Classmates Karina Virrueta (MPA ’17) and Mitch Running, who is completing the dual MPA/MPH degree program in May, are planning a summer 2019 wedding. Virrueta and Running met at Visit Day in 2015 and had several La Follette School courses together.
During Policy Making Process (PA 874), they were part of a group looking into the United States’ special immigrant visa program for Iraqi and Afghan nationals. “By taking some of the same classes, we were able to help each other transform our big ideas into paper outlines and clean presentations,” Virrueta said.
Both originally from Wisconsin, Virrueta and Running hope to live in a rural part of the state where they can enjoy the outdoors. Virrueta received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UW–Madison, and Running received a bachelor’s degree in archaeology and anthropology from UW–La Crosse, where he was on the baseball team.
Virrueta is a grant specialist in the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Office of Crime Victim Services, and Running is a policy and contract monitor at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services while finishing his master of public health (MPH) degree.