Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Alumni share experience with prospective students

Prospective students visiting the La Follette School on March 27 heard from alumni about their education and careers as part of an open house at the school.

Forty-five admitted prospective students visited the school to learn more about the academic programs in public affairs and the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. They came from San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Mexico, Milwaukee, Madison, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Iowa, Washington, D.C., Ohio, Boston and Amherst, Massachusetts.

Five alumni spoke, including three who earned Master of Public Affairs degrees: John Vander Meer, '06, director of communications for the Wisconsin Health Care Association; Emily Pope, '06, an analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau; and Sylvia Fredericks, '11, a budget and policy analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. They all earned Master of Public Affairs degrees. Two Master of International Public Affairs alumni participated via Skype: Marianna Smirnova, '08, a human trafficking policy consultant and founder of the Human Trafficking Resource Project, from the Los Angeles area; and Allie Bagnall, '10, a research analyst with the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C. Kate Battiato, the school's career development coordinator, led the discussion.

The open house also included presentations by professors Tom DeLeire, Don Moynihan and Bob Haveman, plus a panel discussion with faculty members Menzie Chinn, Susan Yackee, Greg Nemet and David Weimer. Current students Karen Parkinson, Katie Kruse, Justin Rabbach and Selina Eadie also shared their perspectives.

After the open house, the La Follette School Student Association hosted a lakeside social at Memorial Union's Terrace.

people sitting, standing and talking

people sitting, standing and talking

people sitting, standing and talking

people sitting, standing and talking

Mallard duck stretching one of its legs

One theory is the duck was doing yoga.

— updated March 30, 2012