Wagner School Alumni eNews – October 2006

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NYU Wagner Awards First Social Justice Fellowships


NYU Wagner has announced the selection of its first class of New York City Social Justice Fellows -- seven community organizers and advocates devoted to such issues as immigrant rights, HIV/AIDS, and youth empowerment. Chosen through a competitive process, the advocates, who work to bring about grassroots engagement in the formation of public policy, will each receive a stipend of $42,000, a benefits allowance, and project seed grants, along with opportunities for networking, technical assistance, and research. This is the first year the fellowship is administered and operated by NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action. The 2006-07 Social Justice Fellowship class grew out of the former New York City Community Fellows Program founded in 1998 by the Open Society Institute, a component of the network of foundations sponsored by philanthropist George Soros. After supporting nearly 80 fellows, the Open Society Institute placed the fellowship program with NYU Wagner in late 2005. The Institute provided a $1.8 million grant. To read more about the Social Justice Fellowship programs and recent awards, click here.

Tommy G. Thompson to talk Medicaid at NYU Wagner

Join us on Oct. 11, when Tommy G. Thompson, former Health and Human Services Secretary/four-term Wisconsin Governor and current leader of the "Medicaid Makeover" campaign, together with James R. Tallon Jr., President of the United Hospital Fund and Chairman of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and Alan D. Aviles, President & Chief Executive Officer of NYC HHC, come to NYU Wagner to discuss the future of this hot-button program. Monderated by Associate Dean Rogan Kersh. RSVP required online.

Voters Displeased By Congress, Want Action on Substantive Issues

NYU Wagner's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress today released the results of a national survey that finds widespread dissatisfaction with Congress and pent-up demand for action on worrisome long-term issues such as global warming, Social Security and Medicare, and even aging bridges and roads. To read more about the Brademas Center survey results, click here.

Wagner Student Association Election Night Party

The Wagner Student Association (WSA) is extending an invitation to all Wagner grads to attend the WSA Election Night party, Tuesday, November 7, beginning at 5:30 PM, at Slainte, 304 Bowery between Bleecker and Houston. Toast fellow Wagnerites with 2-for-1 drinks and a choice of 17 beers on tap. Enjoy free finger food as we watch the election results roll in. Hope to see you there!

Rudin Center to host Transit Oriented Development Public Forum

The NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management in concert with The Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA will host a public forum on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the New York metropolitan region on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 from 8:30 am to 12:00pm. The forum will be held at NYU Wagner's offices, in our 2nd Floor Conference Room. In an effort to foster productive dialogue, seating is limited. Please RSVP by October 25th to My Linh H. Nguyen-Novotny.


Events and Regional Activities:
October/November 2006


Talks, Receptions, Special Events 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 5, 6:30 to 8pm - Mario Tama, 2006 Photographer of the Year, New York Press Photographers Association. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. Brought to you by the Wagner International Student Association and NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 11, 6 to 8pm - Medicaid Reform with Tommy G. Thompson, James R. Tallon, Jr. and Alan Aviles. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 13, 12 to 1:30pm - REYNOLDS: Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century: Bill Drayton, Ashoka. Hosted by the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 17, 6 to 8 pm - The Legacy of Jane Jacobs. With Paul Bedford, former Chief City Planner of Toronto; Lisa Rochon, Architecture Critic for The Globe and Mail; Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic for The New Yorker; Raymond Gastil, Director, Manhattan Office, Department of City Planning; and Eugenie Birch, Professor and Chair, University of Pennsylvania Department of City and Regional Planning and former New York City Planning Commissioner. Co-hosted by The American Planning Association's New York Metro Chapter, The Canadian Consulate General in New York, and NYU Wagner. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 17, 6:30 to 7:45 pm - Speakers on the Square: Maria Bartiromo (WSC '78). For more information, please contact NYU Alumni Services or 212.998.6912.
  • Oct. 17, 6:30 pm Wagner Alumni Association Board Meeting. Email Lisa Taylor for more information.
  • Oct. 23, 6:30 to 8:30pm - Beyond Marriage: Towards a New Policy Agenda for the LGBT Movement Co-hosted by the QuIPS Student Group and NYU Wagner. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 24, 12 to 1:30pm - Return to the Fold: A Strategy for American Leadership in International Institutions. With William Antholis, Director of Strategic Planning at the Brookings Institution. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 30, 5 to 6pm - REYNOLDS: Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century: John Wood, Room to Read. Hosted by the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship. Schimmel Auditorium, 40 West 4th St. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 31, 12:30 to 2pm - Transforming Social Conventions for Social Change. With Molly Melching, ED of Tostan International. Hosted by the NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs and NYU's Global MPH Program. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP via email.
  • Nov. 1, 8:30am to 12pm - Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Forum. Hosted by the Rudin Center for Transportation. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP via email.
  • Nov. 1, TBD - SAVE THE DATE: Panel on Reproductive Health/Abortion. Hosted by the NYU Public Health Alliance student group. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. More information coming soon.
  • Nov. 2, 6:30 to 8pm - Momentum: Voter Revolt in the Connected Age. With Demos Fellow and author Allison Fine and Kay Maxwell, former President of the League of Women's Voters. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. Brought to you by the BRIDGE Student Group and NYU Wagner. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 7, 5:30 pm - Wagner Student Association Election Night Party. Slainte, 304 Bowery between Bleecker and Houston.
  • Nov. 8, TBD - SAVE THE DATE: Panel on Redevelopment and Gentrification. Hosted by the Students of African Descent Alliance. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. More information coming soon.
  • Nov. 15, 12:30 to 2pm - The Possibility of a Cessation of Hostilities between Jihadis and the West: Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom about Al Qaeda's Truce Offer. Hosted by the NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP coming soon.
  • Nov. 28, 6:30 to 8:30pm - Bankruptcy in the Healthcare Sector: Implications for Industry and Financial Institutions. Co-hosted by the Wagner Finance Society Student Group and NYU Wagner. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 29, 6 to 8pm - Will you Die with Me? A Book Discussion with Author Flores A. Forbes. 2nd Fl. Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP coming soon.

