Wagner School Alumni eNews – November, 2004

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Call for Nominations: Leadership for a Changing World Awards


Leadership for a Changing World is seeking nominations of community leaders across the country who are successfully tackling tough social problems. Seventeen outstanding social justice leaders and leadership teams who are not broadly known beyond their immediate community or field will receive awards of $100,000 to advance their work, plus $15,000 for learning activities that will support their efforts. Nominations will be accepted through January 7, 2005. To learn about past Leadership for a Changing World awardees, download a nomination brochure, or obtain more information, visit www.leadershipforchange.org.

Watch the Polls Close with Fellow Alumni

Will it be Bush, Kerry, or Nader? After you have voted on November 2, watch the results roll in with the Wagner Student Association (WSA) and the Wagner Alumni Association (WAA). Join students, fellow alumni, and friends at Dewey's Flatiron Bar/Restaurant, 210 5th Ave. (between 25th and 26th), from 7:00 pm until the recounts are concluded. The second floor lounge will be reserved for Wagner guests and will feature drink specials and munchies provided by the WSA and WAA. (RSVP online)

Join Wagner in Washington Nov. 8

Alumni in the Washington, D.C. area are invited to join us for a cocktail reception on Monday, November 8, from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the District Chophouse and Brewery's Vault Banquet Room. Connect and network with fellow DC alumni, peers in your field, and Wagner faculty and friends in town for the American Public Health Association's Annual Meeting. Beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. (RSVP online)

Breakfast with Healthcare CEO Thomas Zenty Nov. 9

Please join us for the next Conversations in Public Service breakfast on Tues., Nov. 9th, at 8:30 am at the Puck Building. Dean Schall and Wagner faculty will welcome Thomas F. Zenty III, Wagner '86 and President/CEO of University Hospitals Health System, the largest healthcare network in Ohio. To RSVP, send an e-mail to annie.pennola@nyu.edu by Wed., Nov. 3 with your name, degree, specialization, year of graduation, and a short statement about your career background and reasons for wishing to attend. Those selected to attend will be notified by Nov. 5.

Wagner Adjunct Professor Releases Terrorism Report

Adjunct Assistant Professor John Gershman has released a new report on the Bush administration's war on terrorism, "A Secure America in a Secure World," published by Foreign Policy in Focus. The report discusses the Bush administration’s leadership failures, and outlines a four-part framework for a new agenda to counter terrorism. (Read more)


Events and Regional Activities:
November/December 2004


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.

  • November 2, 7 pm Election Night Party with Wagner Students and Alumni (RSVP online)
  • November 4, 5:30 to 8 pm — LONG ISLAND, NY - "NYU in Your Neighborhood" Alumni Reception (RSVP online)
  • November 8, 6:30 to 8 pm — WASHINGTON, DC - Cocktail Reception for Alumni, Faculty and Friends (RSVP online)
  • November 9, 8:30 am Conversations in Public Service Breakfast with Thomas F. Zenty III
  • November 10, 6:30 to 8 pm — SHORT HILLS, NJ - "NYU in Your Neighborhood" Alumni Reception (RSVP online)
  • November 11, 6:30 to 8 pm — GREENWICH, CT - "NYU In Your Neighborhood" Alumni Reception (RSVP online)
  • November 11, 6:45 to 8 pm An Evening with Senator Bob Kerrey of the 9/11 Commission (RSVP online)
  • December 1, 8 to 10 am Public Service Today: What's Your Name Again? Best Practices for Managing Volunteers (RSVP online)
  • December 6, 6 to 8 pm Panel on Homelessness Policy (details coming soon)

Office of Career Services Events

For updated listings and event details, see the Wagner Career Services Calendar. To RSVP for any OCS event, see the OCS Event RSVP Form.

  • November 5, 12 to 1 pm U.S. Congressional Budget Office Information Session
  • November 11, 1 to 4:30 pm School of Public Affairs Nonprofit Career Fair
  • November 12, 2 to 4 pm Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop
  • November 16, 5 to 6 pm Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information Session
  • November 19, 2 to 4 pm Interviewing and Salary Negotiation Workshop


Office of Career Services


Share your Career Expertise — Become an ACAP Volunteer!

The Alumni Career Advisement Program (ACAP) connects current and former Wagner students with alumni who have volunteered to give one-on-one career exploration advice and informational interviews. As an ACAP volunteer, you can provide invaluable information about your job, organization, or career path to a fellow alum or Wagner student. Sign up now by filling out our ACAP Registration Form! For more information about the program, see our Volunteer as an Alumni Career Adviser page.


