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1975 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Jondi Gumz
1975
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1975 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Jondi Gumz
Class of 1975
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1975 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent: 

JONDI GUMZ ’75

H: (831) 461-1120 / M: (831) 461-5946 / [email protected]

Dear classmates,

This year, I have focused on my health with a new doctor, Leigh Erin Connealy, in Irvine, California. She’s seen 40,000 patients and has written a book about what works. After a healing crisis in June — two meds prescribed at the same time were too much for my body — I’m back to 95%, thanks to my Earthing.com mat, and working on the other 5%, reading an intriguing book by Dr. Robert Nagourney in Long Beach, California. At the end of August, my husband and I got away to Bodega Bay to camp with our son and daughter-in-law and their kids, ages five and four, first camping trip for the kids, and they loved pancakes cooked over a campfire and digging in the sandy beach.

My sister SHERYL ALBERS ANDERS ’76 of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, called me to say she’s participating in a Sauk County Historical Society program on Storybook Gardens in Wisconsin Dells — she was the Good Fairy and I was Little Bo Peep & Little Red Riding Hood way back when.

As for the Ripon College Alumni Weekend, the weather was stormy all three days in August, and turnout was skimpy. I was lucky to be able to connect with LOUISE RENIER BOOTHBY ’75, her husband GEORGE BOOTHBY ’74 and SUSIE SAPPINGTON ’75 on a Zoom call set up by the College before the event.

Let’s hear from RICK ESTBERG ’75, our Ripon Jeopardy guru, who hosted the game for Alumni Weekend:

“This year, for the first time I can recall, the big weekend was something of a washout, literally as well as figuratively. I can’t remember any other reunion where we had issues with rain, but this year we got more than our fair share. I saw the sun a bit on Friday afternoon, and that was it. All planned outdoor events ended up getting moved indoors, one after another as the College waited for weather updates. Turnout was, in a word, poor…”

“For me personally, there were only a couple of highlights. President Zach Messitte and his senior staff did a great job bringing attendees up to speed on recent college events, most especially changes forced by the pandemic. They fielded all questions thoroughly and honestly.” 

“And then there was Jeopardy! The good news was that, for the first time, I was able to go digital with a very realistic game board projected on a large screen. It was also a great venue: the Heritage Room upstairs in the Commons was very classy and could accommodate up to about 60. Sadly, with only 20 minutes to go before start time, we were all still unsure whether there would be a game at all. But we ended up gathering some folks from various classes and I think the total number of players was 18, spread over five tables. It was a great game and went down to Final Jeopardy to determine the winning table. The alumni office really helped out a lot — a big thanks to all of them. Bottom line: it was something of a ghost town on campus and that was sad, since we so infrequently get to see each other. Let’s hope that circumstances are very much different four years from now so we can do it up big for our 50th!”

Next, let’s hear from classmates who braved the weather and all to attend the Ripon Reunion:

SUZANNE MONROE POULOS ’75 of Evanston, Illinois, reports: “Yes, it was a wet weekend but engaging indoors. RICK ESTBERG ’75, LITA KATZ ’75, and I were the only ones from our class. We “had” to allow other alums to participate in Jeopardy for a decent audience, and our table won handily even though RICK was emcee! MICHAEL POULOS ’77 and I also hung out with Beta Sigma Pi (BSP) at their events with founding brothers and 50th Reunion classes of ’70/’71 (see picture). BSP has been holding monthly Zoom meetings for over a year now. With music on hiatus until next year, I have been spending time on genealogy. I have traced all lines back to the 1700s with some a millennia more. It turns out I come from a long line of Plantagenets — some who lost their heads in the Tower of London —and back to Alfred the Great, Rollo the Viking, and beyond. Six years ago, we bought a commemorative book on the anniversary of Magna Carta and contributed to the publication. Little did I know then that I am a descendant of King John and the lead baron, Robert Fitzwalter, of Runnymede fame. I recently learned the current Game of Thrones is based on the Wars of the Roses between the York and Lancaster families of which I had ancestors on both sides and some who changed sides. This was all so confusing when studying this long ago but now is beginning to make sense (relatively speaking). The real mystery though is determining the wife of Edward the Exile (1016-1057), who was brought up by King Stephen of Hungary. Her name is Agatha. Some attribute her as King Stephen’s daughter. Others suggest she was the daughter of the Grand Prince of Kiev Yaroslav the Wise. I have a personal reason to support the latter theory. When in Hungary several years ago we visited the monastery at Tihany where Stephen’s nephew, King Andrew, is buried. For some unknown reason, a modern statue of Andrew and Anastasia, his queen, captivated me. Now I know that’s because she is Agatha’s sister! In any event their daughter, later St. Margaret, became the wife of King Malcolm of Scotland, who you may recall killed that guy Macbeth because he murdered Malcolm’s father King Duncan. When I was 16, I became interested in my Scottish ancestry, and hand-wrote several lines back to the 1600s. Now I found a line that appears to go directly to Rob Roy McGregor, something my grandfather alluded to. I’m still trying to confirm this, though. To be able to go so far back in history has been humbling and informative, and lots of fun learning.”

LITA WEISLOW KATZ ’75, another Reunion attendee, emails from Silver Spring, Maryland: “RICK ESTBERG ’75 did such a great job of talking about his book at the Reunion that Amazon put it on back order! I also ordered one of WARREN BLUHM’S ’75 books at the same time, and it was shipped immediately. At least the rain held off for the 1.5 hour Ceresco Prairie tour. My husband, Bert, and I are in the picture in the newsletter that Ripon sent out. On a personal family note — now that we have to fit a high chair into our sukkah, we bought a bigger one for the upcoming Jewish holiday of Sukkot.”

KATHY KURKE ’75 emails from Ormond Beach, Florida: “I would have loved to have reconnected with all those who made it (to the Reunion). We spent the last year as caregivers for Rich’s brother, who had Stage IV pancreatic cancer. He came up to stay with us as he navigated 13 rounds of chemo, a rest, and then six weeks of daily radiation. Then recuperation for six weeks before he headed to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville where there is a marvelous surgeon who specializes in inoperable pancreatic cancer. After nine hours of surgery, the surgery was proclaimed to be a success. After several weeks of staying with us, he is back in his own home and getting stronger every day. Meanwhile, I put off back surgery while we cared for him. But now that I am free to undergo the surgery, COVID is so bad in our area that all non-emergency surgeries are cancelled. Florida is full of people who felt the vaccine was dangerous and then learned that not having the vaccine was worse. My aunt was one of those. She died last week. I know other people who have lost their lives or have been very, very ill. Please get your vaccines and wear masks in public! On a much lighter note, I have become one of six ‘resident artists’ at the Conklin Center for the Visually Impaired. We will be having quarterly shows for the visually impaired. Each piece of art will be designed with the visually impaired in mind and can be “viewed” by touching. We will also hang some of our more traditional works in the facility. I had an ‘artist’s block’ during much of COVID, but this has created a purpose and triggered my creativity again. I am also painting again in my own studio and will go back to entering shows and selling my work once COVID dies down a bit more. I would love to hear from some of my old Ripon friends. My old email address is not working well, so please update my contact address to: [email protected]” 

LINDA MOGICATO SASSER ’75 of Peoria, Arizona, also has a new email: [email protected] so update your contact list. She also uses [email protected]

SUSAN SCHREYER STANDER ’75 of Paradise Valley, Arizona, emails: “Things in Arizona have been quite eventful. My daughter, Kelsey, was married at home on April 24. We held the entire non-super-spreader event outdoors, and we were able to COVID-test the twelve people who were not fully vaccinated (they were all negative) and no one became ill afterward. It was a glorious day and I am still basking in the afterglow! I have become involved with a fabulous project currently on exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, called The Violet Protest (www.violetprotest.com). It’s a nationwide public engagement project that utilizes 8″x8″ textile squares composed of equal parts red and blue fibers to protest political divisiveness and encourage bipartisanship. To date, 2,300 makers from every state in the nation have contributed almost 14,000 squares. We have been visited by members of the U.S. Congress, and hopefully on Sept. 1, by Senator Kirsten Sinema. National Public Radio did a three-minute segment on ‘All Things Considered,’ and PBS is interested in doing a documentary. The goal of the project is to collate and package these squares and deliver a bundle of approximately 25 squares to every member of the 117th Congress. Ann Morton, the artist behind the project, and I will be heading to Washington D.C. in December, where we will hand-deliver the packages to the Arizona Congressional delegation, the Problem Solvers Caucus in the House, and the Group of Twenty in the Senate. The remaining packages will be mailed to members of Congress. We are still raising funds to cover our packaging and mailing costs, so if any of our classmates would like to help, please go to the Violet Protest website and click on the donate tab. Anyone who wants to contribute a square is also encouraged. That’s all my news. Stay well.”

SUSIE SAPPINGTON ’75 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, writes: “It was soooo nice to see you on the Zoom call with LOUISE RENIER BOOTHBY ’75! You were gone before I could tell you or say goodbye to you. As they say, it felt just like yesterday! I hope by next year we are back to normal and can go to the Reunion. I hope your health holds up and thank you for talking about it with us!

PHIL BOLDA ’75 of Tempe, Arizona, emails: “I can tell you that my wife and I have just canceled a weekend trip to New Orleans — long-planned but ill-timed. I attempted to get onto the Zoom call for the Class of ’75 Reunion, but the link I had would not work. Perhaps I messed up the time? Hope that by the time of our 50th many of our current issues will have passed. I promise to be there and to help as I can to promote turnout.”

PEGGI SEELBACH MIZEN ’75 of Lakewood, Ohio, emails: “With COVID restrictions lifting a bit last spring my brother and I ventured out for a few days of skiing in Colorado and I, unfortunately, fell on the first day ripping my left ACL out — an injury our surgeon told us he normally sees in ten-year-olds! I had a very successful ACL replacement surgery the end of April and have pretty much returned all my previous levels of activity — I do plan on skiing next season! We welcomed a new grandson to our family April 20, Fletcher Michael Malpass. Our daughter and her husband live outside of D.C. and we plan on traveling there in September to babysit so they can go to a concert — we are trying to see them every month if we can. Our other daughter and son-in-law live within walking distance of our home here in Lakewood, Ohio — Kael is four-and-a-half attending an all-day pre-K program now and Paisley 18 months — we see the four of them quite often. We just returned from a small 12-day RV trip beginning in southwest Michigan traveling down through Indiana and coming home along the Ohio River — it was fabulous to see towboats pushing barges along the Ohio River. We may do another fall trip and are hoping to connect with Kevin and LINDA MOCHALSKI CARPENTER ’75 in Tennessee. My best to all of my classmates and maybe we can connect in Ripon next June!”

LEON PASCUCCI ’75 in Rancho Mirage, California, emails: “All is well with us in Rancho Mirage. Mike’s newly published short story in ‘Palm Springs Noir,’ an anthology, is being well-received, and I continue writing hotly contested letters to the editor of our local paper as a Democratic Party enthusiast (my college Libertarianism seems so yesterday!). Happily in touch with classmate SUSAN SCHREYER STANDER ’75 among a few.”

