Nyack College & Alliance Theological Seminary
Faculty & Staff Achievements | FALL 2014

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Miracle in Nyack!

For several years, the campus community yearned for "A Miracle in Manhattan." In 2013, we witnessed God move in a way that positioned us to occupy a very strategic location in Lower Manhattan for the home of our New York City campus.


With all eyes on that institutional development, a smaller circle of the community looked to God for another miracle when our brother, Rick Santiago, director of Database Operations and a Nyack College alumnus, was felled by a medical emergency that presented with stroke-like symptoms followed by a seizure. Shortly after, a brain tumor was found that required immediate radiology and chemotherapy treatment.  Through this all, Rick and his wife, Joy, director of Student Accounts, were blanketed with our prayers and intercession.


Bravely trusting God during this difficulty, he emailed the campus saying, "I will never have enough words to thank all of you for the prayers God has used to restore me to the place that He alone could make possible once again. The fact that I can even write to you in this way is proof that God has begun answering all your prayers!"


That was nearly one year ago. Today we're thrilled and thankful that Rick returned to his Database Operations role on September 1, just in time for New Student Orientation.

We praise God for this "Miracle in Nyack." Welcome home, Rick!

Welcome to Nyack!
We hope that you get an opportunity to meet some of the new members of our faculty and staff who have joined us during the fall 2014 semester:
  • Louis Carlo, Administrative Faculty, Field Education, ATS
  • Ron Chen, Coordinator of the Chinese Studies Program, ATS
  • Chris Dost, Administrative Faculty, Director of Online Programming, ATS
  • Les Gilbert, Administrative Faculty, Director of OM
  • Pamela Hylton, Instructor, School of Nursing
  • Stanley John, Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies
  • Aaron Sherwood, Associate Professor of New Testament
Nyack Campus Community Celebrates Faculty and Staff

The annual Nyack College faculty-staff luncheon was held on the Rockland campus on May 12. Each year, one member of the faculty and one member of the staff receives the Commitment to Missions Award. The 2014 faculty honor went to Assistant Professor of Pastoral Counseling, Dr. Michael Gillern. The staff Commitment to Mission Award went to Mrs. Michele Blanck.


Other awards were presented to: 

Dean of the Year: Dr. JoAnn Looney; Professor of the Year: Dr. Inseon Hwang; Junior Professor of the Year: Dr. Lisa Steiner; Online Educator of the Year: Dr. Gerard Becker;

Faculty Award for Support of Information Literacy and Critical Thinking: Dr. Bennett Schepens; Enrollment Services Associate of the Year: Jill (Wheeland) Constantinou; SFS Associate of the Year: Deborah McDonald; Student Development Professional of the Year: Heather Garcia; Coach of the Year: Matthew Cornacchione


2014 Arts & Sciences Faculty Awards: 

Professor of the Year: Dr. Kevin Pinkham; Faculty Scholar of the Year: Dr. Jeffrey Dueck; Junior Professor of the Year: Dr. Wenbo Yan; Emerging Scholar of the Year: Dr. Kale Yu;

Chair of the Year: Dr. Jonathan Gates; First Year Faculty Award: Dr. Daniel Kaluka; Good and Faithful Servant Award: Dr. Elaine Lux; Friend of the Arts & Sciences: Linda Poston; Award of Appreciation: Dr. Michael and Dr. Kim Huster


Service awards were presented to the following employees:

Thirty years of service: Elaine Holodynsky, Jeffrey Quinn; Twenty-five years of service: Dr. Thomas Donworth; Fifteen years of service: Dr. Carol Awasu, Dr. Charles Awasu, Dr. Frank Chan, Dr. James Chin, Jackie Julien, Dr. Dongsu Kim, Dr. Stephen Maret, Earl Miller, Dr. Ronald Walborn, Dr. Kwi-Ryung Yun; Ten years of service: Jeffrey Cory, Dr. Michael Gillern, Melissa Hickey, Margaret Jennings, Dr. JoAnn Looney, Dr. Gwendolyn Parker-Ames, Steven Phillips, Dr. Cleotha Robertson, Dr. Jesse Stevens, Dr. Anita Underwood, Dr. Jacqueline Washington; Five years of service: Tiffany Austin, Dr. Gerard Becker, Nadra Cohens, Matthew Cornacchione, Cathleen George, Dr. Sharron Greaves, Jill Johnson, David Julien, James Long, Jr., Paul Manansala, Luanne McGann, Linda Mowery, Nancy Nunez, Nathaniel Perez, Traci Piescki, Dr. Orlando Rivera, Joan Spence, Dr. Frank Tuzi, Rosa Velez

