NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – May 2008

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We're having a BBQ!
At Wagner, public service is a family affair. We invite you to bring your loved ones to the NYU Alumni Day Wagner Family Barbecue on Saturday, May 17th from 12 to 2pm. We are taking over Jersey Street, between Mulberry and Lafayette Streets (just south of the Puck Building at 295 Lafayette). Join Dean Ellen Schall for food, fun, and community service oriented activities for all ages. Tickets for kids are free! To reserve tickets for children, please call Michaella Holden at 212-998-7522. For adult tickets, visit the NYU Alumni Day website.

Save the Date: WAA Annual Celebration - June 4th
It's almost time for the Wagner Alumni Association's annual celebration. Join your fellow alumni for cocktails and hors d' oeuvres, cast your vote in the WAA elections, and honor the 2008 Torch and Westmeyer Award winners. RSVP online.

Alumnus Wins National Public Service Award
NYU Wagner alumnus David Smith (MPA, '76) has won a prestigious 2008 National Public Service Award from the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for excellence in public service at all levels of government. Smith is the County Administrator, Maricopa County, Arizona. Read more here.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
May / June 2008

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

New York:

  • May 6, 5pm to 6:30 - Capstone End Event Exhibition. The Puck Building, Grand Ballroom, 293 Lafayette Street entrance.
  • May 17, 12:00 to 2pm - NYU Alumni Day Wagner Family BBQ. For more info, call (212) 998-7522.
  • May 17, all day - NYU ALUMNI DAY. For more info, visit the NYU Alumni Day website.
  • June 4, 6:30 to 8pm - WAA Annual Celebration. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • June 19, 2008 - SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual "Wave the Flag For Wag Day" Summer Benefit. Back by popular demand, this party is once again a chance for all alumni in the NY Metro Area to come together and celebrate their alma mater.  Tickets are $20 and will be available online soon.  For more info about joining the host committee, please contact Michaella Holden at (212) 998-7522.




  • Summer 2008 - Stay tuned for events hosted in L.A. & D.C.!




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,
    Catskill Center for Conservation and Development
  • Chief Financial Officer,
    Community Partners (California)
  • Managing Director,
    Drug Policy Alliance
  • Executive Director,
    Fresh Youth Initiative
  • Chief of Staff,
    Measuring Success, LLC (Massachusetts)
  • Assistant Vice President of Clinical Times,
    Richmond Community Services

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.


NYU Wagner Capstone End Event - MAY 6TH!

Join us at the Grand Ballroom of the Puck Building at 293 Lafayette Street on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 from 5:00 to 6:30pm for our annual Capstone End Event. Come and learn about the discoveries this year's Capstone Teams have made and join us in congratulating the students on the successful completion of their projects.


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

In addition to maintaining exciting careers in the world of public service, the board members of the Wagner Alumni Association serve as volunteers for NYU Wagner and the school's alumni body. Read the full profile of the WAA Board.



Volunteer on the WAA Board: Elections Coming Soon

Nominations for the Wagner Alumni Association board are now being accepted for the 2008-2009 term. For more information please visit the WAA Elections page.




Alumni Insights: Networking Happy Hours

Share your insights with us!

Did you attend any of the program-specific networking happy hours that our professors hosted for alumni and students in April? What did you think? We want your feedback. To share your thoughts, please email wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line.


Follow the Class of 2008's Example

Before they walk across the graduation stage, the members of the Class of 2008 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.

THANK YOU for supporting the students who follow in your footsteps.


Did You Know...?


Chad Bolton (MPA-PNP '07) has taken a new position as General Manger at the Film Forum, NYC’s only autonomous nonprofit cinema. Congratulations, Chad.


Karen Brown (MPA '98) will receive the Martha Newman Award this month from The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy for exemplary and sustained staff performance at a Connecticut foundation. Karen is the Vice President of Programs at the Fairfield County Community Foundation in Norwalk, CT. Congratulations, Karen.

Cindy Greenberg (MS '05) is leaving NYU's Bronfman Center to join Hillel's International Center. She will be working with Hillels across the country to help them strengthen their capacity in order to enrich the lives of a greater number of students. Congratulations, Cindy.

Harvey Seltzer (MPA '60) has developed a new website. The “Home Maintenance Cost Estimator” is the first systematic approach to avoiding those cost “surprises,” and utilizes variables such as zip codes, weather data, area cost differentials, average life cycles, and average costs, to forecast total replacement costs during the next 10 years.


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


In each issue of the Wagner Alumni e-News, we highlight alumni who are doing interesting work in the public sector. Please share your news with us at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu!