Club Expo

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Don’t just ask what Nyack College can do for you, ask what you can do at Nyack College.

That’s the idea behind the Club Expo, an event hosted at the college campuses every semester toward the beginning of the year. Students are invited to take a look at the various clubs and consider becoming members. Sometimes the club is directly related to the student’s major, like the Business or Social Work club, but the clubs are not limited to Business or Social Work majors.

Beyond degree-oriented clubs exist hobby groups like the Chess Club, and cause groups like Students Against Hunger. Can’t find a club that suits your favorite pastime or focuses on an important cause? Make one! The Office of Student Development guides students along the process until their new club is born. In fact, there are quite a few new clubs preparing to emerge; keep an eye out for them!

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!

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