Timeline 

 

1847

Governor John Young authorized the Board of Education to establish The Free Academy. His decision was ratified in a statewide referendum. Founder Townsend Harris declared, "Open the doors to all...Let the children of the rich and the poor take their seats together and know of no distinction save that of industry, good conduct and intellect."

1848

Horace Webster appointed the first President of The Free Academy, a combination prep school and college.

1849

Webster and Mayor William Havermeyer dedicated the Academy's new building on 23rd Street.

1851

A curriculum was adopted which recognized nine main fields: Math, History, Language, Literature, Drawing, Natural Philosophy, Experimental Philosophy, Law and Political Economy.

1853

The Academy's first graduation was held in Niblo's Garden Theatre, a large theater on Broadway near Houston Street. The Associate Alumni organization was formed.

1856

A chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon, a fraternity that was started at Yale in 1844, is established at City.

1858

Microcosm, then a magazine and currently the College's yearbook, founded.

1864

The Christian Association is established.

1866

The name of the institution changed to The College of the City of New York. Lavender was selected as its color.

1867

The academic senate, the first student government in the nation, was formed.

1869

General Alexander Stewart Webb a West Point graduate who served on the Union side in the Civil War and at the battle of Gettysburg was named second President of the College.

1878

As a result of continued attacks by newspapers, a bill was introduced in the legislature to abolish the College. It was soundly defeated when petitions with thousands of signatures were presented to the lawmakers.

There are no entries for the 1880's.

1895

After a decade of struggle, the legislature voted to allow the college to build a new campus. A four-square block site was chosen, located within the area which is today enclosed by the North Campus Arches.

1897

The first education courses were offered as a result of a city law which banned the hiring of teachers who lacked proper education.

The City College lacrosse team, including member Bernard M. Baruch, become United States champions, as well as Dominion Champions of Canada.

1901

In the first major curriculum change in 35 years, five courses of study were offered: Classical, Latin-French, Modern Language, Scientific and Mechanical.

1902

Professor Alfred Compton was named acting president...Professor Edward Shepard suggested the construction of a huge chapel: now known as The Great Hall.

1903

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new building. John Huston Finley was named the third President and led the modernization of the College.

1907

The College newspaper, The Campus, published its first issue.

The Baskerville Chemical Society is formed.

1909

The first degree-granting evening session in the country was started.

1913

Adolph Lewisohn agreed to build a stadium for the college. Finley retired to become State Commissioner of Education.

1914

Sidney Edward Mezes named the Fourth President of the College

1915

Lewisohn Stadium dedicated.

1917

The first summer session held. The annual summer concert series began in Lewisohn Stadium. It continued through the 1960s. 137th Street Subway Station became "City College station.

1919

Separate Schools of Business and Civic Administration and of Technology (Engineering) established. Students were forced to sign a loyalty oath.

1921

The School of Education established.

1925

Theta Kappa Pi, a national fraternity for Catholic men charters an Eta Chapter at CCNY.

1927

Frederick Robinson named the fifth President of the College. Plans were approved for the building of a new library on 140th Street and Convent Avenue.

1928

A downtown campus, now Baruch, is built.

1929

The name of the institution changed to The City College.

1930

Heyday of demonstrations of all kinds: social protests, anti-war, anti-Fascist. President Robinson clashes frequently with demonstrators.

1932

Rioting broke out following the firing of an instructor with Communist sympathies.

1933

Students called for the resignation of President Robinson.

1935

The Bacteriological Society is formed.

1936

The Alumni Association called for President Robinson's resignation.

The first annual City College Carnival is held.

1938

Robinson, yielding to mounting pressure, retired. Nelson Mead was named acting president.

1939

The New York State Legislature's Rapp-Coudert Hearings alleged Communists at the College, resulting in the dismissal of over 50 teachers and staff.

1941

Engineering Society Epsilon Nu Gamma is formed. Sigma Kappa Tau, the College's first engineering fraternity, is also created.

1942

Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and Mayor Fiorello L Guardia attend the inauguration of the College's sixth president, Dr. Harry N. Wright.

1945

CCNY establishes a community service program.

A cafeteria opens on campus.

1947

The College celebrated its centennial year by awarding honorary degrees to Bernard Baruch 1889 and Robert Wagner 1898. A 100 year time capsule was buried in North Campus.

1950

The basketball team won the NCAA and NIT championships, becoming the first team to win both titles.

