1997 – Spring ’23 Class Letter

Hello Class of 1997,

I hope you have had a great start to 2023!

There is so much going on at our alma mater this spring, most notable being the inauguration of Dr. Victoria N. Folse, the 14th President of Ripon College, the weekend of April 21. For more details regarding the inauguration events, visit here.

Looking forward to summer, mark your calendars for June 22-25, Ripon College’s annual Alumni Weekend. Even though it isn’t a reunion year for our class, all alumni are always encouraged to attend; it is a great way to connect/reconnect. We brought our kids to Alumni Weekend for the first time last year, and it was really fun to show them around town and campus so they could understand what makes Ripon such a special place for mom and dad. More information about the event and activities occurring during Alumni Weekend will be available at alumni.ripon.edu/alumni-weekend soon. There are room blocks at Heidel House in Green Lake (choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/HQ83E1) and at Cobblestone Suites in Ripon (call 920.748.5500).

I frequently talk about how special our time at Ripon was and the benefits of an education at a small, liberal arts college. One of the greatest of those is connection to each other after all of these years. It is easy to stay connected to Ripon and to our class. Here are some suggestions:


  • Send any news or updates to your contact information to me anytime. 

  • Connect with our class on Facebook via the closed group “Ripon College Class of 1997.”

  • Subscribe to Ripon’s monthly eNewsletter. You may subscribe here

  • Visit ripon.edu/news/ often to learn about what is happening at our alma mater.

  • Go to class pages through and see updates from alumni from around the world and from every class year.
Class Notes

WILL RITCHER ‘97 is retiring from the United States Navy on July 1, 2023, after 25 years of service with the rank of Commander (O-5). Congratulations, Will, and thank you for your service (1998-2023).

Thank you for staying connected to Ripon and supporting the College this past fiscal year, especially those who supported the Ripon Fund, as well as #OneDayRally. I wish you and your families a wonderful spring and summer!

Kristin ‘97

P.S. There will be a special giving event in conjunction with inauguration weekend, April 20-23, to celebrate Ripon’s 14th President, Victoria N. Folse, and the exciting momentum happening within our campus community. This event will be an extension of the #OneDayRally brand and experience. Stay tuned for more information. We look forward to your participation!