Alumni Weekend & Reunions

Each year in June, more than 650 Ripon alumni and guests make their way back to campus to celebrate Alumni Weekend with friends old and new. Mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend 2016, June 23-26.

A typical schedule includes class reunions, walking tours and open houses, reminiscences, friendly active competitions and the All-Alumni March. Some of our finest scholars and student-athletes will be honored with a Distinguished Alumni Citation, Outstanding Young Alumni Award or induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. New this year is the Rally Run and Spirit Parade, a great way to be active and show your Ripon College pride!

Class Reunions

Note: All events below are held Saturday, June 25, unless otherwise noted.

Golden “R” Reunion

(all years prior to 1966) including 1951: 65th Reunion and 1956: 60th Reunion

  • 5:15 p.m. Complimentary Reception. Upper lobby, Pickard Commons.
  • 6:15 p.m. Dinner. Pickard Dining Room, Pickard Commons. $45 per person.

1966: 50th Reunion

  • Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class of 1966 Hospitality Room. Main Lounge, Johnson Hall. Complimentary refreshments.


  • 5-6:30 p.m. Complimentary Reception. Upper Lobby, Pickard Commons.
  • 5:30 p.m. promptly. Class of 1966 Photo. Joyce Lounge, lower level, Pickard Commons.
  • 6:30 p.m. Class of 1966 Golden “R” Club Induction. Heritage Room, Pickard Commons.
  • 7 p.m. Dinner. Heritage Room, Pickard Commons. $50 per person.

1971: 45th Reunion

Joyce Lounge, Pickard Commons

  • 6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. Cash bar. $35 per person.

Coordinator: Jim Beisner,, 770-570-7725.

1976: 40th Reunion

MLK Lounge and Union porch, Harwood Memorial Union

  • 6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. Cash bar. $35 per person.

Coordinator: Julie Carlson,, 414-545-9197.

1981 & 1986: 35th & 30th Joint Reunion

West Hall

  • 6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres buffet, beer, wine and soda reception. Cash bar. $35 per person.

Coordinators: Joe Tolan ’81,, 314-963-0553; and Dan McNaughton ’86,, 952-806-0144.

1991: 25th Reunion

Joyce Lounge, Pickard Commons.

  • 6:15 p.m. Class photo.
  • 6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres buffet, beer, wine and soda reception. $35 per person.

Coordinator: Tracy Maher,, 401- 225- 9189.

1996 & 2001: 20th & 15th Joint Reunion

Roadhouse Pizza, 102 Watson St., Ripon

  • 6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres buffet, beer, wine and soda reception. $25 per person.

Coordinators: Jason Wood ’96,, 201-747-7719; Dante Houston ’01,, 414-378-4937 and Nicole Baumann-Blackmore ’01,, 608-513-9078.

2006: 10th Reunion

314: Ripon College Project Space, 314 Watson St., Ripon

  • 6:30-9 p.m. Appetizers and pizza buffet, beer, wine and soda reception catered by Knuth Brewing. $25 per person.

Coordinator: Andy Kitslaar,, 608-469-7784.

2011: 5th Reunion

The Terrace, Bovay Hall

  • 6:30-9 p.m. Appetizers and pizza buffet, beer, wine and soda reception. Cash bar. $35 per person.

Coordinator: Kelly Hanson,, 920-716-0715.

Class photos will be taken by College staff only at 25th and 50th reunion receptions.

Thursday Events

6-8 p.m.
Alumni Weekend Kickoff
Roadhouse Pizza, 102 Watson St., Ripon
Celebrate the start of Alumni Weekend with pizza, appetizers, soda and beer. Cash bar. Registration appreciated; walk-ins welcome.

Friday Events

7-8 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:15 a.m. Shotgun Start
8th Annual Red Hawks Scramble Presented by The Scott Spiller Family
The Woodlands at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia, Green Lake
Join Red Hawks Athletics for Ripon’s premier athletics fund-raising event. Continental breakfast, lunch, beer and soda while golfing; free admission to Alumni Awards Dinner, 5:30 p.m. All fees included. Player gift, flag event prizes, hole-in-one and much more! All proceeds benefit Red Hawks Athletics. Special registration rates until May 1. For more information,visit

9 a.m.
Summer Lecture: A Close Look at the Ceresco Prairie
Kresge Little Theatre, East Hall
Professor of Biology Skip Wittler will share the amazing diversity of plants and animals on the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy grounds.

