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1968 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Peter Uhrig
1968
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1968 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Peter Uhrig
Class of 1968
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1968 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent:

PETER UHRIG ’68

(512) 762-1479 / [email protected]

Dear Classmates:

Here we are at the end of another summer, and I hope it has been a good one for each of you. It might have been good if you were not anywhere near the wildfires ravaging parts of the west and northwest. It might have been very nice if you were not in states now facing critical water shortages. And it certainly might have been very pleasant if you were not in the path of a hurricane like Ida.

I hope none of these things affected you but these days, even events far away from where we live seem to spill over into our lives through loved ones who did suffer.

School News

After what must surely be called an unusual and we hope unique academic year, 142 members of the Class of 2021 were graduated on May 16, at the 154th commencement. This was quite an achievement for Ripon, needing to adapt procedures for the students that chose an in-person on-campus experience as well as needing to accommodate those who opted to study from home.

Alumni Weekend: Aug. 6-8 saw attendees from 29 states and from classes of 1961 to 2023. This was the first-ever August Alumni Weekend to take place since COVID-19 paused on-campus events. Alumni Weekend 2022 will go back to the usual end-of-June time. Save the date, June 23-26, 2022.

Fundraising Success: Fund-raising is always of critical importance to Ripon. I am happy to report a record breaking 2,087 donors supported the April 28th #OneDayRally and 3,600 donors supported the College over the fiscal year, which included contributions to the Ripon Fund and other initiatives. It’s no wonder our endowment continues to grow allowing our school to continue its role as a leader and model for what a successful small liberal arts institution should be.

Campus upgrade: The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science recently received a thorough makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69, and his wife, Pat.

Classmate News

GUY R. ’68 HENSHAW and SUSAN SIEGEL HENSHAW ’68 of Danville, California, received Ripon College’s Medal of Merit at the commencement ceremony on May 16, 2021. In his acceptance speech, GUY restated his firm belief in the necessity of a liberal arts education and the strong foundation he received by attending Ripon. Congratulations to GUY and SUSAN for your continuing generosity and service to our school. 

STEVE HENIG ’68 and Kathy of Wake Forest, North Carolina, arranged a reconnection with fellow Theta Chi’s TED SEWALL ’66 and his wife BARBARA BRADFORD SEWALL ’65 of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, this past July. PETER UHRIG ’68 and Linda, who now spend summers in Palos Park, Illinois, joined them. TED, STEVE and PETER were Theta Chi’s together. While together, they paid a visit to the campus and received a mini tour from JOLENE RUEDEN SCHATZINGER ’07, Associate Director of Engagement.

We all remember Memorial Gymnasium but how many of us took note of the war memorial plaque, which used to be there? It contains the names of Ripon alumni who died in service to their country from World War I forward. It is now located along Seward Street, in the spot formally occupied by Memorial Gymnasium. 

As mentioned in the last Class Letter, if you have not been to the campus for a while, here is a link to the virtual campus tour: tour.ripon.edu. It gives a great birds-eye view of what our campus looks like today.

Finally, if you are interested in hearing news about your classmates, start by sharing some news from your life. It’s an important connection with those we do not regularly see. What may seem like a small thing to you is still a nice tidbit to share as well as larger changes and accomplishments in your lives. Please let us hear from you. My contact information is included at the beginning of this Class Letter, or you may send news to [email protected] 

Best Wishes

PETER UHRIG ’68

Submitted by: Class Agent: Peter Uhrig

1963 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Wayne Wolfgram
1963
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1963 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Wayne Wolfgram
Class of 1963
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

  1963 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class agent:

WAYNE WOLFGRAM ’63 

(313) 550-5094 / [email protected]

Greetings, Classmates!  

Hopefully, everyone is doing well in these trying times, and that letters such as this help to reconnect friends which brings back memories of our enjoyable and carefree (except for finals) Ripon experiences.

Class Notes:

VERNON CRONEN ’63 of Wilmington, North Carolina ([email protected]) writes, “My wife and I visited our daughter and grandson in Massachusetts. We tacked on a vacation to the Cape. We also got to visit my cousin at their vacation time-share in Hilton Head. We had not been in touch for decades. Surprisingly, we have a lot of ideas in common even though we are in very different fields. I have been working with a group on the problem of ‘moral injury’ encountered by our veterans. That is a new application of my theory. I have other projects too but that is the best developed so far. It is also where my wife’s expertise in neuropathology of speech and language comes into play. It is great working together. Otherwise, I have been trying to do the kinds of medical repairs over the summer I need to function during the coming academic year. A friend once said, ‘Old age isn’t for sissy’s.’ RIGHT!”

BARBARA SIVER JONES ’63 of Quarryville, Pennsylvania ([email protected]) writes, “For the past eight years I have been living in Quarryville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, amidst Amish Farm Country, and I love it. I have retired from my 55-year career in Special Education. For the past six years, I have been working part-time as a receptionist in a retirement community here in Lancaster County. Last month I was privileged to enjoy a two-week visit from my classmate and Alpha Chi Omega sorority sister, ROBERTA HEYNE ’63, who is originally from the Chicago area, but who currently lives in Camden, Maine.“

SUSAN KELLER MATTHES ’63 of Carson City, Nevada ([email protected]) writes, “With all this COVID-19 and its variants (possibly with more to come), we are staying close to home. The California wildfires, especially the Dixie (over 700,000 acres) and the Caldor (jumped from 20,000 to 100,000 acres much too quickly) are sending smoke in our direction that makes it difficult to see and breathe! God bless all the fire personnel and keep them safe- They are performing a monumental service, in spite of the ever-greater number of structures burning. The winds have been truly devastating. Perhaps the rains will return and help? Keep the firefighters in your prayers!”

