Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, November 14, 2011

Alumni, friends, faculty visit at D.C. reception


Molly Askin, Rachel Johnson, Karen Faster, Alison Patz and Paco Fuchs pause outside the West Wing.

More than 50 alumni, friends of the La Follette School and faculty renewed their friendships and ties to their alma mater at the school's reception in Washington, D.C., on November 4.

Joining the party was 2007 alum Matthew P. Steinberg, who won a first-place prize in a poster session for his paper "Does Greater Autonomy Improve School Performance?  Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Analysis in Chicago." Steinberg is working on a doctorate in public policy at the University of Chicago.

While most alumni at the reception graduated in the last 10 years, a couple from the 1970s stopped by. All had a chance to visit with the 13 La Follette School faculty who were in Washington to attend and present research at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's fall conference, which is in D.C. every other year.

After the reception, alumni Molly Askin (2003) and Alison Patz (2009) plus current student Rachel Johnson and alumni relations director Karen Faster, who staffed the reception, toured the West Wing, courtesy of 2011 alum Patrick Fuchs, who is a presidential management fellow with the Office of Management and Budget.

Upcoming alumni gatherings include the February 2, 2012, reception in Madison at Inn on the Park, 22 South Carroll Street from 4:30 to 7 p.m. School staff also are working with Chicago alumni to organize a reception there in early 2012.

Faculty, alumni to share research at conference, November 1, 2011, La Follette School News