NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – November 2009

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Recent Alumni Happy Hour: Thursday, November 19
It's time for the next recent alumni happy hour. If you graduated in the past several years, join the NYU Wagner Recent Alumni Committee to catch up with old friends and make new ones!  Thursday, November 19 at 5:30pm at the Bowery Wine Company.  RSVP online

Alumni Invited to Conference Sponsored by the Black Student Alliance: "The Cost of Inequality"
On November 11, 2009, NYU Wagner’s Black Student Alliance will host a conference entitled “The Cost of Inequality: The Interception of Race, Policy and Poverty.” This conference on race will cover topics including: Education, the Economic Recession & the Prison Industrial Complex. We hope to inspire and compel the community to reflect on issues of race and to understand the plight within communities of color. Please visit wagner.nyu.edu/events for more details and to RSVP.

UPSA Hosts Mayor Bloomberg on NYC's Future
Mayor Michael Bloomberg provided an optimistic forecast of the city's future in a talk he delivered October 26, 2009, at NYU's Kimmel Center as a guest of NYU Wagner's Urban Planning Students Association (UPSA). More than 100 Wagner students attended the event and heard an introduction by UPSA chair Sandra Rothbard. Bloomberg, in his remarks, said he envisions improvements in transit service, affordable housing, education, public safety, and the environment in the coming years. Read more.

On Counting Calories: new research by NYU Wagner professors explores NYC menu labeling initiative
Do patrons alter their food choices when they see how many calories their selections contain? A study published October 6, 2009, in the journal Health Affairs by Brian Elbel, Rogan Kersh, Victoria L. Brescoll, and L. Beth Dixon examines how likely customers of restaurant chains in low-income New York City neighborhoods are to make healthier choices when the menus include prominent, now-mandatory calorie postings.  Read more.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
November / December 2009

For updated listings and event details, as well as RSVP information, click on the links below.


New York:



Rescue, Recovery, and Reining in the Deficit with Peter R. Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget

High Stakes: Healthcare Reform and Communities of Color


The Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: World Class Streets for a World City

NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Karl Hofman, President & CEO, Population Services International


NYU Alumni Events:
University-wide Alumni Calendar

National Events:
Wagner Reception at APPAM for Faculty, Alumni & Friends



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 Policy Fellow, Economic & Fiscal Analysis,
    Connecticut Voices for Children (New Haven, CT)
  • Executive Director,
    Fenway Community Development Corp. (Boston, MA)
  • Press Director,
    Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Director of Research & Evaluation, Headquarters,
    Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • President,
    Helen Keller Services for the Blind
  • Executive Director
    Small Enterprise Finance Centre (Overseas)

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.



OCS Career Panels

The Office of Career Services hosts its annual series of Career Panels this November.  Pre-registration is required. For more details and to register visit the Career Directory (select the “seminars/panels/special events” option under the “events tab”).


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

Paul Tainsh (MPA '79) is Principal at The Sustainable Center and Local Issues, an independent, self-owned consulting practice that works with nonprofit and public organizations in the fields of education, arts and culture, social and human services, and community development. Tainsh consults on a number of different management areas including program development, project management, needs assessment and strategic and organizational planning, but he has developed a particular niche working as a program evaluation consultant for educational and arts education institutions. Currently, he serves as Senior Research Associate at the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs, where he is running a college readiness evaluation of four New York City partnerships. Read more.


Alumni Insights: Do you browse the Internet with a mobile device? 

You share your insights with us!

Want to check Wagner's event listings while you're on the go?  There's an app for that.  Now you can view our website (wagner.nyu.edu) on your mobile device.  We're trying to build-up our stats related to mobile users so give our site a try on your i-Phone, Blackberry, or the like, and let us know how it works at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.  


NYU Wagner Giving Circles

Want to get more out of your contribution to Wagner? Give and get more by becoming a Friend of Wagner or a member of the Dean’s Circle. These two societies recognize alumni and friends who have provided generous support to the School's Annual Fund, which supports core teaching, student services, and programs like Capstone. Friends of Wagner make gifts of $250 to $999. Members of the Dean's Circle provide gifts of $1,000 and higher. Dean Schall personally acknowledges each of these donors, who are invited to a range of Wagner events, including an annual donor reception. For more information about Wagner’s giving circles, please contact Tracey Gardner. Or click here to make an online contribution today. 

Thank you for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?


Breanna DiGiammarino (MPA-PNP '07) has recently taken a position at the Draper Richards Foundation, a social venture fund that invests in early stage nonprofits.  Congratulations, Breanna. 

Joel Dabu (MUP '04) is currently completing a one-year German Chancellor Fellowship in Leipzig, Germany.  He is working at CIMA, a planning and economic development consultancy. Congratulations, Joel.

Constance Siskowski (MPA '83) RN, PhD, has been awarded a Lifetime Ashoka Fellowship and monetary grant to expand the American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY), a national resource for caregiving pre-teens, teens, families and professionals. AACY is the national outgrowth of the Caregiving Youth Project, which Dr. Siskowski established in 2006 as the first comprehensive program in the United States to address the challenges faced by children who take care of aging, ill or disabled family members.


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!