The Ripon Communication Consortium prepares students to be effective and ethical communicators in the 21st century. The Consortium is coordinated by Ripon’s Department of Communication, recipient of the 2014 Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award from the National Communication Association recognizing the best undergraduate communication program in America. Prospective students who are interested in applying for a Communication Consortium scholarship, can find more information here.
Students participating in the consortium will benefit from:
- Practical real world experience;
- Opportunities outside of the classroom and off-campus;
- Résumé-building programs; and
- Leadership and organizational skills.
The following co-curricular programs, activities and student organizations are coordinated by the Department of Communication in collaboration with the faculty and professional staff advisors of each program.
A truly “Ripon” activity that challenges students to be eloquent public speakers capable of engaging in deliberation/debate while centering content on analysis of ethical issues. Ethics Bowl has a competitive format with regional, national and even international tournament opportunities. For three consecutive years, the Ripon College Ethics Bowl team has earned the title of Upper Midwest Regional Champions.
Adviser: Lindsay Blumer, Director of Career and Professional Development.
Beginning in academic year 2015-2016, Ripon’s Forensics program will offer competition in individual events in three genres: platform speaking, interpretation and limited preparation (extemporaneous and impromptu speaking). Competition travel will include approximately six invitationals, the Wisconsin intercollegiate state tournament, and for students who qualify, the National Forensic Association Tournament and Interstate Oratory Competition.
Coach: Adam Jacobi, Director of Forensics
Ripon Speakers Bureau
Ripon Speakers Bureau is a co-curricular program within the Department of Communication. Students are trained to serve as advocates for non-profits and to speak about their own passions before actual community audiences. Speakers Bureau students regularly speak to audiences of middle and high school students, including at-risk students from the local community and North Chicago, IL; as well as inmate groups. Each student within Bureau develops their own speaking portfolio, addressing community audiences appropriate to their areas of expertise and passions for advocacy. Bureau is currently expanding to include “virtual” speaking engagements to community and high school audiences around the nation, and soon (we hope), the globe. Speakers Bureau is credit-bearing as CMM315: Speech Practicum. Membership is restricted to students who successfully complete CMM115: Public Speaking and CMM215: Advanced Public Speaking, and receive consent of instructor.
Instructor: Steve Martin, Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department, and Pieper Family Chair of Servant Leadership
College Days newspaper
College Days, which launched on the Ripon College campus in 1868, is the longest continually published student newspaper in Wisconsin. This student organization, under the coordination of the Consortium, will provide participants new opportunities for mentoring in journalistic writing while transitioning the paper into a fully 21st century media source.
Advisers: Ian Stepleton, Adjunct Instructor of Journalism, and Editor of Ripon Commonwealth Press
During the 2014-2015 academic year, WRPN began the process of planning for its future streaming radio station which is expected to come online in spring 2015. AM carrier current campus-only transmissions began at Ripon College in 1956 and WRPN’s FM license was issued in 1961. Student organizers see this new flexible format as a boon for the station, and have already started to discuss opportunities for new synergies with other campus media organizations, College Days and RPN-TV.
RPN-TV is gearing up now for a full launch in fall 2015. Students involved in RPN-TV will produce documentaries, film shorts and video for social media.
Adviser: Benjamin Cleveland, Digital Media Specialist at Ripon College
The Crimson yearbook reflects the vibrant life on Ripon’s campus through photographs, articles and even snarky commentary. Under Consortium coordination, students involved with this student organization will benefit from additional mentoring and collaboration with new programs.
Adviser: Jaye Alderson, Campus Editor
Photogenesis (Coming Fall 2015)
The Consortium plans a rebirth of this organized photography/graphics organization in fall 2015. Student participants will practice digital photography and learn basic concepts of graphic design, including image manipulation/editing and publications/web layout. This student organization will have natural synergies with College Days’ new graphics-heavy format.
Adviser: Ric Damm, Director of Creative and Social Media
Parallax, the literary magazine of Ripon College, will join the Consortium in fall 2015. Participants in this annual student-run publication write long-form features and exposé, and can now look forward to collaborating with other Consortium organizations on public oral or video performance of pieces written for Parallax and on the development of graphics for publications.
Adviser: Megan Gannon, Assistant Professor of English