Great Teachers at Nyack

A good teacher is one who cares about their students as more than just students, but as unique individuals who deserve your time and love. Throughout my life I have been blessed with several teachers like this. They care about your education, but also ask about your dreams and seek to get to know you as a person outside of the school day. There are so many great teachers here at Nyack who go above and beyond their required seat hours to pour into the lives of their students. As an intercultural studies major a few of my teachers live on campus and I have had the pleasure of going over to their houses and sharing a meal with them. It was wonderful to be able to spend time in community with these teachers and other classmates as we discuss life issues and our dreams for the future. This has been a huge blessing during my time here at Nyack so far.

Bapak

There is one teacher in particular who I believe was a wonderful teacher inside of the classroom as well as a person who I knew I could talk to even once I finished his class. Barry Jordan was the missionary in residence this year at Nyack College and was the teacher of my Culture and Communication’s class. He, his wife Patty, and their family have been serving in Indonesia as missionaries for many years now, but have spent their last year on furlough at Nyack. Barry has become a sort of father-figure on campus through his open-door policy and continuing friendly gestures towards all students as well as the name by which myself and many other students call him. His name on campus is ‘Bapak’ which is the word for father in the country which he serves. When I was in Bapak’s class I learned much about culture and specifically about the people of Indonesia as CTA button for Blog UGone can quickly see his love for these people. I learned much from his personally stories of different situations which he had encountered on the mission field. It was truly a wonderful class to be a part of as I gained knowledge, but also made lasting friendships with my classmates and my teacher. Even though the class ended in December I still carry on a relationship with Bapak as well as many friendships that were born and nurtured in that class. Even now I have made many visits to Bapak’s house, nestled in the center of campus, for dinner, parties, or just to show up on his front lawn to be invited in for cake and ice cream. Bapak and his family’s hospitality and love was a huge gift to this campus for the past year and he will surely be missed as he heads back to do God’s work again in Indonesia.

Love Jesus. Grow with Others. Serve the World.

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Love Jesus. Grow with Others. Serve the World. These three phrases sum up my life in a whole. I picked up this mantra from my church back home in Northeast Ohio. I never fully understood how perfect it was until I started here at Nyack College in fall 2011. I was moving to a place where everything was unknown and scary. But, it didn’t take long for me to realize my purpose in this community. In college I have slowly been finding out more and more about myself. Through that experience I had to hold on tight to Jesus and trust that he was making me into a woman after his own heart. I have learned so much about God’s heart for me as I have been away at school. However, the best part is that I am not going through this college journey alone. The community of Nyack College and the many friends I have made are always around to support me as they grow alongside me. Whether we a worshipping our way through a Deeper Life series, praying our way through a Bible study, or crying alongside each other when we a facing trials, we stick together as a community of believers. There are so many people to meet and new friends to make. I quickly learned that if you open yourself up and reach out to people they will bring countless blessings into your life and truely enrich your time here at Nyack.

In addition we are serving the world around us as we reach out to the community of Nyack, the people of New York City, and the world. One of the things I love about this school is its location. You could walk down town and serve with organizations such as the Nyack Homeless project. You could catch the bus to New York City at any time and go interact with people from all over the world. Or you could even take a trip to another country on a Global Service Learning trip. This place is full of opportunity, and for me as an Inter-cultural studies major this is something I thrive off of. Nyack is not only equipping me for my future on the mission field, but opening the door for me to serve right now. It all boils down to the fact that Nyack is a place where I can love and grow deeper with Jesus, grow with the people around me, and serve the world in new and exciting ways.

First Impressions of Spring 2012

So I’ve experienced my first three weeks as an upper junior at Nyack College. From a personal standpoint, college is definitely easier: I’ve improved on budgeting my time, I participate in more student life activities, and my agenda in the classroom is to extract as much knowledge from the professor as possible. Networking is great too; I know quite a few people in my school either involved in or with experience in the field I seek to enter after graduation.

At Nyack College NYC, there’s plenty going on. Seniors are preparing for graduation while juniors and below are preparing to move to the new campus. The Office of Student Development (OSD) has upped the ante, introducing promotional audio/video projects that combine staff and students. And the clubs? Active at an all-time high, while the number of clubs continues to grow.

