May 21 2013
Members of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society (XAE)
make a promise upon induction to “continue to excel academically, to promote academic excellence in others, and to help those who genuinely aspire to achieve the same goals”. The members of XAE strive to live out this promise through various activities both on and off-campus. On May 2nd they stayed true to this promise by visiting the High School of Arts and Technology
to talk to juniors and seniors about preparing for and making the most out of their college experience.
The students at the High School of Arts and Technology were very eager to hear advice from seasoned and successful college students. They had many questions and fears that the members of XAE were able to address during their 2 hour visit. One of the primary concerns of the high school students was paying for college. The XAE members encouraged the students to apply for opportunity programs to receive academic and financial support. Another piece of advice repeated by the members was to get involved in college leadership positions and apply for scholarships. The high school students were shocked and relieved to hear about all of the financial aid that members of XAE receive by taking advantage of various student leadership opportunities offered at NYIT. The XAE members encouraged the students to look for and apply to similar positions at the colleges they plan to attend. Members of XAE also encouraged the high school students to know and use their resources, such as departments like student activities, academic advisors and opportunity program counselors.
Many of the high school students were anxious about the transition from high school to college. They were not sure what to expect or if they would be able to handle the college level workload. The members of XAE were extremely open and honest in sharing some of their own difficulties in making this same transition. Some of them candidly shared stories of behaviors they were not so proud of when they were in high school. They assured the students that if they were able to grow and blossom into successful college students then so could all the students in the room, as long as they fully applied themselves. The XAE members shared their personal backgrounds as well, many of them coming from the same neighborhoods or sharing similar experiences and circumstances. The high school students seemed to appreciate this information and it made the success stories that much more encouraging and motivating.
Special thanks to Vanderie Vielie, HEOP Counselor and Jeremy Ducos, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development for arranging the visit. The members of XAE really enjoyed sharing their knowledge and experience with the students of the High School of Arts and Technology and look forward to an ongoing relationship with the school.
May 01 2013
On April 23, NYIT’s Zeta Lambda chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society
(XAE) held its third annual induction ceremony. Ten Arthur O. Eve HEOP
students were inducted into the society and seven current members received pin upgrades because they demonstrated high levels of academic achievement after their initial induction. Dr. Richard Pizer
, Professor of Life Sciences and former NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, gave the institutional remarks, reminding the students of the importance of a college education and to always be proud of their academic achievements.
This year’s ceremony featured a special keynote speaker with a connection to the legislative founding of Arthur O. Eve HEOP in New York State. Eric Eve
, son of former Democratic member of the New York State Assembly Arthur O. Eve, delivered an inspiring speech reflecting on the fight his father gave to ensure that students from all walks of life would have the opportunity to obtain a higher education. He also spoke on the importance of higher education and the transformative effect it can have on one’s life. The students were struck by his words and continued to speak and reflect on what Mr. Eve said well after the ceremony was over.
Jairo Abreu, DPT, was recognized as the honorary member at this year’s induction ceremony. Jairo is a graduate of NYIT and a former Arthur O. Eve HEOP student. He first began his academic career at NYIT in 2001. By 2006, he had earned a bachelor’s degree in life science/physical therapy, but this was not enough for Jairo. He continued his education at NYIT and went on to earn his doctorate of physical therapy in 2008. Since that time, he has been working at Lutheran Medical Center as a Senior Physical Therapist, specializing in orthopedic and post-surgical rehabilitation. Jairo Abreu was selected for honorary membership because he carries on the mission of XAE to promote academic excellence. His own numerous achievements, both at NYIT and since graduation, served as an inspiration to other HEOP students.
Members of the NYIT community, parents, and loved ones watched as the inductees graciously and emotionally accepted their new honor while thanking those who supported them along the way. The pinning ceremony was an opportunity for students to recognize significant people in their lives: parents, friends, or staff members who have supported them throughout their academic journey. We congratulate the following members on their achievements: Chaimae Benali, Veronica Diaz, Jaishel Linch Bennett, Carlos Melendez, Orin Pramanik, Ashliane Riollano, Arafat Sadia, Marisa Salerno, Lakisha Scott and Tiffanny Terceros. We also congratulate the following members on their pin upgrades: Jissela Murillo, Katherine Javier Aguilar, Ting Ting Mei, Jissela Murillo, Juan Alcantara, Stacy Diaz, Ramon Valentin and Pedro Vazquez. May your success serve as an inspiration and light to brighten the path of those who follow in your footsteps of academic excellence. Your stories and speeches have touched and inspired many to work harder. Congratulations to you all on your continued success!
Apr 10 2013
Pictured, (left to right): Juan Alcantara (Class of 2013), HEOP counselor Vanderie Vielie, Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Ting Ting Mei (Class of 2013), and Ilvania Mendoza (Class of 2014)
The students and staff of Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
and Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE)
ventured on their bi-annual journey to St. Paul the Apostle soup kitchen not knowing that an unexpected surprise awaited them. Not everyone realized that Thursday, Mar. 28 was Holy Thursday, a day celebrated in the Catholic Church to commemorate Jesus’s last supper with the disciples. When the XAE members arrived at the church they were informed that a special guest would be joining them to serve the food, Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan
! After hearing the exciting news the students and staff organized the pantry, which is something they must do quite well since the church staff makes sure this is completed every visit. Once the pantry was in order, it was almost time to start serving. The Archbishop arrived and got on the serving line right next to the students. The students found him to be friendly and down to earth. Everyone was excited about the surprise guest, especially the soup kitchen patrons. People were asking for pictures, prayers, and blessings along with their special lunch of ham, potatoes, veggies, and cake.
The visit to St. Paul the Apostle soup kitchen is always a special treat, particularly because of the warm and inviting staff, volunteers, and patrons. This visit was extra special, not only because of the surprise guest but because of the extra enthusiasm of everyone that was there. Not only are the members of XAE looking forward to returning to the soup kitchen, but the staff and volunteers who “love to have us” are looking forward to it as well!