Academics | Events

 Faculty Events

New Faculty Coffee Chats

In addition to the formal New Faculty Orientation held prior to the start of classes in August, the “Coffee Chats” provide new faculty members with a variety of information and support throughout their first year at Ripon College. To prevent the “information overload” new faculty sometimes experience at the beginning of the school year, the Coffee Chats are scheduled to provide new faculty members with the information they need when they need it; for example, the College Registrar offers a tutorial on final examination and final grade policies in November, rather than in August! Additionally, the Coffee Chats allow the newest members of the Ripon College community to meet and interact with the staff, administration, and board of trustees.

Unless otherwise noted, all Coffee Chats will be held on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, East Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.

2014-2015 Schedule

Coming soon!

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Established in 1994, the Brown Bag Lunch Series (BBL) provides Ripon faculty with the opportunity to share their scholarly and artistic pursuits and pedagogical initiatives with faculty colleagues from all academic disciplines. Many members of the college staff, administration and student body also regularly attend BBLs.

BBLs are held weekly during the academic year, except during the weeks of midterms, registration and final exams. Unless otherwise posted, BBL presentations begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Heritage Room of Pickard Commons, unless otherwise specified.

2013 Schedule of Presenters


September 5
Admission: Profile of Entering Class
Jenn Machacek

September 12
“Randomization: Not Your Father’s (or Mother’s) Statistics”
Karl Beres, MaCS

September 19
“Computerized Lighting and Visualization Software in Benstead Theatre”
John Dalziel, Theatre

September 26
“The Center for Social Responsibility and the 4 ‘S’s’ of our Work: Social Justice, Service, Servant Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship”
Center for Social Responsibility
Mary Avery, Lindsay Blumer, David William Scott

October 3
Jamaica Maymester: Partnering with The Blue Mountain Project
Joe Hatcher and Lisa Ellis

October 10
Summer in the Archives: Chicago Modernism at the Newberry
Mary Unger

November 14
“The New Face(s) of Ripon Athletics”
Recently hired full-time head coaches will talk about their responsibilities and how they work with students athletes.
Eric Cruise, Baseball, Ryan Kane, Men’s Basketball, Katie Astrauskas, Volleyball, Marty Wahle, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Sam Schroeder, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Jen Mueller, Softball, and Lauren Johnson, Women’s basketball.

November 21
“What college faculty should know about the common core literacy standards?”
Jeanne Williams, Education  

December 5



January 30
Library Update
Andy Prellwitz

February 6

February 13
The Center for Social Responsibility presents the Faculty ELP Summer Grant Presentations
Join Bob Wallace, Barbara Sisson, Josh Filler, Travis Nygard, Barb McGowan, Becky Matzke and Jackie Clark to learn about their summer research experience.
Lindsay Blumer

February 20
Patrick Willoughby

February 27
Ann Pleiss Morris

March 6
Chester Ismay

April 10
Emily Stovel

April 17
Marc Eaton

April 24
Bob Wallace and McKenzie Lamb
Ripon’s 3D Printer: from concept to production

To learn more about the BBL program or to schedule a BBL presentation, contact Jody Roy, faculty development coordinator, at

2013-2014 Faculty Scholarship Series Schedule

The Faculty Scholarship Series celebrates the work faculty achieve during sabbatical leaves and/or with support from the Trustee Grant program. The Faculty Scholarship Series provides faculty with an opportunity to share their research with colleagues and celebrates substantial faculty achievements. Additionally, the Faculty Scholarship Series provides junior faculty members with valuable insights into the scope and variation of successful sabbaticals and grant-funded projects as they prepare to craft their own proposals.

Tuesday, September 17, Golden Hour
Rafael Salas
East Hall, Little Theatre
Sabbatical Leave presentation.
“Landscape, Abstract and Figurative Traditions: New Investigations”

Tuesday, September 24, Golden Hour
Kurt Dietrich
Rodman 156
“Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Stories from the Heartland”

Tuesday, October 1, 4:15 pm
Diane Mockridge
East Hall, Little Theatre
“The Cluttered Kitchen: Gendered Representations of Sanctity in Italian Renaissance Frescoes”

Wednesday, October 9, 4:15 pm
Bob Amsden
East Hall Little Theatre
“Ibsen & His Plays”
An introduction to the playwright and his “duo-decalogue” of plays accompanied by brief reader’s theatre style presentations of dialogues/monologues from three scripts

Friday, November 1, 2:30 pm
Mark Kainz
Bear Auditorium
“We gotta get out of this place – or- How viruses move between cells”

Thursday, February 13, 4:15
Jackie Clark
“Storytelling and Treasure Hunting: The World of Auctioneers and Collectors”
East Hall Little Theatre

Wednesday, April 2, 4:15
Paul Jeffries
“Storied Philosophy: Reflections on Philosophical Autobiography”
East Hall Little Theatre

Tuesday, April 22, Golden Hour
Tim Reed
“Historical Memory and Ghostliness in selected works by Antonio Buero Vallejo and Guillermo del Toro”
East Hall Little Theatre

Ceresco Research Workshop

The Ceresco Research Workshop in the Humanities and Human Sciences is a faculty forum for sharing and discussing written work-in-progress — typically pre-circulated but unpublished research articles, book chapters, and other essays of about 15 to 50 double-spaced manuscript pages — in a roundtable session lasting 1 1/2 hours. It is open to all faculty members who are willing to read the paper ahead of time and participate in the conversation. The purpose is to help Ripon’s outstanding teacher-scholars bring research projects to completion and to provide a seminar-like setting for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.

All workshops will be held in Bartlett Hall, Room 205.

February 11, 4:30 p.m.
Brian Smith (Religion)
“Legitimation for Violence in World Religions: Past and Present”

March 11, 4:30 p.m.
Vince Tomasso (Classics)
“Loose Ends: the Odyssey, the Telegony, and the Conclusion of the Heroic Age”

April 15, 4:30 p.m.
Jackie Clark (Sociology)
“‘Look in on This One, Folks!’: Auctioneers and Front Stage Entertainment in a Southern Auction House”

The Golden Hour

In an effort to bring the entire campus community together on a regular basis, Ripon College has reserved one class period each week (Tuesdays 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) to serve as the Golden Hour. This Golden Hour is reserved for all-campus events such as the Opening Convocation, invited speakers and first-year presentations which might attract a broad range of attendance. No other classes or meetings may be scheduled during this time. The idea is to have an hour free from all regularly scheduled events so the college community can gather as a whole to share each event. The larger community also is invited to attend these events. The following list will be updated as events are scheduled.

To schedule an event, contact Jody Roy at

2013-2014 Calendar of Events

Spring Semester: 2014

Feb 4 Faculty Meeting
Feb 18 Founders’ Day (re-scheduled) – Demmer Recital Hall; C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts
Feb 25 Faculty Development workshop for In Focus
Mar 4 Faculty Meeting
Apr 8 Faculty Meeting
Apr 15 Research Symposium: Memuna Khan
Apr 22 Tim Reed FSS, East Hall 101
May 6 Faculty Meeting