Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Allison M. Vaillancourt, 1990, is vice president for human resources at the University of Arizona. Alumni and friends can follow her professional adventures in her weekly Chronicle of Higher Education "On Hiring" column. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado's Graduate School of Public Affairs.


Matthew Steinberg will become an assistant professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania in July 2012. After graduating from the La Follette School in 2007, he went on to earn a Ph.D. from the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.

Ulrike Nischan, 2010, is a senior research assistant in the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C.

Andy McGuire, who earned a Master of International Public Affairs degree in 2009, is in his second year with the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, where his assignments have included audits of the Medicaid, Family Care and FoodShare programs. He shifted his focus back to international issues in January when he began a one-year mobilization to Afghanistan with the Navy Reserve.

Seth Nowak, 2009, will present the results of a national survey of utility energy efficiency program evaluation practices at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings conference in Pacific Grove, California, in August. He also has started the Green Rental Property Owners Group, an eco-friendly apartment association, based in Madison.

Future Fighting Bobs

An infant and a toddler sleeping.

Above: Laura Miner, 2002, had a baby boy, Elliot, in January in Portland, Oregon. He joins his big brother, Oliver. Miner is a business development manager with Invenergy.


Below: Santosh Lamichhane, 2011, reports the birth of his daughter, Kavya, in February. "The mom and daughter are healthy; and the dad, relatives, and friends are happy," says Lamichhane, who is an energy analyst at DNV KEMA in Madison.

A baby.

This article appears in the spring 2012 La Follette Notes newsletter for alumni and friends.