A newsletter for alumni of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary
Spring 2016  


Welcome to Nyack Nation--a publication created just for you filled with the latest achievements and life events of Nyack & ATS alumni. Please share your news and stories on our website or by emailing them to alumni@nyack.edu. And keep the conversation going on Twitter and Facebook using #NyackNation and #NyackCollege. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Congratulations to our newest alumni, the Class of 2016!

More than 660 graduates joined the more than 32,000 alumni serving in over 80 nations around the globe at Nyack's 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 7, 2016.
 
"Commencement celebrates the past and ushers in the future. We acknowledge the accomplishments our graduates have achieved over these past few years. We salute the assignments they have completed, the lessons they have learned, and the challenges they have overcome. Amidst all of this we recognize that they have built character, forged relationships, and pursued dreams. We are thankful for what has occurred."
~Dr. Michael G. Scales, Nyack/ATS President
 
Visit our gallery of Commencement photos here.

2016 Nyack College Opportunity Golf Classic

The Nyack College Opportunity Golf Classic has been a popular tradition for more than a decade. This year's event will once again be held at the historic Saint Andrew's Golf Club in Westchester County on Thursday, September 15. Saint Andrew's is America's oldest continuously existing golf club and is recognized as the first host of the U.S. Open and a founding club of the USGA. Today's course, with updated designs by Jack Nicklaus, is highly regarded by professionals and amateurs.
 
For more info, visit www.nyack.edu/golfclassic or contact Earl Miller, Executive Director of Community Relations, at earl.miller@nyack.edu or 845-675-4791.

Homecoming 2016: October 14-15

Homecoming 2016 is just a few short months away and we're already busy planning a family-friendly, event-filled weekend for our alumni and friends. We hope you'll plan to join us in October on the Nyack, NY campus for this annual tradition! In the meantime, visit the Homecoming webpage for details to come soon, and to view the photo gallery from Homecoming 2015!

Did you graduate in '66, '76, '86, '91, '96, or '06? If yes, 2016 is a milestone reunion year for you! No one knows better than you what made your class so special. What was "trending" during your Nyack years? Consider this your invitation to take the lead in planning what your reunion will look like. Call Erica Videc in the Alumni Office at 845-675-4426 or Erica.Videc@nyack.edu. We want to hear from you! 

GENERAL NEWS

'67 Ruth Ann Shover served as a missionary for 41 years in Chile and retired in 2011. This photo of Ruth was taken in Chicago, her hometown. Ruth reminisces and says, "I have great memories of Nyack."
 

'77 Judith Harding successfully completed her doctoral degree in administration and supervision from Fordham University and received her diploma in May 2016. Judith says, "It has been an eventful journey. I am truly grateful to God and give Him all the glory."
 

'86 Timothy Armstrong has been appointed as pastor of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Gospel Chapel in Whitesville, NY. The small congregation of about 23 people meets for services and Sunday school on Sundays and for prayer on Wednesdays. For the past 30 years, Rev. Armstrong has been a pastor and minister serving in small churches in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut. He says, "I love to help the churches out, the small, struggling churches that no one else will take on and giving them hope."
 

'96 Nicholas Dean, having nearly 20 years of military service, advanced to lieutenant colonel in the New York Air National Guard during a ceremony at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia. Nicholas serves as director of complaint resolution with the 109th Airlift Wing's Inspector General Office and executive officer of the New York National Guard Counter-drug Task Force. He has served as a personnel officer, logistics officer, services flight commander, force support operations officer, and force support squadron commander. In September 2001, he augmented security and support missions at the World Trade Center site.
 
'99 Joel Baldomir Ph.D., was appointed Faculty Director of Liberal Studies at Marist College. Dr. Baldomir and his team have helped make Marist College's Liberal Studies program one of the top 50 undergraduate programs in the country, according to both the 2015 and 2016 "US News & World Report Best Online Programs Rankings."
'07 Thomas R. Smith, a Kearsarge Regional Elementary School teacher, has been awarded the 2016 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The sabbatical, created in 1986 in honor of the late Concord High School teacher and astronaut and administered by the Foundation, gives an exemplary New Hampshire teacher a year off with pay and a materials budget to bring a great educational idea to fruition.
 
During his sabbatical, Thomas will create a curriculum focused on the ecosystem of the state's rocky shoreline--in partnership with the UNH SeaTrek Program, Seacoast Science Center, New England Aquarium, and a local artist and book publisher. Smith's curriculum will be made available at no cost to New Hampshire school districts. He will travel the state offering free professional development workshops for teachers and for college students aspiring to be teachers. To read more, click here.