1951

Women were admitted as degree candidates of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which integrated them into all parts of the institution.

Engineers' Day is chartered at CCNY, an annual celebration of CCNY's School of Technology.

1952

Buell Gallagher named seventh president of the College.He spends a summer touring Asia and the Middle East.

The eighteen and a half acre property that included the streets between 130th and 135th becomes owned by the City College as previous owners, The Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, relocate to suburbs.

1953

Former president of the United States Harry S. Truman speaks at the annual Alumni Dinner.

1954

Senator Joseph McCarthy began an investigation of alleged Communists at the College.

CCNY's South Campus begins development.

1955

The South Campus is unveiled. Formerly a dormitory for the nuns of The Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, Wagner Hall becomes home to the history department. Hackett Hall, which housed the theatre department, and Abbe Hall, are closed down. The property is returned to the city, which plans to build an elementary school, P.S. 129. The South Campus includes the Gate House, where CCNY president Buell G. Gallagher lives.

Eight students, four faculty members, and four alumni form a board of directors to devise the John H. Finley Center. The Fund covers operation and refurbishing expenses for the Center. Students are charged a fee of $3 per semester for the Center.

The City College is known as the third largest campus in the United States.

The John H. Finley Student Center opens its doors.

CCNY wins the Collegiate Track Conference Cross-Country Championship.

Class of 1934 alumnus Dr. Jonas Salk is presented with an honorary degree.

50th Reunion(Who's Who).

1956

Five of the six political clubs at the College voted to move off campus rather than submit membership lists. Five editors of The Campus were suspended for publishing a controversial April Fool's Day issue.

The famous Army Hall, with its classrooms and barber shop, is torn down. Finely Hall is also demolished. The Main Hall becomes known as Shepard Hall. For a period, Great Hall becomes a library, as The Morris Raphael Cohen Library is being built.

Broadway and film actress Jayne Mansfield appears at the annual Carnival to crown the new queen, Violet Pollack.

City College fencers capture the sabre championship of the Eastern Intercollegiate Fencing Association.

1961

The New York State Legislature removed the mandate it had given New York City to insure the perpetuation of free tuition.

1963

The Administration building, which houses the Office of the President among others, was completed.

1966

The Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) program was started.

1967

Seven students were arrested and 46 suspended from classes when they attempted to block the construction of temporary huts on South Campus.

1968

A Master Plan was announced for new construction at the College. Schools of Nursing and Architecture were established. Baruch College, formerly the School of Business and Civic Administration, was established as a separate CUNY college.

1969

A group of students seeking greater minority enrollment occupied South Campus for two weeks. Joseph J. Copeland was named acting president following the resignation of President Gallagher.

1970

Dr. Robert E. Marshak named the eighth President of CCNY. Massive demonstrations were held following the killing of four students at Kent State University in Ohio. CUNY instituted its complex "Open Admissions" policy. An 80 average, or placement in the top half of one's graduating class, was required for admission to CCNY and the other senior colleges.

1972

The science building completed, re-named the Robert E. Marshak Science Building in 1979.

1973

Lewisohn Stadium demolished to make way for the North Academic Center. The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education established.

1975

The center for Legal Education established. It was renamed the Greenberg Center for Legal Education and Urban Policy in 1978. The Urban League Studies program established.

1976

Tuition imposed at the height of New York City's fiscal crisis. New York State assumed the cost of financing CUNY's senior colleges.

1979

Aaron Davis Hall opened, the centerpiece of the Leonard Davis Center for the Arts. President Marshak resigned. Provost Alice Chandler was named acting president.

1980

Arthur Tidemann was appointed acting president following the resignation of Acting President Chandler.

1981

Dr. Bernard W. Harleston named CCNY's ninth President. The National Science Foundation designated the College as a Resource Center for Science and Engineering. The College Faculty Senate passed a resolution apologizing to faculty and staff dismissed as a consequence of the Rapp-Coudert Hearings in the early 1940's

1982

North Academic Complex (NAC) completed. The Center for Worker Education founded. The International Studies Program introduced.

1983

The Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers founded, soon to become one of the world's five leading laser research centers.

1984

The North Campus Quadrangle Buildings declared State and National Landmarks. The North Academic Center dedicated. President Harleston's Green Ribbon Committee launched a major revision and tightening of the Core Curriculum.

