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Wagner School Alumni eNews – December, 2004

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Alumni Wine Tasting Party January 12


Join the Wagner Alumni Association Officers and Directors to taste delicious wines and catch up with fellow alumni on January 12, 6:30 pm at the Puck Building. Tickets are $20 for individuals or $35 per couple, and will benefit the Wagner Annual Fund. (RSVP online)

NYU Wagner Torch Award Call for Nominations

We invite you to acknowledge fellow alumni who exemplify Robert F. Wagner's dedication to public service by nominating them for the NYU Wagner Torch Award. Nominees should be leaders in their field who have made significant contributions to public service. To make a nomination, submit the Torch Award Nomination Form by January 21, 2005. (The Award will be presented at the Annual NYU Alumni Weekend Luncheon on May 14, 2005.)

Professor Paul Light Pens Op-Ed on Presidential Appointments

"By spring, Mr. Bush's administration could have more empty chairs than appointees," writes Wagner Professor Paul Light in a November 16 op-ed for the NY Times entitled "Late for Their Appointments." View the full story online (login required).

Reminder: Leadership for a Changing World Nominations Due January 7

Leadership for a Changing World is seeking nominations through January 7 of community leaders across the country who are successfully tackling tough social problems. To learn more about this program and download a nomination brochure, visit



Events and Regional Activities:
December 2004/January 2005


Talks, Receptions and Seminars


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

  • December 8, 12 to 1 pm CHPSR Brown Bag: "Helpers and the Helped: How Valuable is the Concept of "Consumer Choice" in Changing Mental Health Policy?"
  • December 9, 7 to 9:30 pm "The Next Four Years, the Biotech Agenda, and the Human Future: What Direction for Liberals and Progressives?" (RSVP online)
  • January 12, 6:30 pm — Wagner Alumni Association Wine Tasting Party (RSVP online)
  • January 19, 8 to 9:45 am Homelessness Policy Discussion with the WAA and the Wagner Policy Association (RSVP online)

Office of Career Services Events

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


Office of Career Services


Washington D.C. Employers: Mark Your Calendar for the EXPO 2005 Career Fair


Is your nonprofit or government organization located in the Washington, D.C. area and looking for a great way to connect with potential job candidates, including Wagner grads? Wagner’s Office of Career Services (OCS) will be co-hosting the EXPO 2005 Government and Nonprofit Career Fair in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, February 24, 2005, along with the College of William & Mary, Georgetown University, the University of Richmond and the University of Virginia. EXPO 2005 attracts students and alumni from all over the greater Washington, D.C. area seeking jobs in the nonprofit and/or government sector. Questions? contact Amy Ites at or 202-687-7394.

Also, don't forget about the many career services open to Wagner Alumni through the Office of Career Services!


Coro New York Leadership Center


New American Leaders Fellowship Program


Are you a manager who works closely with New York City's immigrant community? The Coro Center's New American Leaders Fellowship Program is open to senior managers in the nonprofit and government sectors working with New York City's immigrant communities. The program is also designed for emerging and established immigrant leaders. Applications are due December 15, 2004. For a program description and application, visit

Lewis Rudin Awards

If you know of a distinguished Wagner Alumni leader who has made a significant public service contribution to New York City, nominate him or her to be honored at the Coro Center's Lewis Rudin Awards Dinner in Spring 2005. Submit suggestions to Heather Troup at and include the nominee's name, a brief description, and an explanation of why you have nominated him or her.


Alumni Scholarship Program


Do you have a friend or colleague you would recommend to be a Wagner student? The Alumni Scholarship Program enables Wagner alumni to nominate outstanding applicants for scholarship consideration to the Wagner School. Up to five Alumni Scholarships, providing 50% of tuition costs, are awarded to applicants who have been nominated by a Wagner alumnus/a. To obtain an Alumni Scholarship Recommendation Form, contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at (212) 998-7414. The deadline to submit recommendations is March 1, 2005. (Note: Scholarship recipients must apply for admission by the January 15 scholarship deadline and matriculate in Fall 2005.)


Remember, always identify yourself as a Wagner Alum whenever you write a recommendation for a prospective Wagner student!


Partnership for Innovative Practice


NYU Wagner's Partnership for Innovative Practice offers a variety of executive development programs to help public service leaders translate new thinking into innovative practice. For more information about these and other upcoming programs of interest to alumni, contact the Partnership at 212-998-7508 or visit


Budgeting for Nurse Managers, January 10-14, 2005

Budgeting Concepts (January 10): $395
Advanced Budgeting (January 11-12): $795
Budgeting & Excel for Windows (January 13-14): $795
Full 5-day program: $1700


Wagner Annual Fund


The Giving Season


During this holiday season, please remember the Wagner School when making your annual donations. Your gifts go to support the lifelong education and programming opportunities Wagner provides for students and alumni alike. Help us respond to your evolving learning and career needs by providing the critical financial support that NYU Wagner needs. You can donate to Wagner in a variety of ways: online, through the return envelopes that come with the Wagner Update, or by mailing a check (made out to New York University) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604. Remember to indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has given back to Wagner over the years, be it through donations of time or moneywe appreciate all the support our Alumni and Friends give us.


NEW: Update Your Information Online!


Have you moved recently? Found a new job? Now you can send us your updated contact information easily by completing the Update My Info form on the Wagner web site. While you're there, check out Alumni Profiles to read up on the whereabouts of your fellow alumni.



Did You Know...?


Joel Dabu (MPA '04) is the Commercial Revitalization Manager for the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. In this capacity, Joel oversees the development and administration of redevelopment projects and commercial real estate development strategies and programs in the commercial corridors of the Bedford Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn. Congratulations, Joel.


Deirdre Johnson (MPA '01) has been named the Director of Policy and Research for the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. The Partnership, a non-partisan, non-profit group that works to improve the academic achievement of Georgia students through research, advocacy and communication, is one of the most respected and influential non-governmental education organizations in the state. Dierdre will have an opportunity to identify, research and recommend policy positions on a number of education issues such as early childhood learning, reducing the achievement gap, teacher quality, funding and special education. Congratulations, Dierdre.

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Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season! See you in 2005!

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