Current Ripon News

Smith Named ‘Person of the Year’

Brian Smith, professor and Charles and Joan Van Zoeren Chair in Religion, Ethics and Values, was named Person of the Year by the Ripon Commonwealth Press. The paper recognized Smith for his devotion to improving the lives of others. For the third year, he has spent his winter break accompanying Ripon College students to the Panamanian mission of Capuchin priest… Continue reading

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President Messitte Predicts Global Events of 2013

Ripon College President Zach Messitte offered his predictions on what global events will shape 2013 as a guest on World Views, a public radio program hosted by Suzette Grillot, dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Messitte forecast serious problems in the Eastern Mediterranean in both Greece and Turkey. “There may not be coups,” Messitte… Continue reading

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Hatcher: ‘Number 13′ Superstitions Unavoidable

Professor of Psychology Joe Hatcher contributed to a Gannett News article on the superstition around the number 13 heading into the New Year. Hatcher teaches Ripon College students about superstitions, rituals and phobias. In the article, “2013: Lucky, unlucky or just another year?” Hatcher explains that a great deal of the superstition around the number 13 stems back to the… Continue reading

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OPED: Shopping for the best college deal

Ripon College President Zach Messitte and Ruth Vedvik, principal at Minnesota-based enrollment counseling firm Hardwick-Day, penned an opinion editorial that appeared in the St. Paul Pioneer Press today on the value of a four-year liberal arts degree. “The value of a four-year liberal arts degree is still worth it, and high school graduates are voting with their applications, but they… Continue reading

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Ripon College President featured in Rivista

Ripon College President Zach Messitte was featured in Rivista, a magazine produced by John Hopkins University’s Bologna Center. In the Rivista interview, Messitte reflected on his teaching philosophy and how it guides his thoughts and decisions as an administrator. “…though research is important,” said Messitte, “teaching should be held with the same high regard. I give lectures but I try… Continue reading

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Colucci Calls for New International Order of Democratic Nations

Dr. Lamont Colucci, an associate professor of politics at Ripon College and a recent Fulbright Scholar to the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, published a blog post on U.S. News and World Report on Dec. 6 entitled, “Replace the United Nations.” In his post, Colucci argues that the United Nations has failed to create stability and order except in instances backed… Continue reading

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