The Loss of AGSC Colleague, Dr. James Chin

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Friday August 28, 2015

The Loss of AGSC Colleague, Dr. James Chin

Dr. Yu awarded Yale Research Fellowship

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Wednesday August 12, 2015

Dr. K. Kale Yu, Assistant Professor of History, received Yale Divinity School's The David M. Stowe Fund for Mission Research for 2015. This research fellowship supports visiting scholars in their missions-related research at Yale Divinity Library

Dr. Yu’s project considers the relationship between the work of women missionaries affiliated with the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society (WFMS) and nation-building in late nineteenth and early twentieth century, especially as revealed in their focus on collective transformation of Korean society and whose narratives define the Christian identity in gender roles and construction.”

What have to discovered so far?

"The more research, the more the complex the narrative becomes. You go in thinking one way but you uncover additional factors and people at work in the formation of historical developments. For example, as WFMS missionaries critically engaged conventional representations of gender in Korean society, they resisted dominant cultural discourses and attempted to negotiate a vision of a new Christian woman that would become the cornerstone of Korean society and nation.”

What developed your interest in the historical study of missions? 

"The inter-cultural contact and communication which is central to missions fascinates me. Over and over again in the study of missions, what we often think is being communicated is interpreted through the native peoples' own understanding and culture."

Dr. Yu completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and B.A. from Clark University. He also received the 2015 Arts & Sciences Special recognition for his scholarship during the 2014-2015 academic year.

To see the 2015 Stowe Fellows:

Dr. James Romaine publishes review of the exhibition Flaming June.

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Tuesday August 11, 2015

A review of the exhibition Flaming June, by Dr. James Romaine, Associate Professor of Art History, is published on The Curator. The Curator is a web-based journal devoted to contemporary culture. The exhibition Flaming June is on view at the Frick Collection through September 6.

Describing his interest in Flaming June, Dr. Romaine states,

“This painting challenged all the presuppositions that I had brought to looking at it. Like many art historians trained in 20th century art, emphasizing aesthetic and social issues in art, I was generally dismissive of Victorian art as being overly sentimental (apologies to all lovers of Victorian art). When I saw Frederic Leighton’sFlaming June, I was impressed by the power that the image had over me. Although it is not written in these terms, the review of Flaming June, was my way of examining how this painting worked and why it mesmerized me. Great paintings are gentle teachers (a model for us as educators) who patiently wait for the viewer to come around."

Dr. Romaine has published 5 books, including Art as Spiritual Perception.

His current research interest is in visual theology in the art of Vincent van Gogh.

He received his Ph.D. from The City University of New York, M.A. from University of South Carolina, and  B.A. Wheaton College.

To read the review:

Dr. Arzola Examines Historical and Contemporary Ecclesiology

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Monday August 10, 2015

Dr. Fernando Arzola Jr., Dean of Arts and Sciences, contributes a chapter in the newly released Baker Academic text, Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Five Views. In his piece, “The Ecclesial View,” Dr. Arzola examines selected issues of ecclesiology, with special focus on the early Church, and suggests historically orthodox practices that may be implemented in a contemporary youth context.

Why did you focus on ecclesiology in a book about youth?

“In my experience, most youth ministry books address the areas of discipleship, worship, evangelism, leadership, and service. These are important topics and much is written about them. I wanted to focus on something different. My invitation to the reader is to examine ecclesiology because I believe if one has a more thoughtful understanding of the history and theology of ecclesiology, this will help one to have a more thoughtful understanding of the contemporary church and its ministry.”

How was your experience in this project?

“Participating in this endeavor was particularly challenging. The initial chapter I submitted was straightforward. However, reading the other viewpoints and responding to their works is always a delicate matter. You want to be honest, critical, yet respectful of your colleagues. When they, in turn, critique my essay, I have to defend my perspective. I found the response essay helped to clarify my initial thoughts. Although I have to admit, it was fun to wrestle a bit with my colleagues.”

Dr. Arzola has published 4 books including Exploring Worship: Catholic, Evangelical and Orthodox Perspectives, Toward a Prophetic Youth Ministry: Theory and Praxis in Context, and Evangelical Christian Education: Mid-Twentieth-Century Foundational Texts.

His current research interest is in poetry, writing his own pieces and specializing in the life, politics, and writings of Pablo Neruda. He received his Ph.D. and B.A. from Fordham University and M.A., from Maryknoll School of Theology

For more information on this book and others Dr. Arzola has published:

Dr. Kaluka publishes paper in BBA Bioenergetics

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Tuesday August 4, 2015

Dr. Daniel Kaluka, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, recently collaborated with colleagues from the University of Illinois and Albert Einstein College of Medicine on a published article in the journal BBA Bioenergetics. The article is entitled “The two transmembrane helices of CcoP are sufficient for assembly of the cbb3-type heme-copper oxygen reductase from Vibrio cholera.”

“I am grateful for the privilege of working with some of the world’s renowned scientists in the biophysics field. I would like to acknowledge my mentors, Dr. Denis Rousseau and Dr. Syun-Ru Yeh, for whom I have a tremendous respect. I look forward to continued collaboration as we develop a research program for our students at Nyack College.”

The manuscript took about 9 months from initial writing to publication as it engaged a great deal of iterative writing among the authors.

How does this impact Dr. Kaluka’s teaching at Nyack? “This paper is published at a time when we are preparing for collaborative research involving our Biology majors following the successful complete gene sequencing and annotation of a Nyack-Student-discovered microbacteriophage. Though the findings in this paper do not directly apply to our student research, the scientific process involved in this work is invaluable to our students as they embark on exploratory research.”

Dr. Kaluka earned his Ph.D from Marquette University and B.S. from Univerisity of Zimbabwe. He also received the 2015 Arts and Sciences Emerging Scholar of the Year.