Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Students

Since 2005, almost 40 students have benefitted from Mark Stone’s generous donations to the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Stone, who lives in Illinois, has given several gifts to the La Follette School over the past 10 years to help graduate students gain the skills needed to improve the lives of people in the United States through public service.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Vin Gathing, MIPA, JD

I’ve always been interested in international affairs, development, politics, and governance. La Follette’s MIPA is great with all of them.

Ken Smith considered the Habitat III conference in Ecuador a possible once-in-a-lifetime experience. The conference – formally known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – is held only once every 20 years.

La Follette School faculty, staff, and students tripled their 2016 Penny War giving over last year – collecting $607.33 for two student-selected charities. Finishing at -$107.82 ($204.96 collected), faculty and staff won the Penny War, which ran from October 18 until noon November 22.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Save the date: Feb. 2 - Madison reception

The La Follette School of Public Affairs’ 2017 Madison reception for alumni and friends is scheduled for Thursday, February 2 at The Madison Club, 5 East Wilson Street.

La Follette School student Andrew Merluzzi has been selected for the 2017 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Andrew Merluzzi, MPA

La Follette has incredible faculty who have provided me insight into the ways in which science can be changed – whether through economics, management, or incentive structures. Those are all possible levers to be pulled when thinking about policy change, and without the faculty and La Follette it’s hard to imagine understanding the true breadth of possible policy routes to take.

La Follette School students benefitted from generous La Follette School alumni and other public policy professionals who participated in mock interviews Tuesday, November 1. The activity is one aspect of the Professional Development Workshop course (PA 800), a requirement for first-semester students.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Students, faculty talk election impact

As the 2016 presidential election draws near, five La Follette School faculty members shared their expertise on several key policy issues with more than 30 students, staff, and colleagues Tuesday. The hour-long discussion was part of the Public Affairs Seminar (PA 802) course.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and 11 La Follette School students chatted about the upcoming election and a wide range of policy issues October 27 during an informal gathering at Union South.

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