ATS Dean Announces New Role: ATS Director, Dr. Louis DeCaro, Jr.

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday July 25, 2016

Dr. Ron Walborn, dean of Alliance Theological Seminary recently announced the appointment of Dr. Louis DeCaro, Jr. (pictured) as the Director of Alliance Theological Seminary at the New York City campus effective August 1.

Dr. DeCaro has served as the Associate Professor of Church History, teaching a variety of history and theology courses for the past 11 years at Alliance Theological Seminary. A published author of several books including, John Brown Speaks: Letters and Statements from Charlestown; John Brown, Emancipator; Freedom's Dawn: The Last Days of John Brown in Virginia; and Signs of Hope in the City: Ministries of Community Renewal.

Dr. DeCaro earned his Ph.D. and a MA at New York University as well as an M.A. at Westminister Theological Seminary and a BA at Geneva College. 

Nyack's Historic Excavation: Something to Write Home About

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday July 22, 2016

Literally on the ground in Israel, Dr. R. Steven Notley, Nyack College’s Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins and Director of Graduate Programs in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins took time to share journal entries with home base in New York as students and staff continue their historic archaeological dig this month. (Read details about their exciting journey.)

Via email, Dr. Notley sends along the following snapshots of the group's first four days. Enjoy a mini gallery of photos here.  

Day 1: Sunday, July 10. This was the first day of digging at el-Araj on the Sea of Galilee, including finding the first Roman period coin of the excavation. Juan Arias (pictured above with his wife, Sandra) is an AJCO student on the dig with other students and staff from Kinneret College Israel.

Day 2: Monday, July 11. Excavations at el-Araj included finishing the dig of a Mamluk sugar factory (The only one ever excavated in the country), finding an iron knife (?), pottery reading with Moti Aviam of Kinneret and our discussion of the importance of finding together a roof tile, marble and tessera (pieces of mosaic). These generally appear with a public building (synagogue or church). For the record, we have no mention of a church or Christian tradition attached to el-Araj.

Days 3 and 4: July 12 and 13.  Our days involve rising before the sun, leaving at 5:30 and beginning on site at 6:00. Our finds thus far have included Crusader and Mamluk structures with finds also from late Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine which indicate settlement in these earlier periods. These layers likely will be found deeper. We return to our accommodations at Migdal where we wash the pottery finds and sit with Moti Aviam to sort and identify the pottery. Today included the find of an interesting cut ashlar stone. We have not yet identified its purpose.

More history to treasure and add to the Nyack story!

Want to learn more about Nyack's AJCO program? Click here.

Nyack Counseling Professor and Students to be Published

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday July 22, 2016

Dr. Lisa Steiner, Nyack College’s director of online mental health counseling, announced that she and four Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (AGSC) students were notified that their work based on research will be published in The Journal of Religion and Health.

Last summer, four AGSC students and Dr. Steiner wrote a 35-page scholarly article based on research conducted in an AGSC research class. This study entitled "Spiritual Factors Predict State and Trait Anxiety" was designed to examine the effect of spiritual well-being and spirituality on state and trait anxiety. Two-hundred and thirty-eight adults in the United States were surveyed using the State Trait Anxiety Inventory, Duke University Religion Index, Spiritual Well-Being Scale, and a participant questionnaire. 

Dr. Steiner proudly comments on each one. The co-authors are pictured are (l-r) standing: Melanie Molloy, Dr. Lisa Steiner, Sabrina Durand, Sarah Zaske; seated: Rosana Arteta.

“Sarah was my first co-author on this article. Her final paper for the research course contributed a solid starting point for this article. She is a spectacular writer. She graduated from AGSC in May 2016.”

“This is the second time that Sabrina is being published with me in an APA journal as a graduate student. What a major accomplishment, especially for someone who did not know a word of English until she moved to the U.S. at 17. Sabrina is the online Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling academic program coordinator. Sabrina is finishing up her last year as an AGSC student. She, two other students, and I were published last year in the prestigious Journal of Divorce and Remarriage based on a study we conducted on divorce adjustment in men.

