homecoming and family weekend

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2014: September 26-27

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Friday, September 26

Attend a Class (or two)!

The following classes are open to all alumni and parents:

9:05-9:55 a.m.

  • History 281, World History I with Associate Professor of History Becky Matzke – Room 204, Todd Wehr Hall
  • Religion 240, Introduction to Eastern Religions with Pieper Chair in Servant Leadership and Assistant Professor of Religion David Wm. Scott – Room 107, Todd Wehr Hall

10:10-11 a.m.

  • Physics 111, Exoplanets: Discovering Alien Planets with Assistant Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department Leah Simon – Room 122, Farr Hall of Science
  • Biology 247, General Ecology with Professor of Biology and the Patricia and Philip McCullough 1969 Professor in Biology Bob Wallace – Room 226, Farr Hall of Science
  • English 243, Women’s Literature with Professor of English and Chair of the Department Robin Woods – Room 106, Todd Wehr Hall

1:05-1:55 p.m.

  • Art 171, Global Art History with Assistant Professor of Art and Chair of the Department Travis Nygard – Room 147, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts
  • Economics 321, Economics of Professional Sports with Professor of Economics and Patricia Parker Francis Professor of Economics Paul Schoofs – Room 215, Todd Wehr Hall


Special Programming

The following events are occurring throughout the day for families, current students and alumni:

Ripon’s Return on Investment
11:15 a.m.-12:25 p.m., Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union
Alumni, parents and current students are encouraged to join President Zach Messitte as he moderates a panel discussion featuring Ripon College alumni legacies who will share their liberal arts experiences and career paths. Panelists include: Charlie Larson ’00, Ken Larsen ’92 and Ali Peltier ’13. Hosted by the Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services.

Lunch featuring Home-Cooked Favorites
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Main Dining Room, S.N. Pickard Commons
A student contest will determine today’s home-cooked menu. Alumni, parents and guests may pay at the door.

Multicultural and Greek Mixer
4-5 p.m., Main Dining Room, S.N. Pickard Commons
All Greek and multicultural alumni are invited to join current students and Director of Greek Life and Multicultural Affairs Kyonna Withers for a double mixer as there is no place like home. Registration requested.

Iron Chef Competition
5:30 p.m., Main Dining Room, S.N. Pickard Commons
Student teams or solo chefs will compete in Ripon’s very own Iron Chef competition. Alumni and Parents can compete with a student team or just come to watch the action! Hosted by Residence Life and Sodexo Food Service.

pizzaHomecoming Kickoff at Roadhouse Pizza (Map)
5:30-7:30 p.m.

All Alumni and Parents are welcomed to connect with members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Parents’ Advisory Committee, and faculty and staff for pizza and soda. Cost is $5 per person for alumni, family and guests. Cash bar. Registration requested.

Movie Night: “Oz: The Great & Powerful”
9 p.m., Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union
In a story based on the characters of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” a small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. Hosted by the Student Media & Activities Committee (SMAC).


Saturday, September 27

Parents’ Advisory Committee Meeting

8-10 a.m., Heritage Room, S.N. Pickard Commons
Get involved and represent the views of Ripon parents. New members are welcome. Contact Amy Gerretsen ’04 (gerretsena@ripon.edu or 920-748-8353) for more information.

Alumni & Parent Breakout Sessions (pick one)

10:15-11:30 a.m.

  • Off Campus Study Panel – Kresge Little Theatre, East Hall: Associate Dean of Faculty and Registrar, Michele Wittler ’76, will facilitate a discussion by students and alumni who have participated in off-campus programs. Topics of discussion will include off-campus opportunities, including the Ripon College In Focus program, and the educational and other benefits to off-campus study. Parent questions and alumni participation are especially welcomed.
  • Mental Health and Adaptation to College – North Reading Room, Lane Library: Join Dr. Phil McCullough ’69 and his daughter, Kristen McCullough Granchalek ’04, a licensed clinical social worker, as they discuss factors leading to a successful transition in college as well as warning signs of potential difficulty.

Prairie Workshop

3:30 p.m., Ceresco Prairie Conservancy
(Meet at the Kegel Classroom – follow the signs starting just to the West Storzer Center parking lot). Skip Wittler, professor of biology, will lead a group seed-collecting effort in the prairie. Enjoy the fall flora and fauna! Dress appropriately.


All Campus Picnic

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Memorial Green Space (under the tent)cheerleaders Enjoy delicious food, great music and a performance by the Dance team and more! Wear your Ripon Red Hawks apparel and be entered for a chance to win a prize! There will also be:

  • Rally Tattoos and buttons
  • Beads and Face Painting
  • Rally Button Making
  • Pictures with Rally


Athletic Events

Cheer on the Red Hawks at one or more of these exciting contests:

Alumni Baseball Game

Baseball logo 9 a.m., Francis Field
All baseball alumni are invited to join Coach Eric Cruise and current players for a friendly game. Special recognition will be given to the 2005 Midwest Conference baseball championship team. Registration requested.

Women’s Tennis v. UW-Stout

9 a.m., Larson Courts

Women’s Tennis v. Alverno College

3 p.m., Larson Courts

Men’s and Women’s Soccer v. Carroll University

Men at 1 p.m. and Women at 3:30 p.m., Prairie Field
A special recognition of the 1999 Midwest Conference men’s soccer championship team will take place between games. Registration requested.

Football Game: Ripon College v. Cornell College

football 1 p.m. kickoff, Ingalls Field
Admission: Adults $5, Kids $1, College students with ID: Free


5th Quarter Friends of Athletics Gathering

4-6 p.m., Miller’s Tavern (Map)
All Friends of Red Hawks Athletics including alumni and parents are invited to celebrate a Homecoming victory. Registration requested.


Saturday Night Festivities

Entertainment by Acapella Group, “Eh440”

eh440 7 p.m., Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union
This Toronto-based acapella group formed in 2012 and has been touring the United States and Canada since. Together they form “an unforgettable combination of crazy beatboxing, sassy rapping, killer harmonies, and fresh, urban, R&B-influenced compositions.” Hosted by the Student Media and Activities Committee (SMAC).


9 p.m., Upper Saddoff Field