2007 – Spring ’19 Class Letter
Lindsey Kreye Heil
Stacy Krusa Teachout
Liz Leach Morrell
We hope this letter finds you well…and surviving the long winter season! Ripon College actually cancelled classes more than once this year due to inclimate weather. Campus continues to be a busy place. Amazing renovations have been made to Lane Library, campus enrollment has increased by ten percent, and the Willmore Center continues to be a popular hangout for current students. Attached you will find updates from our classmates. Enjoy!
MARK DEDINA ’07 of Hampshire, Illinois was promoted to maintenance superintendent at ENCAP. See more details including a personal article written about his achievements on the Ripon College website.
JOHN DUNLAVY ’07: Former Badger, Packer Headlines Awards
By Erik Buchinger
The 26th annual Doug Jirschele Sports Awards Banquet was held at Memory Lanes Bar and Grill in Clilntonville on Saturday, May 19. Former Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer player Bill Ferrario was the guest speaker, and Badgers men’s basketball player Brian Butch earned the Nice Guy Award. Leann Hopp, Jim Polzin and John Dunlavy were recipients of Doug Jirschele Sports Awards. Mark Doornink earned the Forgotten Man Award. Gerry O’Connor was the Master of Ceremonies at the event.
John Dunlavy graduated from Clintonville High School in 2002 where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball.
Dunlavy played baseball at Ripon College and was a member of the Midwest Conference Championship teams for four straight years, and he was named a First Team All-Conference selection three times.
Dunlavy coached varsity baseball at Clintonville and was a hitting coach for Ripon College. He also coached football and baseball at Markesan High School.
Dunlavy thanked his coaches for the time they put in working with him including Bill Kinzinger and his father.
“I feel very lucky and blessed to have been the son of a coach,” Dunlavy said. “I also feel cursed at times when I was younger. Anybody who had to play for their dad, you got coached at practice, you got coached at home, in the car ride and it was nonstop. It probably spilled over a little bit when we got in an argument once or twice, but when you look back on it, how lucky was I to go to the gym every single day? Whatever season it was, that was my favorite sport.”
Dunlavy said he was thankful for his mom when he and his dad would be having arguments during dinner.
“That’s when Mom put the striped shirt on, and she was the referee,” Dunlavy said. “I have to thank my mom for that because she was always on my side.
“Coaches are the reasons why I was able to have some success in sports. The life lessons you learn through all those things are unbelievable and I’ll carry on with me forever. Being a coach myself and having a son, I hope he’s lucky as I was when I was a kid.”
MARA EVANS ’07 and her husband Jordan Shaw of Madison, Wisconsin welcomed their first child, Marion Laurel Shaw on December 2, 2018. She is named after Mara’s Grandmother Marion, and the summer camp where Mara and Jordan met: Camp Laurel.
DAVE ’07 and TOMISSA PORATH FREISLEBEN ’10 of Madison, Wisconsin were married on October 13, 2018.
KARI JOAS ’07 of Larsen, Wisconsin, writes, “I am a firefighter and first responder for the town of Winchester fire department.”
LINDSEY KREYE HEIL ’07 and her husband, Christopher Heil, welcomed a baby girl, Zoey Mae Heil on December 31, 2018. Lindsey also graduated with her Master’s Degree in special education from Concordia University in St. Paul in May. She completed her capstone research on the effectiveness of co-teaching and the academic success of students with mild to moderate disabilities.
AMANDA LIETHEN GLASS ’07 and her husband, Michael Glass of Random Lake, Wisconsin, had a baby boy, Theodore Stephen Glass on July 14, 2018.”
ADAM RONCHETTI ’07 of Mundelein, Illinois, writes, “I accepted a new position at Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals in Madison, Wisconsin. In May, my wife, Lisa and I will be taking a (rock climbing) trip to Kalymnos, Greece.”
Please save the date for Alumni Weekend 2019! Festivities will be held June 27-30 and we would love to see you there! As always, please continue to share your life updates with us. If you are interested in supporting our alma mater, please visit: www.ripon.edu/give. We hope to hear from you soon!!
Until next time,
Adam, Liz, Lindsey & Stacy