Wagner School Alumni e-News – May 2007

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Deans' Day Luncheon: The Politics of Obesity


This Saturday, May 12, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Dean Ellen Schall will host the annual Deans' Day Luncheon at Wagner as part of the NYU Alumni Reunion Weekend. All Wagner alumni are invited to join us for a thought provoking discussion on "The Politics of Obesity" with Associate Dean Rogan Kersh. If you haven't already had a chance to hear Professor Kersh speak, this is a wonderful opportunity to listen to a frequent television and radio commentator. To register for the lunch or any other Reunion Weekend events, go to the NYU Reunion website.

WAA Board Elections - nominations due by tomorrow!

Want to get more involved with the Wagner Alumni Association? Know someone who makes a great leader? Run for a position on the WAA Board, or nominate a fellow alum! Elections for the 2007-2008 term will be held between May 18 and June 6. For more information or to make a nomination, visit the WAA Elections webpage.

NYU Reynolds Program Announces Live Webcasts of its Speaker Series: Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century

The NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship is proud to announce live webcasts of its "Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century" speaker series. These webcasts will enable anyone with a high speed internet connection to watch the event in real time. To watch a webcast of the upcoming Paul Farmer event, simply click here or cut and paste http://livevideo.nyu.edu:8080/ramgen/broadcast/nyutv/20070508_paulfarmer.rm into your browser at 11:45 am on May 8. The event will run from 12 pm to 1:30 pm. A copy of the video and a podcast of the event will also be archived, along with previous NYU Reynolds Speaker Series events, at http://www.nyu.edu/reynolds/resources/videos_podcasts.html


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
May/June 2007

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

  • May 8, 12 to 1:30 pm - Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Reynolds Speaker Series: Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health. No more reservations are being taken but see the article above to learn how to access a live webcast of the event.
  • May 11 - 13 - NYU ALUMNI WEEKEND. Visit the NYU Reunion Website for more info.
  • May 12, 1 to 3 pm - Deans' Day Luncheon. "The Politics of Obesity" with Professor Rogan Kersh. Register on the NYU Reunion Website.
  • May. 16, 6:30 to 8 pm - WAA Board Meeting. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • May 17, 12 - 1:30 pm - Hypermotorization in China: Is There No Way Back? Joint seminar with NYU Wagner Rudin Center and UTRC2 Visiting Scholars/Practitioners. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. Online registration required. Click here to register.
  • June 6, 8 am to 12:30 pm - Delivering the Goods: The Freight Needs of a Growing Population. Conference sponsored by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. For more information, click here.
  • June 6, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - Wagner Alumni Association Annual Meeting. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • June 14, 5 to 7 pm - "Wave the Flag for Wag" Day. A Celebration and Salute to Wagner Alumni. The Patio at B Bar and Grill. 40 East 4th Street at Bowery. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or reserved online.


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 Manager, Public Policy,
    Aetna, Inc. (Hartford, CT or NYC)
  • Director, Institute for Not-for-Profit Management,
    Columbia Business School
  • Housing & Economic Development Planner,
    Ferrandino & Associates
  • Emergency Preparedness Planner,
    NYC Dept. of Homeless Services
  • COO / CFO,
    Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union
  • Senior Financial Analyst,
    Greater New York Hospital Association
  • Executive Director (start-up),
    Year Up (Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas)

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.


Connect yourself to Wagner in a new way

Are you proud to be a Wagner grad? If you have a biography on your company/organization's website and you mention your education, add our website link to your blurb! Help us to raise the Wagner profile--and the value of your degree--by increasing traffic to our site. Paste the following url into your bio to link to the Wagner homepage: http://wagner.nyu.edu/.

Example: Lisa A. Taylor, Director of Special Events and Alumni Relations has been... ...She holds an MPA from NYU Wagner (links to the url above).


Follow the Class of 2007's Example

Before they walk across the graduation stage, the members of the Class of 2007 are supporting Wagner by making donations toward a class gift. They know that by contributing to the school and raising Wagner's alumni giving rate, they increase the value of their degrees.

All alumni are invited to get involved. Make an Online Contribution in solidarity with these students and their giving spirit. Gifts can also be sent by mailing a check (made out to NYU Wagner) to NYU Wagner, Development Office, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604. Please indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund.

The members of the Class of 2007 know how much they benefited in their education by the generosity of alumni like you. They are proud to be joining your ranks and wish to say, THANK YOU for your continued support!


Alumni Insights: Online Services and Electronic Communications at Wagner

Share your insights with us!

Have you taken our survey regarding our online services? We want your feedback--and it's not too late to complete the survey. To take it now, click here.

The survey will be online until May 18th. Results will be tabulated and analyzed over the summer - stay tuned for updated online communications next fall!


Did You Know...?

Patricia A. Cholewka (MPA '87), president of international healthcare consulting firm, MAP Associates and Assistant Professor of Nursing at CUNY, was granted a Fulbright Award to Lithuania for the fall of 2007. Congratulations, Patricia.

Jodi Ekelchik, (MPA '95) lives in London and is currently contracting with the University of Oxford as a business and IT systems consultant. She also serves as a volunteer on the executive committee of an organization that helps Americans living abroad register to vote. She encourages all alumni living over seas to register for an absentee ballot as soon as feasible.

Andrew Flamm, (MPA '97) will be leaving the Downtown Alliance to join Swig Equities as Vice President for Project Development. Congratulations, Andrew.

Yusef Freeman, (MPA-PNP '03) participated in a Rockefeller fellowship for Urban Development at UPENN's Center for Urban Redevelopment Excellence. He works with McCormack Baron Salazar on the redevelopment of a large public housing site in New Orleans, among other projects.

Deborah Kerson Bilek (MPA-PNP '05) has accepted a rotation, through the prestigious Presidential Management Fellowship with the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, subcommittee on Financial Services, which is chaired by Bronx County Congressman Jose Serrano. Congratulations, Deborah.

Bill Kramer (MUP '93) joined NYU's Stern School of Business as Executive Director of Alumni and Annual Giving. Congratulations, Bill.

Harold B. Pettigrew, Jr. (MUP '05) was named one of North Carolina State University's "100 Most Influential African American Alumni" in March 2007. Congratulations, Harold.

Lynn B. Kelly (MPA '98), former Assistant Vice President at the NYC Economic Development Corporation, has been named president of the Coney Island Development Corporation, and is the organization's first official employee. Congratulations, Lynn.

John Siegel (MPA '00) just accepted the position of Director of Development at the Evans School of Public Service at the University of Washington. Congratulations, John.

Mary L. Walsh (MPA '70) is director of the Climate Change Learning and Information Center. Her publications include Climate Change for Local Governments, Sustainable Energy Solutions, Crisis Communications, and Managing Community-Wide Trauma.

Janice Williams (MPA-PNP '00) was recently interviewed on idealist.org. Read her advice to job seekers here.

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

In each Wagner School Alumni e-News 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..."!