NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – October 2007

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Christopher Shays '78, to Receive NYU Alumni Award for Distinguished Public Service
We are proud to announce that United States Congressman from Connecticut - and Wagner graduate, Christopher H. Shays (MPA '78) will be honored at the NYU Alumni Association's 2007 Awards Dinner in November. Shays has been selected to receive the Eugene J. Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service, and he is the first Wagner alumnus to be honored with it. The award will be presented at a dinner hosted by the Alumni Association at the Grand Hyatt Grand Central Station on Thursday, November 8, 2007 from 6:30 to 9:30pm. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at the NYU Alumni Awards Dinner website. Congratulations, Congressman Shays!

 

Prof. Dennis Smith Speaks About Performance Management in Atlanta
Professor Dennis C. Smith, a nationally recognized expert in performance management of public and nonprofit agencies, was invited to discuss his research on Saturday, September 29th in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference marks the launch of a nonpartisan organization, "American Solutions for Winning the Future," which strives in part to "move the government into the 21st Century," and whose General Chairman is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Among the other presenters at the conference were Dr. Elaine Kamarck, Lecturer, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; Arkansas Gov. and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee; and Porter Gross, former Director of the CIA.

Talk of the Town: Assistant Dean David Schachter's Seminar Covered by The New Yorker
The Sept. 17, 2007 issue of The New Yorker magazine includes a "Talk of The Town" article on a NYU seminar expertly led by Wagner's Assistant Dean for Career Services and Experiential Learning, David R. Schachter. The freshman orientation seminar, "Facebook in the Flesh," offered techniques for meeting new people face-to-face in a "postmodern world," where the Internet can be the preferred mode of classmate interaction. To read the piece, "Social Studies," by Michael Schulman, click here.

Cuong Nguyen '07, and Prof. Paul Light Explain How to Recruit and Retain "Young and Restless"
Governing magazine's website, serving 275,000 readers monthly, considers the critical matter of how states and localities recruit managerial talent from Generations X and Y -- post baby boomers roughly between the ages of 30 and 42 -- and how they keep them on. To help frame the issue, the writer interviewed Professor Paul Light, a nationally recognized expert on government and organizational performance, as well as Cuong Nguyen (MPA '07), who works as a director for the Borough President of Manhattan. In the article, Nguyen contends many governments could do more to promote public sector employment's attractive characteristics and advantages. Born in Vietnam and raised largely in California, Nguyen, 28, grew interested in public service careers after serving in the Peace Corps in Honduras and earning a MPA at Wagner. To read the article, please visit Governing online.

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Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
October/November 2007

For updated listings and event details, as well as RSVP information, click on the links below or see the Wagner Alumni Calendar.

New York City:

  • Oct. 2, 12 to 1:30pm - Accountability and Governance Series. Challenging the Performance Movement. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 4, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series. American Torture: From the Cold War to Abu Ghraib and Beyond. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 4, 6:30 to 8pm - Racenomics Series - Risking the American Dream: Minority Communities and the Mortgage Crisis. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 9, 7:30 to 9pm - Sicko: The Realities of Universal Healthcare. With Victor Rodwin and Rogan Kersh. Rice Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 10, 9 to 10am - Arts and Culture Roundtable Breakfast. Sponsored by SNEAC in anticipation of the Social Theory Politics & the Arts Conference. Mulberry Conference Room, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. For more info, contact Annie Hitchens.
  • Oct. 10, 6:15 to 8:30pm - NYU Speakers on the Square: Why Do We Feel So Afraid? With Prof. Joseph Ledoux. Hemmerdinger Hall, Silverstein Lounge. For more info, contact Marian Newsom.
  • Oct. 11, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series. Beyond Bin Laden: Combating Tomorrow's Al Qaeda. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 11, 6 to 8pm - Wagner Gallery Space Art Opening: Jennie Aleshire. Wagner Gallery, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. For more info, contact Margie Jimenez.
  • Oct. 12, 6 to 9pm - Weaving it Together: Latin American Multiculturalism. Tisch Hall, Schimmel Auditorium, 40 West 4th St. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 15, 6:30 to 8pm - NYU Alumni Travel Program Event. Wine and cheese information session about the 2008 Alumni Travel Program. Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center, 50 West 4th St. For more info, contact Kristen Tegenborg.
  • Oct. 15, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Oct. 18, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series. Getting Peace to 'Stick': From Risk Factors to Strategy Choices for Post-Conflict Success. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 18, 6 to 7:30pm - Advocacy and Social Change Series: Philanthropy's Role in Supporting Civil Society. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 25, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series. Security in a Changing World: Multilateral Institutions in the 21st Century. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 26, 12 to 1:30pm - Sustainable NYC: Congestion Pricing Panel. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 29, 5:30 to 6:30pm - Advocacy and Social Change Series: Lessons from Organizing Campaigns. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 30, 9am to 12:30pm - More Than Income: Defining and Measuring Poverty in New York City. Co-Sponsored by the New York Women's Foundation. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 30, 5pm - NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series. Featuring J.B. Schramm, Founder & CEO, College Summit. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Oct. 30, 5pm - NYU Jacob K. Javits Lecture: From Multiple Intelligences to Future Minds. With Howard Gardner. Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S. For more info and to RSVP, click here.
  • Nov. 5, 6:30 to 8:30pm - Woman for President? Sponsored by the Wagner Women's Caucus. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 5, 7:15pm - Lecture at the Princeton Club - "What to Eat: Personal Responsibility or Social Responsibility?" With Steinhardt professor, Marion Nestle. The Princeton Club of NY, 15 W. 43rd St. For more info, contact Marian Newsom.
  • Nov. 6, 6:30 to 8pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: GARDEN CITY. With profs. Fabio Piano and Michael Purragganan of FAS. Garden City Hotel, 45 7th St., Garden City. For more info, contact Maureen Walsh.
  • Nov. 6, 6:30 to 8:30pm - Cooperation Creating Change: Stories from Executives at GAP, SAI, Chiquita and the Rain Forest Alliance. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 7, 6 to 7:30pm - Sustainable NYC: Post Carbon Cities. NYU School of Law, Vanderbilt Hall, Room 204, 40 Washington Square South. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 7, 6:30 to 8pm - New York State Commissioner of Health, Richard Daines. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 8, 6:30 to 9:30pm - NYU Alumni Association Awards Dinner. Grand Hyatt, 109 E. 42nd St. Tickets: $75. For more info or to purchase tickets click here.
  • Nov. 12, 6:30 to 9pm - The Farm Bill: Understanding the Political, Agricultural, and Nutritional Impact. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 13, 4:30 to 6pm - Accountability and Governance Series. Performance Measurement and the World Bank. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Nov. 19, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Nov. 27, 5:30 to 7pm - Wagner Gallery Space Art Opening. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. For more info, email Margie Jimenez.