2014 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Retreat

Centered around the theme, "Benedictine Archetypes of the Christian Life: Child, Worker, Warrior, Athlete, Student," the Arts and Sciences faculty and staff held their annual retreat this year on Nyack's Rockland campus. Rev. Br. Randy Greve, OHC, M.Div., Director of Associates, Holy Cross Monastery, was the guest speaker. In "The Prologue" of The Rule of St. Benedict, Benedict provides rich imagery in what it means to be a Christian called to monastic life. Using "The Prologue," faculty and staff reflected on what it means to be in a relationship with God as the child, worker, warrior, athlete, and student. They examined the biblical inspiration of these metaphors and their meaning and expression in their own lives.

Arts & Sciences Welcomes and Celebrates Student Success

The Division of Student Success recently joined with the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Arzola, dean of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Gwen Parker Ames, associate dean of the Division of Student Success, are excited about this partnership as they believe it will help enhance our academic support services to the Nyack College students.

Good News from the Amasi Trio

Amasi Trio violinist, Sungrai Sohn, underwent a successful liver transplant in May. To see his amazing journey, click here and view the "To Have and to Give" trailer of his first partial transplant donated by his brother-in-law.


The Amasi Trio--Dr. Tammy Lum, piano; Prof. Sungrai Sohn, violin; and Dr. Chungsun Kim, cello--launched the release of their new CD with a concert held in Pardington Hall on the Nyack College campus. For information on how to purchase the recording, click here. Copies can also be ordered by contacting Tammy Lum directly at Tammy.Lum@nyack.edu.

The Sixth Nyack Scholar's Symposium

In Search of Global Sustainability: Contributions from our Academic Disciplines

November 5, 2014, NYC campus; 3:35 pm - 8:45 pm

November 6, 2014, Rockland campus; 9:30 am - 3:45 pm

This year's keynote speaker is Kevin Danaher, Ph.D., Co-Founder of Global Exchange.

For more details on the Scholar's Symposium and to view the full-listing of upcoming CSGE fall events, visit http://www.nyack.edu/CSGE.

Hudson Link for Higher Education

In its continued partnership with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, the non-profit organization headed by Nyack College alumnus, Executive Director Sean Pica, the college was represented by a group of faculty and staff at Hudson Link's 2014 Spring Benefit Dinner at the Metropolitan Club in Manhattan. Pictured (l-r) are Lissette Robinson, Cynthia Dorsey, Sean Pica, Susie Mena, and Thalia Thompson.

Cool Causes

Dr. Amy Flavin spent two weeks in Mexico on a mission trip with her church.


Katie George was among Rockland leaders locked up on Thursday, September 4 at the Nyack Seaport in downtown Nyack where the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) held a fundraiser. Katie was among dozens of business and community leaders who agreed to be a part of MDA's staged lock-up. The MDA Lock-up is a creative way to help raise funds for summer camp programs for kids with MD, ALS, and other muscular diseases. Katie and other participants asked family, friends, and colleagues to make donations towards their "bail" to get out of "jail."

Good Reads

Shared by Dr. Marie Kenote

Favorite book of the summer: Mountain Rain, a biography of James O. Fraser, pioneer missionary to China, written by his daughter Eileen Fraser Crossman. At the age of 22, James Fraser, a concert pianist, abandoned a promising engineering career and went to Yunnan province, where he helped the Lisu tribespeople by bringing them the Gospel, developing a written language for them, and translating the Bible into their language.

