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, June 22-25, 2017.

This summer, we’ll celebrate class reunions for Golden R (all years prior to 1967), 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012.

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.

Registration Now Open

Register for Alumni WeekendRegister for the Doc Weiske Memorial Golf Scramble

The Schedule of Events

Thursday Events


Alumni Weekend Rally Hour
6-8 p.m.
Roadhouse Pizza, downtown Ripon
Celebrate the start of Alumni Weekend with pizza, appetizers, soda and beer. Cash bar. Registration appreciated.

Friday Events


Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Golf Scramble
7-8 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:15 a.m. Shotgun Start

New in 2017 — You Pick the Course! The Golf Courses of Lawsonia, Green Lake
This year, we pay homage to a legend by renaming the ninth annual outing and premier athletics fund-raising event in Doc’s honor. Continental breakfast, lunch, beer and soda while golfing; plus a Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Golf Scramble wicking T-shirt and reduced admission to Alumni Awards Dinner (see below, 6 p.m.). All proceeds benefit Red Hawks Athletics. Special registration rates until May 1.For more playing and sponsorship information, visit

Summer Lectures & Continental Breakfast

North Reading Room, Lane Library

Role of Public Education in a Democracy
9-10 a.m.
Professor of Educational Studies Jeanne Williams

Friends of Lane Library Present Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Reading and discussion by Karla Huston (

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

Vines & Rushes Wine Tasting
1:30-3 p.m.
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 own winery ( Guests can purchase wine and snacks on site. Registration requested.

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

  • Distinguished Alumni Citation: Anne Mackenzie ’72, Mark Porubcansky ’77
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Chris Rydz ’07, Hilary Smith Uyhelji ’07
  • Athletic Hall of Fame: Steve Kohl ’02, Karalyn Dehn Massen ’06, Rose Reichhart ’06, Jeff Rhoads ’00

10th Annual All-Alumni Reception
8-11:30 p.m.
Evans Admission Center
Complimentary beer, wine and soda for alumni, faculty and staff, hosted by the Class of 1982.

Saturday Events

Rally’s Spirit Run/Walk
8:30 a.m.
Southwest corner of Harwood Memorial Union
Start your day with some friendly competition. Prizes awarded for the top runners, best-dressed and most spirited. Get a Runnin’ Rally T-shirt! Registration appreciated.

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

Class and Reunion Volunteer Toast
9-10 a.m.
College Museum, West Hall
The Alumni Board will toast all Class Agents and Reunion Volunteers on another successful year.

“That Was Then …”
9:30-10:30 a.m.
North Reading Room, Lane Library
A lively discussion with a complimentary coffee bar of the common Ripon experience with College Archivist Andrew Prellwitz.

All-Alumni March
11 a.m.
Meet in front of Todd Wehr Hall and gather with classmates to make the traditional Commencement walk.

Class Celebration and State of the College
11:15 a.m. to noon
Memorial Green Space Tent
Reunion class gifts presented to President Zach Messitte. Messitte will share an overview of Ripon today, his vision for its future and the path forward.

All-Campus Lunch
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Memorial Green Space Tent
Lunch for all alumni, faculty and staff. Registration appreciated.

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

10th Annual All-Alumni Gathering Spot
1-3 p.m.
Memorial Green Space Tent
Complimentary drinks and snacks for all alumni, faculty and staff hosted by Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

A Walk on the Prairie
1:30 p.m.
Ceresco Prairie Conservancy
Professor of Biology Skip Wittler will meet you at the trailhead behind the athletics center. Children and families welcome.

Greek Socials
2:30-4 p.m.
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 & Lounges
Delta Psi Delta/Kappa Delta
Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Xi Delta
Kappa Theta
Memorial Green Space Tent
Beta Sigma Pi
Delta Upsilon
Sigma Alpha Epsilon

The 1851 Club & Partners in the Legacy Reception
3:30-4:30 p.m.
One Merriman Lane
President Messitte welcomes current members of The 1851 Club (donors at $1,000 annually or $50,000 lifetime) and Partners in the Legacy (those with Ripon in their estate plans). To inquire about your 1851 Club or Partners in the Legacy status or learn more about our leadership programs, please email [email protected]

All-Alumni Party and Bonfire
8 p.m. to midnight
Memorial Green Space (rain site: Pickard Commons)
Complimentary bar snacks, beer, wine and soda with music and dancing for all. S’mores available at the campus fire pit near The Pub beginning at 10 p.m.

Class Reunions on Saturday

Note: All events below are held Saturday, June 24, unless otherwise noted.

