Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

Every day Hilary Shager uses the skills she learned at the La Follette School. "I am living program evaluation," says the 2005 alum and Wisconsin Department of Families and Children research analyst.

A talented and creative manager first got John Wilson-Tepeli thinking about the value of public affairs training and eventually led him to enroll at the La Follette School in the double-degree program in urban and regional planning.

Thursday, 18 April 2013 09:55

News from alumni and friends

Career updates and babies galore.

The only commonality among Elizabeth "Buff" Wright's career job descriptions has been "other duties as assigned." Now assistant vice president and secretary to the board of trustees of Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, California, the 1981 La Follette alum is helping to establish a school of biopharmacy that will prepare pharmacists to work in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries as well as in modern pharmacy practice.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 09:14

Reflections on state of the school

Our reception for alumni and friends in February drew 100 guests despite a severe winter storm blowing through Madison. We were pleased so many of you could attend. I thought I would use this space to share with all our alumni and friends a few thoughts from my welcoming remarks.
An official from Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, visited the La Follette School on April 5 to learn about its academic programs as they develop their own public policy graduate program.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 10:23

Policy and a Pint set for March 13

The La Follette School's Policy and a Pint presents Kevin Jones, director of the Wisconsin Crime Laboratory System, on Wednesday, March 13, 5-7 p.m. in the upstairs room of Brocach on the Square, 7 West Main Street.
La Follette School students visited the World Council of Credit Unions in Madison on April 5 to learn about career opportunities, especially for students earning a Master of International Public Affairs degree.
An alum and a human resources specialist for the State of Wisconsin will talk with students about getting state jobs from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in the La Follette School conference room.

Allison Vaillancourt believes people should be treated well and that organizations should have healthy cultures — so much so that the Chronicle of Higher Education asked her to write a blog to share her perspectives. The 1990 alum provides strategic leadership in human capital and organizational culture at the University of Arizona, where she is vice president for the Division of Human Resources.

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