'11 Daryl Lobban has joined the Massachusetts Council of Churches (MCC) as the first Director of External Relationships, following an extensive search of talented candidates from across the country. Rev. Lobban is a fourth-generation Holiness-Pentecostal pastor, ordained by the Church of God of Prophecy in his hometown of New York City. For the past four years, Rev. Lobban has served as the youth, children, and family pastor at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston. He has led and coordinated many ecumenical events around mental health and sexual violence in the church. MCC Executive Director Rev. Laura Everett says, "Rev. Lobban loves church and loves the breadth of God's people. I am thrilled Daryl has chosen to bring his demonstrated skills and talents to the Massachusetts Council of Churches. We need just his gregarious, joyful energy to reach out to the widest parts of the church in Massachusetts." 
 

'12 Gavin S. Penny was named head coach of Husson University men's soccer team, having been selected from a pool of 87 applicants. In addition to coaching soccer, Gavin will also work in the facilities and event management department. Gavin was a four-year starter during his time at Nyack and following graduation, served as assistant coach for two years at Nyack. Gavin said in a news release, "It is an honor to be given the responsibility to lead such an incredible group of young men and one I will embrace."

'14 Glauco Lima received a rave review on his new album Once Upon a TimeThe CD "is an excellent example of a Brazilian under the jazz influence, and the result is a fabulous aural portrait that bridges the divide between jazz and Brazilian popular music. Lima's fantastic ability to entrance the listener through multiple styles and his piano playing, full of dynamics displays a rich musical maturity. Lima explains, "Once Upon a Time was born with a very simple concept: bring to life the amazing cultural nuances of contemporary jazz merged with the richness of Brazilian music, the roots of classical music, and the passion of Latin music." (Taken from All About Jazz). To read the complete review, click here.
 

'15 Brittany (Sasse) Kim accepted a position with Young Life, a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school, and college-aged kids in all 50 of the United States as well as more than 90 countries around the world.
 

'15 Jelani Pinnock has been happily married to his wife of four years, Niasia. Together they have a three-year-old daughter and a newborn baby girl. Jelani has traveled as a professional vocalist and recording artist for nearly 13 years. As an itinerant and local church worship leader, Jelani has shared the stage with some of the most notable names in Christianity today including Francis Chan, James Nam Soo Kim, Tim Keller, John Piper, Jeff Deyo, William P. Young, Chris Broussard, and many other anointed leaders. Jelani graduated with Nyack College's class of 2015, having obtained a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry with a minor in Bible and theology. Jelani has a heart for pastoral ministry and developing leaders. He recently joined the Grace Church staff in Cleveland, OH as a full-time worship pastor.
 
ENGAGEMENTS / WEDDINGS
Congratulations to the happy couples!

'13 Jon and '15 Catherine (Meher) Lang were married on April 30, 2016 at their church, The River, in Pearl River, NY.

'15 Joseph Ciccarello and '16 Natalie Quinn will be married on June 4, 2016 in Warwick, NY. Natalie is the daughter of Nyack alumnus and Vice President for College Relations, Jeff Quinn ('84), and wife, Darlene (Upfold) Quinn.

'16 Joshua and '16 Karly (Walborn) Schoch were married on May 15, 2016 at The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills in Stony Point, NY. Karly is the daughter of Ron Walborn (NC '84, ATS '88) and Wanda (Haggerty) Walborn (NC '84, ATS '03)
NEW ADDITIONS
Congratulations to the happy families!

'01 (BS) '10 (MSOL) Margaret (Nagy) Jennings and husband, Brian, welcomed baby boy John David Jennings born on February 29, 2016. John David weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. Big brother Charles and big sister Francesca were excited to welcome their new brother. 


'03 (BS) '10 (AGSC) Alicia (Haggerty) Moroney and husband, Matthew Moroney ('05 BS; '07 ATS), welcomed baby girl Leilani Faith on May 10 at 11:58 a.m. in Jerusalem. Leilani weighed 7.45 lbs. and measured 20-3/4 inches. Leilani joins big brother Liam and big sister Pria.
'04 Helena (Poston) Hewlett and husband, Mathew, welcomed their third son, Henry Asher, born on April 28, 2016 at 12:29 p.m. Henry weighed 8 lbs., 10 oz. and measured 20 inches long. Big brothers Caleb and Jacob couldn't be more excited!


'07 (BS) '10 (MS) Marielle (Pasquale) Franey and husband, Ryan, welcomed baby boy Michael Anthony on April 28, 2016. Michael Anthony weighed 6 lbs., 3 oz. and was 19.5" long. 


'13 (BS) '15 (ATS) Michelle (Makela) Belo and husband Tom Belo ('14) welcomed baby girl Sophia Rose on December 13, 2015. She weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz. and measured 19 inches long.

'14 Mitchell Woodford and wife, Darcie, welcomed baby girl Ananias Yanis born on March 2, 2016. Ananias Yanis weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. 
 
'15 Jelani Pinnock and wife, Niasia, welcomed their second daughter on March 24, 2016. Amalya Michelle Zuri Pinnock, meaning "beautiful work of God," weighed 7 lbs., 2 oz.
HOMEGOINGS
Condolences to the family and friends of the following deceased alumni.

