Broadway’s Case of the Blues

More fascinating than watching the 2012 Superbowl with family several Sundays ago was observing the epic crowd that gathered to watch the Giants parade down Broadway–the avenue where Nyack College NYC Campus is currently located.

Two sports posts in a row from a business major? I know, but bear with me. So the Office of Student Development posted a picture on Twitter from the second floor window. In mass number, many dressed in blue, a horde of fans from the tri-state area and beyond cheered for their heroes. Take a look at the brief video I scraped together:

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It was a pure social event; groups of friends seemed to have skipped class and adults took the day off just to all gather in the same spot and celebrate mutually. I sensed sincere happiness from the crowd as I navigated my way to the college building.

Throughout the day, chanting was clearly audible from the windows of the library and the classrooms. At one point my Organizational Behavior professor stopped mid-lecture, raising her eyebrow at the sound of a particularly loud group. “Giants fans, huh?” She mused with an understanding smile. We had to shut the window.

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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.

Pastor and Leadership Conference

Long time no write! If you couldn’t tell, the Life at Nyack blog went on a brief hiatus. Yes, we have plenty of catching up to do.

A few weeks ago, the NYC Campus SGA members and other school leaders were invited to attend Brooklyn Tabernacle’s 2011 Pastor and Leadership Conference. The event, titled “Be Encouraged,” featured two days of messages, prayer, and workshops on topics ranging from children’s ministry to evangelism in the 21st century.

At breakfast, we interacted with pastors and leaders from around the U.S. and the world who came to, well, “be encouraged.” In the morning and afternoon, we heard from speakers Pastor Jim Cymbala and Francis Chan, who reminded the attendees why they were called to serve.

Also speaking was Ravi Zacharias, an apologetics teacher. He spoke on Daniel 1—if we choose to keep ourselves spiritually healthy in an unhealthy world, we’ll be fit to accomplish great things.

What did I learn from the session? Plenty, but here’s one of the most memorable tips on leadership: a breakdown of the words, “well done my good and faithful servant.”

  • Well: Do everything with excellence.
  • Done: There is importance and value in someone getting the job done. If you mess up, apologize, but get it done.
  • Good: Develop personal character.
  • Faithful: Don’t end off like Samson, good in character but not faithful to his cause. Don’t compare yourself to others. Stay consistent.
  • Servant: Never get a big head. Will you be able to do simple tasks? When asked for help, respond, “what do you need?” Help others.

Thanks to the Office of Student Development in NYC for providing the opportunity!

Hillsong NYC Church

Today, I had the privilege to visit the Hillsong NYC Church in Manhattan! The excursion happened with a friend, my lovely fiance, and future sister in-law. Although traffic made us a bit late- it was all well worth it. The place was packed! Especially, since it was the third service of the day. The service lasted about 2 hours— and when we were leaving there was a long line of people waiting outside for the next service. It was really great to see how many people are getting involved! It definitely won’t be my last time 😀

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.

Vacation

So I’ve been on a bit of a personal vacation—I’ve had the past nine days off from work (Left early Friday, vacation till next Friday, vacation over the following Sunday), and I used all of the free time to hang out with my girlfriend in celebration of her birthday. We went to so many different places, including the movies, Governor’s Island, several parks, three concerts, our relatives’ houses, a museum, a restaurant, and the beach.

I would drag myself home after every night, pleased, then wake up and do it all over again. Naturally, a few things fell out of order; namely, my room, contact with a few friends, and my regularly scheduled blog posts. But I’m here to stay! I’m already back in work mode, as I woke up at 6:25 this morning. So stay tuned, there’s plenty to blog about.

Also, shout out to Team Nyack for setting up an information table at the Reach Records Man Up Tour and helping sponsor the event! I’m never surprised when I run into this crew.

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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