Wagner School Alumni eNews – January 2006

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Founder of Idealist.org to be Featured in Social Entrepreneurship Panel


Want to learn more about social entrepreneurship and its impact on communities and the public sector? Attend the “How to Strengthen Communities to Solve Tough Societal Problems: Socially Entrepreneurial Solutions” panel discussion. Join NYU Wagner's Nonprofit Network and Bridge student groups for a provocative expert panel discussion on how social entrepreneurship efforts have the capacity to engender large-scale community change. The panel will feature Ami Dar, founder of Actions without Borders/Idealist.org, along with David Bornstein author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas. This panel will take place January 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. For more information or to RSVP go online.

Capstone Project Continues to Impact Programs and Make Headlines

A January 1st article in Pennsylvania’s The Patriot-News highlighted the work of a capstone project conducted by NYU Wagner graduate students. Under the direction of S J Avery, Wagner Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public and Health Administration, the Wagner capstone team of Christi Macrina, Victoria Shire, and Jennifer Sturtz evaluated the use of a new drug designed to treat dependency on opiate. The team consulted a federal and 30 different state authorities about their treatment progress and made a site visit to a facility in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Their report went onto the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and became part of the research being used to create new approaches to treating addictions within New York City. Read the full story online.

What’s at Stake for the Health Care System in New York?

The NYS Commission on Health Care in the 21st Century will undoubtably reshape the health care delivery system for New York, but to what extent? Join David Sandman, Executive Director of the NYS Commission, for a panel discussion on “The Future of Health Care in New York State” on January 25, from 8 - 10 am. Sponsored by the Wagner Alumni Association and the NYUPHA and ACHE student groups, the panel will address the purpose of the NYS Commission and what hospitals and other healthcare organizations are doing to meet the changing healthcare needs of New York. The panel will also feature Robert Chaloner, CEO, Cabrini Medical Center; Bob Porr of Solucient Soluctions; and Dr. Aran Ron, Executive Vice President of GHI and President of GHI HMO. For more information or to RSVP go online.

Wagner Finance Society to Host Fraud Panel Discussion

In recent years, fraud has become more prevalent in non-profit organizations. Join Andrew Levine, Deputy Counsel from the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme in a discussion on “FINANCE FRAUD: It Can Happen to You or What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Organization and Career.” This expert panel will also include: Philip Michael, Esq. of Council at Troutman and Sanders and former head of New York City's Office of Management and Budget; and Lourdes Martinez, Esq., Partner, Garfunkel, Wild and Travis. Moderated by Wagner Professor Steven Finkler, this panel will take place on Thursday, January 26, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP go online.


Events and Regional Activities:
January 2006/February 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.

