College young alumni award named for NYU Wagner grad Wemimo Abbey
A young alumni award at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, has been officially named the "Abbey" in honor of outstandng Crookston -- and NYU Wagner -- graduate Wemimo Abbey.
After receiving a BS from Crookston, Abbey earned his Master in Public Administration at NYU Wagner in 2015. While at Wagner, he developed Clean Water for Everyone. The organization provides access to affordable water supply in developing countries, and has done so for over 25,000 people living in Ghana, Nepal, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe.
Abbey has also given presentations on the global water and sanitation crisis at the UN and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is a recipient of the 2014 Face2Face Africa Young African Committed to Excellence award, the NYU Presidential Service award, and the NYU Wagner Dean's Scholarship.
Abbey has just received the very first young alumni award ever given by the Crookston Office of Development and Alumni Relations, which recognizes the achievement of alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years. It is in honor of its first recipient's achievements in public service that the award has been formally named the "Abbey."
Congratulations, NYU Wagner Class of '11! [Slide Show]
A highly spirited, good-humored and at times poignant NYU Wagner convocation ceremony filled the beautiful Brooklyn Academy of Music on May 17, including a keynote address delivered by visiting scholar, best-selling author, and astute social critic Irshad Manji.
Her subject was "moral courage," a matter she teaches at Wagner with great passion and insight. As part of her presentation, several students stood in the auditorium; their faces were beamed onto a jumbo screen and their voices were amplified as they explained to hundreds of asssembled classmates, friends and family members what the phrase "moral courage" means to each of them.
It was just one of many emotional and powerful moments as the more than 350 graduates cheered -- all of them poised to embark on the next step of their amazing careers in public service within and across sectors and disciplines.
In another twist on the standard graduation ceremony, three MPA graduates -- Nilbia Y. Coyote, Chesray L. Dolpha, and Kuo Jeng Yang -- greeted the audience with "Welcome" in dozens of languages that reflect the United Nations-like variety of native tongues embodied by Wagner's student body and its diverse global ties.
Ellen Schall, Wagner's dean, led the ceremonies, while New York University Provost David W. McClauglin offered words of welcome and praise, and Associate Dean and Professor Rogan Kersh recited the Athenian Oath. Faculty and student awards aplenty were yet another highlight of the day.
Congratulations to the Class of '11. Forward!
David Sandman, Ph.D., Named President and CEO of New York State Health Foundation
"David's experience and expertise in the world of New York health care, public policy, and in philanthropy position him perfectly to lead NYSHealth in its next chapter," said Ellen Rautenberg, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors. "His passion for our work is palpable, and he balances that with the patience and pragmatism required to effect meaningful social change."
Dr. Sandman said he was honored to be chosen. "In its first 10 years, the Foundation has established itself as a vital player working to help New Yorkers stay healthy and ensure our health care system meets patients' needs," he said. "I look forward to building on that work, focusing our energy in these important areas, and being responsive to new opportunities."
Dr. Sandman will begin his new role effective March 1, 2016, following the departure of founding President and CEO James R. Knickman, Ph.D., who is joining the faculty of New York University, where he will have a joint appointment in NYU Wagner and the NYU Langone Medical Center's Department of Population Health. Dr. Knickman will hold the Robert Derzon Chair in Health and Public Service.
"All of us on the NYSHealth Board are grateful to Jim Knickman for his leadership of the organization since its inception," said Ms. Rautenberg. "He shaped the Foundation into a strong force in New York's health landscape that has made a meaningful difference for the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers."