1994 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

1994 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Co-Class Agents:


(608) 347-6543 / [email protected]


[email protected]  / facebook.com/kimbo.woolley


Dear Class of 1994,

I hope this letter finds you well. It comes from me in the heart of “Back to School.” Fortunately, this year I was actually headed back to school after teaching virtually all of the past school year. Teaching with a mask on all day has its challenges, but is definitely simpler than teaching six and seven-year-olds through a computer screen. To make this school year’s start even more exciting, I had to move to another elementary school in Cottage Grove. Sixty-four boxes later, I’m all settled in.

Meanwhile, at RC “Back To School” meant the following:

Classes started on Monday, August 30 and the academic year is in full swing with in-person classes. The College is continuing to follow CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID safety protocols. If you are interested, you can follow this link for information on our COVID-19 response and current procedures: ripon.edu/coronavirus-information/.

It has been so fun reading posts on Facebook about your children headed off to school, whether that is kindergarten or college. I’m so looking forward to next summer when I’ll take my oldest to visit campuses of his choosing. Of course, there will be a mandatory visit to check out Ripon. But, in the end, it will be his choice. Your classmates and I would love to hear updates on your life. Whether it’s job-related, family news, where you’re living, recent travel adventures, new pets, or alumni sightings. We’d love to catch up with you!


THERACE RISCH ’94 of Frisco, Texas, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief information & technology officer at American Electric Power (AEP).


Alumni Weekend:

Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus, Aug. 6-8, representing the classes of 1961 to 2023, for the first-ever August Alumni Weekend after COVID-19 put a pause on campus events over the past 18 months. 

Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022. All class years ending in the numbers two or seven will be celebrating their Class Reunion this next summer at Alumni Weekend!

Past fiscal year update:

A record-breaking 2,087 donors from all around the world supported Ripon’s fourth annual giving day on April 28, known as #OneDayRally, reminding us all that regardless of the circumstances, Red Hawks come together. 

Thank you to the over 3,600 donors who supported the College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives.

Campus upgrades:

The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science — a favorite location of students for studying and collaborative work — recently received an extreme makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69/P’04, and his wife, Pat. Also, a new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, which will be a great asset for the math and computer science departments. 


Ripon’s endowment recently hit an all-time high and as of Thursday, August 19, 2021, it was at $112 million.

If you’re interested in reading more about RC news and events, please check out the following links:

Here is a link to the news stories published by the College: ripon.edu/news/ 

Here is the link to the latest Ripon Magazine, which includes features of alumni and faculty: ripon.edu/about-ripon/publications/

Here are Facebook pages that you could follow in addition to the main Ripon College page:

Ripon College Center for Politics and the People: facebook.com/RiponCollegeCPP 

Ripon College Center for Diversity and Inclusion: facebook.com/ripondiversity 

KIMBERLY WOOLLEY ’94 will be writing our next class letter in the spring. If you have updates that didn’t make it into this Class Letter, please reach out to her at [email protected] or contact me and I will make sure Kimberly receives the update.

All the best,