DIANA “DUSTI” AUSTRING ’75 emails from New Zealand: “Still retired (though also still working casually at our local library); still three granddaughters — now two, four and six years old — who are still in Perth, Western Australia; still doing some community volunteering and some work around the house and the yard; and I haven’t done any travelling this year and none is planned for the near future. After six months of COVID-free life here in Aotearoa (except for a few incoming cases in managed quarantine), we’ve been hit with Delta in the community a couple of weeks ago and gone straight into full lockdown (essential services only), and although it looks like we’re reaching a plateau, we’ll stay in lockdown here in the Auckland area for at least another two weeks. The rest of the country gets to step down to level three on Wednesday. Unfortunately, some of the first cases were young adults, so it spread through social groups, work, play, churches, nightclubbing, concerts, high school, and university classes in the few days before the first case was tested and lockdown started. The last few days we’ve only had small increases, so we’re hoping… My Chocolate Burmese, Bijou, still helps me stay sane with her antics and games! Hallelujah for crazy cats!”

DICK O’CONNOR ’75 emails from Olympia, Washington: “Cathy retired on 7/31, I retired from teaching when I graded my last finals in June, so we are now finally an official retired couple! We kicked it off with our son’s wedding on that same 7/31, followed by a couple of days taking out-of-town siblings (all from northern Illinois) to the Pacific Ocean and Mount Rainier, two experiences that are sadly lacking in the Midwest. We are now taking time to look at volunteer opportunities, projects around the house, grandkid-sitting (during the week, how fun!!), and travel plans. We’re camping at Mount Rainier the last week of August (right when my former colleagues will be conducting high school orientation!) and hope to line up a few more trips in September, when the weather is good, the crowds are gone, and we are finally free to go places. At this point, I can say that the ‘Six Saturdays and a Sunday’ routine is a joy, and we are learning to be careful we don’t end up busier than we were before. Thanks for keeping us all in touch. See you at the 50th?”

DALE HARING ’75 emails from Skokie, Illinois: “Renee and I are both retired, but one of my contacts asked if I could help them out with a little consulting. Turns out to be between 25 and 30 hours a week for the last 18 months but at least I can work from home and pretty much on my own schedule. This is a good thing as we are taking care of our 14-month-old granddaughter at least two days a week, which is probably the best part of being retired. On September 1, we leave for a few days in Seattle and then a week cruise to Alaska — which seems odd considering the current state of the Virus, but we have both been vaccinated and received our boosters and the cruise line tests everyone before boarding so they have never had a case on board. Here’s hoping their record holds. I was sorry to hear the Reunion was poorly attended, we thought about going, but again decided the risk of the Virus was too great considering the cruise, our granddaughter and Renee’s 93-year-old mother. I imagine many others that might have attended had similar concerns. But thank you for your continued efforts to keep us up on Ripon happenings. Hard to believe we graduated 46 years ago. Stay well.”

STEVE ANDERSON ’75 emails from Eden Prairie, Minnesota: “Nice to hear you and husband are grandparents. We have three and as you know, they are a blessing. I have spent many business dinners in Bodega Bay as a great place to dine while on business in Santa Rosa. My wife and I are missing our trips to Europe during the summer months due to COVID uneasiness. We will try to swing a long weekend in early December in Paris. Our adult kids are virus safe and taking time at our log cabin in Northwest Wisconsin. Life is good and time is more and more precious each day. Thanks for the work you have done on behalf of the ’75 class over all the years.”

JIM CURTIS ’75 reports: “Still living in Clinton, Connecticut. Retirement is still a few years away with my two kids in college. My son, Sam, is halfway through a nursing degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services in Boston. My daughter, Alena, is a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire — and at this moment would like to be in law enforcement. We’ve survived and thrived in the world of COVID as all family members are healthy and active. While I’m very involved with my sporting goods sales agency (since 1994) —managing seven sales reps with a business partner — I’ve managed to stay competitive with my golf game, playing in state and regional tournaments as a senior and playing well and placing in the top ten in Connecticut. As a member of my golf club for 30 years, I also won our club championship in 2020—becoming the oldest to ever win it. And, I partnered with JOE BELANGER ’75 this summer to win our Member Guest tournament! Hope to get back to campus next summer!”

DAVE STOCKDALE ’75 has a new address: 2180 Lemon Ave., Englewood, FL 34233. The best way to connect with BRUCE GUILFOILE ‘75 in Japan is by email: [email protected]

Connect with LINDA MOGICATO SASSER ’75 at: [email protected]

Thanks for keeping us up to date.

I hope to see you all in person in the future. In the meantime, I’m asking for help to find these classmates for which I do not have a current address or email: PEYTON ANNESS, JENIFER LUTZ BATIOLA, RICHARD BOWEN, WENDY GELLERSTED BRAUN, SILVIA CAMPOS, LYNNE MARCUS CLARK, MARTHA CONNOLLY, KENNETH EBERT, VIVIAN GEORGE, JOHN GIBBONS, ROBERT GIBSON, RUTH KEAZIRIAN, JEFFREY SCOTT MUELLER, ROBERT MUNSON, BROMLEY PALAMOUNTAIN, ARNOLD PERLICK, BARBARA JONES REINECKE, CHRISTINE CLEM RUSSELL, GILBERT SANCHEZ, CURTIS TAYLOR, MICHAEL WATKINS, DEAN WILLIAMS, and JOSEPH ZAJAC

Some sad news to report:

JON FASANELLI-CAWELTI 75 of Muscatine, Iowa, died March 30, 2021. At Ripon College, he majored in history and art, played trumpet, and participated in track and cross country. He continued to play trumpet later in several bands and orchestras in the Muscatine area. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and MFA degrees from the University of Iowa School of Art, and served as a teaching assistant in the print department. He was an artist and printmaker who exhibited national and internationally and specialized in the art of 15th-century intaglio printmaking. He had a passion for history, music, and printmaking. Survivors include his wife, Diane Calzaretta; and two daughters. 

More news from Ripon College:

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 the traditional end of June: June 23-26, 2022. All class years ending in the numbers two or seven will be celebrating their Class Reunion at Alumni Weekend 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 more than 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 — 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. A new Data Visualization Lab was installed in Todd Wehr Hall, a new asset for the math and computer science departments. 

Endowment: 

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

Start of the academic year:

Classes started on August 30 with in-person classes. The College is of course following CDC and Fond du Lac County Health Department guidelines regarding COVID safety. To learn more about what Ripon College is taking to make sure students attending the fall semester are protected from the COVID-19 virus, see: ripon.edu/coronavirus-information/.

Here are some links to stay up to date with Ripon College:

News stories: ripon.edu/news/ 

The latest Ripon Magazine, which includes features on 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

That’s all for now — hope to see you in person soon! Let’s stay in touch! 🙂

Your Class Agent,

JONDI GUMZ ’75 

Submitted by: Class Agent: Jondi Gumz

1973 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Jean Kirkpatrick Lederer
1973
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1973 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Jean Lederer
Class of 1973
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1973 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent:

JEAN KIRKPATRICK LEDERER ’73

(630) 987-9388 / [email protected]

Dear 1973 Ripon Classmates,

Happy 70th Birthday to all of you, who, like me, are turning or turned 70 this year! COVID’s ugly head certainly caused havoc last year and now this. So sad to hear of the many cases appearing now when it seemed we were doing so well. Florida seems particularly hard hit.

I am hoping things will come back under control so there can be a “normal” Alumni Weekend next June 23rd to the 26th. GARY LEDERER ’72 and I hope to attend, as he is part of the class of 1972, and this will be their 50th Class Reunion. I hope we will be able to connect in person with lots of our friends, but especially with SUE MIJANOVICH KEY ’72, KAREN TESCHNER DORN ’72, LYNNE HORNE GASIOREK ’72, LINDA BRASSINGTON DANIELS ’72, and ELENITA JACKSON PARKER ’72 who I have been Zooming with each Sunday through COVID. It would be wonderful to see them in person after months of flat screen visits! GARY and AL GASIOREK ’73 put in cameo appearances in some of the calls which added to the fun.

Alumni Weekend 2021 was postponed until August 6-8 on campus, with some virtual events leading up to the event. The August schedule included both 2020 and 2021 Class Reunions, and options for campus tours, socials, activities, reminiscences and plenty of time to explore campus and connect with each other. Alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus. Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022. Some of the school’s finest scholars and student-athletes were honored with a Distinguished Alumni Citation, Outstanding Young Alumni Award or induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. On August 8th, a commencement ceremony was held in the Great Hall of Harwood Memorial Union for the Class of 2020, which had not been able to have normal graduation in May 2020, due to COVID.

In-person classes started on Monday, August 30 and the academic year is in full swing. The College is following CDC guidelines in regard to COVID. Students began moving onto campus in late August. Seeing some pictures on Facebook of students, brought back memories of my first few days on campus. Hard to believe it was 50+ years ago. Some of those memories are so vivid. Who else remembers “Sweet Caroline” blasting from the Union as we were out on Tri-dorms lawn?

I want to thank all of you who participated in the #OneDayRally for Ripon and for each of you that has contributed to the Annual Fund. Ripon College relies on our continued support, and I want each of you to know how much your gifts are appreciated. Thank you!!! The Ripon College endowment fund is now at $112 million. Let’s keep it growing! Please continue to support Ripon College in the future. 

Updates from the campus include: 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.

I was pleased to hear from the following classmates:

MARTY MORRIS ’73 of Portland, Oregon, writes, “Under current conditions, I think my spouse, feline, and I made the most of the summer. We scheduled six camping trips throughout the high deserts of Central Oregon. This involved dodging wildfires, smoke, and COVID-19. Of course, it was one hot summer, too. For those that want to ask if Portland is as bad as it looks on the news, yes, probably worse. We let matters get out of hand, but our leaders are waking up to reality and I am confident PDX will be back to its fun, weird, and glorious self. Take care of yourselves out there!”

STEVE ILLICH ’73 of Georgetown, Texas, writes, “Please put out a plea for photos to go into the slideshow for our 50th Class Reunion. I am particularly interested in two things: first, photos of classmates who dated one another while in College and subsequently married. I’d like to have the “then” images. The other photos I’d like are those showing what classmates do for fun or in their free time. Those can include photos of classmates taking part in various activities or pictures of arts, crafts, and even photos taken by classmates.”

Digital images can be sent as email attachments to [email protected]. Hard copy images should be mailed to my NEW address: 116 Stephen Ln., Georgetown, TX 78626.

JOE SANDRIN ’73 of Bayside, Wisconsin, writes, “I have many things to share. After working full-time in Saudi Arabia since 2009, I returned to the U.S. on April 23. I will remain engaged in the project until at least the end of 2021, then phase into something resembling retirement.