Dean of Student Life Charles Hammond interviewing President Dr. Michael Scales during a recent Nyack Experience.

Most notable are the Nyack Experience sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Because NYC is a commuter campus, chapel is voluntary, not mandatory. Although less people can attend, those in attendance actually choose to be there. This makes for an exciting, energetic atmosphere every week, including the evening that Dr. Michael Scales, Nyack College’s President, spoke at the campus to a large audience. Large isn’t an understatement; I had to keep pulling out chairs to accomodate the attendees!

There’s plenty positive going on at Nyack NYC, culminating in Fall 2012 with the new campus at Battery Park. As Nyack College’s administration continue to put quality time and effort into our NYC campus, God continues to bless their work and build up a new generation of invigorated students excited about their futures—yes, even in the midst of a recession.

How to Have a Good Day

Yes, I know that Nyack College New York City is on break until the 18th. Do I continue to learn throughout the year? Most definitely! One of the most important areas to develop regularly is your spirit. Recently, I learned how we can set ourselves up to have a truly happy New Year.

Isn’t it our aim when our feet hit the floor each morning to have a good day? Dr. Gary Chapman pointed out in one of his books that many of us choose to get out of bed early because we anticipate that something is worth getting out of bed for.

This Sunday, Matthew 5:3 (The Sermon on the Mount) was discussed. Jesus’ opening line, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” surely left many on that hilltop bewildered, and still confuses people today. Personally, I never really understood the verse myself until this sermon.

As you can see, I take a lot of notes. Just like college!

We discovered that “the poor in spirit” are simply those who realize that even with their many achievements (or despite any), they are still reliant on God to sustain them on a daily basis.

Here’s one easy litmus test that determines whether or not you are reliant in the morning: do you wake up choosing to read the Bible and have a conversation with God about, for instance, how your day will transpire? Or do you barrel out of bed either confident that you’ve “got this!”

The biggest lesson for me was to not wake up and automatically check my cell phone for missed calls or the internet for new emails, but to take at least few moments—even if I overslept—to get my priorities straight and thank God in advance for another good day. The more you acknowledge that certain currently-held positions, degrees, and future accomplishments are achieved beyond your own ability, and that He’s the “more to the picture” in your life, you’ll be in good shape to win.

Why? God looks down, sees an opportunity to achieve glory and touch others through your life, and says, “let’s get it.” Eureka, huh? Not to mention the blessings!

You can hear the whole message and take your own two pages worth of notes via iTunes. Remember, whether you have a GED or a Doctorates, you still need to rely on God to have a truly good year.

Manhattan Campus

If you haven’t been back to the Manhattan campus yet, you’re in for quite a few treats! The campus has seen quite a few upgrades, including shiny new Mac computers. Not bad, huh?

We also have “The Haven,” a part of the building the college recently obtained. Recognize it from the photo? It used to be what students termed “the futon store.”

If you needed a tiny bit more of a spur to get excited about this upcoming semester… well, you’re welcome. Also, look out for a post about the new student orientation that took place last Thursday, coming soon.

Meet the President

Last week it was back to Nyack College!

A certain prospective student (ok, my girlfriend) asked me to attend last Wednesday’s Meet the President of Nyack College event at its Worth street facility. Sure, definitely, why not? We met up and went in, heard plenty of good news about the upcoming semesters, and sat with a very diverse table in all fields—especially majors.

Ok: so I the Business Admin major and my girlfriend the Early Childhood Education prospective major met Maria the Psychology major and her friend Gloria the advent Criminal Justice Major as well as Javier the Pastoral Ministries major and his guest, Isaac. Got it?

With all these different backgrounds and destinies, there was plenty to talk about—we never ran out of conversation. The food was great too! One of the most prevalent conversations was about the school; the currently enrolled students raved about its unique culture and their adventures therein, and encouraged the prospective students to enjoy their college experience at Nyack to the fullest.

If I wasn’t psyched to return after Summer Vacation is over, I sure am now! Thanks everyone for agreeing to take the picture even though it was a spur of the moment ordeal.

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