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New York Institute of Technology’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a comprehensive program, jointly sponsored with the state of New York, to assist in providing access for all New Yorkers to the state’s private colleges and universities. The Arthur O. Eve HEOP was established in 1969 by the New York State Legislature (Section 6451 and 6452 of the Education Law). The Higher Education Opportunity Program has been in existence at New York Institute of Technology since 1970.
Arthur O. Eve HEOP helps assist students who, because of financial and academic hardships, would otherwise be unable to earn a college degree. An important part of NYIT's mission is to provide educational opportunity to all qualified students, and Arthur O. Eve HEOP helps to make that possible.
Depending on your needs and circumstances, the program can offer you financial assistance for tuition, books, transportation, and some personal expenses. In addition, you will receive academic and personal counseling, study skills training, tutoring, and career counseling from NYIT student services professionals.
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On Tues., July 1st, the incoming Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) freshmen were welcomed by a panel of HEOP alumni and current students who took time out of their busy day to share some valuable advice. For two of the panelists, it was actually their second time sharing their insights with a group of incoming HEOP students. Javier Saldana, (B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, ’03) first participated two years ago. He is currently a Career Counselor/Employment Specialist for the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Hostos Community College at the City University of New York. Javier is also a shining example of the impact HEOP leaves behind long after graduation. Javier’s gratitude towards the program is evident - any time he is called upon to give back he finds a way to make it happen. It was also Oshane Cooke’s second time participating in the panel. Oshane is expected to graduate this upcoming December with a B.S. in Advertising.
With a larger amount of incoming freshmen majoring in Architecture than in recent years, the students seemed truly appreciative of the advice and stories that alumna Marilyn Encalada (B.Arch., Architecture, ’13) had to share. She told the students that while Architecture can indeed be an extremely challenging and demanding major, if she could do it despite the obstacles that arose along the way, so could they.
HEOP alumna and current M.B. A. student Ting Ting Mei (B.P.S., Hospitality Studies, ’13) held everyone’s attention when she described how HEOP helped her transition from a nervous, slightly self-conscious, and virtually silent student to the gregarious, inspiring, and confident young woman she is today. Ting Ting is currently funding her studies in the Masters of Business Admiration program here at NYIT through two graduate assistantships.
Current student Leroy Solis really got the students involved and engaged, at one point having all the freshmen recite after him in unison the phrase, “Whatever it takes, I will do.” Leroy is the definition of perseverance. After leaving school to care for his terminally ill mother, he found many obstacles in his path to finishing his education. Despite these roadblocks and with the help of his HEOP family, Leroy is now back on the path to obtaining his B.A. in Accounting in 2015, boasting an impressive G.P.A. of 4.0 in his first semester back!
Alumnus Pedro Vazquez (B.S., Electrical & Computer Engineering, ’12) discussed how HEOP, like any other supportive family, will help you to become a better person. Pedro currently works as a Media Services Technician for the Information Technology and Infrastructure Media Services Department of New York Institute of Technology.
Soon to be graduate Krystal Dean shared her struggles of overcoming the life obstacles that can occur during a college career. She reminded students that no matter what obstacles life throws at them, they have an invaluable support system in HEOP and NYIT and should never hesitate to use that support. Krystal will be graduating with her B.S. in Behavioral Science in 2015.
One piece of advice that every panelist shared was to utilize and seek advice from your “HEOP family”. The members of this panel knew from experience that their goals may have been unreachable without the support of family, friends, and HEOP. They reminded the freshmen that HEOP is not just a support program but a support system, that when fully utilized will help propel them to their dreams. Special thanks to the alumni and current students who took time from their busy schedules to share their advice and experience with these incoming freshmen. You are the proof that HEOP works, and we thank you for helping to keep it working for future generations of students.
The cold April showers did not deter a group of students from Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society (XAE) and the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Program (HEOP) from visiting the High School of Arts and Technology on Wednesday, April 30. Once they arrived they were greeted by a very welcoming Guidance Counselor, Lia Galeano, who was extremely happy to have NYIT students return to the school. The students spoke to two groups of juniors and seniors during their 3rd and 4th periods for approximately two hours. The NYIT students were asked to speak about their transition from high school to college, the challenges they faced, and how they overcame them. Questions from the high school students quickly turned to specifics; What kind of classes do you take for a pre-med major? What kind of equipment do you need for a graphic arts program? How many hours per week should you plan to study? The questions did not stop, even after it was time for the visit to end. A couple of the NYIT students were held captive by eager high school students long after it was time to leave. Some of the NYIT students were returning to the high school for the second time, while for others it was their very first visit, and also their first time speaking as student leaders! Student John Musler describes his experience as the following, “This was my first time going on the high school visit with XAE. It was a rich and memorable experience. Not only did it remind me how it felt to be a high school student applying for college and needing guidance from my peers, but it also inspired me to continue to do my best at NYIT.”
This visit is always a positive experience for both the NYIT and high school students. Aside from living out the mission of XAE and encouraging students to enter and succeed in college, this visit is also very helpful to the NYIT students who participate. Not only are they able to give something back, but they also have an opportunity to blossom and gain confidence in their public speaking skills. Sadia Arafat was visiting the high school for the second time. On her first visit she was nervous and a bit more held back. However, on this visit she was a very strong and confident speaker who did not hesitate to respond to almost every question asked! We look forward to continued growth with the High School of Arts and Technology. Special thanks to Jeremey Ducos, Assistant Director, Student Activities & Leadership Development, for helping to arrange this visit.
On April 8, NYIT’s Zeta Lambda chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society held its fourth annual induction ceremony. Eight Arthur O. Eve HEOP students were inducted and seven current members received pin upgrades because they demonstrated high levels of academic achievement after their initial induction. Dr. Robert Koenig, Associate Dean for the School of Management’s Student Advancement Programs and Department of Hospitality gave the institutional remarks. He spoke on the importance of a pursuing a career that students are passionate about and also gave some great advice on managing from the “bottom up” while sharing his own inspiring story. He reminded students to focus on developing their soft skills along with their professional skills, as these will also take them far in life. What was most repeated after his address was the quote he shared “If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life”.
Assemblymember Marcos Crespo was recognized as an honorary member at this year’s induction ceremony. Assemblyman Marcos Crespo embodies the mission of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society. As an alumnus of the Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) program, Assemblyman Crespo is a shining example of the heights opportunity program students can reach. Mr. Crespo was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico and moved with his family to NYC at a young age. His parents divorced during his sophomore year of high school and after moving back to Puerto Rico for a year following his parent’s separation he soon returned to NYC and played a vital role in the upbringing of his younger sister. In the Fall of 1999, Assemblyman Crespo enrolled in John Jay College to pursue a degree in Government Studies through the SEEK program. Assemblyman Crespo has since been an outspoken advocate for opportunity programs like HEOP, SEEK and TAP. "If it weren't for SEEK [Search for Education Elevation and Knowledge] or TAP [Tuition Assistance Program], I wouldn't have gone to college," Crespo said. "And god knows I wouldn't be here today."
The mission of Chi Alpha Epsilon is not only for students to continue to excel academically but to “promote academic excellence in others and to help those who genuinely aspire to the same goals”. Assemblyman Crespo lives out this mission in his work as the Assemblymember for the 85th district of New York and through the inspiration he provides to all opportunity program students by way of his success.
Members of the NYIT community and loved ones watched as the inductees graciously and emotionally accepted their new honor while thanking those who supported them. The pinning ceremony was an opportunity for students to recognize family, friends, and staff members who have supported them.