Wagner School Alumni eNews – March, 2005

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Wagner Career Fair: March 9


Job seekers: don't miss Wagner's annual Career Fair on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Puck Building Grand Ballroom, 293 Lafayette Street at Houston, NYC. The Career Fair provides opportunities to meet informally with representatives from a wide variety of public service organizations in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors, and is a great place to practice interviewing skills, network, and make personal contacts that might turn into job offers down the road. For details and a list of participating employers, visit the Office of Career Services web site.

Cocktails in Chicago Alumni Reception: March 15

Connect and network with fellow Chicago alumni, peers in your industry, and Wagner faculty and students in town for the ACHE Congress on Healthcare Management. The reception is on Tuesday, March 15, 2005, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the Berghoff Restaurant, 17 West Adams St., Chicago, IL 60603. Beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. (RSVP online)

Public Service Today on Myers-Briggs and Workplace Communications: March 30

Save the date for the March Public Service Today Seminar: "Improving Workplace Communications with Myers-Briggs," on Wednesday, March 30, from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. @ Houston St., second floor, NYC. Continental breakfast will be served. (RSVP online)

Wagner Professors Testify on Education Issues

Wagner professors Amy Ellen Schwartz and Leanna Stiefel both recently testified in front of the New York City Council on education-related matters. Schwartz discussed how the New York City public school system addresses the needs of immigrant children, while Stiefel addressed issues including high school size and how to measure school performance and efficiency. (Read their testimonies online.)


Events and Regional Activities:
March/April 2005


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.

  • March 9, 4:00 to 7:00 pm — Wagner Career Fair
  • March 10, 6:30 - 8:00 pm — Orlando, FL: NYU In Your Neighborhood Alumni Reception (RSVP online)
  • March 12, 12:30 - 2:00 pm — ST. Pete Beach, FL: NYU In Your Neighborhood Alumni Reception (RSVP online)
  • March 15, 6:30 - 8:00 pm Chicago Wagner Alumni Reception (RSVP online)
  • March 21, 6:30 - 8:30 pm — San Francisco Wagner Alumni Networking Reception at APA Conference, Salon 9, San Francisco Marriot
  • March 24, 6:30 - 8:00 pm Guest Lecture: Bill Hoagland (RSVP online)
  • March 25, 12:00 – 6:00 pm International Public Service Association’s Spring 2005 Conference (RSVP online)
  • March 29, 7:00 - 9:30 pm Conversation and Film Screening: Dr. Gino Strada (RSVP online)
  • March 30, 8:00 - 10:00 am Public Service Today: Talking the Talk - Improving Workplace Communications with Myers-Briggs (RSVP online)
  • March 30, 3:00 - 7:00 pm Job Expo: Alumni, Graduate Students and Experienced Professionals (more information)
  • April 5, 5:30 - 8:00 pm 9th Annual Kovner/Behrman Lecture: Revolutionizing Healthcare Delivery (RSVP online)
  • April 14, 5:30 - 8:00 pm LOS ANGELES, CA: NYU In Your Neighborhood Alumni Reception (RSVP online)
  • April 26, 5:30 - 8:00 pm Henry Hart Rice Urban Planning Forum with Joseph Salvo (RSVP online)
  • April 27, 8:00 - 10:00 am PUBLIC SERVICE TODAY: Making Your Dollars Count: Understanding Socially Responsible Personal Investing (RSVP online)

Office of Career Services Events

For updated listings and event details, see the Wagner Career Services Calendar. To RSVP for OCS events, see the OCS Event RSVP Form.

  • March 23, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Interviewing & Salary Negotiation Workshop


DC Alums: Host an NYU Student This Summer

NYU's Office of Government and Community Relations is seeking alumni in the Washington, DC area to offer summer housing to students taking part in unpaid internships with legislators and nonprofits. By opening your home for the summer, you can help a student make the most of his or her internship experience without the worry of living expenses, encourage NYU undergraduates to get involved public service, and help build a regional network of NYU students and alumni. Internships vary in duration, but usually last from 6-8 weeks between June and August. For more information, contact Carol Reichman, NYU Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations, at carol.reichman@nyu.edu or 212-998-2337.


NEW: Computer Discounts for NYU Alumni

NYU is now offering substantial discounts for alumni on IBM Thinkpads, desktops, printers and more. This discount is available to alumni registered through VioletNet, NYU's Online Alumni Community. You may also obtain the discount by presenting a valid NYU alumni card at the NYU Computer Store, located at 242 Greene Street on NYU's Washington Square campus. For more information, call the Computer Store at (212) 998-4672.



Wagner Annual Fund


Participate in the Annual Fund:


Traditionally, NYU and Wagner have a giving participation rate of approximately 10% among our alumni. We have set the ambitious goal of increasing our participation rate to 15%, a difference of only a few hundred gifts. Help Wagner reach our giving goals by making an online contribution to Wagner at any giving level. Be sure to indicate that your gift should go to support NYU Wagner.

Thank you for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?


Kevin Desmond (MPA '85) has become the General Manager of King County Metro Transit, the public transportation system for the Seattle, Washington area. Congratulations, Kevin.


Dr. Michael Hall (MS '01) traveled to Sri Lanka to assist with the tsunami relief efforts in January. Michael and a medical colleague established a relief operations base, the New Zealand Medical Alliance, in a church at Batticaloa on Sri Lanka's east coast, where it is estimated the tsunami has killed 20,000 people and made 250,000 homeless. Michael is a full time general practitioner working at Te Hauora O Te Hiku O Te Ika Maori Health Provider in Kaitaia New Zealand, and plans to go back to Sri Lanka as project manager of the New Zealand Medical Alliance.

Gregg Mohrmann (MPA '00) was recently promoted to Senior Manager, PMO at the New York office of First Consulting Group, a healthcare outsourcing, consulting, and systems integration firm. Congratulations, Gregg.

Oscar S�nchez Pi�eiro (MPA '00) is the new Associate External Affairs Officer, Donor Relations and Resource Moblilistion Service for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Congratulations, Oscar.

Laurie Radler (MPA '87) heads up LECG's healthcare practice in New York, focusing on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, payor/provider claims disputes, development of anti-fraud programs, and other services related to fraud and abuse in all sectors of healthcare and life sciences. LECG is a firm providing litigation consulting, business advisory and expert services in the US and abroad, with approximately 300 experts and 600 staff and provide dispute consulting, business valuation, financial and economic analysis, damage calculations, wage and hour class action, healthcare regulatory and compliance, forensic accounting and other services across all industries.

Stephen Rolandi (MPA '80) is the new Director of Finance and Administration for the School of Public Affairs at Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY). Congratulations, Stephen.

Muzzy Rosenblatt (MPA '92) is the Executive Director of the Bowery Residents' Committee (BRC), a homelessness outreach agency in NYC which was recently profiled in the March 2 issue of the New York Times. Read the full article online (log-in required). Congratulations, Muzzy.

Samuel Schaffzin (MPA '03) recently joined the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as a Regional Coordinator for the Medical Reserve Corps, a post-9/11 public health preparedness program developed under the office of the Surgeon General. Congratulations, Samuel.

Michael Tretola (MPA '98) recently moved into the role of Vice President of Operations at St. John's Queens Hospital, New York. Congratulations, Michael.

Be the next "Did you Know..."

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