“On a more challenging note, in August 2019 I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a neuromuscular autoimmune disease, and was undergoing treatment. Shortly after my return to the U.S. as we were trying to move around the various medications, I had a severe flare-up which put me in the ICU on a ventilator and a feeding tube for several days in early August. I have been informed I was a surly, confrontational, and a pain of a patient for the first couple of days. With the truly exceptional care provided by the Froedtert Medical Center here in Milwaukee, I mellowed out and recognized all they had done for me and that I would not be here now without their care.

“Home now, working with a new neuro-muscular specialist and a bunch of others to rebuild my strength and find the right treatment regimen. The initial recovery is going well and we will see where the coming appointments take us. Otherwise, I’ve been focusing on time with Janice as we near Anniversary 49 on December 23, our adult children and five grandchildren including Tristin, age 18, twins Gwen and Cheyne, age 17, along with Lorelei, age three, and her new brother, Joseph Brian, born 28 May 2021.  At least I am home with all of them now. Our youngest daughter’s wedding is set for October 2 and I will ensure I am able to walk her down the aisle and dance with her on her special day.

“We have added a RoadTrek Agile SS Class B motorhome for future explorations and relaxation time. We are trying local day trips and short excursions now with the intent for longer trips starting in 2022. It has been a year of massive changes in our lives, but Janice and I and the rest of the family are still hanging in there and looking forward to the future.”

MIKE MIZEN JR. ’73 of Lakewood, Ohio, writes, “We scrambled in February to fetch a COVID vaccination (Moderna for us) so by the end of March we were in that “fully vaccinated” category. This was important since we were expecting a third grandchild by our younger daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Joe, in mid-April.

“Unfortunately, when PEGGI SEELBACH MIZEN ’75 and her brother were skiing in March and she did a number on her left ACL. She had a successful ACL replacement at the end of April with therapy to follow. We got to see Fletcher Michael Malpass in early June. Therapy is now almost done with plans on skiing in February 2022.

“We will do two smaller RV adventures this year. The first just completed had us seeing friends and family in Michigan and Indiana with a brief but pleasant drive along the Ohio River Scenic Byway from Carrollton, Kentucky to Marietta, Ohio. The second trip will be to Richmond, Virginia, for a wedding. We are planning on taking a meandering direction with scenery and seeing some long-time friends along the way in both directions. Seeing the fall colors in Virginia, Pennsylvania, etc. is one objective.

“We remain flexible on the COVID issues but hope to connect in California with PETE ’73 and CAROL PARKHURST TULLIO ’73, ROB ’72 and JANET BEAN GADDIS ’71, and Gail and GARY SHARPE ’73 in November. Spending June 2022 in Ripon is a thought. PEGGI’s 45th was delayed a year, and 2023 for me is a desire. Whether we bring the RV is still a thought. I saw a fifth wheel parked by the athletic center in early August… just saying… this year!!!!”

JOANN SELLECK ’73 of San Diego, California, writes, “I attended a JANE SCHORE ’73 party in Los Angeles in August at one of her newly constructed real estate listings. Great time. (See our picture below.) We are both crazy enough to keep working instead of retiring! The not-so-spring-chickens (yikes, we both celebrated a decade change) JANE SCHORE ’73 and JOANN SELLECK ’73 who get together every couple of months.” 

DAVID GROSSMAN ’73 of Centerville, Massachusetts, writes, “My eldest son Daniel Lee (32) got engaged to Jazmyne Pollard (26) in July of this year. Daniel proposed to her at the Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine. The couple presently resides in San Leandro, California. Daniel is a distribution manager for Budweiser and Jazzy is an elementary school teacher. The wedding of Daniel Lee Grossman and Jazmyne Pollard is planned for October 22, 2022.”

KATHY GRAUNKE ’73 of Seattle, Washington, writes, “Monty and I are fine here in Seattle. We had a nice visit from JOHN ’73 and JANE RUNKEL FREDERICK ’74 this summer- great to hear Wisconsin and some Ripon news. My twin sister, Kris, and I celebrated our 70th birthday here in Seattle with other family members present. It was so great to have them here.

“Monty and I, along with friends from our hiking group will travel to the Wallowa Mountains area of northeastern Oregon for four days after Labor Day. So far, the air quality there is pretty good. Greetings from the great Northwest to all my classmates! I look forward to hearing your news.”

KATHARINE PARISH MILLER ’73 of Richland, Michigan, writes, “All of my family is healthy. Both of my children now have three children – I am very, very blessed! I am currently building a Passive House Net-Zero. A Passive House is all electric using mini-split, CERV (circulation, energy, recovery ventilation), and it is a very tight (14” wall insulation, 24” ceiling) and therefore so is the ventilation. The house uses about 85% LESS energy than my regular house. It is Net Zero because I have solar panels and could be off the grid. There is also a bank of batteries if the power goes out for a while. Very exciting. 

“My passion to be an advocate for the environment is still very strong. I’m trying to encourage people to not idle when they stop to shop, get coffee, or mail a package. It is a no-brainer. Here, so many cars idle with nobody inside while the owners’ shop, get coffee…chat, etc. I have been working with various groups to stop Enbridge from compromising the Great Lakes! I hope everyone is doing well despite the pandemic!”

MICHAEL ZIEGENHAGEN ’73 of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, writes, “48 years since Ripon. 43 years of marriage to my wife, Darlene. Three daughters. Four grandchildren. Two businesses, but now happily retired. 26 years in our home in Moreland Hills, Ohio. I have been actively pursuing the interests I never had enough time for – golf, gardening, grandchildren, and bridge. There is so much to look forward to and I hope to see many classmates in 2023.”

CHRISTINE WOLK ’73 of Green Lake, Wisconsin, writes, “At my advanced age (70 on 8/28) I just joined a new law firm ‘of counsel,’ Krekeler Strother. My focus will still be bankruptcy and consumer law just in case your families could need me. I am also venturing soon (9/4/2021) on a river cruise in France – vaccinated and masked – with my sister, pandemic pending, of course. Je vais a’ Paris! I need an adventure!”

BILL MacLEOD ’73 of Washington, D.C., writes, “If you’re looking for silly stuff, here’s a shot of BOB KIRKLAND ’81, ANDY MacLEOD ’76, Dan Ault (in long black pants, a friend of Trustee MIKE MILBURN ’97’s), and me a couple of days ago. We were golfing in the ALS benefit tournament Wednesday at Cog Hill in Lisle, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. MIKE is one of the leaders and team captains. This is the biggest event for ALS in the country. We had a blast and helped a cause. SHAWN KARSTEN ’09 showed up with Ripon ringers – young alums from the athletic teams.” 

 

JEAN KIRKPATRICK LEDERER ’73 of Estero, Florida, writes, “GARY LEDERER ’72 and I just completed a western adventure driving through parts of smoky Northern California, Oregon, and Idaho, and then a week at a dude ranch with family in Montana (highly recommended family vacation). We then headed down through Utah and stayed with friends in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Home for a few days now before we head out to help our son and his family move into a new home in Sacramento.

I would love to hear from all classmates either by email: [email protected] or snail mail to my home address: 22001 Sycamore Grove, Bonita Springs, Florida 34135. If you would like to share your email address with me and the rest of our class, I am planning on including a list of email addresses for those who want them shared in our next Class Letter.

Stay well, 

JEAN KIRKPATRICK LEDERER ’73

Submitted by: Class Agent: Jean Kirkpatrick Lederer

1969 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Scott Nyquist
1969
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1969 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Scott Nyquist
Class of 1969
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1969 Fall 2021 Class Letter

1969 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

 

Class Agent:

 

SCOTT A. NYQUIST ’69

7747 Martino Circle, Naples, FL 34112

(630) 632-1619 / [email protected]

 

Hello Everyone!

 

It’s late August and summer is fading. Fall will soon be here. I hope you all had chances to do things outside this summer that weren’t possible last summer due to the continuing pandemic. CYNTHIA SANBORN NYQUIST ’69 and I are fortunate to live in Florida where there is summer pretty much all year round, but it was disappointing to not be able to travel like we usually do. We missed Alumni Weekend this year so we have not been to Ripon’s campus since our class’s Golden R Reunion in 2019.

 

August means the start of school, so I thought I would dedicate my class letter to giving you some information about Ripon College. Here are some FAQs you guys often ask me, with the corresponding answers:

 

Q: How much does it cost to attend Ripon College for the 2021-2022 school year?

A: Tuition $47,800

Room (Double) $4,530

Board $4,560

Activity Fee $  300

Total Annual Cost $57,190

 

However, 100% of Ripon students receive financial aid.

The average student pays about $22,000 after receiving aid.

 

Q: What is the size of the student body at Ripon today?

A: 812

 

Q: How many students are there in the incoming class of freshmen (class of 2025)?

A: There are 241 first-year students and ten transfer students.

 

Q: What are the demographics of the entering class?

A: The entering class comes from 24 states and two foreign countries. COVID-19 restrictions have limited the number of students from foreign countries. Gender breakdown: 48% female, 52% male, as well as one openly non-binary student and one openly transgender student. 

 

Q: What is the size of Ripon’s endowment?

A: It recently hit an all-time high of $112 million!

 

Q: What was the total given to Ripon College, including to the Ripon Fund, for the fiscal year ending June 30th?

A: $10.943 million

 

Q: Who is the current Chair of the Ripon College Board of Trustees? 

A: TOM ABENDROTH ’81

 

Q: Any news about the town of Ripon?

A: On July 28th, a storm with 80 mph straight line winds knocked down many trees and power lines. Most of Ripon was without electricity for hours and a few locations for days. No injuries or deaths occurred within the city limits. Ripon College sustained only minimal damage, primarily downed tree limbs, although the College closed for a day until power was back on.

 

Q: Are there any construction projects underway on the campus?

A: 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 K. MCCULLOUGH ’69, and his wife, Pat. (FYI, Phil is not only an alum and Trustee but also the proud father of KRISTEN MCCULLOUGH GRANCHALEK ’04.) You can see a Facebook video of before and after the renovation at: https://fb.watch/7vN9-GbEGD/.

 

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. 

 

Q: What steps is Ripon College taking to make sure students attending the fall semester are protected from the COVID-19 virus?

 

A: All students are required to have both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine by Oct. 1. Students were able to, however, seek a waiver from the vaccination for health, religious or strongly held philosophical reasons. Students who choose to not receive a COVID-19 vaccination — for whatever reason — are required to test regularly for COVID-19. Per NCAA and Midwest Conference guidelines, unvaccinated student-athletes are required to test more frequently in order to be allowed to participate in intercollegiate sports.

 

OTHER COLLEGE NEWS

Lab Equipment Donation: Luxerin Laboratories, LLC of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin donated more than $54,000 in equipment, chemicals, glassware, textbooks and supplies to Ripon.

Celebrating the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy: Ripon College’s largest outdoor classroom turns 25 this year. This is the 130-acres west of the Willmore Center that was established in 1996 as the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy Project, a partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The aim has been to restore this tract of land to the way it was before Wisconsin was settled. Emeritus Professor of Biology George “Skip” Wittler continues as the director of the project.

