Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, May 29, 2009

Honor society inducts first members

The La Follette School's chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society in public affairs and administration, inducted its first members this month. Nine students joined in recognition of their academic and professional accomplishments. The chapter also granted honorary membership to Shirley Abrahamson, chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and this year's commencement speaker.

"Pi Alpha Alpha recognizes scholarship and promote distinguished public service," says Daniel Bush, acting chapter president and one of the inductees. "Moving forward, I would like the chapter to serve as a vehicle for promoting ethics and integrity among all La Follette students and graduates."

Along with Bush, the inducted student members are Lauren Benditt, Emily Engel, Gail Krumenauer, Seth Nowak, Collin O'Rourke, Alison Patz, Lindsay Read and Megan Stritchko.

"Chief Justice Abrahamson represents the best qualities of a public servant," says Benditt, acting chapter vice president. "Not only is she a distinguished jurist, but also the head of a statewide court system recognized for its innovation and leadership. We are proud to recognize her as our first honorary member."

Pi Alpha Alpha is an initiative of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The Wisconsin-La Follette chapter is sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the La Follette School Student Association. Professors Susan Webb Yackee and Donald Moynihan serve as faculty co-advisors.

A shorter version of this article appeared in the fall 2009 La Follette Notes newsletter for alumni and friends.

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