Wagner School Alumni eNews – April 2006

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Wagner Alumni Association (WAA) Wine Event Tomorrow


Don’t miss your opportunity to attend tomorrow’s Wagner Alumni Association Wine Tasting Event Fundraiser, featuring delicious wines by Wine Wala like Riondo Prosecco, Domaine St. Nicolas Les Clous Blanc, Capçanes Mas Donis, and Alba Vineyard Red Raspberry Wine. This event will be held at the Center for Architecture at 6:30 pm with proceeds from your entry fee going toward the NYU Wagner Annual Fund. This event costs $35 per person in advance (register online by 2 pm Tuesday, April 4) and $50 at the door. Register online.

Wagner Institute Wins National Career Services Award

The Institute on Public Service Careers (IPSC) has been awarded the 2006 NACE/Chevron Award for Innovative Programs in Career Services. David Schachter, Wagner's Assistant Dean for Career Services and Experiential Learning, co-created the program with Rich Delaney, formerly of Wagner's Partnership for Innovative Practice, and members of the Idealist.org staff. Read more online.

Wagner Names New Director of Public Affairs

A new Public Affairs Director has arrived at Wagner to promote Wagner activities and other NYU cross-university initiatives. Rob Polner comes to Wagner from Newsday, where he was a part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 1997. Prior to Newsday, Polner worked as a reporter at the Daily News, the New York Post, The Record in Hackensack, New Jersey, and the Atlantic City Press. Polner recently edited America's Mayor: The Hidden History of Rudy Giuliani's New York. Welcome to Wagner, Rob!

International Public Service Association's Spring Conference

“The Reality of Human Rights in International Development: Academic and Field-Based Perspectives,” will be the focus of the annual IPSA conference. Taking place Thursday, April 20th, the discussion will provide an opportunity for students, academics and practitioners to explore critical policy questions surrounding international development and trans-national public service. This event is a collaborative effort put on by the Wagner Student Association and Stern Student Corporation. To learn more about the conference, its speakers, or to register, go online.

Donald B. Marron to Discuss the Current State of the Federal Budget

The new U.S. Congressional Budget Office Director, Donald Marron, will be presenting a lecture presented by the Wagner Finance Society (WFS). Dr. Marron will address "Trends in the Federal Budget: The Long-Term Challenge." Dr. Marron became CBO's Acting Director in December and previously served as Chief Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Don't miss this opportunity taking place on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 pm in the Puck Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room. To learn more about the event or to register, go online.


Events and Regional Activities:
April 2006/May 2006


Talks, Receptions and Seminars


For updated listings and event details, as well as RSVP information, click on the links below or see the Wagner Alumni Calendar.

