2012 Spring ’23 Class Letter

Hi friends,

Happy 2023! As I write this, Ripon College just celebrated its 172nd birthday. I love learning about how our little school has grown and changed so much over the years. And did you hear about how Knuth Brewing is taking over the former American House to turn it into a new events center and expand their brewery operations?! I’m so proud of Ripon and can’t wait to check it out the next time I’m back in town. Speaking of changes, thanks so much to everyone who contributed job and life updates to share in this letter. Without further ado:

CAMERON COLLIER ’12 of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, returned home to Ripon College in late June of 2022 to work as an Admission Counselor. Cameron graduated from Ripon College in 2012 with degrees in environmental studies and history. During his time away from the college he held various management positions for the nation’s fourth largest independent garden center.

ARIEL DICKINSON ’13 of Madison, Wisconsin, is living life with a toddler and is planning their first international trip as a family of three to Japan this summer.

RACHEL WEYKER FELDMANN ’12 of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, is expecting baby #2 at the end of summer and her little one-year old will be a big sister!

KATHARINE SHADLE GAILS ’12 and RYAN GAILS ‘13 of West Allis, Wisconsin, welcomed baby, Quentin, to their family on December 23!

MICHAEL HEPP ‘13 of Ripon, Wisconsin, is in his first season as an Assistant Football Coach for the Red Hawks, where he will be in charge of coaching the outside linebackers.

SARAH HILL ’12 of Saint Paul, Minnesota, started a new job with Saint Paul Public Libraries and bought a house in Minneapolis with her wonderful husband, JORDAN HILL ’11. This upcoming semester marks the LAST of her Master’s program and she will officially be a librarian come spring 2023!

SAM MUTSCHELKNAUS ’12 of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, has a goal for 2023 to be a Board-Certified Chaplain either through the Spiritual Care Association or the Association of Professional Chaplains.

TONYA REETZ ’12 of Greeneville, Tennessee, recently accepted a promotion at work as a Division Controller, moving her again for the third year in a row to western Tennessee. She’s also a newly appointed godmother to her first niece; she’s born into the family with two older brothers, wish her luck!

SAM STELMACK ’12 of Chicago, Illinois, just launched a new podcast called “Have You Heard About This Case?”

LAUREN STEURER-DREGER ’13 of Belleville, Wisconsin, had another baby girl in September 2022 named Dottie.

BRANDON TAYLOR ’12 of San Francisco, California, is now a Senior Manager within the HR Enablement team at LinkedIn, living with his wife and puppy.

Alumni Weekend is coming up quickly! This year, it is June 22-25, 2023. Below you can find information if you are planning to attend!

The College is three hours north of Chicago, and served by airports in Milwaukee (a two-hour drive from Ripon), Madison (a 1.5 hour drive), and Appleton (a 45 minute drive). Milwaukee offers the most frequent service. From the Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago and Appleton airports guests may choose to rent a car. Ripon is served by taxi to and from the Appleton airport.

Room Blocks:
Heidel House (Green Lake) – Book online here
Cobblestone Suites (Ripon) – Book by calling 920.748.5500
On-campus lodging will be available in April

Thanks again to everyone who shared their updates and we hope to see you soon!

Erin ‘12


Brandon ‘12

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!