Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee Honored for Professional and Public Service
Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee Honored for Professional and Public Service
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Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students and staff returned to Central Park for another Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. This year’s walk was coordinated by the student group Students Working to Achieve Greatness (S.W.A.G.). S.W.A.G. President, Oshane Cooke, and Vice President, Cody Souffrant, arrived bright and early on Sunday, October 21st to help save lives from breast cancer. After meeting up with 10 NYIT students and several guests, the group set off on their long walk for a great cause. The best part of it all was that over $440 was raised to support research and provide care in the fight against breast cancer!
On Thursday, September 21st, the Community Service Center (CSC) once again brought together students from the International YMCA’s Youth Ambassador Program (YAP) and NYIT’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Program (HEOP) for a fun filled cultural exchange in Central Park. The YAP students were visiting from their native countries of Colombia and Ecuador. The HEOP and YAP students broke into small groups of 2 to 5 students where they discussed their countries, customs, native languages, family lives, food, and more.
After a team building activity, the students had some time to reflect on the day’s events and discuss their feelings, struggles, misconceptions, and what they had learned. An overwhelming theme of these discussions was that they had more in common then they realized. Afterwards the YAP students invited the HEOP students to a small farewell ceremony they had put together for later that evening at the West Side International YMCA. Several HEOP students, HEOP Counselor Vanderie Vielie and the CSC Assistant Student Director Dyesha Durm attended the ceremony. There was an impressive presentation on global warming from the Colombian YAP students, singing and dancing acts from the Ecuadorian and local YMCA students, and a short dramatic act from the Colombian students. HEOP student Lakisha Scott describes her experience below.
“Yesterday I attended an event where the International YMCA YAP participants came to visit New York. When being assigned to a partner, I wasn't too sure on how this was going to work being that the students spoke Spanish and I spoke English. My partner’s name was Paula. She was very sweet, and we were interested in getting to know each other more. We both enjoyed ourselves and exchanged information about where we were lived and much more. Later on she invited the rest of us to a farewell talent show, being that is was the students’ last day in New York. I had such a good time earlier, so I wanted to go and support them. When attending, I noticed how engaged all the students were as well as the amount of talent they had. I enjoyed my time getting to know all of the International YMCA YAP participants. ‘If you judge people, you have no time to love them.’ ― Mother Teresa. This indeed is a powerful quote and I would have to say I agree. Walking away from the students felt as though I was leaving my family behind.”
On Friday, August 3, 2012, NYIT’s Manhattan Community Service Center (CSC) hosted a cultural exchange with Haitian students from the International YMCA’s Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP) and incoming freshmen from NYIT’s Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). After a brief “getting to know you” session the YAP and HEOP students were paired up into teams to participate in competitive activities in the local community, with the top three teams earning prizes. The activities included identifying Central Park landmarks, interviewing individuals about their goals and aspirations, and reporting their findings. This was an opportunity for the students to get better acquainted with each other, the community, and work together as a team. When the students returned, a group reflection of the day’s activities took place. During this reflection the HEOP and YAP students discussed some of the challenges they faced during the activity. The primary challenge for both groups was communicating across the French/English language barrier. Some of the solutions they devised to overcome this challenge were speaking more slowly and patiently with each other and using body language. The overall theme of the reflective discussion seemed to be one of community, commonality, and patience. Based on a reflective survey after the activity, 86% of the students said they would visit or volunteer in another country based on this experience and 76% said they would organize cultural exchange programs or events in their community based on this experience and stay in touch with their HEOP/YAP partner through email, Facebook, or Skype. The students from Haiti and NYIT expressed that they had more in common than they realized and that with a little bit of patience you can not only learn something new but even make a new friend.
Pictured, left to right: Oshane Cooke, Javier Saldana, Tiffany Yang, Peterson Etienne, Edithson Abelard, and Oliver Vasquez
On Friday, July 6, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) held its second annual Alumni and Current Student Panel. Five HEOP alumni and one current HEOP student took time from their hectic schedules to speak to the 18 incoming HEOP freshmen about their experiences at NYIT and HEOP. They offered valuable insights into the struggles, opportunities, and benefits of being a college student—and being a HEOP student in particular. The most common word used when describing HEOP was “family.” The panelists spoke repeatedly of being part of a family that would support and encourage but also hold them accountable when they veered off track. They encouraged the freshmen to take advantage of the many opportunities at NYIT, including making good use of their HEOP family.
Some opportunities the panelists spoke about were study groups, tutoring, club and honor society membership, internships, and study abroad opportunities. Two panelists, Edithson Abelard (B.F.A., Computer Graphics, ’08) and Oshane Cooke (B.S., Advertising, ‘14) spoke of creating their own student groups. Edithson said there was not a group that addressed the needs of students majoring in computer graphics, so he created SAGA, the Student Advertising Graphics Association. It has remained an active part of the NYIT student body to this day. He also encouraged students to seek help when needed and described his own experience in getting extra help aside from the required tutoring HEOP students receive their freshman year. He said the long hours he spent getting the extra tutoring helped him get to where he is today, in a career that he loves. Edithson Abelard is currently the founder and senior creative director of Passion 47, a design firm specializing in branding, print advertisement, motion graphics and internet marketing. Oshane Cooke, the current student on the panel, is the co-founder and president of SWAG, Students Working to Achieve Greatness. He told the freshmen the group was created to get students involved in the numerous activities and opportunities on campus, and he encouraged all of them to look into becoming a member.
