Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni

1999 La Follette School alum Carrie Templeton is the new executive assistant at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. She oversees key activities and is a top adviser to Secretary Rick Raemisch, Deputy Secretary Ismael Ozanne and Governor Jim Doyle on legislative and policy matters.

Figuring out how to pay for college can be enough of a challenge for a high school student, but covering the costs for every graduate from all of a district's high schools could seem insurmountable — or an exciting opportunity.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Madison arts guide features alum's book

Alum Jessica Berger Gross' memoir about yoga and weight-loss is featured in 77 Square, a Madison, Wisconsin, arts and entertainment guide.
Friday, October 9, 2009

Honor society inducts first members

The La Follette School's chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society in public affairs and administration, inducted its first members.

1995 alum Jeanine Hunkele Knapp has launched One Sand Grain Family Consulting in Appleton, Wisconsin. The organization is devoted to The Nurtured Heart Approach for enhancing relationships in families to support success and positive choices. "After my work to help start the Appleton Public Montessori charter school and other educational and family development efforts, moving into the consulting arena is a perfect fit," Hunkele Knapp says.

Mary Russell, La Follette School career development coordinator, has been elected to serve as president-elect of the Student Personnel Association at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. After serving one year, she will serve a year as president, then another as past-president.

For Charlie Carlson, the keys are methodology and relationships. By parlaying that combination through three decades of collective bargaining, human resources management, local government consulting and entrepreneurship, Carlson and his partners built an online management company so efficient at retrieving data and compiling reports that Gallup Inc. bought the firm after sampling its software.

More than 60 alumni and friends of the school joined about 60 students, faculty and staff in celebrating the La Follette School of Public Affairs 25th anniversary on February 5. Alumni caught up with classmates and colleagues. Students chatted with alumni and learned more about the directions a La Follette School degree can lead them. Faculty heard from former students. Recent grads reported that they had recently found jobs or had settled into the positions they started last summer.

A labor shortage at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development created the opportunity for two La Follette School students to analyze employment patterns and opportunities.

The new Oslo Center–U.S. Foundation held its first program in September under the guidance of alum Tom Loftus as the chair of the foundation's board of directors.
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