  • April 4, 6:30 to 9 pm - WAA Second Annual Wine Tasting Event & Fundraiser. Center for Architecture, $35 in advance, $50 at the door. Register online.
  • April 5, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - IPSA Brown Bag: New Frontiers in Micro-Finance. Puck Building, Lafayette Conference Room. Register via email.
  • April 5, 5:30 to 8 pm - The 10th Annual Kovner/Behrman Lecture: "Implementing Rapid Cycle Change Strategies in Health Care Organizations." Puck Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room. For info, call 212-998-7546 or register online.
  • April 6, 8:30 to 10 am - The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy Housing and Land Use Policy Breakfast Series. Register via email.
  • April 8, 12:30 to 2 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: ST. PETE BEACH, FL. Alumni Donor Reception at Don CeSar Beach Resort. For more info, call 212-998-6946 or register online.
  • April 11, 2:30 to 4:30 pm - Charles Murray: In Our Hands. Charles Murray discusses his new book in which he proposes to eliminate all entitlements and all welfare programs. Register online.
  • April 18, 6 to 8 pm - The Hurricane and New Orleans Civil and Environmental Infrastructure, Puck Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Register online.
  • April 19, 8:30 to 10:30 am - “The Coming Transformation of Travel” featuring John Poorman, Staff Director, of the Capital District Transportation Committee. Presented by Rudin Center at NYU Kimmel, Rosenthal Pavilion, 60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor. Please register by April 17th via email.
  • April 20, 9 to 10:30 am - “Smart Growth, Smart Transportation” presented by the Rudin Center at the Puck Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Register via email.
  • April 20, 12:45 to 6:30 pm - International Public Service Association’s Spring 2006 Conference: “The Reality of Human Rights in International Development: Academic and Field-Based Perspectives.” Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South. Register online.
  • April 20, 6:30 pm - “Trends in the Federal Budget: The Long-Term Challenge“ presented by the new U.S. Congressional Budget Office Director, Donald Marron. Puck Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Register online.
  • April 21, 3 to 6 pm - "Participatory Action Research: Does it bring new value to the social sciences?” Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, Student lounge 304. Register online.
  • April 24, 6 to 8 pm - The Hurricane and the New Orleans Public Health Systems. Puck Building, 2nd Floor Conference Room. Register online.
  • April 25, 5:30 to 8:30 pm - Henry Hart Rice Urban Planning Forum with Kate Ascher, Executive Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation. For info, call 212-998-7546 or register online.
  • April 28, 6:30 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: MOBILE-PENSACOLA, FL. Annual NYU Alumni Dinner Mobile-Pensacola Area. For more info, email Donald Clayton.
  • May 1, 7 to 9 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: LA JOLLA/SAN DIEGO, CA. Alumni Donor Reception at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. For more information or to register, go online.
  • May 2, 5:30 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Alumni Donor Reception at the Clift Hotel. For more information or to register, go online.
  • May 4, 7 to 9 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: LOS ANGELES, CA. Alumni Donor Reception at the Cypres Family Sports Museum. For more information or to register, go online.
  • May 11, 8:45 am to 12 pm - NYU Pre-Commencement Breakfast and 174th Commencement Exercises. Celebrating the 50th and 50-plus Anniversary Classes. For more information call (212) 998-6763 or via email.
  • May 12, 6:30 pm - NYU Alumni Association Awards Dinner at the Roosevelt Hotel. The 2006 honorees are listed at online. Cost: $75 per person. For more information, go online.
  • May 13, 7pm - All-Alumni Gala Dinner Dance featuring the music of the Larry King Orchestra. Festive attire. Cost: $100 per person ($65 per person for classes of 1995-2005) for more information, go online.
  • May 15, 11 am - NYU Annual Golf Outing. Minisceongo Golf Course Pomona, New York. For more information, or to register, please call 212-998-2029 or go visit the online.


Office of Career Services: 2006-2007 Call for Capstone Program Proposals

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a Capstone team help your organization? As alumni, you know the skills and knowledge that a Wagner student team can bring to the table. The Capstone Program brings together teams of Wagner students with client organizations (such as nonprofits, government agencies, health institutions, and urban planning firms), to carry out a project over an academic year. Project teams research important issues, address complex challenges, and identify opportunities for organizational growth. Submit your proposal for a Capstone project by May 19, 2006. For complete information and proposal guidelines, visit the Prospective Capstone Client page.


Office of Career Services: Mid- to Senior-Level Job Postings

Wagner's OCS Career Directory is a great resource for alumni looking to take the next step in their career. Here is a sampling of mid- to senior-level postings online right now:

  • Chief Development Officer for Major Gifts, The Carter Center
  • Deputy Director, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Campaign (IGLHRC)
  • Director, St. Matthew's & St. Timothy's Neighborhood Center
  • Executive Director, Program Office, NFTE Bay Area, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
  • Executive Director, New York Restoration Project
  • Executive Director, Project GRAD Long Island

Log on to the OCS Career Director for full job descriptions and application instructions online. Be sure to check the Career Directory regularly for a job posting perfect for YOU.


WAA Elections: Prepare Your Nominations

The Wagner Alumni Association (WAA) is seeking committed Wagner alums to serve on the 2006-2007 WAA Board of Directors, for the term beginning July 1, 2006. The WAA works collaboratively with alumni and the Wagner School administration, and strives to advance the interests of Wagner alumni, promote public service, and further the goals of the Wagner School and the NYU community. Nominations for Officer Positions and Director Positions will be accepted during the month of April. The election itself will take place in May. Look for more information, position descriptions, and complete instructions coming soon on the WAA Election Page.


