1977–Spring ’18 Class Letter

Class Agent:

Alan Lawrence

920-730-9515 [email protected]

Spring 2018

Dear Class of 1977:


Last June our class celebrated its 40th Reunion during Alumni Weekend. A number of us made it back to campus to enjoy our class reunion. We are invited every year to participate in the weekend. There is plenty to do and enjoy even without “our” class reunion. Chances are good that you know people in other classes and that you’ll know people any year that you visit Ripon. It runs June 21-24 this year, with most of the activities on Saturday.  I’m planning to be there on the 23rd before 11:30, in time for the Class March and Celebration and the BBQ Lunch. Maybe I’ll see you there.


See the college website for schedules and registration.



Facebook has helped many of us regain connections with our classmates. I have appreciated that opportunity.   Among them is my former roommate, MARK TESLIK ’76. I’m attending his marriage on April 14 at Devil’s Lake State Park.


The college sends notes when they hear from our classmates. LARRY LAUX ’78 of Dousman, Wisconsin, got together with his siblings including DONNA LAUX ’75 and went fishing in western Ontario. Yup, he caught some. Larry is married to NINA WULFF ’77.


I was also informed about the death of another of our classmates, JEAN UETZMANN PORDON ’77. Jean died December 27 at the age of 62. She was the wife of DENNIS PORDON ’74 for 40 years. Her obituary informed me that she had two children and has grandchildren. She enjoyed singing in the church choir and praise band, leading women’s ministry, and volunteering. Jean spent many years teaching at Divine Redeemer Lutheran School and coaching youth sports. She was always active playing tennis, kayaking, gardening, and sewing.


MARYJO MACSWAIN ’77 wrote to me about an idea to help celebrate Jean Uetzmann Pordon’s life. We are trying to do a memorial locker for her in the new Willmore Center. Contributors should send a check to Ripon College by April 15. You must note that it is for the Jean Uetzmann Pordon memorial locker. This will count towards your years of giving.


Always remember that your financial help is very important to help keep Ripon a competitive and quality institution. Your donations are important every year. Please consider making a gift to Ripon College this year. Your participation is very important. Please write back to me or to the alumni office.  We’d love to hear from you.


Always for Ripon,

Alan N. Lawrence