The La Follette School is hosting an Alumni and Friends Reception in Chicago on Thursday, October 10. Theresa Mintle (MA ’91), interim vice chancellor for public and government affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will offer a few remarks and welcome nearly 30 students and staff to the Windy City.
"Skills that I learned and gained in graduate school, I’ve used in the private sector as well as in the public sector. That includes quantitative analysis and strong writing skills, as well as the ability to interpret data and research findings and then translate them from academia into more plain language – this makes research and learning accessible across different audiences."
Several members of the La Follette School Class of 2009 got together in late August for a 10-year reunion. Alumni came to Madison from as far as Oregon and Massachusetts, enjoying a reception at the Memorial Union with spouses, significant others, and a few children.
Since graduating from the La Follette School, Andrew Behm (MPA ’15) has moved between the private and public sectors, but his work has always involved helping municipalities pay the bills. His new position as a capital finance officer at the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) is in the same vein.
After 11 years with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), Alexis MacDonald (MPA ’08) has accepted a position as a professional staff member for the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. MacDonald also recently received the Badger of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association’s DC Chapter.
Elizabeth Doyle (MPA ’17) won an uncontested election for District 1 of the Dane County Board of Supervisors in June. Doyle replaced Mary Kolar, who is now serving as secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs in Governor Tony Evers’ administration.
Alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff will gather Tuesday, September 3 for the La Follette School’s annual Hill Fest welcome picnic. Hill Fest will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on the beautiful La Follette grounds overlooking Lake Mendota at 1225 Observatory Drive.
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.