Wagner School Alumni eNews – March 2007

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Prof. Light in High Demand to Interpret Changes in Federal Government

 

In President George W. Bush's second term, changes are roiling the federal government, and Wagner Professor Paul C. Light is much in demand to help the media and public make some sense of them. The lead article in the February 4, 2007, edition of the New York Times picked up on Professor Light's extensive research into the hidden and growing contractor work force and the true size of the government. And on February 8, he was interviewed on ABC-TV's World News Tonight about challenges at the enormous Department of Homeland Security. NPR, too, turned to Professor Light to illuminate the reasons behind the rapid turnover in sub-Cabinet positions where much of the hands-on work of government goes on. Read more about what he had to say.

Inaugural Intersections Event with Lesley Stahl and Irshad Manji

Convening conversations of public importance, the Intersections series brings high profile speakers to Wagner. On Monday evening, March 5th, Irshad Manji, author of the National Bestseller, "The Trouble with Islam Today" will talk with Lesley Stahl of CBS News about Manji's new PBS Documentary "Faith without Fear." The film addresses the challenges of being a progressive Muslim woman and the need to voice her opinion even though it is often met with fierce opposition. For those alumni who are unable to join us, this event will be video and audio recorded.

NYU Wagner Thanks All Who Supported the WAA's 3rd Annual Fundraiser

On Thursday, March 1st, nearly 100 guests joined board members of the Wagner Alumni Association for a cheese pairing, which benefited the Alumni Scholarship Fund. Alumni and friends sampled morsels from Murray's Cheese and learned how best to pair them with different wines, beers and spirits. Nicole Dooskin (MUP '05) thought the pairing was a great idea, pointing out that a cheese course at Murray's costs the same as the fundraiser ticket, and in this case she got to socialize with other alums and give back to Wagner, instead of sitting in a class! If you missed the event on Thursday, we hope you will join us next year when the tradition continues.

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Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
March/April 2007

 

Talks, Receptions, Special Events and Seminars

 

