1982–Spring ’18 Class Letter

Co Class Agents:

Cathy Lothrop Hager

[email protected]

Cell: 925-984-6713

Peter Hintz

     [email protected]

     Cell: 920-229-4399             

           Kristin Rasmussen Olson

                [email protected]

Cell:  507-279-1091

Spring 2018


Dear Class of ’82


Your Class Agents all wish you a Happy New Year and hope you are doing well.  


We noticed that our wonderful picture on Green Lake wasn’t included in the fall publication, so here it is.  We had such a great time and this is just too good not to share:


There are some changes coming as to how alumni news will be shared.  


    • R Connections will become an annual fall publication, therefore there will be no spring 2018 version mailed to alumni.


  • Obituaries are going back to the Ripon Magazine starting in July 2018 and no longer be included in R Connections.


  • A stronger Class Agent, class letter and news note presence online is being developed for release this fall.


What we were told is that once the Office of Constituent Engagement gets our letter, you should have it within a week as an email, and it can be posted on our Facebook page. This is really good news, as sometimes the news is stale by the time it reaches you. You will still hear from us twice a year but get one magazine a year.  


There are a couple of class notes and one passing.  

CHICAGO — On Sept. 9, the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science presented its annual College of Health Professions Distinguished Alumnus Award to DAWN LABARBERA ’82, Ph.D., PA-C, and director of Trine University’s emerging Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. She earned a Master of Science in physician assistant studies from Rosalind Franklin University, then called Finch University, in 1994. She helped drive the early growth and development of RFU’s physician assistant program, joining the faculty in 1996 and serving over the next decade in numerous capacities, including assistant professor, assistant program director and coordinator for admissions, research and clinical education. Dawn has practiced clinically throughout her career and has served as a part-time family practice PA since 2013 with Lutheran Medical Group in Fort Wayne.


THOMAS G. DORSCHEID ’82 of Janesville, Wisconsin, writes, “I now work at LeMans Corp. in Janesville, WI. I have 4 grandkids and one more due in December. Life is good!”


And we remember:


DIANE BAUGHN ’82 Born July 3, 1958. Died October 7, 2017 at the wonderful age of 59. Daughter of Donna (nee Karolus) and the late Richard. Sister of Georgianna and aunt of Aubrey and Nathan Krzynski. “Please celebrate my life. I lived so much longer than ever expected and cherished life and all surrounding it. I truly came to appreciate the love of family. Being aunt to Aubrey and Nathan was the best thing that ever happened to me.” Diane enjoyed life thoroughly and embraced everything. Her passion was sharing smiles and positivity while helping others through teaching, listening and loving. She saw each day as a gift. Diane asked that her life be celebrated and her memory kept close in the hearts of those she touched. A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon with a Time of Remembrance at 11:00 AM all at Forest Home Cemetery Chapel, 2405 West Forest Home Avenue, Milwaukee. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 620 S. 76th St #160, Milwaukee, WI 53214 or to Diane’s family appreciated.”


***Mark your Calendars***


We are thrilled to introduce a brand new initiative this year – #OneDayRally – a Giving Day for Ripon College – which will take place on April 25. Running for 18 hours and 51 minutes (5:09 a.m. to midnight), the College’s committee has planned extensive social media posts and events to encourage both new and loyal donors to increase their support of our College.



I (Cathy) plan to participate, so expect to see a post or two from me leading up to this day! And I am big on Facebook and dabble on Twitter.  


If you are in the area, go to the Alumni Weekend, June 21-24. We had such a blast, and there is much to see. If you can get there, go for some or all of the weekend. If you have any news, please feel free to share with any one of us or directly to the Office of Constituent Engagement. We love hearing about your travels, job updates, relocations, retirements, children or grandchildren and their achievements, or anything you want to share.  


All the best,


Cathy, Peter, and Kristen