Wagner School Alumni eNews – May 2006

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Capstone Event To Highlight Students and Clients


Don’t miss current students, faculty, and clients at this year’s Capstone End Event. The program showcases the variety of Capstone projects on diverse, challenging -- and sometimes controversial -- topics. Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2, 2006 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Puck Building Grand Ballroom, 293 Lafayette Street entrance.

Submit Your Nominations for WAA 2006-07 Board

May 5th is the deadline to submit your nominations to the Wagner Alumni Association (WAA) to run for the 2006-2007 WAA Board of Directors. The WAA works collaboratively with alumni and the school administration, and strives to advance the interests of Wagner alumni, promote public service, and further the goals of the Wagner School and the NYU community. The following one-year term officer positions are open: President, Executive Vice President, Vice President for Development, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, and Treasurer. Also five two-year term Directors positions are available. Voting will commence on May 17th and will be open until the end of the WAA annual meeting on June 1st, 2006. For more information go to the WAA Election Page.

Wagner Dean's Luncheon and Alumni Weekend

As NYU’s Alumni Weekend celebrates the university’s 175th anniversary, join fellow Wagner grads and Dean Ellen Schall on May 13th, from 1 to 3 pm, at the Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. at Houston St., for the Annual Dean’s Day Luncheon. Professor Ruth Ann Stewart will lead a discussion on "The Art of Culture in NYC" while the artwork of alumnus Matthew Silverberg (WAG '86) will be on display in the “Gallery at Wagner” artists’ space. The cost of the luncheon is $25 and the Alumni Weekend registration fee is $10. Register online.

The Dean’s luncheon is but one in a series of events taking place for NYU’s Alumni Weekend, May 12th to 14th. Reconnect with your colleagues at NYU and Wagner at the NYU Alumni Association Annual Awards Dinner on May 12th, at 6:30 pm, at the Roosevelt Hotel, Grand Ballroom. Wagner Alumni Daniel J. Brodsky (WAG '70) will be honored with the Alumni Meritorious Service Award. The cost of the dinner is $75 and the Alumni Weekend registration fee is $10. Register online.

Congressional Exit Interviews To Be Conducted by Wagner's Brademas Center

With 33 members of Congress announcing that they will not seek re-election at the end of this term of office, New York University’s John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress is launching an unprecedented exit interviews project entitled "The Reflections Project: Retiring Members of Congress Assess the Institution." Read the full story online.


Events and Regional Activities:
May 2006/June 2006


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.

  • May 2, 5 to 7pm - Capstone End Event Exhibition. Grand Ballroom, The Puck Building, 293 Lafayette St Entrance at Houston St. For more info, go online.
  • May 2, 5:30 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Alumni Donor Reception at the Clift Hotel. For more info or to register, go online.
  • May 4, 5:30 pm - Avian Influenza: Science, Prevention and Policy From Birds to Humans. Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, 540 First Ave. For more info or to register, go online.
  • May 4, 7 to 9 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: LOS ANGELES, CA. Alumni Donor Reception at the Cypres Family Sports Museum. For more info or to register, go online.
  • May 9, 8:45 am to 12 pm - Wagner Convocation at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.
  • May 9, 6 to 8 pm - WAGNER ALERT! ALL ALUMNI/AE HAPPY HOUR by the WAA. Ulysses' at 95 Pearl St. Contact Ashley with questions via email.
  • May 11, 8:45 am to 12 pm - NYU Pre-Commencement Breakfast and 174th Commencement Exercises. Celebrating the 50th and 50-plus Anniversary Classes. For more info, call (212) 998-6763 or email.
  • May 11, 8:45 am to 12 pm - NYU Commencement in Washington Square Park.
  • May 12, 6:30 pm - NYU Alumni Association Awards Dinner at the Roosevelt Hotel. The 2006 honorees are listed online. Cost: $75 per person. For more information, go online.
  • May 13, 1 pm - Dean’s Luncheon. Cost: $25 per person ($65 per person for classes of 1995-2005). For more info, go online.
  • May 13, 7pm - All-Alumni Gala Dinner Dance featuring the music of the Larry King Orchestra. Festive attire. Cost: $100 per person ($65 per person for classes of 1995-2005). For more info, go online.
  • May 15, 11 am - NYU Annual Golf Outing. Minisceongo Golf Course Pomona, New York. For more info, or to register, please call 212-998-2029 or go visit the online.
  • May 25, 6 to 8 pm - WASHINGTON DC: Area Happy Hour at Buffalo Billiards. Visit the Alumni Calendar for more info.
  • May 31, 6 to 8 pm - NYU Alumni Association Annual Meeting. Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center, 50 W. Fourth Street. Register by Wednesday, May 24 with Elizabeth Sanders at 212-998-6946 or via email.
  • June 1, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Wagner Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Gala. Puck Building, 2nd Fl., 295 Lafayette at Houston. Register online.


Office of Career Services (OCS): Hire a Wagner Student as Your Summer Intern!

Tap into the Wagner pool of talent! A number of Wagner students are required to work at a relevant organization as part of their degree, and alumni are a wonderful resource for job and internship opportunities. All you need is a username and password to post your organization's summer internship opportunities on the Wagner Job Site.

