NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – January 2008

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Brademas Center Discusses Congress, Defense Issues, and the Future
NYU Wagner's Brademas Center for the Study of Congress held a well-attended and timely forum Dec. 14, 2007, on how Congress can come to grips with looming defense issues such as the War on Terror, changes in force structure, DOD reform, and base closings. Part of a series of Brademas Center discussions on Congressional performance titled "Legislating for the Future," the D.C. forum was convened by Professor Paul Light and included leading scholars on defense: Paul K. Davis, Principal Researcher, The Rand Corporation; Kenneth R. Mayer, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution. Read more.

Disaster Policy Op-Ed by Prof. Mitchell Moss Published in San Francisco Chronicle
Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy & Planning Mitchell Moss recently contributed an opinion piece to the San Francisco Chronicle entitled "Out of scale - we need a disaster policy sized to our catastrophes." Moss argues that despite improvements in FEMA since Hurricane Katrina, the "underlying federal disaster response system is still in need of reform." His piece, published on December 26th, can be read here. A response to the piece from Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu was published as the last of the Letters to the Editor on January 1st.

Scholarship Fund Established in Memory of Patty Noonan
A scholarship fund for young women pursuing a degree in public service has been established in honor of Patty Noonan, ’99, who sadly passed away in December after a nine-month battle with non-smoking related lung cancer. After completing her MPA at NYU Wagner, Patty joined the Partnership for New York City where she served for a decade – most recently as Senior Vice President for Research & Policy. She leaves behind her husband and 14-month-old daughter, as well as many family and friends who loved her dearly. To perpetuate the memory of Patty, and to help her daughter understand the important contributions she made to the city, a scholarship fund for young women pursuing a degree in public policy is being established in her name at NYU Wagner. Contributions to the scholarship may be sent to NYU Wagner Noonan Fund (checks may also be made out to the same), Attn: Lisa Taylor, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor, New York 10012.

Wagner Alumni Across the USA! Regional Alumni Happy Hours Planned for January 30th
For the first time ever, five Wagner Alumni Happy Hours will be held simultaneously on January 30th in Boston, D.C., the Twin Cities, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. If you live in one of these regions, don't miss this great chance to join your fellow alumni for conversation and camaraderie and share your Wagner pride. RSVP online.

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Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
January 2008 / February 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:

  • 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 info available at www.nyu.edu/mlkweek.
  • Jan. 23, 12 to 2pm - State of the Dream: Where We've Been, Where We're Going and How We'll Get There. Sponsored by SADA. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Jan. 25 6 to 8pm - Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice and Sterilization Abuse in the Latina Community. Sponsored by the WOCPN. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP by email to the Latina Institute.
  • Jan. 30, 12 to 1:30pm - NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Jed Emerson, Founder of Blended Value. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Jan. 30, 6:30 to 8pm - Feminism and the Women's Movement Defined. Sponsored by ALAS, WWC and WOCPN. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Jan. 31, 8:30 to 10:30am - Presidential Candidates' Forum on Transportation & Infrastructure. Sponsored by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, Kimmel Center, 4th Fl., 60 Washington Sq. S. RSVP online.
  • Jan. 31, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series - Humanity Principles in the Age of Terrorism: Lessons from the IRC. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 1, 9am to 2pm - First Annual Forum on Financial Access. Sponsored by FAI. For more info and to RSVP, click here.
  • Feb. 1, 12 to 1:30pm - Using a Legal Framework to Empower the Poor. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 7, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series. Topic TBD. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 7, 6 to 8pm - The Economics of Entitlement Programs with Henry Aaron. Sponsored by the Wagner Health Network. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. More info coming soon.
  • Feb. 13, 6 to 8pm - "And we have a candidate..." Sponsored by the Wagner Policy Alliance. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St, 2nd Fl. More info coming soon.
  • Feb. 14, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series - Transitional Justice: The Development of the Field and Future Challenges. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 19, 6 to 8:30pm - Education Innovation: the Power of Music. Sponsored by WEPSA. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. More info coming soon.
  • Feb. 20, 5pm - NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO, Acumen Fund. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 21, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series - Peacekeeping and the Peacekept: Maintaining Peace After Civil War. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 26, 8:30 to 10am - Transport Revolutions with author Anthony Perl. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 28, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series - Regional Crises in the Greater Middle East: Prospects for Conflict and Resolution. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.

