Benjamin Tse: A 2019 Nyack College Valedictorian

When Benjamin Tse joins the staff of Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” accounting organizations and the largest professional services network in the world, as a tax associate in the Stamford, CT office this coming June, they’ll learn what it means to say, “I AM NYACK.”

Think of Nyack’s core values: academically excellent, globally engaged, intentionally diverse, personally transforming and socially relevant. That describes Ben Tse of Penang, Malaysia—the total package.  This 2019 valedictorian, a distinction he shares with Nyack NYC student Cassandra Menard, Ben studied on the Nyack Rockland campus, where he has been a star student whose accomplishments transcend his 4.0 GPA.

Dr. Vilma “Nina” Balmaceda, director of Nyack’s Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement (CSGE) will enthusiastically attest to his tireless contributions to CSGE as an intern. Dr. Jonathan Gates, director of the Nyack College Honors Program and an English professor, will eagerly vouch for Ben’s academic performance and his contributions as content designer of The Forum, the digital student magazine, which Dr. Gates advises. Dr. Susanne Hartl and Professor James Muckell both beam with pride over Ben’s achievements as a member of the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society and his service as a School of Business and Leadership teacher assistant.

The Nyack Athletic Department has recognized the track & field/cross country scholar-athlete with Academic Achievement Awards for 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, as well as the 2017-2018 Harold W. Bowman Character Achievement Award and the 2017-2018 Ernie Armoogam Warrior Award. He has proven himself with the special combination of good sportsmanship and physical skill.

If reading that list of honors tires you out, catch your breath for more.

Ben served as a peer-to-peer financial coach for the Ron Blue Institute’s NEXUS Financial Discipleship Center. With three other Nyack College students he co-founded and established a campus coffee shop, Cultivate Coffee, after winning the third place prize in the 2017 Entrepreneurial Business Venture Competition, a “Shark Tank-like” event hosted by Nyack’s School of Business and Leadership and the Center for Transformative Work. The monetary prize of $5,000 was awarded to help start a business or to ramp up an existing business. In addition to the financial award, Ben’s team received professional business coaching.

Of all that Ben Tse has accomplished, it is the appreciation he has for studying at Nyack that speaks volumes about the remarkable individual he is.

“I’m thankful for the growth I experienced, for the lifelong friendships I made, and for the love I found. God has been faithful since the beginning of my time at Nyack. I’ve learned to appreciate and embrace small, humble beginnings; to be faithful with the seemingly insignificant events in life and to make the most out of every opportunity that comes my way,” Ben shares. “Nyack College has provided a safe learning environment that challenged me to grow deeper in my faith and motivated me to take the initiative to make a difference in this community. I am grateful for the professors who have given me godly counsel and the support that I needed. I will cherish all the memories that I’ve made here.”

Well said and well done, Ben. Congratulations!