Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Military and Veterans

November 1, 2016

Matt Smalley, MIPA

I chose the La Follette School for the emphasis on policy-making skills (quantitative analysis courses and in-depth policy-analysis), the quality of instruction in economics/political science, and the flexibility to tailor a program that best suits me with electives in the MIPA program.

The first project for which alum Danielle Giese was the analyst in charge hit home: Her father administered a grassroots community program that is funded by the U.S. Office of Community Services.

Problems at the Veterans Health Administration likely occurred due to pay incentives being tied to imperfect performance measures, management expert Donald Moynihan notes in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times.

On September 11, 2001, Matthew Mayeshiba was a freshman planning to study viola at the University of Minnesota.  But by 2005, with the invasion of Iraq and the presidential election, "there seemed to be so many more important things in the world," says Mayeshiba, who joined the military in 2006 and later enrolled at the La Follette School.

A La Follette School international workshop report is required reading for 220 senior military and civilian officers enrolled at the National Defense University.
More than 70 friends, family, and colleagues, including 15 La Follette School alumni, gathered to celebrate the return of Andy McGuire, '09, from a yearlong tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Thanks to 1987 alum John Rohrer and an integrated team of health care professionals, veterans in rural Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula are able to access medical services without having to drive hundreds of miles to a Veterans Affairs medical center.
Alum Isaac Eagan describes in a video vocational training given to men in Afghanistan as part of a Spirit of America project.

For situations involving Wisconsin elections and numbers, La Follette School alum Brian Bell is the man to turn to.

For Emily Ley, every experience builds on another. The study of ethics and religion led her to nonprofit leadership, which, in turn, eventually brought her to the La Follette School to gain skills in management and program analysis.

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