2014 Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients


At Nyack's 2014 Commencement ceremony, three distinguished individuals will be added to our roster of honorary degree recipients: Mark Burnett, Roma Downey (20th Century Fox film Son of God co-producers), and Lord Edmiston (British Parliament member). In addition to receiving the Doctor of Letters, they will also be inducted into the President's Hall of Distinction. The Hall of Distinction was established in 2008 by Nyack's 12th president, Dr. Michael G. Scales, to commemorate the doctoral honorees and others of outstanding public influence. The 131st ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students will be held in the 4,400 seat auditorium of the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY on Saturday, May 10.


Click here to read more about the honorary degree recipients.

Alliance Theological Seminary Milestone:
First Successful Dissertation Defense


Rev. Gershwin Grant, the first Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) candidate, successfully defended his dissertation, "Evaluating a Spiritually Formed Prayer Immersion Program for Members of the Conservative Baptist Church," on March 17. This milestone event took place at the Rockland County campus of the seminary. Dr. Ronald Walborn, ATS dean, moderated the oral defense, which was overseen by Dr. Frank Chan, coordinator for D.Min. dissertations.


Pictured above are (l-r) Dr. Paul de Vries, Dr. Ronald Walborn, Rev. Gershwin Grant, Mrs. Cynthia Grant, Dr. Torrey Robinson, and Dr. Frank Chan.


Born in London, England, Gershwin Francis Emmanuel Grant and his family moved to New York City when he was just a teenager. While attending the New York Institute of Technology to earn a degree in architecture, he became a Christian. Five years into his career as an architect, he pursued a career change to ministry by studying evenings and weekends at the New York School of the Bible, Seminary of the East, and Alliance Theological Seminary, while still employed by WYS Design Architects.


Rev. Grant has served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Ossining, NY since 2003.


The dissertation committee included Dr. Paul de Vries, president of the New York Divinity School, who is also pastor of Immanuel Community Church in Manhattan and Dr. Torrey Robinson, pastor of First Baptist Church of Tarrytown.


Congratulations to Rev. and Mrs. Grant!


About the Doctor of Ministry Program at 

Alliance Theological Seminary

The Doctor of Ministry is the first doctoral program offered at Nyack/ATS. The three-year program has seven different cohorts in progress. More than 90 students are active in the program. Students range in age from 28 to 60+ years. They hail from more than 30 different countries and from more than 20 different denominations.

Contemporary Models of Evangelism: Church Transforming Culture at ATS

Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) is offering a new May Term course, Contemporary Models of Evangelism: Church Transforming Culture, taught by mega church pastor, Dr. David Ireland, May 12-16, 2014 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. The five-day intensive program will be conducted on the Rockland County campus located at 350 North Highland Avenue in Nyack, NY. Registration fee is $300.


Pastors, ministers, church leadership, and ATS alumni are encouraged to enroll.  Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity students are also welcome to take this as an elective course DML925.RA or as an automatic substitution for UR501.RA: Church in the Urban World.


The dynamic senior pastor and founder of Christ Church (Montclair and Rockaway, NJ) will explore the contemporary models of evangelism and the tools that can be used effectively to share the gospel and to engage the five sectors of society: government, business, education, ministry, and family.


Dr. David Ireland, who graduated with an earned doctorate from Regent University and a master's degree from Alliance Theological Seminary, is a diversity consultant for the National Basketball Association and leads chapel services for the New York Giants, New York Jets, and at the U.S. Pentagon. He has appeared on television shows including "The Dr. Phil Show," "The CBS Evening News," and "The 700 Club."


For more information about this course, contact the Doctor of Ministry Office at Alliance Theological Seminary, dmin@nyack.edu or phone 845.770.5744 to register.

Nyack College Flutist Plays for 
Sir James Galway

Nyack College School of Music (SOM) flute performance major, Luis Diaz II, a student at the flute studio of Nyack professor, Dr. Marie Herseth Kenote, was one of only three students chosen to perform in a flute masterclass with virtuoso flute player, Sir James Galway. This showcase took place in New York City at the Lucy Moses School on March 26, 2014 (Click here for overview).

Sir Galway allowed the Nyack junior (pictured above) to play his 20K Gold Nagahara flute to perform the virtuosic piece by Eugene Bozza "Image" for solo flute. This prestigious moment came with the bonus of Luis receiving "nuggets of gold" for flute performance from the legendary musician from Belfast, Ireland.

