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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:
May 21, 2014


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Welcome from LSSA

The La Follette School Student Association serves students by hosting social events, connecting students to community service opportunities, fund-raising for and coordinating the graduation ceremony and reception, maintaining an avenue for student input into the MPA and MIPA programs, and providing current students with a connection to La Follette alumni.

LSSA meets regularly during the academic year and discusses and acts on topics ranging from faculty issues, alumni event plans, and social events to the school's graduation celebration, course work and fund-raising efforts. LSSA started publishing La Flog blog in June 2009 to share events and discussion; raise awareness about the La Follette School, the student association and policy issues students study; and to collaborate and interact. Another way to keep in touch is through Facebook.

If you have any questions about LSSA or would like to be involved, please contact the appropriate LSSA representative listed below.

We encourage new students to get involved in LSSA events.


Alumni Coordinator
Ben Emmel
The alumni coordinator connects the La Follette School alumni with current students. Our alumni are a great resource for job hunting and networking. A good opportunity for getting to know the alumni is the annual alumni event that LSSA sponsors.

Community Service and Outreach Coordinator
Gabby Elzinga
The community service and outreach coordinator puts the natural inclination of La Follette students to be public servants into action by giving them the chance to serve their community through helping voluntary organizations around Madison. 

Social Coordinators
Mallory Palmer
The social coordinator plans social events throughout the year. The coordinator welcomes suggestions from all La Follette School students, first and second years.

Graduation Coordinators
Forrest McKnight
The graduation coordinator organizes and executes the La Follette School's graduation celebration in May. They works throughout the year planning the event details such as music, decorations, flowers, programs and appetizers. Those interested in event planning or those who have experience planning celebratory events, please consider helping out (first-year students are strongly encouraged to volunteer).

Fund-Raising Coordinator
Alex Straka
The fund-raising coordinator carries out projects to raise money for the student association. First- and second-year La Follette students interested in volunteering to write grants and plan fund-raising activities should contact the fund-raising coordinator.

Faculty/Program Liaison
Don Eggert
The program liaison attends La Follette School department meetings; gauges and communicates the opinions of students, representing their interests to department faculty and staff; and communicates to students faculty and staff perspectives, initiatives and priorities.


Carl Christiansen

Vice President
to be elected in fall 2014

Tyrel Zich

Scott Wood




Past LSSA officers