 

Commencement 2021 was held on May 16, 2021 (in a somewhat modified format due to COVID), Ripon College awarded diplomas to 142 members of the Class of 2021. The Commencement theme was “Wisconsin Music: Riffs from the Heartland.” 

 

Badger Boys State is moving. After 75 years of holding the annual Badger Boys State at Ripon College each summer, the organization is moving its event to University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. The decision was made due to financial advantages for Badger Boys. The organization received bids for the program from nine different colleges and universities. 

 

The National Science Foundation Grant has awarded a four-year grant valued at $100,000 to Emeritus Professor of Biology Bob Wallace to continue his study of the ecology and evolution of rotifers.

 

Poetry Published: Associate Professor of English Megan Gannon had some of her poetry published in two literature journals: Atlantic Review and Willow Springs.

 

IN MEMORIAM

ROBERT “CHRIS” DOLLOFF ’69 of Belfast, Maine, died on April 16, 2021. He was originally from Foxboro, Massachusetts, and studied Chemistry and French at Ripon. He later became a Partner in the Legacy. He was an internationally award-winning chocolate chemist and Quality Control expert at “The Chocolate Factory” of The Merckens Chocolate Co. in Mansfield, Massachusetts. He formulated the cocoa for the Oreo cookie and for Newman’s Own chocolate products. He had a broad range of interests including word games, anthropology, history and trivia. He enjoyed cats, complex woodworking projects, the culinary arts, genealogy and music, playing guitar and keyboard.

 

NOTE: CHRIS is the twenty-fourth member of the class whose passing has been recorded by the College.

 

PETER CHOBANIAN of Madison, Wisconsin, who was a librarian at Lane Library from 1962-1994, died on April 4, 2021. He was an avid and lifelong student of the humanities studying history, literature, and the arts. From Italian operas to Broadway shows, he loved to sing. He also published his own short stories and poems.

CLASSMATE NEWS

Here’s all the news and photos I received from class members. I love hearing from you guys.

 

FRANK ANDERS ’69 and BOBBI SUESS ANDERS ’69 of Chesterfield, Virginia, write: “In May, BOBBI and I had a visit with DAVE LEACH ’69 who was passing through Richmond, Virginia, on his way home to Arizona. Our warm weather here in Virginia has not impeded us having multiple rounds of golf every week. We had a two week trip to California in June for our son’s wedding and spent a day in the Pebble Beach area with Jim and NANCY WADLEY KEOUGH ’67 and with JUDY JONES ’69, culminating with a great Italian dinner in Monterrey.” Pictured here from left to right are JUDY JONES ’69, NANCY WADLEY KEOUGH ’67, Jim Keough, BOBBI SUESS ANDERS ’69, and FRANK ANDERS ’69 in Monterrey, California in June 2021. 

 

MARK BAUER ’69 of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, emailed this news: “I am enjoying time with my wife and family. Our four sons and daughter are all doing well in their respective lives as professionals. All of them have wonderful educations. As for traveling, the latest edition of coronavirus, “delta,” has put a skid and halt to travel abroad. We had a Viking cruise around Iceland scheduled but it got cancelled. Maybe next year (or a decade after the entire Greek alphabet soup of viruses has been met). Our latest grandchild, our first granddaughter, is two. I haven’t talked to anyone directly, but STAN “PINEAPPLE PRINCE” OBREY ’69 and I frequently get together on Facebook for some friendly political discussions. I haven’t been to the Ripon campus since our reunion. No new hobbies have really been needed; the old ones are still keeping me busy. I still have a home adjacent to a conservancy, replete with wandering animals into our backyard (possums, squirrels, deer in great numbers, wild turkey, etc.). The highlight for summer time is probably getting to our small condo in Elkhart Lake. Google it. It is a beautiful small lake by the town of the same name (population listed as 967). There’s even a golf course across the street. I’m hoping all is well with all of you. Get yourself a KN95 mask. They are the best.”

 

RICK BRANDT ’69 of Tallahassee, Florida, supplied this news: “I did a post-COVID breakout road trip for three months from mid-May to mid-August ’21. I visited JEFF SCHEFERMAN ’69 and his wife, CAROL ENGLE SCHEFERMAN ’70, in Houston for a few days, saw an Army buddy in Las Vegas for a month, friends and relatives in the LA area including BARRY MORTON ’69 and his wife, Jane, at their cabin at Big Bear Lake above San Bernardino, friends and my daughter Catherine’s family (who were in town on their own road trip) in Rockford, Illinois, and my daughter Allison and her one month old newborn in Greenville, South Carolina. Along the way I revisited some of my favorite roads including the Angeles Crest Highway in California, Utah routes 14, 143 and 12, Colorado routes 65 (over Grand Mesa) and 92 (along the north rim of the Gunnison canyon), Tennessee route 129 (the Deals Gap road) and North Carolina route 28. I did this all in an Audi S4, which was a nice way to do it.” 

 

LINDA HOUSTON CANNIZZO ’69 of Grafton, Wisconsin, has this news: “A highlight of post-vaccine life was a visit with ANNE SHILLINGLAW ’69 and NANCY GONIA BAJOREK ’69 in Chicago in May (see photo). With culture (Van Gogh and Monet exhibits), walks in Lincoln Park and downtown, and laughs and wine along the way, it felt like “before times.” My accomplishment of quarantine time is a current streak of 489 days of French lessons on Duolingo. It seems to be sticking a little better than the two years I struggled through at Ripon! Sam and I did our two month snowbird on Hilton Head last year. We figured we could isolate as well as at home, but with warmer walks. Plus there was golf and outdoor pickleball. Now we’re looking forward to a Road Scholar trip to Maine and New Hampshire in September.” 

 

DON CHESTER ’69 of Palm Beach, Florida, writes: “It was great to finally get out of the house and see friends I hadn’t seen in more than a year. However, things changed dramatically in July. In the words of the great philosopher, Yogi Berra, “it’s déjà vu all over again.” St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital are back to multiple COVID only units, restricting visitors and the hospital tents are back in the parking lot outside the adult and children’s ERs. An indication we needed, “a bigger boat.” On the lighter side of the news from Florida, the annual python hunt just ended. The largest captured was 15′ 9″. A word to the wise – if you decide to go trail riding while visiting Florida, try not to fall off your bike on top of a nesting alligator. It’s one of those things we don’t tell you about in the travel brochures.”

 

BOB FERNBACH ’69 of Castle Pines, Colorado, says: “We have only taken two trips! One trip was with BARRY MORTON ’69 and his wife Jane to visit Mesa Verdi and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks in western Colorado; the other was to the Pacific Northwest to visit our daughter and other relatives. We plan another two or three trips before year’s end, COVID permitting. Our son just visited for a week, which we are very grateful for. Other than that, we have been following news, playing music, watching movies, etc.” 

 

BILL GEBHARDT ’69 of Portage, Wisconsin, sent this news: “SUE HECHT GEBHARDT ’70 and I have finally moved to our new home in Portage, Wisconsin. Not everything is totally done but we are living there. It’s been a long time since we started building it… almost a year ago. We’re happy to be out of Illinois and call ourselves Wisconsin residents. We’re only about an hour from Ripon.”

 

DEBBIE HAMELE KUKLA ’69 of Carmel, Indiana, sent this update: “In early August, my husband, TOM KUKLA ’70, and I met with two former students of mine from a high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were in my advanced English class and ten years later were married. My students were MIKE MODL ’77 and PEG LITTLEFIELD MODL ’77; both attended Ripon College at my recommendation. MIKE graduated from Ripon, then went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Texas. MIKE became a partner at the law firm of Axley Brynelson in Madison, Wisconsin as part of the Litigation and Labor and Employment Practice Groups. He focused on federal court litigation regarding intellectual property, employment, insurance, defense of civil rights and many other constitutional claims areas. He has been named ‘Lawyer of the Year’ by Best Lawyers (2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014) and has earned multiple awards on Best Lawyers in America lists as well as Wisconsin Super Lawyer lists. I wanted to share this because I am so proud of MIKE; he was an exceptional student and one of Ripon’s great success stories. His achievements are a reflection of his hard work, dedication to learning, excellent critical thinking skills, and his exposure to what a liberal arts education like Ripon provides. Also, during the pandemic, TOM and I purchased a Florida condo on Longboat Key and will be enjoying several months during the winter luxuriating on the Gulf! The welcome mat is always out for our fellow Ripon alums!”

 

ALICE HALL HAYES ’69 of Washington, D.C., writes: “So hard to believe that COVID is still controlling our lives with the broadening of the COVID variant. Two steps forward and four steps back for our country. One of the joys for us is having our one year old granddaughter, Josephine, and her family visiting our home for the Fourth of July weekend for the first time ever. More recently, my husband, Ed, and I checked off an item from our bucket list namely taking a trip to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Hearing the Boston Pops at Tanglewood was a real delight. We also visited the Norman Rockwell Museum and Studio. Enroute home, we visited historic Philadelphia. Last week, we were happy to visit Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and relax in Rehoboth with friends. Great weather, seafood, and we even got to see President Biden’s beach home. Looking ahead, we definitely plan to get the COVID booster shot as soon as it is available. Stay well, everyone!”

 

DAVE LEACH ’69 of Mesa, Arizona, provided this news: “I got together with FRANK ANDERS ’69 and BOBBI SUESS ANDERS ’69 in June for dinner when I was in the D.C. area. Also, I had an awesome day with my son at the Udvar Air and Space Museum and a day at the Museum of the Bible in D.C. I can highly recommend both for a day’s exploration. I have done a couple of cross country drives returning rented motor coaches to Phoenix, it might become a side gig. I have discovered personally that RV stands for “Ruined Vacation,” as my coach is in the shop when I should be exploring the great Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah). Hopefully, I will get at least a short trip once the coach recovers. I’ve been in contact with STAN OBREY ’69 who is moving to the Phoenix area about an hour from me, so we may be getting together occasionally for an adult beverage (possibly imported from the highlands). Other than that, I am happily semi-retired in Mesa, Arizona, doing a real estate thing and trying to take care of all my awesome tenants. I’m planning to go to Israel in December of 2022 to take the trip that COVID canceled in 2020. Hopefully, things will have settled down by then. I hope to do some more RV trips and perhaps get to Florida and the Midwest to see (and eat and drink with) old friends and fraternity brothers.” Pictured here is DAVE in Mesa, Arizona from April 2021. 

 

ARTHUR “SANDY” LEE ’69 of Bristol, Rhode Island, provided this news: “Helen and I are spending the summer in Maine on Frenchman Bay with three daughters and eight grandchildren. (I think I’ll need a vacation from vacation!) My eldest daughter is a gastroenterologist at Mt. Sinai in New York City doing pancreatic cancer research. Her significant other is a liver transplant specialist and her middle daughter is a pulmonary intensivist doing global research on the impact of air pollution on women, fetuses, and infants at Mt. Sinai. Her husband is an EP Cardiologist. Their youngest daughter is a physical therapist and the one I need most for age-related aches and pains! She now is working at a VT charitable foundation. It seems VT has multiple career tracks. Both doctor daughters and their partners were on COVID duty last spring and summer in NYC. It’s a tough duty especially for my daughter who ran a ward of all long-term intubated patients. My physical therapist daughter was doing physical therapy in the school system, but stopped because of close physical contact. COVID is very real in this family! 

