Wagner School Alumni eNews – October, 2005

In This Issue:

Top Stories


NYU’s Hurricane Katrina Students Taught by Wagner Professor Moss


NYU’s decision to admit students from Gulf Coast schools affected by Hurricane Katrina, presented a special challenge to adequately accommodate the needs of these students. With the semester already underway, Mitchell Moss, a Wagner Professor, along with other NYU staff stepped forward to offer special courses for these incoming students. Read more.

Wagner Professors Light and Morduch Testify Before House Committees

NYU Wagner professors Paul Light and Jonathan Morduch both testified before House subcommittees in September. Light sat before the House Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Federal Workforce and Agency Organization, while Morduch testified before the House International Relations Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations. Read more.

Zerkin’s LA Times Op-ed raises the question, “Is Al Qaeda asking to negotiate?”

Wagner Adjunct Professor Allen Zerkin asked readers of the LA Times some difficult questions in his opinion editorial on September 19th. "Isn't it clear now that the U.S. and its allies are not likely to be able to wipe out Al Qaeda or ensure that we are not attacked again domestically? As the British acknowledged in July, the London attacks were just a matter of when, not if. To be sure, the terrorists can't win this war, but neither can we." Read more.


Events and Regional Activities:
October/November 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.

  • Oct. 3, 6:30 pm - "The Changing World: Pakistan and its Role in the Struggle against Terrorism.” Presented by Wagner’s Office of International Programs. RSVP here.
  • Oct. 4, 7 - 9 pm - "Political Expressions through Art." presented by Wagner Student Groups, the Alliance of Latino/Latin American Students (ALAS) and the Student Network Exploring Arts and Culture (SNEAC). Open to the public.
  • Oct. 6, 6:15 - 8:15 pm - "Is There a Vaccine Against Prejudice" The NYU Alumni Association's Speakers on the Square Lecture. For more information, visit the Speakers Webpage.
  • Oct. 15, 7 to 9 pm - NYU Recent Alumni Network Event: Midori (GAL '00) at the New York Philharmonic. For more info. call (212) 998-6946.
  • Oct. 17, 6:30 pm - "Cuba- It’s Role in the Americas and in the World.” Presented by Orlando Requeijo Gual, Rep. of Cuba to the UN. RSVP here.
  • Oct. 20, 6 to 8 pm - Washington DC - Happy Hour with the WAA. RSVP on Evite.
  • Oct. 20 7 to 9:30 pm- “Could the UN Help Broker a Truce Between Al Qaeda and the U.S.?” The Role of the UN in Conflicts between Nation States and “Terrorist” Non-State Actors. RSVP here.
  • Oct. 22 - NY CARES DAY: Go Wagner School Team!
  • Oct. 25, 6 to 8 pm - Services & Advocacy for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Homeless Youth. For information please email Rhodes Perry.
  • Oct. 26, 8 to 10 am - PUBLIC SERVICE TODAY: I am My Own Boss - The Nuts and Bolts of Being an Independent Consultant (offered as part of the Wagner OCS Career Weeks). RSVP here.
  • Oct. 27 - Confidence in Charities and Social Entrepreneurism. RSVP here.
  • Nov. 3, 6 to 8 pm- Wagner in Washington DC. APPAM Conference Reception atWashington Marriot Hotel for Alumni, Faculty, and Friends. RSVP here.
  • Nov. 9, 7 to 8:30 pm - Regional Events: Long Island. Garden City Country Club. RSVP here.
  • Nov. 14, 6:30 - "Iran-its Role in the Middle East and in the World." Ambassador Javad Zarif, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN. RSVP here.
  • Nov. 14, 6 to 8:00 pm - Regional Events: Washington, DC. Embassy of the Philippines. RSVP here.
  • Nov. 15, 6 to 8:30 pm - Regional Events: NYC. Hemmerdinger Hall at Silver Center. RSVP here.
  • Nov. 16, 8 to 9:30 am - The Rudin Center hosts “A Breakfast with Jan Gehl." Call 212-998-7545.
  • Nov. 17, 7 to 9 pm - Regional Events: Los Angeles. Le Meridien at Beverly Hills. RSVP here.
  • Nov. 29, 7 to 8:30 pm - Regional Events: Greenwich, CT. Bruce Museum of Arts and Science. RSVP here.
  • Nov. 30, 8 to 10 am - PUBLIC SERVICE TODAY. Eminent Domain and Economic Development. RSVP here.

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.

