2017 – Spring ’22 Class Letter

Greetings, Class of 2017!

Hey, Classmates!

Writing the last class update before most of us convene in Ripon for our 5th Reunion feels so unreal! How have nearly five years passed since we wore our graduation regalia on that sunny day in May? Reliving some of those rare warm, sunny days in Ripon couldn’t sound like more of a blast. In case you have already forgotten, our Class Reunion will be on Saturday during Alumni Weekend, which is June 23-26. The College has put together some gatherings exclusively for the Class of 2017! On Friday, we will have Knuth Brewing Company all to ourselves and Saturday will be our official 5th Reunion at The Other Side in J’s BBQ.

If you are still looking for a place to stay for the weekend, a reminder that room blocks are available at the Heidel House (Green Lake, 920.807.0300), Cobblestone Suites (Ripon, 920.748.5500), and Boarders (Ripon, 920.748.7578), but you must call for the Alumni Weekend rate. Other area lodging information can be found at ripon.edu/lodging/. Online registration for the Reunion and on-campus lodging will be available on April 1 at alumni.ripon.edu.

Imagine how much fun you could have if you made plans to stay on campus with an old friend! That is what we plan on doing. You can even request a suite if you end up with a bigger group. What could be a more unique reunion experience?! We look forward to seeing everyone there!

We want to send a special note of appreciation to our classmate WINONA HOLMES ROBBINS ’17 who has served as our Class Agent since graduation. Thank you for your five years of service, WINONA, and we hope to see you at this summer’s Reunion! We would like to invite a new classmate to join us in being a Class Agent.

What does it take to be a Class Agent? We write a Class Letter each fall and spring, and we include updates from classmates as we receive them. Being a Class Agent gives us a direct line of communication with a staff member at Ripon College, and we collaborate closely with the Office of Constituent Engagement to write Class Letters. The College will take care of sending out Class Letters both through email and through snail mail.

Here are some reasons why you may want to consider being a Class Agent:

  • You will have unique opportunities to get information, often before our general alumni population, and you will get to know campus staff and administration on a more personal level.

  • You will help the College keep track of the contact information of classmates, helping ensure that all of us get to keep in touch. This is also important to help keep classmates connected to the larger Ripon College family.

  • It feels good to give back to your Alma Mater in such a tangible way.

If you are interested in becoming a Class Agent or you simply want to learn more about this opportunity, email JOLENE RUEDEN SCHATZINGER ’07, associate director of engagement at [email protected], or you can call her at (920) 748-8354. You can contact one of us at any time. Because we are celebrating our Reunion this summer, we are hoping that we can have the open Class Agent position filled as soon as possible. Thank you for considering this opportunity.

Finally, #OneDayRally 2022 is on April 27. This is a one-day fundraising rally that began several years ago and has become popular. It has been an effective fundraiser, but it has also proven to be a bit of fun and a way to competitively rally alumni classes. Consider checking in on the College’s webpage or follow the College’s social media sites that day and join in! All money contributed by you, whether for the #OneDayRally or any contribution to the College during this fiscal year, will count towards our Class Gift.

Class Notes:

KONNER FELDHUS ’17 of Denver, Colorado, will learn where he will be doing his residency in March and will graduate from medical school in May!

JORDAN BRABAND ’17 of Batavia, Illinois, writes that she is excited to announce a career change! After four and a half years at FIS, she will be moving to Morgan Stanley’s Wealth Management division.

Hope to see you at our Reunion this summer!


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Your 2017 Class Agents