Jolene Rueden Schatzinger ’07
Meet Jolene Rueden Schatzinger ’07
Jolene Rueden Schatzinger ’07 fell in love with Ripon College and the wider Ripon community because of her engaging experience as a student both in and out of the classroom. As a student, she majored in Communication, was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and participated in numerous clubs as well as ran track and cross-country. Following graduation, she joined the admission office at Mount Mary College where she worked under the leadership of another Ripon alumna, Brooke Tireman Konopacki ’74. She then became an admission counselor at Ripon College, which led to her pursuing a Master in Education with an emphasis in School Counseling.
After a career as a high school counselor, Jolene was drawn back to her alma mater by an opportunity to connect with Ripon College alumni from across the generations to keep them engaged in the very place that gave Jolene her love of learning and appreciation for community. She is now the Associate Director of Engagement in the Office of Constituent Engagement and she feels lucky to work with incredible colleagues all while connecting with alumni and friends of the College on a daily basis. Jolene also currently serves on the Ripon City Council and is active with Noon Kiwanis, the League of Women Voters, and Freeland.org. She shares her life’s adventures with her husband (Henrik Schatzinger, faculty member) and a cat (Dasher, adopted from the Green Lake Area Animal Shelter). Jolene has been a Ripon College employee for over seven years.
What do you love most about Ripon College and your involvement here? I love that Ripon College truly feels like one big family. We get to know our students and their families. We stay connected with our alumni, and I know my colleagues on a first-name basis.
What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in Ripon? It is so worth it. Ripon is worth it! We are a community dedicated to seeing students achieve their goals in an environment that is enriching, engaging, and caring.
Why do you think giving back is important to the advancement of Ripon and its students? Giving back to Ripon College, whether through making a gift or through volunteering, is critically important to the advancement of Ripon and our students, and I am lucky that I get to see why on a first-hand basis.