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Nyack College, through its undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs, pursues its historic mission of preparing men and women to ”take the whole Gospel to the whole world.”

Graduating 24 Prisoners from Fishkill Correctional

A guest post by Les Gilbert, Director of the School of Adult and Distance Learning

On January 22nd, I was honored to attend the graduation ceremony for the Nyack College adult students who reside at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Fishkill, NY. Twenty-four men changed their lives for the better by deciding to finish their bachelors’ degrees during their incarceration. The graduates and their family members celebrated that decision together on this special day.

fishkill graduation hudson linkThe School of Adult and Distance Education (SADE) at Nyack College has offered this program at Fishkill and other New York prisons for many years. And the results are impressive. The recidivism rate for people released from prison is a tragic 60 percent. But if an inmate earns a degree, that rate drops dramatically to a mere 1 percent. The Nyack College program is thus a major contributor to the community of New York.

It is difficult to express how inspirational these twenty-four graduates are. Nyack College President Dr. Michael Scales expressed our feelings well when he opened the ceremony by addressing the graduation class as follows: “I know you men wrote in your program that you were proud to be Nyack alumni now. But let me tell you that we, at Nyack, are the ones who are proud to be involved with you men.”

The degree completion program is a rigorous undertaking. And the core program is the same for everyone—no matter where one resides. To see the success of these inmates is not only exciting to witness but also truly matters in our world. You can see the joy on some of the faces of those in attendance here (Photos by Babita Patel).

Nyack College is privileged to work with Sean Pica and the entire team at Hudson Link, our partner and the catalyst of the program at New York correctional facilities. Nyack College plans to continue the partnership with Hudson Link and Fishkill Correctional Facility. If you would like to learn more about the program go to hudsonlink.org. If you would like to give to the program, go here.

 

 

Why There’s So Much to Be Thankful for at the Alliance Theological Seminary

It was finals week when Life at Nyack caught up with Ron Walborn, the Dean of the Alliance Theological Seminary.  He was relaxed and cheerful, not because his stack of grading was coming to an end.  He was cheerful because there was much to be thankful for and look forward to at Nyack’s ATS.

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At the national seminary of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Ron says there is “a vision to minister across denominational boundaries” and he is excited to celebrate many things in the New Year.  So what events are making Ron so happy?

 

Celebrating the continued growth of the Doctorate of Ministry Program

With over 100 pastors and leaders that represent over 36 countries, the DMin program is just over 3.5 years old.  It’s showing no sign of slowing down and only seems to grow with students coming from urban, suburban, rural and international backgrounds.  Ron believes that of all the strengths in the program, its students are one of the best.  Working toward the degree in cohorts, students learn directly from their peers by hearing about ministries already in action.  What is learned is directly and immediately applied.

 

Welcoming new faculty to the Alliance Theological Seminary

Often our alumni say that Nyack College and ATS are more like family than a school.  Like a family, we love to welcome new members!  This year, the school has brought on several new teachers including: Christopher Dost, Aaron Sherwood, Stanley John, and Louis Carlo.

“We have gifted, brilliant, intelligent people with the heart to pour into others.”  Ron knows that staff makes all the difference.  Great teachers create great leaders in their students.

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Designing New Programs such as the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

It’s still unofficial but the new graduate degree in Biblical Studies will be a 36-credit program online.  Ron is excited to finish the last details of the degree, which will be fully online.  He says it will be fantastic to have students from around the nation and the world in the ATS virtual classroom.  It’s about attracting and connecting, he said.  “Relocation to New York from California, Texas and Malaysia is not always possible,” but attending class online is not a problem.

 

Working with a new Associate Director for ATS Admissions

Julian Williams was “born in Texas and refined in California.”  When asked why he chose to come to Nyack, Williams stated that here is “the intersection of passion and opportunity.”  He left a dream job at Adventures in Mission’s “World Race” because he knew the Lord had more planned for him.  A casual conversation became a life changing moment and the catalyst to his new work as the associate director.  “At ATS, I see myself thriving academically and professionally.”

 

Being one of the Top 10 Evangelical Seminaries in the US

“It’s a best kept secret” said Ron.  The Alliance Theological Seminary continues to grow in an educational climate that challenges many programs at other schools.  Why is ATS different?