DAVID NEUBAUER ’63 of Ormond Beach, Florida ([email protected]) writes, “Egads, I just had my 80th(!) birthday like so many of us classmates, where did the years go? But life is good, family is wonderful, and we’re all staying healthy. Our daughter and 11-year-old granddaughter moved back home with us after their house burned down in June. Linda and I went from empty-nesters to a full house. They’ll stay with us until their insurance settles up and the home is rebuilt, probably by the spring. The five of us spent a week at Disney World this summer being kids again. We will return there next during Easter break as our lives are now controlled by the school calendar. COVID canceled our cruise in May so we signed up for a May 2022 cruise to France and Spain where we have family. We hope our governments figure out vaccine passports by then. My best to all of you.”

DAN SCHULTZ ’63 of Silver Spring, Maryland ([email protected]) writes, “We are enjoying our summer at our place on Lake Ripley again. Lots of golf and almost daily outings on our pontoon for a dip in the lake and a happy hour cruise. We will remain here until the end of September, then back to Maryland until January, and then down to Florida until May. Hard life! My golf goal this summer was to shoot my age before I turn 80 in October. Have come close (80 and 81) but no cigar yet. To celebrate my 80th birthday, Peg is treating me to the Alabama Trail, a series of golf courses all designed by Robert Trent Jones’ that are spread out over the state. It should be fun and we hope the resurgent coronavirus doesn’t force us to cancel the trip.

“We and all of our family have remained free of COVID and hope that is true for all of you. It continues to amaze us that there are people who continue to thumb their nose at the vaccine, putting themselves and others at such risk. Clearly, they could not be Ripon alumni.

“Feel so badly for the families who lost their sons and daughters in the stupid and futile 

Afghan war. Hope everyone gets out that needs to and that the Taliban fall flat on their faces in trying to run the country.

“Had the good fortune to hook up with BOB COLLINS ’64 (a year behind us) for lunch in August and I am sending in a photo of us at our get-together. Life seems to have treated him well and it was fun to get together and catch up with each other.”

BOB COLLINS ’64 (left) AND DAN SCHULTZ ’63 (right)

FRANK SMOLL ’63 of Cascadia, Washington ([email protected]) writes, “Greetings from Cascadia! I hope this missive finds you healthy and doing well. To begin, here’s a brief personal-recap. After completing my Ph.D. in Kinesiology (UW Madison), I became a faculty member at the University of Washington in 1970. My teaching and research focused on the effects of competition on children’s psycho-social development (developmental sport psychology). After 51-years of playing in academia, retirement occurred in April, and I’m now a Professor Emeritus of Psychology – I won’t engage in self-aggrandizement by giving a summary of achievements (scholarly works/publications, academic awards, etc.).

“On moving to the Pacific Northwest, I quickly became a converted native. Our weather can get dreary, but that’s what sun breaks are for during the rainy season (e.g., CA, HI, Mexico). Since 1975, I’ve enjoyed living in Kirkland, which is the “Sausalito of Seattle.

“What are my plans for retirement? At this point, there are no specific things on my plate, as I’m savoring the absence of structure and obligations. Actually, the freedom from daily routines is like an endless vacation, and I’m looking forward to the ‘next chapter. Best wishes, Frank – aka Grande 

CAROLYN QUILLING WOLF ’63 of Valencia, California ([email protected]) writes, “We are doing well. Tom and I got our vaccine in February. We’ve survived numerous lockdowns and mask-wearing. Tom retired last September but is keeping busy with the men’s biking group, bocce ball, ping pong, poker, and cribbage. He is on our HOA Board and he is also doing some consulting.

“I am in the Belcaro Book Club and am in charge of our 5 O’clock Friends group. We go out every Thursday for dinner. We couldn’t do that during lockdown but we did cocktail Zoom meetings. I also play Bunco and Tom and I attend the monthly Bingo game at the clubhouse. During the lockdown, we did Bingo in our cars.

“Moving to the 55-and-over community of Belcaro was one of the best things we’ve done. We’ve met lots of wonderful people here and are really enjoying our ‘Golden Years.’”

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Until Next Time, 

Stay Safe Everyone!

WAYNE WOLFGRAM ’63

Submitted by: Class Agent: Wayne Wolfgram

1961 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Barbara Krieps Laskin
1961
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1961 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Barbara Laskin
Class of 1961
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1961 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent:

BARBARA KRIEPS LASKIN ’61

H: (541) 778-6188 / C: (408) 309-1225 / [email protected]

Dear Classmates:

The 2021 Alumni Weekend was a wonderful trip of nostalgia. It was reassuring to see how much remained the same, yet it was also wonderful to see the excellent changes to the campus. Imagine my surprise when I noted the starting location of the alumni walk/run Saturday morning: The Spot! Ah, I remember it well. When the building where The Spot was located was sold to a publishing company, the College decided to name the student grill in the student union The Spot. Clever.

However, it was disappointing that only five of us attended from our year – all women! Joining me at the Golden R Reunion dinner were MARA LATSONS WARREN ’61, MARY BACHUS MILLER ’61, KAREN SCHNEIDER CENTER ’61, and EVANN “SUGAR” MALTBY BALMES ’61. It was a joy having CLAUDETTE BEALL LEE-ROSELAND ’60 meet up with us on Saturday afternoon although she could not stay for the dinner. But where were the rest of you guys? Hey, it could have been your last hurrah! Here is a picture of us at Alumni Weekend at the Golden R Reunion dinner with the donation check presentation:

In order from left to right:

RUTH POTTS FLECK ’66, MARY BACHUS MILLER ’61, MARA LATSONS WARREN ’61, BARBARA KRIEPS LASKIN ’61, KAREN SCHNEIDER CENTER ’61, and EVANN “SUGAR” MALTBY BALMES ’61.

Class notes:

MAC CLAUDER JESSE ’61 of Downers Grove, Illinois, sends her regards. Her son and daughter live close by so she can see her grandchildren every week. Following the Reunion, I stayed a couple of days with her before heading back to Oregon. During my visit we spent time searching for liquor from the Chicago Distillery Company to buy some Malort, which tastes God awful. Still haven’t tasted it yet. We had a wonderful time together. It’s a special treat when you reconnect with former friends and discover that your connection is as strong as if you had seen each other yesterday. Girlfriends forever!