Golden “R” Reunion (all years prior to 1967) including the Class of 1952 65th Reunion and the Class of 1957 60th Reunion
5:15 p.m. Complimentary reception. Upper lobby, Pickard Commons.
6 p.m. Dinner. Pickard Dining Room, Pickard Commons.
$40 per person.

1962: 55th Reunion
5:30 p.m. Complimentary reception. Upper lobby, Pickard Commons.
6:15 p.m. Dinner. Mihaly Room, Pickard Commons.
$40 per person.

1967: 50th Reunion
Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Class of 1967 Hospitality and Memorabilia Room. Room B-12, Lower Level of Pickard Commons.
5-6 p.m. Complimentary reception. Lane Library.
5:45 p.m. promptly. Class of 1967 Photo. Lane Library steps.
6:30 p.m. Class of 1967 Golden “R” Club Induction. Heritage Room, Pickard Commons.
7 p.m. Dinner. Heritage Room, Pickard Commons.
$50 per person.
Coordinator: Kathy Santimays Dunn, [email protected], 704.633.8999

1972: 45th Reunion
1977: 40th Reunion
Joyce Lounge, Pickard Commons
6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres buffet, beer, wine and soda reception.
$35 per person.
Coordinators: Stevie Greene, [email protected], 646.853.0424; Susie Frederick-Clarkson, [email protected], 925.830.1944; Alan Lawrence, [email protected], 920.213.5004

1982: 35th Reunion
Lane Library
1:30 p.m. Join the Class of 1982 for a special boat cruise on Green Lake. The boat cruise departs from the Heidel House boat dock at 1:30 p.m.
$20 per person.
6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres buffet, beer, wine and soda reception.
$35 per person.
Coordinator: Kristen Rasmussen Olson, [email protected], tel: 507-279-1091

1987: 30th Reunion
West Hall
6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres buffet, beer, wine and soda reception. $35 per person.
Coordinators: Dorrie Smith Scranton, [email protected], 860.455.6108; Christine Templeton, [email protected], 312.402.6207

1992: 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.
Coordinator: Kate Burrall Justic, [email protected], 224.361.1270

1997: 20th Reunion
Roadhouse Pizza, downtown Ripon
7-9 p.m. Appetizers and pizza buffet, beer, wine and soda reception.
$25 per person.
Coordinator: Kristin Bazzoli Piotrowski, [email protected], 414.841.8577

2002: 15th Reunion
Bovay Lounge Party at The Terrace
7-9 p.m. Appetizers, sliders, specialty cocktails, beer, wine and soda.
$25 per person.
Coordinators: Melissa Anderson, [email protected]; Leigh Mlodzik, [email protected]

2007: 10th Reunion
J’s BBQ, downtown Ripon
7:30-9:30 p.m. Texas Style BBQ buffet, beer, wine and soda reception. Cash bar.
$25 per person.
Coordinator: Stacy Krusa Teachout, [email protected], 920.266.5020

2012: 5th Reunion
Bovay's Study Bar & Mercantile, downtown Ripon
7-9 p.m. Appetizers and pizza buffet, beer, wine and soda reception catered by Knuth Brewing Co.
$25 per person.
Coordinator: Roberta Martin, [email protected], 920,456,9602

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

Sunday Events

Service of Remembrance
8:30 a.m.
Dahm Heritage Room, Pickard Commons
Members of the Class of 1967 presiding, all alumni, faculty and staff are welcome for this non-denominational service.

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

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. Requests can be made to group reunion years or living groups together.
  • Complimentary campus housing will be provided for members of all of the Golden “R” classes (years 1967 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
For lodging in the Ripon area, please visit

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.

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. Donors to the Annual Fund and alumni with Ripon in their estate plans receive special recognition. Office of Admission representatives will be on hand throughout the weekend.
Note: On-campus housing check-in begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 22.

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.
Oral history interviews conducted in The Pub on Friday; please share your memories with us!

Centennial ROTC Celebration
Ground floor, West Hall
Saturday, 9-11 a.m.
Celebrate the 100th year of ROTC on Ripon’s campus by sharing your memories and experiences; learn about what the program is doing today and about our plans for America’s future Army officers.

You Pick the Sites
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Tours depart from The Pub, Harwood Memorial Union
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 to the Storzer Center, as well.

Revitalize Athletic Center Hard-Hat Tours
Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
Meet in front of the athletic center
You’ll be amazed at the final work in progress on the renovations to our health and wellness facilities.

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