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

  • Mar. 5, 5 to 6:30 pm - NYU Wagner INTERSECTIONS with Lesley Stahl: A Discussion with Irshad Manji. The Puck Building, Skylight Ballroom, 7th Fl. 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 7, 6:30 to 8 pm - The New Accountability Agenda: Making Democracy Work for Human Development. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 8, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Issues, Actors, and Approaches-From Mogadishu to Baghdad: The Failure of Un-Centric Multilateralism. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 8, 7 to 8:30 pm - Preserving Affordable Housing in NYC: New Challenges and Opportunities. Furman Hall, Room 216, 245 Sullivan Street.
  • Mar. 9, 6:30 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: TAMPA. The Tampa Club, 101 East Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2400, Tampa, FL. For more info, email Elizabeth Sanders or call 212-998-6946.
  • Mar. 10, 12 to 2 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: LONGBOAT KEY. The Tampa Club, 101 East Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2400, Tampa, FL. For more info, email Elizabeth Sanders or call 212-998-6946.
  • Mar. 13, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - "Recording Voices: communicating with Immigrant Families" documentary screening and panel discussion. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St.
  • Mar. 18, 1 pm - NYU San Francisco Bay Area Event at ODC/Dance Downtown. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street at Third, San Francisco, CA. Tickets: $40. Order using code: NYU2007. For more info, call 415-978-ARTS.
  • Mar. 21, 6:30 to 8 pm - WAA Board Meeting. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Mar. 22, 8:30 to 10 am - Developing Affordable Meningitis Vaccines for Sub-Saharan Africa. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 22, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Issues, Actors, and Approaches-When Disaster Strikes: Modern Challenges in Disaster Relief Management and Response. The Puck Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 22, 6:00 to 9 pm - NYU Fort Lauderdale Wine Tasting. 7th Street Wine Company, 701 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL. For more info, call 654-522-5560, or email events@nyuflorida.com
  • Mar. 22, 6:30 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: PRINCETON. With Wagner Professor Paul Light. Barclay Square, 1900 Barclay Blvd., Princeton, NJ 08540. For more info, call 212-998-6946 or email Elizabeth Sanders.
  • Mar. 26, 7 to 8:30 pm - Medicaid Reform and the Spitzer Administration. Panel discussion. Sponsored by the NYU Public Health Alliance. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. Online RSVP coming soon.
  • Mar. 27, 6:30 to 8 pm - Confronting Economic Insecurity - Part I: Reflections on the Past. Panel discussion. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 27, 6:30 to 8 pm - NYU Alumni In the Industry Colloquium: Urban Planning and Emergency Management. Jurow Lecture Hall, NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East. For more info, email Andrea Polci.
  • Mar. 28, 3 to 7 pm - NYU Job Expo for Alumni and Graduate Students. The Puck Building Grand Ballroom, 295 Lafayette Street. Proof of graduation (transcript, diploma, or NYU Alumni Card) required for entry. For more info, click here.
  • Mar. 28, 6:15 to 8:30 pm - NYU Speakers on the Square with Ray Suarez. Lecture and book signing. Hemmerdinger Hall, Silverstein Lounge, 100 Washington Square East. Email for more info.
  • Mar. 29, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Issues, Actors, and Approaches - Post-Conflict Social Citizenship in Kosovo. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 4, 5:30 to 8 pm - 11th Annual Kovner/Behrman Healthcare Forum: a conversation with James R. Knickman, President and CEO, New York State Health Foundation. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 4, 6 to 8 pm - Spring Fling: NYU Speed Networking for Alumni, Graduate Students and Seniors. Kimmel Center, Room 802, 60 Washington Square South. For more info, email Jessica Gonzalez.
  • Apr 5, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Peace vs. Justice: Ending a Conflict at the Price of Impunity. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 6, 5 to 7 pm - Speed Networking with Wagner Nonprofit Network and Young Nonprofit Professional Network of New York. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St.
  • Apr. 9, 12:30 am to 2:00 pm - Global Climate Change: The Role of the IMF. With Peter Heller. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. Online RSVP coming soon.
  • Apr. 9, 6:30 pm -NYU Maison Francaise 50th Anniversary Gala Benefit, honoring Jean Nouvel. 6:30 pm Champagne Reception, 7:30 pm Gala Dinner and Presentations. Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South. Tickets are $750 or $1,000. For more info, call (212) 998-8751.
  • Apr. 10, 6:30 to 8 pm - Confronting Economic Insecurity - Part II: New Policies for the Future. Panel discussion. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. Online RSVP coming soon.
  • Apr. 10, 6:30 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: SAN FRANCISCO. Ritz Carlton, 600 Stockholm St. San Francisco, CA. For more info, call 212-998-6946 or email Elizabeth Sanders.
  • Apr. 11, 6:30 to 8 pm - Labor Standards and Corporate Responsibility. With Richard Locke, MIT. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. Online RSVP coming soon.
  • Apr. 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Trouble in Paradise: Making sense of Violent Urban Conflicts Ignited by Cartoons, Films and Other Symbols. With visiting professor, Maarten Hajer, Universiteit van Amsterdam. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. Online RSVP coming soon.
  • Apr. 12, 6:30 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: ORANGE COUNTY. With Prof. Marion Nestle. Ritz Carlton, One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA. For more info, call 212-998-6946 or email Elizabeth Sanders.
  • Apr. 12, 7 to 8:30 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: LOS ANGELES. With Debra LaMorte. The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, 404 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA. For more info, call 212-998-6946 or email Elizabeth Sanders.
  • Apr. 16, evening - Wagner Nonprofit Network: Grant-writing 101. Time TBA. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St.
  • Apr. 17, - IPSA Spring Conference. Time TBA. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St.
  • Apr. 18, 6:30 to 8 pm - WAA Board Meeting. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Apr. 23, 6:30 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: NYU in Your Neighborhood: WASHINGTON D.C. With CAS Dean, Matthew Santirocco. Home of Gerry and Ellen Sigal, 2909 44th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. For more info, call 212-998-6946 or email Elizabeth Sanders
  • Apr. 24, 5 to 6:30 pm - Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Reynolds Speaker Series: Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health. Location TBA.
  • Apr. 25, 6:30 pm - Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum. With Errol Louis, columnist, New York Daily News. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. Online RSVP coming soon.