1986

The Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities established. WHCR-FM (Harlem Community Radio) went on the air, broadcasting from studios in the NAC.

1992

Dr. Bernard W. Harleston resigned as President. Dr. Augusta Souza Kappner named acting president.

1993

Dr. Yolanda T. Moses became CCNY's 10th President. The Herman Goldman Center for Sports and Recreation was dedicated on the South Campus. Governor Mario M. Cuomo announced the establishment of a CUNY Center for Advanced Technology, headed by CCNY Professor Robert Alfano.

1994

President Yolanda T. Moses' inauguration held during Homecoming Week, which brought several thousand alumni and visitors to the campus.

1995

Distinguished Professor of Physics Myriam P. Sarachik received the Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology from Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani.

Wilmert Pereyra, an electrical engineering major, won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in a national competition, becoming the first CUNY student to win the prestigious award.

Vera Grant won a Fulbright Fellowship for Study Abroad, at the University of Mainz, Germany. She was the first CCNY undergraduate ever to win a Fulbright.

59 tenured and untenured faculty and staff were retrenched, and the School of Nursing and several departments were closed as a result of massive State budget cuts.

Bill Cosby received the President's Medal at the Student Honors Convocation in Aaron Davis Hall.

General Colin L. Powell '58 was interviewed in Shephard Hall by NBC-TV News anchor Tom Brokaw for a nationally telecast program.

City College's faculty won over $27 million in research grant support, a CUNY record.

1996

The Harlem Partnership Center was opened.

CCNY's new Frederick Douglass Debate Society defeated Harvard and Yale at the "Super Bowl" of the American Parliamentary Debate Association.

Catherine Okonji, a biology major, became the second CCNY student to win the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Four members of the women's track team were named All-Americans: Jacqueline Hunter, Robyn McCarthy, Keisha Latty and Omotola Hope.

The U.S. Postal Service announced that a postcard commemorating CCNY's 150th Anniversary, featuring Shephard Hall, will be issued on Charter Day, May 7, 1997.

1997

General Colin L. Powell '58, honored at a gala 150th Anniversary fund-raising dinner celebration.

Charter Day celebrated on May 7, marking City College's founding in 1847. Homecoming week held from May 5 - 10, with Homecoming Day on May 10th.

1998

Dr. Andrew S. Grove, Chairman of Intel Corp. and a 1956 graduate of City College, was honored at a dinner at Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Dr. Grove paid a glowing tribute to the education he received at CCNY

The City College Fund received an anonymous gift of 2,000,000 from a member of the class of 1955 to establish the K.D. Irani Visiting Professorship in Philosophy at the College. It was the second largest individual gift ever received from an alumnus.

1999

Class of 1939 held its 60th reunion and the class of 1949 its 50th at well attended dinners at the University Club in New York City. Amoung those attending the 60th were Mr. Stanley Kaplan, founder of the Kaplan Institute, Mr. George Weissman former Chairman of the Phillip Morris Companies, Mr. Stanley Lowell, former Deputy Mayor of New York City and Esta Gildwarg, one of the first women graduates of the College and the only alumnae to attend the reunion.

The 50th reunion was led by Sonia Rifkin who read a poem dedicated to the class. Dr. Yolanda T. Moses, president of The City College greeted both classes.

Assets of The City College Fund reached an all time high.

2000

City College Fund endowment funds rise to record level. Search committee appointed to seek permanent president for the college. City College Fund contributed funds to the college to enable the Athletic Department to rehabilitate the floor in the Holman Gymnasium. As a result we will host a CUNY basketball tournament there. Class of 1950 held its 50th reunion and will raise funds for the replacement of the doors in the Cohen library as its anniversary gift to the college

The class of 1940 held its 60th reunion at the University Club. The Fund was a sponsor of the annual college golf tournament. Elena Sturman was appointed Director of Donor Relations reporting to the Executive Director. Commemorative envelopes have been printed and mailed out to enable donors to give special gifts for birthdays, weddings etc in addition to their regular contributions. Harold Shames, member of the Board of Directors, inducted in to the Engineering Wall of Fame.

2001

Newly appointed President Gregory H. Williams attends first Board of Directors meeting and receives warm welcome. Anonymous gift of $100,000 received from member of class of 1951. Student telemarketing program started under direction of Elena Sturman to help raise money for the Fund. Honor's program students receive added financial support from the Fund. 70th reunion of class of 1931, which was scheduled for September 11th and cancelled due to World Trade Center attack, rescheduled for November 12th. $1,000,000 gift received from estate of Sophie Davis for benefit of Aaron Davis Hall.

