YouVersion Founder Bobby Gruenewald Calls Nyack/ATS Grads World Changers
Bobby Gruenewald, founder of YouVersion, the world’s largest mobile Bible app, was among the special guests who, along with his son Robbie, joined in the celebration of Nyack College/ATS 2016 graduates and honorary degree recipients this month. (pictured l-r with President Michael Scales and President's Hall of Distinction honoree, Dr. Robert Glover, OBE of Care for Children)
Gruenewald, the Innovation Leader at LifeChurch.tv in Edmund, Oklahoma sent his generous enthusiasm about his Nyack visit to Dr. Scales. He shared, "I've been to many graduations and commencement ceremonies before, but never one as exciting and inspiring as a Nyack College Commencement. This wasn't simply a graduation, it was the commissioning of a room full of world changers."
Nyack Student Government Recognizes Campus Leaders
Nyack New York City Student Government Association (SGA) hosted the Student Leadership Appreciation Dinner in the student lounge this week to recognize the diligent work performed by campus leaders throughout the academic year. Awards were presented by SGA President Anthony Sandoval to outgoing members and the new SGA team was welcomed. The 2015-2016 officers for SGA were Jazmel Guzman, Vice President; Jessica Leclere, Treasurer; Landai Barnes, Secretary; and Yadilka Ramos, Public Relations Officer.
Clubs represented included ACTS (prayer ministry), the Business Club, the Social Work Club, Students Against Hunger, Student Veterans Club, and Living Waters Dance Ministry.
Special worship music was performed by Submerged. Members of the group are Peter Aviles, Ian Lucas, Lazarina Luna, Corens Moreau, Judy Portalatin, and Julian Vargas.
Congratulations to our students leaders for making the 2015-2016 a successful one!
Photo credit: Andres Valenzuela
Commencement Guests Share Appreciation for Nyack's Mission
Among the special guests who shared the celebration of Nyack’s Commencement Day events were Michael and Lauren McAfee of Oklahoma from the Museum of the Bible in Oklahoma City. At the Museum, Mr. McAfee is Director of Bible Engagement and Mrs. McAfee is the Director of Community Engagement.
“Michael and I had a wonderful time at Nyack’s Commencement celebrations. It was a blessing for us to learn about your efforts, and to see what God is doing through the programs and students of Nyack,” Lauren McAfee shared.
To learn more exciting news about the Museum of the Bible coming to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2017, watch an interview with the McAfees. This 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum will be located just two blocks from the National Mall and three blocks from the Capitol.
Celebrating Commencement 2016
A joyful week was jam-packed with celebration to honor our graduates who finished well. It also gathered three new alumni into the Nyack/ATS fold as honorary doctorates were presented to three extraordinary global leaders—Dr. Robert Glover OBE, founder and executive director of Care for Children in China; Dr. Sameh Maurice, senior pastor of Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church in Cairo, Egypt; and Dr. Carlton Brown, senior pastor of Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc. in Harlem, NY.
Beginning on Tuesday, May 3, the first of five hooding ceremonies were followed throughout the week by two baccalaureates and a School of Nursing pinning ceremony.
The pièce de résistance was, of course, Commencement Day on Saturday, May 7. A Commencement Brunch at the exquisite Tarrytown House Estate in Tarrytown, NY set the tone for the day that led to the 133rd commencement ceremony at Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY.
More than 150 guests gathered at the Mary Duke Ballroom at the Tarrytown House where souls were nourished and hearts were filled to the brim of tear-filled eyes. A program showcased the music by the Nyack College Christian Folk Ensemble conducted by Prof. Jhasoa Agosto and instrumental music also by Nyack/ATS alumnus, Rev. Kelvin Walker.
Drs. Glover, Maurice, and Brown were inducted into the President’s Hall of Distinction at the brunch. They captivated the audience with riveting remarks on the theme, “Living the Whole Gospel Throughout the Whole World,” the essence of the institution’s mission.
Two remarkable segments that sent a hush over the ballroom were speeches delivered by student speaker, Josue Miguel Calderon Gavilenez, a 2016 graduate of the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. Josue, also a 2012 Nyack graduate who majored in Pastoral Ministries, is currently the Manager of Annual Gift Programs for the College. (See his speech attached here).
The second speech was shared by New York Times and Washington Post journalist Anne Snyder. Ms. Snyder became acquainted with Nyack College just a year ago. Her Washington Post article this past spring heralded the announcement of the new Gospel Music Performance degree launching at Nyack New York City in fall 2016. Her brunch remarks were delivered with generous grace, nearly canonizing the mission carried out by the College and Seminary.
One hundred and thirty-three commencements later, it is clear that graduation is more than a time of conferring degrees at Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary. It is a time when like-minded, kindred spirits come together to commission and launch new and some seasoned leaders onto uncharted paths of their journey to do the work of Lord.
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Parents of Youth 7-18! Check Out Summer Sports Camps at Nyack
Need a summer activity for your children?
Check out Nyack College’s 2016 Summer Sports Camps for boys and girls from 7 to 18 years old. Basketball, baseball, volleyball, and soccer sessions are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Rockland County campus in Nyack on the following scheduled dates:
Boy’s Basketball: June 27 – July 1 and July 5 - July8
Girl’s Basketball: July 11 – July 15
Boy’s Baseball: July 11 – July 15
Girl’s Volleyball: July 25- July 29, August 1 – August 5, August 8 – August 12
Co-Ed Soccer: August 1- August 5 and August 8 – August 12
In addition to this athletic training in a safe Christian environment, the full-day fee includes lunch. For more information and to register, click here.
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