Alumni Weekend 2013: June 27-30
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The Alumni Board of Directors invites you to spend a beautiful weekend with your fellow alumni and alma mater, June 27-30, 2013.
Whether we’ve been gone a year, a decade, or half a lifetime, we all remember Ripon as a place with a special spirit, a unique way of being, that animates the work that happens here.
We remember Ripon fondly, as a place where lifetime friendships and relationships were formed; where we found ourselves and our callings in life; where we experimented with adulthood and said goodbye to childhood (albeit some more gracefully than others!).
Ripon is a place with a unique commitment to developing in students a strength of character and a quality of intellect that enables them to become the kinds of leaders this world is now demanding. It is a safe place, one that cared for us and harbored our dreams, and gave us the confidence to excel in all that is asked of us. It is a place to which we return out of nostalgia, out of pride and out of commitment to its future.
We hope to see you in June! Your Alumni Association Board of Directors
Schedule of Events
Throughout the Weekend
Registration The Pub, Harwood Memorial Union Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration, information, campus housing. Make sure to register and help your class win the trophy for highest class participation at Alumni Weekend. Pick up your very own Alumni Weekend t-shirt and Ripon sunglasses. 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.
The Pub Harwood Memorial Union Friday, 7:30 a.m.-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.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30-11 a.m.
Celebration of Ripon Greats! The Pub, Harwood Memorial Union Friday and Saturday In honor of beloved and retiring faculty and staff, take a moment to enjoy photos and memorabilia, share memories, and jot a note of appreciation. Congratulate Professor Jack Christ, Professor Bob Young, Professor Michelle Fuerch, Professor Vance Cope-Kasten, Bev Christ, Toni Hollenback, Professor Eddie Lowry, Professor Becky Matzke, Professor Tim Reed, Coach Eric Cruise, Diane Falk and others on their milestones.
You Pick the Sites Tours Depart from The Pub, Harwood Memorial Union Friday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.; Saturday, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Enjoy a student-led upper campus walking tour. Riding tours will be available as well.
Lane Library Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oral History interviews conducted in Lane Library 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.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-Noon Alumni receive 10% off!
Ride the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy Mountain Bike Trail Thanks to the Pepsi Refresh Project, the International Mountain Bicycling Association and hours of volunteer effort, Ripon has its very own singletrack mountain bike trail. Bring your bike and explore roughly 2 miles of sustainable dirt trail designed specifically for mountain bikers. Hikers are welcome as well, but the trail is closed to all users when wet; so please check conditions before riding or hiking. More information can be found at redhawks.ripon.edu/riponmtb
5:30 p.m. Alumni Weekend Kick-Off Roadhouse Pizza, Downtown Ripon Celebrate the start of Alumni Weekend with complimentary pizza, appetizers, soda and beer. Cash bar. Registration appreciated; walk-ins welcome.
8:30 a.m. 5th Annual Red Hawks Scramble Presented by The Scott Spiller Family The Links at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia, Green Lake Join Doc Weiske ’50 and Red Hawk Athletics for Ripon’s premier athletics fundraiser. Shotgun start. 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, $10,000 hole-in-one, and much more! All proceeds benefit Red Hawk Athletics.
Special registration rates until May 15. For more information visit redhawks.ripon.edu/scramble.
10:15-11:30 a.m. American Foreign Policy in the Age of Obama Kresge Little Theatre, East Hall
Take President Messitte’s first class at Ripon! President Messitte recently co-edited “Understanding the Global Community” (University of Oklahoma Press, 2013) and wrote the book’s chapter on American foreign policy. Much ink has been spilled in recent years about whether or not the United States will remain the world’s sole superpower. The rise of new developing economies, overstretch in the Middle East and economic and political problems at home have led many observers to question whether America’s ‘unipolar moment’ that began with the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, is now coming to an end. The class will examine some of the broad historical trends in American foreign policy and look at the current challenges facing President Obama and his team of advisers.
11:45a.m. – 1p.m. Lunch with Faculty The Pub, Harwood Memorial Union As a student, do you remember sharing insightful discussions with faculty during lunch? You can again do so as an alumnus. Complimentary lunch for faculty, alumni and guests. Take advantage of this special opportunity to personally congratulate faculty and staff who are celebrating milestones and retirements as well.
2:30-3:30 p.m. Olimpia Ogilvie Art Reception Lobby, C.J. Rodman Center A special exhibit in memory of professor of art emeritus, Olimpia Ogilvie, hosted by her family and friends.
