1995-Spring ’19 Class Letter
Class Agents: Vince Padilla and Amy DeKeyser Padilla
Dear Class of ’95,
Will. Winter. Ever. End? Here is Wisconsin, winter got a late start. November and December were pretty snow-free with reasonable temperatures. We did not even have a white Christmas. Then January came, as did snow and bitter cold. I mean, -30 before wind chill, and -60 including wind chill? What?!? The snow and cold continued into February, and now I’m writing this in early March, and it is currently 2 degrees outside. As much as I love my home state, I often question why I continue to live here. I think the snowbirds have it right! Go south for the winter and come back for the summer. Now if I could just sell that idea to my employer…
So what is going on at Ripon these days? Here are a few cool events to highlight:
The Chamber Singers toured the state during spring break. Free events were held in Sheboygan, Waukesha, Watertown, Stoughton and Madison. For more information on the dates and locations, visit www.ripon.edu/news.
A one-day conference titled “Wisconsin and the World” was held on April 13 in the C.J Rodman Center for the Arts. Featured speakers included former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, former CIA Director Jim Woolsey, and retired Army General and NATO Commander Wesley Clark. Along with numerous other speakers, the event focused on national security, international relations, foreign policy, domestic energy and economics.
The support of academics, clubs, sports, the arts, and yes, things like keeping the heat turned on, are only possible with the support of alumni like us. If you have not made a donation to the Ripon Fund (formerly the Annual Fund), please consider supporting our Alma Mater and its current students. Some of my best memories come from our time in Ripon, and it means a lot to be able to give back. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made online at www.ripon.edu by clicking on “Give” in the menu bar, by calling 877-231-0455 or by mailing a check to PO Box 248, Ripon, WI 54971-0248.
In the summer of 2020, we will celebrate our (yikes!) 25th Reunion. I had to do the math on a calculator to make sure that was right. When I volunteered for many years during Alumni Weekend, I would always look at the 25-year reunion attendees and think “Wow, they graduated 25 years ago. That’s a long time!” I guess it goes by faster than you’d think. As you make your vacation plans for summer 2020, please consider making a trip to Ripon in late June to celebrate with us. We’d love to see everyone. While connecting on Facebook and other social media is fantastic, there is nothing like the in-person interactions and reminiscing that takes place on a beautiful campus in the beautiful summertime here in Wisconsin.
Until next time,
Amy DeKeyser Padilla ’95