Ron proudly described the seminary’s humble roots.  The school was not founded to be a theological seminary alone.  Instead the institution was created to help people minister cross culturally, to “actively engage” and gain more than just “head knowledge and theology”.  The programs here are about leading students into the practice of missional living and training them as missionaries.  That is the difference and the reasoning behind the juxtaposition of anthropology and sociology with theology at ATS.

As our time with the Dean of ATS drew to a close, Ron focused for a moment on the overall importance of heart and head connections.  He emphasized again how important it was to nurture both the intellectual and the emotional needs of seminary students.  At the Seminary, “learning comes from the people sitting around you in the classroom.”  It comes from “students who are hungry and eager to learn and who already have ministries.”  As Ron Walborn concluded our time together, he stated that it is truly “amazing to hear about the different ministries already going on” and that it is a great joy to be part of Nyack College’s Alliance Theological Seminary.

 

 

 

National Movie Premiere by Nyack Alumnus: Ryan Walters

ryan waltersOn Tuesday, January 13, 2015, Nyack graduate Ryan Walters premieres his short film Going through the Motions which tackles the persistence of lukewarm Christianity.  After months of planning and prayer, the film releases to the public along with kits and materials to help churches and youth groups grapple with the idea that some Christians don’t truly and actively engage with what it means to be a follower of Christ.  Walters stated that he has a “holy discontent for lukewarm Christianity” and even though he hated writing, this passion “made it a favorite hobby.’  The hobby became a driving force in his life as Ryan began to write the script for his film.

So what does it take to write a script to a fantastic film?  And why does Walters say that he refuses to be a cliché?  We asked a few simple questions at the end of the year to help us understand Walters’ process better.

How did the idea for the film arise?

Ryan stated that he wanted to get people together and build passion around following Christ.  So he began with a slogan: “I refuse to be a cliché.”  Starting with youth groups, he had church members say the slogan over and over again.  This began the foundation of the film.

A year ago he wrote a blog post from which the film stemmed.  A deep thinker and blogger, Ryan’s website 98.6 Too Cold discusses the idea that thoughts and actions and faith can be tepid.  He questions how best to make a life as a Christ follower and says that the average human body temperature is actually lukewarm.  He writes that being lukewarm is not what we are meant to be.  “Because we need to set our hearts and lives ON FIRE for God!”

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What makes this film experience different?

Walters stated on the film’s website: “At this moment, connections are being made through networking with churches and Christian colleges across the country. We’re praying for these groups to come alongside us and RSVP to be hosts for January 24th (a Saturday) for an hour and a half nationwide one-time event consisting of meet & greet/icebreakers, a six minute-film screening, follow up Q&A and discussion as well as a thirty minute live stream panel discussion on Google hangout.”

Pastors, bible study leaders and community group members are invited to RSVP and receive a package to help facilitate discussion.  The movie is not meant to be passively viewed but instead actively engaged with.  Donations of $95 are appreciated and are tax-deductible.  With an online ticket, participants will then be in contact with Going Through the Motions team in preparation for the night’s event on January 24.  All materials are mailed so please register and find out more details now.  Post-premiere, please call for special arrangements to host discussions around the movie.

CTA button for Blog UGFinal thoughts about his role as a thought leader?

Walters never considered himself a leader or an artist who would stand up and create something that would challenge all Christians to examine their lives.  He said that at Nyack College, he was given the opportunity and encouragement to step out of a passive role.  He was inspired by his teachers in social work and began a path of action.  This created the foundation for his role as a filmmaker.  “By the last week in September 2014, [Walters] began to live, eat and breathe the film.  It took a life of its own.”  Life is busy as he works in Seattle and prepares for the movie premiere with a cross-country team.  But he says “this is the season in my life to do what I am doing” and it has been an amazing journey of walking through production with prayer and creating a script based on action.

Reach out to Ryan via Facebook, Twitter and the official Going Through the Motions website.

 

Follow #NyackGlobal and See How Our Students Study Overseas

How many hashtags can promise to take you to another land?  Or can promise to show you life as a student overseas or can just show you the simple beauty of the Italian countryside?

