Educational Opportunity Program

Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) EOP National Honor Society

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EOP National Honor Society

Beta Omicron Chapter

SUNY New Paltz



2016 Induction Ceremony Slideshow


Founded at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Chi Alpha Epsilon was organized in 1989. Responding to an increased need to acknowledge the continuing successes of students in the Academic Development Program and recognizing that students who share similar experiences could serve as significant models for others, a Greek letter honor society was proposed by Dr. Elbert Saddler. A university psychologist and counseling coordinator for the ACT 101 Program, Dr. Saddler identified eligible students and alumni to form the nucleus who are now the founding members of XAE. Through the efforts of Dr. Peter T. Kyper, Director of Developmental Programs at West Chester University, national recognition of the society has begun. Directors of similar programs at other colleges and universities have hailed its formation, which has led to plans for expansion to National Honor Society status.   

Chapter History

The Beta Omicron Chapter of SUNY New Paltz was chartered on May 9, 2003 with a record-breaking induction of 72 members (alumni & honorary members included). This was the largest chartering induction within the honor society nationwide, at that time.  Elbert Saddler, founder of Chi Alpha Epsilon, was the guest speaker.

All induction ceremonies are held each spring semester.  Eligible students will receive a letter in the spring semester indicating their eligibility for the National Honor Society.

Membership Eligibility

To become a most honorable member of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor society you must be a full-time student who holds a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. for two consecutive semesters or as a graduating final cumulative average. You must be admitted to the college/university via the Educational Opportunity Program in order to be eligible for membership.


Chi Alpha Epsilon was formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and the universities through non-traditional criteria and serves developmental, SSS, McNair Scholars, and Educational Opportunity Program students. Its purposes are to promote continued high academic standards, to foster increased communication among its members, and to honor academic excellence achieved by those students. The involvement of eligible alumni enables networking for members. Programs sponsored by the society encourage other students toward this accomplishment.

Ivelisse P. Tuttle, Chapter Advisor

2015 Induction Ceremony Slideshow