Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Monday, October 5, 2009

From the Director: Committee, social media strengthen network

Please join us at our receptions for alumni and friends if you are in the area

Washington, D.C.

Thursday, November 5, 2009
6-7:30 p.m.,
Washington Marriott Hotel,
1221 22nd St. N.W.

Madison, Wis.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
4:30-7 p.m.,
Inn on the Park
22 South Carroll St.

To get information
and to RSVP

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(608) 263-7657

Our alumni and friends are one of the La Follette School's greatest assets. The prestige and reputation of the school grows with your accomplishments. You help our students with their career paths. You collaborate with our faculty to carry out research projects. You participate in events to help inform policymakers about best practices and the research and policy achievements of faculty, students and alumni. Your financial gifts help us support our students and enable us to offer programs that we could not otherwise afford.

To strengthen this valuable asset, we are exploring new ways to connect with you. One is the La Follette School online networking group on More than 180 people have joined the group since its inception in 2007. Career development coordinator Mary Russell approves each member to ensure everyone has a professional affiliation with the La Follette School, whether as a student, an alum, a faculty member, a Wisconsin Women in Government graduate, or as a friend of the school. To join, go to, sign in and search groups for la follette. You control how much information is displayed and how often you receive emails, and you can use the network to keep in touch with classmates and other La Follette affiliates.

Another change in how we are connecting with alumni and friends is our new advisory committee. This smaller group, currently being formed, replaces the Board of Visitors that we shared with the Department of Political Science from 2001-08. The two departments agreed that both would benefit from separate advisory groups dedicated solely to each unit. We thank all the members of the Board of Visitors for their service.

I'm very pleased that alumni Ron Luskin and Michael Youngman will continue their service on our new committee. Joining them are alumni Jennie Mauer, Robin Erdmann and Peggy LeMahieu, plus Joe Quinn, a Milwaukee-area businessman whose son Brian is enrolled in his second year at La Follette.

The mission of this advisory committee is to guide and support the La Follette School in the achievement of long-term goals and to assist the school in promoting and enhancing its network of students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. The committee facilitates the exchange of ideas, job opportunities, mentoring and social opportunities among network members and explores ways to grow the connections and strengthen support for the school and alums. LinkedIn is a primary tool we are using to keep in touch with you. This newsletter and the school web site are others. We will continue to update you by postal and electronic mail (unless you have asked us to remove you from any of our lists). We strongly encourage you to join us at LinkedIn and help us to expand our flourishing network — the value of this asset will grow with our numbers!

Finally, we'd like to hear from you or see you at one of our receptions in Washington, D.C., on November 5, or in Madison on February 4. If you can't make it, drop us a note, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to tell us what you are doing. We look forward to learning your news and to staying connected!

This article appeared in the fall 2009 La Follette Notes newsletter for alumni and friends.