Wagner School Alumni eNews – November, 2005

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Spend Election Night with the Wagner Community


This election night, celebrate or debate the poll outcomes with fellow Wagner Students and Alumni. Watch the NYC Mayoral Election with the Wagner Student Association and the Wagner Alumni Association at Slainte (304 Bowery at East 1st Street, NYC). Come celebrate your victory, your voting, or just a Tuesday night with your fellow colleagues and alumni. Local coverage of the vote will run from 6 pm to 9 pm, or later! See you there!

PANEL DISCUSSION: Eminent Domain and Economic Development-Implications of the New London Court Case

Join NYU Wagner and the American Planning Association NY Metro Chapter for a provocative panel discussion of the Supreme Court's recent decision on eminent domain in Kelo v. City of New London, its backlash, and what's going to come next. A panel of national and local experts will weigh the importance of the decision, the sweeping legislative proposals it has provoked, and their potential impacts on planning in the context of NYC and beyond. Also co-sponsored by Wagner's Urban Planning Student Association. Come to this exciting and engaging event. For full details (please note location change), the list of speakers and to RSVP, click here.

Public Confidence in Charitable Organizations Remains Low

Four years after September 11th, public confidence in charitable organizations remains stuck at a contemporary low, according to a new study by NYU Wagner's Paul Light. Public views of how charitable organizations operate also remain unchanged. The survey conducted suggests that rebuilding confidence must involve sustained investment in strengthening the capacity of charitable organizations to achieve measurable impacts toward their missions. Read the full report.


Events and Regional Activities:
November/December 2005


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.

  • Nov. 8, 6 to 9 pm - Election Night Happy Hour with WAA and Wagner Student Association at Slainte on Bowery at 304 Bowery at East 1st Street.
  • Nov. 9, 7 to 8:30 pm -NYU Regional Events: LONG ISLAND: NYU is in Your Neighborhood. Garden City Country Club. Register online.
  • Nov. 9, 6:30 pm -"Take a Chance on the Future" City at Peace Fundraiser. Purchase tickets online.
  • Nov. 12, 10 am to 4 pm - "Let's Clear the Air" South Bronx Environmental Health & Policy Forum. For more info, call 718-665-9585.
  • Nov. 14, 6:30 to 8 pm -Changing World Seminar: Ambassador Javad Zarif, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 14, 6 to 8:00 pm -NYU Regional Events: WASHINGTON DC: NYU is in Your Neighborhood. Embassy of the Philippines. Register online.
  • Nov. 15, 6 to 8:30 pm -NYU Regional Events: METRO NYC: NYU is in Your Neighborhood. Hemmerdinger Hall at Silver Center. Register online.
  • Nov. 16, 8 to 9:30 am - The Rudin Center hosts A Breakfast with Jan Gehl. World renowned architect and urban designer will speak about his work. RSVP via email.
  • Nov. 16, 6 to 7:30 pm -War, Pestilence, and Highways to Nowhere: Congressional Budget Battles in 2005. A lecture by Sandy Davis, Director of Congressional Relations, Congressional Budget Office. RSVP via email.
  • Nov. 17, 7 to 9 pm -NYU Regional Events: LOS ANGELES: NYU is in Your Neighborhood at the Le Meridien at Beverly Hills. Register online.
  • Nov. 18, 7:30 to 9:30 am - Medicare Part D: the Rx drug coverage conundrum" presented by John Billings. Breakfast sponsored by Wagner's American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) Student Group. RSVP via email.
  • Nov. 29, 5:30 to 7:30 pm -An Exercise in Hard Budget Choices. Wagner and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in Washington D.C. invite you to match wits with fellow students and Washington officials to come up with a plan to balance the federal budget. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 29, 7 to 8:30 pm - NYU Regional Events: GREENWICH, CT: NYU is in Your Neighborhood featuring NYU President John Sexton. Bruce Museum of Arts and Science. Register online.
  • Nov. 30, 8 to 10 am - PUBLIC SERVICE TODAY. Eminent Domain and Economic Development. RSVP online.
  • Dec. 1, 6:30 pm -Recent Alumni Network Holiday Happy Hour. RSVP via email.
  • Dec. 16, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm -Visiting Scholars Seminar featuring Donald Shoup, Ph.D. RSVP via email.


Office of Career Services Events

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

  • Nov. 8, 4:30 to 6 pm - Visiting Nurse Service of New York Information Session offered through NYU's main OSC office at Stern. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 14, 12 to 1 pm - ProLiteracy Worldwide Information Session. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 16, 5 to 6 pm - Gallup Information Session. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 18, 12 to 1 pm - U.S. Department of State Employer Information Session. RSVP online.
  • Dec. 2, 1 to 4 pm - School of Public Affairs Nonprofit Career Fair held and hosted at Baruch College.


