Inaugural Address Page Three: Globally Engaged
The common experience shared by every person in the Aqaba clinic before they arrived in Jordan, was that they attended Nyack. Cheryl Phenicie graduated from Nyack in 1980 with a degree in social science. Those were the days before Nyack’s new Nursing program, so Cheryl earned her Registered Nursing degree from another institution. But Nyack did prepare her personally for her ministry.
As a student, Cheryl was part of a group that traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada seeking to raise awareness of global needs. Early on she made a personal commitment to go and help to meet those needs. This commitment drew her to Jordan. And she is making a difference.
Friends, it is no exaggeration to say Nyack has produced literally thousands of difference makers like Cheryl Phenicie. This is for one reason, only; Nyack is, and has always been, globally engaged.
The mission that prompted Dr. Simpson to long for Nyack to become a university was and is a global mission. It is believed that the last words spoken by our founder was a prayer uttered for graduates working in ministries worldwide.
We live in a world that demands this type of engagement from all of its citizens.
As we fulfill all of his vision -- we will carry with us a rich history of producing students, like Cheryl Phenecie, who are globally engaged.