NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – December 2007

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Capstone Program in High Demand
A lot of energy has been put into strengthening NYU Wagner’s Capstone program over the past few years, clarifying goals, establishing expectations, and standardizing learning objectives. This year, the desire for organizations vying to be Capstone clients reached an all-time high, making the application process quite selective: Only 39% of 166 proposals were picked up. In addition to projects for local nonprofits and government agencies, clients this year are located in Mississippi’s Gulf Region, Miami, Washington DC, and Albany. Our international Capstone projects will bring students to Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Russia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Indonesia. Many of the project liaisons are Wagner alumni, and it’s not too early to consider applying to be a Capstone client for the 2008-2009 year. RFP’s will go out in March, due at the end of May. All guidelines will be posted on the Capstone website. View the 2007-2008 Client List to see who of your peers and competitors are leveraging the Capstone program.


Wagner Gallery Space Exhibit Featured in Time Out NY
On November 27th, the Gallery Space at Wagner, in affiliation with the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management and the Wagner Transportation Association, opened the exhibition, Kick Map! The NYC Subway Map Redesigned, featuring NYC subway maps by designer Eddie Jabbour. The exhibit was mentioned in an article on the maps in Time Out New York, and will be on view through January 25th, 2008.

Photos from Alumni in NYC Government Happy Hour
Wagner Alumni who work in New York City government enjoyed networking and camaraderie at their second Happy Hour on November 14th at QDT. View photos from the event to see who attended!

Rudin Center Report Examines Programmed Fare Increases
Linda M. Spock, Visiting Practitioner at NYU Wagner's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, has produced a new report on the experience of a dozen transit agencies that have implemented or tried to implement programmed (or, occurring on a regular and/or inflation-related basis as opposed to an "as-needed" basis) fare increases. The experiences of the transit agencies reviewed "suggest the importance of clearly communicating the need for regular fare increases to transit customers in the context of agencies' efforts to maintain service, constrain costs, and address customer needs and concerns." Read more.

Wagner Adjunct Professor Published in the International Herald Tribune
Louis Bickford, Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration, has published an essay in the International Herald Tribune titled "Monuments and memory," in which he argues that countries should find ways to preserve the symbols and monuments of fallen or discredited regimes. Instead of serving as candidates for destruction, civic memorials around the world can provide opportunities to learn from the past and "educational tools in the pursuit of democratic citizenship." The piece appears in the Nov. 19, 2007, edition of IHT. Read it here.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
December 2007 / January 2008

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

New York:

  • Dec. 10, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Dec. 12, 8:15 - 9:30am - Breakfast with Elliot "Lee " Sander of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. Event is full, but you may join the waitlist.
  • Jan. 14, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Jan. 21 through 26- MLK Celebration Week at NYU. A week long celebration of the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. More information coming soon. www.nyu.edu/mlkweek
  • Jan. 23 - Empowering Women in Latin America. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. More info coming soon.


  • Dec. 4, 6 to 8 pm - NYU Young Alumni Happy Hour in LOS ANGELES. Hosted by the Young Alumni Leadership Circle. XBar, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA. RSVP to Elizabeth Hamilton: (212) 998-6973.
  • Dec. 13, 5:30 to 8 pm - NYU Alumni Holiday Happy Hour in WASHINGTON, DC. Cafe Citron, 1343 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC (Dupont Circle metro stop). For more info, contact Maureen Walsh.
  • Jan. 17, 5:30 to 8pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: BOCA RATON. With President John Sexton and Ronald Zweig, Taub Chair of Israel Studies. Marriott Boca Raton, 5150 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL. For more info, contact Maureen Walsh.


Office of Career Services (OCS): 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:

  • Executive Director,
    America SCORES Chicago (Illinois)
  • Manager, North Africa Program,
    American Cancer Society
  • Director of Resource Development,
    Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
  • Executive Director for Systems Administration,
    NYC Human Resources Administration
  • Senior Financial Analyst,
    NYU School of Medicine
  • Environmental Planner,
    PB (California)
  • Deputy Director,
    Women's Environment & Development Organization

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


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

As Professor of Health and Public Policy and Director of Doctoral Studies, Dr. Beth Weitzman (MPA ‘80, Ph.D. ‘87) enjoys her work at NYU Wagner. She points out that as a professor, “you get to stay in your role but reinvent the exact nature of that role” all the time. In any given week she fills the shoes of teacher, advisor, researcher and administrator. Read the full profile.


Check out the Current Issue of the Wagner Planner

The latest edition of The Wagner Planner is now on view online.
In this issue: Online Carbon Calculators, Urban World Population Growth, Economic Reform in Vietnam, and much more...


Calling All Recent Health Alumni!

The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) needs your help. In preparation for their Board's strategic planning retreat, CAHME is surveying important constituents. CAHME accreditation helps students identify those programs that meet the profession's standards for a quality, relevant education. They have a designed a 3 minute survey to get your feedback on the role CAHME Accreditation played in your selection of a program for your graduate education. Please take the CAHME Survey which will be online until midnight, Friday, December 7th.


Alumni Insights: NYU Listservs

Do you subscribe to New York University administered listservs in addition to the one for Wagner Alumni? If so, which ones? How important is it to you to stay abreast of University news and regional events? Please send us your answers to wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with Alumni Insights in the Subject line.


Peace, Hope, Joy, and Wagner

We know you all work hard to make the world a more peaceful, joyous place. As you celebrate the sentiments of the season, we hope you will remember NYU Wagner when making your annual donations. Your gifts support lifelong education and programming opportunities provided for students and alumni alike. Help us respond to your evolving learning and career needs by contributing critical financial support. You can donate online, through the return envelopes that come in Wagner mailings, or by mailing a check (made out to NYU Wagner) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604. Remember to indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund.

THANK YOU to all who give back to Wagner, be it through donations of time or money. We appreciate all the support our Alumni and Friends give us.


Did You Know...?


Donna Gambrell (MS '01) has been appointed director of the US Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Congratulations, Donna.


Alyssa Holmgren (MPA-PNP'06) recently took a position as Policy Analyst at the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research. Congratulations, Alyssa.

Seth Rosen (MPA-PNP '05) and his blog, technovist, were recently featured in the Boston Globe.

Muzzy Rosenblatt (MPA-PNP '92) was featured in his undergraduate alma mater's Wesleyan University Magazine in an article entitled, Help Needed: Fighting poverty in New York City is much more than just a job.

Jeff Tuller (MPA-PNP '04) recently published a piece on nonprofit transparency and the donor-charity relationship for the One Post Challenge on the Tactical Philanthropy blog.


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


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