2002

Fund assets increase to over $25,000,000 despite poor stock market and are highest ever. Stuyvesant /CCNY scholarship program enrolls six students for first time due to effort of Larry Gralla. Board expresses its sorrow at death of Judge Richard Goldberg. Fund receives $1,000, 000 from estate of wife of an alumnus.

An undergraduate program is launched in the Biomedical Engineering Department. The department, founded in 1994 by Distinguished Professors Sheldon Weinbaum and Stephen Cowin, allows juniors and seniors to complete lab training at one of the eight affiliated medical institutions, such as NYU School of Medicine, and Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center.

2003

Class of 1943 celebrates 60th reunion with Nobel Laureate, Leon Lederman, as keynote speaker. Stanley Lowell,. longtime member of Board of Directors, elected Honorary Director. Stanley Kaplan, Chairman of Board, pledges $ 2,000,000 for special math program in School of Education. Fund assets increase to over $28,000,000. 12 students now enrolled in Stuyvesant/CCNY Scholarship program. Fund helps College hire a basketball coach/Sports Information Director with supplemental appropriation.

The U.S. State Department began assigning diplomats-in-residence to City College, who teach workshops that prepare students for the Foreign Service Exam.

2004

William Jefferson Clinton received a honorary doctorate from The City College of New York.

Twenty students enroll in the Stuyvesant/CCNY Scholarship Program; many more apply.

CCNY's first baseball team in years, The Beavers, is established.

Senior Lev Sviridov is named CCNY's first Rhodes Scholar since 1939.

Distinguished Professor John Tarbell, a former professor at Pennsylvania State Universityand a former president of the national Biomedical Engineering Society, joins the staff of CCNY's Biomedical Engineering Department.

The City College Model United Nations Team are deemed Outstanding Delegation at he National Model United Nations Conference.

Chemical engineering and physics professor Dr. Morton Denn is elected a fellow of The American Physical Society.

Walter Cronkite gives an address in Great Hall.

2005

Ten new students enroll in the Stuyvesant/CCNY Scholarship program. Program scholar Debbie Wolf spends the summer studying English at Cambridge University in England. Fellow scholar Gary Chan is awarded a $24,000 Greater Research Opportunity grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Gary plans to use the money to fund a project that will place 200 square feet of vegetated rooftop atop CCNY's Steinman Hall, to display how helpful the green roofs would be in dealing with the problems of storm water runoff in the city.

Political science and philosophy major Claudio Simpkins wins the coveted $30,000 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Biochemistry major Philipa Njau accepts the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Architecture graduate Jeff Carnell bests 2,000 competitors to grab the nation's top design award. David Bauer, recipient of the 2005 $100,000 Intel Science Talent Search, publicly announces his decision to enroll in CCNY's Herman Muehlstein Honors College in the fall.

The City College Model United Nations Team win the honor of Outstanding Delegation at he National Model United Nations Conference for the second year in a row.

Construction begins on City College's first ever dormitory–set to open in the fall of 2006, the facility will house six hundred students and five faculty members.

In April, CCNY's first Research Conference was held in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Einstein Papers. At the conference, four of CCNY's eight Nobel Laureates reviewed and judges student research papers.

Ten Jewish Studies students journey to Auschwitz and Israel for the March of the Living, a global educational program that brings students to the historic grounds of the Holocaust and the birth of modern Israel.

Professor Beverly Falk of the Education department is deemed one of the very first Goldman-Carnegie Quest Fellows by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Past winner of the Buckley Prize for the study of molecular magnets, Distinguished Professor Miriam Sarachik is honored with the $100,000 Loreal–UNESCO Women in Science Award.

Alumnus Dr. Charles Yanofsky is given the highest honor in science, the National Medal of Science.

Tom Brokaw will speak as a part of the Samuel Rudin Visiting Scholar Lectures.

The announcement is made that students in CCNY's famous Sophie Davis Program will be allowed to study at the prestigious Dartmouth Medical School when they reach their third year. The partnership will begin in 2007.

2006

Joe Fantozzi, former Associate Director of Admissions at Queens College, becomes CCNY's new Director of Admissions.

