Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Change really has to be experienced firsthand, no matter how many graphs one has to chart economic and social transitions, student Nicole Thiher came to realize during the weeks she spent in Delhi, India, last summer.

After graduating in 1983 from what became the La Follette School of Public Affairs, Kurt Thurmaier spent three years at the Wisconsin state budget office as a budget and management analyst, then headed off to earn a Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Two graduating public affairs students reached the finalist stage of the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program that places recent graduates with federal agencies for two-year assignments.

Dominique Williams' career plans did an about-face after she got to the La Follette School of Public Affairs. She expected to work as an attorney to advocate for underrepresented communities after she completed her dual degree in law and public affairs. "I originally thought I would be a practicing attorney and that my policy degree would be supplemental," she says.

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.

Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00

Wong connects state, federal government

Strengthening connections between the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the federal government is a large component of 1994 alum Donna Wong's job as a policy analyst.

Thursday, 05 August 2010 09:38

Workshop report at work

A 2010 alum reports on the positive effects of one of her cohort's workshop reports, City of Milwaukee: Construction Mitigation Program. She sent along a shot of a "business open" during construction sign perched on a Milwaukee sidewalk.

Students in the domestic and international public affairs workshops covered topics that included municipal fees, methods for evaluating countries requesting U.S. aid, and options for allocating state child welfare dollars to Wisconsin counties.

Three 2009 La Follette School graduates will give an encore of their workshop presentation to a Milwaukee Common Council committee in July. After hearing their recommendations on municipal solid waste collection fees in May, Mayor Tom Barrett suggested that the students share their findings with the Common Council.
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