Chelsea Geyer (NC '12) Golf Tournament Luncheon Speaker

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday August 26, 2016

Why do our friends participate in the Nyack College Opportunity Golf Classic each year?

For more than a decade, Nyack College has hosted a great day of golfing on a world class venue. This year we return, on Thursday, September 15, to the Saint Andrew’s Golf Club in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Golfers will enjoy a beautiful course with an updated design by golf icon Jack Nicklaus or some will spend the afternoon with us to enjoy our silent auction and awards luncheon.

But beyond the great golfing and great food, there is an opportunity to support a great cause:  You can help make a Nyack education for emerging leaders a dream come true. Proceeds from the Golf Classic will benefit our students.

Proof positive is this year’s luncheon speaker, 2012 Nyack College alumna, Chelsea Geyer. She’s the founder and executive director of DC127, a non-profit in the nation’s capital whose mission is to “reverse the foster care wait list in Washington, DC.”

The Aurora, Colorado native learned about foster care firsthand and at a young age, as three of her siblings joined her family through foster care and adoption. Chelsea’s riveting story, shared at churches, community events and other venues, is one that will inspire others who wonder how they can make a difference in someone else’s life. She is a prime example of the fruit borne at Nyack College—one of some 32,000 alumni who serve in the U.S. and around the world.

Click here for details on your opportunity to support our students and to make this another successful Nyack Golf Classic. You can golf, be a sponsor, advertise in our journal or simply join us for the luncheon and hear the amazing testimonial of the extraordinary Chelsea Geyer.

August 31: Last Day for Early Bird Rates for CCCU 2016 Diversity Conference at Nyack NYC

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday August 25, 2016


August 2016

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Hosts its 2016 Diversity Conference at

Nyack College New York City

New York City, NY—Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) President Shirley V. Hoogstra, along with Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary President Dr. Michael G. Scales will welcome conference attendees to the second annual CCCU Diversity Conference September 23-25. The gathering, hosted by the CCCU Diversity and Inclusion Commission, will convene at the Nyack College campus located at 2 Washington Street in New York City. The three-day event, “Diversity, an Imperative: Next Steps for Action,” will convene members of the CCCU and other diversity and inclusion thought leaders.

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of theology at the Earlham School of Religion, a graduate division of Earlham College, in Richmond, IN will be the keynote speaker on Friday, September 23 at 3:45 p.m. She is the author of Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love. On Saturday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. Willie Jennings, associate professor of systematic theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT will be the keynote speaker. He is the author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race.

In addition to greetings from President Scales, Nyack faculty and staff presenters for the conference include Director of Spiritual Formation Dr. Wanda Walborn, Associate Dean of Student Success Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, College Advisor/Coordinator for the Conversation Project Mr. Nathaniel Perez; Nyack NYC Dean of Students Dr. Charles Hammond and Nyack Rockland Dean of Students Mrs. Wanda Velez.

"The Commission is excited to bring together amazing speakers, workshops and a time of fellowship with colleagues from across many sister schools to talk about the important issues related to diversity and inclusion on Christian college campuses,” says George Fox University Associate Vice President of Intercultural Engagement & Faculty Development Rebecca Hernandez. Ms. Hernandez, also the CCCU Chair of the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, adds, “We are excited to gather at Nyack College which has one of the most diverse campuses in the CCCU. This exciting venue will be a great addition to the active learning and fellowship.”

For more details, including registration information, visit the CCCU website. Early bird rates end Wednesday, August 31.


Register by September 5 for Nyack's Leadership Speaker Series

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday August 25, 2016

Nyack College’s School of Business and Leadership welcomes back Peter Irvine, co-founder of Gloria Jean's Coffee and a founding team member of McDonald's in Australia as the keynote speaker to kick off the 2016-2017 Leadership Speaker Series on Wednesday, September 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This kick-off to the series will be held on the Nyack New York City campus, 2 Washington Street, 22nd Floor, Room 2241. Admission is free. The deadline for registration is Monday, September 5. 