Sally Hoskins, Professor of Biology, and Ross H. Nehm, Assistant Professor of Biology and Education, are named Education Fellows in the Life Sciences by the National Academies.

Yvette and Larry Gralla pledge $7 million to the College to expand a scholarship program operating in partnership with selective New York City public high schools. With this donation, which brings the Grallas' total giving to The College to $10 million, CCNY's Capital Campaign surpasses its announced $150 million goal.

Jonathan Pieslak, Assistant Professor of Music, is chosen as one of two recipients of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' Goddard Lieberson Fellowship for 2006. The Fellowship is presented to "mid-career composers of exceptional gifts."

President Gregory H. Williams receives the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, 1st Class, for promoting educational cooperation. The award, one of the Austria's highest civilian honors, is bestowed on Dr. Williams at a ceremony held in Vienna on April 22.

The College confers an Honorary Doctorate in Science upon Dr. Robert J. Aumann, '50, co-winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics, in a ceremony on April 24 in The Great Hall of Shepard Hall. Dr. Aumann, the ninth CCNY graduate to win a Nobel Prize, delivers a lecture on "Game Engineering" as part of the event.

Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), '58, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, announces a donation of $1 million to the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at the College. General Powell founded the Center, a student-focused policy center that connects politics and policymaking with research and education through real-life experiences, in 1997 and serves as Distinguished Scholar and Chairman of its Advisory Council

CCNY partners with an NSF funded multi-million dollar Engineering Research Center at Princeton University, in the quest for groundbreaking sensor technology. Dubbed MIRTHE, for Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment, the Center is expected to revolutionize sensor technology, yielding devices that have a unique ability to detect minute amounts of chemicals found in the atmosphere, emitted from factories, or exhaled in human breath.

Members of the College's chapter of Engineers Without Borders travel to Nueva Suiza, a small village in a mountainous region of Honduras, to conduct preliminary work for designing a water collection, distribution and treatment for that community.

The College receives a $499,314 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to introduce undergraduate students to applied research applications. The grant, one of five awarded by the federal agency for an "Environmental Demonstration Project," is part of an initiative to develop and enhance educational opportunities at minority-serving institutions.

Dr. Robert P. Anderson, Assistant Professor of Biology at The City College of New York, discovers a new species of rodent found only in the northwestern mountains of Costa Rica.

"6AM," a short film by Carmen Vidal, a student in the M.F.A. in Media Arts Production program, is selected as a national finalist for the 2006 Student Academy Awards. In June, the film wins the Academy's Silver Medal.

Three graduates, the most from any CUNY institution, are awarded Salk Scholarships to study medicine. A fourth CCNY graduate is one of seven honorary winners.

The College's dominance in the annual model UN continues: For the third year running, CCNY takes top honors at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference.

Deborah M. Wolf, '06, a senior English major in the CUNY Honors, and a Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholar, is awarded a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education. Ms. Wolf, who will pursue a Ph.D. in African American Studies at Yale University after graduation, is one of 25 recipients selected from a nationwide pool of 771 applicants.

The Stuyvesant-CCNY Scholarship Project holds a special celebration dinner at the Carlyle Hotel. President Williams, Project Founder Larry Gralla, and Project Scholar Debbie Wolf are among the speakers. Founding and Major Contributors to the Project are honored with awards.

The Classes of 1946, 1956 and 1966 return to the campus for landmark anniversary reunions in conjunction with the 2006 Commencement ceremonies. At a dinner held at the New York Hilton, more than 300 celebrants hear speeches from President Williams, Nobel Laureate Dr. Leon Lederman, Colin Powell Fellow and Truman Scholar Trevor Hauser and Valedictorian Ilana Hellman.

Dr. Joseph Barba, an alumnus of the College and member of the Faculty for 24 years, is named Dean of The Grove School of Engineering

The City College Center for Worker Education (CWE) announces professors Rosemari Mealy and Paul Dolan as the winners of its first annual Outstanding Professor of the Year Award.

Astronaut Mario Runco, Jr. (CCNY 1974) and world-renowned physicist, CCNY Prof. Michio Kaku are keynote speakers at a special NASA/DoD Student Research Day at City College

The 34th Annual City College Poetry Festival, an all-day, all-verse event that has become New York's longest-running, most established and most democratic poetry celebration is held in the Aaron Davis Hall on campus.

