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, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, 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.

Class Reunions

Note: All events below are held Saturday, June 27, unless otherwise noted.

War Years Gathering and Golden “R” Reunion

(all years prior to 1965) including 1950: 65th Reunion and 1955: 60th Reunion

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

1960: 55th Reunion

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

Coordinator: W. John “Mike” Hammer,, 703-620-2645.

1965: 50th Reunion

  • Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class of 1965 Hospitality Room. Room B12, lower level, Pickard Commons. Complimentary refreshments.


  • 5-6:30 p.m. Complimentary Reception. Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union.
  • 5:30 p.m. promptly. Class of 1965 Photo. Union porch steps.
  • 6:30 p.m. Class of 1965 Golden “R” Club Induction. Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union.
  • 7 p.m. Dinner, music and dancing to follow. $55 per person.

Coordinator: John Hyde,,414-530-4041.

1970: 45th Reunion



  • 5:30 p.m. Cash Bar Reception. Upper lobby, Pickard Commons.
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner. Pickard Dining Room, Pickard Commons. $40 per person.

Coordinator: David Read,, 610-455-0122.

1975: 40th Reunion

Lobby, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts

  • 5:45 p.m. Cash Bar Reception.
  • 6:45 p.m. Dinner, ’75 Ripon Jeopardy! with host Rick Estberg to follow.
    $40 per person.

Coordinator: Jondi Gumz,, 831-461-1120. Put your name as a “yes” at Ripon College Class of 1975 40th Reunion Facebook page.

1980: 35th Reunion

The Terrace, Bovay Hall

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

Coordinator: Rick Krueger '80,, 608-846-2277.

1985: 30th Reunion

West Hall

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

Coordinator: Jeanne Tomlin Lawson '85,, 317-379-8890.

1990: 25th Reunion

MLK Lounge and Union porch, Harwood Memorial Union.

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

Coordinators: Christina Maggio-Kellerstrass,; Bob Corkery,, 401-294-6015. Check out the Ripon College Class of 1990 25th Reunion Facebook page.

1995: 20th Reunion

Lane Library

  • 6 p.m. Cash bar reception. South Reading Room.
  • 7 p.m. Dinner. North Reading Room. $40 per person.

Coordinators: Amy DeKeyser Padilla,, 608-445-1038; Michelle Buss,, 262-377-0747.

2000: 15th Reunion

Roadhouse Pizza, downtown Ripon

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

Coordinator: Andre Miksha,

2005: 10th Reunion

Roadhouse Pizza, downtown Ripon

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

Coordinator: Daphne Meyers Leigh,, 414-841-7210. Visit the Ripon College Class of 2005 Facebook page.

2010: 5th Reunion

Christiano’s Pizza, Green Lake

  • 6:30-9 p.m. Appetizers and pizza buffet, beer, wine and soda reception. Bus departs Pickard Commons at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 9 p.m. $25 per person.

Coordinators: Paul Williams,, 414-943-5433; Maria Baatz,, 262-352-6521. Visit the Ripon College Class of 2010 Facebook page.

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, downtown 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
7th 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 (see below, 5:15 p.m.). All fees included. Player gift, flag event prizes, hole-in-one and much more! All proceeds benefit Red Hawk Athletics.
Support for the 2015 Red Hawks Scramble has been outstanding. At this time registration is in a wait list status. To be added to the wait list or check your registration status please email or call 920-748-8126.

8:30-10 a.m.
World Religions & Their Relationship to Current Events
East Hall Little Theatre
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to join Professor of Religion Brian Smith for an in-depth discussion of Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This on-campus lecture is the culmination of a special four-week online lecture series being taught by Smith about world religions from May 25 to June 26; visit the Summer Heritage Lecture Series page for course details. Registration in the online course is not required to attend on-campus lecture.

10:30-11:30 a.m.
A Close Look at (Sex on) the Prairie with Professor Skip Wittler
East Hall Little Theatre
Professor of Biology Skip Wittler’s lecture will explore the the amazing diversity of plants on the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy grounds. Special attention will be paid to the color, symmetry and form of flowers.

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lunch with Faculty
The Pub, Harwood Memorial Union
Do you remember sharing insightful discussions with faculty during lunch when you were a student? You can do so again as an alumnus. Complimentary lunch for faculty, alumni and guests. Registration appreciated.

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 requested.

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

5:15-7:30 p.m.
Alumni Association Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation
Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union
Honored guests:

  • Distinguished Alumni Citation: Mark A. Greene ’80, Mary Stake Hawker ’65
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Catherine Sinnwell Gerlach ’05
  • Athletic Hall of Fame: Thomas R. Becker ’05, Ronald Cooper ’72, Janine A. Emmer ’05, Joseph J. Kroncke ’97, William A. Schnese ’79

6:30-11:30 p.m.
8th Annual All-Alumni Reception
Evans Admission Center
Hosted by the Classes of 1965 and 2000, this reception celebrates all returning alumni. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda.

Saturday Events

8 a.m. walkers start
8:30 a.m. runners start
5K Fun Run/Walk
Southwest corner of Harwood Memorial Union
Challenge Heartbreak Hill. Get a T-shirt! Registration appreciated.

8:30 a.m.
Tennis Anyone?
Ashley Courts
All are welcome to join Athletic Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Larson ’65. Get a T-shirt! Registration appreciated.

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 Lane Library

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.

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Alumni Lacrosse Game
Sadoff Field
Alumni of all ages are invited to join current lacrosse players for a friendly co-ed game. Kids' clinic at halftime. Special 5th quarter for all family members. Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment. For more details, contact Jim Mendyke ’83 ( or 715-498-1715) 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.

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.

1-4 p.m.
8th Annual All-Alumni Gathering Spot
Memorial Green Space Tent
Complimentary drinks and snacks hosted by Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

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.

1-2:30 p.m.
Communication Department Alumni Family Feud
Todd Wehr
All communication, speech communication and speech alumni are invited to join Professor Jody Roy and Associate Professor Steve Martin ’96 for Family Feud, Comm department-style. Test your comps memory and learn some department history, all while celebrating recent successes of the department. Pre-registration requested.

2:30-4 p.m.
Greek Socials

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 Class of 1980 and your Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Midnight to 1 a.m.
After Hours
Memorial Green Space Tent
Bring your guitar or other instrument for an hour of unplugged and spontaneous musical entertainment and conversation. A perfect way to unwind after an evening of celebration.

Sunday Events


8-8:30 a.m.
Service of Remembrance
Dahm Heritage Room, Pickard Commons
Members of the Class of 1965 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 25.

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.

You Pick the Sites

Tours depart from The Pub, Harwood Memorial Union
Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Enjoy a student-led upper-campus walking tour highlighting recent updates on campus to West Hall Museum, Lane Library, Pickard Commons and the Campus Apartments. Riding tours will be available, as well.

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!

General Information

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 1965 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. We suggest business casual attire.

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.

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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