HEOP Works: 50 Years of Access, Opportunity, & Success!

May 31- June 2, 2019 



2019 marks 50 years since Arthur O. Eve and New York State created the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). The program has been in existence at Le Moyne for nearly as long, and for many of those years, under the leadership of Carl Thomas '65.

In June 2019, Le Moyne College’s HEOP program and the Alumni Association will celebrate HEOP’s 50 years, the incredible students and alumni who are a part of it, Carl Thomas '65, and the other leaders and contributors who have built and maintained the program over the years.

The HEOP Celebration Event, held during Reunion Weekend, will highlight HEOP alumni with special programming where all can reunite, remember, and reminisce. 

HEOP Celebration Schedule (as part of Reunion Weekend)

CLICK HERE for the complete Reunion Weekend Schedule. 


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Alumni Panel: How the HEOP Program Impacted My Life
featuring Rosangel Garcia '19, Bernard Gassaway ’82, Ed.D., Antonio Reynoso '06, Omairys Rodriguez ‘12 and Patrick Williams '10.

6:30 – 10 p.m.  HEOP Golden Reunion Celebration Dinner and Presentation
of the Carl Thomas '65 Spirit Award
James Commons and Curtin Special Events Room, First Floor, Campus Center
$50, $30 for G.O.L.D. alumni (Class Years 2009-2019), also includes admission to Dolphins After Dark (9 p.m. - Midnight, Quad)

10 a.m. Reunion & Golden HEOP Weekend Mass, Panasci Family Chapel

If you were a member of the HEOP program, please email your name and class year to alumni@lemoyne.edu.

If you'd like to serve on the HEOP Celebration Committee, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (315) 445-4563 or alumni@lemoyne.edu

Carl Thomas '65 Spirit Award

This inaugural Carl Thomas '65 Spirit Award is meant to honor an alumnus or alumna who exhibits in his or her daily life the values that Carl Thomas exemplified in his many years of service to Le Moyne College as Director of HEOP. In that spirit, we seek a person who was a serious student while at Le Moyne and embodied the expectation of academic rigor that Carl expected of his students. We seek a person who values integrity and displays that in his or her daily interactions, a person who has made a commitment to the larger community and gives back as a way of paying forward the mentoring that students of Carl Thomas received. Lastly, we seek a person whose service to the College and understanding of its mission helps spread the word of our Jesuit gem.

We are proud to announce that Giavanni Lucas, Class of 1995, is the recipient of the first Carl Thomas '65 Spirit Award.

This award will be presented annually as part of the Reunion Weekend Awards Presentation. To nominate an alumnus/a, please email alumni@lemoyne.edu with the candidate's name and why you think this person embodies the spirit of Carl Thomas. 

Area Hotels & On-Campus Housing

We've reserved blocks of rooms at a discounted rates at several hotels within a 10-minute drive of campus. See below for details. Please identify yourself as part of Le Moyne College when making your reservations.

For a complete list of lodging in and around the Syracuse area, go to www.visitsyracuse.com.

Doubletree Hotel  
6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse
Cut-off date: May 3, 2019
(315) 432-0200

Embassy Suites 
$109/night (king traditional suite)
$119/night (two double bed suites)
Cut-off date: May 10, 2019 
(315) 446-3200 

Courtyard by Marriott 

$109/per night
Cut-off date: May 3, 2019 
(800) 321-2211
On-Campus Housing
On-campus housing will be available in the Dablon Residence Hall. Linens, towels, pillows and blankets will be provided. 

Please note that these accommodations are student housing, and are not hotel-comparable rooms. Where possible, we will attempt to place members of the same class year on the same floor; however, housing is limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: Room reservations are priced per person for up to two nights. 

Housing prices are for the full weekend (two nights).
Alumni 1951-2008: $50 
Young Alumni (Classes 2009-2018): $30