The first students move into The Towers, the first dormitory housing ever built on a CUNY campus.

In an article published in Science, Dr. Reuel Shinnar, CCNY Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Clean Fuels Institute, and Dr. Francesco Citro, a Research Associate with the Institute, present a roadmap for reducing U.S. dependence on fossil fuels by up to 98 percent. The plan, "A Roadmap to U.S. Decarbonization," would sharply curtail carbon dioxide and methane emissions and reduce global warming while simultaneously reducing America's dependence on imported oil and gas.

In a speech to inaugurate The Grove School of Engineering, Dr. Andrew S. Grove, co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Intel Corp., says that the United States could meet two of its greatest challenges – healthcare costs and energy independence – by encouraging development of "disruptive technologies."

Lynn Appelbaum, APR, Associate Professor and Director of CCNY's Public Relation and Advertising program, is elected to the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society (PRSA).

The College pays tribute to one of its most prominent professors, Dr. Kenneth B. Clark, whose research findings were instrumental to the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that declared school segregation unconstitutional.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering of The Grove School of Engineering receive a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The funds, awarded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), will be used to create a "national urban model for minority biomedical engineering education."

Dr. Marthe R. Gold (M.D.), Arthur C. Logan Professor and Chair of Community Health and Social Medicine at The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, is elected to the Institute of Medicine

"Silences," graduate Octavio Warnock-Graham's poignant M.F.A. thesis film about the search for his African-American father, wins the Outstanding Documentary Award at the prestigious 2006 Angelus Student Film Festival in Los Angeles.

A Jewish Studies class at the College travels to Sosua and Santo Domingo to learn about this historic community that was home to some 800 Jews who fled the Nazis, and the Dominican Republic's Jewish heritage.

Dr. John B. Robbins, M.D., whose groundbreaking research in developing vaccines for childhood diseases has saved millions of lives around the world, joins the faculty of The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education as an Honorary Professor.

Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.) and President Gregory H. Williams of The City College of New York (CCNY) announce a $10 million gift from the New York Life Foundation to establish The New York Life Endowment for Emerging African-American Issues at the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies. The gift will provide permanent funding for scholarships and programming at this unique think tank that engages CCNY students in all aspects of its activities.

Lance Jay Brown, a noted urban planner and ACSA Distinguished Professor in the School of Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA) wins the 2007 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education.

In the Fall of 2006, the Bronx Science-CCNY Scholarship Project admits its second class. Eight Bronx Science students are admitted, bringing the total number of Project Scholars to 15. A celebratory luncheon is held in October at the College for all of the scholars and Project donors.

2007

Novelist Nelly Rosario, the award-winning author of the evocative Song of the Water Saints, was the Kaye Artist in Residence at The City College of New York (CCNY) for the Spring 2007 Semester.

In a 128-page book, The City College of New York, CCNY Archivist Sydney C. Van Nort told the story of America's first municipal institution of higher education in a pictorial retrospective. The book was released by New Hampshire-based Arcadia Publishing as part of its Campus History series. Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.

Educators, union members, politicians, activists, independent scholars, and students convened March 23-24, 2007 at the CCNY Center for Worker Education (CWE) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Center's founding.

The M.F.A. in Media Arts Production at The City College of New York celebrated its tenth birthday by premiering 11 new documentary and short fiction films during Cityvisions 2007, its annual student showcase, June 1 and 2 at Manhattan's DGA Theater. The program featured thesis projects from the Class of 2007.

The City College of New York women's team clocked an NCAA season-best time of 46.32 seconds to win the 4×100m relay, en route to a third place overall finish at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Said CCNY women's coach Kirk Roberts: "The ladies performed wonderfully and I'm very proud of them. Once again, they've upheld City College's reputation as one of the elite track and field programs in the nation."

CCNY conferred honorary degrees on philanthropist Larry Gralla '51, noted Austrian educator Hans Matzenauer and Nobel Prize-winning chemical engineer Mario José Molina at its 161st Commencement Exercises, Friday, June 1, 2007. In addition, the City College President's Medal for Distinguished Service was presented to Josh S. Weston, a 1950 CCNY graduate who as Chairman and CEO turned Automatic Data Processing (ADP) into the largest payroll and tax filing processor in the world.

Corvena Francis, a senior majoring in Psychology at CCNY, was one of 25 undergraduates nationwide awarded the 2007 Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color. A native of St. Catherine, Jamaica, Ms. Francis was the first City College student to receive the prestigious Fellowship and only the seventh from the CUNY system since the program's inception in 1991.