Shared by Dr. James Nichols

My wife and I have been reading Timothy Keller's amazing books. We strongly recommend The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism and Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters.

Summer Splendor

Dr. Len Kageler and his wife, June, attended an academic conference in Helsinki, Finland, where he presented a paper. While there, they experienced the longest day of the year-the sun went down at 11:00 pm and rose by 3:45 am. Dr. Kageler said, "Helsinki summers never get dark enough to see stars at night, but the winters are dark with a capital D."  Following this trip, the Kagelers enjoyed several days in Coppenhagen, Denmark.


Dr. Maureen Kroning spent some quality time with her children and grandchildren this summer. She went on a camping trip... froze... and then bought a small 14-foot RV. She'll now be camping in style with the comforts of heat! The above photo is an awesome selfie of Dr. Kroning at a NY Yankee game with her older children. Good times!


Dr. Elaine Lux presented an academic paper in Paris, which was one highlight of her summer. Most of her time spent in Paris was at the conference but there were three tourist attractions she had time to visit: Giverny, the Louvre, and Musee de Cluny. Giverny, the home and studio of Monet, was by far her favorite spot. The above photo is of Dr. Lux at Giverny, on a bridge overlooking the pond where the water lilies grew that Monet so famously painted.

Baby Face

Congratulations to Gerard Becker who became a great-uncle three times in three months to two great-nephews and one great-niece. 


Catherine Cha, Esq. and husband Danny Cheong welcomed their first child, Alexandra Joy, on June 9, 2014. She weighed 5 lbs., 15 oz. and was 19" long.


Cayden Blair Cohens was born on Father's Day, June 15, 2014 at 10:47 am to Nadra (Student Financial Services) and husband Channing Cohens. Cayden weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz. and was 20 1/2" long. He joins big sister, Azaria and big brother, Caleb. Debbie Walker (Office of the President) was happy to welcome her fourth grandchild.


With her husband Ghiath, Amy Davis Abdallah welcomed Jaohar Abdallah into the world on August 27, 2014, weighing 6 lbs., 11 oz., and measuring 19 inches. Jaohar is a great blessing from God, and his parents are overjoyed.


Melissa Ruttanai (Social Media Coordinator) and husband Neil Friedman welcomed a son on September 12. Bryce Zander Friedman weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz.


Althea Session-Lovett (Student Financial Services) welcomed granddaughter, Marley J. Lovett, born on September 20. Marley weighed 4 lbs., 12 oz. and was 17" long.


Ron (ATS) and Wanda Walborn (Spiritual Formation) celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Isabella Maria, born on August 24. Isabella weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. and was 20-1/4" long. Parents, Brice and Megan (Ravas) Walborn, are both 2012 Nyack graduates.

Family Matters

In May, Dr. Marie Kenote traveled to Bellingham, WA to visit her father in the last stage of his life. He passed on to Heaven in July, and returned to Washington for his memorial service. In June, Dr. Kenote enjoyed researching family roots in Black Earth, WI at the church (Vermont Lutheran) where her great-great grandfather from Norway was a founding member.


Congratulations to AGSC Admissions Associate & AGSC student Jennifer "Mae" and husband Peter Kwon on their marriage. Their beautiful wedding took place on July 27 at sunset in Oyster Bay, NY. AGSC Associate Director of Admissions Nichole Knott-Craig & her husband Chris are pictured with the happy couple.


Congratulations to Dr. Maureen Kroning's 17 year-old twins who went off to college at the end of August. Kyle is attending Albright University in Pennsylvania, with a CIC scholarship, and Kayla is attending Gordon College in Massachusetts. She is proud of both their accomplishments! 


Marielle Pasquale Franey (Marketing, Rockland/NYC) and Ryan Franey were married on October 5 at Jacksonville Chapel in Lincoln Park, NJ. A reception followed at the Brownstone in NJ. Congratulations to the happy couple!
Keep us in the loop!

Please send your latest achievements including books published, research completed, honors received from professional organizations, fellowships awarded, oversight or development of service learning projects, and work with community organizations to Erica Videc at Erica.Videc@nyack.edu.

