Class of 2000...
CCNY's student body and faculty welcomed the new millennium with achievement and reward. Vivian See Ki Ka, a biomedical student in the Sophie Davis program, was chosen as one of twenty members of USA Today's 11th annual All-USA College Academic First Team. Members of the City College of New York Golden Key Chapter received the Key Chapter Award for their work in the areas of communication, publicity, meeting management, chapter activities, leadership, and their participation in regional and international programs. Bioengineering professor Stephen C. Cowin, co-founder of the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering (NYCBE) and Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, was awarded the H. R. Lissner Medal. Additionally, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences elected Melvin Lax, Distinguished Professor of Physics, to fellowship.
The year 2000 ushered in a new era for the NAC building as well. As part of CCNY's school-wide beautification project, the NAC was renovated to include a new plaza area with more benches and a permanent stage. The renovations also fixed plumbing problems throughout the building and included improvements to the second and third floors.
2000 also marked the revival of CCNY's school newspaper, The Campus. For the first time in years, The Campus was placed into circulation, making it widely available to the student body.
In addition to structural improvements, CCNY received much-needed academic aid. The U. S. Department of Education granted City College's School of Education $1.3 million to help improve the technological capabilities of the program's graduates. The program, which was in danger of being closed at the time, has remained open to this day.