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1990
May 8: Law School dedicates Fuchsberg Hall, home for Clinical and Advocacy Legal Education Program, at 249 Sullivan Street.

Sep: Stern Hall, an NYU residence at the corner of Washington Square East and West Fourth Street, renamed Paulette Goddard Hall.

Nov 13: Casa Italiana dedicated. Italian Prime Minister Giulio Adreotti and Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimo attend the dedication of the historic Greenwich Village townhouse at 24 West 12th Street.

1991
Nov 22: Inauguration of President L. Jay Oliva.

First meeting of the Conference of World University Leaders, an alliance between NYU and 21 of the most renowned urban universities worldwide. The League, now with over 48 members, meets regularly to address the pressing cultural, social, and political, concerns of their cities as well as of urban centers in every corner of the world.

1992
Apr 23: Washington Square Park becomes the scene of one of the city’s worst pedestrian accidents. Five people are killed, including two NYU students, and many more injured when an elderly woman loses control of her car and speeds through the crowded park.

1993
Glucksman Ireland House opens.

College of Arts and Science’s core curriculum, the Morse Academic Plan (MAP), begins its pilot phase. MAP is named for Samuel F. B. Morse.

1994
Global Law School Program opens.

School of Education, Health, Nursing, and Arts Professions (SEHNAP) renamed School of Education.

School of Social Work renamed Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work.

Sir Harold Acton bequeaths La Pietra in Florence, Italy and fortune to New York University, so that the villa and its collections could be preserved, and the 57-acre estate, including four other villas, could be used for academic purposes.

1995
Gallatin School of Individualized Study established.

1996
Dec 5: Dedication of the Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, located in the former Lockwood de Forest house, described as one of the most beautiful buildings in New York City, at 7 East 10th Street.

1997
Mar: NYU Women’s Basketball wins the NCAA Division III Championship title. The team is the first New York City women’s basketball team to ever win an NCAA tournament.

Apr 9: Dedication of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, located in Judson Hall on Washington Square South.

May: Grad Alley, NYU’s annual pre-Commencement festival, is born. Graduating students and their families gather on Washington Square for an evening of fun, food, and fireworks the evening before Commencement.

1998
Apr: NYU signs multiple-year lease for 200 Water Street, a 31-story residence directly across from the entrance to the South Street Seaport.

School of Continuing Education and Extension Services renamed School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

1999
Feb 11: Dedication of the Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs, located at 58 West 10th Street. The Center houses the NYU Center for European Studies, the NYU Student Center for European Studies, the European Union Center of New York, and the League of World Universities.

Nov 1: The Torch Club opens and provides a private facility on campus for faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and NYU affiliates to socialize and meet with friends and colleagues.

2001
Sep 11: Terrorists attack the World Trade Center, one mile south of NYU’s hub at Washington Square. Three thousand NYU students are displaced from their residence halls. NYU Medical Center staff assist the city’s Medical Examiner’s office with tracking and identifying the missing.

Fall: Palladium Residence Hall opens its doors on East 14th Street on the site of the former Palladium nightclub. This nearly 1,000-bed residence hall includes a state-of-the-art athletic facility, dining hall, and multipurpose room. The addition of the Palladium raises the capacity of University housing in the Union Square area to approximately 5,000 students.

School of Education renamed Steinhardt School of Education.

To meet the expanding needs of students, NYU replaces the Loeb Student Center with a new and greatly expanded facility, the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life.

2002
Feb: NYU receives landmark $150 million cash gift from former trustee and alumnus Julius Silver (ARTS ’22). The gift endows the creation of approximately 5 professorial chairs for a minimum of the next 25 years. The Main Building is remained the Silver Center for Arts and Science in his honor.

Sep 26: Inauguration of President John Sexton.

2003
Oct: NYU faculty member Robert Engle, professor at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, wins the Nobel Prize in Economics for his research of economic time series.

2004
Sep: NYU launches the public phase of its seven-year, $2.5 billion fundraising campaign. The University also announces the “Partners Fund,” a $60 million gift from six NYU trustees; along with $150 million in matching University funds, the Partners Fund will expand the faculty of arts and science by some 20 percent over five years.

2005
Oct: NYU alumnus Mohamed ElBaradei (LAW ’71, ’74), along with the organization that he leads, the International Atomic Energy Agency, wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress established.

2006
Feb: NYU announces that applications for freshman admission have reached over 35,000 for the first time, triple the amount received in 2001. Over that time, the acceptance rate declines from 65% to 29% for the Fall 2005 class.

Apr: New York University celebrates the 175th anniversary of its founding.

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Read "Urban Dream," an article about NYU's history featured in the Spring 2006 NYU Magazine.