 

“For the past ten years I’ve been volunteering at Herreshoff Marine Museum leading a team to build a one-sixth scale 37’ tall fine-scale model of the largest America’s Cup winner 1903 Reliance. I took the model to a museum in Flensburg, Germany to display it just before COVID. The team also restored 1892 Wee Winn which won a UK title against the lads with Miss Winnifred Sutton at helm. We are now completing the restoration of a steam plant to go in a 28’ replica steam launch. Steam plant restoration has got me shanghaied for a day on a coal fired 1890 German buoy tender and another day at restoration of MEC steam locomotive! I retired a decade ago from Aerospace CFO and then a large global consulting firm business. I threw away my business books and never looked back. Meanwhile Helen has built a business ranging from weaving to basket-making with some regional, national, and global recognitions. Beautiful Nantucket style baskets with a modern flair. When COVID is under control we’ll take a much anticipated 50th anniversary trip.”

 

DAVE LEE ’69 and SUE STEGER LEE ’69 of Appleton, Wisconsin, sent in this news: “DAVE is nearing the completion (notice that he didn’t say ‘the end’) of his two-year clinical trial for prostate cancer – so far, so good. He has found that lots of my friends have similar issues. It hits the Class of ’69 age group, guys – get your PSA checked annually. Our grandson, Ian, had pledged to do a ten mile swim across Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin if he raised more than $50,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – he raised more than $56,000 in seven weeks and successfully did the swim on a windy day in June! Our nine-year-old grandson, Ezra, can name the elements in 43 seconds! We asked him if he knew what the elements in the first column have in common – his response was that of course they all have one electron in their outer shell – this should make our chemistry compatriots smile! CHIP RETSON ’69 and DAVE spent an unforgettable evening a few months back talking with a high school buddy who was about to die from Agent Orange-related lymphoma. It meant a lot to the three of us – hopefully, we can meet again in the distant future. Both of us will be resuming our Lions Club vision screening program this fall for 13,000 Appleton area students. SUE became president of our Appleton Noon Lions Club this summer. Looking forward to seeing Ripon classmates and community soon – we miss you all!!!”

 

TOM MACE ’69 of Menasha, Wisconsin tells us: “Nancy and I took a Viking Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam in August. First trip in over a year.” Pictured here is TOM and his wife, Nancy, in Prague, Czech Republic from August 2021.

 

BARRY MORTON ’69 of Laguna Hills, California, supplied this update: “Jane and I still live in Laguna Hills in Orange County California, though are now spending more than half our time at our nearby cabin overlooking Big Bear Lake, at 6,750 feet elevation. In February/March 2020, we got vaccinated and spent much more time at the cabin, remote relative to the lower coastal area of SoCal. There are four seasons at that elevation, so we take walks year-round, kayak in the warmer months and snowshoe when the ground is covered with the white fluffy stuff we remember from Ripon-time. Then, given all that physical activity, after letting my belt out one notch, then two, I bought a new belt. RICK BRANDT ’69 stopped at the cabin for a fun summer day of kayaking, eating and catching up on all sorts of conversation before he headed off the next morning to his next visit with friends. He hasn’t changed a bit, but then neither have any of us. We have seven grandkids now and saw them much less than we’d have liked in those early COVID months but are catching up now. The two youngest are 30-month-old twins. We see them the most because that’s where a bit of grandparent assistance seems to be the most helpful. Other grands are 22 years old down to 12. Happily, they all live less than two hours away! Just before the shut-down [who knew that was coming] we visited my son and his fiancé in Switzerland at Christmastime 2019. What a beautiful country, and they’re a very happy and satisfied couple. In March of this year, we traded an eight-year-old Outback for a new one. We hit the timing just as used car values were surging, but before the new car prices jumped for lack of computer parts. We already have 12,000 miles on the new car having traveled in June to Colorado and neighboring states, hooking up with BOB FERNBACH ’69 and his wife Stacy to visit a few national Parks and stay at their lovely home, and then off again to the Northwest in August where Jane was able to be with all three of her sisters, and to catch up with friends. We’ll be in Boston for Thanksgiving with my sister and brother-in-law and their two new grands from their son and daughter. Assuming it’s Covidly possible, we’re signed up to take a self-piloted canal boat trip from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Scotland in the spring with friends. Then see the Lake District and the very quaint Cotswolds. When we think of all the pain – past and continuing – from the epidemic, we feel blessed in how the past 18 months have been for us and our families. We hope the same was true for all of you!”

 

SCOTT NYQUIST ’69 and CYNTHIA SANBORN NYQUIST ’69 of Naples, Florida, report this: “We have not done much in the last six months. We celebrated 53 years of marriage in March at home with a bottle of champagne. Our only “trip” was a drive to Venice, Florida (90 miles) in May to have lunch with some friends then drive back home. SCOTT helped his brother move into an apartment in Ft. Myers, Florida in August. Both his brother and his sister now live less than an hour away. CYNTHIA continues her hobbies of gardening and crocheting and knitting. She studies German for one-to-two hours every day using DuoLingo. (She just passed 365 straight days of this activity.) SCOTT is looking forward to an October get-together with seven fraternity brothers in Siesta Key, Florida. We are both disappointed we will – again – be unable to make our annual August trip to Germany to see our daughter and granddaughter. That’s two years in a row. Thank goodness for FaceTime and Zoom calls. We were able to watch our granddaughter open her birthday presents in July as she celebrated her tenth birthday.”

 

SCOTT OLIVER ’69 of Omaha, Nebraska, sent this update: “Barbara and I have been home bodies over the last year, getting to know all the neighborhood dog walkers while out with our Scottish terriers. So, some good comes of sticking around our Omaha neighborhood. Fortunately, SCCA autocross, a very outdoor sport, has continued most events this year. So, I’ve been driving from Omaha to Lincoln, Nebraska, to race around (and over) cones in the hot sun. Still hoping for a ski season depending on pandemic conditions.” (Here’s a photo of SCOTT from August 2021.)

 

KATHY SOMMER RAMSEY ’69 of The Woodlands, Texas, sent this email: “I do not do as much moving around as some. I have been in the Houston area for almost a half century (Are we that old? Well maybe you, but not me.) Family is here, so no real reason to leave home these days. I have already been to a lot of places. Since we last communicated which was, well, a long time ago, I have two major endeavors at this time. One is as a part time chaplain at a local hospital. (Did I miss telling you I graduated from seminary? Some time ago, actually). I also teach a number of university classes online. One is Biblical Literature and the other Nutrition. (Different degrees and different universities). I am blessed with both opportunities to serve. What I would really like is for this pandemic stuff to be over with. I want my life back! But, this one is a pretty good substitute.”

CHIP RETSON ’69 of Aiken, South Carolina, says: “My news is that I headed out on August 26 with my trailer to spend several weeks touring the southern shores of Lake Superior. The trip was timed to end with me attending the Ripon Alumni Board Meeting Sep 23-25 during which I stayed at a campground in Green Lake. The Alumni Board meeting went well, and I had a great time!”

 

JOHN RICCIARDI ’69 of Raleigh, North Carolina, writes: “We are having a great summer as we FINALLY got to see our daughter, son-in-law and grandkids who were able to leave Saudi Arabia and travel to Raleigh, North Carolina for vacation. While Zoom, WhatsApp, and FaceTime were much appreciated during COVID, there’s nothing like being able to hug those you love! My son and daughter now both own condos next to ours, so as our neighbors say, the Ricciardi mafia is taking over! In May, I received The William C. Friday Award from the NCSU Association of Retired Faculty for Distinguished Service in Retirement. They recognized me for my volunteer involvement with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.”

 

BOB “OTTO” WACHHOLTZ ’69 of Papillion, Nebraska, announces: “My bride and I plan to escape to New Hampshire in August for some lake time, eating steamed lobsters and clams (I hope) and feeding the mosquitoes, unless the Delta variant causes another lock down. She then plans to go on a Switzerland tour with a high school pal who also lives nearby in New Hampshire. I haven’t gotten vaccinated so I have to return to Nebraska while she hobnobs with the European elites.”

 

JILL ALEXANDER WILLIAMS ’69 of Snohomish, Washington, sent this update: “I was lucky enough to get to fly to Sitka and Ketchikan, Alaska in early June before the cruise ships were operating and when there was little COVID. Sitka is beautiful and we were able to kayak out around some of the islands in the area. We also took a float plane trip from Ketchikan into the amazing Misty Fjords National Monument. It is a huge, very rugged area with fjords and lakes and no roads.” Pictured here is JILL ALEXANDER WILLIAMS ’69 with her husband, Dick. It was taken in June 2021 at the Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan, Alaska.

 

JOHN WOLFE ’69 of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, sent in this news: “I just back from a small adventure cruise of the inside passage in SE Alaska. Travel is still dicey in the airports but aboard all were vaccinated and being very careful. Fantastic! I’d recommend to anyone who wants to see the largest temperate rainforest on earth and lots of wildlife – whales, sea lion colonies, otters, bald and golden eagles, bear tracks but no bears sighted, lots of aquatic bird species.” 

 

And in Conclusion . . .

Ripon College (and I) would like to thank all of the members of our class who sent a gift to the College in the past year. Some of you donated more than once! Thank you! Thank you! Also, some additional class members have included a bequest to Ripon in their estate plan. Outstanding! If you would like to give to Ripon, you can visit the College’s website, www.ripon.edu, or call the Advancement Office at 920-748-8351. You can give unrestricted, allowing the College to use your gift where most needed; or you can direct where your gift is to be used: scholarships, endowment, faculty, building fund, library, athletics, etc. You can also give in memory of a favorite professor or a classmate. You can give annually or have a gift sent to Ripon monthly from your bank account. Ripon College accepts cash or credit card payments (and probably even bitcoin). You can also give a gift of stock or any of your other assets. Please support Ripon College by making a gift.

 

Keep in touch. 

 

Always for Ripon,

 

Scott

 

P.S. If you need an email address or street address to reconnect with a roommate, fraternity brother/sorority sister, lab partner, fellow ROTC cadet, contact me.

 

P.P.S. I’ve been asked if there will be a 55-year Reunion for our Class in 2024. If you are interested, let me know. I’ll be discussing this with the College and it would be helpful to say I’ve received multiple requests to hold this event.

 

RIPON TRIVIA

Here is the list of Ripon College presidents. Did you know that a portrait of each hangs in Lane Library?