 

MAC talked to JEANIE VERMILYE JOHNSTON ’61 recently who hopes that the three of us can go on a road trip together up to Ripon. Hey, how can we go to The Spot to buy a pitcher of beer? Anyone interested in coming along?

 

KAREN CARLSON ’61 of Novato, California, was married in Chicago in 1963 and, five years later, moved to San Francisco. With the birth of their daughter, Kimberly, in 1968, they embarked on a journey into the disability world where they were innocently and thankfully learners. 

Upon her divorce, KAREN moved to Phoenix where she worked for a newspaper and went to Arizona State University. Upon graduation, she continued to the School of Law in Los Angeles and, afterwards, returned to the Bay area where she was employed by the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company legal department and retired in 2000 after 20 years of service. KAREN continued working part time, at the Tiburon Library and Battleborn newspaper followed by a part-time job at a candy store for 17 years. Any free samples, KAREN?

As of this writing, due to COVID, she is at home writing Kimberly’s life story, their story of survival, and honoring the people who shined a light in their life. The title is, “Forty Years in the Desert, Now We’re in the Promised Land.” KAREN says she is a mother on her knees. 

Now for some news from Ripon College:

Alumni Weekend:

Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus, Aug. 6-8, representing the classes of 1961 to 2023, for the first-ever August Alumni Weekend after COVID-19 put a pause on campus events over the past 18 months. Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022.

Past fiscal year update:

A record-breaking 2,087 donors from all around the world supported Ripon’s fourth annual giving day on April 28, known as #OneDayRally, reminding us all that regardless of the circumstances, Red Hawks come together. Thank you to the over 3,600 donors who supported the College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives.

Campus upgrades:

The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science — a favorite location of students for studying and collaborative work — recently received an extreme makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69/P’04, and his wife, Pat. Also, a new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, which will be a great asset for the math and computer science departments. 

Endowment: 

The endowment recently hit an all-time high and as of August 19, 2021, it was at $112 million.

Start of the academic year:

Classes started on Monday, August 30 and the academic year is in full swing with in-person classes. The College is continuing to follow CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID safety protocols. To read more about the College’s COVID-19 response and current procedures visit ripon.edu/coronavirus-information/.

Here is a link to the news stories published by the College: ripon.edu/news/.

Here is the link to the latest Ripon Magazine, which includes features of alumni and faculty: ripon.edu/about-ripon/publications/.

If you use social media, check out these Facebook pages in addition to the main Ripon College page:

Ripon College Center for Politics and the People: facebook.com/RiponCollegeCPP 

Ripon College Center for Diversity and Inclusion: facebook.com/ripondiversity 

In memoriam:

CLAUDETTE BEALL LEE-ROSELAND ’60: May 28, 1938 – October 3, 2021

I was fortunate to reconnect with CLAUDETTE at Alumni Weekend. A remarkable person and artist. Her artwork can be viewed on her website at claudetteleeroseland.com

Please, guys, stay in touch and keep us updated on what you are doing, and how you are surviving. I look forward to hearing from you, and to writing more updates from classmates in our spring Class Letter.

BARBARA KRIEPS LASKIN ’61

Submitted by: Class Agent: Barbara Krieps Laskin

1998 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Sarah Eng
1998
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1998 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Sarah Eng
Class of 1998
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1998 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent:

SARAH ENG ’98

(312) 404-6732 / [email protected]

Dear Class of ’98,

Thanks as always for responding to my call for updates! It’s good to hear from you, especially when photos are involved. 

Alumni Weekend

Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus, representing the classes of 1961 to 2023, for the first-ever August Alumni Weekend after COVID-19 put a pause on campus events over the past 18 months. Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022.

Which means… our TWENTY-FIFTH Class Reunion will be the last weekend in June 2023. Mark that on your calendars, as well!

Red Hawk Donors are Red Hot

A record-breaking 2,087 donors from all around the world supported Ripon’s fourth annual giving day on April 28, known as #OneDayRally, reminding us all that regardless of the circumstances, Red Hawks come together. 

Big thanks to those of you who responded to my deluge of social media posts that day, and came through to represent our class. Thanks as well to the over 3,600 donors who supported the College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives. 

On Campus

Classes started on Monday, August 30 and the academic year is in full swing with in-person classes. The College is continuing to follow CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety protocols. For information on what steps Ripon College is taking to make sure students attending the fall semester are protected from the COVID-19 virus, visit ripon.edu/coronavirus-information

The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science — a favorite location of students for studying and collaborative work — recently received an extreme makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69/P’04, and his wife, Pat.

Also, a new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, which will be a great asset for the math and computer science departments. 

Class Notes:

DAVID JAMES ’97 and KIMBERLY CHRISTOFFERSON-JAMES ’98 of East Wenatchee, Washington, recently saw their son, Cyrus Fremont James, graduate from Western Washington University with a Major in “Filmmaking: Production, Theory, and Indigenous Storytelling.” He will be attending the Seattle Film Institute for his Masters this fall.

SARAH ENG ’98 of Chicago, Illinois, feels weird writing about herself in the third person, so: “I happily returned to the water with the Chicago Rowing Foundation’s Masters Recreational team in April, after over a year on dry land. I was also overjoyed to reunite with my family on Memorial Day weekend, seeing them for the first time in person since Christmas 2019.” Here’s a picture of the Eng family in Texas. 

BRAD KOZACZUK ’98 of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, is starting a new job as Special Education Teacher and Head Girls Golf Coach at Luxemburg-Casco High School.

CARRIE MOORE SHEPEARD ’98 of Hubertus, Wisconsin, launched a photography business, Women in Bloom (www.womeninbloomllc.com), and JEN ANSTEE CHAVEZ ’98 was one of her recent clients (and a happy one, as the photo to the below proves!) The photo, taken by CARRIE MOORE SHEPEARD ’98, is of JEN ANSTEE CHAVEZ ’98 and her daughters.