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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:

  • Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer,
    Credit Where Credit is Due, Inc.
  • Youth Program Director,
    Beth Meyer Synagogue (Raleigh, NC)
  • Vice President of Development,
    National Council for Research on Women
  • Senior Project Manager - Strategic Planning,
    NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Management Analyst,
    NYU School of Medicine
  • Director of Policy & Advocacy,
    Pratt Institute Center for Community and Environmental Development
  • Senior Staff Accountant,
    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Washington, DC)
  • Project Manager, Housing Development,
    Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (San Francisco, CA)

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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Winter Edition of Global Public Service Newsletter Available Online

Want to know what's happening within the international community at Wagner? Read the Winter 2007 edition of the "Global Public Service Update." Get the most up-to-date information on faculty research and their recent publications, peruse stories about student internships abroad and read faculty bios. This edition is available online at http://wagner.nyu.edu/global/

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NYU Libraries, Like Wagner, Take Advantage of Internet Technology to Broadcast Events

At NYU Wagner, the archives of Public Service Today Eventcasts continue to grow. Audio files of many of Wagner's public events are posted regularly online and can be downloaded here. As many listeners have already found, the Eventcasts are a great way to stay connected to what's happening at Wagner when it's not possible to be at the school in person. The NYU Libraries' Business and Government Documents Center, along with the Coles Science Salon, will also be striving to reach a broader audience through technology. On Monday, March 12, from 1-2:30 p.m. they will host a live webcast of a discussion on the impact of government suppression and manipulation of scientific information on public health, safety, and accountability at national, state, and local levels. The discussion, entitled "Closed Doors; Open Democracies?" will take place at NYU, 19 W. 4th Street, Room 101. Read more.

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Bequests to Wagner: A Common Link Across Generations

Wagner alumna Christine Toes (MPA '05) and Professor Emeritus Dick Netzer share a common experience-they've both made bequests to the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Christine is a recent graduate who is just starting her career in New York. Dick Netzer, on the other hand, joined Wagner as a professor in 1961 and served as Dean for 13 years. These two people came to Wagner 42 years apart but are tied together by their commitment to supporting the school through bequests.

Christine made a bequest in order to give back to a school that gave her so much. "I really enjoyed my experience at Wagner," she said, "and I'm grateful to the school for providing me with the skills I use in my work and volunteer roles." (She is President of University of Virginia Club of New York). Christine stays connected to Wagner, gets together with her Capstone team, and attends events such as the February 2007 panel discussion on affordable housing. "I think it's really great that Wagner encompasses such a breadth of issues," says Christine. She made her bequest because "Wagner turns out so many great leaders for New York City and the world beyond," and this gift was a way of saying thank you.

Professor Netzer said that his decision to give back was a very personal one. "My connection to the school is very deep," he stated. "I've had a wonderful experience and am grateful to the gods or whomever was responsible for my career at NYU," Professor Netzer said with a smile. "When I was organizing my will, I felt that if I was going to make any large bequests, I had to start with Wagner. In particular, I felt that funding for student aid was small and decided that my will was a way to do something about it." Indeed, Professor Netzer has played an instrumental role in the student experience in his almost half century at Wagner, and this bequest insures that he'll continue to serve the school and its students in perpetuity.

It's easy to remember Wagner in your will. If you're interested in doing so, please contact Steve Sagner '99, Wagner's Director of Development, at stephen.sagner@nyu.edu or 212-992-9860. If you prefer to donate to the Wagner Annual Fund, you can do so in a variety of ways: : online, through the return envelopes that come in Wagner mailings, or by mailing a check (made out to NYU Wagner) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604. Remember to indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund.

Thank you for the difference you make through your commitment to Wagner. Your support is invaluable.

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Did You Know...?

Natalie (Farrar) Adams (MPA-PNP '98) runs her own practice as a fundraising consultant in the greater Los Angeles area. She specializes in capacity building and fund development for educational institutions and start-up nonprofits.

Joseph Benning (PHD '01) has left the Chicago Board of Trade and is now Vice President and Senior Training Consultant for Capital Markets and Derivatives at Moody's Investors Service.

David Fields, AICP (MUP, '96) has been promoted to Principal at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates in New York City. David's work focuses on providing multi-modal transportation solutions tailored to each community's unique priorities. David's projects focus on mode and policy: modal projects range from establishing new bus systems in Arizona, analysis of extending an existing subway line in New York, and starting new streetcar routes in New Orleans. Policy projects including Transit Oriented Development projects that coordinate land use policies with the transportation components and Transportation Demand Management initiatives that result in increasing travel while decreasing the number of cars on the road.

Ciara Reynolds (MPA-PNP '97) has taken a new position with the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, heading up their new Customer Relations Unit. Congratulations, Ciara.

Tricia Schmitt (MPA-HPM '03), after working for the Senate Finance Committee, has taken a permanent position in the Public Health branch at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Congratulations, Tricia.

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..."!

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