Please provide details (who, what, where, when, why) and the significance of news in relationship to our core values, where possible. High resolution digital photos that you can share for publication are welcome. (Please note: copy may be edited for length.)


Don't forget...you're invited to submit information to the "Life After Hours...On My Time Clock" section of Class Act. We want to hear about the books you've read; fun vacations you've taken; cooking/baking skills (share your recipes); family tree updates; good habits; and unknown talents. Share your good news with us!

Faculty Achievements 

Dr. Fernando Arzola, Jr.

Dr. Arzola's fourth book, Evangelical Christian Education: Mid-Twentieth-Century Foundational Texts, was published in April by Wipf & Stock. The book provides five of the most significant mid-twentieth-century foundational texts from the leading experts in the field of Evangelical Christian education: Charles B. Eavey; Frank E. Gaebelein; Findley B. Edge; Lois E. LeBar; and Lawrence O. Richards. For more information, click here.

Dr. Gerard Becker

Dr. Becker co-published a paper with Dr. A. Hallcom, adjunct professor of Nyack's MBA program, and D. Herrera entitled "A conceptual meta-analysis towards high performing organizational constructs: An organizational universe model" in the Journal of International and Strategic Studies, 2014 Vol. 9(2), 76-84. The paper was presented at the 2014 International Multidisciplinary Academic Conference held in Key West, Florida in March.

Prof. Marc D'Augusto

Prof. D'Agusto, art history adjunct, was the winner of the ArtSlant 3rd 2014 Showcase competition in the category of sculpture. Showcase winners have been designated as promising artists. For more information, click here.


Prof. D'Agusto's work will be displayed at two shows: The MFA National Competition at First Street Gallery in Chelsea, NY and an inclusion at Gateway Plaza Gallery's Emerald City Exhibit in Newark, NJ. For information about The First Street Gallery, click hereFor information about The Gateway Project, click here.

Dr. James Danaher

Dr. Danaher's latest book, The Second Truth: A Brief Introduction to the Intellectual and Spiritual Journey That Is Philosophy, was published by Paragon House in February 2014. Taken from the back cover, "We are born into families, language communities, and cultures that provide us with an initial understanding (first truth) through which to interpret our experience. Civilization advances, however, because certain authentic individuals like Copernicus, Socrates, and Jesus pursued a better way (second truth) to conceptualize and interpret their experience. Eventually, we inherit filtered versions of their second truth as part of our initial understanding, but such an understanding originated out of a specific form of thinking known as philosophy." To read more about this book and Dr. Danaher's previous publications, click here.

Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah

This fall Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah initiated the fifth cohort of Woman, the rite of passage program for Nyack College female seniors. With 26 participants, this is the largest class thus far. The ceremony was celebrated with 15 mentors and eight alumnae. Book of Womanhood written by Dr. Davis Abdallah is in its second version and is the text being studied. 

Dr. Jeffrey Dueck

Dr. Dueck published a chapter entitled "Religious Exclusivism and the Ethics of Diversity," in Civility, Religious Pluralism, and Education, published by Routledge. This book focuses on the problem of religious diversity, civil dialogue, and religion education in public schools, exploring the ways in which atheists, secularists, fundamentalists, and mainstream religionists come together in the public sphere, examining how civil discourse about religion fits within the ideals of the American political and pedagogical systems and how religious studies education can help to foster civility and toleration. For more information, click here.

Dr. Amy Flavin

Dr. Flavin completed the research and writing of her dissertation having earned a doctorate from Northeastern University. Her research was focused on the impact of social media involvement on identity development in adolescent girls entitled "The New Playground: Bumps, Bruises and Social Capital."

Dr. Jonathan Gates

Dr. Gates' book of poems, Summer's Lease Too Short a Date, was published by Finishing Line Press in January. His poems have also appeared in Shawangunk Review, The Fine Print, Scribner's Encyclopedia of American Lives, and College Faith.