Lastly, STEVE “BEAKER” WIECHMANN ’98 of Bozeman, Montana, writes: “I have no real news! Still in Bozeman Montana. Still working winters at Bridger Bowl Ski Area. Still have awesome twin girls (almost 12 years old). Still married. Still biking and hiking and skiing whenever possible. I even still look the same!” 

And he truly does, as evidenced by the photo of STEVE “BEAKER” WIECHMANN ’98 with his two daughters. Beaker is the Paul Rudd of our class.

Until next time,

SARAH ENG ’98

Submitted by: Class Agent: Sarah Eng

1997 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Kristin Bazzoli Piotrowski
1997
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1997 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Kristin Piotrowski
Class of 1997
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1997 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent:

KRISTIN BAZZOLI PIOTROWSKI ’97 

(414) 841-8577 / [email protected]

Hello, Class of 1997,

I hope this newsletter finds all of you well. As we start the fall season, I wanted to provide you with some updates from the College. 

Alumni Weekend:

Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus, Aug. 6-8, representing the classes of 1961 to 2023, for the first-ever August Alumni Weekend after COVID-19 put a pause on campus events over the past 18 months. Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022 (when we will celebrate our 25th Class Reunion), which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022. Speaking of, if you are interested in helping to plan our 25th Class Reunion, please let me know.

This Past Fiscal Year:

A record-breaking 2,087 donors from around the world supported Ripon’s 4th annual giving day on April 28, known as #OneDayRally, reminding us all that regardless of the circumstances, Red Hawks come together. Thank you to the over 3,600 donors who supported the College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives.

Campus Upgrades:

The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science, a favorite location of students for studying and collaborative work, recently received an extreme makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69/P’04, and his wife, Pat. Also, a new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, which will be a great asset for the math and computer science departments. 

Endowment: 

Ripon’s endowment recently hit an all-time high. As of Thursday, August 19, it was at $112 million.

Start of the Academic Year:

Classes started on Monday, August 30, and the academic year is in full swing with in-person classes. The College is continuing to follow CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety protocols.

Helpful Links:

  • News stories published by the College: ripon.edu/news
  • Ripon Magazine, including features of alumni and faculty: ripon.edu/about-ripon/publications
  • Ripon College Center for Politics and the People: facebook.com/RiponCollegeCPP 
  • Ripon College Center for Diversity and Inclusion: facebook.com/ripondiversity 

Class Notes:

CHRIS CORSTEN ’97 of Menominee, Michigan, wrote the following op-ed for New York Daily News based on his experience in Afghanistan: “True progress amid Afghan chaos: An Afghanistan veteran  reflects on the longest war.”  Access the op-ed here: https://bit.ly/3yR836A. He also authored the book “3,000 Days in Afghanistan.”

AARON GOLDSTEIN ’97 of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was named the Police Chief of the Fond du Lac Police Department by the Fond du Lac Police and Fire Commission on September 7. Congratulations, Goldy! 

Don’t forget to send along any news or updates to your contact information to me anytime. You can also connect with our class on Facebook via the closed group “Ripon College Class of 1997.”

Wishing you and your families a happy and healthy fall and winter,

KRISTIN BAZZOLI PIOTROWSKI ’97

Submitted by: Class Agent: Kristin Bazzoli Piotrowski

1996 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Jason Wood
1996
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1996 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Jason Wood
Class of 1996
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1996 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

JASON WOOD ’96

(201) 747-7719 / [email protected]

Happy Fall, Class of 1996! 

As 2021 began to open up and traveling was a bit safer, I was super fortunate to get out there and see many of my fellow Ripon College classmates. This included spending a week in Boston with LORI BERGERON-KOZIOL ’95, meeting up with EDWARD STEWART ’96 in Traverse City, and hanging in a Milwaukee beer garden with JOAN GRZESINSKI ’96, AMY TINCHER-DURNIK ’96, and MICHELE SIRINEK ’95

In August, we had our 25th Class Reunion and, understandably, it was small. However, several of our classmates of ’96 attended: AMY DAVENPORT KONGRATSASY ’96, MELISSA WILLIAMS SCHMIDT ’96, JOAN GRZESINSKI ’96, AMY TINCHER-DURIK ’96, STEVE MARTIN ’96, KYRSTEN KOEBACH ’96, and CAREY MOLINSKI ’96 as well as several other alumni from classes above and below. Even though it was small, everyone that made it to Ripon that weekend made the experience very memorable (except when it got past midnight). 

Lastly, in September I had a trip up to Minneapolis, where a small gathering of alumni socialized the night away; AMY DAVENPORT KONGRATSASY ’96, IAN BARRETT ’96, KHAM KONGRATSASY ’98, RYAN JOHNSON ’97, and SARA HOLBACH KLECKNER ’94.  

And as I wrote this, I headed on a week-long adventure through Colorado meeting up with RANDY JOHNSON ’96, RICK JOHNSON ’96, KOLLEEN HENNIGAN JOHNSON ’98, COURTNEY NUGENT ’96, ERIN NUGENT SONNLEITNER ’98, TONYA RENAE EWERS ’95, and JULIE WEDDING SCOTT ’97 all along the way. 

From social media, I know I was able to see some of the other Ripon College gatherings from ADPi trips to the Women’s Basketball Team. It is so wonderful to see everyone and, even though we aren’t talking to each other, know they are doing okay. As always please contact me or post on our Facebook page (Ripon College: Class of 1996). If anyone from our class has any new updates! We all love to see what is new and catch up with one another.  

Try to have a great winter (hopefully, it won’t be too cold or snowy) and I will touch base with you in the spring!

Regards,

JASON WOOD ’96

Submitted by: Class Agent: Jason Wood

1995 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Tom Luft
1995
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1995 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Tom Luft
Class of 1995
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1995 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent: 

TOM LUFT ’95

920-479-5323 / [email protected]

Dear ’95 Classmates,

I hope all of you have stayed healthy, safe, and prosperous since the last Class Letter to the class from AMY DEKEYSER PADILLA ’95. A quick shout out again to AMY, VINCE PADILLA ’95, ANGELA KEITH ’95 and everyone else who has been involved with our class since graduation – we appreciate your efforts.

