2001 – Spring ’23 Class Letter

Class of 2001!

We hope the early part of the year is treating you well. It’s been an active time at our beloved Alma Mater and, as always, we’re proud to report back about what’s happening at Ripon College with each of you!

The College is preparing for the usual activity of spring Giving Day event (formally #OneDayRally), Commencement, Class Reunions and Alumni Weekend. Excitement is also brewing around upcoming infrastructure projects (Science Center and On-Campus Stadium) and the Inauguration of Dr. Victoria N. Folse, Ripon’s 14th President. As you look to the rest of this year, we hope a visit to campus is also a part of your plans. Mark your calendars for these critical dates: 

  • April 22nd – Presidential Inauguration Ceremony for Dr. Victoria N. Folse

  • April 20th-23th – Special Giving Event

  • May 14th – Senior Class Commencement Exercises

  • June 10th – 10th Annual Sutter Legacy Memorial Golf Outing at High Cliff Golf Course

  • June 22nd-25th – Alumni Weekend

There are room blocks at Heidel House in Green Lake (Book here) and at Cobblestone Suites in Ripon (Call 920.748.5500). There will also be rooms available on-campus starting in April.

Class Notes:

BECKY PROVENCHER CRIOLLO ’01 of Chicago, IL, works for UChicago STEM Education doing school support and curriculum writing. She has 6 and 8 year old daughters and they just welcomed their first pet, an axolotl.

MIKE MISSAK ’01 of McHenry, IL, continues to run his annual fundraiser, Jeeps On The Run in Lake County, IL. It provides donations and support to the CEO Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. This was the 10th year he has led this effort. To date he has helped raise nearly $900,000 in toys and donations.

DANTE HOUSTON ’01 of Milwaukee, WI, has been promoted to Vice President, Client Delivery with AMN Healthcare. AMN is the largest healthcare recruitment firm in the nation. He continues his work on the Ripon College Board of Trustees, where he serves as Co-Chair of the Advancement Committee. When not serving Ripon, he invests time in helping those in the greater-Milwaukee area who are food-insecure.

CHRISTOPHER CURRAN ’01 of Chicago, IL, reports that after graduating from Ripon he decided to stay in school and study Industrial Design. Once he completed the program he spent the next 15ish years as an industrial designer from Chicago to California. Chris also was a teacher in Mexico during that time teaching Industrial Design at a school called CEDIM, in Monterrey MX. His last role in ID was for a publicly traded OIL company that was so much fun traveling and inviting ways to make OIL green! He then moved to Mexico and started a small import, manufacturing company and marketing business. He then enjoyed traveling the world for three years from Japan to South America. As the Global Pandemic hit, Chris decided to sell the company to his business partners and head back to Chicago. He believes the best part of it all is now carrier 3.0 selling real estate in the Chicagoland area with his mother’s team. He is able to blend ID with RE, for their clients to have a great experience when selling or buying a home. He’s excited for the inaugural summer with his boat on Lake Michigan.

We can’t wait to see you soon. Keep sending us your updates or drop us a note/text just to say “hi”.  And please continue to stay safe, healthy and happy!

Dante ‘01

Nicole ‘01

P.S. As mentioned above, 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!