 

William E. Merriman 1863-1876 Clark G. Kuebler 1943-1954

Edward H. Merrell 1876-1891 Fred O. Pinkham 1955-1965

Rufus Cushman Flagg 1892-1901 Bernard S. Adams 1966-1985

Richard Cecil Hughes 1901-1909 William R. Stott Jr. 1985-1995

Silas Evans 1910-1917 Paul B. Ranslow 1996-2002

Henry Coe Culbertson 1918-1920 David C. Joyce 2003-2011

Silas Evans 1921-1943 Zach P. Messitte 2013-2021

 

P.S. If you need an email address or street address to reconnect with a roommate, fraternity brother/sorority sister, lab partner, fellow ROTC cadet, contact me.

TRIVIA: Top 10 Majors of the Class of 1969:

History 40

Chemistry 18

Economics 24

French 14

Biology 23

Philosophy 14

Psychology 22

Political Science 10

Mathematics 20

Art 8

Source: Class of 1969 Commencement Program

Submitted by: Class Agent: Scott Nyquist

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

1998 – Spring ’21 Class Letter

Sarah Eng
Class of 1998
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

Greetings, Class of 1998!

Big thanks to those of you who replied to my latest call for updates – especially those of you who didn’t have updates, but just wanted to reach out. I appreciate you all and wish you well!

Classes at Ripon officially started on January 25 with a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid (part online and part in-person) formats. Those who are interested in following the plans and procedures this semester, as well as tracking the College’s COVID-19 positivity rate, can visit www.ripon.edu/coronavirus-information.

About Alumni Weekend – I don’t usually go in non-reunion years, but I may make an exception this summer, safety permitting. Because of the cancelation of last year’s festivities, the 2020 reunion classes will celebrate along with the 2021 reunions. So there’s a good chance of running into friends who graduated in ’95, ’96, ’00, or ’01.

Alumni Weekend 2021 will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen with two distinct summer weekends of Ripon alumni programming for us. No matter how you’d like to connect, virtually or in person, the Office of Constituent Engagement is developing a variety of activities to continue to follow CDC, Fond du Lac County and College guidelines in both June and August. Full schedules, lodging, and programming details will be posted soon to www.ripon.edu/alumni-weekend.

JUNE 2021

  • In honor of our June Alumni Weekend traditions, virtual alumni programming will be held Tuesday, June 22 through Saturday, June 26, and will include: an alumni town hall, R Connections webinars, affinity socials, a summer book club, and special recognition of the 2020 and 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Inducteesincluding for our very own ABIGAIL WILLIAMS BUDZYNSKI ’98, a 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
  • The only in-person event, the Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Golf Scramble, will be held off-campus on Friday, June 25.

AUGUST 2021
A combination of virtual and in-person Alumni Weekend programming will be held the first week of August. We will continue to evaluate the state of COVID-19. If circumstances change at the local and national level and we need to cancel in-person programming, that decision will be made and communicated by July 1, 2021.

  • Virtual programming will be held Tuesday, August 3 through Saturday, August 7 and will include: a reunion-focused alumni town hall that also previews the new academic year, additional R Connections webinars, the summer book club capstone, and the traditional “That Was Then” storytelling session.
  • In-person, on-campus programming will be held Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8, and will focus on alumni awards recognition, 2020 and 2021 reunion celebrations, and other outdoor events such as Rally Run and prairie walk.
  • Additionally, the Class of 2020 will officially be welcomed to our alumni community with a special commencement ceremony.

And now for our Class Notes:

JEN ANSTEE CHAVEZ ’98 of Lombard, Illinois, writes: “I’m still teaching elementary Spanish in Glen Ellyn, IL- but even after 20 years, making the switch to remote teaching has felt a whole lot like my first year all over again! I am thankful for good health, our new dog, and the extra time with my children (10 and 15) during the last year! Looking forward to the good things to come!!”

TRISHA LYNCH ’98 of Flint, Michigan, writes: “Our family (photo right) is enjoying the extra time with my ability to work from home. Thankfully the kids are back in school. This year was a real reset on balancing back out. There was no more before care, no more summer day camp, and a pause for soccer, dance, and violin. We are enjoying the calmer life. I joked with the kids that our most recently purchased car will be theirs in high school, and at this pace it will be! I just finished my 20th year at Kettering University, can’t believe it has been that long.“

LYNNE PHILLIPS ’98 of Appleton, Wisconsin, writes: “MacMurray College–a small, Liberal Arts college founded in 1846–closed permanently in May due to COVID-19, taking my job as their archivist with it. I moved back to Appleton, and recently became the Visitor Services Supervisor at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah.”

IAN STEPLETON ’98 of Ripon, Wisconsin, started a new career as the Public Relations Coordinator for the Fond du Lac Public Library. Ian was the editor of the Ripon Commonwealth Press weekly newspaper and had been with the paper for nearly two decades. He continues to serve as an adjunct instructor of journalism at Ripon College.

For more news from the College, check out www.ripon.edu/publications where you can find the latest issue of the Ripon Magazine as well as a link to R Connections, where you can catch up on even more alumni news (and read letters from other Class Agents!).

Finally, I’d like to take a moment to thank our classmates who supported the College this past year, especially those who supported the Ripon Fund, as well as #OneDayRally. Our giving participation rate was the highest of all classes from the nineties! The Class of 2000 did outperform us, but I’m looking forward to challenging them again.

The next #OneDayRally will be held on Wednesday, April 28. If you’re interested in being a Social Media Advocate for this annual event, email [email protected] for a toolkit with resources in the days leading up to it.

Until next time,

SARAH ENG ’98
(312) 404-6732
Your 1998 Class Agent

Submitted by: Class Agent: Sarah Eng

1999 – Spring ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agents: Mike Berens & Christine Guy Winget
1999
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1999 – Spring ’21 Class Letter

Christine Winget
Class of 1999
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

Greetings, Class of 1999!

Happy 2021! I (CHRISTINE GUY WINGET ’99) am writing to you on this sunny New York afternoon. It is only my second year back in the snow (I spent 13 years in Florida and three in North Carolina), and I wasn’t sure this winter was going to end, snow on April 1 feels like a ridiculous April Fools joke.  What a year this has been, wow, I don’t know about you, but I definitely did not think when I left my in-person office last March, that many of my colleagues would still be working from home a year later.  And speaking of home, I think we have probably all become pretty well-acquainted with home at this point. In our next Class Letter, we want to share what you want to do post-COVID-19, so send your thoughts to me via email (or Facebook messenger).

Good news regarding this year’s Alumni Weekend.  Alumni Weekend 2021 will be unlike anything we’ve ever seen with two distinct summer weekends of Ripon alumni programming for us. No matter how you’d like to connect, virtually or in person, the Office of Constituent Engagement is developing a variety of activities to continue to follow CDC, Fond du Lac County and College guidelines in both June and August. Full schedules, lodging, and programming details will be posted soon to www.ripon.edu/alumni-weekend.

JUNE 2021

  • In honor of our June Alumni Weekend traditions, virtual alumni programming will be held Tuesday, June 22 through Saturday, June 26, and will include: an alumni town hall, R Connections webinars, affinity socials, a summer book club, and special recognition of the 2020 and 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees.

  • The only in-person event, the Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Golf Scramble, will be held off-campus on Friday, June 25.

AUGUST 2021
A combination of virtual and in-person Alumni Weekend programming will be held the first week of August. We will continue to evaluate the state of COVID-19. If circumstances change at the local and national level and we need to cancel in-person programming, that decision will be made and communicated by July 1, 2021.

  • Virtual programming will be held Tuesday, August 3 through Saturday, August 7 and will include: a reunion-focused alumni town hall that also previews the new academic year, additional R Connections webinars, the summer book club capstone, and the traditional “That Was Then” storytelling session.

  • In-person, on-campus programming will be held Friday, August 6 through Sunday, August 8, and will focus on alumni awards recognition, 2020 and 2021 reunion celebrations, and other outdoor events such as Rally Run and prairie walk.

  • Additionally, the Class of 2020 will officially be welcomed to our alumni community with a special commencement ceremony.

On April 28, Ripon will celebrate #OneDayRally.   This is when all of us alumni can come together and give back to the college.  I think it would be fun for all of us to post a photo on social media of ourselves from our Ripon memories on this day as well, and even use the hashtag to share with others.  Speaking of giving back, I also want to take a moment to thank each of you who were able to continue to give back to our Alma Mater during this year, I know that this helps to fund a variety of initiatives to continue the success of Ripon College.
Class Notes:

ALEX ARIFIANTO ’99 of Singapore, is in his sixth year in the Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he works as a Research Fellow. On February 9, 2021, he delivered a virtual lecture “Can Islam Coexist with Democracy?” sponsored by the Center for Politics and the People at Ripon College. The recorded program can be viewed on the Ripon College Live Events YouTube channel or at this link.

AURORA NELSON ’99 moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in September and became the Assistant News Director at KCTV5. Congrats, Rory!

Here’s a fun picture from our Class of ’99 Happy Hour on Zoom from March 5, 2021:

Pictured in the screenshot from top left to right: SEBASTIAN FOREMAN ’99CHRISTINE GUY WINGET ’99ALEX ARIFIANTO ’99STACIE HACKEL SNOW ’99MIKE BERENS ’99KRIS GOLDSTON WEINAND ’99, and RACHEL THOMPSON CASEY ’99.

In closing, I hope that you will share with us what you are most looking forward to post-COVID-19. Now that Alumni Weekend is planned for this summer, we hope that you will be able to make it back to our Alma Mater soon.

If you have not heard, the Class of 1999 has a Facebook page and we encourage you to join. If you have any class updates, please send them our way.

Sincerely,

MIKE BERENS ’99
(617) 512-5753

CHRISTINE GUY WINGET ’99
(252) 367-9335
Your 1999 Class Agents

Submitted by: Class Agents: Mike Berens & Christine Guy Winget

1999 – Fall ’21 Class Letters
Submitted by: Class Agents: Mike Berens & Christine Guy Winget
1999
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1999 – Fall ’21 Class Letters

Mike Berens
Class of 1999
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1999 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Co-Class Agents:

MIKE BERENS ’99

(617) 512-5753 / [email protected]

CHRISTINE GUY WINGET ’99

(252) 367-9335 / [email protected]

Dear Classmates,

Good day to you from Port Orchard, Washington. There are 190 students on the Class of 1999 roster, with student number one being MATT ADLER ’99 of Monona, Wisconsin, and student number 190 being BRIAN ZEHREN ’99 of Washburn, Wisconsin. CHRISTINE and I would love to receive some updates from some of the 190 of you for the spring Class Letter.

We are very pleased to report that Ripon College welcomed 250 first-year students with 71 percent of the incoming class hailing from Wisconsin and 74 students coming from 23 other states. Those are some solid numbers! The new class consists of 159 recruited athletes and the average GPA for the incoming class is 3.42. Classes started August 30, 2021, and the campus is back in full swing with in-person classes.

Alumni Weekend occurred 6-8 August 2021 on campus after an 18-month pause. The next Alumni Weekend is scheduled for 23-26 June 2022. 