“Melanie was a first semester AGSC student when we conducted this study who had not been in college for approximately two decades. Yet, she quickly dusted off her writing skills and passionately jumped into writing this article with us.”

“Rosana is an amazing student, balancing graduate school, being the mom of seven children, and pressing through physical challenges. Her writing skills are sharp and deep. She is now on the finish line at AGSC, working on her internship hours.”'

Congratulations to all for the contribution being made to scholarly research by Nyack students supported by intentionally engaged faculty!

Nyack Reps in the Nation's Capital for Second Chance Pell Grant Meetings

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday July 19, 2016


July 2016

Nyack Representatives Attend Second Chance

Pell Grant for Prison Education Meeting in D.C.

Nyack, NY—Nyack College Director of Financial Aid Steve Phillips, Nyack Prison Education instructor Cynthia Dorsey, and Nyack alumnus and Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison Sean Pica are in Washington, D.C. to attend the inaugural convening of the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program. (pictured l-r: Steve Phillips; Cynthia Dorsey; Dr. Louise Feroe, Hudson Link board member; and John Bae, the Vera Institute) 

The initiative allows incarcerated students to receive federal Pell Grant funding for postsecondary education. Last month, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 69 selected colleges and universities that will provide postsecondary education to nearly 12,000 students in more than 100 state and federal prisons nationwide. From a pool of more than 200 applicants, Nyack College was selected to participate in the program.

In 1994, Pell Grant eligibility for students in state and federal prisons was eliminated as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. Last year, the U.S. Department of Education announced the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program to restore educational access for some of those individuals, improving their chances of successful and productive reentry after they are released.

The convening, which is hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), features keynote presentations by Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates and U.S. Department of Education Secretary John B. King, who will also moderate a panel of students describing their college experiences in prison. During the day-long conference, postsecondary and correctional leaders from the selected pilot programs will have the opportunity to share ideas and hear from leaders in the field of correctional education in preparation for developing and implementing new programs or expanding existing ones.

“Expanding educational opportunity for people who are incarcerated not only improves their lives, but strengthens our communities by preparing them to contribute to society rather than return to prison,” said Fred Patrick, director of Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections. “We are thrilled that Nyack College is a partner in this important initiative to restore and expand access to college in prison.”

With support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Vera is providing technical assistance to the selected Second Chance Pell sites as part of the Expanding Access to Postsecondary Education Project. The project aims to facilitate the implementation and scaling up of quality higher education programs in prisons and those who work with students after they return home, and to assist with the development of policies, procedures, and practices to increase the participation of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals in these programs.

"It is an honor to be among the inaugural group of institutions of higher education chosen partner with the U.S. Department of Education to bring hope to the incarcerated," said Nyack President Dr. Michael G. Scales. "This initiative is a giant step in the direction of restorative justice providing tools for men and women to make a successful re-entry into society."


Nyack College Among Top 50 Most Diverse U.S. Campuses

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday July 18, 2016

Nyack College was recently named one of America’s top 50 most ethnically diverse U.S. colleges by The Best    

How diverse are we?


31% African American
29% Latino
19% White
12% Asian
 6% International


59% Female
41% Male

Students' country of origin: More than 60

Student population by age range:

34% are <22
22% are 23-29
17% are 30-39
27% are 40 or older

Christian denominations: More than 80

Intentional diversity is one of Nyack’s core values. During his April 27, 2007 inauguration speech, President Michael G. Scales addressed diversity with the following words:

Why is being intentionally diverse so important to us at Nyack? We are gratified to know that we are a leader in diversity in higher education. We take this role seriously, but this is not the primary reason diversity is so important to us.

Being intentionally diverse is important to us because some challenges in our world can only be met when people, who would not otherwise come together, rally for the cause.

Our challenge… our cause is for our graduates to build the kingdom of God in every neighborhood, every profession, every socio-economic strata… “every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” (Revelation 5:9). We cannot allow our differences to divide us. We are to be a microcosm of the world and the Kingdom of Heaven. No person is more important than another. Every person is owed ultimate dignity and respect.

If Nyack is to be truly academically excellent and globally engaged -- now more than ever -- we must be intentionally diverse.



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