Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Class of 2018

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Alumni News - August 2021

Tony Carroll (MA ’80) ♦ Vaughn Vance (MA/JD 98) ♦ Ben Winig (MPA, JD ’04) ♦ Nate Inglis Steinfeld (MPA, JD ’12) ♦ Megan Loritz (MPA ’13) ♦ Nick Lardinois (MPA ’16) ♦ Drew Curtis (MPA ’16) ♦ Ken Smith (MPA, URPL ’17) ♦ Chris Meyers (MPA ’18) ♦ Amanada Hejna (MPA ’19) ♦ Natalie Weill (MPA ’20) ♦ Benjamin Olneck-Brown (MPA ’20)

Monday, July 12, 2021

Alumni News - July 2021

Roger Rowin (MA ’74) ♦ Rob Cramer (MA ’92) ♦ Tamarine Cornelius (MA ‘99) ♦ Lamont Smith (MPA '07) ♦ Andrew Kell (MPA ’10) ♦ Rachel (Moskowitz) Svoboda (MPA ‘07) ♦ Sara Eskrich (MPA, MPH ’15) ♦ Aaron Dumas (MPA, JD ’15) ♦ Drew Curtis (MPA ’16) ♦ Atiya Siddiqi (MIPA ’18) ♦ Michael Sauer (BA ’21)

A very special thank you to the 111 alumni and other donors who contributed to the La Follette School during UW–Madison’s second Day of the Badger. With a generous $10,000 incentive gift from Michael (MA ’82) and JoAnn Youngman, the School raised nearly $24,600 to support under-represented students in its graduate degree programs.

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).

A capstone project by three La Follette School students was featured in a WisContext story as part of its series on food security and assistance in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ (DHS) Division of Medicaid Services sought the students’ assistance with evaluating the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program, including whether it improves employment and earnings outcomes and increases self-sufficiency.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Students, alumni named PMF finalists

La Follette School students Patrick Landers and Vanessa Studer along with Casey Hutchison (MIPA ’18) and Danny Benson (MPA ’17) advanced as finalists in the highly competitive Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ruanda McFerren (MPA/MS ’18)

On a near daily basis, I am in meetings that relate to a real-world version of grad school group work. Whether it is assisting in development of a new citywide housing policy, compiling information on digital innovations, or coming up with ideas for #cityhallselfie day, much of the work I’m engaged in involves a deep level of communication and collaboration.

Joshua Cruz (MPA ’18), a student in the Neuroscience & Public Policy Program, is giving a presentation titled Poverty, Pregnancy, and Public Assistance Programs: A Neuroscience & Public Policy Perspective on Thursday, October 4.

A working paper by Professor Menzie Chinn and Ryan LeCloux (MIPA ’18), Chinn’s project assistant during the 2017–18 academic year, discusses the challenges to assessing the economic outlook at the state level.

Dominic Habjan (MPA ’18) is seeking election as county clerk in Missouri’s Vernon County. The primary election is August 7, and the general election is November 6.

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