Mr. Irvine will be joined by Colin Lee, a leading authority on personal and professional development for Generation Y and Z in Australia. Colin currently serves as the National Sales Director for Australian Property International (API), an integrated group of businesses that delivers real and tangible property outcomes for Australian developers, project marketers and property investors with offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and throughout Asia.

Learn more about Nyack's School of Business and Leadership undergraduate and graduate degree programs here.

Remembering Lavern Dantzler, Nyack Alumna and Staff Member

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) received news of the passing of alumna (’98 AA, ’01 BS) Lavern Dantzler on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Montefiore Moses Hospital in the Bronx.

Lavern completed a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education summa cum laude at Nyack College NYC. She also studied at ATS pursuing coursework in the Master of Professional Studies program concentrating in urban ministry. From 2002-2005, Lavern served on the Nyack New York City campus staff as a testing and tutoring coordinator.

Lavern was ordained as a minister by the People’s Community Temple Inc. in Manhattan on February 9, 1977. She was a dedicated and committed member of Second Chance Christian Center in the Bronx since 2014. Lavern completed a chaplaincy program in 2015 with the New York State Chaplain Task Force Inc.

Please keep Lavern’s family and friends in prayer.

Amanda Halter, A Lady Warrior in Germany

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday August 23, 2016

Nyack’s Head Coach for Women’s Soccer, Jodel Wright shares his recent conversation with Amanda Halter, a 2013 Nyack College graduate. Amanda was an integral part of the development of Nyack’s women's soccer program during her two years of NCAA collegiate soccer. She graduated from East High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2009 and played at Laramie County Community College, before transferring to Nyack College in the fall of 2011.

Coach Wright says that Amanda “left a lasting legacy of influence and leadership. During her time at Nyack, Amanda (pictured above left) was a tremendous leader both on and off the field. Despite setbacks with a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury, her character and fight to play again endures as a story of resilience within the women's soccer program.

Here’s a transcript of his conversation with her.

Coach Wright: Recently, Amanda and I had the opportunity to discuss her post-Nyack soccer career. Like many of our alumni, she refuses to hang up her cleats, all for the love of the game. Currently, she plays and studies in Germany and was part of her team's championship victory this past season.

Coach Wright: What team do you play for in Germany?

Amanda: I currently play for Universitätssportverein Jena (USV Jena, a German sports club).

Coach Wright: How has your experience playing in Germany enhanced your performance?

Amanda: Playing in Germany has been an insightful and meaningful experience for me. As language is a big part of the game, I had to overcome the barrier with my coach and teammates. Some of the players speak English, but it is not the language that the team utilizes during training or games, and the coach definitely only speaks German. Therefore, I was pushed to really focus and try to understand new drills, tactics, and approaches to a game that I thought I knew so well. It has been fun and challenging to see the game from a whole new perspective, not only with the language barrier, but also with different coaching theories, methods, and style of play. Additionally, it is really awesome to be in a country where soccer is literally the favorite sport; even moreso, is that women's soccer is so developed into many leveled leagues for all ages. I would hope that the American soccer leagues can develop like this someday.

Coach Wright: What advice would you give to a college student-athlete wanting to play professionally?

Amanda: Many college athletes think that after their four years of college sports their chances to play the game are over. The fact is, if you love the game and have the dream to continue playing past college, pursue it. Maybe the location you are does not enable you to reach that goal the easiest, so follow it elsewhere.

Coach Wright: Who is your favorite women's soccer player? And why?

Amanda: My favorite soccer player is Abby Wambach. (Mary Abigail "Abby" Wambach, retired American soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist) She was the Mia Hamm of my generation and inspired me to push myself and my teammates, no matter the obstacles. I was saddened to hear that she decided to retire after winning the World Cup, but I know that her career is something unmatched and her legacy of impact on women's soccer and women's sports in general will continue to thrive.

On behalf of the Lady Warriors, we wish Amanda Halter all the best in her upcoming season with USV Jena.

Once a Warrior always a Warrior!


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