Dr. Len Kageler

Dr. Kageler was a mainstage speaker in May at a youth worker event, Youthwork Summit 2014, in Birmingham, United Kingdom. While in the U.K., he spent a day lecturing in classrooms at the University of Bristol and spent a day providing staff training for a large parachurch organization, Youthscape, based north of London.


Dr. Kageler's book, Youth Ministry in a Multifaith Society: Forming Christian Identity Among Skeptics, Syncretists, and Sincere Believers of Other Faiths, was published by InterVarsity Press in May. InterVarsity Press reported on the advanced reviews of this book saying, "these endorsements are stunning." To read the reviews, click here.


To read more about Dr. Kageler, visit his webpage at lenkageler.squarespace.com.

Dr. Marie Kenote

Dr. Kenote attended the Macro Analysis Creative Research Organization Conference (MACRO) in Madison, WI in June. MACRO's goal is "to promote musical understanding through a practical synthesis of analysis, pedagogy, performing, composition, and informal listening." In July, she attended the "Colloquy on Christian Education" in NYC with speaker Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD). She also collaborated with Dr. Tammy Lum in a performance in Shuman Hall on the Rockland campus for the Atlantic Bridge youth visiting from Hungary.


Dr. Kenote visited a Benedictine Monastery, Holy Wisdom, in Middleton, WI, where she participated in singing psalms and where she attended a workshop on "Psalms and Prayer" led by Stephen Honeygosky, OSB. Dr. Kenote visited a Benedictine Monastery, Mount St. Benedict, in Erie, PA, where she enjoyed the rhythm of the life of prayer and praise, while having time to fellowship with the Sisters over meals and conversations.

Dr. Maureen Kroning

Dr. Kroning wrote a brief article for iCNN, an online site entitled Emergency Preparedness: A Must in Today's World. To read the article, click here.


Dr. Kroning and Nyack student Jason Carhart collaborated on the research and writing of an article, which was published in the Journal of Nursing. Click here to read "Going Against the Norm: Treating Cancer as a Metabolic Disease."


Dr. Kroning's article entitled "Advanced Directives Education: A Critical Need" is the Oct/Nov. issue cover story for the Journal of Christian Nursing. Her article, "The Importance of Integrating Active Learning in Education," was published in June.


This summer, Dr. Kroning worked alongside nursing educators at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY to develop and implement an interactive educational program for nurses and ancillary staff to improve the patient's hospital experience. The program was well-received. She was voted in as president of the Professional Nurses Association of Rockland County, a community nursing organization.


Dr. Mayra Lopez-Humphreys

Dr. Lopez-Humphreys participated in the Summit: World Change through Faith and Justice Conference from June 18-21 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She was invited to serve as a panelist on a discussion regarding Racial and Ethnic Implicit Bias. The panel provided insights into how the Church might begin to dismantle implicit bias within its structures and culture. The annual Sojourner's-sponsored summit conference selects 300 invitation-only leaders from a variety of faith-based sectors to meet, discuss, strategize, and create opportunities to act on some of the most pressing justice issues in our nation and world.


Dr. Lopez-Humphreys published an article in the July edition of Sojourner's Magazine, Faith in Action for Social Justice newsletter entitled "Silence: A Path to Action."

To read the article, click here.

Dr. Elaine Lux

Dr. Lux's article entitled "The Narrative Shaping of Meaning in Gail Godwin's A Southern Family: Why Fiction?" was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Narrative Works, 3.2 (2013): 29-48. For more information, click here.


Her article, "Release from Torment: Finding Grace in Arthur Miller's After the Fall, John Osborne's Luther, and C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces," was accepted for publication in a book on Luther. It is an expanded and enriched version of the paper she presented at the NE Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature (St. Francis College).


Dr. Lux presented a paper, "Fiction and the Illness Narrative: Wrestling Meaning in, and through, Hugh Cook's Heron River," at the Narrative Matters 2014 conference at the American University in Paris. For more information on this paper, click here.