As I sit in my home office in Oshkosh, just having wrapped up my second GoTo Meeting and first cup of coffee of the day, it’s hard to believe 30 years have passed since we all started our journey at Ripon College. Even though our class was small, I am certain some of you aren’t sure exactly who I am, and so very briefly in my own words: I was a tall, skinny, blonde-haired (sometimes with a mullet) Business Management Major and tennis player. I bounced around from Scott Hall (pre-remodel), to Bovay and then Brockway, never joined a fraternity, and can definitely look back at all of the Ripon experiences over the course of four years with fondness and appreciation. Since then, I’ve lived in Waukesha, Oshkosh, Phoenix, and now back in Oshkosh, where I am married, an empty-nester with two daughters in college, and work as the Director of Sales for NCC Automated Systems, headquartered in Pennsylvania. I won’t bore you with any more details 😊

Despite all that is going on in the world right now, there are many exciting things happening at Ripon. Some of the highlights can be found below. As always, the entire Ripon College Community of Students, Staff, and Alumni appreciate any support you can provide, whether it is financial, potential student referrals, or support of the various events/programs including Alumni Weekend.

Speaking of Alumni Weekend…

Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus, Aug. 6-8, representing the classes of 1961 to 2023, for the first-ever August Alumni Weekend after COVID-19 put a pause on campus events over the past 18 months. 

Our 25th (26th because of COVID) Reunion group was very small. If we had been able to have the actual 25th and no COVID, it would have been well-attended. Five attended the dinner – VINCE ’95 and AMY DEKEYSER PADILLA ’95, MICHELLE BUSS ’95, MICHELLE SIRINEK ’95, and LEANNE MEIDAM WINCENTSEN ’95. (Names are in order from right to left as shown in the following photo from Alumni Weekend.)

Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022. All class years ending in the numbers two or seven will be celebrating their Class Reunion this next summer at Alumni Weekend!

If you are interested in what new students are like coming in as Freshmen, here is an article published by the College featuring the profile of the new class of students on campus: https://ripon.edu/2021/08/31/the-face-of-the-class-of-2025-our-new-first-years/

Fiscal Year Review:

A record-breaking 2,087 donors from all around the world supported Ripon’s fourth annual giving day on April 28, known as #OneDayRally, reminding us all that regardless of the circumstances, Red Hawks come together. Thank you to the over 3,600 donors who supported the College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives.

Campus Upgrades:

The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science — a favorite location of students for studying and collaborative work — recently received an extreme makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69/P’04, and his wife, Pat. Also, a new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, which will be a great asset for the math and computer science departments. 

Endowment: 

Ripon’s endowment recently hit an all-time high and as of Thursday, August 19, 2021, it was at $112 million.

Start of the Academic Year:

Classes started on Monday, August 30 and the academic year is in full swing with in-person classes. The College is continuing to follow CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety protocols. For more information on the College’s COVID-19 response and current procedures, you can visit ripon.edu/coronavirus-information

Read the Ripon Magazine Online:

ripon.edu/about-ripon/publications

Following Ripon College on Social Media: 

Ripon College Center for Politics and the People: www.facebook.com/RiponCollegeCPP 

Ripon College Center for Diversity and Inclusion: www.facebook.com/ripondiversity 

Class Notes:

CHAD LUECK ’95: BRITTANY EDWARDS LUECK ’94 and I became grandparents for the first time in October of 2019 (Isla Grace Lueck) and will have a second grandchild in October of this year. My oldest son, Elliott, is the father and he has graduated from college, gotten married and is in the real world working for Fidelity Investments in Denver, Colorado. My daughter, Lydia, started her freshman year at Lawrence University this month, and she will play basketball for them. My youngest son, Grayson, is a junior and plays varsity soccer at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He is thinking about where he wants to continue his education — big year for him. I work for Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals and have been employed there as Senior Director – Sales Training, Development and Meetings for the past five years. My wife, Britt, teaches kindergarten in Lincolnshire, Illinois. We live in Long Grove, Illinois — on a wooded four acres — very peaceful. We have two dogs, four chickens, and two barn cats.

VINCE ’95 and AMY DEKEYSER PADILLA ’95 write, “We continue to travel full-time in our RV. We sold our house in late 2019 and hit the road. People can follow our adventures if they’re on Facebook. Our page is titled ‘We Could Be Lost.’”

ROBERT NEUMAN ’95 of Oak Park, Illinois, writes, “Celebrating 25 years teaching for Chicago Public Schools.”

ANGELIQUE GIANAS FONG ’95 of Mission Viejo, California, was named the 21st Duck by the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks for her extensive community work and inspiring example. Learn more about her story here: https://www.nhl.com/ducks/video/21st-duck-angelique-fongs-season/t-277443296/c-8865788

Please send me your updates to include in future Class Letters at any time.

I am honored to serve as your new Class Agent and wish everyone the best in 2021 and 2022. See you soon!

Sincerely,

TOM LUFT ’95

Submitted by: Class Agent: Tom Luft

1991 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agents: Samantha Bailey Fast & Tracy Maher
1991
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1991 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Samantha Fast
Class of 1991
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1991 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Co-Class Agents:

SAMANTHA BAILEY FAST ’91

(612) 978-4124 / [email protected]

TRACY MAHER ’91

[email protected]

Dear Class of 1991,

I hope this letter finds you happy and healthy (and hopefully without a new COVID variant to worry about). 

Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus August 6-8 representing the classes of 1961 to 2023, for the first-ever August Alumni Weekend after COVID-19 put a pause on campus events over the past 18 months. Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022.

A smattering of folks from our class made it to campus to mark our 30th Class Reunion. Unfortunately, the weather was not cooperative for easy outdoor socializing. It was wonderful to see BRIAN FREY ’91 and LORI STICH OBLUDA ’91 when they were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Citation for their professional achievements and support of the College. 

