News: Class of 2018
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.
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.
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.
Razan Al-Dagher (MPA ’18) and Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12) drew on family experiences for their messages to the La Follette School Class of 2018 on May 13 at the State Capitol.
Mark Hadley, deputy director of the U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO), challenged the La Follette School’s Class of 2018 to be reformers, to look for the good that exists, to build upon it, and to preserve it.