CHRISTINE and I were pleased to increase our class’s participation during the #OneDayRally on 28 April 2021. We have an eye toward this event again in the spring. We hope to secure a few fun items that donors can win if selected during the raffle. This idea came to us late in the game last year, so we only came up with some t-shirts. You can expect us to up our game this spring. Thank you to everyone who supported Ripon College this past fiscal year through the Ripon Fund and other initiatives. 

If you have not heard, the Class of 1999 has a Facebook page, and we encourage you to join: www.facebook.com/groups/riponcollegeclassof99/

If you have any class updates, please send them our way.

Sincerely,

MIKE BERENS ’99

CHRISTINE GUY WINGET ’99 

Submitted by: Class Agents: Mike Berens & Christine Guy Winget

2011 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Shane Roeber
2011
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

2011 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Shane Roeber
Class of 2011
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

2011 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class agent:

SHANE ROEBER ’11

M: (262) 617-7707 / H: (262) 695-0555 / [email protected]

Dear Class of 2011,

Summer is my favorite time of the year in Wisconsin and it’s winding down. It’s a bummer. However, fall does bring a lot of nice things – such as Oktoberfest, pumpkin spice (though I’m not sure why this is just a fall thing? It’s not like you can’t ask for pumpkin spice in the spring if you wanted), hopefully some playoff baseball, and my birthday. It also brings with it this Class Letter. So, here are a few updates from the past six months or so that you may be interested in:

For Alumni Weekend 2021, alumni and guests from 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on campus, Aug. 6-8, representing the classes of 1961 to 2023. Further, our class celebrated our 10-year Reunion. It was nice to see everyone who was able to attend and thank you to those who contributed to our class gift! Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to our traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022.

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.

Speaking of COVID, this past year the College had a record-breaking number of donors for #OneDayRally in April 2021, with 2,087 individual donors from around the world. This undoubtedly helped the College, and its students, in an unprecedented time. If you were able to donate, thank you!

Below, you will find some class messages. Admittedly, I dropped the ball on reaching out this time around. I’ll pester you all a little more next time. Thank you to those who sent in something to share! Keep killin’ it in medical aesthetics, ALLISON JENSEN WALTERS ’11!

Class notes:

JOHN LIGHTFIELD ’11 of Burlington, Wisconsin, started a new career as an Administrative Law Judge with Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development on March 29, 2021.

ALLISON JENSEN WALTERS ’11 of Apple Valley, Minnesota, writes, “Killin’ it in medical aesthetics at the Hydrafacial Company.”

Take care and stay healthy,

SHANE ROEBER ’11

Submitted by: Class Agent: Shane Roeber

1992 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agents: JuDee Stojsavljevic Fischer, Bonni Dembroski Fredrick, and Erin McCromack
1992
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1992 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Erin McCormack
Class of 1992
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1992 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agents:

JUDEE STOJSAVLJEVIC FISCHER ’92

(262) 332-0622 / [email protected]

 BONNI DEMBROSKI FREDRICK ’92/P’23

(262) 617-7421 / [email protected]

ERIN M. MCCORMACK ’92

[email protected]

Hello, Classmates,

We hope that this letter finds you doing well in this constantly changing world. Ripon College continues to adapt and thrive and we are happy to share some news to keep you aware of the latest happenings with our alma mater.

First, and most importantly for our class, next year, 2022, marks thirty years since we graduated from Ripon. Please plan to start hearing more about Alumni Weekend 2022 (June 23-26) and our 30th Class Reunion. (It is surreal to type those words!) Bonni, JuDee, and I (Erin) can’t handle all of the planning and logistics by ourselves and we are looking for volunteers to help us plan an amazing Alumni Weekend Reunion Experience. Many of you have generously given your time in previous reunion planning and we are looking forward to working with our classmates again. Please reach out to AMY GABRIEL GERRETSEN ’04 at Ripon to let her know you’d like to get involved by emailing [email protected] The more, the merrier!

Without further ado, here are some great updates.

Alumni Weekend 2021:

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 – Class of 1992 Thirty Year Reunion! We will be joining all class years ending in the numbers two or seven to celebrate!

You may be wondering how Ripon has been managing fiscally through the pandemic disruptions, and we have good news to share with you.

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. Please remember that your donations and support are critical to the College and directly support the current students.

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 Ripon’s math and computer science departments. 

Endowment Update: 

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 safety protocols.

In case you are interested in how Ripon has been handling COVID-19, here’s a link with all the latest information: ripon.edu/coronavirus-information/.

I would like to share some helpful links to College information as well.

Class Note:

KRISTIN KOCH HANSCOM ’92 of Palatine, Illinois, is the VP of Operations for B K Controls, Inc.

We are a little light on class updates right now, but we always encourage you to share your life updates with any one of us or with the alumni team at Ripon by emailing [email protected]!

Wishing you a wonderful fall.

ERIN M. MCCORMACK ’92

BONNI DEMBROSKI FREDRICK ’92/P’23

JUDEE STOJSAVLJEVIC FISCHER ’92 

Submitted by: Class Agents: JuDee Stojsavljevic Fischer, Bonni Dembroski Fredrick, and Erin McCromack

1993 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Melinda Trainor Hutchinson
1993
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1993 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Melinda Hutchinson
Class of 1993
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1993 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent:

MELINDA TRAINOR HUTCHINSON ’93

(215) 704-6478 / triangularfiel[email protected]

Hi All,

I hope you are all still doing well, staying healthy, and keeping busy. School has started, and once again the summer flew by. Check in on www.ripon.edu and/or social media for the latest College updates. If you’re not part of the Ripon College Class of 1993 Facebook page, please join! 

Here’s some news from our class:  

  • Well, I checked all my messages and only one person sent me (or Ripon) anything this time (hint, hint), so you get to hear about me! I completed my Certificate in American Sign Language Studies in May and I’m hoping to keep up my skills so I don’t forget the new language I learned! I also want to advocate more for the D/deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. 
  • DANIELLE STREBER VARNELL ’93 of Davidsonville, Maryland, joined Bracewell LLP in June 2020 as a partner in the firm’s power practice. She represents a broad range of clients on M&A transactions and project development in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with a particular focus on renewable energy.

News from Ripon:

  • Alumni Weekend took place August 6-8. Alumni from the classes of 1961-2023, coming from 29 states, were on campus. Save the date for Alumni Weekend 2022, which will go back to the traditional end of June date: June 23-26, 2022.
  • The Class of 2025 started on August 27 and is 250 students strong. Ripon also welcomed nine transfer students. 
  • This year’s #OneDayRally had a record-breaking 2,087 donors from around the world! Thank you if you were one of the donors, or if you were one of the over 3600 donors who supported Ripon this past fiscal year. 
  • 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. 

Links for additional reading about Ripon College:

Make sure you keep your contact information updated so you don’t miss any Ripon news. Contact the Alumni Office directly with changes at [email protected] or via U.S. mail to Alumni Office, Ripon College, 300 W. Seward St., Ripon, WI 54971.  

Thank you and stay well!

MELINDA TRAINOR HUTCHINSON ’93

Submitted by: Class Agent: Melinda Trainor Hutchinson

2002 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Corryn Siegel Greenwood
2002
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

2002 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Corryn Greenwood
Class of 2002
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

2002 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent:

CORRYN SIEGEL GREENWOOD ’02

(502) 269-5577 / [email protected] / [email protected]

Dear Class of 2002:

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Alumni Weekend and 20th Class Reunion: June 23-26, 2022. Your help in planning our Reunion would be greatly appreciated. We are looking for classmates to be on our planning committee, as well as to help reach out to classmates to get them excited about attending our Reunion. Please email [email protected] if you can help. The more the merrier!  

As all of you read in our last Class Letter, LEIGH MLODZIK ’02 has accepted a position at Simpson College as their Vice President for Enrollment. He has since expressed that he would like to have someone else take over the role of co-Class Agent, and we are actively seeking one or two interested individuals. As his fellow Class Agent, I want to thank LEIGH for doing a wonderful job of helping to keep us all connected over the years. Thank you, LEIGH, for your service and we hope we will get to thank you in person at our Class Reunion in June! 

What does it take to be a Class Agent? We write a Class Letter each fall and spring, and we include updates from classmates as we receive them. Being a Class Agent gives us a direct line of communication with a staff member at Ripon College, and we collaborate closely with the Office of Constituent Engagement to write Class Letters. The College will take care of sending out Class Letters both through email and through snail mail.  

Here are some reasons why you may want to consider being a Class Agent:

  • You will have unique opportunities to get information, often before our general alumni population, and you will get to know campus staff and administration on a more personal level.
  • You will help the College keep track of the contact information of classmates, helping ensure that all of us get to keep in touch. This is also important to help keep classmates connected to the larger Ripon College family.
  • It feels good to give back to your Alma Mater in such a tangible way. 

If you are interested in becoming a Class Agent or you simply want to learn more about this opportunity, email JOLENE RUEDEN SCHATZINGER ’07, associate director of engagement at [email protected], or you can call her at (920) 748-8354. You can also email me (CORRYN) directly to inquire about the Class Agent position at [email protected]. Because we are celebrating a Class Reunion this summer, I am really hoping that we can have the co-Class Agent position filled as soon as possible. Thank you for considering this opportunity. 

Now for some general College updates.

Previous 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, including those of you from our Class of 2002!

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 College’s 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-19 safety protocols. More information on the College’s COVID-19 response and current procedures can be found at this link: ripon.edu/coronavirus-information/.

Links that may be of interest:

News stories published by the College: ripon.edu/news/ 

The latest Ripon Magazine, which includes features of alumni and faculty: ripon.edu/about-ripon/publications/

Class of 2002 Class Notes: 

JOHN BITTER ’02 of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, held a rockin’ fundraiser called “Perms for Preemies” to support the March of Dimes. Spoiler alert: He did get a perm!

CORRYN SIEGEL GREENWOOD ’02 of Orland Park, Illinois, writes “I will start the new year in a new role as medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Illinois. This is the closest hospital to our house and I will be leading the team as we apply for designation as a level III NICU, the highest designation that Illinois recognizes. I look forward to a shorter commute and the challenges my new role will bring. In sad news, our nearly 11-year-old vizsla, Otis, died this spring. Fortunately, we were able to get a new puppy to keep our other dog, Cooper, company. Nash is now six months old and he is crazy.”

TARIK LEBBADI ’02 of Vancouver, Canada, became the Chief Operating Officer of MINDCURE Health Inc. in March. MINDCURE is a leader in advanced proprietary technology for psychedelic therapy. Read more at www.mindcure.com/news/mindcure-names-tarik-lebbadi-as-chief-operating-officer

MELISSA KUBAI ’02 of Ames, Iowa, shares “I recently accepted a position in April 2021 at Iowa State University- College of Veterinary Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology. My position involves training ophthalmology residents, interns, and veterinary students. I have enjoyed returning to my Midwestern roots and the four seasons after spending seven years in Tucson, Arizona. I continue to remain active by participating in Triathlons. My next goal is a full Ironman after successfully completing a half Ironman in 2019.”

