Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

La Follette School holds Visit Day

Thirty-one prospective students gathered April 7 to learn more about the La Follette School during the school's annual Visit Day. Visitors came from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Indiana, New York, Washington, D.C., and Belgium.

The guests heard from La Follette School faculty, including director Susan Yackee, political scientist Melanie Manion, economists Menzie Chinn and Tim Smeeding, and sociologist  Pamela Herd. Maria Cancian, recently nominated by President Obama to be the assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke during lunch.

Current students Amanda Wilmarth, Malika Taalbi, Steve Kulig and Hannah Vogel spoke about their academic and  student life experiences at the La Follette School.

Three alumni participated in a panel discussion. Rachel Janke is an analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau. She earned a Master of Public Affairs in 2012. Two alumni of the Master of International Public Affairs program spoke. Tom Hinds, class of 2009, is an analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Farha Tahir, class of 2010, is an independent consultant providing socio-political analysis on developments throughout Africa. 

The La Follette School Student Association hosted an evening social at Memorial Union. The prospective students also met with first-year students, sat in on classes and toured the campus.