EVERY THURSDAY: Conflict, Security, And Development: Issues, Actors, And Approaches, 12:30 - 2 pm. Weekly Brown Bag Series hosted by the Office for International Programs at NYU Wagner and NYU�s Center for Global Affairs RSVP online.

IESP Research Seminar. IESP Conference Room, 7th floor, Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East. See public events calendar for dates and speakers.


Office of Career Services (OCS): Career Month Begins

Last year's Career Weeks were so successful that this year OCS is devoting the entire month of October to Career Panels. OCS's Career Month gives students and alumni the opportunity to fine tune their job seeking skills through in-depth career panels. Seventeen (!) panels are scheduled, ranging in topic from Corporate Social Responsibility to Education to Finance to Transportation. Come hear your fellow alumni talk about their careers in public service! For a detailed schedule and RSVP information, visit the online Career Directory. Also, if you're an alum who is interested in getting involved in Career Month as a guest panelist, please email the Office of Career Services.


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 Development Officer, Amnesty International USA
  • Program Officer, Commonwealth Fund
  • Vice President of Advancement, HealthCare Chaplaincy
  • Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Lutheran World Relief
  • Director of Operations and Strategic Planning, NYC Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services
  • Vice President, Partnership for the Homeless

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.


New Things Happening for Wagner Alumni Services

Exciting news, Wagner grads. Reflecting how important alumni are to Wagner and how serious Wagner is about providing events and services that fulfill your needs, Alumni Services has been take out of the Office of Career Services and elevated to its own department at Wagner. Lisa Taylor is now the Director of Special Events and Alumni Relations at NYU Wagner, and is looking for a staff person to manage the alumni services role exclusively. Visit the NYU Human Resources Website for more information about working at NYU and to apply for this position online (5182BR): www.nyu.edu/hr/jobs/apply.


Wagner Review Call for Papers

The Wagner Review of Public Affairs is the student-run academic journal of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. The Wagner Review promotes dialogue on a wide range of issues related to public service, by publishing original writing and research from a diverse group of students and alumni. Articles reflect the academic programs offered and scholarly research conducted at the Wagner School. The Wagner Review is currently considering submissions from current students (2006 and 2007 graduates) and alumni involving a wide range of topics, including public and non-profit management, public policy, financial management and public finance, health policy, health management, urban planning, and international affairs. To submit a paper for consideration, download the Wagner Review Call for Papers (PDF), which describes the required format and submission instructions in full detail.


Supporting Spooky Scholarships now available thru the
NYU Wagner Annual Fund

Yet another reason to support the NYU Wagner Annual fund. Donations to the annual fund can now be specifically directed toward scholarship support. Just indicate it on the memo line of your check or the online donation form. You can make an Online Contribution, send gifts through the return envelopes that come with the Wagner Update, or by mail a check (made out to NYU Wagner) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604. Please indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund.

Thank you for the difference you make through your commitment to Wagner. And remember it's not how much you give, but THAT you give!


Did You Know...?

Antonia Cornaro (MUP '96) is an Urban Planner for the Austrian Institute for Regional Planning. In this role, Antonia is doing spatial planning analysis, strategic planning for regions, and master planning and evaluations for site analysis.

Mark Foggin (MPA '01) is the Deputy Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of Industrial & Manufacturing Businesses, where he is helping to retain and grown NYC's blue collar jobs by protecting industrial land for industrial uses and assisting blue-collar businesses to open, thrive and grow.

Sherri Henkin (MPA '82) was recently named a Documentation Specialist at the Ohio Savings Bank in Cleveland, Ohio. Congratulations, Sherri.

Saimir Kadiu (MS '98) works in the Ministry of Health of Albania, where he is the Director of the Economical Department and the Implementation Director of a World Bank Project.

Tony Laing (MPA '00) is a Diversity and Program Exchanges Advisor for the Massachusetts College of Art. In this role, Tony advises students on study abroad programs, scholarships and serve as an academic advisor. Tony also plans and executes diversity programming for students, staff and faculty.

Larry Mango (MUP '99) is an Assistant VP at Rockwood Capital LLC, a privately held real estate investment company, where he is a member of the East Coast acquisitions and asset management team.

Lilian Miller (MPA '06) has joined the Brazil Foundation's management team this September as its Manager of Outreach for the National Expansion Project. Starting with the cities of Miami, Boston and Los Angeles, Lilian will be responsible for community outreach in replicating the foundation's successful Brazilian Diaspora Philanthropy model outside of New York. Email Lilian for more information. Congratulation, Lilian.

Glen Morisano (MS '02), Deputy Inspector with the New York City Police Department was recently profiled in the New York Daily News about his work as the head of the joint drug task force between the NYPD and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and his retirement from the force. Congratulations on your retirement, Glen. Read the full article on Inspector Morisano.

Paulette Woolf (MPA '82) is the Deputy Director for the United Nations OIOS/MECD division. In this role, Paulette manages an internal management consulting function (iMCS) that uses a structured change management methodology to assist program managers in implementing change.


Be in 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..."!