2014 – Spring ’23 Class Letter
Hello Class of 2014,
I hope all is well with my fellow classmates. Time has really caught up to me. I realize that I’m now considered the “old guy” because all of my pop culture references are some things my coworkers don’t even recognize. I also catch myself making dumb dad jokes even though I’m not a dad yet. When did that switch happen? Even now with a loaded resume and a laundry list of certifications, I still use what I learned at Ripon every day. Do not mix whites with darks, the xylem and phloem are the transport system of a vascular plant, double swipe wasn’t worth it, and how to stretch 14 dollars in your bank account for three weeks. What lessons do you have Ripon College to thank for? Thank you for participating in the #OneDayRally which supports students like we once were.
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.
Heidel House (Green Lake) – Book online here
Cobblestone Suites (Ripon) – Book by calling 920.748.5500
On-campus lodging will be available in April
BEN JONES ‘14 – “Finally quitting the Army. Moving to the mountains, living in an RV, racing ultras.”
ARIANA MYERS ‘14 – “I completed my Ph.D. in medieval history at Princeton University and moved back to my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to become the new Director of LGBTQ+ Resource Center at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.”
CHEYANNE LEHMAN FOLEY ‘14 – “I have two girls, five & three years old, and got married in October of 2020! My husband is a chef for our family business, Foleys, in Lake Geneva, which serves delicious Irish food!”
TRES REDEMANN ‘14 – “I moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and am working for the federal government.”
ALLIE PASDERA ‘14 – “Left my job as high school French teacher in Whitewater after five years and am currently teaching English in Paris!”
JAY FISH ‘14 – “Now the Head JV Boys Basketball coach at Sun Prairie East High School. Nevaeh will be turning 8 and we still have a home in Columbus, Wisconsin.”
EMMA JELINEK NEVEU ‘14 – “MICHAEL NEVEU ‘14 and I are expecting our third child in April, who will join big brothers, James (4) and John (1). I am a Credit Officer at Bank First and recently finished my first 100 miler ultramarathon.”
BREANNA GRACZ FORSETH ‘14 – “Living in St Louis. Blessed with three beautiful children (Caleb-6, Noelle-3 and Isaac-10 months). District Sales Manager (KS, MO and IL) at Paychex. Lucky enough to support the needs of small business owners and offer their people much needed benefits.”
KRISSA HULTMAN ‘14 – “I got married last September to Steven Roberson. We have a two year old daughter together. We are currently living in Duluth, Minnesota, where I work as a mental health therapist running my own practice called Two Rivers Counseling.”
LIZ BLUM ‘14 – “I was recently promoted to Independent Living Skills Coordinator at College Living Experience in Costa Mesa, California. I also finished my Master’s of Education in December and am enjoying the sun!”
KARLYE WEHNER KRIEN ‘14 – “My husband and I welcomed our sweet baby girl, Blakely, in November. Our son, Kane, is loving being a big brother! I am still working at Children’s Wisconsin as a Behavioral Health Consultant.”
Via her father, ALAN LAWRENCE ’77 – JENNIFER RESCHKE YOCIUS ‘14 and her husband, MARK YOCIUS ‘14, had their first child January 30, 2023, a boy named August Boyce Yocius. His name comes from his parents’ maternal grandfathers.
Thank you all for updating us with your awesome news! Here is my update: KATIE WILLIAMS ‘13 and I got engaged on Lily Mountain this past June. We are busy planning a wedding for this summer. We are still living in Portage, Wisconsin. I work as the Conservation Biologist Crew Lead for the Wisconsin DNR. It’s been a dream working for the department.
See you at Alumni Weekend this June 22-25, 2023. Remember Red Hawks fly together.
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!