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Dr. Glenn Koponen | Dean, School of Music
1. What brought you to Nyack?
In the providence of God, I first received a phone call in Vails Gate, NY that Nyack College urgently needed a brass adjunct. This was a few weeks before school was to start.  I was a grad student at The Juilliard School, newly married to Marcia, my college sweetheart, and in a three-year stint with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
2. What is your favorite Nyack College experience?
The surprise performance in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, of my arrangement of Zion's Walls by the combined Chorales on April 5, 2013. All rehearsals were hidden from my hearing, and Cindy Reeder hid the printed programs from me the day of the concert. Elizabeth Swanson conducted and the tempo was perfect.
3. Favorite food:
Salmon, cooked by Chef Jason Temco in the Nyack College Cafeteria. He's the best and taught me the tricks of the trade! Second choice, red raspberries in any shape or form. Third choice, the Finnish Cloudberry, a large yellow raspberry (available only in Finland during the summer when the sun never sets!)
4. Latest interesting read:
Choosing a Good Life, by Ali Berman. Beginning with our own violin instructor, Prof. Sungrai Sohn, the author interviews ten professionals in various fields who face challenges, some extreme, which they have succeeded to overcome, each in their own way. On Friday, October 7, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., Nyack College will host a public awareness concert titled "Donate to Life." This outstanding violin recital and video presentation is designed to educate the public on the life-saving benefits of organ donation of which Sungrai is a recipient. Save the date and bring a friend! This promises to be a fantastic evening for a wonderful cause (no admission charge). 
5. Unknown talent or interesting fact about yourself:
I am not generally considered to be an interesting person and am still searching for an unknown talent. However, it may interest some readers to learn that the primary research for my doctoral dissertation was conducted in Helsinki and Hämeenlinna, Finland. Finnish is among the Western world's most difficult languages, with its 15-25 case endings (depending on how they are counted) and no prepositions. Two years of Finnish language study at Columbia University helped tremendously.
6. Anything else you would like to include?
The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) encourages music executives to be levelheaded, student-centered, focused on music, and to have a sense of humor. Good advice for all music faculty, and all other faculty and staff by extension! 
Ms. Barb Shiffer | Human Resources Assistant
1. What brought you to Nyack? 
I was raised in an Alliance church in Scranton, PA. My pastor was a graduate of Nyack and it seemed every Sunday he would talk to me about attending Nyack. At the time I did not feel led to come here to school, but Pastor Corby encouraged me to consider working here. That was 46 years ago.

2. What is your favorite Nyack College experience?
In 2012 I had the privilege of going on the Winterim trip to the Philippines. It was a wonderful, but hard experience seeing people who have nothing but always smiling and thankful for what they have.
3. Favorite food: 
I like Italian, Chinese, and seafood.
4. Unknown talent: 
I played the glockenspiel in my high school marching band and orchestra.
5. Interesting fact about yourself: 
My friend told me my interesting fact is that "I'll try anything once." 
6. Anything else you would like to include: 
It's been a wonderful experience getting to know the students and seeing how God has used them in full-time ministry. A lot of the students who came when I did went overseas, and I am still in contact with many of them.
Dr. Elizabeth Simon | Dean, School of Nursing  

Dr. Elizabeth Simon completed her Fulbright-Nehru Academic Excellence Scholarship period. She taught critical care nursing topics to different levels of students in three different academic institutions: Choithram College of Nursing, Indore; Sister Florence College of Nursing, Kolkata; and Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. A total of 630 had attended these classes. She attended four national conferences in four different locations (Mangalore, Bhilai, Pune, and Indore) and made presentations on topics such as NCLEX-RN style questions, U.S. nursing curriculum, and technology in nursing education. A total of 2,700 attended these presentations. In addition to teaching, she also attended various community events such as an AIDS walk, Womens' Day, Youth Day, and Cancer Awareness Day.
Research tool evaluation for MS and Ph.D. students in nursing was a new experience for her. In spite of India-wide travel, she peer reviewed a book entitled Non communicable diseases by multiple authors, and published two articles, "The need of 'Pre hospital care in India'" in Youth Action, a magazine for value education and enlightened leadership, and "Building Nursing Visibility" in Journal of Nursing Research Society of India. She secured a travel grant to Sri Lanka and conducted "up-skill sessions" for nurses in two hospitals in Colombo. Furthermore, she visited eight hospitals in official capacity in India and Sri Lanka and enjoyed the Asian hospitality. During Winterim, three Nyack College senior nursing students, Maya Baker, Lauren Lebo, and Victoria Bollivar, travelled to India to be with Dr. Simon and get clinical experience for two weeks (pictured above). In essence, this Fulbright experience is cherished as her "tea break" from the U.S. Now she is revising her 2010 book, ICU Guide, to be printed in India.
Nyack Campus Community Celebrates Faculty and Staff
The annual Nyack College faculty-staff luncheon was held on the Rockland campus on May 9. Each year, one member of the faculty and one member of the staff receives the Commitment to Mission Award. The 2016 faculty honor went to Associate Professor of Mental Health, Dr. Elaine Eng. The staff Commitment to Mission Award went to Systems Engineer, Henok Ephraim.

