Alumni Weekend Gathering

Alumni Weekend 2014: June 26-29

Schedule of Events

Throughout the Weekend

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, share memories, and jot a note of appreciation. Congratulate Vida VandeSlunt P’98, Cyndi West, Donna Bukowski, Professor Paul Schoofs, Philip Wepner, Professor Sarah Kraaz, Linda Jess, Larry Malchow ’77/P’14/P’15, Jessica Joanis, Professor Geoff Guevara-Geer ’92, Professor Thomas Truesdell, and others on their milestones. 

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.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-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.-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


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.

9:30-10:30 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.

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Alumni Swimming Pool Party

Kohler Pool, J.M. Storzer Athletic Center

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

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.

12:30–2:30 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 ( or 715-498-1715) or join the conversation with the Ripon College Alumni Lacrosse Group on Facebook.

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 are also welcome). Registration appreciated.

1-4 p.m.
8th Annual All-Alumni Gathering Spot

Memorial Green Space Tent
Complimentary drinks and snacks hosted by Delta Upsilon Fraternity and the Class of 1969, featuring the classic rock band Tommy Boy with bassist, Kristian Borrud ’04.

1-3 p.m.
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.

2:30-4 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.-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 the Classes of 1979 and 2004 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 1964 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.

Class Reunions

Note: All events below are held Saturday, June 28 unless otherwise noted.

War Years Gathering & Golden “R” Reunion (all years prior to 1964) including:
1954: 60th Reunion; 1959: 55th Reunion

5:15-6:15 p.m. Complimentary Reception. Upper Lobby, Pickard Commons.
6:15 p.m. Dinner. Mihaly Room, Pickard Commons.
$45 per person.

1964: 50th Reunion

Friday and Saturday
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Class of 1964 Hospitality Room. Room B-12, Lower Level, Pickard Commons. Complimentary refreshments.

5:15-6:30 p.m. Complimentary Reception. Upper Lobby, Pickard Commons.
5:30 p.m. promptly. Class of 1964 Photo. Joyce Lounge, Lower Level, Pickard Commons.
6:30 p.m. Class of 1964 Golden “R” Club Induction. Dahm Heritage Room, Pickard Commons.
7 p.m. Dinner. $50 per person.
Coordinators: Pat Ostrom Kohnen,, 925-201-7377; Don Schober,, 508-896-9980.

1969: 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: Scott Nyquist,, 239-732-0523.

1974: 40th Reunion

2:30-4:30 p.m.
Wine Tasting and Tour
Vines and Rushes, 410 County Road E, Ripon, WI (Map)

Lane Library
6-7 p.m. Cash Bar Reception. South Reading Room.
7 p.m. Dinner. North Reading Room.
$40 per person.
Coordinator: Jan Petrovski MacLeod,, 630-920-2450.

1979: 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.
Coordinator: Kevin Warmack,, 773-288-2940.
Check out the Ripon College Class of 1979 Facebook page!

1984: 30th Reunion
Home of Tod Henderson, N5141 Horner Road, Ripon
1:30 p.m. Class of 1984 Gathering.
The Terrace, Bovay Hall
6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. Cash bar. $35 per person.
Coordinator: Connie Herbon Moser,, 847-548-2732.
Check out Ripon College Class of 1984 Facebook page!

1989: 25th Reunion
Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union
5:15 p.m. promptly. Class Photo. Harwood Memorial Union Porch
5:30-8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. $35 per person. The Class of 1989 Reunion Party will feature the music of ‘Pub Afternoons’ fame, Clyde Stokes, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.!
Coordinators: Nikki Zens Lindberg,, 612-929-2188.
Check out Class of 1989 Facebook page!

1994: 20th 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: Brooke Tireman Konopacki,, 920-456-9870; Kimberly Woolley,, 650-412-4201.
Check out the Ripon College Reunion Class of 1994 Facebook page!

1999: 15th Reunion
Joyce Lounge, Lower Level, Pickard Commons
6:30-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception.
$35 per person.
Coordinator: Trista Moffat-Larco,, 920-486-1694.

2004: 10th Reunion
Roadhouse Pizza, Downtown Ripon
6:30-9 p.m. Pizza Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. $25 per person.
Coordinator: Nick Spaeth,, 920-207-0439.
Check out the Class of 2004 Facebook page!

2009: 5th Reunion
Roadhouse Pizza, Downtown Ripon
6:30-9 p.m. Pizza Buffet, Beer, Wine and Soda Reception. $25 per person.
Coordinators: Emily Meyer,, 920-369-8707; Eliza Cherry Stephenson,, 715-927-0415.
Check out Class of 2009: 5 Year Class Reunion Facebook page!

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

Alumni Awards

Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni Citation
Lawrence E. Hamilton, Jr. ’63
David G. Hartman ’64
Jacqueline M. Vieceli ’74

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Lacy T. Rourke ’07

Athletic Hall of Fame
Timothy J. Barnes ’80/P’16
Luke S. Hagel ’03
Alan D. Long ’69
Molly Kneip Maurer ’03

General Information

Ian Stapleton '98

Click here to use our interactive campus map of events throughout the weekend!

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 1964 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.

23 constructionFor those traveling between Ripon and Green Lake (especially for lodging and the Red Hawks Golf Scramble) please note that highway 23 between Green Lake and Ripon is under construction this summer. Detours will be marked, but a suggested route is linked below.

Click here for map.

Highway 49 constructionFor those traveling to Ripon from the South, Highway 49 is closed between Waupun and Brandon. For those traveling on 151 North we recommend:
Take exit 148 and travel North on highway 26 towards Rosendale.
In Rosendale, turn left on highway 23 towards Ripon.

For lodging in the Ripon area please visit

Ripon summers, like our winters, can be extreme. We suggest business casual attire.

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.

Photos, Videos, and Social Media

We’ll be sharing photos, videos and social media updates right here. If you have pictures you’d like to share with us over the course of the weekend, you can email them or share them on Dropbox with, or you can tweet/instagram to @riponcollege and use #riponaw14.


Walkers at the 5k Alumni Weekend pre-registration is now closed, however walk-in registrations will be open at The Pub on campus. Cancellations prior to Friday, June 13, 2014 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.

Click here to see who’s coming from your class!