1982 – Fall ’19 Class Letter

Catherine Lothrop Hager   
925-984-6713 / [email protected]


Peter Hintz
920-229-4399 / [email protected]


Kristen Rasmussen Olson 

507-279-1091 / [email protected]  


Hello classmates: Your Class Agents send you greetings as we enjoy these warm days of summer! 


The last weekend of June is a special time every year, as Ripon College puts together a bash that is enjoyed by 500 or more alumni. For those of you who were able to attend Alumni Weekend at the end of June, we thank you for your efforts to stay connected. For those who could not attend, we hope to see you another time. Enjoying the reunion this year from the class of 1982 were PETRA JONES-TRUJILLO ’82, LISA MURPHY STAMOS ’82, LAUREL STEWART ’82, KRISTEN RASMUSSEN OLSON ’82, PETER HINTZ ’82, NANCY BUCK HINTZ ’82, LINDA JENSEN HALL ’82, WILLIAM FIEDLER ’82, TOBY STORZER ’82, ASHLEY COOPER ’82, DAVID WOOLF ’82 and KEVIN KING ’82. I apologize if I have missed the names of others who were there.

Over the weekend, various classmates from our graduating class enjoyed the Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Golf Scramble on Thursday, the 12th Annual All-Alumni Reception at The Spot (formerly The Pub) on Friday evening, the Rally Run on Saturday morning, and other events throughout the weekend, including the “That Was Then” memory sharing, the Class March and All-Campus Lunch, the Alumni Lacrosse Game, the State of the College address, the Saturday evening All-Alumni Party and the Farewell Brunch. Other great activities offered included the Farr Hall Seminar, tennis, Frisbee golf, cycling, Greek socials and a Walk on the Prairie with Professor of Biology Emeritus Skip Wittler. There were more events than a single person could attend, but there was something for nearly everyone! One of our classmates, BILL FIEDLER ’82, was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday evening! Classmates from 1982 (and a couple of extras) gathered at Christianos in Green Lake for dinner on Saturday evening, and many stories were shared!

SIOBHAN CHAMP-BLACKWELL ’82: STEVE SHEA ’82 and I have been working together, virtually, to assist in a workshop that will be offered in Madison, Wisconsin, in October 2019. The Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association is holding a full-day workshop so that librarians in Wisconsin, Illinois and surrounding states can learn more about being part of the disaster response and preparedness efforts in their communities. It’s been great fun to reach out to Steve for assistance in locating local speakers. His position on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors provides him insight into the emergency response workforce in the Madison area.  You never know when a fellow alum will have the exact answers that you need!”

Class Financial Update

June 30 was the end of the fiscal year, and our class held strong with 33% participation and a total of $55,464 in giving. This is just down from our reunion year of $62,000, but well over the trend of previous years (30K-45K range). Thank you all for stepping up and remembering Ripon College in your annual giving.

#OneDayRally (May 1) brought in more than $2 million dollars to the Ripon Fund, overall. Alumni support for this event was overwhelming. As a matter of fact, the College said that they saw more Ripon Fund donors this year than in the past five years!

Additional opportunities to participate in giving include the 1851 Club, which includes members who are philanthropic leaders at Ripon, committing to a gift of at least $1,000 a year. Members are honored with special 1851 Club ribbons at events and receive exclusive invites to presidential receptions. Ripon relies on the foundation these lead donors provide as their generosity helps plan for current and future needs of the College. 

Alumni who commit to including Ripon in their will or estate plans are named “Partners.” They also are noted as such by a ribbon at events. Ripon College honors the reunion class with the most new Partners each year during the Big Check presentation during the Alumni Weekend Saturday picnic. Lisa Ellis, associate vice president for advancement, is the staff point of contact for planned giving. She can be reached at [email protected] or 920-748-8349. See more about planned giving here: http://ripongiftplanning.org/?pageID=1003.

One final note: for those of you who have college-age children (or grandchildren, not too far in the future), please remember that Ripon’s curriculum and liberal arts education are as strong as ever! It is wonderful to see the legacy of two or more generations of a family attending Ripon. I (Kristen) am proud to see the legacy sticker on my nametag at each reunion! When looking at colleges for our daughter, we found Ripon’s cost to be very comparable to the state schools that were under consideration. Legacy funding is available, as well. Please see [email protected] for more information, or contact EMILY SHEEKS INGEMANN ’12, assistant director of admission, [email protected], or call 920-748-8744.

Thank you all for your support this year in giving, attending events and promoting Ripon College to your respective networks. So many of us feel fortunate to have made lifelong connections with classmates and remember our years at Ripon College very fondly.

We gratefully accept any class news you’d like to provide for our next newsletter. Please contact Kristen at [email protected], Peter at [email protected] or Cathy at [email protected].

Respectfully submitted,

Your Class Agents,