Says Nyack's proud mentoring professor, Dr. Kenote, "Truly this was an opportunity of a lifetime and a blessing from the Lord!"
Third Annual Student Research Conference at Nyack Rockland

The Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement will be hosting their Third Annual Student Research Conference titled "Making a Difference: Contributions from our Disciplines," Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Bowman Gymnasium on the Rockland campus from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Marcy Kelly, who is a professor and assistant chair in the Department of Biology and Health Sciences at Pace University-NYC. 
The Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement will host its Third Student Research Conference, Thursday, April 10 on Nyack's Rockland County campus from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm in Bowman Gymnasium. With the theme, "Making a Difference: Contributions from our Disciplines" CSGE will welcome keynote speaker, Dr. Marcy Kelly, professor and assistant chair of the department of Biology and Health Sciences at Pace University in New York City.

Dr. Kelly earned her Ph.D. in 2000 from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Rutgers University-Newark. In addition to her teaching accomplishments with undergraduate biology and pre-health majors in the classroom and teaching laboratory at Pace University, Dr. Kelly maintains two active research programs. Her undergraduate research laboratory work focuses on the interaction between a model organism for tuberculosis, Mycobacterium bovis-BCG, and molecules produced by the human immune response. She is also currently in contract to develop a first-year biology major laboratory manual to introduce students to scientific research. Dr. Kelly has two publications in peer-reviewed educational journals and she is currently the research editor for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) education journal, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. She is the lead facilitator for the ASM Biology Scholars Program Transitions Residency to assist undergraduate faculty with the development of educational assessment manuscripts for publication.

Click here to learn more about CSGE and upcoming events.
Aramark Staff at Nyack Coordinates 
Global Volunteer Day


As a part of its "Building Community Project," Aramark employees around the world recently participated in Global Volunteer Day. The team that services Nyack College chose to collect donations and create New Mother Kits for Care Net Pregnancy Center in Spring Valley, NY. With a "wish list" from Gloria Calo, Care Net's executive director, vendors were invited to contribute or offer discounts on items to be included in the kits. Marc Fahringer, Aramark district manager, supervised the project which was coordinated by Amelia Dantas and Debby Paine.


Nyack College and the Aramark staff were very generous in giving, which resulted in more than $5,000.00 worth of items on the Care Net's Wish List being collected and 50 New Mother Kits being put together. In addition to the kits, the Spring Valley organization received cases of diapers, strollers, car seats, pack 'n plays, computers, a microwave, and a projector.


Kudos to the volunteers for this wonderful outpouring of love and compassion!

New York City Chorale Headlines 
Three Concerts


The Nyack College New York City campus Chorale will be featured in three performances in Queens (Richmond Hill), Nyack, and Lewisburg, PA (April 11-13).


The music reflects the Lenten Season with themes focusing on Christ's life, suffering, sacrifice, death, and resurrection. The centerpiece of the program is a larger work, Son of God Mass, by James Whitbourn. This reflective and moving contemporary work is scored for full chorus, organ, and soprano saxophone and will feature graduating senior, Dudley Salmon. Student conductor, Ezra Davis, will conduct W.A. Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus."


The Friday, April 11 (7:30 pm) concert at Elohim Christian Church in Queens will also feature the Nyack College Christian Folk Ensemble as well as a NYC-based Christian community chorus, the Jubilee Chorus.


The Saturday event (3:00 pm) will take place at First Reformed Church of Nyack. We look forward to ministering at Dean Arzola's church.


The Palm Sunday service (10:15 am) will take place at Lewisburg Alliance Church in Lewisburg, PA. The Chorale was introduced to Rev. Rubens Ruba while on tour in Florida this past January.


Admission is free and all are welcome.

Support Nyack College by Shopping at Amazon Smile

Nyack College is now a registered charitable organization on AmazonSmile! When you shop at smile.amazon.com and select Nyack College as the charity of your choice, you'll find the exact same prices and selection as amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Nyack College. Every time you return to smile.amazon.com, it will remember your selection and all your eligible purchases will result in a donation. And you can use your existing amazon.com account on AmazonSmile--your shopping cart and account settings are the same. Thanks in advance for supporting us!

