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JANUARY 30: Office of Spiritual Formation Presents Andrew Palau

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday January 28, 2015

Andrew Palau, evangelist and author of The Secret Life of a Fool will be the guest chapel speaker on Friday, January 30, in Pardington Hall at 10 am on the Nyack Rockland campus.  

One of four sons of the internationally-known evangelist, Luis Palau, Andrew ministers a message of personal transformation born out of a life of rebellion that lasted for more than two decades. Just as his earthly parents loved him through it all, his Heavenly Father patiently watched the “prodigal” Palau become the man He envisioned. Click here for a preview of his testimony.

Hear Andrew Palau share with the Nyack campus community about CityServe, a nationwide “Gospel-driven movement that identifies, develops, and nurtures church-connected, neighborhood-focused collaborations throughout the boroughs of NYC in the areas of justice, mercy, and education.”

In partnership with the Luis Palau Association, Nyack College will coordinate a service day in New York City on Saturday, March 28 and mobilize volunteers to join with local churches at 10 service sites (two per borough) at both schools and family shelters. Learn how you can get involved!

Photographer Babita Patel Captures the Spirit of Nyack's Hudson Link Graduation

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday January 28, 2015

President Michael G. Scales presided at the recent graduation for Fishkill Correctional Facility students. Twenty-four men earned Nyack College bachelor's degrees in organizational management through the Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison program headed by 2001 Nyack alumnus, Sean Pica.

Dr. Scales commented, "When I shook hands with each new Nyack College graduate, I didn't see a man and his past; I saw a man and the possibilities for his future."

Photographer Babita Patel captured the celebratory spirit of the ceremony. See her gallery here.

C&MA Metro District Grant Supports Training for Emerging Leaders at Nyack/ATS

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday January 28, 2015

The Manhattan and Rockland County, NY campuses of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary will be the beneficiaries of a nearly $300,000 grant awarded to the C&MA Metropolitan District by the Kern Family Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to train emerging ministers in the integration of faith, work, and economics in order to empower whole-life disciples in the marketplace.

This two-year-grant will support the efforts of Nyack/ATS, local churches, and marketplace leaders to integrate faith, work, and economic wisdom in their lives through constructive dialogue, seminars, courses, and conferences.

Nyack College Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministries Dr. Orlando Rivera (pictured above) will serve as the director of the Metro District’s Center for Transformative Work headquartered at Nyack’s Manhattan campus.

RELEASE: Nyack College Degrees to 24 Fishkill Correctional Facility Grads

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday January 22, 2015


January 2015


Nyack College with Hudson Link to Confer 24 Bachelor’s Degrees at

Fishkill Correctional Facility Graduation

Alumni Stories Are Proof of the Partnership’s Success

NYACK, New York—On Thursday, January 22 at Fishkill Correctional Facility, 24 graduates will receive the Bachelor of Science degree in organizational management from Nyack College under the auspices of a partnership between the College and Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison. The noontime ceremony will be held at the medium security prison for men located at 18 Strack Drive in Beacon, NY.

Nyack College President Dr. Michael Scales will preside over the ceremony for this second Fishkill cohort. To date, 76 students have earned Nyack College degrees from the Hudson Link program, founded in 1998 when New York State and federal funding for prison education was discontinued. “We are delighted to be a part of this personally transforming program that infuses tremendous hope in the lives of the incarcerated,” says Dr. Scales.

The power of the restorative approach to criminal justice was expressed eloquently at the 2014 ceremony (pictured above) by the cohort's valedictorian. After opening his speech with a corporate apology from the inmates for the pain they have caused others he said, “Thank you to all of those who did not give up on us and who believe that we can make a positive situation out of our dire circumstances.”

This year’s commencement speaker is Jeffrey Deskovic. Deskovic was wrongfully convicted of a crime and after serving 16 years in prison, was exonerated and awarded $40 million by a federal jury. He is the founder of the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation For Justice, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to the prevention of wrongful convictions both in DNA and non-DNA cases and the reintegration of exonerees.

The first Nyack College/Hudson Link cohort of 17 men graduated from the Sing Sing Correctional Facility program in 2001; not a single student from the 2001 class has returned to prison--representing a 100% success rate. The recidivism rate of Hudson Link programs is less than 2% compared to the national rate of 43%.

Success stories include most notably Nyack College alumnus Sean Pica, a graduate of the 2001 program, who serves as the executive director of Hudson Link. Pica has gone on to earn his master’s degrees in professional studies and social work. In 2014, he was named to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration, a taskforce that will address obstacles formerly incarcerated people encounter following release from prison.

Other successful Nyack College/Hudson Link grads from the class of 2001 include: Darryl Butler, studying for his graduate degree in social work and now a Hudson Link intern; five others who have earned their master’s degrees in social work; John Conyers, founder and executive director of the non-profit, Saving our Society; and Thomas Ryer, executive director, Public Affairs and Advocacy for the Men’s Empowerment Network.

About Nyack

Nyack College was founded in 1882 by Dr. Albert Benjamin Simpson and currently serves more than 3,300 students in its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition to its residential campus in Nyack, NY and a commuter campus in New York City, an extension site is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nyack is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. For more information about Nyack College, visit

About Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

Ossining, NY-based Hudson Link provides college education, life skills, and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women. When New York State and federal funding for college education in prisons was discontinued in the late 1990s, a group of Sing Sing inmates appealed to churches and educators for help to restore the college education programs. Funding and grants from foundations as well as religious institutions provided donations that established a program in partnership with Nyack College. The program first launched in 2000 at Sing Sing. For more information, visit


Nyack College Represented at NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's Meeting With Clergy

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday January 21, 2015

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton (42nd Police Commissioner of New York City) and members of the Bronx Clergy Criminal Justice Roundtable and the New York City Clergy Roundtable met today at Bronx Christian Fellowship located at 1015 E. Gun Hill Road in the Bronx.

Among those who attended were Nyack College Provost Dr. David Turk and Nyack New York City adjunct professor Rev. Gabriel Salguero pictured (center) next to Commissioner Bratton (right). Salguero is also president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and pastor of The Lamb’s Church in Lower Manhattan.


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