1993 – Spring ’21 Class Letter
Greetings, Class of 1993!
Wow, what crazy lives we’ve all led lately, right? I hope you are all doing well, staying healthy, and keeping busy. At Ripon, students and faculty are learning and teaching in person, online, or in hybrid formats. Thank you to everyone who supported the College over the past year, and save-the-date for Ripon’s annual giving day, #OneDayRally, which is right around the corner on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
Here’s some news from our class:
CHRIS GRAHAM ’93 of Colorado Springs, Colorado, completed a one-year term on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors. The Board of Governors is the highest governance body in the NCAA and is composed of institutional chief executive officers that oversee Association-wide issues. The board is charged with ensuring that each division operates consistently with the basic purposes, fundamental policies and general principles of the Association. He continues to serve as the Commissioner of the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
I also have some sad news to share with all of you. ERIC PILSL ’93 of Wautoma, Wisconsin, passed away on February 27, 2021. He taught math and was a track coach at Parkside Middle School in Wautoma. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, stepsons Ashton and Hayden Schwartzman, and many, many family and friends. HIs obituary can be viewed here.
Make sure you keep your contact information updated so you don’t miss any Ripon news. Contact the Alumni Office directly with changes at [email protected] or via U.S. mail to Alumni Office, Ripon College, P.O. Box 248, Ripon, WI 54971.
I have good news to share 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.
Thank you and stay well!
MELINDA TRAINOR HUTCHINSON ’93
Your 1993 Class Agent