OCT 24-26: Office of Spiritual Formation Hosts Prayer Summit with Dave Powers

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Saturday October 22, 2016

Dave Powers, of Worship and the Word Movement based in Frederick, CO, will be the guest speaker at the Nyack College Prayer Summit beginning Monday, October 24 through October 26 on the Rockland campus hosted by the Office of Spiritual Formation.

Since 1997, Dave has been speaking and leading musical worship, both nationally and internationally. Worship and the Word Movement (WWM) is a missionary and movement incubator whose mission is to “help people accomplish the dreams that God has put on their hearts by helping establish spiritual foundation, organizational structure, relational connections, and the resources needed!” WWM was founded and is led by Dave and Tara Powers.

Chapel services will be held at two venues on campus--Pardington Hall, 45 South Boulevard in Nyack and Hilltop Auditorium on the grounds of North Campus.

October 24, 10:10 AM—Pardington Hall Auditorium

October 24, 8:00 PM—Hilltop Auditorium

October 25, 8:00 PM—Hilltop Auditorium

October 26, 10:10 PM—Pardington Hall Auditorium

October 26, 8:00 PM—Hilltop Auditorium

Join us for these five powerful gatherings!

OCT 26: Fall Colloquium at Nyack Rockland on Civic Engagement

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Saturday October 22, 2016

The Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement will host its 2016 Fall Colloquium Series on Wednesday, October 26 at 4:00 p.m. in President’s Hall of Shuman Hall on the Nyack College Rockland Campus.

Stephanie Summers, CEO of The Center for Public Justice (CPJ). will be the keynote speaker and lead an in-depth discussion on what it means to cultivate “rooted citizens” in our society. The Center for Public Justice is an independent, non-partisan civic education and public policy organization based in Washington, D.C.

A frequent speaker and moderator, Ms. Summers has contributed to the edited volume The Church’s Social Responsibility (Christian Library Press, 2015), and has written for several other publications. She serves on several advisory boards including the Bright Promise Fund for Urban Christian Education, the Centre for Christian Scholarship at Redeemer University College, and the Banking on the Margins project for Cardus. She earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Eastern University, where she holds an appointment to the Board of Fellows for the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. She chairs the board of The McIlvaine Fund, an alumni and parent group supporting the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) campus ministry at her undergraduate alma mater, Kenyon College.

NOV 2-3: Eighth Annual Nyack Scholars Symposium

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Saturday October 22, 2016

The Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement (CSGE) at Nyack College will host its Eighth Annual Scholar’s Symposium in collaboration with The Center for Public Justice based in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is “In Search of Civil Engagement.”

The two-day event will be held on Wednesday, November 2 at the Nyack New York City campus, 2 Washington Street in Manhattan and on Thursday, November 3 at the Nyack Rockland County campus at 1 South Boulevard in Nyack, NY.

Plenary sessions at both campuses will feature panelists Greg Bish, director of Service-Learning at Gordon College; Kevin den Dulk, director of The Henry Institute at Calvin College; Charity Haubrich, director of The Community Institute for Education at The Center for Public Justice; and Anne Snyder, director of The Character Initiative at The Philanthropy Roundtable.

Breakout sessions on both days include a showcase of research by professors as well as paired presentations by professors with students.  A full schedule of sessions will soon be available on “Guidebook,” the free mobile app for Android and iOS.

For more information on this free event, email Center_Scholarship@nyack.edu or phone 845.675.4582.

Education Conference at Alliance Theological Seminary with Dr. Eric Mazur

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday October 20, 2016

Nyack College's Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Resources in partnership with Nyack Public Schools recently co-hosted a day-long conference at Allianace Theological Seminary (ATS), 350 North Highland Avenue in Nyack, NY for educators on the teaching and learning process.

Dr. Eric Mazur of Harvard University addressed the topic, “Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness” in two sessions, “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer” and “Assessment, the Silent Killer of Learning. Several afternoon sessions were also were presented. 

Mazur, Harvard’s Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics is internationally recognized for his work on peer instruction, interactive teaching methods and educational technology. This education innovator has been celebrated for his contributions to nanophotonics, a branch of optics, optical engineering, electrical engineering and nanotechnology. He was the 2014 recipient of the very first Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. The award according to the Minerva Institute website was created to recognize “one faculty member from any institution worldwide who has made a significant impact on student learning experiences through extraordinary innovation in higher education.”

Learn more about the Nyack College Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Resources led by Dr. Leonard Kageler.

Photo (l-r) Dr. Leonard Kageler and Dr. Eric Mazur)

Barb Shiffer: Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant!

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday October 17, 2016

You know that special stabilizing breed of people. You look for them sitting in the same church pew every week. In an office, their presence contributes to the cohesive work culture. 

Barb Shiffer is one of those people. On the Nyack campus, you could count on seeing her at music concerts, during Homecoming Weekend, at faculty-staff end-of-year and Christmas luncheons, and athletic events. She’s been a part of campus clean-up days, served as a “dorm mom” to many students, and volunteered in the community surrounding the College.

When you consider the 46 years she’s been a Nyack College pillar, it’s pretty difficult to calculate how much she’s given in her various roles—from the start of her tenure as Business Office cashier through her more recent role as Human Resources Assistant.

Barb has loved her Hillside. And the Hillside has loved her back.

The bittersweet day arrived when the campus community gathered to say, "So long," to Barb as she prepares to head to the land of palm trees and flamingos, and most importantly warm weather.

God has opened a new door. The dedicated, hard-working, dependable, behind-the-scenes person, Barb Shiffer, is walking through that door. If she’d take a glimpse back, she’d see a queue of people—literally decades long—each with a hat tipped in her direction.

For the more than four decades of selfless service, President Michael Scales and the entire Nyack campus celebrates the career of a good and faithful servant and a generous Nyack friend.

Barb, may your retirement years be filled with abundant blessings!