BECKY HUSTAD ’91, BRIAN FREY ’91, DEAN POLSTER ’91, and LORI STITCH OBLUDA ’91 with our Class of 1991 donation. 

 

On August 10, the College arranged for us to have an online Class Reunion via Zoom and several of us had a great time catching up, despite some technical glitches that resulted in some folks from the Class of ’81 joining us!

Class of ’91 30th Digital Reunion attendees

 

Campus Updates


Previous Fiscal Year Update:

A record-breaking 2,087 donors from all around the world supported Ripon’s fourth annual giving day on April 28, known as #OneDayRally, reminding us all that, regardless of the circumstances, Red Hawks come together. 

Thank you to the over 3,600 donors who supported the College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives.

Endowment: 

Our endowment recently hit an all-time high and as of Thursday, August 19, 2021, it was at $112 million.

Campus Upgrades:

The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science – a favorite location of students for studying and collaborative work – recently received an extreme makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69/P’04, and his wife, Pat. Also, a new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, which will be a great asset for the math and computer science departments. 

Start of the Academic Year:

Classes started on Monday, August 30 and the academic year is in full swing with in-person classes. The College is continuing to follow CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety protocols. COVID-19 response and current procedures: ripon.edu/coronavirus-information/.


More News: 


Class Notes:

SAMANTHA BAILEY FAST ’91 of Minneapolis, Minnesota, writes, “In June, I started a new job as Director of User-Centered Innovation at Surescripts. If you’ve had a prescription filled recently, it probably flowed from prescriber to pharmacist on the Surescripts network, as one of the 1.91 billion E-Prescriptions Surescripts processed in 2020. In my new role, I’ll be building a user experience design practice to help make our network and the e-prescribing interfaces used by doctors and pharmacists less frustrating to use and safer for patients.”

TIM FINNEGAN ’91 of Hope, Rhode Island, writes, “Timmy, Kristen, and I were able to travel a bit this summer after staying close to home for 15 months. We visited Disney in Orlando in June and stayed in a beachfront rental in Westerly, Rhode Island. Timmy spent third grade in school every day with no distance learning for him. We have our fingers crossed that this will remain for the upcoming fourth grade. I continue to work as a school counselor at LaSalle Academy in Providence. This past March, I bumped into PERRY ROBINSON ’79 in the breakout room at The Midwest College Showcase Zoom. I spoke with MADDIE VANDENHOUTEN MCCOY ’17 from Ripon’s admission office. She and LYN ROSENBERG MCCARTHY ’83 even sent me a Ripon t-shirt to wear at my high school. 

 

TIM FINNEGAN ’91 and son Timmy

 

BRIAN FREY ’91 and BECKY HUSTAD ’91 of Madison, Wisconsin, writes, “We returned to Ripon for Reunion weekend to celebrate BRIAN’s receipt of the Distinguished Alumni Award. It was fun to see fellow awardee, LORI STICH OBLUDA ’91 and classmates SAMANTHA BAILEY FAST ’91, HEIDI ZWART HEALY ’91, and DEAN POLSTER ’91. We hope for an opportunity to see more of you at the next shindig!

“As of this Class Letter we are not quite empty nesters. Our youngest was delivered to UW Madison on his 18th birthday. The oldest graduated in the spring and is working for Epic Systems, but living with us on the west side of Madison until she finds a place and purchases a car. We like having her around and she’s only declared me (BECKY) annoying once since June (out loud that is). BRIAN continues his chemistry research and grant writing for the UW from home due to some unanticipated remodeling snafus with his building. I’m sometimes back in the office at Greenleaf Media and excited to meet with elementary students in the school garden next week at our neighborhood school.”

CHARLIE MERWIN ’91/P’16 of Rose Valley, Pennsylvania, writes, “We are still living in the Philadelphia suburbs. After 25 years I have retired from my former corporate life in financial services. I highly recommend retirement! For the time being, I am writing, which I have learned is a lot harder than it looks! My focus is on leadership and the importance of well-defined values for both people and organizations. Ellen P’16 and I just celebrated our 29th anniversary and we love being close to our grandson, Guy, now ten months old. Guy is the son of two proud Ripon alums himself, so there is at least one Ripon College tee-shirt (or onesie) being worn in Pennsylvania most days. We are eager to meet other Ripon alums in the Philadelphia area – our house has two bars in it so plenty of room to entertain!”

Please stay in touch

You don’t need to wait to send an update—send one anytime (like today, as soon as you’re done reading this) and I’ll be sure to include it in the next letter. Or, send an update to the College at [email protected], and they’ll pass it along. 

Do you need to update your email address on file?

Please be sure to update your email address (and other contact information) at: www.ripon.edu/update-contact-info/

We have a Facebook group

If you’re on Facebook, please ask to join our Class of ’91 group for updates and Ripon news. Alternatively, send your email address to [email protected] or text me at 612-978-4124 and I can add you to the group that way. 

Warmly,           

SAMANTHA BAILEY FAST ’91 TRACEY MAHER ’91

Submitted by: Class Agents: Samantha Bailey Fast & Tracy Maher

1988 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agents: Kathy Wade & David Jonas
1988
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1988 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

David Jonas
Class of 1988
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1988 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Co-Class Agents:

DAVID JONAS ’88

(202) 251-9640 / [email protected]

KATHY WADE ’88

(248) 470-4336 / [email protected]

Dear Classmates,

I (DAVID JONAS ’88) know it has been a while since I have actually written. As many of you may have noticed on social media, I have been spending a lot of time commuting between Baltimore and Chicago. As we get older, apparently so do our parents. Age, health, and mind all seem to be affected and, unfortunately, it’s not just one parent but both. Both of my parents are now over 87. Dad at 90 is the caregiver for my mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s during COVID. Dad’s health has started to decline with the stress of caregiving. So, if one parent is not in the hospital the other one might be. 

