NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – July / August 2009

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Top Stories


Prof. Beth Weitzman (MPA '80, PhD '87) Appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at NYU Steinhardt
Wagner's beloved Prof. Weitzman, longstanding health professor and head of the PhD program, transferred to Steinhardt on August 1st, assuming the role of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. As Associate Dean, Weitzman will help lead the School on all academic matters. Her responsibilities will include working closely with faculty, administrators, and students to further enhance the School's academic goals in all of its undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. Read more.


Get Ready for NYU Alumni Day and Dean Schall's Fall Harvest Lunch for Wagner Families
NYU Alumni Day will be held on Oct. 3, 2009.  The day promises to be full of engaging events including panels entitled "Can We Afford to Go Green? The Politics of Climate Change" and "Is Access to Healthcare a Right or Privilege?"  Dean Schall will also host her annual lunch for alumni and their families.  More information will be available soon at the NYU Alumni Day website.


Prof. Sewin Chan Named to U.S. Dept. of Labor's Advisory Panel on Pensions
Sewin Chan, Associate Professor of Public Policy at NYU Wagner, has been sworn in as a member of the U.S. Department of Labor's Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Plans. The panel was established under the ERISA Act, and Professor Chan will be one of 15 members on a three-year term.  Read more.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
September 2009

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


New York:


NYU Wagner Alumni in NYC Government Happy Hour.  More info coming soon.

NYU Alumni Day, including Fall Harvest Lunch with Dean Schall.



NYU Alumni Events:
University-wide Alumni Calendar





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 Finance Officer,
    Abyssinian Development Corporation
  • VP and Regional Director for Africa,
    FINCA International (International)
  • Director of Real Estate and Construction,
    Habitat for Humanity
  • Vice President, Global Health Programs
    Public Health Institute
  • Manager, Policy Development,
    Select Greater Philadelphia (Pennsylvania)
    Operations Senior VP,
  • Chief Instructional Officer
    Success Charter School Network

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

Earlier in his career Jacob Victory (MPA '98) told Idealist.org in an interview, "There is a lack of planning in healthcare to address the awesome needs of the population. The industry is more reactive than proactive." As a strong strategic planner, Victory has spent most of his professional life working to fill that gap at the organizations where he has worked.  Read more.


Alumni Insights: Interns

You share your insights with us!

Does your organization hire interns during the academic year?  Do you have a formal program or do you hire on an ad hoc basis?  How can Wagner help you find the right interns?  We want to know.  Share your thoughts with us at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.  And don't forget to post your available opportunities on the OCS Career Directory.


Last Chance to Donate to the 2009 Wagner Annual Fund

We've reached 75% of our 2009 goal for the Wagner Annual Fund. Can you help us get closer to our target? To be eligible to count in the 2009 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 by supporting NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?

Jordan Anderson and Vaidila Kungys (MUP '05) have created a new website for New York City bicyclists, ridethecity.com.  The site helps riders find the safest bike routes in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Austin, TX.

Zoe Colon (MPA '05) is the new executive director of the Hispanic Resource Center in Mamaroneck, NY.  Congratulations, Zoe.

John Donnellan (MPA '84) has been named to the newly established Robert Derzon Chair in Health and Public Service at Wagner.  Welcome back, John, and congratulations.

The Capstone Project by Emily Barnes, Aminata Diop, Sarah Felsenthal, Surovi Mukerjee, and Laura Prussin (MPA '09) for the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is featured on OPDV's website.  Their project focused on media coverage of domestic violence.

Honey Laptook (MPA '05) received her MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work this past May and has begun a new job as the Social Worker for the Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project.  Congratulations, Honey.

Dominic Massaro (MPA '65) has been nominated by Governor Paterson to the New York State Supreme Court in the First Judicial District.  Congratulations, Dominic.

Matthew Summy (MPA '97) has been named President and CEO of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition. Congratulations, Matthew.

Jason Yoon (MPA '06) appeared in a news story on NBC 10 in Rhode Island that covered local arts grants coming out of the ARRA stimulus funds.  Yoon is the Executive Director of New Urban Arts in Providence.

Lawrence Zippin (MPA '67) has been named CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Network in Verona, VA. Congratulations, Lawrence.



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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!