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Nyack's School of Nursing Dean, Dr. Elizabeth Simon Named a Fulbright Scholar

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday June 29, 2015

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the United States Department of State recently announced that Dr. Elizabeth Simon, dean of the Cheryl Phenicie School of Nursing at Nyack College was selected for a prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the College of Nursing, Choithram Medical Centre and Christian Medical College and Hospital during the 2015-2016 academic year. According to a U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs press release, Dr. Simon will lecture on “critical care nursing topics to graduate students and adult health nursing courses to undergraduate students.”

Dr. Simon is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who will participate in the Fulbright Specialists Program, which complements the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program and gives individuals an opportunity to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post-secondary academic institutions around the world.

With earned degrees from Walden University (Ph.D.), Hunter College (MS in Adult Health), Teachers College, Columbia University (Ed.M.), School of Nursing, Columbia University (MS in Nursing–Critical Care), Punjab University, Ludhiana, India (BSN), and Kerala University, India (Pre-degree in Science), Dr. Simon is an accomplished academic. She is an author whose most recent book is Critical Care Practice Guide: A Roadmap for New Graduates and Students (Jones & Bartlett). Her articles in peer reviewed journals and periodicals such as Journal of Christian Nursing, Nursing Journal of India, Nurse Educator, Journal of Nursing Education, and Nurses Mission Voice are also among her published works. She is a regular presenter at conferences and conventions sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the International Council of Nurses, the Research Congress of Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society of Nursing, and the National Association of Indian Nurses of America.

The tireless efforts of Dean Simon and her nursing faculty and staff resulted in Nyack’s School of Nursing being granted final accreditation by the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in October 2013. In addition, because of her established relationship with Columbia Asia Yeshwanthpur Hospital in India, a comprehensive care facility known for its multiple specialties, Dr. Simon has spearheaded trips for Nyack students to take their nursing clinicals.

On receiving the Fulbright grant, Dr. Simon commented, “I absolutely marvel at God's favor. I consider this honor a commendation from God for being here at Nyack College, the place He wanted me to be.”

Is Nyack For You? Are You for Nyack?

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday June 29, 2015

Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney and former executive with the Disney Corporation once observed, “When you know what your values are, its not hard to make decisions.”

At Nyack College, we know what our values are. Our values are important to us because they influence what we decide to do and shape how we decide to do it.

The five values that define Nyack College are:

Academic Excellence
Global Engagement
Intentional Diversity
Personal Transformation
Social Relevance

At Nyack, these values are at the very center of everything we do as a college. We seek to fulfill our educational mission by living out these values in meaningful ways.

If you are considering enrolling in any of Nyack’s programs, it is important that you know these values. These tell you what a Nyack education is all about and allow you to decide if this is what you are looking for. After all, if you know Nyack’s values, and if you know your own, it will become far easier for you to make a decision.

Consider these values, and whether or not they are truly important to you. If indeed they are, you can know that all of us at Nyack will be working towards the same outcomes.  That is perhaps the very best and most important factor on which to base your decision to enroll.

And if you find that these values are your values, you’ve just taken an important step toward making a decision.

Miriam Airoldi: Helping Others Find Dignity and Worth

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday June 29, 2015

The following are excerpts from remarks shared at the 2015 President's Pre-Commencement Brunch by new alumna, Miriam Airoldi.

In social work, "dignity and worth of the person" is one of six principles that are foundational to the field. At Nyack College I learned about my own “dignity and worth of the person," as well as of the people I will serve.

I remember the last day of my first class with Dr. Awasu. Our class was in the frenzy of finals, but Dr. Awasu sat us down, and prayed for us. She looked at each one of us as she prayed, speaking her words over us. She told us that we were warriors, and with her strong, powerful voice she told us we were going to make a difference in this world. She prayed life into us; she prayed endurance into us; she gave us courage and inspiration. She made me feel like I was worth her time, and worth her prayers.  She helped me realize that my future and my potential were worth the work and effort I was investing that challenging semester.

On my most recent Global Service-Learning trip to the Philippines, I had the honor of presenting workshops and tutoring with girls and women who had been trafficked into sex slavery. It was difficult at first for me to understand, but these women felt honored just to speak with me and the rest of our team, that they found more worth in themselves because we gave them our time, attention, and love. I thought of that day in Dr. Awasu’s class as I prayed for and with these precious women.  Assured of my own dignity and worth, I was now freed to help others realize their own.

This is just one example of how Nyack has prepared me to respect the inherent dignity and worth of each person. The English word for dignity comes from the Hebrew word “seeth.” “Seeth” can be defined in English as dignity, exaltation, or uprising. You know what I think happens when people come to know where their dignity and worth and where these come from?  I think an uprising occurs!  That is what I’ve see happen both in the social work department and throughout Nyack College.

As I look to my future, I want to be a person who helps people find their own “seeth”—their own dignity.  I guess I want to start uprisings.  I’m so grateful to Dr. Awasu and to Nyack College for helping me to do just that."

New Online! Master of Arts in Biblical Studies at ATS

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday June 29, 2015

Looking for graduate level study in Bible and theology without relocating to a seminary campus?

Alliance Theological Seminary is pleased to announce its Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree program is now available online!

This 36-credit curriculum is designed to provide a seminary level education in Bible and theology with a focus on ministry application, and is ideal for those who feel called to preaching, teaching, and discipling other believers.  Among the unique course offerings available in this program are:

NT615 Biblical Exegesis

This course will introduce a range of tools and methods required for biblical exegesis. Students will gain experience in applying these methods to Old Testament and New Testament texts of different literary genres.

SF505 Foundations for Ministry

This course shows the relationship of emotional, spiritual, and professional formation to effectiveness in ministry.

OT503 Reading the Old Testament

This course provides an introduction to the literature of the Old Testament within its historical context. The course focuses on the theological dimension of the text especially as a response to social, political, and spiritual crises in the collective life of ancient Israel.

For more information from the ATS Office of Admissions, click here.

Into All the World!

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday June 26, 2015

…That's where Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary's new alumni are headed.

Flashback Friday makes us want to relive the moments we celebrated this past May with our more than 600 graduates from Nyack/ATS graduate and undergraduate degree programs. Click here* and rejoice with us!

*Videography: Tim Hillman of Studio94


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