Prof. Bradley McDuffie

Prof. McDuffie published a poem, "From New York to North Dakota At First Light," in North Dakota Quarterly (NDQ), Volume 79, 3-4. North Dakota Quarterly is a literary journal whose roots extend back to the early days of the University of North Dakota. One of the famous "little magazines" that have been the traditional seed beds of talented writers, it puts UND on the map while contributing to the nation's cultural and artistic life. Click here for more information on NDQ.

Dr. Steven Notley and Prof. Jeffrey Garcia co-published an article in Biblical Archaeology Review entitled "Queen Helena's Jerusalem Palace--In a Parking Lot?" To read the full article, click here 

Dr. Peter Park

Dr. Park was involved in a "BioBlitz" event at the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx in September. During a BioBlitz, biologists intensely survey wildlife within a designated site for 24 hours. This data can then be used for a variety of research purposes. Dr. Park represented Nyack College as the event's Fish Taxon leader. He led groups of students to seine parts of the lakes and the Bronx River at the gardens to identify the types of fish inhabiting this area of the Bronx. Click here for more information.

Dr. Larry Poston

Dr. Larry Poston

Dr. Poston co-authored a paper with Nyack student Pamela Code entitled "Not Going Gentle into that Good Night: Science and Religion in the Face of Death." This paper was co-presented to the Evangelical Theological Society in spring 2013 and then at the Nyack Scholar's Symposium last fall. Baylor University's Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging has accepted it for publication.


Dr. Poston published a review on "Theosis, Sino-Christian Theology and the Second Chinese Enlightenment: Heaven and Humanity in Unity" in Missiology: An International Review. Continuing in the tradition of its predecessor, Practical Anthropology, Missiology is a forum for the exchange of ideas and research between missiologists and others interested in related subjects. To read the book review, click hereFor more information on Missiology, click here.

Dr. James Romaine

Dr. Romaine's book, ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art, was published by Cascade Books in 2014. This anthology of seventeen essays explores the applications of art historical methodologies to the history of Christianity and the visual arts. Over the last two decades, there has been a growing scholarly interest in the rich and diverse history of Christianity and the visual arts. ReVisioning provides strategies for a renewed seeing of this history. For more information, click here.


Dr. Romaine published "Duration, Direction, Devotion" in ArtWay. The essay focuses on the use of visual arts in devotional meditation. ArtWay intends to bring Christian art and reflection about art to a greater public. To read the essay, click here.

Dr. Lisa Steiner

Dr. Steiner worked with three AGSC students, Sabrina Durand, Dawn Groves, and Charletta Rozzell, on a 20-page scholarly research article entitled "Effect of Initiator Status, Spiritual Well-Being, and Social Infidelity on Men's Divorce Adjustment." This article is an outgrowth from Dr. Steiner's fall 2013 AGSC Research Methods and Analysis class where a study on 103 divorced men was completed. Results indicated that spiritual well-being can predict 21% of the divorce adjustment in men, proving that this research promotes the importance of spiritual well-being in mental health. This article will be submitted for publication to the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, an APA peer-reviewed journal.

Dr. Elizabeth Swanson

Dr. Swanson began her second season as the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Jubilee Chorus, a NYC-based Christian community choir. All faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to sing with the Jubilee Chorus! The ensemble wishes to proclaim a message of hope and healing through music and to empower God's people with the gifts of music and fellowship. During the coming months, the Jubilee Chorus will bring its ministry to The Bowery Mission and NYC Rescue Mission as well as present their annual Christmas program. The chorus rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Nyack College Manhattan campus. More information can be found hereIf you are interested in joining the Jubilee Chorus or have questions, e-mails can be sent to:  info@jubileechorus.com.


Dr. Swanson published a four-page article entitled "August 4, 1964 -- 50 Years Later" in the Choral Journal (American Choral Directors Association). The article is about a musical work, August 4, 1964, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky. Scored for large chorus and full orchestra, the themes of this musical work focus on events from the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War during Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency. The summer of 2014 marked 50 years since this transformational and tumultuous time in American history. The Choral Journal is the leading publication in choral music, circulating to more than 20,000 readers each month.