This January, we invite you to join the adventures of our Nyack College students as they travel overseas during Winterim.  These young students will be headed to Mexico, Italy, and Israel and sharing their pictures and thoughts via the hashtag #NyackGlobal.  Follow their course work and service on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  Ask them questions or just think what college would be like if you had this opportunity!

A special thanks to these #NyackGlobal students who’ve promised to share pictures with us everyday!

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Oscar Avila @oavila120

Rachel Kunker @Kunkistadorr

Rachel Kunker @Kunkistadorr

Kristi Moua @justIab 

Kristi Moua @justIab

Kassia Khuu @KassiaKhuu 

Kassia Khuu @KassiaKhuu

Wish them safe travels for the New Year and check in on their overseas adventures in international learning! Catch them also via #IAMNYACK #NyackWinterim #NyackCollege

 

 

Nyack College & The Annual Hunger Banquet

making change in college~A guest blog post by Nyack College student, Kassie Neumann

College students often have a reputation for holding entitlement attitudes that desire their colleges and the world to cater to their wants in life. Occasionally however, the world encounters a group of students who are quietly but firmly standing against these attitudes. These students live with gratitude and are seeking how God can work through them throughout their college years. This fall, the honors students at Nyack College ran the annual Hunger Banquet, and this year the topic of was on “The Sustainability of Earth’s Resources” and the part that fifty-two students could play in this project.

bible and sustainabilityThe evening began with students scarfing down pots of chili made with the more sustainable resources of chicken and almonds instead of ground beef. Guests were required to recycle all plates and eating utensils, even placing unwanted food in a compost bucket. Throughout dinner, students groups gave presentations on living sustainably in dorm life. Some of the student groups were the “Shower Shavers” who spoke on ways to conserve water, the “Trash Talkers” who educated us about garbage waste, and “Watt’s On” who discussed energy consumption. What struck and surprised me was how different these students’ conversations were from the discussions usually associated with “saving the earth”. The difference was that these students had a vision for larger change, but their vision was also planted in ground level solutions. That is a rare difference. This difference was evident as they offered us actions and not just words, framing their solutions into what college students would practically be able to accomplish. Jonathan speakingWe were all placed in accountability groups that were assigned specific ways to live more sustainably such as spending less time in the shower. The students will be collecting data and keeping track on our efforts throughout the coming months.

The group “Shower Savers” told us that we would save gallons of water if we just shaved two minutes off our shower time or turned the water off while brushing our teeth. They educated us about water shortages in the United States and what that could mean for us in the future. Often as citizens in the North East we take water for granted every time we turn on the facet, but this group gave us an understanding of why practicing conservation is still important even in New York.  “Watt’s nyack college sustainabilityOn” showed video interviews with students on our levels of unnecessary energy consumption such leaving lights turned on, allowing phone chargers and computers to stay plugged in when not in use, and leaving fans on all night. They had all the guests raise their hands and put down hands if they had left lights on or had left electronics plugged in that night.  That brought the topic to a personal level for us as few hands were left raised.

“Trash Talkers” cautioned us to be conscious of the levels of trash we create. They kindly but firmly convinced the group of our lack of stewardship in this area as we live as Christians in a disposable culture. This group also spoke about the spiritual significance of protecting earth’s resources, and how CTA button for Blog UGsometimes we as Christians do not concern ourselves with protecting the earth because of our future exit to heaven. However, “Trash Talkers” presented a different perspective on this by offering the understanding that when the Scriptures says that “For God so loved the world”, it means that God loves and redeems the world in the sense of people, but also that He loves and will redeem the physical earth as well. If God loves our physical planet, then perhaps we ought to love and care for it as well? What also struck me was that this group spoke on how contentment actually breaks the cycle of our cultures’ heavy consumption and disposal of goods. The Biblical call to contentment allows us to consume fewer goods, produce less garbage, and therefore propel us into a cycle of sustainability. Throughout the night it was fascinating and encouraging for me to see how living out the Biblical calls on our lives can result in a safekeeping of our world, and that such a safekeeping can start with a group as small as fifty-two.

VIDEO CONTEST: I AM NYACK!

At Nyack College, students come from around the country and the globe to be part of our community.  Between our Manhattan and Rockland campuses we can say that we have one of the most diverse student bodies on the east coast.  But one of the greatest attributes of our school is the commonality we share through our Christian beliefs and our college’s core values.

