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Division of Student Success Awarded Certification

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday January 26, 2015

The Division of Student Success has been granted General Certification for Nyack College’s Developmental Coursework Program by the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE). The official award will be made at the awards ceremony on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at the NADE Conference in Greenville, South Carolina.

A leading voice in developmental education, NADE focuses on the academic success of students. It seeks to improve the theory and practice of developmental education at all levels of the educational spectrum, the professional capabilities of developmental educators, and the design of programs to prepare developmental educators.

Achieving NADE Certification is a significant accomplishment. The process of Certification requires programs to collect a minimum of two years of baseline data, implement an action plan in an effort to improve outcomes, and then collect two years of comparative data, in addition to conducting the self-study.

Special recognition goes to Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, Associate Dean of Division of Student Success, Gina Jacob Strain, Chair of Developmental Education and Jodel Wright, Testing Tutoring and Evaluation Coordinator.

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Dr. Poston and Pamela Code explore death, religion and science

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Saturday January 10, 2015

Dr. Larry Poston, Professor of Religion, and Pamela Code, Nyack College senior, publish “Not Going Gentle Into That Good Night: Science and Religion in the Face of Death” in the Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging (Volume 27, Issue 1, 2015).

Abstract Synopsis: “For millennia, religions have provided rituals bringing comfort in the face of death. Modern science, however, is developing new means for dealing with this phenomenon. This article explores these issues and seeks to answer the question of whether science has contributed positively or negatively to the experience of dying.”

The Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging is an interdisciplinary, interfaith professional journal in which the needs, aspirations, and resources of the elderly constituencies come clearly into focus. 

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Dr. Pinkham delivers paper and publishes review

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday December 8, 2014

Dr. Kevin Pinkham, Assistant Professor of English, delivered a paper entitled “‘Deliberately Ignoring the Highballs’: Signifying Race, Alcohol, and the Temperance Narrative in Wallace Thurman’s Infants of the Spring” at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of this year’s conference was “SAMLA 86: Sustainability and the Humanities.”

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Dr. Pinkham also published a review of Elana Gomel’s Science Fiction, Alien Encounters, and the Ethics of Posthumanism: Beyond the Golden Rule in the Science Fiction Research Association Review. The SFRA is the oldest professional organization for the study of science fiction and fantasy literature and film.

Dr. Pinkham serves as Assistant Nonfiction Editor of the SFRA.

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Dr. Greaves explores Hip Hop culture in Diaspora

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Thursday December 4, 2014

Dr. Sharron Greaves, Associate Professor of Communications, delivered a paper, “Nollywood and Hip Hop in the Diaspora: The Local and Global Impact of Two Popular Culture Phenomena” at the New Haven Hip-Hop Conference on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University. This year’s theme, Finding Common Ground:  Exploring Interconnections in Social Justice, Media, Education, and Cultural Politics, explored the multifaceted elements of hip-hop culture.

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Student Success adjunct selected for writing Best Teen Book

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Wednesday December 3, 2014

Denise Lewis Patrick’s book, A Matter of Soul, has been selected as one of the Best Teen Books of 2014 by Kirkus Review. Kirkus Reviews is a leading book review journal. Patrick is an adjunct Instructor of Fundamentals of Writing and Critical Thinking for the Division of Student Success.

About A Matter of Souls (Carolrhoda Books, 2014), the Kirkus Review writes,

Eight short stories with long memory cut to the quick—all the more as they could be true. Patrick’s tales from the distant and not-so-distant past shed fresh light on interracial and intraracial conflicts that shape and often distort the realities of African-Americans. The youthful characters possess passion and purpose, even if they remain misguided or too proud to live safely within their historically situated habitats….Shocking, informative and powerful, this volume offers spectacular literary snapshots of black history and culture.

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