Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 00:00

Mauer promotes child wellness

Jennie Mauer uses her communication and analytical skills to enhance and improve child wellness in the city of Milwaukee. The 2008 grad is the state coordinator for Project Launch, a federally funded program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in partnership with the City of Milwaukee.

On September 11, 2001, Matthew Mayeshiba was a freshman planning to study viola at the University of Minnesota.  But by 2005, with the invasion of Iraq and the presidential election, "there seemed to be so many more important things in the world," says Mayeshiba, who joined the military in 2006 and later enrolled at the La Follette School.

The salary dance is one of the trickiest parts of accepting a job. La Follette School students, alumni and others can learn how to negotiate — and get — what they are worth at a session rescheduled to today, March 28, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the La Follette School conference room.

Marci McCoy-Roth brings experience with nonprofit and state government work to her position as senior director for public policy and communications with Child Trends, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development.

For years, 2000 grad Jessica Berger Gross struggled with fluctuating weight and bouts of unhappiness. Like many, she found comfort in food. Then she took her first yoga class. She lost 40 pounds and changed her life forever. Berger Gross tells her story in her 2009 book, enLIGHTened: How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle Pointer.
Public affairs student Nate Inglis Steinfeld spent the summer before he started law school learning about the state of Wisconsin's employment relations through a mentoring program La Follette School career development coordinator Mary Russell set up for him and 12 other continuing public affairs students.
Alumni and friends are sharing ideas with students about jobs, connections between classroom and policy arena, and insights into the workaday world of public affairs through the La Follette School's mentoring program.

Education policies too often get in the way of student learning, La Follette School student Ciara Mentzer discovered when she was a fourth-grade bilingual teacher in the South Bronx in New York City.

Monday, 17 September 2012 00:00

Miller tackles bureaucratic entanglements

Bryan Miller wants to weed out inefficiencies. "Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, I found the deeply embedded bureaucracy made local policy innovation difficult — even though individual regional facilities were relatively efficient," the second-year student says. "I want to make program and policy improvements on a bigger scale."

Alumni and friends of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison are invited to a reception at the Milwaukee Sail Loft on Thursday, March 31. The reception follows the School’s first day-long La Follette in Milwaukee career exploration program.

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