Class of 2005...
The Class of 2005 witnessed several milestones in the College's history. The campus hosted a prestigious international student research conference, "Einsteins in the City." Highlights included a panel discussion, entitled "What We Don't Know Will Hurt Us: Scientific Literacy and Science Policy in the U.S.", which united four of CCNY's surviving CCNY alum Nobel Laureates; Dr. Arthur Kornberg (Medicine, 1959), Dr. Herbert Hauptman and Dr. Jerome Karle (Chemistry, 1985), and Dr. Leon Lederman (Physics, 1988).
The School of Engineering was renamed The Grove School of Engineering following an extremely generous gift of $26 million from Andrew Grove. Mr. Grove, a co-founder and former chairman of Intel Corp., graduated in the Class of 1960.
CCNY became one of the few U.S. academic institutions to plan and build a new data mining and processing facility that would process data directly from all major federal government weather and environmental monitoring satellites. The National Institutes of Health approved a five-year grant, totaling of $12.5 million through the Research Centers for Minority Institutions.
Ground was finally broken on a dormitory, The Towers, located on the South campus. The Towers would house six hundred students in the form of suites ranging in size from studio to four bedrooms. The Towers would be fully equipped with a laundry room, a fitness center, high-speed Internet access, a courtyard, and a private patio area.
Also on the South campus, The Spitzer School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture allowed the department to have its own separate building. Formerly located in Shepard Hall, the department's new, state-of-the-art home included exhibition space on the ground floor, offices, computer labs, studios, a model shop, and a 60-seat open air theater on the roof. The $34 million dollar building, named after Bernard and Anne Spitzer, was truly befitting of the only public architecture school in the metropolitan area. The Robert E. Marshak Science Building underwent an extensive renovation as well.
Students continued to make the College proud in both academia and athletics. Among other achievements, the Model UN Team, received the Outstanding Delegation award—a gold-medal equivalent—at the National Model UN Competition for the second consecutive year. The CCNY Baseball team was reintroduced after an eight year absence. The men's' soccer team reached the semifinals of a CUNY-wide competition. The women's volleyball team won the CUNY tournament championship. More than fifteen athletes received accolades for their prowess, including the CUNY Players of the Year and the CUNYAC Player of the Year.