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Wagner School Alumni eNews – April, 2005

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Discussion on Challenges in Grantmaking: April 6


Wagner's NonProfit Network (NPN) student group and the Office of Career Services (OCS) invite you to "Challenges in Grantmaking: Perspective from the Inside and Out," on Wednesday, April 6, 2005, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm, at the Puck Building's 2nd floor conference room. Join us for a rich discussion of the challenges faced in today's grantmaking climate. RSVP to

Volunteer at Hands On New York Day: April 16

Saturday, April 16, 9:30 am- 3:00 pm, is New York Cares' annual Hands On New York Day, when thousands of volunteers conduct service projects throughout NYC. Wagner's Urban Planning Student Association will lead a New York Cares orientation in the morning, followed by a project in Brooklyn's Brevoort Playground. To sign up, contact Judita Eisenberger by Wednesday, April 6. For more information about Hands On New York Day and New York Cares, visit

Public Service Today - Responsible Investing: April 27

Learn how to make your investment dollars really count! Join us for the "Understanding Socially Responsible Personal Investing" seminar, April 27, 2005, from 8:00 to 10:00 am at the Puck Building. Panelists include representatives from Dreyfus Investments, Domini Funds, and Shared Interest (, which raises funds to guarantee bank loans for low-income communities in South Africa. (RSVP online)

Rudin Center Study Critiques State Roadway Budget

According to a new study by Wagner's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, the 2005-2010 capital budget currently being proposed for New York State’s roadways and bridges has set aside insufficient funds to meet the needs of downstate New York, including New York City and nine nearby counties. Download the full report here (PDF).

Save the Date: Wagner Year-End Social Event, May 6

Alumni are cordially invited to the Wagner student body's annual year-end social event and celebration, May 6, 2005, 6:00 pm to midnight, at the Puck Building. This year's theme is "Shakespeare in the Puck." Stay tuned for RSVP information! The event committee is soliciting donations of raffle prizes for the celebration; if you would like to make a donation or help solicit prizes, contact Deborah Kerson at or Nellie Ng at


Events and Regional Activities:
April/May 2005


Talks, Receptions and Seminars


See the Wagner Alumni Calendar and Wagner Student Activities Calendar for details on the events below.

  • April 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm — "Does Money Matter? The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Education for New York" (RSVP to
  • April 5, 8:30 - 10:30 am — "Compstating HRA" with NYC HRA Commissioner, Verna Eggleston (RSVP to
  • April 5, 5:30 - 8:00 pm 9th Annual Kovner/Behrman Lecture: "Revolutionizing Healthcare Delivery" (RSVP online)
  • April 7, 1:00 - 3:00 pm — Policy Debate on the Proposed Medical Liability Litigation Legislation
  • April 9, 9:30 - 11:30 am Philadelphia, PA: NYU In Your Neighborhood Alumni Reception (RSVP online)
  • April 12, 8:30 - 10:00 am The Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy: "Predatory Lending" (RSVP to
  • April 12, 12:00 - 1:00 pm "Trans-system Social Ruptures: The New Disasters and Crises of the 21st Century?" (RSVP to
  • April 14, 5:30 - 8:00 pm Los Angeles, CA: NYU In Your Neighborhood Alumni Reception (RSVP online)
  • April 16, 9:30 am- 3:00 pm Hands On New York Day - Volunteer with the Urban Planning Student Association (RSVP to
  • April 16, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm "A Neighborhood Development Tour: Fordham-Bedford, The Bronx" (RSVP to
  • April 20, 8:30 am - 12:45 pm "Planning and Design with Communities in Mind: Context-Sensitive Solutions in Our Region" (RSVP online)
  • April 26, 5:30 - 8:00 pm Henry Hart Rice Urban Planning Forum with Joseph Salvo (RSVP online)
  • April 27, 8:00 - 10:00 am PUBLIC SERVICE TODAY: Understanding Socially Responsible Personal Investing (RSVP online)
  • May 13-15, NYU ALUMNI WEEKEND (RSVP online)
  • May 14, 1:00 - 3:00 pm "Lunch and the Wagner Legacy" Dean's Luncheon (RSVP online)
  • May 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Washington, DC: NYU In Your Neighborhood Alumni Reception (RSVP online)

Office of Career Services Events

For updated listings and event details, see the Wagner Career Services Calendar. Also see the OCS Event RSVP Form for RSVP information on selected events.

  • April 6, 12:00 - 1:00 pm Brown Bag with The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, sponsored by ALAS Student Group (RSVP to
  • April 6, 4:30 - 6:30 pm “Challenges in Grantmaking: Perspective from the Inside and Out" (RSVP to
  • April 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Education Careers Panel (RSVP to
  • April 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm International Development Career Panel (RSVP to
  • May 3, 4:30-6:30 pm Capstone End Event (Puck Building, 2nd Floor)


Office of Career Services (OCS)


Call for Proposals: 2005-2006 Capstone Program


The Capstone Program brings together teams of Wagner students with client organizations (such as nonprofits, government agencies, health institutions, and urban planning firms) to carry out a project over an academic year. Project teams research important issues, address complex challenges, and identify opportunities for organizational growth. As alumni, you know the skills and knowledge that a Wagner student team can bring to the table. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a Capstone team help your organization? The deadline to submit proposals is May 13, 2005. For complete information and proposal guidelines, see our Information for Prospective Capstone Clients page.