Service awards were presented to the following employees:
Twenty-five years of service: Penny Foland, Dr. Martin Sanders; Twenty years of service: Keith Davie, James Muckell; Fifteen years of service: Michele Blanck, Christy Choi, Melverne Coates, Dr. Dion Harrigan, Dr. Susanne Hartl, Dr. Sherry Jarrett, Dr. Marie Kenote, Jenny Lee, Dr. In Hak Moon, Dr. Steven Notley, Dr. Sue Talley, Wanda Velez, Mick Williams; Ten years of service: Gregory Beeman, Melanie Caraballo-Soto, Dr. Deanna Kwan, Darlene Loper, Dr. Scott Reitz; Five years of service: Heather Butcher, Joshua Dyke, Marielle Franey, Catherine Langholff, Dr. Jang Ki Lim, Dr. Peter Park, Dr. Antoinette Rivera, Dr. Ching-Ching Ruan, Jennifer Scott, Dr. Wenbo Yan, Dr. Kale Yu
2016 Nyack College Opportunity Golf Classic
You're invited to be a part of an enjoyable tradition--the Nyack College Opportunity Golf Classic--a fundraiser to support our students in their pursuit of Christian higher education here at Nyack College/ATS. This year's event will once again be held at the historic Saint Andrew's Golf Club in Westchester County on Thursday, September 15.
You are encouraged to join our effort to make a difference in the lives of young people and to welcome community supporters of our institution! For special pricing for faculty, staff, and their families, please contact Earl Miller, Executive Director of Community Relations, at or 845-675-4791.
A Faculty Meet & Greet at Homecoming 2016!
Ever wonder what students do after graduation? Where does life take them after Nyack? You can find out at Homecoming 2016! Sure, alumni come back to campus to be reunited with their friends and visit their old stomping grounds, but they are also looking for YOU! We want you there, too!
This year, we are planning a Meet and Greet with Nyack/ATS Faculty reception on Saturday, October 15 (time and location to be determined.) Alumni want you to know how you impacted their lives and where they are now because of YOU. So please, come to Homecoming 2016 and hear their stories! Can we count on you to be our guests of honor?
Please contact Jeff Quinn at to confirm your attendance at this reception.
Baby Face

Marielle Franey and husband, Ryan, welcomed baby boy Michael Anthony on April 28, 2016. Michael Anthony weighed 6 lbs., 3 oz. and was 19.5 inches long.
Jennifer Hong and husband, Jae, welcomed baby boy Luke Sukim Hong on Tuesday, May 24. Luke weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz. and measured 19.5 inches long. 

Margie 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.

Peter Park and wife, Semi, welcomed baby girl Elliana Choi Park on June 16, 2016. Elliana weighed 7 lbs., 6 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. 

Mitchell Woodford and wife, Darcie, welcomed baby girl Ananias Yanis born on March 2, 2016. Ananias Yanis weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz. 
Cool Causes

Steve Phillips and wife, Jacqueline, are volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Rockland County. They began working with their 14-year-old "Little Brother" Joe in April 2012. Joe loves sports, so Steve and Jacqueline cheer him on at basketball, soccer, and lacrosse games. They host Joe to dinner at their home as well as taking him out to dinner occasionally. They have taken Joe on outings such as kayaking, miniature golfing, and go-kart racing. Recently, Steve and Jacqueline's community service has involved helping spread the word about BBBS.
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Faculty Achievements 
Dr. Vilma "Nina" Balmacedahas participated in many international and local conferences during her sabbatical. She presented several lectures at the 20th Anniversary of the Paz y Esperanza Association conference in Lima, Peru in January entitled, "Building Shalom: The Four Basic Functions of Biblical Justice;" "Human Rights and the Internationally Recognized Rights of Indigenous Communities;" and "The Principles of Restorative Justice and their Application to Cases of Sexual Exploitation." She presented a module on "Community Building and Peacebuilding in Contexts of Armed Conflict" at the International Graduate School of Leadership in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines in February. Dr. Balmaceda's keynote presentation, "The Church and Politics," and workshop presentation on "The Church, Citizenship and Civic Engagement" were presented at the Christian Community Development Conference, Micah Global in Germany in June. She was also the keynote speaker at the Biennial Consultation on the Latin American Theological Fellowship on "Corruption in Latin America" in Peru in June. In addition to her keynote presentation on "The Church and its Civic and Social Responsibilities," Dr. Balmaceda presented a workshop, "From Conflict to Community: Peacebuilding in Latin America."