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Off-Campus Experience Gathering
Kresge Little Theatre, East Hall
Alumni who have participated in Maymester, Liberal Arts in Focus, and/or off-campus semester programs will join Registrar Michele Wittler '76 to reflect on shared off-campus learning experiences.

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lunch with Faculty
The Pub, Harwood Memorial Union
All alumni and guests are invited to Join President Zach Messitte, faculty, staff for conversation and complimentary lunch. Registration appreciated.

1:30-3 p.m.
Reading for Professor Schang
Lane Library
Friends of Lane Library invite English Department alumni and faculty, former students, colleagues and friends to remember Bill by reading his favorite texts. Professor of English Emeritus Doug Northrop will serve as the emcee. Refreshments served.

1:30-3 p.m.
Vines & Rushes Wine Tasting
Vines & Rushes Winery, 410 County Road E, Ripon
Bus will depart from Pickard Commons at 1:15 p.m. for a complimentary wine tasting experience at Ripon’s Vines & Rushes Winery ( Guests can purchase wine and snacks on site. Registration appreciated.

4:30 p.m.
President’s Reception
Harwood Memorial Union
Complimentary appetizers, beer, wine and soda. Cash bar for cocktails.

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Alumni Association Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation
Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union
Honored guests:

  • Distinguished Alumni Citation: Peter D. Emanuel ’81, Scott A. Strazzante ’86
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Andrew P. Kitslaar ’06
  • Athletic Hall of Fame: Katherine Wimmer Banner ’95, David G. Billings ’06, Scott P. Carpenter ’94, Travis J. Leroy ’03, Bret A. VanDyken ’99

6:30-11:30 p.m.
9th Annual All-Alumni Reception
Evans Admission Center at Hughes House
Celebrating all returning alumni with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda.

Saturday Events

8:30 a.m. start
Rally Run & Spirit Parade
Southwest corner of Harwood Memorial Union
Start your day with some friendly competition. Not a runner? Wear Ripon gear and participate in the 1st Annual Spirit Parade. Prizes awarded for the top runners, best-dressed and most spirited. Get a special Runnin’ Rally T-shirt! Registration appreciated.

8:30 a.m.
Tennis Anyone?
Larson Courts
All are welcome to join Athletic Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Larson ’65. Registration includes an Alumni Weekend 2016 souvenir long-sleeved T-shirt.

9:30-10:30 a.m.
“That Was Then …”
North Reading Room, Lane Library
A lively discussion with a complimentary coffee bar of the common Ripon experience with College Archivist Andrew Prellwitz. Topics include, but are not limited to: favorite hangouts, freshman roommates, favorite professors.

10:45 a.m.
All-Alumni March
Meet in front of Todd Wehr Hall

11 a.m. to noon
Class Celebration and State of the College
Memorial Green Space Tent
Reunion class gifts presented to President Zach Messitte. Trophies presented to the classes with highest reunion gift participation, largest reunion class gift, best Alumni Weekend attendance and highest five-year gift. President Messitte will share an overview of Ripon today, his vision for its future and the path forward.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
All-Campus Lunch
Memorial Green Space Tent
Complimentary lunch for all alumni and guests. Registration appreciated.

1-4 p.m.
9th Annual All-Alumni Gathering Spot
Memorial Green Space Tent
Complimentary drinks and snacks hosted by Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

1-2:30 p.m.
Frisbee Golf
Check in anytime in the Johnson Hall lobby
Join Theta Chi Fraternity and support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by playing a round (or two!) of Frisbee golf. Enjoy nine holes of Frisbee golf on upper campus with your own caddy. Prizes awarded. Cost: $5 per round (includes Frisbee). Pay on site.

1:30 p.m.
A Walk on the Prairie
Ceresco Prairie Conservancy
Professor of Biology Skip Wittler will meet you at the trailhead behind Storzer. Children and families welcome.
Prior to the walk, please join us to honor Professor of Engligh David Graham with the dedication of his poem, Sky's All the Surprise.

1:30–3:30 p.m.
Alumni Lacrosse Game
Sadoff Field
Alumni of all ages are invited to join current lacrosse players for a friendly co-ed game. NEW IN 2016: complimentary beverages will be served at The Terrace for fans and players. For details, contact Jeff Penney ’80 ( or 574-274-4608) or check out the Ripon College Alumni Lacrosse Facebook group. Cost is $25 per player, including a Ripon Lacrosse Pinnie; $10 of each registration will be designated to the Lacrosse Fund in Memory of Bob Murphy ’85 (additional gifts to the fund also are welcome). Registration appreciated.

