Honoring the Life of Dr. Thomas P. Bailey, Sr.

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday June 24, 2016


Dr. Thomas P. Bailey, who served as the seventh president of Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary, and before that as its academic dean from 1958 until 1975, passed away on Saturday, June 18 in Fort Myers, Florida.

Dr. Bailey devoted over three decades of loyal service to Nyack/ATS as a professor of history, as well as academic dean of the College and as president. The Board of Trustees named him Professor Emeritus of History of Religion upon his retirement in 1982.

President Michael G. Scales commented, "My dear friend, Dr. Tom Bailey, spent his career translating the heart and vision of A.B. Simpson into the world of modern higher education. As dean, he was instrumental in gaining the accreditation that expanded the reach and influence of Nyack Missionary College through the offering of recognized four-year degrees. As president, he secured the granting of master’s degrees for what is now Alliance Theological Seminary.

Tom led Nyack to take tremendous steps forward without ever stepping off course, and he did so with uncanny gentleness, humor, and grace. Perhaps no individual since Dr. Simpson has had more of a shaping influence on Nyack College and ATS than he. Every Nyack College and ATS graduate who has been afforded the opportunity to serve, to work, and to excel because of his or her degree owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Tom Bailey. As do I."

The College is receiving expressions of condolence and appreciation for Dr. Bailey. These will be compiled and shared on the Nyack website in the next few days.


Nyack College Among 67 Schools Participating in the Second Chance Program

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday June 24, 2016

Nyack College is among the New York area institutions of higher education participating in a pilot program that will offer Pell Grants to inmates pursuing degree programs.

Read the Wall Street Journal recent coverage of this announcementInside Higher Education also featured this Obama Administration initiative.


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iSucceed at Nyack Is a School of Music Success

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday June 21, 2016

Jenn Scott, Nyack School of Music Rockland County campus lecturer looks back at the past year and shares with appreciation how student and faculty have enthusiastically engaged the transition to using iPads instead of the reams of sheet music that was previously the norm.

After an anonymous survey of faculty and staff, responses praise the convenience, creativity, and ease of communication with the launch of the iPad initiative. Here’s a sampling of responses nine months after the initial grappling with the change in culture.

I love that I can use my iPad to send links and [air drop] videos, pictures, and information that makes learning much more enjoyable and helpful.

We are able to have all of our music in one place. Most students lose their music when it's printed, so having it on the iPad, easily accessible, actually helps with the students' accountability to remain responsible.

I enjoy carrying all my music repertoire on my iPad everywhere I go. Whether I am in school, at home, or traveling, I can study and mentally practice my music. I enjoy not having to carry papers around for music and fearing to forget to pack music for a certain class. The iPad has made my life easier and my musical experience more enjoyable.

As a music student, the best feature on the iPad is the camera/video access where I can record lessons, rehearsals, recitals, etc. This feature allows me to play back any of these events as needed.

Ms. Scott proudly reports, “From the survey, we have found the top three paid apps used are "ForScore," "Notability," and "SymphonyPro."

"ForScore" overwhelmingly got the top vote because of its incredible functionality. It allows the user to mark up their scores of music as needed, organize the music by category, rehearse with the built-in metronome and piano, and share annotated versions of their work with others. "Notability" comes in handy for taking quick classroom notes, while integrating photos as well. Whether using a stylus, or a finger, notes are easily saved and filed according to the user's preference. "SymphonyPro" allows the user to create and compose written music, which is great for composition and theory classes.

Lauren Lebo Named 2016 Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year!

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday June 21, 2016

Lauren Lebo, a Nyack College 2016 summa cum laude School of Nursing graduate was named Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association’s Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year!

Lauren’s 3.80 GPA earned her a place on Nyack’s Dean’s list. She was also inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society and the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. At Nyack's pre-Commencement Pinning Ceremony, she received the American Nursing Association (ANA) Future Nurse Leader Award and also the Drs. Ardel and Teresa Vietti Award for Academic Excellence in Nursing. Lebo graduated at the top of her nursing class and is one of only two athletes at the school to graduate from the rigorous nursing program while competing as a varsity athlete.

On the lacrosse field, Lebo tallied 202 career goals in only 63 games. In her senior season, she totaled 66 points, 150 draw controls, 25 ground balls, and 9 caused turnovers en route to earning First-team All-CACC honors. She led NCAA Division II in draw controls for each of the last two seasons, and served as a four-year captain for her team.

Congratulations, Lauren, on your outstanding athletic and academic career at Nyack! 

Dr. Gabriel Salguero, Former Alliance Theological Seminary Professor Comforts Floridians

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday June 17, 2016

As our nation has yet another tragic occasion to “mourn with those who mourn,” Dr. Gabriel Salguero, a former full-time professor at the Alliance Theological Seminary New York City campus, was featured in a Christianity Today article.

Now pastor at Iglesia El Calvario in Orlando, FL and founder of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, Dr. Salguero will hold funeral services at his church for some of the victims of the horrific shooting. The church will also provide grief counseling, ongoing ministry and outreach to the LGBT community.

Read the article in its entirety here.

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