Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, April 5, 2013

Prospective, incoming students learn about school

Thirty-seven prospective students gathered April 1 to learn more about the La Follette School during an open house.

Quite a few of the prospective students, all of whom have been admitted for the fall 2013 semester, have already selected La Follette for their graduate studies, says student services coordinator Mary Treleven.

Ten of the visitors are interested in the Master of International Public Affairs, the rest in the Master of Public Affairs. They came from Wisconsin, Alabama, Iowa, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina and Maryland.

The guests heard from La Follette School faculty, including director Thomas DeLeire and associate director Susan Yackee. Professor emeritus Dennis Dresang spoke about the Wisconsin Idea and Robert M. La Follette, for whom the school is named.

Six current students shared their perspectives on their experiences at the La Follette School. Katherine Mitchell and Malika Taalbi are in the international program. Kelsey Hill, Phil Sletten and Dan Marlin are in the domestic program. Andrew Walsh is working on a dual degree in public affairs and public health. Marlin and Taalbi are first-year students; the rest plan to graduate in May 2013.

Three faculty members spoke: Yackee, an associate professor of public affairs and political science; Menzie Chinn, a professor of public affairs and economics; and Tim Smeeding, director of the Institute of Research on Poverty and a professor of public affairs

After lunch, some students toured the campus with first-year student Tyler Brandt, while others attended a course on macroeconomic policy and financial regulation. Late in the afternoon, career development coordinator Kate Battiato and four alumni held a career development panel discussion. The alumni included two who graduated with MIPA degrees in 2008: Carrie Traud Ray, a research and policy associate with the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Kentucky, and Kavan Kucko, a economics Ph.D. student at Boston University. Their classmate, Joe Fontaine, has an MPA and is a program evaluation analyst at the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau. Adam Hartung completed his MPA in 2011 and now works as a budget and policy analyst at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

The La Follette School Student Association hosted an evening social at Memorial Union. Some prospective students stayed over and attended classes and visited with faculty and staff on April 2.

— article last updated April 29, 2014