American Cancer Society Rates Nyack a Top-Ranking NY Institution With Tobacco-Free Policies

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Tuesday November 24, 2015

A Journal News letter to the editor from Linda B. Whitehead, president of the American Cancer Society Board of Advisors for Westchester and Rockland Counties, cites Nyack College as one of the top-ranking institutions among 201 New York state colleges and universities surveyed on policies to protect students and employees from the dangers of tobacco.

Notably, anti-tobacco activism has been championed by 2011 alumnus Chad Bullock (pictured above) who was the first and only non-celebrity to win the $100,000 Teen Choice Award prize for his involvement in this cause. In 2010, he also won the top prize of $250,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project for the same initiative that has been his passion since he was freshman in high school.

Bullock is currently a finalist in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Facebook contest for its first ever Young Alumni Award. Click here to learn more. 

The goal of the Westchester/Rockland American Cancer Society is to have the Governor and Legislature pass legislation that requires all New York public colleges to be 100 percent tobacco-free.


Grace Prescriptions: Seminars for Healthcare Professionals at Nyack NYC

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday November 23, 2015

“Grace Prescriptions,” a two-day event will feature Dr. Walt Larimore and Dr. Bill Peel on Friday, December 4 at 2:00 p.m. and December 5 at 4:00 p.m. hosted by Nyack College and Beacon Christian Community Health Center at the Nyack NYC campus, 2 Washington Street, 21st floor in Manhattan.

These live seminars are designed to teach healthcare professionals, residents, fellows, and full-time students how to share their faith with patients in ways that safeguard the important ethical principles of respect, sensitivity, and permission. Originally taught in CMDA’s popular Saline Solution course, these concepts are proven to be effective as thousands of lives have been transformed. Grace Prescriptions builds on this legacy.

Event sponsors include Redeemer Presbyterian Church and its Center for Faith & Work, Christian Community Health Fellowship, CMDA-NYC, a local chapter of the national Christian Medical and Dental Association and CMDA-Mid Hudson Valley. Alliance Graduate School of Counseling’s own Dr. Elaine Eng (pictured above) is a council member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association of New York who will become co-chair of CMDA in January 2016.

For more information and to register, click here.

December School of Music Concerts in Manhattan and in Rockland

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday November 23, 2015

All are welcome to enjoy our School of Music vocalists and musicians performing in December concerts on and off campus.

Nyack New York City Campus, 2 Washington Street, Room 2241, New York, NY*

December 3 at 7:00 pm - Collegium Musicum Concert

December 6 - New York City Chorale at Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025 4:00 pm Evensong Service. 5:00 pm The Chorale’s performance is immediately following Evensong

December 12 at 3:00 pm  - Opera Theater Workshop Performance

December 13 at 6:00 pm - NYC Chorale, Touring Gospel Choir, and Collegium at Calvary Baptist Church, 23 West 57th Street between the Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, New York


Nyack Rockland County Campus,45 South Boulevard, Pardington Hall, Nyack, NY

December 6 at 8:00 pm Carol & Candlelight 

Dr. Glenn Koponen & Ms. Jennifer Scott, Directors

The 67th annual holiday favorite performed by Nyack College’s Handbell Choir, Women’s Chorale, and Brass Ensemble. Seasonal music ranging from classical to contemporary, from carols to spirituals, and carols from England, France, Austria, and the United States will be performed. The program will conclude with a deeply moving Candlelight Ceremony. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the cost of the annual Carol & Candlelight Tour

December 8 at 8:00 pm Winter Concert

Nyack College Wind Ensemble and the Nyack College Handbell Choir, Dr. Glenn Koponen & Ms. Jennifer Scott, Directors

Established in 1968, 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 Handbell Choir, directed by Jennifer Scott, will also be performed. Free Admission

December 10 at  8:00 pm Chamberfest Benefit Concert, 

Dr. Tammy Lum & Dr. Marie Kenote, Directors

A performance of the upcoming Winterim, “Chamberfest Asia 2016” tour program. This cross-cultural concert program showcases chamber and choral music by Asian and Western composers in the sacred, classical, folk, Broadway, and gospel genres. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the cost of the tour.