Wagner Grad to be Honored During Alumni Weekend

Daniel J. Brodsky (WAG '70) will be honored with an Alumni Meritorious Service Award on May 12th at the NYU Alumni Association Annual Awards Dinner. The dinner is in conjunction with NYU's Alumni Weekend, May 12 - 14, 2006. As NYU celebrates its 175th anniversary, this and other events have been coordinated around reconnecting you and your colleagues with NYU and Wagner. The cost of the NYU Alumni Association dinner is $75 and the Alumni Weekend registration fee is $10. Register online.

On May 11th, join Dean Ellen Schall at the annual 'Dine With Your Dean' luncheon at the Puck Building. Professor Ruth Ann Stewart will present a discussion on "The Art of Culture in NYC" and the artwork of alumnus Matthew Silverberg (WAG '86) will be on display in the Puck Gallery space. Cost of the luncheon is $25 and the Alumni Weekend registration fee is $10. Register online.


Remember Wagner this Tax Season

Did you give to the Wagner Annual Fund in 2005? Your contribution is tax-deductible. Also if you plan to give to Wagner this year, consider joining one of Wagner's two giving circles, the Dean's Circle (gifts of $1,000 or more) or Friends of Wagner (gifts of $250 or more). Established by the Wagner Alumni Association, these two donor societies provide special recognition to alumni for their extraordinary generosity and commitment. To learn more, visit our Donating to Wagner page.

Thank you for the difference you make through your commitment to Wagner.


Did You Know...?


Maya Bantwal (MPA '05) works in Phoenix, Arizona as the Director of Strategic Planning for Banner Health Strategic Planning. Maya provides strategic planning and business development for a 20 hospital system.


Rachel Eisman (MPA '05) is the Fiscal and Operations Manager at the San Francisco In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority. Rachel manages operations including HR management, fiscal management, benefits services and union negotiation.

Harriet Grayson (MUP '73) works as a Grants Administrator for the Westchester County Government, Dept. of Health in New Rochelle, New York. Harriet researches and assists in the writing of grant applications and in the monitoring and coordination of all grant requirement reports.

Susan Hall (MPA '98) is the Executive Director of Girls Quest in New York. As the Executive Director, Susan oversees daily operations of the organization including administration, programming and fundraising.

David Knitowski (MUP '94) is a Senior Planner in the Community Development/Long Range Planning for the City of Bend, Oregon. Mostly dealing with project management, traffic engineering, and transportation planning. David also prepares and reviews applications for proposed changes to the zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan.

Fernando Muniz (MPA '02) serves as the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner Department of Children and Families in Hartford, CT. As Executive Assistant, Fernando reports directly to the Commissioner and provides leadership to various cross-bureau projects in the department. The Department of Children and Families is Connecticut's consolidated child welfare agency.

Joel Perelmuth (MPA '72) is the President of Perelmuth & Associates in New York City. The company handles private sector consulting in areas of service quality, customer service, customer satisfaction and new product development.

Harold B. Pettigrew, Jr. (MUP '05) is the Special Assistant to the Interim General Manager/CEO at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (METRO). METRO, which has 10,000 employees, has the nation's second largest rail system, servicing 1.2 million riders through bus and rail a day. RuthAnne Visnauskas (MUP '05) is the Director of Housing Development for the Clinton Housing Development Company in New York City.

Susana Raz (MPA '01) is the Senior Project Manager for Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit in Oakland, CA. Robin manages special initiatives and grants focused on increasing access to uninsured and underserved communities. Robin also manages grants provided to public hospitals.

Carol Samol (MUP '02) works as the Deputy Director in the City of New York's Department of City Planning. Carol is the manager of the Bronx Borough office and works to manage staff, planning studies, proposals, and politics.

Michelle Wooddell (MPA '04) is the Chief Operating Officer for the Detroit Historical Society. As the C.O.O., Michelle works in the areas of marketing, program development, events and volunteer management.

Be in the next "Did you Know..."

In each Wagner School Alumni eNews issue, we highlight alumni who are doing interesting work in the public sector. Please share your professional comings and goings with us at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu, and perhaps you'll be the next alumni "Did you know..."!