Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

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.

Ann Drazkowski wants to do something about the extreme inequality and poverty she has seen. The first-year student brings to La Follette School a blend of domestic and international experience in social policy.

Every day Hilary Shager uses the skills she learned at the La Follette School. "I am living program evaluation," says the 2005 alum and Wisconsin Department of Families and Children research analyst.

A talented and creative manager first got John Wilson-Tepeli thinking about the value of public affairs training and eventually led him to enroll at the La Follette School in the double-degree program in urban and regional planning.

Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:55

News from alumni and friends

Career updates and babies galore.

The only commonality among Elizabeth "Buff" Wright's career job descriptions has been "other duties as assigned." Now assistant vice president and secretary to the board of trustees of Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, California, the 1981 La Follette alum is helping to establish a school of biopharmacy that will prepare pharmacists to work in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries as well as in modern pharmacy practice.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:14

Reflections on state of the school

Our reception for alumni and friends in February drew 100 guests despite a severe winter storm blowing through Madison. We were pleased so many of you could attend. I thought I would use this space to share with all our alumni and friends a few thoughts from my welcoming remarks.
An official from Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, visited the La Follette School on April 5 to learn about its academic programs as they develop their own public policy graduate program.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:23

Policy and a Pint set for March 13

The La Follette School's Policy and a Pint presents Kevin Jones, director of the Wisconsin Crime Laboratory System, on Wednesday, March 13, 5-7 p.m. in the upstairs room of Brocach on the Square, 7 West Main Street.
La Follette School students visited the World Council of Credit Unions in Madison on April 5 to learn about career opportunities, especially for students earning a Master of International Public Affairs degree.
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