2010. The
weekend was packed with fun-filled activities, reunions, and
reminiscing. Former faculty and staff members invited back as special
guests-of-honor included: Dr. Jeff Cook, Dr. Richard Eldred, Dr. Marion
Howe, Dr. Donal Nilsson, Dr. Ron and Mrs. Beverly Ruegsegger, Dr. Brad
Stamm, and Dr. Eldon Woodcock.
Nyack College/ATS, NYC hosted
their 2nd Homecoming Banquet on Friday, November 5, 2010 at S.P.Q.R.
Restaurant in Little Italy. College and seminary alumni, faculty, staff,
family, and friends filled the banquet room with laughter and fond
memories. Department highlights were presented by Dr. Fernando Arzola,
Jr., Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Luis A. Carlo,
Associate Dean, ATS, NYC; Dr. Anita Underwood, Dean, School of Business
and Leadership; Dr. Marcia Lucas, Director, Alliance Graduate School of
Education; and Mrs. Miriam Velez, Professor, NYC School of Education.
The ATS Alumnus of the Year award was presented to Rev. Dr. A.R.
Bernard, Sr. and the Nyack College Alumnus of the Year award was
presented to Rev. James D. Gamble, Jr. Minister Donna A. Baptiste,
president of the ATS Alumni Association, was honored for her ten years
of dedication and service to Nyack College/ATS.
Congratulations to Homecoming Road Race Winners!
early morning weather was gorgeous as a crowd well over 100 came out to
enjoy the Nyack College Running Warriors 5K Road Race and 3K Walk.
Cross Country team members acting as race marshals enthusiastically
cheered on both serious runners and those who wanted to get a little
exercise and join the fun. This year a new faculty/staff category was
established with entrants vying for a free lunch for their department
sponsored by the Office of Advancement. To promote a healthy working
community, the Office of Human Resources sponsored the registration fee
for all faculty, staff, and their family members who participated. Some
of this year's movers were: Jim Muckell, Business Department; Michael D.
Scales, Office of Advancement; Francis Mgabi, Business Office; Kevin
Pinkham, English Department; Laban Moore, Athletics; Frank DeLalla,
Biblical and Theological Studies; Karen Davie, Business Office; Amy
Davis, Biblical and Theological Studies; and Siobhan Seaman, Admissions.
Laban Moore (20:10) won first place for faculty/staff men, and
Amy Davis (27:52), egged on by Brice Walborn (also 27:52), took first
place for faculty/staff women. David Gates finished first overall
(18:44) preceded by four of our Cross Country Team's top men: Stuart
Guild (17:13), Aaron Baldwin (17:45), Bobby LeFond (18:07), and Ben
Wallin (18:41). Alumnus Joleen Butterfield '08 was our overall first
place female (23:22), right on the heels of three of our top female
Cross Country team members: Sharon Fetters (20:20), Allie Roma (21:53),
and Deb McCarthy (22:34). Proceeds from this year's race will help the
Cross Country team go to the Christian Nationals in Cedarville, Ohio.
Nyack Scholars Symposium
Nyack College Rockland campus hosted the Nyack Scholars Symposium on
October 6, 2010. Dr. Martin Palous, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to
the United States, was the Symposium plenary speaker. Presenters from
the college and seminary were: Dr. Vilma Balmaceda; Dr. Ronald
Belsterling; Dr. Stephen Bennett; Dr. Amy Davis; Dr. Dion Harrigan; Dr.
Stephen Maret; Dr. Lyndell O'Hara; Dr. Larry Poston with NC student,
Elizabeth Rigotti; Dr. Martin Sanders; Prof. Linda Poston; Dr. Fran
Chan; Dr. James Danaher; Dr. Brad McDuffie; Dr. Leonard Kageler; Prof.
Scot Reitz; and Dr. Marie White.
Congratulations Rev. Dr. Luis A. Carlo!
Dr. Carlo, associate dean of Alliance Theological Seminary, NYC, was
recognized on October 21 by The Council of Churches of the City of New
York for outstanding theological academic leadership.
Congratulations Mr. Earl Miller!
Earl Miller, Executive Director of Community Relations, was recognized
by the Spring Valley Branch of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on November 5. Earl was named a
2010 Trailblazer for his work as a goodwill ambassador to the community,
schools, and government.
Earl also received the following
awards: citation from the New York State Assembly in
recognition of his ongoing commitment and countless contributions to
education in the community; Certificate of Achievement from the County
of Rockland in appreciation for service to Rockland County,
NY; Distinguished Service Award from Rockland County Clerk Paul
Piperato in recognition of being honored by the Spring Valley Branch
NAACP at the Annual Fall Membership Gala; and Certificate of Merit
from the Towns of Ramapo and Clarkstown.
Alumni Chapel at ATS Observes Anniversary
ATS alumni and friends, come celebrate a major milestone--the 50th
anniversary of Alliance Theological Seminary. On December 1 at 2:30 p.m.
at the Rockland campus in Nyack, NY, the ATS Alumni Association will
host a special alumni chapel service to commemorate the occasion. Please
spread the word and invite others to celebrate with us.
Rob Reimer (M.Div. 1991), will receive an Alumnus of the Year award.
You'll be blessed by soul-lifting worship and refreshing fellowship with
former classmates and professors.
Can't wait to see you there!
Betty Olsen House is the home of "The Hub," Nyack's
new cafe-style student lounge. Though this is primarily a venue for
students, the Nyack campus community is welcome.
Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 6:00-11:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
check out our tribute in honor of Alton "Ernie" Armoogam, a 1997
alumnus and former Nyack College employee. Students are
encouraged to submit paintings, photography, poems, and other work for
Ernie's Wall of Inspiration.
Send your work via email to [email protected] or via campus mail to Cassandra Campbell or Erica Lara.
LOOKING FOR A CAMPUS VENUE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS??
Hub can be reserved for events or club/group meetings on Sundays or
weekdays and Saturdays before 5:00 p.m. Please allow one week's
advance notice. Contact [email protected] to reserve a date. Click here to visit the Hub on Facebook.