Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

School welcomes new students

The La Follette School welcomes its entering class with an orientation session Wednesday, August 28, that includes advice for the first semester, an overview of the school and its resources, plus introductions to faculty, staff and continuing students.

People sitting at tables facing left and listening. La Follette School photo by Andy Manis.
Members of the class of 2012 listen to professor Susan Yackee speak at orientation in 2010.

The morning session will be in the Wisconsin Idea Room of the Education Building on Bascom Hill. It starts at 8:15 a.m. with check-in, refreshments, and a chance for new students to meet student mentors. Presentations get underway at 9 a.m. when director Susan Yackee and associate director Menzie Chinn welcome students. Of the 57 incoming students, 42 are pursuing the Master of Public Affairs and 15 the Master of International Public Affairs degrees.

"Orientation is the formal launch of the school year and a great way for incoming students to meet each other, the faculty, staff and continuing students," Yackee says.

Next, student services coordinator Mary Cate Treleven will explain advising, course planning, the La Follette student handbook and other resources. Career Development Coordinator Kate Battiato will explore how students can advance their career goals and outline the course PA800 Professional Development Seminar. Publications director Karen Faster will touch on writing and editing support, and discuss student news and profiles and alumni relations, follow by outreach staffers Terry Shelton and Bridget Pirsch, who will discuss the role of the La Follette School in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Idea.

Students organize social, volunteer events

The La Follette School Student Association is holding several social and volunteer activities for new and continuing students August 28-31, including a happy hour tonight, August 28, at Memorial Union Terrace. Read more …

At 9:45 a.m., coordinators for various certificate programs across campus will describe those options for expanding studies beyond the MPA and MIPA degrees. Speakers include La Follette School professor Greg Nemet who will talk about the energy analysis and policy certificate. The other programs include transportation policy and management; conservation biology and sustainable development; business, environment and social responsibility; strategic innovation; and global health.

At 10:45, La Follette School Student Association President Steve Kulig will introduce the association and its officers, and then lead a group activity.

At 11:45, faculty will be introduced, followed by lunch with faculty, staff, first-year and continuing students at 12:30 p.m.

A math assessment will be at 2 p.m. in room L196 of the Education Building. New and continuing students will get together 4-5 p.m. at the Memorial Union Terrace.

A picnic at the La Follette School starts at 5 p.m. RSVP for picnic on Facebook. For the picnic, second-year students, faculty, and staff will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, vegetarian options, sides, beverages, and desserts. New students do not need to bring any food or beverage.

On Thursday, August 29, LSSA will hold a used textbook sale in the La Follette School lounge from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Accelerated students meet from 1-2 p.m. at La Follette. A campus tour departs the school at 3 p.m.

For questions about orientation, contact Treleven, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..