To celebrate, students can compete in our #IAMNYACK video contest!  Show how you best embody one of Nyack College’s core values and win a new Surface Pro Tablet too!

Winning is easy! Create a video that highlights how you represent one of the following:

  • Academically excellent
  • Globally engaged
  • Intentionally diverse
  • Personally transforming
  • Socially relevant

See flyer for more details!  Good luck, Warriors!

 

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Finding (and landing!) Your Dream Internship

Landing an internship is one of the most important career moves you can make while still in college. These days, it takes more than just a diploma in hand to land THE job.  Nyack College Intern Coordinator, Bud DiFluri, says students who have an internship while in college are much more likely to get a job after graduation than their colleagues who do not have internship experience. An internship will give you the career experience, practical know-how of your future career, and much needed job references.

nyack college internshipIn preparing this blog post, I interviewed three current Nyack College students who had internships this past summer.  I will be referring to them throughout the blog:

-Fabiola Moise: Senior Nursing major, interned at Nyack Hospital

-Raquel Undheim: Senior Communications major, interned with Girlie Action, a PR firm for indie music artists.

-Graham Cory: Senior Accounting major, interned with Deloitte Tax LLP

 

  1. Use Current Connections
    I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” This rings true in many facets of life, including internship hunting. Before you begin throwing your resume into the abyss of many job sites, first use the connections in the networks immediately around you.

    • Professors- College professors are a wealth of knowledge. Those who have been at your institution a number of years have seen multiple students come through and know internships other students have done in the past or have connections of their own. Both Moise and Cory found out about their internship through speaking with their professors.
    • College Career Center– Make an appointment with the career center at your school early in the school year. Undheim saw a posting on Nyack’s career board for open internship at Girlie Action.
    • Recent Graduates- Ask the department head in your major where graduates from your institution are working.  Cory found his connections with both business professors at Nyack College and graduates to be a key part of landing his internship at Deloitte, a Big 4 Accounting Firm.  Cory stated, “It is important to build strong relationships with people and be assertive in maintaining those relationships throughout your college nursing students internshipexperience and career”.
  1.  Become Resume Ready
  • Buzzwords- Many companies/organizations use specific “buzzwords” that align with the mission of the organization. Prior to submitting your resume or cover letter, read up on the company and incorporate some of these words into both your cover letter and resume.
  • CTA button for Blog UGHighlight applicable experience/involvement- Although that summer you spent working the French fry fryer at the McDonald’s in your hometown may not perfectly align with your career aspirations to be a copywriter, highlight the aspects of your position that do. Such as working in a fast pace environment, being customer service oriented, and interacting with various coworkers. Include any student organizations or Honor’s Societies in your school that you take part in. Cory has taken advantage of his time at Nyack College by working in the Admissions Office, Tutoring for Principles of Accounting, and being a member of the Nyack College Business Club.
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  • Let your passion shine through- Undheim says her “knowledge and love for music and writing” helped her most in landing her internship with the PR firm for Indie Artists, Girlie Action. If you are excited about learning and passionate about the mission of the company, this needs to be evident in your cover letter and interview.
  1. Take Advantage

Lastly, take advantage of your time at your internship. Don’t treat it just a check mark off your “College To-Do” list. For Cory, the key things that helped him have a great experience at Deloitte was “building relationships, asking questions, and being confident”. Soak in the experience and knowledge of those around you and constantly ask yourself if this is what you see yourself doing after college graduation.

Fabiola Moise described her internship as an “eye-opener” into what the world of nursing consists of. And was able to hands-on put into practice what she has been taught in her nursing courses.

Graham Cory actually accepted a full-time offer with Deloitte Tax LLP upon his graduation this upcoming May.

For Raquel Undheim, she discovered after her internship that it wasn’t the career path she wanted after all, “The beauty of an internship is that you can try something out and really find out what your interests are. I kind of realized after doing this internship that I don’t want to be in public relations and that I’d rather be making the music, which is why I found another internship for the fall as a music production intern!”

