A post full of Nyack College related stuff (all of it awesome!)

I know there are alot of Nyack College alumni who frequent my little corner of the blogsphere. There were a few things I wanted to chat with those folks about briefly, the rest of you can go about your business.

Those of us who didn’t make it back to the Hillside for homecoming this year really missed out on something special. Rev. David Pletincks addressed the students and visiting alumni at chapel on October 12th. I’m really, really disapointed that I missed that. I love me some Chappy. But thanks to the magic of the internet, we at least get to hear his message via the Homecoming section of the Nyack website. (Or you can just click “play” below if you’re lazy.)

And speaking of chapel speakers at Nyack College. It was recently announced that Tony Campolo will be speaking on Wednesday, November 14th at 10:00AM at the Bowman Gynasium. Apparently Nyack is looking to solidify their perceived status as the uber-liberal bastard child of the C&MA family of higher learning. Or maybe they’re just trying really, really hard to distance themselves from that very unfortunate decision to invite Ted Haggard to speak at commencement a few years back.

Either way, I’m all for it!

I just wish I could be there to hear him speak. Does anyone know if it will be recorded? (Josh? Tim?)

And lastly… While this one isn’t directly related to Nyack College the institution, I wanted to throw it out there.

Over Thanksgiving break Cheryl and I are going to be visiting her folks downstate. We’re thinking of making a trip to Nyack on Saturday to spend some time with friends. But wait, there’s more…

A good friend of ours is going to be performing in Englewood, NJ – about 5-10 miles from Nyack – that night. His name is Koo Chung, you can check out his music on his MySpace page. We really like him alot, and think you will too.

The concert is a benefit for Zimele a not-for-profit community that provides microfinance, microbusiness and community mentoring support to the Kwazulu Natal region of South Africa. Tickets are $15 and Nyack College alumnus Neah Lee will be opening the show (there’s your tie in).

Anyone want to maybe get some Tarentalla’s prior to the show? Anyone want to go see Koo (and Neah) with us?


20 thoughts on “A post full of Nyack College related stuff (all of it awesome!)

  1. oooooh, a ziti slice followed up with an iced chai at temptations. funny thing, the last time i was there there a kid working who was there when i was…he must have broken the world record for longest temptations employee.

    but anyways…your chappy love is 100% reciprocated. that sweet sweet man and i had some great 1 on 1 meetings. love love love chappy. and tony c! hopefully he’ll say skubala, except not in greek 🙂

  2. Not only are all chapels recorded and available online, but you can now subscribe to the Nyack Chapel Podcast via iTunes. I’m certain Campolo’s message will be included.

    It was fantastic seeing Chappy at Homecoming. His message is very heavy, but it will give you a great perspective on Nyack’s place in history.

  3. Tony Campolo? That is cool. Wish I could hear him. Got to hear him several years ago at the TX Baptist Youth Evangelism Conference or at least I think it was that conference.

  4. Did you know that Chappy was also named Dean Emeritus? Also, Brennan Manning is coming for a few days in February and Tony Jones is teaching a may-term class at ATS.

  5. Tim, the fact that Kurtis Blow attends Nyack doesn’t surprise me in the least. Our beloved alma mater has long since been a haven for creativity and artistic expression. The number of worthwhile musical acts to come from Nyack alone is astounding when you really consider it. It’s always been a progressive haven for art and culture in “the church.”

    But tell me because I’m dying to know… does he go to the Rockland campus? Or Manhattan?

    Oh, and dude, check out this Curtis Blow joint for any number for cultural icon-esque tidbits. For example… anyone hear “Transformers, more than meets the eye” in this tune? Is this the origin of “I’m Chillin’?” Talkin’ smack to other rappers – the birth of the battle?

    Kurtis Blow y’all. 1986 y’all.

  6. I just finished listening to Chappy’s message. I’m speechless. Filled with a sense of awe and wonder for Him whom we serve. Never prouder to have “Nyack College” scrawled across the top of my diploma. Connected to history yet eyes wide open to the eternal potential of the future.

    That’s Legacy stuff right there.

    Thanks to anyone and everyone at Nyack that made that possible.

  7. just now finally got to listen to chappy’s talk. wow. i had tears in my eyes multiple times thinking about the sacrifice of the Lord’s service, the fact that Nyack let chappy go, and that I went there at all. Shane, like you, Jess and I were saying we were prouder to go there now that we’ve been reminded. Chappy rocks and should have been kept around in some way. Another victim of the “personal formation” movement.

  8. Knowing Chaps character, I would be surprised if he harbored any bitterness at all about the move. It was great to hear him again.

    On a related note, I’ve noticed a rash of searches along the lines of “Nyack College is spiritually bankrupt” or “Nyack College has lost its way” that have directed people (for whatever reason) to my blog. Let me just go on record as saying I wholeheartedly disagree with that assumption.

  9. David Pletinks was a good man; Nyack has a habit of throwing good people overboard. Ever heard of Marion Howe? At least that’s the way I understand it. Still, I’m proud to be an alum, and what was wrong with the Parsons?

  10. And another thing, Turiello’s was better!

    Totally agree. Unfortunately it was never quite the “hangout” that Tarantalla’s was, so they’re the default.

    Honestly, I don’t know anything about what happened with Marion Howe. She was still there the last time I was living down there, but that was four or five years ago. I haven’t heard anything.

    While in some cases it could be argued that “Nyack has a habit of throwing good people overboard,” it can also be said that Nyack has a habit of remaining tremendously loyal to many “veteran” faculty and staff who maybe should have passed the batton to the next generation long ago. It’s all a matter of perspective I suppose.

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