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Robert M. La Follette
School of Public Affairs
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Telephone:  608.262.3581
Fax: 608.265.3233

Last updated:
September 26, 2013


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Alumni and Friends: La Follette Notes: Spring 2011

Save the Dates for Alumni & Friends Social Events

  • Summer picnic is July 12, 2011,
    at the La Follette School
  • Reception in Washington, D.C.,
    likely will be November 3, 2011
  • Reception in Madison is February 2, 2012, 4:30-7 p.m., Inn on the Park, 22 South Carroll St.

Information and to update contact info:, (608) 263-7657

Be a Mentor to Public Affairs Students

Every year the La Follette School Career Development Office matches about 50 new students with mentors.

If you are interested in being a mentor or in meeting on a one-time basis with students, please contact career development coordinator Mary Russell by emailing or calling 608-263-2409.

PDF of spring 2011
La Follette Notes

Donations and bequests help students pursue careers in public affairs

Six students benefited from the generosity of alumni and friends of the La Follette School during the 2010-2011 school year. The students’ interests include shaping institutions, crafting anti-poverty policy, solving problems, and using neuroscience to inform public policy. Read more

From the director: Alumni craft analysis, recommendations for decision-makers

The importance of how societies, nations, states and universities make decisions about who benefits from shared resources has never been more evident than this spring. Read more

Grads to present report at transparency conference

Ulrike Nischan and Rebecca McAtee will present their group’s capstone workshop report at the Law and Society Association conference in San Francisco in June. Read more

News from alumni and friends

Alumni and friends share their news. Read more

Alumni, friends connect with students at school, workplace

Alumni and friends have been helping students make career connections and decisions throughout the school year. For a sampling of Alumni Network activities

First award made from Doris J. Hanson Fund

C.P. Frost is the first student to receive scholarship funds from the Doris J. Hanson Fund. Community leaders established the fund after the longtime public servant passed away in 2006. Read more

Alum leads Wisconsin research institute

As president of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, alum George Lightbourn leads the nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization as it works to engage and energize Wisconsinites and others in discussions and timely action on key public policy issues critical to the state’s future, growth and prosperity. Read more

Former publications director, friend publish book on cross-country bicycle trip

Former La Follette School publications director Alice Honeywell and her friend Bobbi Montgomery invite readers to follow their ride by bicycle across the United State. Read more

’92 grad publishes book on Federal Home Loan Bank System

Mark Cassell, La Follette class of 1992, has published Mission Expansion in the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Read more

Alumni attend classmate's wedding

La Follette School classmates attended the wedding of 2009 alum Lauren Benditt and Rachel Vallens in June in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read more

American Political Science Association, campus honor Mooney for journal, research contributions

2010 has been a very good year for 1985 alum Christopher Z. Mooney, a professor of political science with a joint appointment in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Read more

Alumni, adjunct win election bids

Two alumni and an adjunct professor won their election bids in April’s election. Read more

Madden serves county as clerk of court

Kathleen Madden won her first re-election bid as clerk of circuit court on November 2. Read more

Cancian named associate dean for social sciences

La Follette School professor Maria Cancian is the new associate dean for social sciences in the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Read more

Herd joins Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, national survey board

Sociologist Pamela Herd is co-director of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study and serves on the Board of Overseers for the General Social Survey. Read more