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 & Awards Presentation Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union Honored guests:
- Distinguished Alumni Citation: Helen Steinman Ackley ’63, Helen K. Holter ’78, Thomas L. Reinecke ’68
- Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Brian J. Macak ‘06
- Athletic Hall of Fame: Troy M. DeVoe ’02, Nicholas M. Johnson ’03, Karin A. Kedrowski ’03, William M. Swartz II ’99, Andrea L. Wepner ‘96
Presentation by Roger Venden ‘59 to honor Rev. Jerry Thompson’s contributions to Ripon.
6:30-11:30 p.m. 7th Annual All Alumni Reception Evans Admission Center at Hughes House Hosted by the Classes of 1983 and 1988, this reception celebrates all returning alumni. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and soda.
5K Fun Run/Walk 8 a.m. walkers start 8:30 a.m. runners start 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.
9-10:30 a.m. “That Was Then…” North Reading Room, Lane Library A discussion of the common Ripon experience with Ron Balej ’53, Sue Angell Schmidt ’80 and 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.-Noon Class Celebration & 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 5-year gift. President Messitte will share his thoughts about Ripon’s present and future.
Noon – 1:30 p.m. All Campus Lunch Memorial Green Space Tent Complimentary lunch for all alumni and guests. Registration appreciated.
1-2 p.m. Investigation of Paranormal Activity at Ripon College Kresge Little Theatre, East Hall Noah Leigh ’04 will lead a spooky discussion about the various reportedly haunted locations on campus. The presentation will include basic information about the paranormal, provide an in-depth look at the stories that have circulated around campus, and finish with audio evidence captured by the Paranormal Investigators of Milwaukee (www.paranormalmilwaukee.com) during their visit to campus.
1-2 p.m. Alumni Lacrosse Game Sadoff Field Alumni of all ages and skill levels are invited to join current lacrosse players for a friendly co-ed game. Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment, if possible. For more details contact Jim Mendyke ’83 (Jim.Mendyke@charter.net or 715-498-1715). Join the conversation at the Ripon College Alumni Lacrosse Group on Facebook. Registration appreciated.
1-4 p.m. 7th Annual All Alumni Gathering Spot Memorial Green Space Tent Complimentary drinks and snacks hosted by Delta Upsilon Fraternity and the Class of 1993.
1-3 p.m. Celebrate 35 Years of Frisbee Golf Check-in anytime at 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.
2-3 p.m. RA Gathering Johnson Hall Main Lounge Resident Assistant alumni are invited to join Director of Residence Life, Jessica Joanis, and current RAs to share your experiences. Registration appreciated.
2:30-4 p.m. Greek Socials The Quads Phi Delta Theta West Lounge, Mapes Hall Phi Kappa Pi East Lounge, Anderson Hall Sigma Chi West Lounge, Brockway Hall Theta Chi East Lounge, Brockway Hall Theta Sigma Tau/Sigma Nu East Lounge, Mapes Hall
Johnson Hall Chapter Rooms Alpha Chi Omega, 3rd Floor Alpha Delta Pi, 4th Floor Delta Psi Delta/Kappa Delta, 2nd Floor
8 p.m.-Midnight All Alumni Party Memorial Green Space Tent (rain site: Pickard Commons) Complimentary bar snacks, beer, wine and soda with music and dancing for all. Hosted by Class of 1973 and your Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Midnight-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.
8-8:30 a.m. Service of Remembrance Dahm Heritage Room, Pickard Commons Members of the Class of 1963 presiding.
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.
Register before Friday, June 14, 2013 by following the link below:
You may also download, print, and mail the registration form below:
Cancellations prior to Friday, June 14, 2013 will receive a full refund. To receive confirmation of your reservation, please call 920-748-8126.
When you arrive on campus you must register at The Pub in Harwood Memorial Union to confirm meal and activity reservations, housing assignment, etc.
Note: All events below are held Saturday, June 29 unless otherwise noted.
War Years Gathering & Golden “R” Reunion (all years prior to 1963, except for ’58) including: 1953: 60th Reunion 5:30-6:30 p.m. Complimentary Reception. Upper Lobby, Pickard Commons. 6:30 p.m. Dinner. Main Dining Room, Pickard Commons. $50 per person.
1958: 55th Reunion Saturday, June 29 The Treasury, Downtown Ripon 5:30 p.m. Cash Bar Reception 7 p.m. Dinner
1963: 50th Reunion Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Class of 1963 Hospitality Room. Room B-12, Lower Level Pickard Commons. Complimentary refreshments.