Fundraising Director Position Available at Social Enterprise London

OCS is pleased to pass on the following unique opportunity to Wagner alumni:
10/27/2004: Social Enterprise London (SEL) (www.sel.org.uk) works with individuals, organizations and regional government to promote best practices, advocacy and development in the London social enterprise community. SEL is currently seeking a Finance Director to manage day to day financial operations, produce monthly management accounts, work internally with project managers, liaise with funders and clients, and ensure all systems are running smoothly. For more information about this opportunity and other mid- to senior-level postings currently available, visit the Wagner Job Site.


Partnership for Innovative Practice

NYU Wagner's Partnership for Innovative Practice offers a variety of executive development programs to help public service leaders translate new thinking into innovative practice. For more information about these and other upcoming programs of interest to alumni, contact the Partnership at 212-998-7508 or visit wagner.nyu.edu/partnership.

Project Management for Health Care Leaders (February 10-11)

This two-day program helps health care leaders learn the basic concepts and methods of project management to help them meet the challenges of offering new services, streamlining existing operations, opening new facilities, and introducing new technologies. This course has been approved by NYSNA for 15.2 contact hours. Wagner alumni can register at the discounted rate of $525.

Building High Performance Health Care Work Units (February 23)

This one-day program introduces health care leaders to leading edge human resource strategies, such as becoming a magnet organization, utilizing talent management programs, creating a learning organization culture, and establishing individual performance standards that are linked with organizational metrics. This course has been approval by NYSNA for 7.8 contact hours. Wagner alum can register at the discounted rate of $250.


Wagner Annual Fund


Join the Young Alumni Leadership Circle


If you graduated from Wagner within the past 10 years, we invite you to join the Young Alumni Leadership Circle (YALC), NYU's donor circle for recent alumni. Participation in YALC offers you a variety of benefits, including access to many special events. Your participation in YALC also supports The Fund for NYU, which enables NYU to continue to offer tuition assistance to deserving students, recruit and retain leading faculty, and much more. As always, you may designate your gift to Wagner. For more information about YALC membership, visit the Young Alumni Leadership Circle website. To learn about other methods available for making a contribution to Wagner, please see our Donating to Wagner page. Thank you for the difference you make through your commitment to Wagner!


Did you know…


Evan Albert (MPA '95) recently became the Vice President for Programs at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint in Flint, Michigan. The Foundation makes grants to qualified tax exempt organizations for projects designed to enhance community strengths, solve community problems, and enrich the lives of area residents. Congratulations, Evan.


Antonino D'Ambrosio (MPA '97) published his first book, Let the Fury Have the Hour, an examination of the life of The Clash's lead singer Joe Strummer. Antonino is also the founder and director of La Lutta New Media Collective, a media activism and documentary film production group based in NYC. For more information about this organization and Antonino's new book, visit www.lalutta.org. Congratulations, Antonino.

Alysha Beyer (MPA '03) was recently promoted to the position of Study Coordinator of a clinical trial at the Rwanda-Zambia HIV Research Group, an organization that works in partnership with Emory University and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, Alysha runs a HIV vaccine clinical trial in two voluntary counseling and testing centers in northern Zambia. Congratulations, Alysha.

David E. Dax (MUP '70) has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Parodneck Foundation (www.parodneckfoundation.org) in Lower Manhattan. The Foundation supports senior citizen homeowners in overcoming financial difficulties resulting from predatory lending, and supports tenants seeking to take control of their buildings from absentee and negligent landlords. Congratulations, David.

Laura Edmondson (MPA '02) recently began a new role as Project Director at the United Way of Arlington, Texas Human Service Planners. Laura serves as a planner, liaison, and convener in order to identify and address social service needs in the city. Congratulations, Laura.

Warner Johnston (MPA '01, MSW '01) recently became the Director of Public Information for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Congratulations, Warner.

Gonzalo Policarpio (MPA'80) is running as an independent candidate for the US House of Representatives in the 5th Congressional District of New York. For more information about his candidacy, visit www.junpolicarpio.com.

Linda J. Scheer (MPA '04) has used the management expertise she developed at Wagner to establish her own training and consulting firm, Quality Consulting, based in Cutchogue, NY. Her firm provides not-for-profit management training and consultation as well as early childhood education services for Head Start and child care programs. Congratulations, Linda.

Be 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..."!