Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: State

Erik Viel is no stranger to disaster. The public affairs student has more than five years of experience as a paramedic and ambulance dispatcher, aiding people in the midst of personal crisis.

Professor emeritus Clara Penniman, founder of the La Follette School's precursor, the Center for the Study of Public Policy and Administration, passed away Friday, January 30, at age 94.

A labor shortage at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development created the opportunity for two La Follette School students to analyze employment patterns and opportunities.

Financial support for La Follette School students from Wisconsin is growing thanks to donations to two special funds.
Alumni Shelley Curran (class of 1998) and Peter Detwiler (class of 1972) shared staffing duties for an eminent domain reform bill that passed the California Legislature in 2006.

A two-year stopover in Wisconsin created lifelong friendships for Erin McGrath. She came to the La Follette Institute in 1993 with her husband, who enrolled in the economics department's master's program. "It was a two-year plan. We moved to Madison, lived there for two years and moved on," says McGrath, who 11 years after graduating, McGrath is still looking back.

When the telephone rang that March morning, Ana Carricchi hadn't yet looked outside. She was in Madison to visit the La Follette Institute to see if the University of Wisconsin-Madison would be the best place for her to earn a master's degree in public affairs.

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