You can also use the Job Site throughout the year to post jobs, internships, and fellowships, and to review resumes online. If you have never used the site before, contact the Office of Career Services to create an account at 212-998-7474 or via email.


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:

  • Executive Director of Development, Citizen Schools
  • Controller, The Commonwealth Fund
  • Vice President of Advancement, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
  • Director of Public Policy, National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association
  • Project Manager of Energy Conservation, NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services

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.


Alumni/ae Needed to Help Further Student Work in Afghanistan

Wagner student Erica Isaac needs your help in expanding the impact of her field work in Afghanistan. This summer, Erica will be working with the Afghan Women's Network (AWN) on their Violence Against Women campaign, made possible by the Advocacy Project (AP). Part of the AP's mission is to ensure that interns impact and engage their home universities and communities by sharing firsthand field experiences. For this reason, Erica is looking to establish connections with organizations that are interested in following her fieldwork experiences and/or working with her upon her return in September. For the duration of the trip, Erica will be keeping a weekly online blog reflecting her work and experiences. These blogs will contain a combination of photographs, fieldwork reflections and substantive work updates. Erica is looking for alumni who are willing to distribute her blogs, collaborate on articles, find venues to speak about her experience, to name a few options. Erica hopes that through these connections her work will be useful and informative long after she has left Afghanistan. If you like to get involved in Erica's project, call her at 212-375-8994 or contact her via email.


WAA Annual Meeting Honors Torch and Westmeyer Winners

Two prominent Wagner Alumni will be honored with this year's NYU Wagner Torch Award and the Troy R. Westmeyer Alumni Award at the WAA annual meeting on Thursday, June 1. In addition to honoring these amazing graduates, you'll help welcome the new grads to alumni status, and cast the final vote in the WAA Elections. Join us from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Puck Building, 2nd Fl., 295 Lafayette St. at Houston St. Register online.


The CareerWays Fellowship Seeks Applicants

The CareerWays Fellowship Program would like to ask for your help in identifying a select group of recent college graduates to take part in an exciting program designed to develop the next generation of public service leaders. The CareerWays Public Service Fellowship is a program for individuals early in their careers who are working full-time in public service jobs in the New York City area. 40 emerging leaders will be given the opportunity to participate in the 2007 fellowship beginning in January and ending in July. Deadline to apply is October 16, 2006. Apply online at the CareerWays website.


Follow the Wagner Student Association's Example

Before they walk across the graduation stage, the Wagner Student Association are supporting Wagner by making donations toward a class gift. You can check their progress online at 2006 Public Service Pledge page.

Alumni can get involved, too. Contact Lisa Taylor in Alumni Services if you're interested in making a challenge gift pledge for the Public Service Pledge - Class of 2006. Or you can always make an Online Contribution in solidarity with these students and their giving spirit. Gifts can also be sent through the return envelopes that come with the Wagner Update, 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...?

Elena Agapova (MS '03) is the Director of Finance for the AIDS Foundation East-West, International Dutch NGO in Moscow, Russia. Elena is responsible for managing all financial operations of a 10 million dollar organization, operating in nine countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Amy Bennett-Layden (MPA '03) is a Compensation Analyst for Compensation Resources, Inc. Amy collects, analyzes and prepares wage and salary data to facilitate compensation and management functions of organization.

Robert A. Cropf (PHD '91) was selected to be the Chairman of the Department of Public Policy Studies at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. He has also received a grant to co-author a public administration case book for adult learners. Congratulations, Robert.

Eva M. Dowdell (MPA '95) will earn her JD from Rutgers next month. While at Rutgers, she was editor of the Computer and Technology Law Journal, won a partial scholarship, and her "note" -- the major article written by each student on a law school journal -- is being cited in an upcoming textbook on criminal procedure. Congratulations, Eva.

Harriet Grayson (MPA '73) recently published a book, "Guide to Government Grants Writing." This book is designed to assist individuals or organizations, including non-profit and for-profit businesses, on researching and writing government grant applications. Congratulations, Harriet.

John King (MPA '93) has opened his own law firm in the DC area Capital Law Partners, LLC. Congratulations, John.

Mario Nozzolillo (MPA '04) is an Administrative Fellow at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. Working in Project Design Management, Mario works on financial projections, financial analysis, and process flow.

Shelly Raffle (MPA '95) is the Manager of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York's Emergency Response System, which she helped to develop. Shelly is responsible for the development and management of all aspects of VNS' emergency preparedness and response initiatives, including training and exercises.

Greg Rhodes (MPA '04) was a guest speaker at the American College of Healthcare Executives Annual Congress in Chicago. Over 500 people attended his two lectures on "Lessons from the Frontlines: Perspectives of a First-Time Healthcare Executive." Greg is the Administrator of the Center for Arthritis and Autoimmunity at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Earl G. Simons (MPA '89) has been appointed as the new Assistant to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at York College. Earl will be responsible for assisting the university in a broad range of areas which will include special events, government relations, alumni relations, and fundraising. Congratulations, Earl.

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..."!