Office of Career Services: Work For Wagner

Wagner is looking for qualified candidates for two tenure-track faculty positions and for an Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs. The tenure-track faculties are designed for the areas of financial management with a focus on government, not-for-profit organizations, healthcare institutions, or public finance. For full application info, visit the Wagner faculty search page online. The new Associate Dean will oversee Academic and Faculty Affairs. Candidates should be dedicated to teaching and research, attuned to shifts in the field, able to inspire academic entrepreneurship, and committed to leading an academically ambitious faculty. For full application info, visit the Wagner associate dean search page online.


Partnership For Innovative Practice: New Healthcare Offerings

NYU Wagner's Partnership for Innovative Practice is offering two courses to help current and future leaders in nursing and hospital administration. "Budgeting for Nurse Managers," running from January 9-13, 2006, and "Project Management for Health Care Leaders" February 9-10, 2006, will be offered. For more information on this programming and for registration details, view the Spring 2006 Health Care Leaders Brochure. Questions? Visit the Partnership for Innovative Practice online.


Social Entrepreneurship Director Named

Gabriel Brodbar has joined Wagner as the Director of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Program in Social Entrepreneurship. The Reynolds program is a University-wide initiative that will provide scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in social entrepreneurship. The Wagner School was selected as the School that will administer this exciting program. Gabriel joins us with extensive experience in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. He spent the last year as a consultant to Dartington-i Consulting, a national and international consulting organization providing a wide range of research and practice tools to city and state child welfare and social service systems. Prior to this, Gabriel served for six years as Director of the Office of Housing Policy and Development at the NYC Administration for Children's Services, and for four years at Pace University's Center for Urban Education, serving as Director of their Upward Bound program as well as Assistant Director of the AmeriCorps program, among other roles. Welcome to Wagner, Gabriel!


Wagner Annual Fund

Show your confidence in NYU Wagner by making a contribution to the Wagner Annual fund. Annual fund dollars go to support Wagner's core teaching, student and alumni services, and programs like Capstone, supporting the Wagner students and alumni who are making an impact in communities around the world. Click here to make an online contribution and be sure to indicate that your gift should go to support NYU Wagner.

THANK YOU for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?


Erin Brownfield (MPA '05) began a new position at the Wallace Foundation in New York, serving as a Communications Officer. Congratulations, Erin!


Giselle Carino (MPA '05) works for IPPF/WHR, International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. Serving as a Program Coordinator, Giselle works for Safe Abortion/Latin American and the Caribbean.

Beatriz Cymberknopf (MPA '00) is the JCAHO Coordinator in the Health Information Management Department at HCA/JFK Medical Center. Beatriz is responsible for the planning and coordination of all aspects of the medical record documentation in compliance with JCAHO's regulatory requirements. In addition, she conducts in-service education to improve the effectiveness of the medical record review program.

David Fields (MUP '96) is a Senior Associate for NelsonNygaard Consulting Associates. David is a specialist in transit and multi-modal planning.

Ruth Jimenez (MS '97) is a CPSE Administrator for Special Education in the NYC Department of Education. As an administrator, Ruth approves special education services for preschoolers with disabilities.

John Lewis (MPA '92) serves as a Unit Chief in Outreach and Evaluation for the Immunization Branch of the California Dept. of Health Services. John directs staff and immunization campaigns for the state of California, in addition to directing information and education services for the technical assistance, epidemiology and operations units of the immunization branch.

Ilene Mates (MPA '97) is the Controller-School Administration for The Help Group, a nonprofit agency which runs a number of schools and programs for special needs children. Ilene oversees the school administration department that encompasses billing to various school districts, teacher credentialing, individual education plans for students, and school attendance.

Karen Mengers-O'Brien (MPA '05) works in the Office of Resource Management with the Drug Enforcement Administration. As a Presidential Management Fellow, Kathy serves as a program analyst in the budget formulation section.

Sherine Messiha (MPA '02) is the Project Manager with Planning and Business Initiatives with the NYU School of Medicine. Serving as an internal consultant to the Dean's Administration, Sherine creates and implements policies, business plans, and streamlining workflow through information technology design and programming architecture.

Kathryn O' Neal-Dunham (MPA '04) is the Assistant Director of Development for Inwood House. At Inwood House, Kathryn manages a team of four people who are responsible for special events, volunteer management, private and government grants, agency communications including a website and newsletter, and an $8 million Capital Campaign.

Monali Patel (MPA '01) is the Manager of Health Solutions for the TRC. Focused on growing the Northeast Healthcare practice, TRC also looks to provide consulting services to clients ranging from system selection and design, implementation, strategic pricing, and business process re-design.

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

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