Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nathan Sawaya (CAS '95, LAW '98): Brick Artist

Most of us played with Lego when we were young. Some of us still play with Lego. Nathan Sawaya makes a living creating incredible Lego sculptures. We had a chance to sit down with him to talk about his memories of NYU and his career as a Lego artist. For more information and to see many of Nathan's sculptures please click here to visit his website.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Alumni Profile: Cesar Francia (CAS '10)

We're thrilled to be featuring alumnus Cesar Francia this month. We had a chance to ask Cesar some questions about his time at NYU and his current projects.

Cesar%20Francia%20Paul%20%20Daisy%20Soros%20Fellowships%20for%20New%20Americans%2003%2017%2011_Page_01.pngBorn in Caracas, Venezuela, Cesar graduated from New York University in 2010 with a Bachelors in International Politics. In 2007, he participated in the summer program of the Global Institute for Leadership & Civic Development in Prague Czech Republic, and served as Student Coordinator for the program in 2008. He participated in an NYU Alternative Spring Break Program in the Dominican Republic in 2007, and served as the trip’s Site Leader the following year. As a 2008 Catherine B. Reynolds Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship, he spent a summer interning for Miracle Corners of the World in Rwanda, overseeing the development of small enterprises and the construction of a community center. Cesar has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, and enjoys the exploring the tastes of the world.

CAS Alumni: Tell us about your experience at NYU. What were the highlights? Were there things you accomplished as a student that you are particularly proud of?

Cesar Francia: Being a student at NYU was a dream come true and an incredible platform. My entire four years at NYU were absolutely thrilling and worthwhile. I studied in Florence, Italy my first year through the Liberal Studies Program and traveled all over Europe for the first time in my life. My sophomore year in New York, I interned for Human Rights Watch and obtained the Catherine B. Reynolds Scholarship in Social Entrepreneurship. The Reynolds program was a blessing that allowed me to afford NYU and to explore my interest and passion in the field of social change. Another highlight of my time at NYU was my time as a Resident Assistant (RA) at Palladium, I was able to build a fantastic community with my residents and also led a wonderful Explorations Floor called "Dancing in the Streets of New York." I am particularly proud of having been appointed a Senator-at-Large in the Student Senator's Council my senior year and of having served as Admissions Ambassador for two years.

CAS: What are you working on now? Can you talk about the career path you are taking?

CF: Currently, I am serving as Aide to the Chambers of Justice Sotomayor at the Supreme Court of the United States. In this capacity, I am responsible for overseeing the review of the thousands of petitions for certiorari that are filed with the Supreme Court every term. I assist with the allocation of pool-memo writing assignments to the Justice’s law clerks, keep track of her colleagues’ thoughts on particular cases, provide research that helps her determine the cases from which she must recuse herself, and make sure that the materials she needs for oral argument are properly assembled and placed on the bench before argument. In addition, I assist in setting up her travel and speaking commitments and correspond with the Spanish speaking public that write to her.

I will be attending law school in the Fall and hope to become a attorney operating at the intersection of Social Entrepreneurship and the law. So far, I have been admitted to the University of Chicago Law School and I am waiting to hear back from other schools before making a decision.

CAS: What advice would you give to graduating seniors?

CF: My advice is the following: by virtue of attending one of the most dynamic and nourishing schools in the nation in the capital of the world, you have had experiences that are unparalleled by any other graduating seniors. Harness these experiences, reflect on them and use them as a catalyst to explore your passions and help you translate those into a fruitful career. Take advantage of the NYU Alumni network and all of the resources available to you as alumni. Stay connected with the exciting future of NYU as it grows and gains prominence in the world. But most importantly, remember the motto: " a private university in the public service;" so go do some good in the world in any capacity that best utilizes your talents!

CAS: Congratulations on receiving a 2011 Soros Fellowship! Can you tell us about the importance of scholarship support?

CF: Thanks! As an aspiring lawyer interested in public service work post law school, scholarship support is critical in lessening the financial burden of acquiring massive amount of loans to obtain a JD. I am committed to taking the road less traveled and do not plan on pursuing a career in the traditional law firm path, hence having the support of the Soros Fellowship for New Americans is critical in my exploration of less remunerative internships and job offers without the pressure of having to pay law school debt.

While at NYU, the Reynolds Scholarship was invaluable in allowing me to stay enrolled, I speak about it in this profile.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cynthia Ozick Receives Jewish Book Council Lifetime Achievement Award

Cynthia Ozick (left) and Francine Klagsbrun (right).

Congratulations to WSC Alumna Cynthia Ozick, who received the Jewish Book Council's lifetime achievement award at its 60th annual National Jewish Book Award Ceremony on March 9, 2011 at the Center for Jewish History. She received the award from Council president and GSAS alumna, Francine Klagsbrun.

Known primarily for her short stories and novellas, Cynthia Ozick is one of the most celebrated Jewish- American writers of the century.

For more information on Cynthia Ozick, please click here.