2019 Spring ’23 Class Letter

Spring is among us.

Like spring, our alma mater in the middle of Wisconsin’s prairie is also beginning to bud and grow with new life. This spring, we will celebrate the inauguration of a new president, Dr. Victoria N.  Folse, and welcome her new leadership to campus. The college was proud to announce its plans for a newly remodeled science center and on-campus stadium. President Folse and her leadership team are centering around a new strategic plan for the college and, in the style of the spring season, are ready to bring new life to Ripon.

Ripon College is not the only place where we see change. Many of us in our class are now experiencing growth and new life. We’re moving to different areas of the world, finishing advanced education, starting new jobs, building families, and bringing new life into this world. It’s remarkable to see the growth and diversity our class network has across the world.

Looking ahead, Alumni Weekend is planned for June 22-25, 2023. We encourage you to attend with friends. More details about this weekend, lodging, and events can be found on Ripon’s website. Before you know it, we’ll be writing to you about our first five-year reunion in 2024! Finally, we wanted to sincerely thank everyone in our class that has contributed to the Ripon Fund or those who have given back to the institution with time or service. Your contributions mean everything to this college.

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

Class Notes

LANE BARNES ‘19 of Clovis, CA, writes, “Traveling back and forth overseas playing American Football in Germany.”

CORAL EAKINS ‘19 of Boston, MA, writes, “At the beginning of March I will be going to Purser Training in Atlanta for a week, and once I graduate I will be pursuing my new role as the Lead Flight Attendant on international flights! This is a highly competitive position in my company, and I’m very excited to see what my summer travels will bring.”

MELISSA HACKBARTH ‘19 of Germantown, WI, writes, “Happy 2023! In March of 2022, I graduated with a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University and opened my own clinical mental health private practice, Echo Counseling Services, LLC (check us out on social media!)”

RACHEL HAWLEY ‘19 of Madison, WI, writes, “I will graduate with my Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2023 and then move to Boston to start a fellowship in Medical Affairs at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA.”

KENDRA HOLTE FAUCETT ‘19 of Manhattan, KS: The University of Wyoming (UW) Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, housed in the College of Agriculture, Life Sciences and Natural Resources, welcomed Kendra Faucett on August 8 as program coordinator for the new Growing Internship program.

MCKENNA MEZA PHILLIPSEN ‘19 of Appleton, WI, writes, “This January, I transitioned into a new position with ThedaCare as an RN Care Manager for the surgery optimization team! I am thrilled to be able to provide more personalized care for my patients and to use the creative side of my brain more often.”

DAKOTA WILCOX ‘19 of Saint Paul, MN, writes, “I graduated with my Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in December from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN. Now I am currently working in Hudson, Wisconsin as an associate chiropractor.”

Eric ’19
(262) 365-9726

Rachel ’19
(224) 688-3049

Olivia ’19
(262) 408-3785

Tyler ’19
(715) 889-3672

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!