  • Oct. 3, 5 to 6:30 pm - Bearing Point U.S. & International Public Service Consulting
  • Oct. 6, 12 to 1 pm - Courtyard Group Healthcare Consulting Employer Information Session
  • Oct. 7, 12 to 1 pm - Moody’s Investors Service Public Finance Group Information Session
  • Oct. 11, 12 to 1 pm - North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System Fellowship Information Session
  • Oct. 11, 3 to 4 pm - NYC Department of Small Business Services Information Session
  • Oct. 12, 12 to 1pm - Federal Aviation Administration Office of Budget Information Session
  • Oct. 14, 12 to 1 pm - United Nations Headquarters Internship Programme and Capital Development Fund (Microfinance Unit) Information Session
  • Oct. 17, 12 to 1 pm - U.S. Department of State Employer Information Session
  • Oct. 18, 9:30 to 10:30 am - ICICI Bank Microfinance and International Development Information Session
  • Oct. 19, 12 to 1 pm - Congressional Budget Office Information Session
  • Oct. 20, 12 to 1 pm - NYC Office of Emergency Management Information Session
  • Oct. 21, 12 to 1 pm - Human Rights Watch Information Session
  • Oct. 24, 6 to 7:30 pm - Resume Writing Workshop
  • Oct. 25, 7 to 8:30 pm - Interviewing Skills Workshop
  • Oct. 26- Mock Interview Day
  • Oct. 26, 12 to 1 pm - Inner Views of Interviewing, with Dave Ong, College Recruiting Program Manager for MAXIMUS, a leading government consulting firm based in Reston, Virginia
  • Oct. 26, 6 to 7 pm - U.S. Agency for International Development Information Session
  • Oct. 27 - Resumania
  • Oct. 27, 12 to 1 pm - MAXIMUS Government Consulting Information Session
  • Oct. 27, 2 to 5 pm - Institute of Transportation Engineers Career Fair
  • Oct. 27, 7:30 to 9 pm - Resume Writing Workshop
  • Oct. 28, 12 to 1:30 pm - Networking Strategies Workshop
  • Nov. 4 - Moody’s Investors Service Campus Interviews
  • Nov. 8, 12 to 1:30 pm - Visiting Nurse Service of New York Information Session
  • Nov. 14, 12 to 1 pm - ProLiteracy Worldwide Information Session


Office of Career Services: NEW! Career Weeks


This year, NYU Wagner’s OCS is launching our first ever Career Weeks in October and November. OCS’s Career Weeks give students and alumni the opportunity to fine tune their job seeking skills through resume help, informational interviews, and in-depth career panels. For a detailed schedule and RSVP information, visit the OCS Calendar. Also, if you’re an alum who is interested in getting involved in Career Weeks as a guest OCS representative, please email Lisa Taylor.



New Publications: Public Service Brief and Health Newsletter

Wagner has two exciting publications that will be launching this fall. The new Public Service Brief will feature articles from faculty members highlighting current issues facing the world of public service. Look for the first edition this month online.

In November, the first-ever edition of the Health Program newsletter is slated for publication. This bi-annual publication will include information about current events in the program, as well as featured students, faculty and alumni. If you are health alum who would like to receive the newsletter by mail, please be sure that your contact information is up to date on the NYU Wagner Alumni "Update My Info" form.


Wagner at APPAM!


This year, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) will hold its 27th Annual Research conference on November 3rd-5th in Washington, DC. Everyone had such a good time at the Wagner APPAM reception two years ago that Wagner is doing it again! Join Dean Ellen Schall and Wagner Faculty, Alumni and Friends for a Wagner APPAM reception on November 3rd, from 6-8 pm at the Washington Marriott Hotel in the Thomas Salon. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the most recent faculty additions to Wagner, Rema Nadeem Hanna and Natasha Iskander. Please join us! RSVP here.



Wagner Annual Fund


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Did You Know...?


Kathy L. Bailey (MPA '02) will serve as the new Program Director of Home Ownership and Lending for the Housing Resources of Columbia County. Located in Hudson, NY, Housing Resources is a private non-profit organization that has been assisting low to moderate-income residents with their housing needs since 1984. Congratulations, Kathy.


Claude Gooding (MUP '95) is the new Commissioner of Community Development for the Village of Hempstead Community Development Agency on Long Island. He will be working directly with the HEALTHY Hempstead campaign, which addresses housing, economic development, living standards, taxes and hospital access issues in the Village. Congratulations, Claude.

Rebecca Lawrence (MPA '02) has become the Director of Education at the San Diego Historical Society. This organization operates the Museum of San Diego History and Research Library, The Junipero Serra Museum, and two historic houses: the Marston House and the Villa Montezuma. Congratulations!

Laurence A. Pagnoni (MS '98) has hired Wagner student Sarah Dannan to intern with his firm, Laurence A. Pagnoni & Associates. Sarah will assist in the launch of the LAPA Charitable Gift Guide, which will profile 50 nonprofit organizations for the purpose of increasing the number of major donors benefiting these organizations. Thank you, Laurence, for supporting Wagner students!

Lauren Perlmutter (MPA '05) will assume a new position for the March of Dimes as their Director of Volunteer Leadership Development. This position was created to help reinvigorate the volunteer program throughout the organization and its state chapters. A Volunteer Leadership Institute will be established to approaches strategies for recruiting, retaining and train volunteers at all stages. Congratulations, Lauren.

Meredith Phillips (MUP '04) Urban Planning Coordinator with Academy of Urban Planning collaborated with MTV for a special show that got students to revitalize their schools with an interactive redesign project. By transforming a visual space, like a school’s cafeteria, the show demonstrates that a positive education environment includes usable space. The Boost Mobile Rock Corps Concert, which aired on MTV2 on October 2nd, was a treat for the students. Congratulations, Meredith.

Michelle Quinn-Davidson (MPA '99) has been promoted to the Associate Director of Youth Build Academy for Transformation, under Youth Build USA. Youth Build gives youths 16-24 an opportunity learn job skills while earning their degree, by employing them to work on housing for low-income. Congratulations, Michelle.

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

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