Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Students

In the current issue of Our Lives, former teacher – and first-year La Follette School student – Abby Swetz reflects on the triumphs and travails of the classroom and why she left teaching to pursue her master’s degree in public affairs.

An alumni team once again prevailed in the La Follette School Student Association (LSSA) Trivia Fundraiser. The Muscle that Prevents the Hustle – with several Legislative Audit Bureau employees – took first place, while five members of La Follette’s Class of 2017 finished second.

Summer internships took La Follette School students to Germany, California, Missouri, Chicago, India, Washington, D.C., and other locations during 2017. Several students stayed in Wisconsin, gaining valuable experience at government agencies, with nonprofit organizations, and in the private sector.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison published a 16-page Highlights report in early October. The document showcases the many achievements of the school’s students, faculty, alumni, and staff during 2016 and 2017.

While in Madison for the Cap Times’ Idea Fest, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar discussed the current political climate with 16 La Follette School students. Klobuchar expressed concern about several issues, while at the same time expressing optimism because of the people she meets across the country.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is hosting a webcat for prospective students at 3:30 p.m. Monday, October 30. Academic and career counselors as well as La Follette School Associate Director Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12) will lead the hour-long question-and-answer session.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is hosting a reception for alumni, friends, faculty, students, and staff Thursday, November 2 at Club Quarters, 75 East Wacker Drive. Earlier that day, a group of students will participate in the La Follette in Chicago career development program.

La Follette School Professor Emeritus Dennis Dresang and Peter Tempelis (MPA, JD ’06) will discuss their study about the high rate of turnover among assistant district attorneys (ADAs) during a La Follette School Policy After Work gathering on Tuesday, October 17. The networking opportunity for La Follette students, alumni, and friends begins at 5 p.m. at Brocach, 7 W. Main Street.

More than 150 campus and community members gathered at Union South on September 8 to celebrate Eid al-Adha, organized by La Follette School student Razan Aldagher, president of UW–Madison’s Muslim Students Association.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs is seeking projects from public/nonprofit organizations in need of assistance with strategic planning, performance measurement, or performance data analysis.

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