OCT 7: Every Day A Gift Concert, Music Prof and Transplant Recipient, Sungrai Sohn

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday September 30, 2016

The Nyack College School of Music in Rockland County will host, “Every Day a Gift: An Evening with Sungrai Sohn,” on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Nyack’s Pardington Hall, 45 South Boulevard in Nyack, NY. Prof. Sohn is a concert violinist and professor of music, known for his international performances in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Canada. Admission to the event is free.

Sungrai has appeared as soloist and chamber musician with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the New York Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra; Laurentian String Quartet; and the Nyack College Trio-in- Residence, the Amasi Trio. His acclaimed performances have been featured at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center.  

The evening’s program will include dynamic works for violin including, "Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24," Beethoven and "Zigeunerweisen" Op. 20, Saraste. A screening of "To Have and to Give," a film produced and directed by David Esposito, Sungrai's brother-in-law and his living transplant donor will be shown. The piece documents Sungrai’s journey through the partial organ transplant experience in 2001. The film also highlights his life as a musician, and as an individual able to maintain peace, and optimism, despite years of illness and uncertainty. Sungrai received a second whole liver transplant in 2014. A question and answer session will follow the film.

Sungrai is a recipient of the Maryland Women's Club Award, the Artist International Award, Jack Kahn Award and Honored Diplomat at the Algiers Fourth International Music Festival. He is a grand prize winner of the Korean National competitions in violin solo and in chamber music and a winner of “Friends and Enemies” of the New Music competition.

Learn more about Sungrai Sohn here.  For more information about the concert, phone the School of Music Office at 845.675.4687.


Alumna Rynae Rasley Joins U.S. Air Force Academy Coaching Staff

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday September 30, 2016

Rynae Rasley, (’15, MSOL) has been named an assistant coach for the U.S. Air Force Academy women’s basketball team.

Rasley is a former assistant coach for Nyack College’s women’s basketball. During her tenure on the Nyack coaching staff, she earned her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Nyack’s School of Business and Leadership. Previously, she served two seasons as an assistant coach at The City College of New York.

Read the Air Force Athletics announcement about Rynae’s appointment here.

School of Business and Leadership Dean Dr. Anita Underwood, Athletics Director Keith Davie and Women’s Basketball Head Coach David Julien along with the Nyack campus community applaud the exceptional work as a student and as a coach that led to Rynae’s latest accomplishment.

Qian Ye, Nyack Alumna Featured in Global Mural Conference

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday September 30, 2016

The 10th Biennial Global Mural Conference was recently held at the Woodcliff Hotel in Fairport, NY. Among the 20 commissioned mural artists was Nyack’s own Qian Ye (’13 BS, ’15 MSOL). The public was invited to watch the artists at work on their 16-by-7-foot canvases creating murals with the theme, “Preserving Heritage through Community Art.” Coverage of the conference received media coverage in the Rochester area, including on WHAM Channel 13. 

This past spring, Qian presented “360 Degrees,” an exhibition of her original paintings and sculptures in Shuman Hall on Nyack’s Rockland County campus.

Multi-talented, Qian’s vocal gift has been showcased in performances as Mimi in La Boheme and as Angelica in Suor Angelica, both with the Nyack College Opera Workshop. 

Read more about Qian Ye on her website, “Journey of Dreams.”  

Celebrating the Service of a Pioneer: Drusila Nieves

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday September 29, 2016

God’s promise in the book of Proverbs is that your “gift will make room for you.”

In the case of Drusila Nieves, Nyack College Director of Counseling Services, not only does she possess a gift, but she used her gift to create room. In fact, Nyack Provost Dr. David Turk quipped that Drusila had vision and “invented a whole space out of an unused space.”

Today her colleagues from the Nyack Rockland campus Office of Student Development, Auxiliary Services, student interns and other campus leaders saluted this compassionate servant leader as she prepares to transition to a new chapter in her life. (pictured l-r: Provost Dr. David Turk, Drusila Nieves, Maggie Labocki, Dean Wanda Velez.)

The reins of her pioneering work will be passed on to the new Director of Counseling, Maggie Labocki.

In that Boon Campus Center space, the ministry of the Fordham University graduate evolved. For more than two decades, Drusila Nieves has ministered to troubled, broken, burdened students restoring hope, health and wholeness with the help of more than 100 interns she supervised during the course of her tenure at Nyack

During Nyack’s Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 15 from 2:00-5:00 p.m., the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and Social Work Counseling Services Intern Reunion will be another time of tribute and celebration. (Registration for the event in Boon Campus Center, Counseling Services Office, Room 207 is encouraged.)

The campus community salutes Drusila Nieves for being “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord [her] labor is not in vain.”

Listen Up! Nyack's WNYK 88.7FM

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday September 28, 2016

Check out Nyack's radio station WNYK at 88.7 FM under the management of recently appointed manager, Nyack alumnus Brad Hickey ('07).


WNYK-FM is Nyack College’s non-commercial, educational radio station first licensed in 1982 and is Rockland County's only non-commercial FM radio station. It operates at 88.7 MHz on the FM band. This frequency allows WNYK to cover over a 10-mile radius with a potential audience of 300,000+. WNYK’s City of License is NYACK NY, not just the campus of Nyack College.

WNYK’s goal is to offer a wide variety of entertainment, music, news, sports, and specialty programming. WNYK 88.7 prides itself on being the positive alternative to much of mainstream music in both its sound and through its message.

WNYK’s main format is rock, rock alternative, and Christian music. The mix is deliberate, based on the premise that non-Christian music can be used to create a window of opportunity to deliver outreach messages to our community. The playlist mix also leaves room for other types of music and radio shows. The secular alternative rock music played on WNYK is carefully selected.