Article written by Rachel Borden, Admissions Counselor for Nyack College Rockland Campus

Meet the New Rockland Professors at the Alliance Theological Seminary

ATS facultyBy Eric Hoke~

Fall 2014 is a monumental and exciting year in the history of Alliance Theological Seminary. We welcomed five new professors onto our Nyack Campus. We are so excited to welcome their expertise and thank God for their investment into our ATS Community. We wanted to allow you the opportunity to get to know them better.

Christopher Dost is the Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Director of Online Programming.

Dr. Dost holds a B.A. in Music from Western Connecticut State University. He came to Nyack College in 1999 to take a few Bible courses. After a brief hiatus, he returned to Nyack to pursue the M.A. Old Testament degree at Alliance Theological Seminary, which he completed in 2003. Since that time, he has worked at ATS and Nyack College in varying capacities: first as a T.A., then as an adjunct, afterward as a partnering faculty member, and now as the Director of Online Programming. In that time, he has also completed M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees (2007, 2011, 2014) in Hebrew Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Dr. Dost resides in Nyack with his wife (Michelle) and four daughters (Abigail, 13; Anna, 11; Mia, 10; and Gabrielle, 6).

Dr. Dost is a Red Sox fan.

Ron Chen is the Chinese Studies Program Coordinator at Alliance Theological Seminary.

Ron lives in Plainview, NY and is currently the Associate Pastor at Queens Herald Church while getting ready to become a church planter and plant a church in Long Island. He and his wife Candice are expecting their first child in late fall.

Ron holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Youth Ministry and Religion) from Nyack College and an M. Div from ATS. He is currently in the D. Min program. When asked why he chose to serve at ATS, Ron responded, “I think it can be best described as a God moment. I was driving my interim Senior Pastor and his wife to take a look at Nyack College. On our way up we have an interesting conversion about my future and the next thing I know I was in the Dean’s Office and was given a job description. I went home to speak with my wife and she said I was crazy. We spent some time praying about it and felt the Lord’s peace to proceed forward.”

An interesting fact about Ron is that he was a high school dropout and joined a gang in Chinatown when he was 14.

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Dr. Sherwoord and his wife Lucy have two daughters, Eleanor (5) and Isabel (2). They live in Nyack and have just moved from overseas this summer.

Dr. Sherwoord earned a Ph.D. at Durham University in England, technically in New Testament but really also in Old Testament and early Jewish studies, as well. Before that, he earned an M.A. in Biblical Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, and holds a B.A. in philosophy. Dr. Sherwood and his wife have served in churches in lots of different ways over the past fifteen years, in home group, children’s ministry, prison ministry, and some preaching.

When asked why he chose to serve at ATS, Dr. Sherwoord responded, “I am very excited about the ATS aim of commissioning students to go into the world and engage in indigenous missions, whether in America or internationally and overseas, and that ATS wants those ministries to be grounded in a profound understanding and appreciation of God’s love and purpose for the world as revealed in Scripture. And so, I wanted to take up my role in equipping students by helping them with that first, fundamental step, of knowing and understanding the biblical basis for their beliefs and their pastoral vocations.”

An interesting fact about Dr. Sherwood is that he loves Miyazaki films and has a collection of stuffed animals from them in his office.

Dr. Stanley John is the new Professor of Intercultural Studies at Alliance Theological Seminary

Dr. John was born and raised in Kuwait in a south Indian family. He grew up attending the Indian Assemblies of God church in Kuwait, but for the last several years has been part of a multilingual Methodist church that worships in English, Korean and Spanish. He now attends a C&MA church in New York.

Dr. John received a B.A. in Biblical Studies at Zion Bible College in Barrington, Rhode Island, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. His dissertation is titled, Networks, Agents, and Mission: Transnational Religion of Kerala Pentecostal Churches in a Context of Temporary Economic Migration to Kuwait.

Dr. John has been an itinerant evangelist speaking at churches throughout the United States, especially among ethnic immigrant churches, such as West African, Hispanic, Slavik, Korean, and Indian churches. He also teaches annually in various seminaries overseas including the Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine, Faith Theological Seminary in Kerala, India and Mission India Theological Seminary in Nagpur, India.

