1994–Spring ’18 Class Letter
Greetings, Class of 1994!
I hope you are all doing well. I was on campus in February and took a tour of the upper campus. The campus looked beautiful, even in the frigid temps. I also had lunch with a few of the current students and chatted with them about the college. It was lovely to get their perspective on student life at Ripon.
If you haven’t been on campus recently, I encourage you to visit during Alumni Weekend (June 21-24, 2018). Also, please start getting ready for Alumni Weekend 2019 when the Class of 1994 will be celebrating our 25th Year Reunion. While on campus, you should carve out time to visit the new Willmore Health and Wellness Center (the former Storzer Center). Many of our classmates contributed to the fund to build the Willmore Center, which is named after one of Ripon’s very successful female alumnus and Honorary Life Trustee, DENA WILLMORE ’67.
Thank you to the classmates who reached out to me with updates. Here are what some of our classmates are up to.
ERIC ATKISSON ’94 of Alexandria, Virginia, changed jobs in August 2017 from speechwriter to communications supervisor at the Patent and Trademark Office. Eric also had another piece of fiction published last November: the latest in his “Crazy Snake” series for Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. By the time this letter comes out, he will be finished with his second year of the creative nonfiction writing program at George Mason University.
KATY HERBOLSHEIMER LINDBERG ’94 of Hastings, Minnesota, is celebrating 20 years of owning her Farmers Insurance Agency. She has been named 6 times in the top 10% in the country and 1 time in the top 3%.
SARA HOLBACH KLECKNER ’94 of Minneapolis, Minnesota, has chaired the fundraising gala for her high school’s art council for the past three years, increasing funds raised every year. Sara is passionate about the importance of arts education in public schools and believes kids have a better experience when the arts are part of their curriculum. Sara and her husband Jason continue to work on restoration projects around the house. They sent their eldest daughter, Madeleine, off to Cornell College last fall.
JOHN FISHER ’94 of Florence, Arizona, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. John married Kristi Fisher on August 3, 2002 in Enfield, Connecticut, spent his career in the Banking/Mortgage Industry and had a great passion for numbers. He loved to work on cars with his brother Doug and he enjoyed building model and radio control cars. He loved to wakeboard and bike. He was a wrestling State Champion in high school. He loved all sports, especially football, which he played in college. He loved being a Merriman at Ripon College. He loved his five children and took great joy in being a dad.
All the best,