WAA Elections: Nominations Open April 7


The Wagner Alumni Association (WAA) is seeking committed Wagner alums to serve on the 2005-2006 WAA Board of Directors, for the term beginning July 1, 2005. The WAA works collaboratively with alumni and the Wagner School administration, and strives to advance the interests of Wagner alumni, promote public service, and further the goals of the Wagner School and the NYU community. Nominations for six Officer positions, as well as several open Director positions, will be accepted April 7 - May 5. The election itself will take place May 12 - June 1. For complete information and instructions, visit our WAA Election page.



Alumni Weekend May 13-15


Watch your mailbox for an invitation to Alumni Weekend, May 13 - 15, 2005! The Weekend is a special opportunity to reminisce, catch up with old friends, and reconnect with Wagner and NYU. As part of Alumni Weekend, we invite you to "Lunch and the Wagner Legacy," a special luncheon with Wagner Dean Ellen Schall and filmmaker Elisa Guarino, on Saturday, May 14, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Puck Building. Clips from Ms. Guarino's film The Wagners: A Legacy of Public Service, the presentation of the annual NYU Wagner Torch Award, and a tour of Wagner's home in the Puck Building will make for a lively and interesting afternoon. Cost of the luncheon is $25 and the Alumni Weekend registration fee is $10. RSVP at



NYU Entrepreneurship Conference: April 16


Learn from some of the nation's top entrepreneurs at NYU's 9th Annual All-University Conference on Self-Employment, Business Ownership and Entrepreneurship, Saturday, April 16, 2005, in Schimmel Auditorium at NYU's Tisch Hall. Twenty-one breakout sessions and panel discussions will cover a variety of topics such as generating ideas and launching or expanding your business, as well as specialized industry topics such as "Healthcare Practices: Turning Health Into Wealth," and "Nonprofit Entrepreneurial Endeavors to Launch & Support." Admission is $25 for alumni and guests. Register now at Already have a business venture or idea? Show it off at the Student and Alumni Business Expo (Deadline to apply: April 5).



Wagner Annual Fund


Remember Wagner this Tax Season

If you made a contribution to the Wagner Annual Fund in 2004, don't forget that your contribution is tax-deductible. If you're planning a contribution in 2005, consider joining one of Wagner's two giving circles, the Dean's Circle (gifts of $1,000 or more) or Friends of Wagner (gifts of $250 or more). Established by the Wagner Alumni Association, these two donor societies provide special recognition to alumni for their extraordinary generosity and commitment. To learn more, visit our Donating to Wagner page. As always, you can make an online contribution to Wagner at any level that is right for you (specify Wagner when you make your gift). Thank you for the difference you make by donating to Wagner!


Did You Know...?


Carrie Burton (MPA '01) is Project Manager at the The France Foundation, a continuing medical education company. She manages a project management team and is responsible for the review of scientific materials.


Mitchell Cohen (MPA '81) is Associate Regional Counsel and Team Leader of the General Law Team, Office of Regional Counsel, in the U.S. EPA's Region II office. His team's practice areas include labor and employment, government employee ethics/standards of conduct, and information law.

Dr. Hy L. Dubowsky, Ph.D. (Ph.D., '95) recently testified on tax credits before the Senate Finance Committee in Washington, D.C., during the Committee's March 16 hearing. Hy is Director of Economic Development Services at the NY State Department of Labor.

Brenda Murad (MPA '04) recently accepted the position of Executive Director of ABANA, a small professional organization serving the financial sector between the U.S. and the Arab world. Congratulations, Brenda.

Rahul Pawar (MPA '02) is an Experienced Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Business Advisory Services. He conducts management consulting in a variety of areas for clients such as financial services firms, multi-lateral agencies, and healthcare service providers.

Joel Rubenstein (MPA '97) is a Senior Global Product Manager in the Global New Business & Strategic Planning group at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare in NJ. Joel is responsible for developing go-to-market strategies for newly acquired products.

Dr. Ira L. Salom, MD (MS '92) was appointed Medical Director at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center on Ward's Island, New York City. Congratulations, Ira.

Kate Slevin (MUP '02) was promoted to Associate Director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, an alliance of public interest, transit advocacy, planning, and environmental organizations working to reverse deepening automobile dependence and sprawl development in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metropolitan region. Congratulations, Kate.

Patrick Tracy (MPA '98) is the Medical Assistance/Government Compliance Administrator at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan. UPMC is a large health system in southwest Pennsylvania. Patrick is responsible for monitoring UPMC's contract with the PA Department of Public Welfare to deliver managed care services to Medicaid consumers.

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