2018 Fall ’23 Class Letter

Hey Class of 2018,

Another year, another class letter. It was great to see many of you at the five year class reunion this past June. A small group of the Class of 2018 caught up at Roadhouse and celebrated this important milestone. We hope to see more of you at the next reunion.

This past summer kicked off many exciting projects and changes for the college. A new football stadium, a refreshed Farr Hall, and the introduction of the college’s first female president are just a few of the exciting things happening at Ripon. The college isn’t the only one with exciting news. Below are some updates from your fellow classmates:


COLLEEN ELZINGA ’18 of Gainesville, Florida, finished her rotating internship in veterinary medicine and surgery this summer at Louisiana State University. She recently moved to Florida to start her residency in veterinary anesthesia and analgesia at the University of Florida.

DAVID FIRARI ’18 of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, completed their northbound thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. They started on February 21 in Georgia and after hiking over 2,200 miles, arrived at the northern terminus in Maine on August 29.

ABBEY FLOWER ’18 of Waukesha, Wisconsin, recently married the love of her life, Wayne Guenther, surrounded by family and friends including fellow alumni SAMANTHA BETHEL ’18 and HANNAH BRODNER ’18.

BEN FOLGER ’18 of Norman, Oklahoma, is finishing his PhD program at the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, LAURISSA JOHNSON FOLGER ’19 welcomed their daughter, Kennedy, into the world in August. Laurissa is also wrapping up her masters program in psychology.

EVE GREEN ’18 of Sydney, Australia, started a new job as a rights manager for a children’s publishing imprint. In addition to the new job, Eve and her partner purchased their first house together.

DREW HETZ ’18 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is working as a physician associate at an ears, nose, and throat clinic. He is also continuing renovations on his house which is a never ending, but still rewarding project.

HAILEY MATTHEISEN ’18 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduated from her two masters programs: clinical and health informatics from the University of Wisconsin and biomedical sciences from Nova Southeastern University. She just started her first year of medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She’s also taken on a leadership role with the Association of Women Surgeons and the admissions committee.

MERRANDA SCHMID ’18 of Ripon, Wisconsin, started a new job as a chemistry laboratory instructor and interim director of math and science services at Marian University.

See you soon!

Lauren ’18