Why attend the Allianace Theological Seminary:

When asked why he chose to serve at ATS, he responded, “I believe God has called me to serve the global church by raising leaders for church and society. I can imagine no better place to fulfill that calling than at ATS-Nyack. Let me give you three reasons. First, the location in New York provides the opportunity to serve not only locally in a very diverse context, but also globally through transnational networks. Second, a missional ethos with a long heritage in preparing and sending missionaries is central to the Seminary, the College and the C&MA denomination. Third, being housed within the larger Nyack College family, ATS has the opportunity to integrate theological and missiological studies with other disciplines such as the humanities, sciences and business so that students get well-rounded education”.

Something interesting about Dr. John is that he has quite a sweet tooth and loves trying desserts from diverse cultures. His favorites are Tres Leches and Tiramisu.

 

Two Great Concerts to End the Summer

representing nyack collegeConcluding the Summer: Literally going out with a BANG!

My name is Ashton Dennis and I am the newest of the Nyack College admissions counselors here at the Rockland campus! (Follow me on twitter @Nyack_Rockland)! Earlier this month, two current students, Erin Hy and Lydia Christian, accompanied me to two music festivals, Kingdom Bound and Soulfest. It was a strenuous, exhausting, life-giving and INCREDIBLE nine days.

We spent seven straight 14-hour days on our feet talking to prospective Nyack students about our school; more importantly, we talked about how God is working here at Nyack.  We started in our minivan toward Buffalo, NY and I had the opportunity to hear, cry and feel two incredible testimonies of how God is moving through students’ lives here at college.

nyack kingdom soulfest tripsKingdom Bound was full of great conversations, encouraging relationships, and intense music! Tenth Avenue North, Rend Collective, Skillet and Toby Mac all really know how to put on a solid show. The Nyack tent was located in the middle of the Darien Lakes Amusement Park, so we had the opportunity to meet SO many awesome people! It rained almost every day we were there, but that didn’t stop people from riding rides, listening to music, and still finding a resting place inside our little Nyack tent! On our table, we had t-shirts, water bottles and information on Nyack and our different degree programs. However, my favorite part of our table was the game, Connect 4. Does anyone remember this incredible game from their childhood? We played Connect 4 for hours, with ourselves at times, with siblings of prospective students, and with full-blown adults. The best conversations came from this game and even those that stopped to simply ask, “Why do you have tic-tac-toe on your table?” Those poor souls.

Each night, Kingdom Bound ended with an epic BANG. At 10:30pm, as we walked back to our hotel room, we were showered with booming fireworks and Beyoncé- pure bliss. With bags under our eyes and full hearts, we transitioned the Beyoncé into our minivan and headed east.

 

nyack college admissionsOn our eight-hour drive over to the Gunstock Mountain Resort in New Hampshire, we had to stop in the middle of mountainous Vermont to sleep! Just a few hours later, we continued on to Soulfest. The Soulfest music festival provided a much different feel than the Buffalo amusement park. The Nyack table was situated in the middle of a huge tent right next to the main performance stage.  We were able to worship with people like David Crowder, Kari Jobe, Tripp Lee, and Switchfoot. The warm days and the cool nights came with sweet friendships, stellar students and a little bit of controversy.

If I took one thing away from Soulfest, it definitely is how to love well. At Christian music festivals like Soulfest, you are surrounded by other colleges and vendor tables that represent different causes.  Christ’s presence was strongly felt while worshiping with David Crowder and Kari Jobe; why? Because the passion for God was present and there was raw love and awe overflowing. I was thankful that Erin, Lydia and I could talk about what Scripture commands in regards to loving well.

CTA button for Blog UGI love to travel and I love college students, so this trip was a great endeavor on behalf of Nyack College. Throughout the week, the three of us continuously talked about our Christian school and what makes it so unique. Yes, the location couldn’t be better. Yes, the professors are great. And yes, the Division II athletics are incredibly entertaining. But the attribute that strikes me most about Nyack College is its portrayal of the Kingdom of God. Nyack is a place of hope to many students because God is presently moving on this campus! We strive to be an open-armed, Gospel-centered institution that educates future leaders. We strive to keep God at the forefront of our future and of the lives of our current and future students. Who wouldn’t enjoy talking about an institution like that for nine days?