'49 Mary Lois Chandler passed away on April 28, 2016 at the age of 95. Lois received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Taylor University and later became a graduate nurse from Indiana University. Feeling a call to missions, she attended Nyack College where she worked as college nurse to help pay for her education. Following her graduation from Nyack in 1949, she served from 1950-1954 at the Dalat School for Missionary Children in Vietnam, where in addition to being a nurse, she was a mother to the girls, playing games and reading them bedtime stories. The Dalat School evacuated Vietnam following the bombing of the Embassy in 1965 and was moved to Thailand and then again to Malaysia. Lois returned to the U.S. in 1985 and retired. In 1996 she moved to Chapel Pointe where she was involved with the ministry of the chapel and sang in the chapel choir. Lois was a member of the Missionary Prayer Fellowship Committee as assistant treasurer and then treasurer.
 

'49 Paul N. Smith, 93, went home to be with the Lord on March 22, 2016. Following his high school graduation, Rev. Smith began studying for the ministry, but gave up his divinity student deferment to serve his country as a combat medic in the Philippines during World War II for which he was awarded a Bronze Star. After the war, he resumed his studies, graduating from Shelton and Nyack Colleges and attending Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Denver, CO. In December 1948 he married Louise Lankhorst, and in 1952 they went to Bolivia as missionaries. Because of health reasons, they returned from Bolivia and Paul entered the ministry, pastoring churches in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey. He started Calvary Baptist Church in Oceanport, NJ in 1958 which is still thriving. After the death of his first wife, he married Virginia Schell on October 7, 2006, who became his dear friend, companion, and caregiver for the remaining years of his life.
'50 Elaine (Diehl) Mann, 87, passed away December 30, 2015. She was a longtime resident of Blauvelt until moving to Texas in 2011. She was a 1950 graduate of Nyack College and a charter member of Simpson Memorial Church. She worked for Africa Inland Mission as a tax preparer for over 20 years. Her husband Arthur L. Mann preceded her in death in 1981.
 
'54 Jean (Rupp) Harris, 89, passed into the presence of the Lord on February 7, 2016. Jean earned a master's degree at New York University, and later met her husband, Oliver, at Nyack College. The couple married in 1954. Jean served as a missionary and teacher in Quito, Ecuador for two years then returned to New York. Following the births of their two daughters, Jean enjoyed staying at home with the girls, hosting Women's Heart to Heart meetings, teaching Sunday school and playing the organ and piano for church. She began teaching English as a second language to Asians and began an Asian Bible study.
 

'67 Glenn A. Creveling passed away on March 17, 2016 at the age of 71. Glenn graduated from Nyack with a Bachelor of Music degree, then continued his studies at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, earning his Master of Divinity degree. He also received his Doctor of Ministry degree from the former Palmer Theological Seminary. Rev. Dr. Creveling served as Minister of Music and Evangelism at Garfield Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI. His pastoral positions included: Broad Street Christian Alliance Church (Logansport, IN); Llanerch Hills Chapel (Havertown, PA); Red Lion (DE) Evangelical Free Church; and Trinity Evangelical Free Church (Willow Street, PA).
 
His love for playing the trumpet was shared with many. He often played at Grace Community Church where he was an active member. He also enjoyed his garden, all Philadelphia sports teams, and anything related to the outdoors. He had been married to Darlene (Mulvena '62) for 49 years at the time of his passing.

'04 (BS) '05 (MS) Donna Marie Leto, 33, passed away on March 28, 2016. She was born March 31, 1982 in New Brunswick, NJ and was a school teacher at Sawgrass Bay Elementary School at the time of her passing. Survivors include her son Caleb (age 4) and her parents Diane and Peter Leto.
 

'09 Jonathan E. Perez, 37, passed away on January 31, 2016. Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Jonathan moved to New Jersey in 1990. He was a parishioner of the First Hispanic Reformed Church, Newark, and of Liquid Church, Nutley, and worked as a teacher's assistant at the Deron School in Montclair. Jonathan is survived by his wife Jasmine (Fuentes) Perez, parents Roland and Nadia (Czernenko) Perez, sisters Ruth Trujillo and Rachel Darley, and niece Nadia Sofia Trujillo.


Edna (Woodworth) Clark Shaffner, 90, passed away on April 5, 2016. Edna attended Nyack until 1947 before graduating from Houghton College in 1949 with a degree in English, and later earned a master's degree from SUNY Albany. Following graduation, Edna was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at Nigata University, Japan, but instead accepted a position in the Department of English at Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School (JYCS) where she worked for 40 years. In 1954, she married Robert A. Clark of Swan Lake at the First Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville. They were married for 37 years when Robert passed away in May 1991. Together they had two daughters, Lois and Lila. In October 1994, Edna married Douglass Shaffner, who predeceased her in July 2008.
 
 
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