NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – July/August 2008

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Professor Ballon Receives Prestigious APA Planning Award
Hilary Ballon, Professor of Urban Studies and Architecture, has won the William H. Whyte Award, which is given annually by the American Planning Association's New York Metro Chapter to an individual, plan, or project that is distinguished by creativity in the field of planning. Dr. Ballon was honored on June 16, 2008, at the APA Chapter's annual meeting at the New York Historical Society for her major exhibition, "Robert Moses and the Modern City." Read more.

2008 Capstone Students get an Early Start on International Projects
Students in the International specialization who will graduate next spring were able to enroll in the first ever summer/fall Capstone class. This enabled them more traveltime to conduct their field research, which they took during the summer months before classes begin in the fall. The three summer/fall projects revolve around global water issues and students have conducted full research in Ecuador, Ghana, and Senegal.

In Memoriam: Dick Netzer and Norman Marcus
We are sad to report the passing of Dick Netzer, dean of Wagner from 1969 through 1992 and the person who hired many of our senior faculty. He died in May at NYU hospital after a severe stroke. In so many ways, Dick set the stage for all Wagner is today. A tribute to Dick will be organized at Wagner in the fall. Read more. Last month, long-time adjunct professor Norman Marcus also passed away. Norman taught Land Use Regulation in Wagner's urban planning program from 1989 through 2004. He served as general counsel to the New York City Planning Commission for twenty years. Read more.



Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
August/September 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:

August 8, 6:00 to 7:00 PM - Visiting Artist Talk: Beckett Bowes.

34 Stuyvesant Street, Einstein Auditorium. An open talk with a prominent New York artist. Free & Open to the public.

August 6, 2008,8:00 to 10:00 PM - The Pianists of Kaywon.

A group recital showcasing the talented young pianists of Kaywon School for the Arts, one of Korea's premiere arts academies. Located at the Frederick Loewe Theatre. For more information,

click here

or contact Adam Cedolia at

September 11, 12:30 to 1:30 PM - Conflict, Security and Development Series - 9/11: 7 Years After.

Rudin Forum. Co-hosted by NYU Center for Global Affairs, NYU Global Public Health Program and the Office for International Programs at NYU Wagner. More info coming soon.

September 26, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Speakers Series on Philanthropy & Politics.

Rudin Forum. More info coming soon.

Washington, DC:

  • August 2, 12:00 to 6:00 PM - Sixth Annual NYU Alumni Summer Picnic. Hosted by the Stern DC Alumni Club. All NYU Alumni and Families Welcome! Back for a sixth year, the annual picnic will take place at the Sleepy Hollow Recreation Association in Falls Church, Virginia. RSVP online.
  • August 4, 7:30 PM - Screen on the Green 2008. Join the NYU Alumni Network for this special screening of The Apartment (1960). Location TBA. For more information, please contact Carolyn Singh (GAL '00) at sscarolyn1@aol.com
  • August 21, 5:30 to 9:00 PM - NYU Alumni Network Happy Hour. Mackey's Pub, 1825 L Street, MW. For more information, please contact Carolyn Singh (GAL '00) at sscarolyn1@aol.com.


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:

  • Chief Policy Officer,
    Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools Foundation (Massachusetts)
  • Planner IV,
    Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission (Louisiana)
  • Founding Executive Director,
    Fund for Global Education
  • Director of Development,
    Kingsborough Community College, CUNY
  • Director of External Relations and Special Projects,
    NYC Dept. of Transportation
  • President,
    Slow Food USA
  • Senior Auditor, P-5,
    United Nations

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.


NYU Wagner is Hiring!

NYU Wagner is expanding and we invite you to apply to join our team. The school will be hiring a new Assistant Director, Office of Careers Services; Assistant Director, MS and Dual Degree Programs; Administrator for International Development; as well as additional Admissions staff. Visit NYU's HR website for job descriptions, details, and instructions on how to apply.