National:

  • 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.
  • Jan. 30 - Regional Wagner Alumni Happy Hours: Boston, D.C., Twin Cities, Los Angeles and Bay Area. RSVP online.

 

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Office of Career Services (OCS): 2008 Career Fair

Looking to hire the perfect candidate for a job or an internship? Recruit for your organization. The annual NYU Wagner Career Fair brings together job seekers and representatives of nonprofit organizations, government agencies, hospitals and health organizations, urban planning agencies, international and global organizations, and private sector companies that have a public sector component for informal meetings with students and alumni. Reserving a table at this Career Fair can increase your organization’s visibility by allowing students and alumni to gather information about your agency, as well as garner interest for specific openings. This year, Wagner has invited the following peer schools to join us at our annual Career Fair: The Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University, the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. The Public Service Graduate Student and Alumni Career Fair will take place Thursday, March 13, 2008 from 3:00-6:00PM at The Puck Building, Grand Ballroom, 293 Lafayette Street, New York, NY. To reserve an employer table, visit http://wagner.nyu.edu/careers/employers/recruitment.

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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:

  • Business Manager (Financial Planning),
    Bond & Company (Washington, D.C.)
  • Director for Training and Curriculum Development,
    Family Justice
  • Consultant,
    Hudson Planning Group
  • Green Building Specialist,
    KEMA (California)
  • Senior Analyst,
    NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • President/Campaign Director,
    Wilderness Society (Washington, D.C.)
  • Executive Director - International YMCA,
    YMCA of Greater New York (New York/International)

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.

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Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

Over a decade ago, when Joseph Jarrin (MPA '97) was studying for his MPA at Wagner, he was an intern in the budget office at New York City’s Department of Transportation (DOT). Although he didn’t stay at the agency after his internship, his career has come full circle. Jarrin is now the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Commissioner for Finance, Contracting, and Program Management at DOT. Read the full profile.

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Thinking About Working Abroad? Take Advantage of Rotary International's Group Study Exchange

Rotary's Group Study Exchange is an excellent international opportunity for young professionals. Assistant Dean David Schachter recommends the program for full-time working professionals between the ages of 25-40 who want to gain in-country experience. The program offers people who are in the early stages of their careers a chance to engage in cultural and vocational exchange. For more information, visit the Group Study Exchange page on Rotary International's website.

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Alumni Insights: Nonprofit Sector

Share your insights with us!

Do you work in the nonprofit sector? Are you still connected to other alums working for similar organizations? How do you stay in touch? How do you stay abreast of important nonprofit issues? Share your favorite resources with us and other alumni by emailing wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line.

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Giving Back: Patty Noonan Scholarship Fund

 

We encourage friends, colleagues and fellow Wagner grads of Patty Noonan to contribute to the fund established in her memory, as mentioned in the article above. Contributions to the scholarship may be sent to NYU Wagner Noonan Fund (checks may also be made out to the same), Attn: Lisa Taylor, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor, New York 10012.

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Did You Know...?

 

Sherri Henkin (MPA '82) was recently promoted to Senior Process Improvement Analyst for AmTrust Bank in Cleveland, Ohio. Additionally, Sherri attained Senior Member status in the Society for Technical Communication, Northeast Ohio Chapter.

 

Warner Johnston (MPA-PNP '01) recently became Director of Communications for the Empire State Development Corporation. Congratulations, Warner.

 

Sandra Latchminie Persaud (MS '00) has been appointed Special Assistant to the President at MTA/NYCT. Congratulations, Sandra.

Darrell Myrick (MPA '00) recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Congratulations, Darrell.

Laurence Pagnoni (MS '99) was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Kirkridge Retreat Center in Bangor, PA.

Meredith Phillips (MUP '04) recently joined the staff of Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project to head up several new community development programs. Congratulations, Meredith.

Oscar Sanchez (MPA-PNP '00) has become a Field Officer in Colombia for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He is charged with opening a new office near the Venezuelan border.

Lawrence Tang (MPA-PNP '02) is currently working as a local consultant for the World Bank's local government sector in the Philippines.

Jason Yoon (MPA-PNP '06) was recently appointed Executive Director at New Urban Arts in Providence, RI and was featured in the Providence Journal. Congratulations, Jason.

 

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

 

In each Wagner School Alumni e-News 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..."

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