“CUNY Rising,” a rousing video produced by CUNY-TV that celebrates the role that more than $2 billion in philanthropy has played in the University’s transformation of the past decade, debuted at a January 26th reception for more than 400 alumni and other friends, corporate and foundation partners, and institutional advancement officials. Philanthropic support has funded student scholarships, faculty hiring, facility construction and groundbreaking research. Keynoter William E. Macaulay (CCNY, honors, 1966) said that gratitude for the only college education he could afford had led him to contribute $30 million to what is now called the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY.


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