Dr. Gerard Becker's book, DIGIPERSON: A Socio-Technological Odyssey, co-authored with Dr. Richard L Ponschock, was published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on February 16, 2016. The MBA program hosted a workshop and a book signing for this book in April at the city campus. 
Victoria Bond, a Nyack NYC campus artist-in-residence, was producer and artistic director for the Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in April 2016. Victoria Bond was also one of Juilliard's 2016 alumna profiles. To read the complete interview, click here.
Dr. Gordon Boronow's article, "How Should Christians Process the 2016 Stock Market Retreat?," was published by The Christian Post on January 28. To read the complete article, click here.

Dr. Christopher Dost's
book, The Sub-Loco Notes in the Former Prophets of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia, was published in March by Gorgias Press. He was also awarded the Edith Marks Prize in Semantics from the Jewish Theological Seminary in the spring. 
Dr. Suzanne Hartl was awarded an Oikonomia Fellowship from the Acton Institute. She will be studying economics, business, government, and relieving poverty from a biblical perspective throughout the month of June at Acton University, Grand Rapids, MI.

Dr. Maureen Kroning
co-published an article with her daughter, Kayla Kroning, a student at Gordon College, entitled "Teen Depression and Suicide: A Silent Crisis." This article was chosen for the cover of the April/June 2016 issue of the Journal of Christian Nursing. The following articles by Dr. Kroning have been accepted for publication: "Strategies for Improving Nursing Student's Mental Health Clinical Rotation" in the Journal of Christian Nursing and "Care for All" in Nursing Management.
Dr. Kroning volunteers as a board member on two committees: Professional Nurses Association of Rockland County and Nurse Recognition Day Committee. She volunteered to work on an emergency preparedness collaborative team with Rockland community organizations and Good Samaritan Hospital. Dr. Kroning is working with the chief nursing officer at Good Samaritan Hospital to conduct a research study based on research she performed at Nyack College. The study will examine how nurses define spiritual care, if they are providing patients with spiritual care, and plans to develop an educational program on the importance of providing patients with spiritual care.
Dr. Jung Hang Lee conducted research at the Seoul International Christian Academy (SICA), in Korea. He worked with Dr. KyongWon Lee (Principal) and Ms. Lauren Kim (Teacher in Mathematics) to develop teacher education programs.  He is also working with SICA to develop a pre-service teacher internship program. Dr. Lee interviewed North Korean mathematics teachers for his research, and was interviewed by the Institute of Science Education for the Gifted and Talented in Yonsei University.
Dr. Elaine Lux presented the following three papers at conferences: "The Narrative Womb of Murakami's 1Q84;" "Pilgrimage to the Heart in Hugh Cook's The Homecoming Man and Heron River;" and "Narrativity in Dementia, through Fiction: Alice Munro's Away from Her, Elie Wiesel's The Forgotten, and Lisa Genova's Still Alice," which has been accepted for inclusion in a book on dementia and subjectivity, publication date pending.
Dr. R. Steven Notley's book, Jerusalem: City of the Great King, was published in February 2016 by Carta Jerusalem. "This volume, the second of four in The Carta New Testament Atlas series, presents the latest advances in the history and archaeology of Jerusalem" (taken from To read a book review of this work, click hereDr. Notley was honored to write the introduction for a new book by Josephus Flavius entitled Josephus: Carta's Illustrated The Jewish War published in June by Carta Jerusalem. 
Dr. Elizabeth Swanson was elected by her peers to serve on the Executive Board of National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) for the 2016-17 term, and will serve as secretary of the national organization. NCCO was founded in 2005 specifically to serve collegiate choral musicians around the country. The organization recently held its sixth national conference in Portland, OR, after which several hundred members voted to elect their executive officers for the next term. To read more, click here

Dr. Swanson, conductor of Nyack's NYC Chorale, held several weeks of rehearsals with Chorale members in preparation for their participation in the 245-member Masterworks Festival Chorus in Carnegie Hall on June 13. The Chorale performed W.A. Mozart's Requiem, conducted by Grammy Award-winning Maestro and Director of Choral Activities at University of Michigan, Dr. Jerry Blackstone. To read more, click here
Dr. Rexi Thomas successfully completed her doctorate. Congratulations!
Staff Achievements
Nichole Knott-Craig was appointed the director of Graduate Admissions. She joined Nyack's admissions team six years ago recruiting for the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in New York City. With limited resources, and virtually no discounting, Nichole built a strong graduate enrollment with one degree offering. Nichole was also the 2012 recipient of the Nyack College Admissions Associate of the Year.
Earl S. Miller serves as chairman of the YMCA Foundation Board for New York State. He has been appointed for a second year as assistant governor for Rotary District 7210, Hudson Valley, and has been appointed to the newly-formed advisory board for the Nyack Center. Earl Miller coordinated the sixth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratory Contest as part of Nyack Center's annual Black History Month Celebration. Four Rockland County Colleges--St. Thomas Aquinas College, Dominican College, Rockland Community College, and Nyack College--partnered in the event sponsored by Orange & Rockland Utilities.

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