The heart of NYU Wagner's programs is our faculty. An amalgam of full-time, clinical/research/visiting, and adjunct professors, they are outstanding teachers, expert researchers and committed practitioners.
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.
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.
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.
For updated listings and event details, as well as RSVP information, click on the links below or see the Wagner Alumni Calendar.
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:
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.
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/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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