  • Jan. 9, 5 to 7 pm -"The Downtown Show: The New York Art Scene, 1974-1984", Opening Reception and Exhibit. The Fales Library, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library 70 Washington Square South, 3rd Floor. For more information call: 212-998-2596.
  • Jan. 11, 6 to 8 pm -The 8th Annual Alumni of Color Reception. Join us for an evening of networking with fellow alumni through the Office for African American, Latino, and Asian American Student Services. NYU Kimmel Center for University Life. For more information send a request via email.
  • Jan. 13, 11:30 am- Florida Alumni! Join the NYU Alumni Club for Greyhound Racing at Sarasota Kennel Club's Skyline Room. For more information or to RSVP go online.
  • Jan. 15 through 21 -MLK Celebration Week, "From Civil Rights to Social Justice". A week of events celebrating the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information go online.
  • Jan. 17, 6 to 8 pm -NYU in Your Neighborhood: DELRAY BEACH, FL. Alumni Donor Reception. NYU President John Sexton will discuss the University’s ever-growing popularity and its stature as one of the most celebrated research universities in the world. For more information go online.
  • Jan. 18, 6 to 8 pm -NYU in Your Neighborhood: BAL HARBOUR, FL. Alumni Donor Reception. Join NYU alumni, parents, and friends for a very special evening of networking and lively conversation with NYU President John Sexton at the home of Milly and Mort (STERN ’54) Nyman. For more information go online.
  • Jan. 20, 6 to 8 pm -Anniversary Celebration of Roe V Wade. Women of Color Policy Network and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health present the film “Rosita.” Reservations via email.
  • Jan. 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm -NYU Wagner's Nonprofit Network and Bridge student groups will be hosting a panel discussion “How to Strengthen Communities to Solve Tough Societal Problems: Socially Entrepreneurial Solutions.” For more information or to RSVP go online.
  • Jan. 25, 8 to 10 am -The Wagner Alumni Association presents “PUBLIC SERVICE TODAY: The Future of Health Care in New York State.” For more information see article above or RSVP online.
  • Jan. 26, 6 to 9 pm -NYU Women's Initiative presents "The Downtown Show" at NYU's Grey Art Gallery. Reservations can be made via email.
  • Jan. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 pm -FINANCE FRAUD: What you don't know can hurt you: How to be an Ethical Financial Professional in an Age of Ambiguity. Moderated by Professor Steven Finkler. RSVP information coming soon.
  • Jan. 30, 6:30 to 9:30 pm -“Hunger, Speed and Weight: The Characteristics of Leadership.” Listen to John Isaacson of Isaacson, Miller Inc. then stay to network with Wagner alumni and students. For more information or to RSVP go online.
  • Feb. 7, 12 to 4 pm- NYU Summer, Full-Time, and Diversity Fair at Puck Building. For more information, go online.
  • Feb. 9, 6 to 8 pm- WAGNER ALERT! ALL ALUMNI/AE HAPPY HOUR by the WAA. The Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd St. RSVP via email.
  • Feb. 9, 6 to 7 pm- Laurance Allen & Regina Fazio Maruca or Value Magazine. Puck Building, Mulberry Conference Rm. Please RSVP via email.
  • Feb. 13, 12 to 1 pm- Women's Network for a Sustainable Future Information Session. Puck Building, Mulberry Conference Room. Register online.
  • Feb. 15, 5:30 & 6:15 pm- Global Public Health Emergencies: Preparation, Practice, and Politics. Reception at 5:30 pm and program at 6:15 pm. RSVP via online.
  • Feb. 16, 6 to 8 pm- Networking Strategies Workshop. Puck Building, Mulberry Conference Room. Register online.
  • Feb. 16, 12:30 to 1:30 pm- IPSA Brown Bag: Impact of Migration and Remittances on the South. With Wagner Professor, Natasha Iskander. RSVP by phone: (201) 344-4567.
  • Feb. 16, 6:30 to 8:30 pm- "The Moving Edge: The Place of Downtown Art in New York City" panel discussion including: Harvey Molotch, Laurin Raiken, Mitchell Stevens, and Sharon Zukin. For more information, call: (212) 998-2596.
  • Feb. 17, 12 to 1 pm- Port Authority of NY & NJ Information Session. Puck Building, Jersey Conference Room. Pre-register online.
  • Feb. 18, 12 pm- Thomas Jefferson Lecture & Luncheon in St. Petersburg, Florida. NYU’s own John Stewart will present excerpts from the writings of Thomas Jefferson about our nation's father. For more information, click here.
  • Feb. 22, 12 to 1:30 pm- U.S. Office of Management & Budget Information Session in Puck Building, Second Floor Conference Room. Register online.
  • Feb. 23- GAO Site Visit at Employer Site in Washington D.C. Register online.
  • Feb. 23, 10 to 3 pm- Washington D.C. Nonprofit & Government Career Fair. Marriott Conference Center, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Register online.
  • Feb. 25, 8 to 11 pm- Opportunity for Young Alumni in Connecticut: Mardi Gras 2006. Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. For more information, call: (203) 869-6786, ext. 329 or go online.
  • Feb. 28, 5:30 to 7:30 pm- NYU in Your Neighborhood: ALBANY, NY. Join President John Sexton and your NYU neighbors at this yearly reception! For more information, or to RSVP, go online.
  • Feb. 28, 6 pm- Film: "At Five in the Afternoon.” Filmed in Afghanistan by Iranian Samira Mahkmalbaf. Woolworth Building at 15 Barclay St. For more information, call: (212) 992-8380 or send an email.
  • Feb. 28, 6 to 8 pm- The 2006 Annual Leadership in Transportation Awards Reception, sponsored by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. For more information, go online.


