Tickets On Sale for United Praise Gospel Concert August 11 at Barclays Center

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday July 20, 2017

Nyack College is an official sponsor of the United Praise Gospel Concert, a multi-cultural worship experience coming to the Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, August 11, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Concert hosts are Beraca Baptist Church with Kaya Life Entertainment and Chosen for the Journey. 

Featured Christian recording artists include Jeremy Camp, Fred Hammond, Jaci Velasquez, Sidewalk Prophets, Planetshakers and the Beraca Baptist Church Choir.

Tickets are on sale now.

Proceeds will benefit the Beraca Community Development Corporation (BCDC), a charitable organization of social, philanthropic and humanitarian ventures. The goal of the concert is to bring together people of all cultures and ethnicities to unite in praise.

Beraca Baptist Church senior pastor, Rev. Mullery Jean-Pierre, says "We are calling and challenging church leaders to lead the way toward unity and solidarity by encouraging their members to join and participate with us, to show the world that we are 'better together' as we life one voice in worship and praise."

Buy your tickets today!



Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah, "Mutual by Design" Conference Speaker

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday July 20, 2017

Associate Professor of Bible Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah will be a workshop speaker at the 2017 Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) Conference, “Mutual By Design," which will be held July 21-23 in Orlando, FL at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort.

Dr. Abdallah will speak in Workshop Block 2 on Friday, July 21 at 3:00 p.m. “Harry Was Wrong: Women and Men as Friends and Colleagues,” is the title of her presentation described as follows:

The movie When Harry Met Sally has a famous dinner conversation where Harry states, “men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way.” He was neither the first nor the last to express a sentiment that has consistently brought fear and suspicion into cross-sex relationships. While we should be cautious in our society of affairs, divorce, and casual sex, the time has come to look beyond our societal issues and ask whether that fear and suspicion among brothers and sisters is all we can hope for in the family of Christ. We need diverse perspectives in all aspects of society—even in our interpersonal relationships. This seminar will explore this question biblically and theologically, and more forward with practical steps to forming friend and colleague relationships with the opposite sex. Remember, Jesus had several close friends who were women.

CBE International is “a non-profit organization of Christian men and women who believe that the Bible, properly interpreted, teaches the fundamental equality of men and women of all ethnic groups, all economic classes, and all age groups, based on the teachings of Scriptures such as Galatians 3:28.”

Learn more about the conference here.

Lauren Lebo, Lacrosse Head Coach

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday July 17, 2017

What does “the best of both worlds” look like for Lauren Lebo?

The 2016 summa cum laude graduate left Nyack College with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to pursue her passion for serving. While holding down her role at Blythdale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, NY--Nurse Lebo will be returning to Nyack College in a new role--head coach of the women's lacrosse team.

“We are excited to see Lauren continue the growth of the program and lead it to the CACC playoffs and beyond,” comments Nyack’s Athletics Director Keith Davie.

Is there any reason why great things wouldn't be expected of Lauren?

In the 2013-2014 season, Lauren earned the #2 spot in goals per game for all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II programs and the distinction of being Nyack’s first statistical champion in lacrosse. In 2014-2015 and 2015-16, Lauren led in draw controls. She was a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Academic All Conference player during her Nyack career and concluded her senior season as the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association’s Division II Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The Athletic Department’s highest award, the Jonathan L. Gainer Memorial Sportsmanship Award, was also presented to Lauren at the annual Warrior Awards ceremony in 2016.

At the Nyack School of Nursing pinning ceremony, the Alpha Chi Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society member received the American Nursing Association (ANA)’s Future Nurse Leader Award and for academic excellence in nursing, the Drs. Ardel and Teresa Vietti Award.

“I am excited to come back to Nyack as a coach because Nyack has influenced me in more ways than I can say. The lacrosse program has played an irreplaceable role in my life, and I am looking forward to being able to pass on the things I have learned to the team I will now coach. Not only do I love to compete, I love that at Nyack we can compete without losing the focus on integrity and character. I’ll strive to help build a team that achieves excellence, but has a foundation in Christ,” says Lauren.

Welcome home, Coach Lebo!

*Learn more about Nyack’s School of Nursing.



SAVE THE DATES! September 29 & 30: Borderline Music Festival

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Friday July 14, 2017

Nyack College is a sponsor of the Borderline Music Festival coming to Rockland County on Friday, September 29 and Saturday 30, 2017 at Boulder Stadium, Palisades Credit Union Park, 1 Provident Bank Park Dr. in Pomona, NY. 