National:

  • Oct. 14, 12:30 to 3:30pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: SAN DIEGO. Luncheon and tour of Dead Seas Scrolls Exhibit. San Diego Museum of Natural History. For more info, contact Maureen Walsh.
  • Oct. 18, 5:30 to 7:30pm - Wagner Alumni in LOS ANGELES Happy Hour. The Whisper Lounge, 189 The Grove Drive, Ste F-90B. RSVP online. For more info, contact Wendy Bernal.
  • Nov. 14, 6 to 8:30pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: GREENWICH, CT. With President John Sexton and profs. Fabio Piano, Michael Purragganan and Gloria Coruzzi of FAS. Hyatt Regency, 1800 E. Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich, CT. For more info, contact Maureen Walsh.

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Office of Career Services (OCS): Career Panels

OCS's Career Panels give students and alumni the opportunity to fine tune their job seeking skills through in-depth panel discussions. Several 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.

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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:

  • Chief Financial Officer,
    BTQ Financial
  • Director of Public Engagement,
    Center for Arts Education
  • Director of New Media and e-Commerce,
    Heifer International (Arkansas)
  • Director, Health Systems
    International Rescue Committee
  • Health Services Manager (Director of Finance),
    NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Chief Information Officer,
    Vera Institute of Justice
  • California Public Lands Program Director,
    Wilderness Society (California)

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.

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Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

Harold Pettigrew (MUP ‘05), is currently Chief of Staff for the District of Columbia's Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). If you had asked him what the future held when he was in his last semester at Wagner, he never would have guessed he'd be an agency executive two years later. Pettigrew describes his experience since graduating as a whirlwind, but he hopes to remain in his current position for a good while. As Chief of Staff at DSLBD, he serves as chief management advisor to the Director, oversees the activities of nearly 35 employees with a $7 million operating budget, and works closely with other DSLBD senior executives to coordinate the Department's overall business strategy. Read the full profile.

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Wagner Review - Call for Submissions

The Wagner Review 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 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. Deadline: October 20, 2007.

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Alumni Insights: Wagner Grads Outside of Metro-NYC

Do you live outside of the New York Metro Area? How can we be helpful to you remotely? What kind of services do you wish were more accessible to you? We want to know! Please send us your answers to wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with Alumni Insights in the Subject line.

 

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Friends of Wagner and the Dean's Circle

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 illustrious donor societies were created to recognize alumni for their extraordinary generosity and commitment to Wagner. Friends of Wagner (who give $250 or more) and Dean’s Circle members (who give $1K or more) are invited to VIP receptions, lectures and other events, and a special, annual donor reception. For more information about Wagner’s giving circles, please contact Kate Druesedow. Or 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.

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Did You Know...?

Jerry Bruno (MPA '01) is a manager in Deloitte's healthcare practice specializing in delivering revenue cycle performance improvement solutions for healthcare providers.

Ben Goldman (PhD '93), executive director of City Without Walls, a non-profit Newark art gallery for emerging artists, has created defEYE Productions and was featured in The Star Ledger of Newark. Read the article here.

Samantha H. Gilbert (MPA '92) was appointed Director of Human Resources at the Rockefeller Foundation. Congratulations, Samantha.

Maria Imperial (MPA '83) has been named Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester. Congratulations, Maria.

Ranping Song (MPA-PNP '06) is working as a Research Analyst for the United Nations Development Group Office in New York.

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

In each Wagner School Alumni e-News 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..."

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