Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:41

2018 cohort brings wide-ranging experiences

With 52 students, the La Follette School’s 2018 cohort includes a practicing physician, the founder of a nonprofit organization, an award-winning playwright, two nurses, a newspaper editor, a police officer, three military veterans, and people with a wide range of other experiences.

A bipartisan group of 23 legislative staff of the Wisconsin Assembly completed a certificate in public affairs in June. The La Follette School of Public Affairs offered the professional development course in partnership with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington), Assembly Democratic Leader Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) (MPA, ’01), and the UW-Madison Chancellor’s Office.

La Follette School Associate Professor J. Michael Collins and former La Follette School Associate Director Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12) are among the leaders of the Alliance for the American Dream: DreamUp Wisconsin, a new community-university collaboration aimed at promoting shared prosperity and increasing American competitiveness.

Razan Al-Dagher (MPA ’18) and Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12) drew on family experiences for their messages to the La Follette School Class of 2018 on May 13 at the State Capitol.

Director Don Moynihan announced May 10 the appointment of Steve Kulig (MPA ’14) as the La Follette School’s associate director. Kulig, the school’s department administrator and career services coordinator since April 2016, replaces Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12), who joined UW–Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty earlier this year.

La Follette School Associate Director Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12) has accepted a position with the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at UW–Madison. She begins her duties as IRP’s associate director of programs & management/researcher Monday, March 5.

A recently released book about researcher-policymaker partnerships features a case study written by UW–Madison Emerita Professor Karen Bogenschneider, La Follette School Associate Director Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12), and two other colleagues.

La Follette School Associate Director Hilary Shager (MPA ’05, PhD ’12) will discuss Early Childhood in Action: How to Connect with Policymakers and Make a Difference on Wednesday, February 28. The presentation is part of the Families and Well-Being Seminar Series organized by UW–Madison’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being.

La Follette School Professor Susan Yackee and Associate Director Hilary Shager will lead two of the five panel discussions at the opening conference of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

La Follette School Professors Don Moynihan and Dave Weimer offered presentations about their areas of expertise during the 2017 National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES) Conference in Madison this fall. Associate Director Hilary Shager also served on a panel discussion about recruiting and onboarding evaluators during the event.

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