Meet Bridgett. New Student and the Best Selfie 2014 Winner!

new student to rockland campusBridgett is an incoming freshman from Upstate NY (waaay upstate). I caught up with Bridgett a couple days ago to let her know she won our #NyackNation Warrior Selfie competition (Check out her sweet entry below).

 

So Bridgett- how did you hear about Nyack College?

Well, God brought me to Nyack College. J All my life I was planning on going to another Bible school- but I visited and it didn’t click. I searched for other colleges in New York State and the vision of Nyack really stuck with me. I visited the campus and LOVED it!

What led you to come here and how do you see God leading you throughout your education at Nyack?

Well, I became a Christian as a teenager, and the rest of my family became Christians after me. I knew that I wanted an education in a place where I would be surrounded by believers, and have my friends also seeking after God.

college ministry trip nicaraguaI have had the opportunity to go on several ministry trips to Nicaragua and those experiences changed my life. I loved the people there, learning and sharing together.  I really enjoyed my time there, and would love to see myself returning- for short term trips, or on a long term basis.

God really has given me a heart for Marriages and Families. I want to encourage people in God’s design for the family and I am going to study psychology to help me understand it more and more. It is very important to have that foundation in faith and apply it to your career.

How have you prepared for starting at Nyack College over the summer and what still needs to be done?

Wow. I have had a busy summer- helping with VBS (Vacation Bible School) at church, taking a trip to Nicaragua, babysitting. But even in the busy-ness, one thing that I have really focused on is learning to be satisfied in the Lord and learning more about Him.

Hmmm….I still need to order some books from the bookstore. I already have my Old Testament textbook. I need to get odds and ends, like a mattress cover? I don’t know! Also, I am realizing how much STUFF I do have- I don’t really NEED anything.

What inspired you to post a picture of you with head full of curlers? That is quite the 1st impression!

best selfie winner nyack collegeI love doing myself up! I also sell Mary Kay so this is part of my life, getting ready and drinking coffee J I believe that when you take pride in your appearances, you put your best foot forward. And I love embracing my girly side!

 

Anything else you want to leave us with before we see you on Sunday?!

At this point, I am so satisfied in Christ and I know that when the waves rise, I can trust in the Lord. It is not dependent on circumstances, but a sweet place of surrender.

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What an impressive young woman!

Bridgett, it is really evident how much you desire to seek after the Lord, and use your natural gifts to grow and help others. I look forward to seeing how God will continue to direct you in the psychology department- and you will learn more about yourself and how God has made you.

Welcome Miss Bridgett! Nyack is truly blessed to have you.

Tips for Nursing Students: From First Semester to Exam Time

nursing program nyack collegeBy Yee Yang, Admissions Counselor~

August is known to be one of the most hectic months for nursing students who are entering into college.  It is a time of transition and change for most people, whether they are coming right out of high school or transferring from one school to Nyack College. Nevertheless, there are a few things that students can do to help make this transition a little easier and less stressful.

Five Tips for Incoming Nursing Students

  1. Make sure you have started to work on your chemistry homework for the summer.  Engaging in the ALEKS program will help you to excel in class.
  2. Purchase your books for classes now and start looking at the chapters to get ahead.  Find your text books here:  www.nyack.edu/books
  3. Take a look at the nursing curriculum plan and make sure that you are enrolled in the proper classes for the fall. If you are not sure, contact your admissions counselor ASAP.  Here is the link to the nursing curriculum plan.
  4. Incoming transfer nursing students are encouraged to look over their transcript evaluations and class schedules for the fall semester. If you have completed all of your pre-requisite courses, the date for our next Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam is November 7th, 2014.
  5. Take a look at the Fall JUMP Orientation Schedule that has been posted on nyack.edu and plan accordingly.

nursing program international clinicalsI encourage all nursing students to not procrastinate and to be in consistent communication with your professors and academic advisor.  By keeping this concept, you will be able to better manage your activities and school work throughout your time in the program.

