1986-Spring ’19 Class Letter

Class Agent:

Dan McNaughton

[email protected] / 612.209.2996

Spring 2019

Class of 1986,

Friday night March 1 I attended a fabulous sporting event. If you were not aware, Ripon’s Women’s Basketball team played a first round game in the NCAA D3 national tournament.  AMY GERRETSEN ’04, director of constituent engagement, arranged a pre-game happy hour and email blasted Minnesota alumni with information about the Ripon Women’s Basketball game vs. The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The pre-game gathering was attended by about 20 people which consisted of alumni, players parents, Ripon College staff and faculty. At the game, there were at least 50 – 75 Ripon fans plus the Ripon Women’s Softball team. The Red Hawks women worked hard, played fast paced and never gave up. They played an entertaining brand of basketball, showed no fear and tried to go toe to toe with St. Thomas.  I was very proud of the way Ripon College was represented by the players, the parents of the players, the alumni and the Ripon staff and faculty who attended. Unfortunately, playing the number three ranked team in the nation was a bridge too far.

Even with a loss it was great to spend time with Ripon people, cheering for a Ripon team, reliving great moments and creating new memories with alumni from various class years. I highly recommend you all look for opportunities to spend time with members of the Ripon community. To check out upcoming events, visit https://www.ripon.edu/rally-hours-regional-events/.

My youngest child, Evan, will be graduating from Ripon this spring.  These were the fastest four years of my life, I cannot believe I’m done paying for college!  Please reach out to me with any milestones, interesting interactions with Ripon connections or whatever is on your mind. My contact information is listed at the top of this letter.



Dan McNaughton ’86