NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – October 2009

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Pictures from NYU Alumni Day Fall Harvest Lunch Posted
Thanks to all of you who came out to attend our Fall Harvest Lunch for Wagner Families this Saturday during NYU Alumni Day.  A great time was had by all and pictures can be viewed online here.


Six Wagner grads publish case studies in Prof. Kovner's 'Health Services Management'
The critically praised new edition of Health Services Management: Cases, Readings, and Commentary (9th ed., Health Administration Press: 2009), includes essays by six graduates of NYU Wagner and Professor Anthony R. Kovner, a co-editor of the volume. The Wagner contributors are former students who have gone on to work as leaders in the healthcare field. For example, Claudia Caine (MPA '84), in an essay co-written with Professor Kovner, drew on her experiences as Chief Operating Officer at Lutheran Medical Center of Brooklyn, N.Y.  Read more.

MS in Management Degree Renamed "Executive MPA"
NYU Wagner’s Master of Science (MS) in Management program has been renamed as the Executive Master of Public Administration (Executive MPA). The Executive MPA name is more reflective of the level of experience among the students in the program, the mid-career focus of the academic requirements, and the cohort components of the program. The new name will also increase Wagner's visibility among our competitor schools, employers, and in the wider education and public service market.

Rudin Center Announces Co-sponsorship of Event Series with NYU Abu Dhabi
NYU Abu Dhabi and The Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management are pleased to sponsor a new event series entitled, "New York / Abu Dhabi Futures: Common Challenges, Uncommon Cities." Despite the difference of a few centuries in age, the two cities face common challenges that this series will explore. Underscoring the twin focus, the speakers will deliver talks in both New York and Abu Dhabi and address the circumstances in each city. The series is curated by Anthony Shorris, Director of the Rudin Center and former Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The next event in the series, Strategic Issues Facing the Ports of New York and Dubai will be held on October 20th.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
October / November 2009

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


New York:



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


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:

  • Director of Finance and Administration,
    Advancement Project (Washington, DC)
  • Mobilization Manager,
    Black AIDS Institute (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Senior Research Associate
    Center for Government Research (Rochester, NY)
  • Health & Human Rights Program Officer-Africa,
    International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
  • Executive Director,
    Northern Sierra Partnership (California)
  • Strategic Advisor
    US Dept. of Transportation (Washington, DC)

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.


Office of Career Services (OCS): Special Opportunities

Interested in working for the federal government, but need help cutting through the red tape?
Join federal careers expert Paul Binkley, Director of Career Development Services at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University, as he shares his tried and true resources and strategies for identifying job and internship opportunities - for students and alumni - in the federal government.  Friday, October 20th 12:00 noon to 1:30pm at OCS.  Not in NYC?  No problem!  The event is accessible via webinar. Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/852273416

Job Posting Sites
Are you looking for a new job or fellowship opportunity? Would you like to know what types opportunities are available in today’s market? NYU Wagner's Office of Career Services provides alumni with free and/or discounted access to job posting sites via the online Career Directory. These include: Ivyexec (Mid to Senior Level Management Positions); Public Health Jobs Worldwide (Public Health Positions); Devex (International Positions); International Career Weekly (International Positions).

To take advantage of these excellent resources, log-on to the Career Directory.


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

On the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, two Wagner urban planning graduates have created a unique, environmentally sustainable haven. Nestled in the rainforest, on the border of a national park, sits a pristine nature preserve and adventure camp accessible only by boat.  Donna Madey Butler (MUP '94) and Michael Butler (MUP '94) moved to Costa Rica eight years ago, shortly after they were married, and bought 165 acres of land on the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) that had once been a cocoa farm. At the time they bought it, most of the land had returned to its natural state and the Butlers intended to keep it that way. Combining principles of both conservation and eco-tourism, they spent the next two years building the Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, a small, sensitively designed nature retreat and adventure travel destination. Read more.


Alumni Insights: Have You Gone Green? - Help NYU!

You share your insights with us!

Help NYU prove to the world that we’re America’s Greenest Campus! All you have to do is sign up online using your NYU email address (if yours is still active) and pledge to reduce your personal carbon footprint. The winning school gets up to $20,000 for campus greening and may get a spot on the Colbert Report! Registration ends today, Monday, October 5.  Join the cause here: http://climateculture.com/americas_greenest_campus/ and let us know you're on board at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.  


Contribute to the Alumni Scholarship Fund

The Wagner Alumni Scholarship Fund is a great way to support deserving students in their studies at Wagner.  Students receiving alumni scholarships must be nominated by a Wagner grad and are eligible to receive 50% tuition support.  You can donate to the fund by making an online contribution today. Donations can also be sent by mailing 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 Alumni Scholarship Fund.  If you wish to nominate a prospective student for a scholarship, contact wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.

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


Did You Know...?

Mark Ackerman (MS '96) has been named the new president and CEO of Lighthouse International.  Congratulations, Mark.

Jeannie Kwon (MPA '08) has been appointed to the position of Deputy Line General Manager of the #4 Line and the Grand Central Shuttle at New York City Transit. Jeannie oversees approximately 800 employees in the disciplines of Transportation, Stations/Customer Service, and Car Equipment.  Congratulations, Jeannie. 

Jonathan Voss (MPA-PNP '07) has taken a new position as Project Manager at Benenson Strategy Group. Congratulations, Jonathan.


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!