More on the Nursing Program: Accreditations & Clinicals

Moving along, I want to clarify that the Cheryl Phenicie School of Nursing baccalaureate program has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) since April 2013. Our nursing students participate in clinical courses locally and overseas. We have clinicals in Rockland County, Westchester County, Long Island Jewish Center, and at the multiple HHC hospitals throughout New York City.  Furthermore, our nursing students have had opportunities to complete their clinicals through Global Service Learning trips. They have been to India, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic several times.  In fact, a team of our students, led by our Associate Professor Rexi Thomas, just left for India at the beginning of August. They will be there for 3 weeks doing clinical and will have a very cool opportunity to join a wedding ceremony during their last weekend in India! These Global Service Learning trips are designed so the students can actively engage with the locals and gain tons of hands on experience. Each student can also earn up to 60 clinical hours towards graduation.

Preparing for Exams

CTA button for Blog UGSpeaking of graduation, throughout the 2 ½ years of clinical, students will be working through Kaplan exams and N-CLEX prep questions to prepare them for their boards post-graduation. Many of our graduates have passed the N-CLEX exam and have gone on to be Registered Nurses.  We offer N-CLEX prep to our graduates up until they pass the exam. I am proud to say that our graduates are now working at several different hospitals throughout the area. We have graduates working in White Plains Hospital, Nyack Hospital, and Phelps Memorial Hospital.

For more information about the nursing program, feel free to contact me: Yee.Yang@nyack.edu and follow me on Twitter @NyackNursing.

Alumni Spotlight: Justin Thornton ’07, Pastoral Ministry

Thornton family nyack alumniA 2007 graduate from Nyack College, Justin Thornton knew that by studying pastoral ministry he wanted to plant churches.  He knew he wanted to be a pastor and he knew that “youth ministry was the first option [he had] to learn how to love people.”

Currently, he resides in Michigan with his wife and family.  There, he is the lead pastor at Jericho Road Church as well as the Church Planting Coach for the Great Lakes District.  Holding two distinct positions may seem like a huge feat but Justin stated that though the time seems split “it all flows together.”

Over the phone, we asked about his life’s work and his past experiences at Nyack College. 

nyack alumni working in ministry

What core program are you working on right now?

The Multiplication Center.

As an option for pastoral ministry students, this church planting program functions as an internship experience where participants can have a chance to lead, preach, train, and teach with peers inside a community.  After the internship’s completion, they are prepared to plant within Michigan or to set out on their own.  As he stated, “the culture of multiplication” is a new concept and almost like an incubator experience.  Outside of an associate’s position at a church or within youth ministry, new college graduates may find their career options limited.  But Justin invites undergrad students into the internship program where they can receive leadership development and expand on their true potential.

In the past he has welcomed Nyack College students to the Multiplication Center and he continues to encourage our community to experience the incubator for themselves.

What Advice would you Give Current Nyack Students?

CTA button for Blog UGDon’t stress the small stuff.  Just enjoy the community.

Justin explained that at Nyack College, he was “surrounded by—for the first time—young men and women who loved Jesus and were relatable.”  He found true brothers in Christ.  They didn’t want the college keg parties or the senseless waste of undergrad time. Instead, he and his friends enjoyed depth of true friendship and observation of God in their lives.  They “kicked it” like any other college kids and had fun but at Nyack there was something more meaningful brewing.  Pointedly, he remarked, “I don’t think I’d get that at many other places.”

He added that students should take advantage of the leadership opportunities on campus.  Good leaders lead from a young age and in college, Justin served as a resident assistant, the captain of the soccer team and as a chaplain.  These experiences honed his leadership potential and paved a path to where he is in life now.  They should also just enjoy.  Enjoy travel, enjoy worship, enjoy life now because everything just speeds up after graduation.  “Let the word of God pour into you everyday.”

 

youth ministry post nyackMore on his Work at Jericho Road Church

Justin Thornton’s community at Jericho Road Church is all about outreach and radical love.  Their “missional communities” are small groups that build intentional relationships with neighbors and beyond.  Their goal is to become disciples and make disciples.  By studying the bible, laughing, praying and serving together, these groups serve the greater good.

On every twelfth Sunday, church services are observed differently.  Instead of going to church, Justin’s community goes out to “be the church.”  Partnering with a neighborhood, they share meals, construct “garden socks” and pray.  At the core of these church days, they believe that “we don’t have all the answers but we do have love and we do have a Savior.  These are things worth sharing, not just talking about.”

Thank you to Justin for sharing his alumni story with our Nyack College community!

 

 

 

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