December 11 at 8:00 pm Lessons & Carols

Nyack College Chorale, Prof. Joel Jameson, Director

The Chorale performs a program of traditional lessons and carols. The concert shares the story of the birth of Christ through scripture readings, songs by the Chorale, organ, harp, carol singing, and a special guest performance by Artist in Residence, Prof. Shelley Jameson. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the cost of future chorale tours and special events.


* NYC campus concerts will be held in Room 2241 unless otherwise noted.

Nyack College Welcomes 2016 Leadership Rockland Cohort for Multi-cultural Communities Day

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday November 23, 2015

Executive Director of Community Relations Earl Miller and his steering committee (Nilda Aragones, Sheila Keen, Adrianne Garcia, and Dustin Hauser) recently hosted a new cohort of professionals in the Leadership Rockland's Multicultural Communities Day.

Leadership Rockland offers current and emerging leaders comprehensive exposure to the infrastructure of Rockland County, NY. The ten-month program is a series of 11 daylong sessions engaging men and women employed in business, government, and the not-for-profit sectors. 

On Multicultural Communities Day, participants began their tour of the County’s diverse populations with a breakfast and seminar at Nyack’s Rockland campus. Other tour stops included the Islamic Center of Rockland for a religious community leaders discussion; the U Noodle Snack Bar to discuss immigrant and migrant communities; and the CEJJES Institute, a cultural and education center for a presentation by the Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins Conference Proceedings Published

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday November 23, 2015

Contact:  Constance L. Diggs

Program Coordinator

Graduate Programs in Ancient Judaism & Christian Origins





New York, NY --- Nyack College is proud to announce the release of The Gospels in First-Century Judaea; Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference of Nyack College’s Graduate Program in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins.  Published in fall 2015, the scholarly volume is edited by Nyack’s own R. Steven Notley and Jeffrey P. García, and features papers from experts of Second Temple Judaism who offer fresh and innovative interpretations of gospel texts.

Each study examines closely a passage from one of the four canonical gospels in order to shed light from various pertinent subject areas (e.g., linguistics, archaeology, fine art).  The studies presented in this volume follow on the heels of nearly 100 years of research into the Jewish backgrounds of the New Testament with one innovative development, namely, reading and interpreting the gospels as accounts which originate in first century Judaea and play a more integral role in the body of ancient Jewish literature.

“This scholarly volume is the literary counterpart to our inaugural conference,” shared Dr. R. Steven Notley, Director of Nyack’s Graduate Program in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins.”  Held in 2013, the event brought together both Christian and Jewish scholars, representing more than ten colleges and universities from around the world. 

“We are proud that our graduate program is making such a strong academic imprint on the landscape of biblical scholarship,” shared President Michael Scales.  “Having Brill publish the proceedings of our conference is an honor and testament of the strides our program is making by integrating Jewish and Christian scholarship in such a distinctive way.”

For more information about the volume and a link to a clip from the conference, visit our Facebook page or visit our publisher at

Scholars featured in the volume: Dr. David Emanuel (Nyack College), Dr. Steven Fine (Yeshiva University), Dr. Alexandria Frisch (Ursinus College), Mr. Jeffrey P. Garcia PhD.c. (Nyack College), Dr. Daniel Machiela (McMaster University), Dr. Eric Meyers (Duke University), Dr. R. Steven Notley (Nyack College), Dr. Serge Ruzer (Hebrew University), Dr. Lawrence Schiffman (New York University), Dr. Claudia Setzer (Manhattan College), Dr. Brad H. Young (Oral Roberts University), and Dr. Burt L. Visotsky (Jewish Theological Seminary).


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