Class of 2008...
During their time as CCNY students, the Class of 2008 observed a great deal of positive changes on campus. Baskerville was renovated and construction on the new science building began. The Towers, City College's first student dormitories opened in September 2006. The Lillian and Harold Hoffman Student Center and Forum, a new student lounge opened in the NAC building. The Universal Transportation Model Simulation Center (UTMSC) was established on campus to analyze and offer solutions for transportation problems facing the New York metropolitan area.
CCNY's School of Engineering received a 26 million dollar donation from Andrew S. Grove, a graduate of CCNY and a co-founder and former chairman of Intel Corp. This was the largest donation in the College's history. CCNY's School of Engineering was named as The Grove School of Engineering.
In addition to new buildings and programs on campus, CCNY alumni and students garnered a great deal of honors. David L.V. Bauer, a junior majoring in chemistry and member of the Class of 2009 at the Macaulay Honors College, was selected as a 2008 Truman Scholar. CCNY Alumnus Robert J. Aumann won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics to become the ninth Noble Laureate from CCNY. Michael Sorkin, director of the graduate program in Urban Design at CCNY's School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA), was officially named Distinguished Professor of Architecture.
The Class of 2008 participated in several special seminars and lectures. The College's Center for Worker Education (CWE) launched its first Distinguished Professors, Distinguished Lecturers and Endowed Chairs Lecture Series. The series, consisting of 13 lectures over 15 weeks, aimed to expose CUNY students and the Lower Manhattan community to some of City College's best minds. Historian and former Democratic Party 1972 presidential election nominee, George Stanley McGovern visited CCNY and delivered a lecture on the values of democracy. CCNY alumnus and author of Bodega Dreams and Chango's Fire, Ernest Quinonez spoke at the College. Fernando Ferrer, the 2005 Democratic mayoral candidate spoke in the NAC Plaza alongside one of his supporters, Howard Dean. Paul Kruman, a renowned economists and op-ed columnist for The New York Times, delivered the Simon H. Rifkind Center Lecture at the College.