WNYK 88.7FM December Alumni Spotlight: Caitlin Kerr

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday December 12, 2017

WNYK 88.7FM Radio at Nyack College will air its December 2017 Alumni Spotlight, featuring Caitlin Kerr, a 2010 graduate. The communications major who graduated magna cum laude, has recently returned from two years of service in Cambodia with The Christian and Missionary Alliance. The interview can be heard Thursday, December 14 at 5:00 PM and again on Friday, December 15 at 4:00 PM.

Read Caitlin’s blog and learn what the Lancaster, PA native has been up to since she earned her Nyack degree.

An "In the Heights" Postscript

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday December 12, 2017

When the Nyack College cast of the “In the Heights” took their final bow last weekend, an Anne Frank quote rang true:  “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

The scenario that plays out in the fictitious New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights reflects life in an urban Latino community. Truth be told, what transpires over the course of three days on that single block could take place in any of the nearly 50 global neighborhoods like Guatemala, Colombia, South Korea, Haiti, the Philippines, Germany or Burkina Faso, that Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary students call home.

How many dads feel certain guys are not good enough for their daughters? How many grandmothers take kids into their hearts and homes who are not blood relatives? How many parents live their dreams through their children? How many young people labeled “at risk” find a voice for their talent without using words? How many hopes have been dashed because of a deficit in resources—financial or human?

What we saw on the American Theatre of Actors stage were very familiar realities. A student working multiple jobs in order to stay in school despite scholarship money, parents struggling to supplement the cost of a child’s education or people staying focused when a loved one passes away—these are quite relevant issues in the campus community. At Nyack and “In the Heights,” a sense of community creates an environment where hopes and dream thrive.

Despite our place of origin, it’s highly likely we’ve met Usnavi, Nina, Kevin, Camila, Benny, Vanessa, Sonny, Abuela Claudia, Daniela, Carla, Graffiti Pete or Piragüero at some point in our lives. One way or another, these characters resonated with us. Far beyond the tremendous entertainment value of this production was a vehicle that reminded us to celebrate both the ways we are “different and yet the same.”

Bravo to the cast, production staff and orchestra!



Nyack College School of Music December Concerts

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday December 11, 2017

The School of Music on Nyack College’s New York campuses in Rockland County and Manhattan is home to a wealth of talented singers and musicians who perform locally, regionally and abroad. During this holiday season, several free concerts are scheduled to showcase the musical gifting of our students, faculty and staff.

Mark your calendar and plan to enjoy these free performances!

WINTER CONCERT: Rockland Campus, Monday, December 11, 8:00 PM in Pardington Hall, 45 South Boulevard, Nyack, NY 10960, directed by Dr. Glenn Koponen and Prof. Jennifer Scott.

The program will feature the Nyack College Wind Ensemble and the Nyack College Handbell Choir. The Wind Ensemble is comprised of students, faculty, and community musicians performing works for concert band under the direction of Dr. Glenn Koponen. Selections by the Nyack College Handbell Choir, directed by Jennifer Scott, will also be performed.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Tuesday, December 12, 7:30 PM at Central Baptist Church, 166 West 92nd Street, New York, NY 10025

The New York City Chorale, accompanied by the Orchestra of Tomorrow and conducted by Damien Sneed, will perform works by Arcangelo Corelli, John Rutter, Robert Shaw, Darmon Meader, Kirk Franklin, Damien Sneed and Quincy Jones/Mervyn Warren. Also performing are Purpose, the Nyack Gospel Choir directed by Prof. Willana Mack and the Jazz Ensemble directed by Darryl Jordan.


A Year of Jubilee for the School of Education

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday December 11, 2017

Nyack’s School of Education: A SALT Shaker

by Dr. Michael G. Scales

This year, the School of Education, under the exceptional leadership of Dr. JoAnn Looney, celebrates two milestones—on the Rockland campus, we mark the 50th anniversary and in New York City, the 20th anniversary.

The modern translation of Matthew 5:13 in The Message translation reads: “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.” What could be a better job description for the Christian educators prepared at Nyack’s School of Education? SALT is in the very DNA of the School’s faculty and students. In fact, S.A.L.T. is the conceptual framework of the division, an acronym for Service, Academics, Leadership and Teaching, coined by the former School of Education Dean, Dr. Bennett Schepens, (who is now our assistant provost and director of institutional assessment) and Prof. James Nichols.

Our School of Education holds accreditation from the prestigious National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the profession’s vehicle for establishing high quality teacher preparation. Nine programs offered include bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and dual bachelor’s/master’s degree—with specializations in English, social studies, math, childhood education, special education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)—are all nationally recognized by professional agencies.

So after leaving the Nyack School of Education, a virtual salt shaker, where do our graduates go to serve? They go to the inner city, rural and suburban schools. They circle the globe to teach English. They are school board members, administrators, school developers and researchers.

Our alumni leave with more than a professionally accredited degree, their spheres of influence are seasoned with Nyack’s core values of being academically excellent, globally engaged, intentionally diverse, personally transforming and socially relevant.

Partnerships beyond our campuses have been forged by our faculty and include students and alumni. Among those alliances are The Cause, a Christian educator support group and Inwood Academy Charter School for Leadership, both in Manhattan; International School of Tegucigalpa in Honduras; Riverview Nursery School in Nyack, NY; and Ridgeway Nursery School and Kindergarten in White Plains, NY. These liaisons broaden our impact to infuse today’s dialogue and decisions in education with Christ-centered values.

The Great Commission is fulfilled by our educators. For this past half century and for the decades ahead, we are grateful for God’s favor that empowers them to be SALT and light.

Dr. Louis DeCaro Awarded John Brown Society Silver Medal

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday December 11, 2017

Dr. Louis DeCaro, Jr., director of Alliance Theological Seminary on the New York City campus was presented with a 2017 Silver Medal by Larry Lawrence, John Brown Society president, in recognition of his more than two decades of prolific biographical work about Brown, the Christian abolitionist and warrior for racial equality. Norman Thomas Marshall, the starring actor and co-writer of a one-man show about John Brown’s life was a second recipient.

In addition to his articles, essays and blog posts about John Brown, Dr. DeCaro’s published books include "John Brown Speaks: Letters and Statements from Charlestown" (2015); "Freedom's Dawn: The Last Days of John Brown in Virginia" (2015); "John Brown, Emancipator" (2012); "John Brown: The Man Who Lived" (2008); "John Brown: The Cost of Freedom" (2007) and "Fire from the Midst of You: A Religious Life of John Brown" (2002).

The John Brown Society was founded in New York City in 1989 by independent activist and grassroots scholar, Larry Lawrence. The board of the Society is comprised of an array of scholars and activists, including leading Civil War scholars Eric Foner (Columbia University) and David Blight (Yale University). Periodically the John Brown Society awards the silver medal to recognize cultural achievements in the study or artistic portrayal of John Brown, or generally to scholars or artists who have advanced an appreciation of the historic struggle for racial justice in the United States. 

A professor of church history and a variety of history and theology courses at ATS for a dozen years, Louis DeCaro, Jr. was named director of the Seminary in 2016.

Congratulations, Dr. DeCaro!


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