1992 – Spring ’21 Class Letter
Greetings, Class of 1992!
It has certainly been a weird year full of challenges in our world. What I (BONNI DEMBROSKI FREDRICK ’92/P’23) would like to share with you today is how, in true resilient Ripon spirit, the College has risen to the occasion. This past fall, while many campuses around the country and across our state remained locked down, Ripon College put in the work to ensure its students could not only return to campus but could have the opportunity to have in-person and hybrid classes. Second semester has the students back on campus again and in the classroom. Did you know Great Hall is now a functional classroom on campus? When the conference canceled the basketball season, Ripon found a way for their teams to continue to play. Spring sports are playing now with baseball, softball, and track back on the field. The proactive response to these unprecedented times by the college administration, staff, professors, and students has filled me with pride to be able to call myself an alumna of Ripon College.
And now our Class Notes!
CATHERINE PARNELL WYLIE ’92 of Appleton, Wisconsin, was appointed to a position as the Lincoln County’s Human Resources Director and Administrative Coordinator.
BRAD ALBERTS ’92 of Southlake, Texas, president and CEO of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League, was interviewed in September on the Jay Young Show. A Ripon College feature of this news story can be accessed here.
We would love to include additional news of our classmates. It is not only major life events that everyone wants to hear about, but also things as small as what you are up to and how you are spending your time these days. Also, here’s a reminder to start thinking about your summer plans for 2022 as we are looking forward to our 30-year Class Reunion!
Your donations are extremely important to the College at this time in particular. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year our class had an approximately 18% participation in College giving. We can push that percentage up over 20% if just five more of us choose to give this year. Let’s rise to the challenge to push us over that mark!!
Good news regarding this year’s Alumni Weekend. Alumni Weekend 2021 will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen with two distinct summer weekends of Ripon alumni programming for us. No matter how you’d like to connect, virtually or in person, the Office of Constituent Engagement is developing a variety of activities to continue to follow CDC, Fond du Lac County and College guidelines in both June and August. Full schedules, lodging, and programming details will be posted soon to www.ripon.edu/alumni-weekend.
In honor of our June Alumni Weekend traditions, virtual alumni programming will be held Tuesday, June 22 through Saturday, June 26, and will include: an alumni town hall, R Connections webinars, affinity socials, a summer book club, and special recognition of the 2020 and 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees.
The only in-person event, the Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Golf Scramble, will be held off-campus on Friday, June 25.
A combination of virtual and in-person Alumni Weekend programming will be held the first week of August. We will continue to evaluate the state of COVID-19. If circumstances change at the local and national level and we need to cancel in-person programming, that decision will be made and communicated by July 1, 2021.
Virtual programming will be held Tuesday, August 3 through Saturday, August 7 and will include: a reunion-focused alumni town hall that also previews the new academic year, additional R Connections webinars, the summer book club capstone, and the traditional “That Was Then” storytelling session.
In-person, on-campus programming will be held Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8, and will focus on alumni awards recognition, 2020 and 2021 reunion celebrations, and other outdoor events such as Rally Run and prairie walk.
Additionally, the Class of 2020 will officially be welcomed to our alumni community with a special commencement ceremony.
BONNI DEMBROSKI FREDRICK ’92/P’23
JUDEE STOJSAVLJEVIC FISCHER ’92