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December 23, 2013

CCNY Inducts 51 Into Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society

Cheyidatou Traore, a biology major and new Chi Alpha Epsilon inductee at CCNY.
El Salvadorian immigrant Armando R. Hernandez, who's majoring in electrical engineering, was also inducted into the CCNY chapter of the honor society.

Cheyidatou Traore spoke three languages but little English when she arrived in the United States from her native Togo five years ago.  On December 3, the Bronx resident was one of 51 inductees to The City College of New York chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE), a national honor society for students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria.
 
"It wasn't easy learning a fourth language as a teenager," said Ms. Traore, a junior majoring in biology who is fluent in French and two other African languages. "But it has paid off and made this possible."

Like the other inductees, Ms. Traore was accepted into the chapter for demonstrating potential for success, amid personal, cultural and economic obstacles. Most inductees are from City College's SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) and Student Support Services (SSSP) education opportunity programs for low-income, first generation and underrepresented populations.

Many of these students in the two programs enter college motivated by a dream and a drive to succeed, noted SSSP Director Elizabeth Thangaraj.

A SEEK student, Ms. Traore said her goal is to volunteer with the Peace Corps after graduation. She is inspired by a passion to help others in need, she added.
 
El Salvadorian immigrant Armando R. Hernandez, a senior electrical engineering major in SSSP, has passion for designing, building and fixing electronic devices. A native of El Salvador and father of a six-year-old son who made Dean's List three out of four years, his goal is to pursue a master's degree in telecommunications after graduation.

"Armando, for instance, has shown that hard work and determination can land him on the Dean's list and that as a parent his success affects the well-being of his child, as well. Both he and Cheyidatou have displayed the hallmark of amazing CCNY students," added Professor Thangaraj.

About The City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. More than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture; the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering; the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, and the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes all rank City College among the best colleges and universities in the United States.
 
The complete list of inductees, with their majors, follows.

Kirk K.  Aleman, economics
Julia  Alvarez, psychology
Andrea N.  Andrade, psychology
Ana  Arita, psychology
Hoiyan  Chim, biology
Armani S.  Davidson, english
James  Davis, english
Nyesha L.  Davis, english
Maria  Deaquis, international studies
Katie  Diaz, sociology
Miranda  Dorian, english
Nicholas  Duodu, psychology & childhood education
 Rezwana  Faruque, psychology
 Anna  Feng, psychology
 Hira  Gilani, biology
 Jannina M.  Guerrero, biology
 Dora  Heredia, communications
 Armando R.  Hernandez, electrical engineering
 Shirley  Hong, chemistry
 Yesenia  Jachero, psychology
 Tahmina S.  Jany, psychology
 Odalys  Jimenez, childhood education
 Saye-Chan D.  Joseph, international studies
 Esther  Kim, psychology
 Sharina M.  Madera, management & administration
 Paulette P.  Marks, theatre
 Kelly  Marrero, english
 Kayla  Marte, english
 Jonathan  Martinez, psychology
 Amanda  Medaivilla, management & administration
 Zukaa A.  Mehjazi, biology
 Ismairy  Munoz Rodriguez, economics
 Zainab  Naseer, psychology
 Oluwatobi  Ojo, psychology
 Luis  Paulino, political science
 Carla  Perez, romance languages
 Michelle  Perez, international studies
 Devin  Rajaram, art  
 Christian  Rodriguez, sociology
 Sumona  Runa, childhood education
 Jonathan  Sainthilaire, art
 Jashandeep  Singh, mechanical engineering
 Jonathan  Soto, economics
 Cheyidatou  Traore, biology
 Shaunte E.  Truick, psychology
 Hawa  Tunkara, psychology
 Katherine  Velasquez, art
 Julia  Wadolowska, chemistry
 Asha  Whale, history
 Oshane R.  Whittingham, biology
 Devan  William, electrical engineering
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