ATS Alumni Among 2017 Pastors' Prayer Summit Leaders

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday January 18, 2017

Three Alliance Theological Seminary alumni are on the roster of dynamic church leaders who will be featured at the 2017 Pastors’ Prayer Summit hosted by the Concerts of Prayer Greater New York that begins Monday January 23 at 2:00 p.m. and continues through Wednesday January 25, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nanuet (Rockland County) located at 425 Route 59 in Nanuet, NY.

The seminary graduates are Pastor David Beidel (ATS ‘93) of New Hope Community Church, Staten Island, NY; Dr. A.R. Bernard (ATS ’09), founder and senior pastor of Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, NY; and Pastor Dimas Salaberrios (ATS ‘12), president of Concert of Prayer Greater New York and founder and pastor of Infinity Bible Church in the Bronx.

The Summit roster also includes


David Bryant, Founder and Lead Facilitator, PROCLAIM HOPE!

Dr. Tony Evans, Senior Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, President, The Urban Alternative

Rev. Dr. Marc Rivera, Senior Pastor, Primitive Christian Church, Co-Founder & Chair, Vision Urbana, Inc

Pastor Bill Devlin, President, REDEEM, Co-Chair, Right to Worship NYC, Co-Pastor, Infinity Bible Church

Bishop Dr. Reford Mott, Senior Pastor, Family Christian Center, NY State Coordinator, The Remnant

Bill Hwang, Founder & CEO, Archegos Capital, Co-Founder, Grace and Mercy Foundation

Worship Leaders

The Gettys, Modern Hymn Composers, Musicians and Performers

Nicole C. Mullen, Artist, Mentor, Minister, Speaker, Businesswoman, Founder, Baby Girls Club


Concerts of Prayer Greater New York (COPGNY) is a Christ-centered network of pastors and churches promoting a culture of prayer that transcends race, economic or denominational. 

For more information about the annual Prayer Summit, visit the COPGNY website

Click here to learn more about master's degree and doctoral programs at Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) online and at campuses in Manhattan and Nyack, NY.  Visit the ATS Admissions Office table during the Summit.

Udo Middelmann: Civic Engagement Speaker at Nyack Rockland and Nyack New York City

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday January 18, 2017

The Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement (CSGE) will host its Spring Colloquium Series, "Critical Reads on Civic Engagement" featuring guest speaker, Udo Middelmann, president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. Mr. Middelmann will present his reflections on Eric Liu and Nick Hanahuer's book, The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government (2011) by Eric Liu and Nick Hanahuer.

The Coloquium will kick off with Mr. Middelmann presenting on Wednesday, February 1 at 4:00 p.m. at the Rockland campus in President's Hall (Shuman Hall), 185 South Highland Ave., in Nyack.

On Thursday, March 16 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on the Nyack New York City campus, Mr. Middelmann will make the same presentation in The Pavilion, 21st floor at 2 Washington Street in the Battery Park area. 


Udo Middelmann holds law degrees from Freiburg University, Germany and in theology from Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO. A former CSGE Fellow, Udo has published and lectured widely on ethics and society in many countries on all continents and regularly publishes “Footnotes,” which can be found on the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation website.

Udo and his wife, Deborah, divide their time between the United States and Switzerland. They have five children and seven grandchildren.

Nyack College Scholarships for Winners of Feb 4 MLK Oratory Contest

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday January 17, 2017

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest will be held on Saturday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. at the Nyack Center, 58 Depew Avenue in downtown Nyack as a part of the Center’s Black History Month Celebration. Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc. is the corporate sponsor.

The event is open to all Rockland County youth between the ages of 13 and 20 (pictured, 2016 participants). First-time fall 2017 college students or community college students planning to attend a four-year institution are welcome to participate. The deadline for registration is Thursday, February 2.

Contestants should prepare and deliver a three to five minute segment of a speech or letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each person’s presentation will be judged on content, comprehension of the material, dramatic interpretation, ability to stay within the allotted timeframe and overall performance.

Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will include scholarship funds in the amounts of $1,000, $500 and $250 to Nyack College, SUNY Rockland Community College, St. Thomas Aquinas College or Dominican College. Awards of $500, $300 and $200 scholarships to other colleges and universities will also be presented.

To get more information and to register, contact Earl Miller, Nyack College Office of Community Relations by phone at (845) 494-9731 or at

Dr. Jacqueline Washington Contributes to Research Article in Nature Microbiology

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday January 17, 2017

Dr. Jacqueline Washington, Nyack College Biology and Chemistry Department Chair was notified by Dr. Welkin Hazel Pope, SEA-PHAGES Science Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh, that the article she contributed to, “Prophage-mediated defence against viral attack and viral counter-defence” will appear in the March issue of Nature Microbiology, an online publication. The official release date is February 22.

Dr. Washington is also a PULSE (Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education) Vision and Change Leadership Fellow. She explained, "The results of the experiment in question were unexpected, but it's a blessing that it was presented several years ago at the annual SEA-PHAGES Symposium, as we were one of the first (if not the first) to observe the initial phenomenon which we now know to be a result of a defense system against viruses." (To read the article's Advance Online version, click here.) 

Dr. Washington adds, "The paper in part is based on the phage MichelleMyBell, which was one of the phages first isolated at Nyack College by student Jake Hackel in 2012. It was the first of our phages for which the DNA was sequenced when we started in the SEA-PHAGES program. Jake isolated MichelleMyBell from soil obtained near the Bailey Library on Nyack’s Rockland County campus.

Congratulations to Dr. Washington and her students!

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday January 12, 2017


Nyack College Joins In

Rockland County Events Celebrating

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nyack, NY—Nyack College administrators, faculty, staff and students will join the national celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at events around Rockland County all on Monday, January 16, 2017.

At St. Charles A.M.E. Church, 432 Valentine Ave., Sparkill, NY  at 9:00 a.m., Nyack College's Women's Basketball team will serve Rockland residents who attend the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast. 

Nyack President Michael G. Scales will be a platform guest at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 80 North Franklin St. in downtown Nyack at a 2:00 p.m. memorial service honoring the life of Dr. King.

Nyack College is a sponsor of the 4:00 p.m. Unity Celebration at Ramapo High School, 400 Viola Rd., in Spring Valley, NY. Hosted by the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center, Inc., also located in Spring Valley, the program will include drama, dance, poetry, and music.