Dr. Ron Walborn

Dr. Walborn was interviewed by Rich Birch, Operations Pastor at Liquid Church of New Jersey. During the interview, Dr. Walborn addresses some of the pressures of church leadership today and how an institution like ATS is attempting to prepare students for ministry and helping existing pastors lead better. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Dr. Steven Ware

Dr. Ware's book, When Was Jesus Really Born?: Early Christianity, the Calendar, and the Life of Jesus, was published by Concordia Publishing House in 2013. Beginning with an exploration of the essential calendar dates of Jesus' life, it goes on to explain the development of the Easter calendar, and why the dates of Easter are so varied today.


His essay, "The Stones of Easter: Stone Inscriptions of the Easter Calendar from the Late Ancient through Late Medieval Eras," was published in Mittelalterliche Astronomische Grossuhren (Leipzig: Akademische Verlagsanstalt, 2014). This volume contains the presentations made at the Sixth International Symposium on Astronomical Clocks at Rostock, Germany in 2012.


Dr. Ware invites interested readers to peruse a variety of materials at his recently launched website, Where's Ware?


Dr. Jacqueline Washington

Dr. Washington published a case study on a genetic disorder commonly found in the Amish and based on a true story in the book, Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies with Quantitative Reasoning in Biology. This book helps to promote scientific and data literacy in ways to prepare students to reason quantitatively and, as the authors write, "to be astute enough to demand to see the evidence." For more information on the text, click here.

Dr. Andrzej Wlodarczyk

Dr. Wlodarczyk's book, Academe Demarcated No More: Disciplines and Interdisciplinarity: Multiple Case Study of Collaborative Teaching in Higher Education, was published by Authorhouse in July. Dr. Wlodarczyk says, "The purpose of this three-year long multiple qualitative case study was to explore and gain an in-depth understanding of the process of collaborative teaching as an alternative method of instruction in higher education. It was my intention to identify distinct stages of the process and depict issues involved in it. Comprehensive synthesis of acquired observations provides pedagogical and curricular insights for students, faculty, administrators, and broader academic community in the context of existing research. The collaborations were conducted by three teams of faculty members teaching in a major research university."

Dr. Keyone Kale Yu

Dr. Yu received the 2014 Columbia University Libraries Research Award. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to scholars whose research proposals demonstrate a compelling need to consult Columbia University Libraries holdings for their work. Dr. Yu's project is entitled "Conceiving a Religious and Social Movement: Henry G. Appenzeller in Late Nineteenth Century Korea." For more information, click here.


Dr. Yu was honored by Wheaton College's Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals (ISAE). He was selected as one of the winners of the Diversity in American Evangelicalism research travel grants. Dr. Yu was recognized for his work on Korean immigrant congregations in the New York City area. For more information on the ISAE, click here.

Staff Achievements

Mrs. Christy Choi

Christy Choi earner her second master's degree in Library Science. She began her studies at Southern Connecticut State University and completed her degree at Queen's College, City College of New York. Christy says, "I couldn't have done it without the help from my loving family and awesome colleagues at Bailey Library. Once again through this journey, I found that 'all things are possible in HIM.'"

Mr. Earl Miller

Earl Miller, Nyack's executive director of community relations, represented the college at several events this year. He was guest speaker at Suffern United Methodist Church's Martin Luther King, Jr. service, where Nyack professor Rev. K. Kale Yu is pastor and at the Orange & Rockland Black History Month event. Miller participated in the Rockland Community College "Evening of Hope Fundraiser" celebrating the life of the late Melissa Dimataris, a RCC performing arts student. He is pictured above with officials of the four member colleges of Rockland Colleges Care (l-r, Earl Miller; Dr. Kirk Manning, vice president and dean of student development, St. Thomas Aquinas; Sister Mary Eileen O'Brien, president of Dominican College; and Dr. Cliff L. Wood, president of Rockland Community College.)


Mr. Miller was recently quoted in the cover story of the Sunday Journal News "Diverse Yet Separated." The article focuses on the Lower Hudson's diverse population, which in many towns is still divided along racial lines. Read the article here.

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