2008 – Spring ’19 Class Letter

Class Agents:

Stephanie Sommer Faulds

608-630-3369 / [email protected]

Leah Hover-Preiss

608-432-2399 / [email protected]

Zac Schwandt

920-291-5685 / [email protected]

Spring 2019

Greetings Class of 2008!

If you live in the Midwest, we hope you are surviving this intense winter weather we have been experiencing. If you live somewhere else and have not had the joys of living in a real life frozen, ice covered snow globe, we are very jealous! Even though it may be hard to believe, in just a few short months the weather will be beautiful and another class of students will be graduating from Ripon. Even though it is not a reunion year for our class, you may still want to mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend and start making plans for visiting campus this summer. Alumni Weekend will be held June 27-30, 2019. Keep an eye out for more information. If you can’t make it for Alumni Weekend, there are many other great activities happening year round. Check out the Ripon College website for upcoming events and make plans to meet up with some classmates on campus soon!

As usual, our classmates have been up to some amazing thing! Check out the Class Notes listed below. Remember, if you would like your life event (engagements, marriages, births, continuing education, new jobs or promotions, moves, starting a business, and so on…) shared in the class notes, contact one of the class agents at any time during the year. We would love to hear from you! Keep in touch!

One last note- Ripon’s second annual Giving Day, #OneDayRally, will be held on May 1. More information will be coming as the time gets closer. Please consider participating in this great event to show your support!

As always, Go Redhawks!

-Your class agents- Leah, Stephanie, and Zac


MAGGIE HALL ’08 of Spring Green, Wisconsin, is now the sound supervisor at American Players Theater in Spring Green, Wisconsin.

KAREN HANADEL EDMONSON ’08 of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, shared “our second son, Isaiah Kain Edmonson, was born November 23, 2018.

LEAH HOVER-PREISS ’08 of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, successfully defended her dissertation “”Do More Students Graduate?: A Quantitative Intervention Study on Changes in Graduation Rates After the Implementation of Link Crew”” in September to complete the requirements for her Doctorate of Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She was awarded her degree at the commencement ceremony in January 2019. She is in her ninth year of teaching high school mathematics. Leah and her husband Zach have two children, Aiden who is 7 and Harper who is 2.

SARA KUSSMANN SCHMITT ’08 and CURTIS SCHMITT ’09, welcomed a baby boy (Finley John) on October 18, 2017! Curtis and Sara both work from home, which allows them to spend lots of time with Finley.

JULIE NELSON KUKOWSKI ’08 and BRUCE KUKOWSKI ’10 of El Paso, Texas, write, “1LT Kukowski is an EOD Platoon Leader deployed in support of Inherent Resolve in Iraq.  Julie is part of the leadership team for Fort Bliss MOPS.”

ALEX ROYZEN ’08 of Lindenhurst, Illinois was recently promoted to Director of Supply Chain Management for Ecentria, the parent company of two major online retailers- OpticsPlanet.com and CampSaver.com.  

SARAH TIMM SILTANEN ’08 of Cloquet, Minnesota wants to share the news of the birth of her son Emmett Michael, on June 16, 2018.