NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – September 2007

In This Issue:

Top Stories

 

New e-News Features and Updated Alumni Webpages
Next month the e-News will be arriving in your in-box with a whole new format. In the meantime, we've added a new section to the Alumni e-News. Each month we will feature one of our thousands of "alumni in action" doing significant work in their field or sector. The Public Service Spotlight -- below -- profiles an alumnus/a and highlights his or her current endeavors. You'll also notice that we have created a special section for national event listings below the general list, in an effort to emphasize events for alumni outside of the NYC area. Additionally, we have updated our Alumni Benefits page as well as our Regional Alumni Contacts page on our website.

 

Regional Alumni Groups Jump-start in California
Wagner alumni networks in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area strengthened their presence on the local scene this summer, with groups gathering in both regions to meet other local Wagner grads and talk about future programming.
The news from LA: Wagner alumni in Los Angeles are gaining momentum! Spearheaded by Wendy Bernal (MPA-PNP '01) and Alisa Zelman Finsten (MPA-PNP '03), they held their first social event in June as a way to connect and learn who else was living in LA. The group hopes to meet on a regular basis with a combination of social and learning opportunities. They will also partner with the Wagner administration to help recruit and plan events for potential and incoming students.
The news from the Bay Area: Led by Elan Drucker (MUP '04) and Todd Rufo (MUP '04), Bay Area Wagner Alumni met in August to discuss ideas for future events, teaming up with other alumni associations (Stern/Tisch/NYU), communicating with Wagner Career Services about alumni mentoring, etc., and coordinating outreach with prospective students.

Matthew Sapolin (MPA '96) Joins President Sexton in Welcoming NYU Undergraduates
Wagner graduate Matthew Sapolin, Commissioner of NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, served as the alumni speaker at NYU's Presidential Welcome for the Class of 2011 on August 27, 2007. Representing all NYU alumni, he joined University President John Sexton in welcoming the entire entering undergraduate class in this annual University-wide greeting. We congratulate Matthew on this honor.

Prof. Paul Light Assesses True Size, and Current Effectiveness, of Federal Government
From the resignations of top White House officials to staffing gaps riddling many federal agencies, NYU Wagner Professor Paul Light was frequently called upon during August, 2007, to size up the capability of the national government. Professor Light's expertise appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today and other national media. "We are not hiring many employees outside of the war on terrorism, which is leaving many agencies under-resourced for their mission," he told Washington Post reporter Henri Cauvin. His research on federal job outsourcing was cited by the Washington Post's John McQuaid in an essay entitled "The Can't-Do Nation: Is America Losing Its Knack for Getting Big Things Done?" Read more.

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Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
September/October 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:

  • Sept. 11, 12:30 to 2pm - 9/11: 6 Years After. With Gideon Rose, managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Sept. 17, 5:30 to 6:30pm - Sustainable NYC: Green Infrastructure Workshop with Neil Chambers. Rice/Newman Reception Space, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8:30pm - State of the City. A look at New York City government, sponsored by the Wagner Policy Alliance. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Sept. 19, 6 to 8pm - The Crisis in Medical Malpractice Insurance. Sponsored by the Wagner Alumni Association. Cabrini Medical Center, Executive Dining Room, 227 East 19th Street, NYC. RSVP online.
  • Sept. 20, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series. From Strengthening Livelihoods to Developing Economies - Putting Theory into Practice in Post-Conflict Countries. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Sept. 20, 6 to 7:30pm - Office of International Programs Open House. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl.
  • Sept. 21, 12 to 1:30pm - NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series. Featuring Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairman of BRAC. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Sept. 25, 6 to 8pm - NYU Alumni Association Board Meeting. Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center. For more info, email Kristen Tegenborg.
  • Sept. 25, 6:30 to 8:30pm - NYU Women's Initiative at Grey Art Gallery. The Geometry of Hope: Latin American Abstract Art. Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 100 Washington Square East. For more info, email Carol Gardner.
  • Sept. 26, 4:30 to 6pm - At the Forefront: The New Global Health Alliances. With adjunct professor Lucille Pilling. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Sept. 26, 7 to 8:30pm - Sustainable NYC: A Conversation with Bruce Schaller, NYCDOT Director of Planning & Sustainability. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Sept. 27, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series. Fighting for Public Health: Rebuilding a Healthcare System in Afghanistan. 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. 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.
  • 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. 15, 6:30 to 8pm - NYU Alumni Travel Program Event. Wine and Cheese information session about 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. 24, 6 to 7:30pm - Sustainable NYC: Congestion Pricing Panel. 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.

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.

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, Nonprofit Sector Programs and Practice,
    Independent Sector (Washington, D.C.)
  • GIS / Deomographics Research Analyst
    McKinsey & Company's North American Knowledge Center (Massachusetts)
  • Special Assistant to the President,
    New York Academy of Medicine
  • Vice President - Transaction Services,
    NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Economic Analyst,
    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Associate Director - Urban Policy and Planning,
    Rockefeller Foundation
    Managing Director, Major Gifts,
    US Fund for UNICEF

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

Alicia Polak (MPA-PNP ‘01), who had been an investment banker before Wagner, is now a successful social entrepreneur, having launched a company from the ground up in Cape Town, South Africa. Her venture, the Khaya Cookie Company, works to “Create Opportunity One Bite at a Time.” Read the full profile.

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NYU Wagner Alumni in Philanthropy Network

Do you work for a foundation or corporate giving program? Come back to Wagner on September 26th to meet other grads working for philanthropic organizations.The new NYU Wagner Alumni in Philanthropy Network is forming.The goal of this informal alumni group is to bring together Wagner graduates working in philanthropy for professional development, career networking and support of the NYU Wagner mission. For more information, please email Michaella Holden and provide your current employer and title.

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Alumni Insights: Share Your Professional Expertiseon WAG-NET

The Alumni Career Advisement Program (ACAP), has been upgraded with a new interface, new online functionalities -- and name. ACAP is now the Wagner Network, or WAG-NET. Similar to ACAP, the purpose of WAG-NET is to leverage the career expertise of our experienced students and alumni for the professional benefit of the Wagner community. With this upgrade, the database of WAG-NET members is now completely online, searchable on a variety of criteria, and accessible via the Office of Career Services’ (OCS) Career Directory: wagner.nyu.edu/careers/directory.

Volunteer as a WAG-NET member! You may create a WAG-NET profile, and choose your participation choices, by clicking here and filling out our WAG-NET registration form.

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Thank You - We Reached our Goal! Help Us Begin Again...

Alumni and friends who donated to the Annual Fund made history this year as they contributed over 1,000 gift in 2007. September 1st marked the start of the new fiscal year and this time we are hoping to receive 1,000 gifts from Alumni alone. Please help us get off to a strong start by making an online contribution. 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, Attn: Development Dept. Please indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund.

Thank you for your continued support of Wagner. Your commitment makes all the difference in the world.

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Did You Know...?

Daniel Blakemore (MPA-PNP ‘07) is the new Annual Giving Coordinator at the Third Street Music School Settlement. Congratulations, Dan.

Ana da Silva (MPA-PNP '07) joined US Bancorp's Community Development Corporation as a project management associate in their Historic and new markets Tax Credit group. Congratulations, Ana.

Yrthya Dinzey (MPA ‘96) recently took a position at the Toyota USA Foundation. Congratulations, Yrthya.

Steve Sagner (MPA-PNP '99), after nearly five years of service as the Director of Development at Wagner, is moving on. He has been promoted to Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at NYU Steinhardt. Congratulations, Steve. We'll miss you!

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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