Event host, The Good News Association, is bringing a phenomenal roster of contemporary Christian artists, including Nyack’s own gospel ensemble, Purpose, to the stage.

You don’t want to miss these two days of praise. Check out the stadium seating chart and purchase your tickets here.

El-Araj Excavation Update and Photo Gallery

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Monday July 10, 2017

Dr. R. Steven Notley, director and professor of Nyack College’s Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins(AJCO) graduate degree program and Dr. Jeffrey P. García, AJCO professor submitted their first weekly update (below) on the progress with the El-Araj Excavation in Israel led by head archaeologist, Dr. Mordechai Aviam from the Kinneret Institute for Galilean Archaeology. Ms. Constance Diggs, AJCO program manager, shared the report from the professors. (See photo gallery here.)

Participants from the United States and Hong Kong have joined to continue the archaeological investigations of a site that is considered by many to be the first-century CE Jewish fishing village of Bethsaida (cf. Luke 9:10). Generous donations from the Assembly of God’s Center for the Holy Lands Studies, The Center for the Study of Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins (CSAJCO), Nyack College, and HaDavar Yeshiva (Hong Kong) have made this season possible.

Day One. We opened our season on July 1, 2017 with a four-hour jeep trek through the Bethsaida Valley to give the participants an understanding of the broader geographical setting for El Araj’s location. The day ended with an overlook of the Galilee region and a short swim in the Zakki Stream, one of two major tributaries (with the Jordan River) that feed into the Lake of Galilee. The site of our excavation is located between these two important sources to the lake.

Day Two. Preparations for the site began with the staging of three 5x5 meter squares that had been excavated last season, and the opening of a new fourth square. Last year’s efforts reached the level of a Byzantine period floor (4th-7th century CE) and demonstrated that large public buildings existed at El Araj in this period.

Day Three. Excavating began. Five full days of excavation have resulted in a number of important finds. The new fourth square quickly uncovered a wall, two limestone columns in secondary use, and sugar pots from a Crusader period (12th CE) sugar factory. Gilded gold and stone tesserae from what was perhaps a mosaic wall decoration were discovered and Byzantine period coins were also found in another square. As the work continued, the Byzantine floor composed of large ashlar stones in two squares were removed, along with two limestone columns and other cut stone.

Numerous exciting finds under and near the floor include a metal hook that Dr. Aviam suggests was used to hold a candle steady within the chandelier of a Byzantine period structure. As a result of the sifting of dirt from these squares, an unprecedented number of coins, 30 in total, were found in a single morning in two spaces that are no larger than a meter and half squared. The archaeologists were surprised to have such a concentration of coins in a small locus and suggest that it is indicative of the importance of where we are currently excavating. Along with the coins, participants have uncovered pottery dating from the Byzantine period to the Early Bronze period, that is between the 4th century CE and 3rd millennium BCE (before the time of the patriarch Abraham).

Five limestone columns and a basalt column were discovered in secondary usage. These finds complement many of the architectural features, e.g., basalt column capital and a heart-shaped corner column, and indicates that we are digging in the area of public buildings. The presence of Roman glass, as well as early Roman pottery (1st century BCE) suggests that we are approaching Roman period public structures. The public building of a first century Jewish village was the synagogue! Although we have not yet identified the first-century public structure, we hope the second week will bring us closer in terms of first century remains.

Our morning excavations are followed by afternoons of washing and reading pottery, field trips and lectures. These activities underscore the wider cultural, geographical and historical importance of this dig. On our free day, a visit to the Herodian temples at Omrit and Caesarea Philippi and a hike from Caesaera Philippi to the Banias waterfall provided some sense of how ancient people lived and practiced religion at the foothills of Mount Hermon. Lectures by Dr. Aviam and Dr. Notley have further deepened our understanding of the differences between the area of the Golan Heights and the Jewish Galilee in the first century. Our search continues!

We look forward to the beginning of Week Two and what lies ahead. 

Leadership and Participants: Dr. Mordechai Aviam (Kinneret College), Shoshi Lotan, Ayelet Tatcher, Dr. R. Steven Notley (Nyack College), Dr. Wink Thompson (Emmaus Educational Services), Marc Turnage, Dr. Jeffrey P. García (Nyack College), Sunya Notley, Kathryn Notley, Juan Arias, Sandra Arias, Steve Bailey, Tom Blackwell, Andy Chung, Laurette Harper, Yuen Wa Ho, Deborah Jackson, Erik Lui, Jesse Martone, Erin Martone, Eric Tomlin, Chris Tomlin, Natalie Vredevoogd, Zachary Wong




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