2020- Spring ’23 Class Letter
Fellow 2020 Classmates,
The coming of a new year tends to bring change, and change abounds at our beloved alma mater. In December, Ripon College announced the first phase of a $35 million strategic infrastructure plan, with this phase focused on developing and expanding our STEM capabilities while enhancing the athletics experience. Specifically, in addition to significant renovations, 19,000 square feet will be added to Farr Hall, providing more laboratory, classroom, and collaboration spaces that will bolster Ripon’s commitment to academic excellence. To further Ripon’s commitment to the on-campus student experience, the college is also constructing a 2,000 seat on-campus stadium, which will be located on lower Sadoff. This stadium will house both the football and the men’s and women’s soccer teams, while also serving as a hub for intramurals, concerts, and student life programming. While the stadium is projected to open in Fall 2023, renovations to Farr Hall are scheduled to be completed a year later, in Fall 2024. This initial investment is part of a larger strategic plan, which will be revealed in April of this year.
These types of infrastructure investments, of course, are largely funded by alumni giving, so a huge thank you to everyone in our class who contributed to the college over the past year, especially those who were involved in another successful OneDayRally. Please be on the lookout in the near future for exciting news about new ways you can support Ripon College this year! Beyond the exciting investment mentioned above, campus has very much returned to its normal (pre-pandemic) levels of activity, including some great performances from our various athletics programs. In addition to our women’s basketball team hosting the MWC tournament, our men’s and women’s track teams made history by repeating as MWC champions!
Finally, I encourage everyone to attend alumni weekend from June 22-25 this summer; not only is this a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and classmates, but you will also be able to see firsthand the impact of these significant investments into STEM education and the student-athlete experience. More information about the event and activities occurring during Alumni Weekend will be available at alumni.ripon.edu/alumni-weekend soon. There are room blocks at Heidel House in Green Lake (Book here) and at Cobblestone Suites in Ripon (Call 920.748.5500). There will also be rooms available on campus in April!
NOAH J. HERRIED ‘20 of Necedah, Wisconsin, is in his first season as an assistant coach for the Wisconsin Lutheran College baseball team. He works primarily with the Warriors’ infielders.
ADAM WRONSKI ’20 of Waco, Texas, is in the second year of his PhD in Environmental Science at Baylor University. He recently published the first paper of his PhD, which you can read more about here.
As always, best wishes to you all!
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!