On a brighter note, I have spent a lot of time with my parents, cleaned out their condo, and seen a lot of my friends. I also was able to slip in a visit with MINDY YOUNG ’91 on one of my last trips to Chicago.

My job has been remote since March of 2020. We will probably go back to some version of the office by October or November once we have an office to go back to. I hope that everyone is staying safe as we navigate a new normal.

CLASS NOTES

SEAN DUGAN ’87 of East Leroy, Michigan writes: “At the end of August, I participated in the regional tournament for axe throwing in Indianapolis. I’m not sure I’m really in the class, (87? or 88?) but maybe it’s news that I’m pretty sure I’m the oldest guy in the regional tournament. I’ve won the local seasonal leagues six times in the last few years. Hoping to go deeper in the region this year. Maybe I’m the top axe thrower of Ripon alumni? I accept all challengers!”

STEVE FORDHAM ’88 of Waukesha, Wisconsin, writes: “My eldest daughter is finishing up her senior year in college and my youngest son is a Marine stationed out in Bangor, Washington. I am working from home full time as a product owner/project manager for an Internet-based company that works primarily with property insurance carriers. I spend a lot of my free time scuba diving so obviously I’m still a total chick magnet.”

JAMIE HAWLEY ’88/P’19 of Halifax, Massachusetts, writes: “KRISTEN DIEMER HAWLEY ’88/P’19 and I spent the month of July at our cottage in Minocqua, Wisconsin. After 2020, it was great to finally see family again. After our time together at the cottage, we drove back to Massachusetts, and I embarked on a solo six-week fishing road trip mainly based around fly fishing. I hit the road with the goal of not spending a single night in a hotel room or paying for a campsite. I spent my nights camping for free on BLM land, national forest land, or with family and friends. 

“I set up my truck for remote camping with a rooftop tent, water filtration, camp kitchen, a battery system that could power my fridge for days, and bear spray! I knew many of the areas that I wanted to fish/camp in would have me find myself off-grid for an extended time, so I subscribed to Gaia GPS which allowed me to download maps and travel off-grid for days at a time. I also used a Garmin InReach satellite communicator to stay in touch with my family. 

“In Wisconsin, I fished the Prairie, Willow, Rush, and Kinnickinnic. In Wyoming, I fished Prune Creek, the South Tongue, and North Platte (Miracle Mile). In Colorado, I fished the South Platte, Cache la Poudre, and North Platte. I caught (and lost) many beautiful brown, brook, and rainbow trout (all released). 

I worked my way out to Monroe, Oregon where I visited my mom! After the fly-fishing part of my trip was done, I headed back to Minocqua and met up with fellow Ripon alum KRAIG FRIEDMAN ’90. We got our mandatory COVID tests, hooked up the boat, and headed to Ontario, Canada for a week of fishing for walleye, smallmouth bass, and northern pike on Eagle Lake. After KRAIG and I returned to the USA, we met up with Ripon alum KATHY WADE ’88 for some local Minocqua beers and dinner! It was a heck of a trip, and I learned a ton for the next one.”

KRISTEN KNOLL-CARLSON HOLLES ’88 of Laramie, Wyoming, writes: “I just started a new job as an Academic Advisor for the University of Wyoming College of Nursing. It’s a nice, new challenge for our new lives as empty nesters as our youngest started college this year. Both girls are back in the Midwest.”

CHUCK NAILEN ’88 of Alexandria, Virginia, writes: “I will be starting a new job soon, pending a background check, at the DEA Academy at Quantico.”

KATHY WADE ’88 of Glendale, Wisconsin, writes: “I celebrated my 25th anniversary with Kelly Services in January of 2021! GREG MILLER ’88 and I have met for dinner a few times in the last year. In July, I met MATT KITTELL ’88, his wife Cathy, and their three daughters in Raleigh, North Carolina. We drove to Lake Lure, North Carolina, for a weeklong vacation with JIM DONNELLY ’88, his wife Jane, and their son. We had a great time! I left the more adventurous stuff like zip-lining and climbing 499 stairs to the top of Chimney Rock to the rest of the group. (I took the elevator and climbed the final 44 stairs!) In September, I had a family event in the Minocqua area. While in Minocqua, I hung out with JAMIE HAWLEY ’88/P’19 and KRAIG FRIEDMAN ’90. On my way home, I met AMY SCHWAAB ’88 for lunch. At the Ripon event at the Brewers vs. Cubs game, I had a great conversation with RANDY ROEPER ’88/P’24. He is working at the College as the Associate Vice President for Development and Operations. where his son is a sophomore.  

CAMPUS NEWS

I wanted to share an article that was just published by the College featuring the profile of our new class of students on campus: ripon.edu/2021/08/31/the-face-of-the-class-of-2025-our-new-first-years/.

Alumni Weekend:

Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus, Aug. 6-8, representing the classes of 1961 to 2023, for the first-ever August Alumni Weekend after COVID-19 put a pause on campus events over the past 18 months. Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022.

Don’t forget our next Class Reunion will be at Alumni Weekend 2023 (June 22-25)!

This past fiscal year:

A record-breaking 2,087 donors from all around the world supported Ripon’s fourth annual giving day on April 28, known as #OneDayRally, reminding us all that regardless of the circumstances, Red Hawks come together. 

Thank you to the over 3,600 donors who supported the College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives.

Campus upgrades:

The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science – a favorite location of students for studying and collaborative work – recently received an extreme makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69/P’04, and his wife, Pat P’04.

Also, a new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, which will be a great asset for the math and computer science departments. 

An update on Ripon’s Endowment: 

The College’s endowment recently hit an all-time high and as of August 19, 2021, it was at $112 million.

Start of the 2021 Academic Year:

Classes started on Monday, August 30 and the academic year is in full swing with in-person classes. The College is continuing to follow CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID safety protocols

Here is a link to the news stories published by the College: ripon.edu/news/ 

If you did not receive that latest copy of the Ripon Magazine, which includes features of alumni and faculty we have included the link: ripon.edu/about-ripon/publications/

We wanted to share two Facebook pages you may be interested in regarding topics that are going on at Ripon:

Ripon College Center for Politics and the People: www.facebook.com/RiponCollegeCPP 

Ripon College Center for Diversity and Inclusion: www.facebook.com/ripondiversity 

As always, KATHY and I hope that you will continue to support Ripon by donating to the Ripon Fund. We love hearing from you whether on social media, email, or phone calls so feel free to reach out to us anytime.

