NYU Wagner Alumni e-News - October 2008

In This Issue:

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Join the Wagner Alumni Association for an "Uninsured Young Adults in New York" forum
800,000 young adult New Yorkers don't have health insurance! What are the solutions? Please join the WAA and BALCONY on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm for a forum on "Uninsured Young Adults in New York" to discuss problems within the current healthcare system and proposals that seek to reform health care access.  RSVP online.

Dean Schall in the New York Times
A letter to the editor from Dean Ellen Schall was published in the New York Times on 9/21/08 in response to "The King is Dead" in Roger Cohen's column.  Her letter was published along with several others that proclaimed, Goodbye, Wall Street! Hello, Public Service!

Remembering Walter Stafford
A Celebration of Service, Scholarship and Activism will be held in memory of Professor Walter Stafford, who passed away on September 13th.  The Services will be held on October 12 from 3-5pm. at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcomlm X Blvd., NYC.  More info and RSVP online.

Research Center for Leadership in Action hosts Compassionate Leadership dialogue
In a groundbreaking dialogue held at NYU on September 24, three influential leaders -- Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan; Rabbi Irwin Kula, author of the award winning book, Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, and President of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; and the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, a prominent Tibetan Buddhist lama -- held a public talk on the power and practice of compassionate leadership.  Probing their own traditions and experiences, they examined how their different paths can contribute to a shared vision of interdependence and global connection.   Read more.



Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
October/November 2008

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

Featured Events on the 2008 Election:
Explore the issues surrounding the 2008 election with an inside look offered by NYU Wagner.  Get the latest pulse on everything from foreign policy to voter tendencies and cap it all off with an election watch party on November 4th!

10/07/2008 - 12:30pm
The US and World Foreign Policy and the 2008 Elections Series: Human Rights and Military Force: The Past, Present, and Future of Interventions

10/08/2008 - 6:00pm
Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican or Democrat

10/15/2008 - 6:00pm
Weaving It Together: The Latino Voting Experience

10/22/2008 - 6:30pm
Red and Blue Nation? Partisanship and the 2008 Election

10/23/2008 - 6:30pm
Money & Politics: How Clean Elections Can Change the Face of Elected Office

10/27/2008 - 4:30pm
Public Forum on American Jews and the Presidential Election

11/04/2008 - 7:00pm
Election Night Live - Returns Watching Party


Other New York Events:

10/06/2008 - 6:00pm
Corporate Social Responsibility: Global Implications

10/07/2008 - 8:00am
Citizen's Union Breakfast Briefs Series: City Council Member Eric Gioia -- Queens, District 26

10/08/2008 - 12:00pm
Reynolds Speaker Series: John Mackey, CEO and Chairman of Whole Foods Market


10/10/2008 - 11:30am
Philanthropy and Politics Series: Katrina Fatigue? Philanthropic Support for Education Reform in New Orleans

10/11/2008 - 10:00am
Race: "Can We Talk?": What a productive race dialogue looks like...

10/12/2008 - 3:00pm
Remembering Walter Stafford: A Celebration of Service, Scholarship and Activism

10/14/2008 - 8:30am
Uninsured Young Adults in New York

10/16/2008 - 12:30pm
Conflict Security and Development Series: Nuclear Armament as a Barrier to Development

10/16/2008 - 6:20pm
Climate and Water Series: Fred Pearce, Author of When the Rivers Run Dry

10/17/2008 - 12:00pm
NYU Alumni Awards Luncheon 2008

10/21/2008 - 8:00am
Greening the Empire State: Powering the Future Series: Wind Power

10/23/2008 - 12:30pm
Conflict Security and Development Series: Competition and Development: Using Law and Policy to Harness Globalization

10/24/2008 - 12:00pm

Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development in Latin America Series: The Conceptions of Social Policy: Universalism vs. Targeting

10/24/2008 - 11:30am
Philanthropy and Politics Series: Funding the Conservative Legal Movement

10/29/2008 - 6:30pm
Hope, Not Fear: A Conversation with Irshad Manji and Edgar J. Bronfman

11/6/2008 - 6:00pm
NYUAA Speakers on the Square Series: Hooked on Technology

11/07/2008 - 11:30am
Philanthropy and Politics Series: The Future of Progressive Philanthropy

11/12/2008 - 6:30pm
Reynolds Speaker Series: Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist

11/12/2008 - 8:00am
Citizen's Union Breakfast Briefs Series: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

11/13/2008 - 6:20pm
Climate and Water Series: Bryan Mark, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State Universit

National Events:

  • 10/21/2008, 6 to 8pm - NYU Alumni Happy Hour in DC. Lounge 201.  201 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington, DC.  Please respond by providing your name, school and year of graduation to Kate Gavulis via email or at 212-992-7617.






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:

  • Project Manager,
    Affinity Health Plan
  • Director of Finance,
    BTQ Financial
  • Senior Land Use / Environmental Planner,
    Ferrandino Associates, Inc.
  • Director of Development,
    Hour Children
  • Executive Director,
    International Rescue Committee
  • Associate Director, Economic Security & Employment Policy,
    National Council of La Raza (D.C.)
  • Assistant Vice President,
    NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Manager of Employer Partnerships,
    Upwardly Global (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.


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

Bonnie Stone (MUP '74) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Women In Need (WIN).  She has had a long career serving New Yorkers, having worked in both city and state government in addition to the nonprofit sector. In her current role at WIN she oversees a staff of nearly 400 people that serves 8,500 homeless and disadvantaged women and children in New York City each year through the organization's shelters, transitional housing, substance abuse clinics, and other programs.  Her day-to-day responsibilities vary from supervising programs and services to fundraising, and overseeing finances to managing governmental relations.  In the health and social services industry, Stone points out, everything is closely associated with the government; and the city is WIN's most important partner.  With a fluctuating metropolis, nothing is ever stagnant.  "There are days, I read the paper and my life changes," says Stone. Read more.


Alumni Insights: Advise the Recent Alumni Committee

Share your insights with us!

Are you a recent grad?  Have some thoughts about programming for alumni from the classes of 2003-2008?  If you weren't able to make the Recent Alumni Kick-Off Happy Hour in September, you can share your thoughts with the newly forming committee by emailing wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line.  Feel free to let us know if you're interested in getting involved as well!


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 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 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...?

Darryl Brown (MPA-Health '91) completed his Ph.D. in 2005 from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and in July of this year was appointed Assistant Professor at Drexel University School of Public Health.  Congratulations, Darryl.

Payal Dalal (MPA-PNP '08) is now the Head of Public Affairs for North and South America for Standard Chartered Bank, an emerging markets bank that specializes in financial services in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Congratulations, Payal.

Tony Allen Laing (MPA '00) is currently a Ph.D. student studying Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Previously he was a Diversity and Programs Exchange adviser at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and worked at The New School in NY as Sr. Graduate Student Services Coordinator.

Molly Merriman (MPA-PNP '08) is now working for The Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia, a CDFI that invests in nonprofits, charter schools, and other community revitalizing businesses. Congratulations, Molly.

Scott Morgan (MPA-PNP '08) has become Deputy Director for Treatment Action Group.  TAG is an independent AIDS research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, a vaccine, and a cure for AIDS. TAG works to ensure that all people with HIV receive life saving treatment, care, and information.  Congratulations, Scott.

Ginseng Torres-Chae (MPA-Health '08) is now a Contract Analyst for the Managed Care Office of NYU Medical Center. Congratulations, Ginseng.

Lisa Utzschneider (MPA '95) was recently appointed senior vice president for national ad sales at Amazon. Congratulations, Lisa.



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