2009 – Spring ’20 Class Letter


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Hello Again!

The weather is starting to warm up a bit and spring is just around the corner (or so I hope).  Life has been busy since I last wrote; Stephen has been promoted to a Warrant Officer I in the National Guard, so he has been away at school since the beginning of January, leaving me to solo-parent our 2 kiddos and dog.  January was rough with sickness in our house, and I did not work a full week in 2020 until the last week in January.  Outside of work, I’ve been volunteering with the Kappa Delta chapter at North Dakota State University and Lily has been loving swimming lessons.  James is on the verge of walking, which means running will soon follow and I am not ready for that.

A few updates from our classmates:

BRITTANY PRATT KAUFMAN ’09 and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed their second daughter, Hannah Louise Pratt, on November 21, 2019. Big sister is over the moon! Also, Samantha was very excited she got to visit “where the Redhawk lives” during Alumni Weekend. We hope to catch more of you next time!

In other news, Brittany was appointed the Training Director of the Psychology Doctoral Intern program at Burrell Behavioral Health in July 2019. She has learned that running a training program is a bit like herding proverbial cats. If you have experience in this area, please feel welcome to send advice. If not, please send coffee. Or beer.

EMILY MATHEWS JANKE ’09 enjoys being a stay at home mom to two adorable curly-headed kiddos. While she may not be working to pay off the master’s degree she needed to have, being bossed around by a 2 and 4-year-old is really rewarding. In all seriousness, she feels very lucky to be home watching the little humans grow each day. She’s still happily married to a handsome lad. Oh, and she cleans houses in her spare time to earn a little extra $ to buy herself pretty things. Just kidding, it’s to pay back her student loan debt.

JOSH LEGREVE ’09 is excited to share that he was elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.  His term starts this summer.

JENAN JAMAL KHARBUSH ’09 of Arlington, Massachusetts, received the Ripon College Outstanding Young Alumni Award during Alumni Weekend in June. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. She is a member of the Harvard Earth and Planetary Science/Environmental Science and Engineering Department’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belong Committee; and a mentor for Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering.

JOSH KRAEMER ’09 of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, was inducted into the Ripon College Athletic Hall of Fame during Alumni Weekend in June. He is a regional personal training director for Anytime Fitness.

Those are all of the updates I received.  If you’re tired of hearing just about me, make sure you send me an update.  My e-mail is right up there (points to the top of the letter).  I’d love to hear from you!  You can also submit updates directly to the college by visiting www.ripon.edu/alumni