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October 2013 Community News and Announcements

With the start of fall, academic projects and other activities have been gathering momentum around campus (momentum is a key word for NYU this month - see below). We're also preparing for the Children's Halloween Parade: check out an interview with one of our Grand Marshals, Sarah Neilson; a sneak peek at the student-designed trick-or-treat tote bag; and a glance behind the curtain at volunteers stuffing treats before the event. As you get your costumes set, look over these stories of what's been happening at NYU this month.

See our October 2013 Community Newsletter or explore the stories below.

Open Space Oversight Committee Update

October 1, 2013


The members of the Open Space Oversight Organization requested a three-month extension of the proposed September 15, 2013 date to December 15 to provide feedback on open space concept ideas to NYU.

Learn more about the OSOO »

Commitments Update

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Rising Up + Hearts of the World: An Interactive Youth Arts Experience at the Talladega Murals

October 9, 2013

See some of the great photos from our recent children's event, a free immersive arts experience for 20 families at the Talladega Murals.

The event included a guided tour through the one-of-a-kind art exhibition “Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College,” showcasing vibrant murals depicting the African-American transition from slavery to freedom, and an immersive arts experience with the Free Arts Society, who invited the children to take part in their ongoing collaborative arts project, Hearts of the World, where people from all over the globe express their passions, thoughts, and feelings through painting in anatomical heart outlines.

Learn more »

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Ted Magder on the Future of Space Allocation at NYU

October 10, 2013

Ted Magder, associate professor in the Steinhardt School and chair of the University Space Priorities Working Group, discusses how a team of faculty representatives, as well as representatives from the Student Senators Council and the Administrative Management Council, has been formed to solicit input from the NYU community on space needs. Their goal is to provide guidance to the University Administration moving forward.

Senator Kemp Hannon and the NYU Dental Van

October 11, 2013

On October 3, 2013, New York State Senator Kemp Hannon invited the NYU "Smiling Faces, Going Places" Dental Van to a Senior Health Fair in Garden City, New York, where the Mobile Dental Care team provided oral screenings and health care information to dozens of patients at the St. Paul's School Field House.

"We look forward to our continued working relationship; as we demonstrate an effective public/private partnership," said Constance Robinson-Turner, MS, administrator of the NYU College of Dentistry Mobile Dental Care Program.


Private Dollars for Public Purposes: Are Foundations Setting the Agenda for Higher Education Reform?

October 15, 2013

In recent years, philanthropic foundations such as Gates and Lumina have redefined the higher education reform agenda around several goals: graduating more students, more quickly, and at a lower cost.

But is it appropriate for public institutions to be shaped by the priorities and judgments of philanthropic foundations? And what do these changes mean for the future of higher education, research, innovation, and creative problem-solving?

Join the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy for a panel exploring these important issues from the perspectives of higher education philanthropists, researchers, and policy makers.

Friday, October 25, 2013, 9:00 am - 11:30 am

102 Silver Center, Hemmerdinger Hall

Space is limited and an RSVP is required.
Continental breakfast will be served.

Private Dollars for Public Education

Free Health and Dental Screenings at NYUCD

October 17, 2013

Come to the New York University College of Dentistry for free dental screenings; free vouchers for oral examinations, polishings, and supplies; and free screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, and oral cancer.

Thursday, October 22-24, 2013

NYU College of Dentistry, 345 East 24th Street

Services offered vary for different age groups. No appointments are necessary. Dental screenings are available from 8:30 am-7:00 pm; diabetes and blood pressure screenings from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Find out more details at NYU News »

health and dental screenings

Open Call Announcement for the Fall 2013 Poe Room Event, "Uncloaking Poe: An Evening Tribute"

October 17, 2013

Audition for the chance to illuminate the life and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe through mediums such as dance, drama, music, painting, readings, performances, or other forms of expression.

Creative individuals of all ages are encouraged to enter. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, November 8. Email Arlene Peralta or call 212.998.2401.

And save the date for Uncloaking Poe: Friday, December 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, at the NYU School of Law.

Learn more »


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Meet the Desinger of This Year's Halloween Parade Trick-or-Treat Tote Bag

October 22, 2013

Every year at the Children's Halloween Parade, NYU volunteers hand out approximately 1,500 free trick-or-treat tote bags with goodies ranging from pieces of candy to coupons for local museums – but what about the bag itself? Each eco-friendly, reusable cotton tote features an original design by one NYU student, selected through a biennial design contest held by the Office of Government and Community Affairs.

This year's winner is Jourdan Enriquez, a Gallatin School senior studying graphic design, new media, and marketing. "Halloween is my favorite holiday," says Enriquez. "I was studying abroad and really missing New York, so when I saw the contest announcement I had to enter. I also usually have to work pretty hard for good ideas on design projects, but inspiration hit me almost immediately for this project and I got too excited about it not to design something."

Read more about Enriquez and see the full design »

Winning Tote Bag Design

Meet Halloween Parade Grand Marshal Sarah Neilson, Administrator of Washington Square Park

October 23, 2013

Each year's Children's Halloween Parade Grand Marshals are people whom NYU salutes for their the civic dedication and leadership. One of our 2013 Marshals, Washington Square Park Administrator Sarah Neilson, answered a few questions for us about her excitement for the parade and her involvement in the local community.

Read the interview »

Washington Square Arch

Social Entrepreneurs Make Their Mark at the NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge

October 24, 2013

Teams have just finished submitting proposals to the NYU Reynolds Changemaker Challenge (CmC), a major initiative of the revolutionary NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship designed to help NYU students execute their visions of sustainable and scalable social change.

Read more about this year's Changemaker Challenge »


Meet Halloween Parade Grand Marshal Melissa Aase, University Settlement Executive Director

October 25, 2013

We sat down with one of our marshals, Melissa Aase, Executive Director of University Settlement, for a few questions about the Children's Halloween Parade and her involvement in the nearby community.

Read her interview with OGCA »

Melissa Aase

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