Saturday 5:15-6:30 p.m. Complimentary Reception. Upper Lobby, Pickard Commons. 5:30 p.m. promptly. Class of 1963 Photo. Joyce Lounge, Lower Level Pickard Commons. 6:30 p.m. Class of 1963 Golden “R” Club Induction. Dahm Heritage Room, Pickard Commons. 7 p.m. Dinner. $50 per person. Coordinators: John Neubauer, email@example.com, 858-792-8365; Cheryl Rofer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 505-992-6890.
1968: 45th Reunion Friday, 8 p.m. Class of 1968 Gathering. Home of Judy Wilkinson & Bill Neill ‘68/’67, 617 Hillside Terrace, Ripon.
Saturday 5:30-6:30 p.m. Cash Bar Reception. Rotunda, Harwood Memorial Union. 6:30 p.m. Dinner. MLK Lounge, Harwood Memorial Union. $40 per person. Coordinator: Bob Martin, email@example.com, 610-446-1897.
1973: 40th Reunion Harwood Memorial Union 6-7 p.m. Complimentary Reception. Rotunda. 7 p.m. Dinner. Great Hall. $50 per person. Coordinators: Jean Kirkpatrick Lederer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 239-390-1349; Steve Illich, email@example.com, 815-236-9503; Pat Wilke Epting, firstname.lastname@example.org. Class of 1973 Facebook page!
1978: 35th Reunion Lobby, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts 6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. Cash bar. $35 per person. Coordinators: Laurie Meyer Wagner, email@example.com, 262-338-6878; Gregg Petersen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-884-0407. Check out the Class of 1978 Facebook page!
1983: 30th Reunion (80’s Party) The Terrace, Bovay Hall 6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. Cash bar. $35 per person. Coordinator: Jim Mendyke, Jim.Mendyke@charter.net, 715-498-1715. Check out the Ripon College Class of 1983 Reunion Facebook page!
1988: 25th Reunion North Porch, Harwood Memorial Union 5:30 p.m. Reception. (Cash Bar.*) 5:45 p.m. Class Photo. 6:45 p.m. Dinner. *$45 per person including beer and wine ($40 dinner only). Coordinators: Kathy Wade, email@example.com, 414-540-0551; David Jonas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-364-6548; Michelle Ebert Witt, email@example.com, 262-878- 9205. Check out the Class of 1988 Facebook page!
1993: 20th Reunion 5:45 p.m. Cash Bar Reception. Upper Lobby, Pickard Commons 6:45 p.m. Dinner. Pickard Dining Room, Pickard Commons $40 per person. Coordinators: Marla May, firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-212-0595; Marcy Blakeley Dusza, email@example.com, 708-246-5674. Check out the Class of 1993 Facebook page!
1998: 15th Reunion Roadhouse Pizza, Downtown Ripon 6:30-9 p.m. Appetizers and Pizza Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. $25 per person. Coordinators: Sarah Eng, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-404-6732; Kristin Dodds, email@example.com, 415-365-5446. Check out the Class of 1998 Facebook page!
2003: 10th Reunion Joyce Lounge, Lower Level Pickard Commons 6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. $35 per person. Coordinators: Elayne Monnens Norweb, firstname.lastname@example.org, 917-509-4826; Liz Matelski, email@example.com. Check out the Class of 2003 Facebook page! Please take the time to fill out the 5 & 10 Year Alumni Survey: HERE
2008: 5th Reunion Christiano’s Pizza, Highway 23, Green Lake 6:30-9 p.m. Appetizers and Pizza Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. $20 per person. Bus departs Pickard Commons at 6:15 p.m. and returns at 9 p.m. Coordinator: Stephanie Sommer Faulds, Stephanie.Sommer@gmail.com, 608-630-3369. Check out the Class of 2008 Facebook page! Please take the time to fill out the 5 & 10 Year Alumni Survey: HERE
Class photos will be taken by College staff only at 25th and 50th reunion receptions.
Red Hawks Golf Scramble
Ripon College Athletics is proud to announce the Fifth Annual Red Hawks Scramble Presented by the Scott Spiller Family, a golf outing to support varsity athletic programs at Ripon College. A maximum of 36 four-person teams will compete in the classic scramble format on the legendary Links layout at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake, Wis.
To find out more about this event: Click Here
Alumni Award Recipients
Distinguished Alumni Citation: Helen Steinman Ackley ’63, Helen K. Holter ’78, Thomas L. Reinecke ’68
Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Brian J. Macak ‘06
Athletic Hall of Fame: Troy M. DeVoe ’02, Nicholas M. Johnson ’03, Karin A. Kedrowski ’03, William M. Swartz II ’99, Andrea L. Wepner ‘96
Special Presentation to honor Rev. Jerry Thompson
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 1963 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 ripon.edu/lodging
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.
EMERGENCY 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.