2:30-4 p.m.
Greek Socials
Are you a member of a fraternity or sorority? Reconnect with brothers and sisters and connect with new ones.

The Quads

  • Phi Delta Theta, West Lounge, Mapes Hall
  • Phi Kappa Pi, East Lounge, Anderson Hall
  • Theta Chi, East Lounge, Brockway Hall
  • Theta Sigma Tau/Sigma Nu, East Lounge, Mapes Hall
  • Sigma Chi, West Lounge, Brockway Hall

Johnson Hall Chapter Rooms

  • Delta Psi Delta/Kappa Delta
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi

Johnson Hall Main Lounge

  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Kappa Theta

Memorial Green Space Tent

  • Beta Sigma Pi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon

8 p.m. to midnight
All-Alumni Party
Memorial Green Space Tent (rain site: S.N. Pickard Commons)
Complimentary bar snacks, beer, wine and soda with music and dancing for all. Hosted by your Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Sunday Events


8-8:30 a.m.
Service of Remembrance
Dahm Heritage Room, Pickard Commons
Members of the Class of 1966 presiding, all alumni welcome for this non-denominational service.

8:30-10 a.m.
Farewell Breakfast Buffet
Main Dining Room, Pickard Commons
President Messitte will offer brief departing remarks at 9:30 a.m.

Throughout the Weekend

Throughout the Weekend


The Pub, Harwood Memorial Union
Thursday, 4-6 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration, information, campus housing.
Be sure to register and help your class win the trophy for highest class participation at Alumni Weekend. Pick up your own Alumni Weekend T-shirt and Ripon Frisbee. Donors to the Annual Fund and alumni with Ripon in their estate plans receive special recognition. Admission Office representatives will be on hand throughout the weekend.
Note: On-campus housing check-in begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 23.

The Pub

Harwood Memorial Union
Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 7-11 a.m.
Served a la carte, pay on site.

“We Proudly Brew Starbucks” Coffee

Lower level, Pickard Commons
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Lane Library

Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take a moment to enjoy the displays, browse the stacks and check your email in the computer labs. Oral history interviews conducted in The Pub throughout the day; please share your memories with us!

ROTC Open House

Ground floor, West Hall
Friday, 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Step back into the oldest ROTC program in Wisconsin and visit with current cadre and students. Share your memories and experiences; learn about what the program is doing today and about our plans for America’s future Army officers.

College Bookstore

Lower level, Pickard Commons
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon
Alumni receive 10 percent off!


You Pick the Sites
Depart from The Pub, Harwood Memorial Union
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
You decide what you want to see, and a current student will lead you on this walking tour. Riding tour will be available, as well.

Revitalize Storzer Hard-Hat Tours
Ranslow Lobby, J.M. Storzer Center
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Get a first-hand look at the work in progress and plans to renovate our health and wellness facilities.

General Information


Register before Friday, June 10. Cancellations prior to Friday, June 10, will receive a full refund. When you arrive on campus, you must register at The Pub in Harwood Memorial Union to confirm meal and activity reservations, as well as housing assignments. Call the Office of Constituent Engagement at 920-748-8126 with any questions.

Staying on Campus

  • Alumni selecting campus accommodations will be housed in Tri-Dorms or Johnson Hall on a first-come, first-served basis. We will group reunion years together, when possible.
  • Complimentary campus housing will be provided for members of all of the Golden “R” classes (years 1966 and all prior years).
  • Tri-Dorms and Johnson Hall will remain unlocked throughout the weekend. Guests will be issued keys for their rooms. Keys can be picked up during registration hours or after hours in Johnson Hall. You are advised to lock your room when it is unoccupied.
  • Room keys must be deposited in the orange box near the front desk of Tri-Dorms or Johnson Hall by 10 a.m. Sunday.
  • Linen, towel, soap, pillow and blanket (one per bed) are provided. Children may stay in the same room with their parents. Since rooms are not air conditioned, you may wish to bring a small electric fan.

Area Lodging

Click here for lodging options in the Ripon area.

What to Wear

Ripon summers, like our winters, can be extreme. Plan accordingly.

Food Service

To assist in planning, meal reservations are appreciated and should be indicated on the registration form. Please note any special needs, including vegetarian or vegan meals.


Our 24-hour emergency phone number is 920-748-8703, option 002. Since this number accesses security and maintenance personnel, please use only for emergencies. For non-emergencies, please call 920-748-8126.


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Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Phone: 800-947-4766
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