Dr. Derrick A. Bell, Jr., and Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. led the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies' inaugural New York Life Colloquium, "The Courts, the Churches, and African Americans: Legacy and Contemporary Challenge," on December 4 at The City College of New York. The event was the first of a twice-a-year series of lectures made possible by the New York Life Endowment for Emerging African American Issues.

2008

Michael Sorkin, director of the graduate program in Urban Design in The City College of New York School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA), was officially named Distinguished Professor of Architecture. The CUNY Board of Trustees approved the promotion at its January 28 meeting.

The City College of New York School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture offered its Spring 2008 Lecture Series, consisting of six lectures and entitled "Architecture: A Social Vision." The series was sponsored by F.J. Sciame Construction Co.

The Universal Transportation Model Simulation Center (UTMSC) at The City College of New York, which runs real-time model simulations and analyzes and offers solutions for transportation problems in the New York metropolitan area, commenced operations on March 28. Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer and CCNY President Dr. Gregory H. Williams inaugurated the facility, the latest in intelligent transportation systems.

David L.V. Bauer, a junior majoring in chemistry and member of the Class of 2009 at the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, was selected as a 2008 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Anne Tan, a junior in The Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, was the winner of the first Art Stevens CCNY/PRSA-NY Public Relations Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship is a gift from Art Stevens, a 1957 CCNY graduate and distinguished leader in the public relations profession and the PRSA-NY (Public Relations Society of America — New York Chapter). The award will be made annually during the Spring semester.

On March 1, 2008, The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York welcomed its newest faculty member when Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Sanjoy Banerjee arrived from his previous academic home at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition to his faculty appointment, Professor Banerjee serves as Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Technologies at CCNY.

The City College of New York Center for Worker Education (CWE) launched the 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. It ran from September 8 through December 15.

2009

David L.V. Bauer, a senior chemistry major in the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, was named a 2009 Rhodes Scholar. Mr. Bauer had previously won First Prize in the Intel Science Talent Search in 2005 while a student at Hunter College High School, as well as a string of national scholarship competitions, including a Harry S. Truman Scholarship for Public Service in 2008 and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2007.

In March, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, '63, announced a gift from Bernard Spitzer, '43, in the amount of $25 million to The City College of New York. The gift, provided through the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust, was gratefully acknowledged by naming the CCNY architecture school The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. The school was officially renamed in a dedication ceremony on September 16.

Forensic DNA expert Dr. John M. Butler delivered the second annual Louis Levine - Gabriella de Beer Lecture in Genetics on March 24. His topic was "Beyond CSI: Exciting Applications of Forensic DNA." The Louis Levine - Gabriella Beer Lecture in Genetics was established by Gabriella De Beer in memory of her husband, Professor Louis Levine, who taught in the Department of Biology and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

Don Gomez, a junior at CCNY, a Colin Powell Fellow with the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies, and a veteran of the U.S. Army who had two tours of duty in Iraq, was named a 2009 Truman Scholar in March. The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. It is one of the most prestigious and competitive of all national scholarship programs.

Michael Sorkin, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at CCNY, was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the spring, and officially inducted in a ceremony at the Academy headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts in October.

In May, City College seniors Martin Detchkov and Mario A. Pinto were awarded the 2009 Jonas E. Salk Award, which supports study at medical school.

Jeremy Joffee, a 2008 graduate of the M.F.A. program in Media Arts Production at City College, received the Silver Medal in the 36th Annual Student Academy Awards for his thesis film, The Bronx Balletomane. He was the second City College student in three years to be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Marilyn Hoskin became Dean of Social Science at CCNY as of September 1. A political scientist with 24 years of experience in academic leadership, she previously served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire. She succeeded Dr. Brett Silverstein, who resumed teaching as Presidential Professor of Psychology.

Early in the fall 2009 term, Dr. Gregory H. Williams, 11th President of The City College of New York, announced his resignation, effective November 1, to become President of the University of Cincinnati. Everyone at City College wished him well and thanked him for his eight years of exemplary leadership and service. In October, it was announced that Dr. Robert E. Paaswell, a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering who came to City College in 1990 as Director of the federally supported University Transportation Research Center (UTRC), was appointed Interim President of the City College of New York.