Career Discovery Tours

The Career Discovery Tour is a program committed to further expanding student-alumni career networking opportunities. In 2014, the program was recognized with the “Best Student Alumni Programming” award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Offered twice annually, during fall and spring breaks, the Career Discovery Tour offers 12-16 students the opportunity to travel for a week to vibrant cities across the U.S. to gain first-hand knowledge of a variety of careers directly from successful Ripon alumni and friends.

Career Services staff accompany students on the tour and help to design meeting schedules and flex time that meets the needs of most students. Previous trips have included Washington, D.C., Minneapolis and Chicago.

This critical engagement opportunity is made possible with support from the Alumni Board and others.

If you are interested in meeting with Ripon students on an upcoming tour or if you are a student who is interested in attending a tour, contact the Office of Career Services & Constituent Engagement.

The spring 2015 tour will be in Washington, D.C.

A schedule of confirmed visits follows:
  • Kathryn Schultz ’89, Senior Advisor, Bureau of International Security & Nonproliferation, US Department of State
  • Pam Russell ’77, Legislative Counsel, Library of Congress
  • Lacy Rourke ’07, Subject Matter Expert/Consultant with 50 anniversary of Vietnam War; Former National Coordinator of League of MIA/POW Families
  • Trustee Susan Meier ’79, Non-profit Consultant
  • Susan Bundock ’82, Executive Director, CSPAN
  • Suzanne Katz, Ed.D., Director of Strategic Partnerships, Center for Inspired Teaching
  • District Judge Peter J. Messitte, United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Melanie Batenchuk, President of Washington Automotive Press Association, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of, Chief of Operations and Brand Management of SCOPE Group
  • Patricia Simpson, Director of Career Programs, The Leadership Institute
  • Lani Makholm ’72, Program Officer, Office of International Visitors Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State
  • Pamela Roe Durham ’82, Director of the Office of Missile, Biological, and Chemical Nonproliferation Bureau of International Security & Nonproliferation, U.S. Dept. of State
  • Trustee Bill MacLeod ’73, Partner, Kelley Drye
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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