Recent graduate and Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society member Oliver Vasquez (B.S., Telecommunications Network Management, ’12) spoke of his study abroad experience with the Alternative Spring Break trip to Peru. He encouraged students to look into the Alternative Spring Break trip and other community service projects and described the many internship opportunities he received through NYIT’s Office of Career Services. He encouraged the freshmen to take advantage of this excellent resource. Tiffany Yang (B.P.S., Hospitality Management, ’12) spoke about the Greek organizations on campus and her experience in the Alpha Sigma Tau (AST) sorority as well as the many opportunities available to hospitality majors. Both Tiffany and Oshane shared their experiences at the National Center for Student Leadership (NCSL) conference in Florida.
Panelists also discussed struggles and obstacles. Javier Saldana (B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, ’03) spoke about realizing he was in the wrong major, something many students can relate to. He found that interdisciplinary studies was the best fit because it allowed him to explore three subject concentrations, which now helps him in his position as a career counselor at Hostos Community College. Peterson Etienne (B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, ’10; M.S., Energy Management, ’12) spoke about being the first member in his family to not only earn a bachelor’s degree but also to continue his education beyond that by receiving a master’s degree. Peterson is now an energy engineer for the Community Environmental Center.
Although the panelists came from a range of academic disciplines and career fields, one thing they shared was their affection for NYIT and HEOP. They continuously encouraged incoming HEOP freshmen to grab hold and take advantage of the opportunities at NYIT and beyond that would soon come their way.
On Sunday, April 29, students of XAE and HEOP hit the pavement along with classmates, friends, and staff members for the March of Babies walk. The weather cooperated, and it was a beautiful and sunny day that all the walkers enjoyed. Most importantly the Chi Alpha Epsilon team raised $330 to aid the March of Dimes in its efforts to prevent premature birth and aid those who have newborns in intensive care. Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed in supporting stronger, healthier babies.
NYIT students joined 900 high school and college students, faculty, and staff representing more than 60 college and university groups from across New York State at the Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day in Albany, N.Y. On Feb. 7, 2012, students shared stories about the value of state student aid programs. Participants also attended 13 advocacy seminars and met with elected officials to discuss funding for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). With families continuing to face economic stress, the students thanked state legislators for their historic support of student aid.
During the Student and Alumni Speak Out event, three HEOP students shared how HEOP and NYIT gave them an opportunity to make their college dreams a reality. The students included Ramon Valentin and Juan Alcantara, both juniors majoring in computer science, and Nahima Hoque, a recent NYIT alumna with a bachelor’s degree in life science/biology.
Mark your calendar for next year’s Student Lobby Day on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. A special thank you to Megan Livingston, director of student activities and leadership development; Jeremy Ducos, assistant director; and Michael Schneider, director of counseling and wellness, for their time and efforts in planning and participating in Student Lobby Day.
Pictured above, left to right: Taranpal Bhatia, Pedro Vazquez, Juan Alcantara, Misael Peña, Ramon Valentin, Felix Hidalgo, Senator José Serrano, Oliver Vasquez, Deepa Bhalla, Ronny Perez, and Angel Cruz.
An important part of the mission and purpose of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society is to “promote academic excellence in others and to help those who genuinely aspire to the same goals.” With this mission in mind, members of XAE worked with Rick Bonacorsi, Director of the Community Service Center to develop a relationship with local high school seniors who could benefit from the mentoring of successful college students.
On Friday, October 21, 2011, members of XAE along with Deepa Bhalla, HEOP Director, Vanderie Vielie, HEOP Counselor, and Rick Bonacorsi, took a trip to the High School of Arts and Technology. XAE members Katherine Javier-Aguilar, Ting Ting Mei, Jissela Murillo, Emmanuel Sanchez, and Ramon Valentin stood before a crowd of 75 high school seniors answering questions about their majors, career goals, and getting into college. The seniors were extremely engaged and had many questions about NYIT and HEOP. Afterwards several students said how the members of XAE “reminded them of themselves” some coming from the same neighborhood, or having similar backgrounds. Several of the high school students were so interested by the discussion that they attended the NYIT Manhattan Campus Open House held the following Sunday. This visit to the High School of Arts and Technology will be the first of many.
The members of XAE plan to return to the high school on a monthly basis to give students guidance with the college application process. These visits will include discussions on TAP, FAFSA, applying for scholarships, writing college application essays , what to expect in college, and many other helpful topics. The next visit will take place on Friday, November 18th.
The members of the newly formed Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) National Honor Society hit the ground running this semester, or should I say walking? After settling into the fall semester and electing their Executive Board, the members of XAE decided to take part in the Making Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer, which was held on October 16th in Central Park. In only 5 short days the members of XAE raised over $200 to help The American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer. XAE members and other NYIT students woke up in the wee hours of a chilly Sunday morning to join the crowds of thousands walking in the fight against breast cancer. Several hours and many sore feet later, the members of Chi Alpha Epsilon crossed the finish line, proudly completing their first community service project. A special thanks to all who walked and those who contributed to the fundraising efforts.
On April 28, 18 students who have overcome personal and financial hardships were inducted into NYIT’s first chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society at a ceremony held at NYIT-Manhattan. The students, who are members of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), 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, NYIT’s dean of campus life, and Zennabelle Sewell, associate dean of campus life.
NYIT students joined 700 peers from other New York independent colleges and universities on February 8, 2011 in Albany, N.Y., for the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu) annual Student Lobby Day. Participants attended advocacy seminars and met with elected officials to discuss funding for financial aid programs such as Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Bundy Aid, and HEOP. There was a total of 65 students and staff members present from NYIT's Manhattan and Long Island campuses.
Was your TAP award reduced this year? You have a voice. Let it be heard!
Join NYIT students and staff as we lobby in Albany, NY. Meet with elected officials to discuss funding for financial aid programs such as TAP, Bundy Aid, and HEOP.
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