Wagner School Alumni eNews – June 2006

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Congratulations to the New Wagner Alumni Association (WAA) 2006-07 Board


The 2006-07 Wagner Alumni Association (WAA) Board of Directors election results are now available online. Please visit the WAA Election Page for a complete list. Congratulations to our new board members and a big thank you to all alumni that participated in the election either by running for office or by casting a vote. We are looking forward to a successful new year!

Annual Meeting Reveals First-Rate WAA Annual Report

The 2006 Annual Meeting and Gala for New Grads was a great success and the status of the WAA couldn't be more promising. Outgoing WAA President Victoria Shire presented the Annual Report to attendees highlighting the extraordinary efforts of this year's WAA. With increased board representation across the country, the activities of the WAA reached farther than ever before. Activities in NYC included a successful series of Happy Hour/Networking Events and a Wine Tasting Party that attracted over 60 guests. The efforts of the outgoing WAA Board are to be commended.

Puck Reception Space Dedicated to Former Wagner Dean

Former Wagner Dean Howard Newman was honored on June 1st with the naming of the "Howard Newman Reception Area." The ceremony was conducted by Dean Ellen Schall and attended by Mr. Newman, his family, Wagner faculty, alumni and other guests. Mr. Newman served as Dean from 1988 to 1994 and gave the school its current name of the "Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service." Mr. Newman helped to build Wagner's research centers and institutes, created the Martin Cherkasky Chair, and worked to enhance and diversify the faculty. Please stop by the reception area (adjacent to the Dean's Office) during your next visit to the Puck Building.

Wagner Seeks Program Administrator for MS and Dual Degree Programs

NYU Wagner's Office of Enrollment and Student Services is seeking a committed nonprofit or higher education professional to fill a Program Administrator opening. The position would develop and manage the mid-career Master of Science in management and the dual degree MPA/MA in Judaic Studies programs. The ideal candidate would have three years of related experience supervising operations, programs and staff, and providing advisement services. For a full job description and application go online job req. # 4691BR.

Spring Edition of International Newsletter Available Online

Want to know what's happening within the international community at Wagner? Read the Spring 2006 edition of the "Global Public Service Update." Get the most up-to-date information on international courses, explore conference bulletins, read faculty bios, learn about recent publications and review capstone project reports. This edition is available online.


Events and Regional Activities:
June 2006/July 2006


Talks, Receptions, Seminars & Career Services Activities


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

  • June 6, 6:30 to 8 pm - NYU Alumni Reception in Boston. At Hotel Commonwealth, reception fee $15 or $10 for recent alumni ('96-'06). For more information, call 212-998-6946 or inquire via email.
  • June 8, 6:30 pm - RAN Social Honoring Class of 2006. At the Princeton Club. For more information, call 212-998-6946.
  • June 15, 4 to 6 pm - "Women Who Cook for a Living in New York and Why There Aren't More of Them." Panel discussion at the Kimmel Center. Free with NYU ID ($10 suggested donation). Registration is required, call 212-992-9018.
  • June 22, 6 to 7:30 pm - "Career Changers Panel" at Wasserman Center for Career Development. For more information, call 212-998-4741 or register online.


Office of Career Services (OCS): COMING SOON! New Career Directory

Next month OCS will launch a brand new Career Directory with enhanced state-of-the-art services and features for alumni and students. In addition to a stunning new look and feel this directory will allow registered users to create a custom profile to research employers, bookmark favorite jobs, store multiple resumes, register for OCS events and manage activities on a personal calendar. Stay tuned for detailed registration information coming later this month.


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:

  • Senior Advisor for Applied Research - Community Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Vice President for Institutional Development, Global Health Council
  • Chief Operating Officer, Habitat for Humanity - NYC
  • Senior Planning Analyst, HIP Health Insurance Plan of NY
  • Senior Manager for Special Projects, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services
  • Regional Development Director: California/Nevada, Wilderness Society

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


Wagner 2006 Class Giving Boosts Annual Fund

The last task the graduating Class of 2006 took on was their class gift campaign, the "2006 Public Service Pledge." With the help of a matching gift challenge from Dean Schall, they surpassed their participation goal of 25% of graduating students giving to the NYU Wagner Annual Fund. With an emphasis on "participation over pledge amount" the campaign was wildly successful with funds supporting student scholarships. Don't miss your chance to pledge or to honor a graduate by giving to the 2006 Public Service Pledge on their behalf.


Whatever Your Class, Give Wagner!

Whether you are a member of the class of 1956, 1984, or 2003, you, too, can give back to Wagner. Wagner programs and services would not be possible without the generosity of our alumni. Membership information for Wagner Donor Societies is available online. Gifts can made through online contributions, or 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.

And remember it's not how much you give, but that you give!


Did You Know...?

Tina Axelrad (MUP '91) is a Principal for Clarion Associates, a national land use planning and policy consulting firm in Denver, CO. Clairon's client base is local and regional governments with strong practice areas in community planning, development codes and design standards, infrastructure financing and impact fees, affordable housing strategies and policy consulting across a broad range of subjects.

Donna Ball (MPA '98) is a Senior Management Consultant at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation within the Office of Professional Services and Affiliations. Donna serves as a liaison between HHC Facilities and their respective Medical School Affiliates. She also manages all issues related to expense budget reimbursement claims and monitors performance indicators established by HHC and the Affiliate.

Vasit Dejkunjorn (MPA '54) has published an English-translation of his book titled "In His Majesty's Footsteps: A Personal Memoir." Originally written in 1999 in Dejkunjorn's native Thai, the memoir is in its third print run with the first English edition now available. Congratulations, Vasit.

Marilyn DeLuca (MPHIL '95, PHD '00) will serve as the Executive Director of the new Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. Made possible by the Barbara and Donald Jonas Family Fund, the Jonas Center will aim to provide leadership on nursing workforce concerns through targeted grant-making, partnerships with eminent nursing schools, leading medical centers, homecare and outpatient settings, and an operating model that fosters collaboration among nurse leaders, healthcare professionals, policy makers and industry. Congratulations, Marilyn.

Hy L. Dubowsky (MPA '87, MPHIL '91, PHD '95) was elected to a three year term as a member of the Guidlerland School Board. Upon being elected to one of three seats, Hy looked forward to continuing the move forward with fiscal and budget reforms in response to the concerns of local taxpayers. Congratulations, Hy.

Tatiana Li (MPA '05) is the Press and Public Information Officer at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Tatiana serves as the key person for public outreach and media strategy of the organization. She also is responsible for projects in the field of media development and freedom of media.

Jennie Martin (MPA '00) is a Teacher/Community Coordinator at the Central Vermont Adult Basic Education. Jennie coordinates a state sponsored adult education program in a VT rural community, providing basic literacy services and alternate high school graduation opportunities such as GED and the VT Adult Diploma Program. She also manages the office for the western part of VT's Orange county serving as a teacher and community outreach person.

Andrea October (MPA '03) is the Program Coordinator at HIV Care Services. Andrea monitors contract programs to assure contract compliance, negotiates and develops new contracts in accordance with the RFP criteria, analyzes requests for program/budget modifications and provides technical assistance to contractors.

William Wilberforce (MPA '94) is a consultant working in Human Resource Development with W.W. Consult in CT. William consults for both international public and private sector clients on human resource development issues.

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

In each Wagner School Alumni eNews 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..."!