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RELEASE: Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary Commencement 2015

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday April 17, 2015


Three Nyack College Honorary Doctorates

to Juan Hernández, Frances Pratt, and Datuk Edward Ong

NYACK, NY— On Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary will hold its 132nd commencement ceremony for nearly 700 graduates at Westchester County Center located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains, NY.

Juan Hernández, Frances Pratt, and Edward Ong will each be awarded the honorary Doctor of Letters. The three will also be inducted into Nyack’s President’s Hall of Distinction at a pre-commencement brunch at the Tarrytown House Estate, also in Westchester County. The Hall of Distinction was established in 2008 by Nyack’s 12th president, Dr. Michael G. Scales, as an annual tradition that commemorates the life work of recipients of honorary doctorates and other individuals of outstanding public influence.

Dr. Hernández has dedicated himself to the study of U.S. and Mexico relations and established the Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas. In 1996, Hernández introduced then Texas Governor George W. Bush to Mexican State of Guanajuato Governor Vicente Fox, marking a historic new development in Mexico-U.S. relations. This meeting also launched Hernández into the role of political advisor to both President Bush and President Fox. To date, he has advised 22 presidential hopefuls in countries around the world and in many international corporations. Named “Humanitarian Man of the Year” by Latin Trade Magazine, and hailed as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.” by Hispanic Business Magazine, Hernández is known for his passion for defending the rights of immigrants and for being the first U.S. citizen to serve as cabinet member under the president of Mexico.

Mrs. Pratt, president of the Nyack Branch of the NAACP, is a dedicated advocate for social justice and was the first recipient of Nyack College’s Social Justice Award. In addition to her civic role with the local branch of the historic organization, which she has filled for more than three decades, Mrs. Pratt began her career in the medical field at Nyack Hospital as a pediatric nurse’s aide. With characteristic determination, she climbed the ranks to become the hospital’s first African American registered nurse and head nurse in the Emergency Room. She will also be recognized at the 2015 Nyack College School of Nursing pinning ceremony.

Datuk Ong, an accomplished builder and property developer, with his OCK group in Singapore, has completed numerous highly acclaimed projects including The Singapore General Hospital, Apollo and Adelphi Hotels, and Regency Park Condominiums as well as developments in Malaysia, Burma, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island – Saipan and Guam. He is also known for the construction of the $450 million Sutera Harbour Resort project, a world‐class resort in the heart of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia on 384 acres of prime seafront reclaimed land. His latest project is the development of a $300 million integrated resort in Dili, Timor‐Leste, known as “Asia’s newest nation.” The new project represents a platform for giving back to the society, for providing training to the locals that will lead to a better quality of life for the workers and their families.


Who's in the Spotlight at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center?

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday April 17, 2015

On Friday, April 17 on the stage of Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, extraordinarily talented Nyack College students and alumni will be front and center in a celebratory concert demonstrating the range and depth of the academic program at Nyack’s School of Music.

How do these students add an evening like the upcoming concert to their favorite Nyack memories...and to their resumes? The answer: An accomplished music faculty who themselves are accomplished national and international performing and recording artists.

The program of classical, contemporary, and sacred music will showcase the following student and alumni soloists:  Jhasoa Agosto, Nathalie Alcime, Chris Anthony, Carolynn Clyne, Nichole Cosentino, Willana Mack, Jamal Sarikoki, Matia Washington, Noël Wippler, Kate Wiswell. These young men and women exemplify the caliber of talent that is honed on Nyack’s Manhattan and Rockland campuses. 

Joining the student-alumni on stage will be distinguished faculty conductors, musicians, and singers—Prof. Jhasoa Agosto, Prof. Mary Vigil Carey, Prof. Joel Jameson, Prof. Shelley Jameson, Prof. Darryl Jordan, Dr. Chungsun Kim, Dr. Tammy Lum, Prof. Willana Mack, Dr. Elizabeth Swanson, Dr. Dana Talley, and Dr. Sue Talley. Professors Chris Hughes and Jon Werking will direct the Jazz Ensemble during intermission. Composer-conductor, Dr. Victoria Bond will also be a guest conductor as the Chorale performs her specially commissioned work for Nyack College, “Dew, Precious Dew.”

Buy your tickets online here for an unforgettable evening! Or visit the Avery Fisher Hall box office at 65 Columbus Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan.

The Beat Goes On...Even at Intermission

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday April 17, 2015

More than just a concert on the stage of Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center...Nyack's Jazz Ensemble will perform in the Grand Promenade of Manhattan's famed cultural arts complex during intermission at the Friday, April 17 concert.

Still need a ticket? Go here and find your seat. Or visit the Avery Fisher Hall box office at 65 Columbus Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan.

See you Friday!


2016 Global Service-Learning Trips For Nyack Students

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday April 17, 2015

Some things just can’t be learned within the confines of a classroom or a textbook. So Nyack College offers its students...the world—classrooms without walls and textbooks without pages!

Click here and see where students and faculty will be headed during the 2016 winter break to study and to serve!

Dr. Scott Reitz is Nyack’s director of Global Service-Learning programs at Nyack and an Intercultural Studies professor. For more information about , click here


Nyack College Rockland Chorale Spring Concert

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday April 10, 2015

The Nyack College Rockland County School of Music Spring Concert will be presented on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Pardington Hall, 1 South Boulevard in Nyack, featuring a 30-piece orchestra and the 50-member Chorale.

This free concert will showcase inspiring works such as Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Beethoven’s “Christ on the Mount of Olives,” and his “Choral Fantasy” and conclude with Isaac Watts’s moving “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

Soloists in this powerful production include Nyack’s Artist in Residence, Prof. Shelley Jameson, soprano; sophomore voice major, Hannah Jang, soprano; Patrick Denniston, tenor; Prof. Joel Jameson, bass; Nyack alumni, Nellie Margarita Santiago, soprano, and Katherine Wiswell, mezzo-soprano. Nyack’s Trio in Residence member, Dr. Tammy Lum, pianist will accompany selections.

Joining Prof. Joel Jameson as conductor is Nyack senior, Jamal Sarikoki.

Sarikoki, a conducting major, has also studied with Dr. Elizabeth Swanson from Nyack’s NYC School of Music and is a perfect example of how mentoring music faculty come alongside students to nurture their talent. Jamal, who will also be a soloist at the School's April 17 concert at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center says, "Although I am going into the secular world of music as a conductor, I will be grounded in my faith and in the strong education I have received. The professors here at Nyack have all shown me what it's like to be at the top of their field but walk ever close to Jesus."

Currently Jamal serves at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan as a conductor and an organist. He was awarded one of two scholarships to study conducting at Bard Conservatory in the fall. Click here to view Sarikoki at work. 

Come and enjoy an evening of spectacular performances in the beautiful Hudson Valley campus of Nyack College.

Admission is free. You won’t want to miss it!

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