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Messitte Reflects on Films and Academic Inquiry in L.A. Times

Ripon College President Zach Messitte penned an opinion piece that appears in today’s Los Angeles Times. The piece, “History lessons, with popcorn, for America’s undergraduates,” appears in advance of the Academy Awards next month. Messitte, who also teaches in Ripon’s Department of Politics and Government, reflects on the importance of the movies in the classroom and their ability to, “inspire… Continue reading

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Schatzinger, Strickler ’17 Present Research in Philadelphia

Henrik Schatzinger, assistant professor of politics and government, and Jason Strickler ’17 presented a new research project at the annual Teaching & Learning Conference of the American Political Science Association in Philadelphia on February 7-9, 2014. The paper, “Integrating Aspects of Diversity Throughout the American Government Course: Why, How, and With What Effects,” offers political science instructors a number of… Continue reading

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Messitte in Journal Sentinel

Ripon College President Zach Messitte had an opinion piece appear in the February 6, 2014 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Messitte’s piece, “College’s Rising Returns,” addresses the real value of a college education as well as the real costs. “A four-year degree is worth the money,” writes Messitte, “because there is a basic return on investment. Sure, college may… Continue reading

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Beres in Natural Areas Journal

Karl Beres, professor of math and computer science, had a book review published in the most recent volume of Natural Areas Journal, a journal produced by the Natural Areas Association, an organization that, “informs, unites, and supports persons engaged in identifying, protecting, managing, and studying natural areas and biological diversity across landscapes and ecosystems.” Beres reviewed In the Memory of… Continue reading

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Oblinger’s Work to Appear in Cincinnati Group Exhibit

Mollie Oblinger, associate professor of art at Ripon College, will have her work featured in a group exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in Cincinnati. The exhibit, “Shall I tell you the secret of the whole world? Painting, Parody & Disguise,” will run March 29 – July 26, 2014 and is curated by Cincinnati-based artist Michael Stillion. According to… Continue reading

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Mathematics & Computer Science Tests New Text

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is class-testing a new statistics textbook, Introduction to Statistical Investigations by Tintle et al, which teaches new techniques of randomization. “Randomization, in this context,” said Karl Beres, professor of math and computer science, “means answering statistical questions by using computer simulations, rather than abstract mathematical formulas.” Beres is serving as the liaison between… Continue reading

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