Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Orientation to welcome incoming students

The La Follette School welcomes its entering class of 54 students with an orientation starting Tuesday, August 24, that includes advice for the first semester, a run-down on curricular and academic information, and an introduction to faculty, staff and continuing students.

New Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 24 –
Thursday, August 26

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The Tuesday session in Grainger Hall provides an overview of La Follette faculty, staff, curriculum and career development options. It starts at 9 a.m. in Grainger's executive dining room with check-in. Director Carolyn Heinrich and associate director Don Moynihan will welcome students at 9:30, and then at 9:45 a.m. in Grainger's room 1295, professors Susan Yackee, Isao Kamata and Mark Copelovitch will discuss research interests and share advice for the first semester.

"Orientation is a first chance for the incoming students to really engage with each other, the faculty, staff and continuing students," says Moynihan, who will give an overview of the graduate program, its core courses and concentrations.

Student services coordinator Mary Treleven will introduce the La Follette student handbook and explain joint degree/certificate process. Career Development Coordinator Mary Russell will explore how students can advance their career goals and outline the course PA800 Professional Development Seminar. Publications director Karen Faster will discuss student news and profiles, and alumni relations.

La Follette School Student Association President Erika Jones will introduce the association and its officers. Lunch with faculty, staff, first-year and some continuing students will be served at Grainger Hall.

A math review session will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24, in 1295 Grainger Hall to review the concepts outlined in materials sent to new students during the summer. A second review session and an assessment will take place 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, August 25, in 1295 Grainger.

Class Profile

The incoming class includes students from France, Thailand, Virginia, Maryland, Oregon, Texas, New Hampshire, Minnesota, New York, Iowa and Wisconsin. Twenty are enrolled in the Master of International Public Affairs program; 34 are in the Master of Public Affairs program. Of those, four are working on dual degrees, two in law and two in public health. One will pursue a dual degree in horticulture, another in urban and regional planning. One will commence the neuroscience program, which leads to a Ph.D. in neuroscience and an MPA. Nine incoming students are interested in the energy analysis and policy certificate.