Office of Career Services: Networking is Key to Career Advancement

Researchers estimate that approximately 60-80 percent of jobs are obtained through networking. However networking goes beyond social interactions and asking friends for jobs. Networking is the systematic development and cultivation of a pool of professional contacts. Building and maintaining relationships with people within and outside of your field are essential for long-term career advancement. Every opportunity to practice your networking skills should be utilized and the next Wagner networking event is just right around on the corner. On Monday, January 30th, come listen to John Isaacson of Isaacson, Miller Inc. discuss “Hunger, Speed and Weight: The Characteristics of Leadership” then stay to network with Wagner alumni and students. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to RSVP go online. For additional tips on successful networking go to Wagner’s Office of Career Services “How To Guides”.


Making A Planned Gift is Easy

Recently, Wagner alumna Christine Toes (MPA ’05) informed NYU Wagner that she wanted to make a planned gift to include the school in her will. “I loved my Wagner experience,” says Toes, “and wanted to make sure that I would remember the school, even many years after my graduation.” Placing bequest language in one’s estate is easy to do, and there are real tax advantages for making such a gift. Those who make planned gifts become members of the Society of the Torch, which recognizes alumni, faculty, and friends who have named NYU in their estates or made planned gifts to the University. Society members receive invitations to special events on campus, including the opportunity to march in the procession into Washington Square Park during the University's Commencement in May. They also receive free subscriptions to NYU Today. For more information about making a planned gift, please contact Steve Sagner, Wagner Director of Development, at 212-992-9860.



Wagner Annual Fund

Make a Resolution to Support Wagner! A great way to usher in the New Year is to help Wagner reach our giving goals by making an online contribution at any giving level. Be sure to indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner School. Thank you for the difference you make through your commitment to Wagner. You can donate to Wagner in a variety of ways: online, through the return envelopes that come in Wagner mailings, or by mailing a check (made out to New York University) 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 for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?

Funmilayo A. Jack (MPA '04) works as a Financial Consultant at AXA Advisors, LLC.

Leticia Morales-Ripalda (MPA '03) is currently working in the NYC Department of Education as the Director of Analytics for the Office of New Schools. She is working on implementing a tracking system to evaluate the performance of over 250 new small and charter schools as compared to traditional schools.

Angela Mathangani (MPA '00) is a Programme Officer in the Division of Regional Cooperation for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She works in Nairobi, Kenya.

Lauren Robinson (MPA '94) is a Strategic Consultant for Chicago Community Ventures in Chicago, IL, Robinson duties include strategic planning, staff training, internal communications, and coordinating programming across operating groups.

Todd Rufo (MUP '04) is the Policy Advisor for Economic Development for District 5 in San Jose, CA. Rufo's positions is part of the Land Use and Housing within the Office of Councilmember Nora Campos.

Josie Sandler (MPA '00) was recently promoted to Client Partner at Korn/Ferry International. Congratulations, Josie.

Rachel Werner (MPA '04) recently started working at Edison Schools. Rachel works in the Grants Compliance division and looks forward to the opportunities for principal trainings, travel, and overall work in the education field.

Melissa Witham (MPA '04) is the Manager of Intake Services at ARBOR WeCARE Program in Brooklyn, NY. Witham manages the intake unit of a large welfare-to-work program specializing in assisting disabled welfare recipients.

Ernesto Ylagan (MPA '93) is the Director of Finance of Sunnyside Home Care Project Inc. In this position, Ernesto oversees the management of home care finances and office-related departments, sets the standards for all aspects of program operations, and develops and implements internal audit systems to ensure that the financial systems are being managed in accordance with the agency's contractual policies and procedures and to control operational costs.

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