Current Ripon News

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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Ripon College names new vice president for finance

After a national search during the fall semester, Tom Ponto has been selected as the new vice president for finance for Ripon College. He began his duties Feb. 3. As vice president for finance, Ponto supervises all business and financial functions of the college, and is the primary administrative liaison to the Board of Trustees on matters related to finance,… 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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Student Profile: Samantha Angell ’14

During a summer at the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), at the University of Virginia, Samantha Angell ’14 of Watertown, Wis., discovered that teachers who use a lot of work-related words when talking in the classroom are neither enjoying their work nor liking making connections with their students. “They aren’t as good of a teacher,… 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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Guest pianist Blair McMillen to perform at Ripon College

Pianist Blair McMillen will perform at Ripon College Feb. 14 as part of the Chamber Music and Jazz at Ripon series. The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. His program, “Legacy of the American Piano: Contrasts and Currents,” will feature American piano music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Composers… Continue reading

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