1960 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

1960 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent:

DEBORAH JOHNSON VAN SLYKE ’60
H: (480) 284-5564 / C: (619) 889-5061 / [email protected]

Greetings, Classmates,

It is going to be a very short letter this time as it seems that most of you are hibernating or have forgotten how to get in touch with me.

Class Notes:

CHARLIE MORGAN ’60 and Samm have moved from Ponte Vedra, Florida, to The Villages.

KARL PIOTROWSKI ’60 of Aiea Oahu, Hawaii, has added his son, Brian, to his construction business in Honolulu. His daughter, Joy, and her husband are in Kenya.

Our author, KEN LUBER ’60 of Idyllwild, California, has written a children’s book “Molly & Milty – A Love Story.” The book is about a friendship between a cat and a dog. You can read more about it on his blog: http://kenluber.blogspot.com/2021/.

As for you faithful writer in the furnace of Arizona, please keep in touch.

Here are some updates from Ripon College:

Alumni Weekend:
Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus, Aug. 6-8, representing the classes of 1961 to 2023, for the first-ever August Alumni Weekend after COVID-19 put a pause on campus events over the past 18 months. Our 60th Class Reunion was celebrated as part of the Golden R Reunion with the Classes of 1970 and 1971. Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022.

Past Fiscal Year Update:
A record-breaking 2,087 donors from all around the world supported Ripon’s fourth annual giving day on April 28, known as #OneDayRally, reminding us all that regardless of the circumstances, Red Hawks come together.
Thank you to the over 3,600 donors who supported the College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives.

Campus Upgrades:
The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science — a favorite location of students for studying and collaborative work — recently received an extreme makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69/P’04, and his wife, Pat. Also, a new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, which will be a great asset for the math and computer science departments.

Endowment:
The endowment recently hit an all-time high and as of Thursday, August 19, 2021, it was at $112 million.

Start of the Academic Year:
Classes started on Monday, August 30 and the academic year is in full swing with in-person classes. The College is continuing to follow CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID safety protocols

Online Publications:
You can read the latest editions of the Ripon Magazine online at this link: ripon.edu/about-ripon/publications/.

Send me your updates at any time. I enjoy hearing from you.

Stay well. Stay happy and bless you all.

Deb