Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Picture-perfect weather welcomes 2008 alumni for 10-year reunion

The La Follette School's Class of 2008 held its 10-year reunion in Madison from September 14 to 16. The La Follette School's Class of 2008 held its 10-year reunion in Madison from September 14 to 16.

Nearly half of La Follette School alumni in the Class of 2008 gathered in Madison from September 14 to 16 to celebrate its 10-year reunion. Joining them were approximately 25 children and 15 guests.

“We loved hearing from Associate Director Steve Kulig (MPA ’14) and a couple of students at the picnic, and it was nice to see Professor Dave Weimer,” said Kate (Nast) Jones. “It was such a rewarding experience to reconnect with everyone and get updates on where their paths have taken them thus far.”

With nearly picture-perfect weather, the Class of 2008 gathered Friday at the Biergarten at Olbrich Park, Saturday at Hoyt Park, and Sunday at the Memorial Union Terrace. Several alumni also attended the Badgers football game against Brigham Young University.

Planning Committee members were Nick Bubb, Alexis MacDonald, Jennie (Mauer) Maunnamali, Kathryn Miskell, Corey Palmer-Rehorst, Carrie (Traud) Ray, Carissa (DeCramer) Unger, and Nast.

Four alumni – Ryan Baumtrog, Brenda Mayrack, MacDonald, and Palmer-Rehorst – also stopped by the La Follette School shortly after arriving in Madison on Friday afternoon to speak with current students about career opportunities.

“It was great to catch up with my 2008 classmates – a distinguished group of people making a real impact working for public, private and nonprofit organizations,” said Baumtrog, assistant commissioner for policy and community development at Minnesota Housing. “Another highlight was meeting several  inspiring students who are eager to learn and clearly ready to make a difference.” 

Mayrcack is Delaware’s state escheator, MacDonald is a senior analyst for the US Government Accountability Office, and Palmer-Rehorst is a consulting manager for Euromonitor International.