May 04 2015
Pictured (left to right): Tiffanny Terceros, Cody Souffrant, Fransheska Vasquez, Stephen Solano, Najnin Mimma, HEOP Counselor Vanderie Vielie, and Misael Peña.
“In vain have you acquired knowledge, if you have not imparted it to others” -Deuteronomy Rabbah
On this visit the HEOP Ambassadors were split up so that they could cover several classes and reach even more students. In all the group spoke to three different classes of juniors and seniors. The questions ranged from specifics about majors to more general questions like how to stand out when applying to schools. The HEOP Ambassadors really opened up on this visit; one student even shared some of his setbacks, explaining how failing courses early on in his college career made it difficult to improve his GPA later on. He advised every class to learn from his experience and avoid making the same mistake. The majority of students at Arts and Technology qualify for opportunity programs, so a good portion of the visit was spent answering questions about HEOP. Sophomore Najnin Mimma , also known as Mimma described the event as one of the most rewarding experiences she has had. She said she learned not to judge students based on how they act in front of their peers and that “patience is key”.
Graduating senior Cody Souffrant was particularly affected by the visit. “My experience was honestly amazing; I enjoyed sharing my story as well as being an advocate for NYIT and HEOP. This needs to happen more often in different school across New York. Students all have questions about college, and it makes sense for the answers to come from college students. We can mentor and coach them as they prepare to apply to college. That transition from HS to college is scary; I want them to be prepared and ready.” When asked if he learned anything that could be applied to his career he said the following: “As an aspiring social worker who aims to work in a counseling and wellness setting this was truly vital to my learning process. I learned a little bit about the high school students, their fears and also their ambitions. I can be the bridge and assist students with the transition from high school and college. That first year of college really sets the tone for the next couple of years of your life. Let's start it off right. I hope to help them do just that!”
After the visit Dr. Edward A. Mainzer, Counselor at the High School of Arts and Technology thanked NYIT “for bringing over such a marvelous group of HEOP students from your program at NYIT and for the valuable information and inspiration that they imparted to our juniors and seniors.” It was a win-win situation as the HEOP students gained valuable insight and experience from the visit as well, some of which can even be applied to their future careers. We look forward to meeting more students on our next visit!
Apr 23 2015
5th Annual Chi Alpha Epsilon Induction
On the afternoon of April 14, eight NYIT Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program
(HEOP) students and one honorary member were inducted into the Zeta Lambda chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon
(XAE) National Honor Society. During the 5th
annual induction ceremony eight current XAE members received jeweled upgrades to their pins based on excelling academically after their initial induction. Zennabelle Sewell, Associate Dean of Campus Life gave the keynote address which focused on the importance of hard work. She stressed that there is no such thing as luck. “Luck is simply preparedness meeting opportunity.” She urged all students to continue to work hard and be prepared when opportunities arises. Dean Sewell ended her keynote address with a powerful poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”
This year’s honorary inductee was HEOP’s own Carla Freeman. Carla serves as the Assistant Director and Counselor for HEOP and in her role she helps guide students through academic, financial, and personal challenges. Carla has dedicated over fourteen years of service to HEOP and remains committed to empowering students to achieve a college education, while aiding them to be successful members of the NYIT and larger community. Throughout her time she has touched the lives of hundreds of students and continues to be an integral part of their journey. Ms. Freeman expressed her gratitude for being selected to join this prestigious group. “It is an honor to be called honorable”. Honorable is the title given to all XAE members after they are inducted into the group.
Inductees shared their stories of struggle and success, many of which brought the room to tears. Proud parents, friends, family, and NYIT staff and faculty were honored to be a part of these students’ special day of recognition. Induction into XAE is no easy fete. Many honorees are the first in their families to pursue a college degree and have overcome significant obstacles in the process. This day is a true testament to the success of opportunity programs like HEOP. XAE President Moona Nadeem
spoke of the transformative effect of being a member and President of this group. She also discussed XAE’s numerous community service
initiatives and encouraged the new inductees to take part.
The ceremony ended on an emotional note as well as HEOP Director Deepa Bhalla was honored for her years of service to the program and XAE at NYIT. The HEOP staff presented her with an engraved clock which read “To Deepa Bhalla, with love from your HEOP Family”. We wish all of our HEOP family continued success.
Apr 06 2015
On Thursday, April 2nd Arthur O Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program
(HEOP) students Aiden Mohammad and Bryan Diaz who is also a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Incorporated (TKE), joined HEOP counselor Vanderie Vielie on a trip to the local soup kitchen at St. Paul the Apostle. This was Aiden’s second trip to the soup kitchen. The students of HEOP and Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) have been offering their support to the soup kitchen once a semester for the past four years. On this trip they met a group of over a dozen young adults from North Carolina who were visiting New York on a missionary trip. St. Paul the Apostle was one of several soup kitchens they had volunteered at during their short stay in the city. After some socializing with the visitors, everyone got to work helping to set up the soup kitchen and organize the soup kitchen pantry. We look forward to our next visit in the Fall semester!