2014 Annual Fund Phonathon

Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2014 Annual Fund Phonathon! Thirty students called nearly 10,000 Nyack/ATS alumni and friends across the nation between March 3 and 15. Many of you had the opportunity to hear about the exciting things happening here at Nyack from our students. We are grateful for your support!


If you missed our call and want to make a gift today, please give us a call at 866.721.7946 or visit www.nyack.edu/givenow. Just put "Phonathon" in the comments section of the online form.  If you have any questions at all, please contact the Office of Advancement at 866.721.7946.

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Commencement Week Events

Hooding Ceremonies


Tuesday, May 6, 4:30 pm

The Venetian

546 River Drive

Garfield, NJ


Thursday, May 8, 11:00 am 

Casa Mia Manor House

577 Route 303

Blauvelt, NY


Thursday, May 8, 7:00 pm

Bethel Gospel Assembly

2-26 East 120th Street

New York, NY


Friday, May 9, 12:00 pm

Presidents' Hall, 

Shuman Hall

School of Nursing 

Pinning Ceremony: 

Friday, May 9, 3:00 pm 

Pardington Hall

Nyack, NY




Wed., May 7, 6:00 pm 

Music Auditorium, 

Room 2241

Reception following


Friday, May 9, 7:00 pm 

Bowman Gymnasium

Reception following in the gym



Saturday, May 10, 2:00 pm 

Westchester County Center

198 Central Ave

White Plains, NY

2014 Nyack College Golf Classic

This year's scholarship fundraiser event will be held at the Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, NJ, a world-class Irish links-style course, rated a premier NJ Golf Course by New Jersey Monthly. Register by May 30 to receive the early bird rate. All registrants will receive a free round of golf at the Crystal Springs Cascades Course! For more information or to register, click here or contact Earl Miller at 845-675-4791 or Earl.Miller@nyack.edu. Hope to see you on the green!

Homecoming 2014

Nyack Rockland's annual Homecoming Weekend will be October 10-11, 2014. Check the Homecoming webpage for details to come soon!

Nyack's Spring Production is J.B.

J.B., the 1959 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play is the Nyack College spring production this year.


Performances began April 4, and will continue through this weekend at the Hilltop Auditorium. Upcoming performances are as follows:

Friday, April 11 at 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 pm

Sunday, April 13 at 4:00 pm


General admission is $10; student admission is $5.


Come out and support our students and enjoy their incredible talent!  For more information, please contact Dr. Kevin Pinkham at kevin.pinkham@nyack.edu.

Upcoming Admissions Events





Visit Days 2014

Monday, April 14

Monday, October 13


Visit Weekend 2014


November 9-10

For more information, call 800.336.9225 or visit http://nyack.edu/fcs/visit.


Schedule a day at your convenience to check out classes, tour the campus, attend chapel, and get important financial aid and admissions information.   

During the school year (Sept-Apr), personalized campus visits are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning at 10 am.


During the summer months (May-Aug), please call 1-800-33-NYACK to set up a visit.




Join other prospective students to learn more about our education, music, business, ministry, and liberal arts majors. We'll give an overview of the application process and discuss financial aid opportunities.


Open House for Undergraduate, Adult, and Graduate Programs

The following open houses will be held at 2 Washington Street, New York, NY.


Saturday, May 31, 11:00 am

Wed., June 18, 6:00 pm

Wed., July 16, 6:00 pm

Wed., August 13, 6:00 pm

Sat., September 27, 11:00 am

Sat., October 18, 11:00 am

Sat., November 15, 11:00 am

Sat., December 6, 11:00 am


For more information, call 877.626.2236
The Alliance Graduate School of Intercultural Studies and Mission has released their 2014 Fall Offerings. Click here to view the list.
Student Health Insurance Premium Refund May be Available to You
If you attended the Rockland Campus of Nyack College or Alliance Theological Seminary during 2007 to 2009 and you were covered under the student health insurance policy, then you may be eligible for a premium refund directly from Markel Insurance Company. You can receive additional information by contacting Dana Zheng or Carol DePuy at (855) 872-5008 or by accessing the refund claim form here.

Life-altering events can occur at any age, leaving one with few options for Long Term Care insurance coverage.  This means there's never been a better time for both men and women to research their LTC options than right now. 


No-risk LTC consultations are available to our graduates at no cost as part of the Alumni Insurance Program.  Click here to download a free 10-point checklist and then schedule your risk-free consultation by phone. 

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