1979 – Spring ’23 Class Letter

Greetings All,

Just like the Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, I’m late in preparing the Spring 23 Class Letter. Blame part on me recovering from the Old People cough, and me just being a bit lazy. It is a good week because on Friday, both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams will be in action in the Midwest Conference Tournament at Illinois College for the Men and at the Weiske Gymnasium in the Wilmore Center for the Women!!  

Alumni Weekend is scheduled for June 22-25! More information about the event and activities occurring during Alumni Weekend will be available at Ripon.edu in the upcoming months. There are room blocks at Heidel House in Green Lake (Book here) and at Cobblestone Suites in Ripon (Call 920.748.5500).

Here are the latest snippets that I have from various classmates.

Class of 1979 News and Notes

ROYCE DUNBAR ’79: Royce and Brenda Dunbar are moving back to Eau Claire, Wisconsin from outside Denver, Colorado.

RANDY SLONE ’79 of Bartlett, Illinois, was newly appointed as the 2023 PCCAC Leader. “Randy joined  the leadership team serving as PCC Member-at-Large, on January 1, 2023. This includes serving as the Central Area PCC Industry liaison and serving on the PCCAC Membership Growth and Recruitment and Education Programming sub-committees. Randy has more than 22 years as a Direct Mail professional. In his previous position as Postal Affairs and Mail Manager for TEAM Concept Printing, he was responsible for coordinating and managing postal and mailing activities, delivering effective strategies and tactics on all direct mail initiatives. Throughout his PCC leadership tenure Randy helped achieve multiple awards for the SSPCC, was nominated for PCC Industry Member of the Year Award in 2018 and was awarded the SSPCC Excellence in Service Award in 2018.”

Other News

Ripon College Announces First Phase of $35M Strategic Infrastructure Plan

Ripon College has announced plans to move forward with a $35 million strategic infrastructure plan which will address the renovation and expansion of Farr Hall of Science, a new on-campus stadium and upgrades to residence halls. The first phase will prioritize a $24.5 million investment in the science center and an $8.5 million investment in the campus stadium, both of which are projected to break ground in the spring of 2023. Planning for upgrades to the residence halls has commenced and the College hopes to finalize plans within the next year.

In February 2022, the Ripon College Board of Trustees authorized the College to begin preliminary exploration on both the science center and stadium. In just eight months, the College has documented $15 million in cash and pledges specifically designated for the infrastructure enhancements, 80% of which is designated for renovation of Farr Hall.

For more information about Ripon College’s strategic infrastructure plan and to see renderings of the new buildings please visit here.

Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ryan Kane named next Athletic Director at Carthage College

Ryan Kane, athletic director and head men’s basketball coach at Ripon College, has been named the next athletic director at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He will coach the remainder of the basketball season and continue to serve as athletic director at Ripon before assuming his new role at Carthage April 1.


As always, it is a pleasure to write to y’all. Also, when you get news, don’t hold on. Drop me a note so I can make your Class Letter the best!!!

Go Red Hawks!!

Love Always,


Kevin ’79
(773) 220-5360

P.S. There will be a special giving event in conjunction with inauguration weekend, April 20-23, to celebrate Ripon’s 14th President, Victoria N. Folse, and the exciting momentum happening within our campus community. This event will be an extension of the #OneDayRally brand and experience. Stay tuned for more information. We look forward to your participation!