Celebrating the Service of a Pioneer: Drusila Nieves

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday September 29, 2016

God’s promise in the book of Proverbs is that your “gift will make room you.”

In the case of Drusila Nieves, Nyack College Director of Counseling Services, not only does she possess a gift, but she used her gift to create room. In fact, Nyack Provost Dr. David Turk quipped that Drusila had vision and “invented a whole space out of an unused space.”

Today her colleagues from the Nyack Rockland campus Office of Student Development, Auxiliary Services, student interns and other campus leaders saluted this compassionate servant leader as she prepares to transition to a new chapter in her life. (pictured l-r: Provost Dr. David Turk, Drusila Nieves, Maggie Labocki, Dean Wanda Velez.)

The reins of her pioneering work will be passed on to the new Director of Counseling, Maggie Labocki.

In that Boon Campus Center space, the ministry of the Fordham University graduate evolved. For more than two decades, Drusila Nieves has ministered to troubled, broken, burdened students restoring hope, health and wholeness with the help of more than 100 interns she supervised during the course of her tenure at Nyack

During Nyack’s Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 15 from 2:00-5:00 p.m., the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and Social Work Counseling Services Intern Reunion will be another time of tribute and celebration. (Registration for the event in Boon Campus Center, Counseling Services Office, Room 207 is encouraged.)

The campus community salutes Drusila Nieves for being “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord [her] labor is not in vain.”

Every Day A Gift Concert: Music Prof and Transplant Recipient, Sungrai Sohn

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday September 29, 2016

The Nyack College School of Music in Rockland County will host, “Every Day a Gift: An Evening with Sungrai Sohn,” on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Nyack’s Pardington Hall, 45 South Boulevard in Nyack, NY. Prof. Sohn is a concert violinist and professor of music, known for his international performances in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada. Admission to the event is free.

Sungrai has appeared as soloist and chamber musician with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra; Laurentian String Quartet; and the Nyack College Trio-in- Residence, the Amasi Trio. His acclaimed performances have been featured at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center.  

The evening’s program will include dynamic works for violin including, "Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24," Beethoven and "Zigeunerweisen" Op. 20, Saraste. A screening of "To Have and to Give," a film produced and directed by David Esposito, Sungrai's brother-in-law and his living transplant donor will be shown. The piece documents Sungrai’s journey through the partial organ transplant experience in 2001. The film also highlights his life as a musician, and as an individual able to maintain peace, and optimism, despite years of illness and uncertainty. Sungrai received a second whole liver transplant in 2014. A question and answer session will follow the film.

Sungrai is a recipient of the Maryland Women's Club Award, the Artist International Award, Jack Kahn Award and Honored Diplomat at the Algiers Fourth International Music Festival. He is a grand prize winner of the Korean National competitions in violin solo and in chamber music and a winner of “Friends and Enemies” of the New Music competition.

Learn more about Sungrai Sohn here.  For more information about the concert, phone the School of Music Office at 845.675.4687.


Listen Up! Nyack's WNYK 88.7FM

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday September 28, 2016

Check out Nyack's radio station WNYK at 88.7 FM under the management of recently appointed manager, Nyack alumnus Brad Hickey ('07).


WNYK-FM is Nyack College’s non-commercial, educational radio station first licensed in 1982 and is Rockland County's only non-commercial FM radio station. It operates at 88.7 MHz on the FM band. This frequency allows WNYK to cover over a 10-mile radius with a potential audience of 300,000+. WNYK’s City of License is NYACK NY, not just the campus of Nyack College.

WNYK’s goal is to offer a wide variety of entertainment, music, news, sports, and specialty programming. WNYK 88.7 prides itself on being the positive alternative to much of mainstream music in both its sound and through its message.

WNYK’s main format is rock, rock alternative, and Christian music. The mix is deliberate, based on the premise that non-Christian music can be used to create a window of opportunity to deliver outreach messages to our community. The playlist mix also leaves room for other types of music and radio shows. The secular alternative rock music played on WNYK is carefully selected.


2016 CCCU Diversity Conference

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday September 28, 2016

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) President Shirley Hoogstra (pictured) was joined by Nyack President Dr. Michael Scales and welcomed representatives from CCCU member colleges to its 2016 Diversity Conference held at the Nyack College NYC campus. Azusa Pacific University, which hosted its first Christians on Diversity in the Academy in 2008, was also a conference partner.

Nearly 250 participants from schools from across the nation attended. Nyack's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Turk was a member of the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion.

The two-day event featured three keynote speakers: Pastors Gabriel and Jeannette Salguero, National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Mrs. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham School of Religion; and William James Jennings, Yale Divinity School. Nearly 30 breakout sessions were held in various classrooms on four floors of the Nyack campus at 2 Washington Street near the financial district. The riveting film, “The Armor of Light,” that documents the work of Rev. Rob Schenck on the growing issue of gun violence was screened.

A number of conference attendees stayed over to attend Sunday worship services in the area including Brooklyn Tabernacle where our own Dr. Charles Hammond, associate dean of students on the NYC campus is on the pastoral staff.

Nyack’s NYC campus Director of Admissions Andres Valenzuela provided images in the conference gallery shared by the CCCU.

Coming to Nyack: A Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) for Youth

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday September 28, 2016

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) notified Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary President, Dr. Michael G. Scales that Nyack College has been awarded a $207,000 grant that will fund a Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) to be conducted at the College through the year 2020. STEP programs target middle and high school whose science and technology skills will be enhanced by the program held Saturdays throughout the academic year.

The objective of STEP programs is “to increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students prepared to enter college, and improve their participation rate in mathematics, science, technology, health related fields and the licensed professions.” Visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/step for more information.

Associate Dean of Nyack’s Division of Student Success Dr. Gwen Parker-Ames  (pictured) has worked feverishly behind the scenes to pursue this grant that will invite some 105 students from Nyack Middle School, Nyack High School and Spring Valley High School to participate in the program. In addition to Nyack faculty who will be selected to hold classes, Nyack College students will serve as tutors.

Congratulations to Dr. Parker-Ames for her diligent and persistent pursuit of the grant!