RYAN RADTKE ’02 of Chesterfield, Virginia, and his family moved from California to Virginia in August of 2020. He is the pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mechanicsville.

I look forward to hearing from all of you. Whether you want to submit a news note, or you would like to become our newest Class Agent, or you are interested in volunteering for our Class Reunion, I would love to hear from you. Keep in touch!

Your Class of 2002 Class Agent,

CORRYN SIEGEL GREENWOOD ’02

Submitted by: Class Agent: Corryn Siegel Greenwood

1980 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Peggy Gero DaValt
1980
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1980 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Peggy DaValt
Class of 1980
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1980 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Class Agent:

PEGGY GERO DAVALT ’80

 (608) 658-3779 / [email protected]

Dearest Friends and Classmates of the Ripon College Class of 1980:

As I recall, it was Sunday, August 22, 1976, that over 250 young students from all over the world showed up at this small, rural Wisconsin community we know as Ripon, Wisconsin to attend Ripon College. I’m being somewhat nostalgic because it is important to me to share with you how I have been navigating some of the changes that this world has brought to us over the past couple of years and the changes that I have seen as it affects me and my relationship with Ripon College. This is something that I need to share. My journey through the past many years as your Class Agent has brought me to this edition. 

One of my very most favorite books is Simple Abundance: 365 Days to a Balanced and Joyful Life by Sarah Ban Breathnach who created this #1 New York Times best-selling book back in 1995. In 2019, she revisited and revised her work to make it more contemporary. 

Pearl Bailey, an American actress and singer said this, “You never find yourself until you face the truth.” In Sarah Ban Breathnach’s February first entry, she shares what it is like for her to write. “Making the absolute best of ourselves is not an easy task. It is a pleasurable pursuit, it is the reason we were born, but it requires spiritual moxie, the quixotic blending of passion, patience, persistence, and perseverance. For many of us it also requires prayer. That’s because we find it far easier to learn to live by our own lights when we access a Higher Source of Power to illuminate our path.” She continues on in the entry, “So I started to ask for the Power to be switched on in my daily life: as a mother, a writer, an artist and a friend. When I asked, it was turned on. When I didn’t, I stayed in the dark. You don’t have to be a master electrician to understand what is going on here. Someone must turn on the switch. Asking is the only way to activate spiritual electricity. When there is Light, we see remarkably well. We see with clarity. And what we can see if we look deep within is that the Authentic Self is the Soul made visible.”

As Sarah wrote her original book, she decluttered her life of more than just objects that no longer serve us, but the clutter of other people’s opinion: about our lives, our jobs, our partners, our wardrobes, our weight, our children, our decorating style. Her conclusion as we try to wade through those thoughts every day to level a playing field just to find space for our own thoughts which does cause us to tire. The last portion of this entry shares this profound information, “Don’t try to remake yourself into something you’re not. Just try making the best of what the Great Creator made in you. The sacred art of nurturing our soul is the artisanal craft of Simple Abundance. Begin today by flipping the switch to turn on the Light.”

As I have shared over the years with all of you, my dad, Bob Gero, used to say that the only thing constant in life is change. His wisdom is totally evident in this present moment. He was very smart, and his words still echo in my mind. In being my authentic self, I will admit that I do not like change because it tends to not allow me to “control” my life in any given moment.

As my classmates, you may ask, “Why are you reflecting on this?”

My reasons are many but the biggest one is that I must speak my truth as I share with you how I have felt over the past couple of years. As many of you know, I have been one of the biggest fans of Ripon College. The time spent there had been four of my best years of life. I supported the College and did my best to contribute as a Class Agent, volunteer, and a silent recruiter of future students. I also supported the College financially, including through estate planning and hosting the Class’s Facebook group. I do my best to keep alumni up-to-date on the news of our classmates.

What has bothered me the most (my opinion only) is that I have realized my medical and health freedoms, as well as sovereign rights, are being eroded before our very eyes. This has especially impacted me as a State of Wisconsin employee considered an “essential employee” and having to work every day in person due to the facility that I am employed at. I am grateful for my job- that has never changed. What has changed for me is being forced to make medical decisions that never ever had to be made in this job. 

I have found there is comfort in finding people of like-mindedness, because I have found that the ability to agree to disagree is not often possible. I will say that from the political, socio-economic, and medical issues plaguing this world, division is what is happening between families, friends, and co-workers.

For me, I have stepped back. Normally, I am a very extroverted person, yet I have withdrawn and kept to myself only to protect my soul as it processes these changes that I’m seeing. I must watch myself as I go through days that I do actually stand up for what I believe even if many people in my work-world do not.

Earlier this year, Ripon College, put out an issue of the Ripon Magazine which caused me just to step back and say, “WOW” is this the Ripon College that I used to love? Is this the College that I was proud to be associated with? The resounding answer to me was no it was not. My instant thought was, I need to share with them how I am feeling and that something could be done, because I am not 100% sure that I am the only one who is feeling that angst about what I was seeing in the College’s major communication tool for alumni.

I have done the best I can to support the College. I do my best to recruit students, volunteer my time and energy and share the incredible experience I had while I was a student and now an alumna of Ripon College. I have also been a Partner in Legacy and have contributed a portion of my estate to Ripon College, but now I have had serious thoughts about cutting this back, as it is something I can choose to do. I feel that there is only one “side” presented in the Ripon Magazine

To problem-solve, I felt there would and could be an amicable solution to this situation I saw (as well as others who have shared with me their concerns). At this moment in time (11.14.21) I have been able to schedule a meeting with the College Administration to discuss some of my views on how the Ripon Magazine has been published of late. In the past, I always felt that there were other viewpoints and options shared in the Ripon Magazine and not strictly one. I contacted the College to update my Class Letter, and I am writing to let you know that I have reached out to the Administration and I did meet with Vice President of Advancement Shawn Karsten ‘09 on November 16 by phone and he has addressed my concerns from the College’s perspective. It was a very good conversation.

That’s why it has taken me so long to write this letter. Now writing this, I feel as if I have been authentic and not just hiding how I view and perceive things in this crazy, changing world we live in. 

Ripon College News and Events

President Zach Messitte announces that he will be stepping down as Ripon’s 13th President. He has served the College from 2012 and will be ending his tenure at the end of this Fall Semester 2021. 

For the complete report, you can check this out on the website – 

https://ripon.edu/2021/09/22/ripon-college-president-zach-messitte-to-leave-in-2022/?fbclid=IwAR17MuQ8sL_ZZxWAFqH0dxdEJ2Xyy1J0sXtAz_xJlbKWYXIbfVrokLrO4TA

Dr. Andrea Young has been appointed Ripon College’s interim president. A national search committee to find President Messitte’s replacement has been formed. Watch for more news as soon as someone has been hired.

https://ripon.edu/2021/09/27/dr-andrea-young-appointed-ripon-colleges-interim-president/?fbclid=IwAR3Br_KgIXbc9I4AOYAchbs51seDC_J9cof_KlEahNzY1eBaIVdNvEAKVbQ

 

Class News, Notes, and Announcements

For those of you that are on Facebook and have not already joined, I have a Ripon College (WI) Class of 1980 Facebook page that you are welcome to become a part of. 

Another reminder for those of you interested, there is a permanent Zoom meeting on Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. (CDT). Please join. Join regulars, KATHY GOODBOUT ’80, ROBERTA KOHLHAGEN ’80, and PEGGY GERO DAVALT ’80 for a most interesting chat. See you soon!!

The information to join is here:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86022070250

Meeting ID: 860 2207 0250

Password: 733821

ELLEN BARTH ’80 of Omro, Wisconsin, recently retired from the State of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, after 30+ years of employment where she worked most recently as a Wildlife Biologist Supervisor. She is enjoying retirement. 

In loving memory of MARY E. BRANDT ’80 – January 21, 1958, to July 24, 2021 – 

For those of you in the Class of 1980, she was a good friend to me as well as to her Alpha Delta Pi sorority sisters. Her love of teaching took her to Arizona where she lived for many years. You will be missed by all who loved you!

The celebration of her life was held in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Saturday, October 2.

https://www.hansenmortuary.com/obituary/603750/mary-elizabeth-brandt/?fbclid=IwAR3khsGwI6pQ5hYAyjagIEd-iZbUdURh9s6bzTQsufP49ntZVMER9nd03Pc

KATHY GOODBOUT ’80, LISA HEIMLER ’80, and SARA MAURER ’80 all met for dinner in late October, as SARA was traveling in Wisconsin for a conference. 

That’s it for me. Have a great autumn and winter season. How fast time flies!! Keep sending me information for your next Class Letter.

Celebrate everything,

PEGGY GERO DAVALT ’80

Ripon College Class Agent

Submitted by: Class Agent: Peggy Gero DaValt

1994 – Fall ’21 Class Letter
Submitted by: Class Agent: Lisa Sproston Sutter
1994
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1994 – Fall ’21 Class Letter

Lisa Sutter
Class of 1994
Ripon, WI
Class Letter

1994 – Fall 2021 Class Letter

Co-Class Agents:

LISA SPROSTON SUTTER ’94

(608) 347-6543 / [email protected]

KIMBERLY WOOLLEY ’94

[email protected]  / facebook.com/kimbo.woolley

www.linkedin.com/in/kimberly-woolley-a903959 

Dear Class of 1994,

I hope this letter finds you well. It comes from me in the heart of “Back to School.” Fortunately, this year I was actually headed back to school after teaching virtually all of the past school year. Teaching with a mask on all day has its challenges, but is definitely simpler than teaching six and seven-year-olds through a computer screen. To make this school year’s start even more exciting, I had to move to another elementary school in Cottage Grove. Sixty-four boxes later, I’m all settled in.

Meanwhile, at RC “Back To School” meant the following:

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. If you are interested, you can follow this link for information on our COVID-19 response and current procedures: ripon.edu/coronavirus-information/.

It has been so fun reading posts on Facebook about your children headed off to school, whether that is kindergarten or college. I’m so looking forward to next summer when I’ll take my oldest to visit campuses of his choosing. Of course, there will be a mandatory visit to check out Ripon. But, in the end, it will be his choice. Your classmates and I would love to hear updates on your life. Whether it’s job-related, family news, where you’re living, recent travel adventures, new pets, or alumni sightings. We’d love to catch up with you!

CLASS NOTE:

THERACE RISCH ’94 of Frisco, Texas, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief information & technology officer at American Electric Power (AEP).

RIPON COLLEGE NOTES:

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. All class years ending in the numbers two or seven will be celebrating their Class Reunion this next summer at Alumni Weekend!

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: 

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

If you’re interested in reading more about RC news and events, please check out the following links:

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/

Here are Facebook pages that you could follow 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 

KIMBERLY WOOLLEY ’94 will be writing our next class letter in the spring. If you have updates that didn’t make it into this Class Letter, please reach out to her at [email protected] or contact me and I will make sure Kimberly receives the update.

All the best,

LISA SPROSTON SUTTER ’94

Submitted by: Class Agent: Lisa Sproston Sutter