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

As Director of Arts & Cultural Programs at NYC & Company, Ken Wong (MPA '04) works to promote over 175 non-profit arts & cultural organizations established throughout the five boroughs. This includes both large institutions, such as MoMA and the New York Botanical Garden as well as smaller ones like the Staten Island Museum and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Wong helps administer NYC & Company's in-house marketing programs that are intended to help promote these organizations and also works with all the borough presidents' offices to distribute the NYC & Company Foundation's grants that support cultural organizations' programs. Read more.


Help Recruit New Students for MS in Management Degree

Know any great candidates for our MS Management degree? We're looking for fall students to form a new cohort. The program is geared for mid-to-senior level professionals with five years of managerial experience who want to advance to greater leadership positions and develop more sophisticated managerial skills. Many already have advanced professional credentials in medicine, social work, law, accounting, nursing, and engineering. The program has only 3 required courses, and electives (from Wagner or other NYU divisions) fulfill the remainder of the 36 credits. As always, PT and FT are fine.

Help us spread the word by telling your friends and colleagues far and wide. More info is at http://wagner.nyu.edu/executivempa or contact our admissions office at wagner.admissions@nyu.edu or (212) 998-7414.


Alumni Insights: Program-Specific Alumni Listservs

Share your insights with us!

Would you be interested in joining opt-in listservs specific to the degree program or specialization that you were enrolled in at Wagner? Would you join additional program-specific listservs, if they had open posting access, similar to the WSA listserv? We want to know. To share your thoughts, please email wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line.


Last Chance to Donate to the 2008 Wagner Annual Fund

We've reached 89% of our 2008 goal for the Wagner Annual Fund. Can you help us with the final push? To be eligible to count in the 2008 fund, gifts must be made online or postmarked by August 31, 2008. Help us make our goal by submitting an online contribution TODAY! Donations can also be sent by mailing a check (made out to NYU Wagner) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604, Please indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund.

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




Did You Know...?

Lee Alvarez (MPA-Health '06) recently appeared in Consulting Magazine's 30 Under 30 feature. Lee works at Nexera Consulting, a subsidiary of the nonprofit, GNYHA, that focuses it's efforts in provider side healthcare cost reduction, operations improvement and strategic redesign targeting hospitals and long-term care facilities. Congratulations, Lee.

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan (MPA-PNP '06) is one of the 2008 recipients of the Peace, Health and Justice Awards from Casa Atabex Ache, an organization in the South Bronx facilitating collective transformation and social change for women of color. Congratulations, Natasha.

Christopher Levendos (MUP '97) has been named Executive Director - NYC FiOS Franchise Management for Verizon. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the fiber optic build out of New York City, as well as all program management functions associated with the approval, implementation and oversight of the New York City Local Cable TV Franchise Agreement. Congratulations, Chris.

Nick Molinari (MUP '05) was recently promoted to Deputy Director in the Planning Division of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Congratulations, Nick.

Suzanne Mueller (MPA '90) recently became Compliance Manager in New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College's Office of Development. She will be responsible for enforcing, communicating, and assuring compliance with all internal and external policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements that affect Development. Congratulations, Suzanne.

Cuong Nguyen (MPA-PNP '07) has been promoted to the position of deputy chief of staff for Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer. Congratulations, Cuong.

Alison Urkowitz (MPA-PNP '05) was recently interviewed in Future Leaders in Philanthropy's e-Newsletter for their series on MBAs versus MPAs. Thanks for the good words on Wagner, Alison!

Robert Wychulis (MPA-Health '82) has been named Chief Executive Officer of Amerigroup Community Care of New York, the New York branch of AMERIGROUP Corporation, a national organization that works to improve healthcare access and quality for the financially vulnerable, seniors, and people with disabilities by developing innovative managed health services for the public sector. Congratulations, Robert.

Anna York (MPA-PNP '08) was selected to appear as an MPA graduate in the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration's new ad campaign. Congratulations, Anna.


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

In each issue of the Wagner Alumni e-News, we highlight alumni who are doing interesting work in the public sector. Please share your news with us at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu!