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Opportunities abound for alumni to gather

Several opportunities are available for La Follette School alumni and friends to get together to renew friendships, expand their networks and share ideas about public policies, including tonight's (October 17) Policy and a Pint.  Contact or 608-262-3581 for information.

Networking series set in Madison

Alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff in Madison are catching up with each other at Policy and a Pint, a monthly after-work speaker and networking series in downtown Madison.

“Each session features a speaker followed by discussion of the topic or casual conversation,” says organizer Kate Battiato, the school’s career development coordinator. “It’s a great way for people with ties to La Follette to renew friendship and make new connections.”

In November, alumni and friends can hear from Craig Gilbert, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief and national political reporter. Fresh from covering the presidential election, Gilbert will share his experiences on the road with the candidates. The gathering will be November 14, at Brocach, 7 West Main Street in Madison, at 5 p.m.

The October gathering on the 17th is to feature 2001 alum Jennifer Gonda, the city of Milwaukee’s new director of intergovernmental relations. In September, management consultant Robin Gates, a 1976 alum, discussed his ideas for transforming government agency leadership.

Annual Madison reception Feb. 7

Alumni and friends of the school can join faculty, students and staff for conversation and networking, free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar on Thursday, February 7, at Inn on the Park, 22 South Carroll Street, Madison.

Alumni, students gather in D.C.

Alumni in Washington, D.C., held a happy hour for student interns and other alumni and friends of the school in August.

“There were about 15 of us, including two of the interns,” reports one of the organizers, Kate Nast, a 2008 alum. “There seems to be interest among those of us who are in living in DC to make a Bob alumni happy hour a more regular thing.”
The other organizers were Alexis MacDonald, 2008; Lindsay Read, 2009; and Lilly Shields, 2010.

This article is adapted from a piece in the fall 2012 La Follette Notes newsletter for alumni and friends.

— posted October 16, 2012; updated October 17, 2012