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New Faculty Coffee Chats

Special Meetings for First-Year Faculty Members

Unless otherwise noted, all Coffee Chats will be held on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the East Hall Faculty Lounge. Light refreshments will be provided.

2014-2015 Schedule

September 3: Student Services and Athletics
Members of the Student Support Services and Counseling staffs will be on hand to discuss how their programs can assist you in your work with students. The Director of Athletics will also discuss policies for student athletes.

September 10: Technology, Information, Mentors: Support for Your Work
Representatives from Information-Technology Services, Lane Library, and the Collaborative Learning Center will detail the resources they can provide to support both your research and your teaching.

THURSDAY, October 2: The ‘Business’ of the College
Robert Kirkland, Chair of the Ripon College Board of Trustees, Ronald Peterson, Chair-Elect of the Ripon College Board of Trustees, and Zach Messitte, President of the College, will overview the college’s long-term financial plan and explain the mechanics of endowments, annual funds, capital campaigns, and other elements of the business of the institution.

November 5: The End of the Semester
The Registrar and Associate Dean of Faculty will review key policies that govern the final weeks of the semester and final exams.

December 3: Ripon’s First-Year Studies Program and Assessment
The Director of the First-Year Studies Program will explain how the program helps new students adjust to college, understand the liberal arts and prepare for advanced work. The Assessment Director will explain departmental assessment processes and college accreditation.

February 4: Funding Your Development
The Faculty Development Coordinator will discuss establishing long-term research agendas and in-house funding. The Director of Foundation and Government Relations will discuss processes and support for faculty seeking external funding.

March 4: The Promotion and Tenure Process
Members of the Promotion and Tenure Committee will share their insights on preparing for promotion and tenure, creating files, and balancing faculty development among teaching, scholarly/artistic pursuits, and service.

April 8: Working with the Media/End-of-Year Traditions
Members of the Office of Marketing and Communication will offer tips for serving as a media source in your area of expertise and will provide an overview of the many wonderful traditions that are hallmarks of the months of April and May on campus.

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. BBL presentations begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Heritage Room of S.N. Pickard Commons, unless otherwise specified.

2014-2015 Schedule of Presenters


September 4
Profile of New Class
Jenn Machacek and Leigh Mlodzik (Admission)

September 11
Ann Pleiss-Morris (English)

September 18
Various (English)

September 25
Henrik Schatzinger (Politics and Government)

October 2
Sarah Kraaz (Music)

October 9
Zach Messitte (Politics and Government) and Dian Mockridge (History)

October 16
Wayne Webster (Advancement)

November 13
Adam Jacobi (Communication)

November 20
Soren Hauge (Re-accreditation)
  December 4
Jeanne Williams (Educational Studies)



January 29
Various, Lane Library

February 5
Michael Mahoney (Global Studies)

February 12
John C. Hughes (Music)

February 19
Sarah Frohardt-Lane (History)

February 26
Megan Gannon (English)

March 5
Jean-Plaise Samou (French)

March 12
Lindsay Blumer and David Wm. Scott

April 9
Andrea Young (MaCS)

April 16
Chester Ismay (MaCS)

April 23
Brian Smith (Religion)

April 30
Travis Nygard (Art)

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

2014-2015 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.

September 16, 2014, 4:15 p.m., East Hall 101
Jody Roy
“Don’t Wear Something They Can Pull You Around With” – Reflections on a Medium-Security Sabbatical.

October 14, 2014, 4:15 p.m., Todd Wehr Hall 115
Tim Petersik
““Playing Matchmaker to Theories In Cognitive and Perceptual Psychology, AKA: Modulation of Target Identification as a Function of the Attentional Load Created by Forms of Apparent Movement.”

Upcoming Talks
February 24, 2015, 11:15 a.m.
Kurt Kietrich, Music

March 10, 2015, 11:15 a.m.
Memuna Khan, Biology

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 4:15 p.m.
Peng “Roc” Huang, Economics

April 28, 2015, 11:15 a.m.
Kristine Kovack-Lesh, Psychology

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.

Schedule for 2014-2015

  • September 17th – Marc Eaton (sociology): Give us a Sign of your Presence: Ghost Hunting as a Spiritual Practice
  • October 15th – Travis Nygard (art history): Grasshoppers and the Damnation of Memory in a Farming Community: The Story of Two Destroyed Sculptures
  • November 19th – Vincent Tomasso (classics): Historical Trauma at the Multiplex
  • January 21 – Brian Smith (Religion): Storytelling in and across Religions: Allegorical or Literal Meanings?
  • February 11 – Mike Mahoney (Global Studies) — Towards a History of African Unemployment in South Africa: Bringing Political Economy “Back In” to South African Historiography
  • March 11 – Ann Pleiss-Morris (English) — From Playhouse to Printhouse: Paratextual Responses to Printed Plays in Early Sixteenth Century England
  • April 8 – Allison Alexy (Anthropology/University of Virginia) — Family, Nation, and the Meaning of “Abduction” in Contemporary Japan

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

2014-2015 Golden Hour Events

The events listed below are meant to serve as working titles only and are not the official event titles.

First Semester
Oct. 7: Faculty Meeting, TW 104
Oct 14: Amy Gerretsen, Major Fest
Oct 21: BREAK
Oct 28: Paul Schoofs and Mark Kainz, Great Hall – Curriculum Review
Nov. 4: Lindsay Blumer, David Wm. Scott (CSR), Student Summer Grant Presentations
Nov 11: Faculty Meeting, TW 104
Nov 18: Kyonna Withers, International Fair
Nov. 25: Sarah Kraaz (Music), Student Recitals
Dec. 2: Melissa Bemus, Kristine Kovack-Lesh, RCRE Speaker
Dec. 9: Paul Schoofs and Mark Kainz, Great Hall – Curriculum Review

Second Semester
Jan. 20: OPEN
Jan. 27: Founders Day Celebration
Feb. 3: Faculty Meeting, TW 104
Feb. 10:Michele Wittler – Off-campus Welcome Back Lunch
Feb. 17: Samara Hamze, “Campus Sustainability: what is our collective environmental impact and what we can do collectively and individually to tread more lightly?”
Feb. 24: Kurt Dietrich – Faculty Scholarship Series presentation
Mar. 3:Faculty Meeting, TW 104
Mar. 10: Memuna Khan – Faculty Scholarship Series presentation
Mar. 17: BREAK
Mar. 24: OPEN
Mar. 31: OPEN
Apr. 7: Faculty Meeting, TW 104
Apr. 14: Colleen Byron, Tim Petersik, Barbara Sisson – Annual Research Symposium
Apr. 21: Soren Hauge – Assessment
Apr. 28: Kristine Kovach-Lesh – Faculty Scholarship Series presentation
May 5: Faculty Meeting, TW 104