With more than 120 people in attendance, the La Follette School of Public Affairs had one of the largest turnouts ever for its annual Madison Reception on Thursday, February 1.
“These events get better every year,” said Director and Professor Don Moynihan. “We were especially pleased to welcome Chancellor Becky Blank, who eloquently described the value of a La Follette School degree for those called to public service.”
Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends attended the gathering at The Madison Club, two blocks from the Wisconsin Capitol. In addition to much networking and reminiscing, Moynihan shared a few highlights from the past year and announced an anonymous bequest of approximately $2 million for student scholarships.
“Events like this are great reminders of the quality of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff and how we are collectively achieving the Wisconsin Idea in what we do,” Moynihan said.
More than 50 alumni spanning five decades of class years, 30-plus students, plus dozens of faculty, staff, and friends attended the reception.
“The annual reception is a great opportunity to learn about current students’ their research and career interests and to discuss how our program experiences are the same and different,” said Bryan Gadow (MPA ’05), village administration for New Glarus, Wisconsin. “The reception reinforces for me that the ‘La Follette family’ takes pride in maintaining its strong bonds across the years.”