Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

With an emphasis on service, 48 La Follette School students celebrated their graduation Sunday, May 12 in the Wisconsin Capitol’s Assembly Chamber. How fitting, then, that one of the state’s most well-known public servants – former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl – attended the ceremony.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018 for winning the La Follette School’s first Day of the Badger Class Competition. More than one-quarter of 2018 graduates donated to the La Follette School during UW–Madison’s inaugural day of giving (actually 1,848 minutes).

Nick Osborne (MPA ’05) began his duties as Polk County’s chief administrative officer (county administrator) in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, on February 25. Previously, he served as assistant to the county administrator in Rock County, Wisconsin, for eight years.

Elizabeth Doyle (MPA ’17) is seeking election as District 1 Dane County Board Supervisor. A former member of the Verona City Council from 2013 to 2018, Doyle is a health care rate analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Friday, 29 March 2019 08:28

1978 alumnus Starik joins Walden

Mark Starik (MA ’78) is a contributing faculty member in Walden University’s Public Policy & Administration Doctoral Program. He also conducts research and writes academic and practitioner articles about sustainability management.

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 15:03

Alumni on the air: Vander Meer, Chapman

Two La Follette School alumni recently shared their expertise with public radio listeners. John Vander Meer (MPA ’06) discussed the difficulties facing skilled nursing facilities in Wisconsin, and Anne Chapman (MPA ’12) addressed education funding in the state.

A whirlwind trip to Washington, DC, gave 26 La Follette School students numerous opportunities to learn about working and living in the nation’s capital. Dozens of alumni also shared information with students about their careers and experiences during the school’s fourth La Follette in DC career development program since 2013. 

La Follette School student Erik Gartland and alumnus Brett Halverson (MPA ’14) were accepted into the New Leaders Council (NLC) fellowship program for spring 2019.

Jennifer Klippel (MPA ’06) was named director of UW–Madison’s Budget Office on January 9. She served as interim director since July 2018, succeeding Tim Norris, who led the office since 2004.

Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12) will discuss the Institute for Research on Poverty’s efforts to bring rigorous scientific evidence to bear on some of society’s thorniest problems during Wednesday Nite @ The Lab (WN@TL) January 16 from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

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