David

Kathy

Submitted by: Class Agents: Kathy Wade & David Jonas

1982 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agents: Kristen Rasmussen Olson and Peter Hintz
1982
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1982 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Kristen Olson
Class of 1982
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1982 Fall 2021 Class Letter

Select the link above to view the Class of 1982 Fall 2021 Class Letter.

Co-Class Agents:

PETER HINTZ ’82/P’10 

(920) 229-4399 / [email protected] 

KRISTEN RASMUSSEN OLSON ’82 /P’20 

(507) 279-1091 / [email protected]

Submitted by: Class Agents: Kristen Rasmussen Olson and Peter Hintz

1979 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Kevin Warmack
1979
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1979 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Kevin Warmack
Class of 1979
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1979 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent: 

KEVIN L. WARMACK ’79

(773) 220-5360 / [email protected] / [email protected]

Greetings All,

Just like in our college days when I had a paper due, I’m sweating out working up this Class Letter. It didn’t help that I was under the weather the last couple of weeks, but I’ll muddle through. By now, Ripon has resumed classes and the football team won convincingly using a new offense and new defense! But you didn’t come here to hear that talk- you want to know what’s going on with your classmates, so here it goes!! 

Class of 1979 News and Notes

Class of ’79 Zoom Call – On Wednesday, August 6th, we had a mini-class reunion of sorts through Zoom. Appearances were made by TERRI HOMMERDING ’79 of Crystal, Minnesota, PAM DURKIN CEMEL ’79 of Naperville, Illinois, MIKE ’79 and GAIL GOODRICH ’79 TRACY of Overland Park, Kansas, TOM OAKLEY ’79/P’08/P’25 of Stoughton, Wisconsin, MATTHEW BLAIR ’79 of Lexington, Kentucky (So glad to see and talk to him!), PAUL TESSENE ’79 of Urbana, Illinois, and of course, BOB SCHMITT ’79 of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. To put it simply, damn good time was had by all!! We will do it again in the near future and those that missed out, better be there!!

LAURIE SANDERS ’79 of Oakland, California, writes, “I survived the Caldor (California) fire!! I got married in February, I’m semi-retired and loving every moment!”

ROYCE DUNBAR ’79 of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, writes, “My wife, Brenda, and I both retired in May. Brenda had over 40 years in a career as an RN. I retired after 18 years at Wells Fargo as an Operating Systems Engineer. We’re planning on lots of travel. I’ll continue to do my outdoors thing – backpacking, fly fishing, hunting. I also plan on composing more music.”

BETH PALMBACH NEMECEK ’79 of Neenah, Wisconsin: Keep Beth lifted up. She still needs a kidney. But in spite of all that, her spirit is still strong!!

JEFFREY GRIFO ’79 of Little Falls, New Jersey, died May 15, 2021. At Ripon, he majored in economics. He worked in New York City’s garment district before a long career as a caddie master for Maplewood Country Club and Crestmont Country Club in West Orange. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, cooking, and jazz and blues music. Survivors include his wife, Laura; and one daughter.

STEVE RASHID ’79 of Evanston, Illinois, and his family were featured in a review/article published March 10 in the Chicago Tribune. Steve, who is a composer, producer, recording engineer and performer, is also the co-founder and artistic director of Studio 5, which is a performing arts center in Evanston, Illinois. Below is a picture from the show titled “Into the Mist.”

Béa and STEVE RASHID ’79 (from left), their son Daniel (on screen) and son Robert sit around the piano at Studio 5 in Evanston on March 9. They are all involved in a livestreaming show titled “Into the Mist” that takes people back to 1927 to visit gamblers, drinkers, flappers, musicians, and other interesting types. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

NEWS AND NOTES FROM RIPON COLLEGE

Alumni Weekend:

Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus, Aug. 6-8, representing the classes of 1961 to 2023, for the first-ever August Alumni Weekend after COVID-19 put a pause on campus events over the past 18 months. Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022.

Past Fiscal Year Update:

A record-breaking 2,087 donors from all around the world supported Ripon’s fourth annual giving day on April 28, known as #OneDayRally, reminding us all that regardless of the circumstances, Red Hawks come together. 

Thank you to the over 3,600 donors, including many of you from our class, who supported the College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives.

Campus Upgrades:

The McCullough Family Lounge in Farr Hall of Science — a favorite location of students for studying and collaborative work — recently received an extreme makeover with the intent of making the space more contemporary and technologically friendly. The renovations were made possible by a lead gift from Trustee PHILIP MCCULLOUGH ’69/P’04, and his wife, Pat.

Also, a new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, which will be a great asset for the math and computer science departments. 

Endowment: 

Ripon’s endowment recently hit an all-time high and as of Thursday, August 19, 2021, it was at $112 million.

Start of the Academic Year:

Classes started on Monday, August 30 and the academic year is in full swing with in-person classes. The College is continuing to follow CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety protocols.

Closing:

Pray for the College and the students as they return for the start of class. These kids are facing things that we could never have imagined in our years at Ripon.

As always, it is a pleasure to write to y’all. 

Also, when you got news, don’t hold on! Drop me a note so I can make your Class Letter the best!!!

Love Always, 

KEVIN L. WARMACK ’79

Submitted by: Class Agent: Kevin Warmack

1978 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Gregg Petersen
1978
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1978 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Gregg Petersen
Class of 1978
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1978 Fall 2021 Class Letter

Select the link above to view the Class of 1978 Fall 2021 Class Letter.

Class Agent:

GREGG PETERSEN ’78

(410) 884-0407 / [email protected]

Submitted by: Class Agent: Gregg Petersen