On April 28, 2011 the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program proudly inducted the first eighteen students into NYIT’s Zeta Lambda chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society. The spring induction marked NYIT’s first chartering ceremony for the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society. The students were praised for their academic achievements and contributions to the community. New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins congratulated the students and was inducted as an honorary member, along with John Agnelli III, dean of campus life, and Zennabelle Sewell, associate dean of campus life.
Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) was established in 1989 at Westchester University to increase the recognition of successful students in academic support programs such as Arthur O. Eve HEOP. XAE aims to promote continued high academic standards, to foster increased communication among its members, and to honor academic excellence achieved by those students. The mission of XAE is not just to promote academic excellence in its members but also for members to promote and foster excellence in others. This is accomplished through mentoring and various community service initiatives.
Since 2011, XAE has maintained an active presence on NYIT's Manhattan campus. The group regularly participates in community service activities, fundraising walks, and collection drives. In addition, XAE members work with a local high school to hold information sessions for students looking to learn more about higher education and how to apply to college for the first time.