2018 – Spring ’19 Class Letter
Lauren Hince ’18
763.706.7473/ [email protected]
Holly Erickson ’18
262.497.7796 / [email protected]
Eleanore Mueller ’18
920.539.2935 / [email protected]
Hey, Class of 2018!
It is hard to believe that almost a year has passed since we received our diplomas on graduation day! Since then Millers has closed, new stores have opened up on Watson Street, and unfamiliar faces now cover the campus. As cliche as it sounds, the first year out of school truly goes by fast.
Right now a lot of our lives are filled with exciting, and terrifying, firsts. For many of us life post-college means the first time renting our own place, the first time cooking a meal, and the first time not returning to Ripon College in August.
Life after Ripon has meant finding new ways to fill our days. For those of us not continuing our education it may mean we’re adjusting to a 9 to 5 work schedule. I still hear my professors lecturing about the importance of 8:00 AM classes: “the real world starts at eight and so should you.” Now I know what they meant. Those still in school are learning a new way to study and are adjusting to life probably at a much bigger campus.
Life is only going to continue to go faster and faster the longer we are away from Ripon. So make time to see the people or visit the places that keep you connected to your time at Ripon. Also, make sure to mark Alumni Weekend 2019 (June 27-30) on your calendars!
Holly, Lauren and Eleanore
Class of 2018 life updates:
DANIEL ZIPPERER ’18 has obtained his real estate license and is now a licensed realtor in Wausau, WI. He is currently working for a company called Amaximmo.
JACOB BAUS ’18 is currently attending graduate school at UW-Madison in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
CARYSSA WAITE ’18 works as the Website & Marketing Manager at Gysbers Jewelry.
COLLEEN ELZINGA ’18 has started school at the University of Illinois in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. In her very limited free time, she volunteers at the Wildlife Medical Clinic.
DAVID DAUGHERTY ’18 ran the Chicago marathon in October to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society charity. In the following month he was hired as an Analyst Programmer at Mayo Clinic.
HAILEY MATTHEISEN ‘18 participated in a summer research internship at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, where she was one of only ten students chosen out of the entire country to conduct scientific research. She will be presenting her findings at the American Chemical Society Conference this March. During her internship she was offered a research associate position at the Center of Musculoskeletal Health. Currently, she is working on multiple research projects that look to identify preventions for cancer induced cachexia. Overall, she is making major steps to turn her dream of becoming a surgeon into a reality.
KATHERINE KULAS ’18 is attending Elmhurst College and is working towards a Masters Entry in Nursing degree with a Clinical Nurse Leader certificate.
MEGAN RINGO ’18 currently is a Master’s student at the University of Nebraska in the Leadership Education program. She is doing data collection and research about the two leadership minors and their effectiveness (which is the first of its kind in her department!) She also is a teaching assistant for a PhD candidate in the program for Dynamics of Leadership in Groups and Teams. Megan lives in Lincoln with her senior chihuahua and hamster.
MOLLY CARLSON ’18 has been working for CDK Global as an Implementation Consultant which has given her the opportunity to travel across North America every week on new projects. She has also rescued a adorable goldendoodle named Bentley.
MICHAEL BAUMHARDT ’18 was accepted into a Masters program at Cardinal Stritch University for Clinical Psychology. He is currently in his second semester.
TENE ROBINSON ’18 is enrolled in a Masters Program at the University of St. Francis. She is actively pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree. Along with fellow alumni JESSICA KOBELT ’18, Tene is coaching a youth traveling softball team. Additionally, she juggles two part-time jobs. “Busy, but worth it!” she says.
HARRISON HILLMAN ’18 moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is now an Ordained Minister.
EMILY STANCZAK ’18 currently is a little more than halfway through her first year of her Ph.D. program! Emily is at Indiana University School of Medicine. So far she has studied Coxsackievirus, and Toxoplasma gondii. Her next rotation will be studying Chlamydia trachomatis. Emily also has recently adopted a loving eight year old dog.
JESICA LATTIMER ’18 since graduating has started her career as an Accountant for Columbia County, bought a house, adopted a dog, as well as gotten engaged. She certainly has this whole adulting thing down!
COREY BEECHER ’18 is currently working at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin as their athletic department intern; he recently accepted a position as their assistant director of athletics and student activities which he will begin this Spring.
AVERY HERBON ’18 is working as a complaint coordinator at Medline. She is currently hoping to move to a Chicago suburb.
BRADLEY DREW ’18 has been studying for the MCAT, which he hopes to take in the spring.
DREW HETZ ’18 over the summer of 2018, married his now wife surrounded by friends and family. Drew and his wife are currently living in Milwaukee with their elderly cat. He is also enrolled in the Physician Assistant program at Marquette University, working towards his Masters degree.
ANDREA WINTERS ’18 is working at Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing in Lodi, Wisconsin. In August, she will be moving to Miami, Florida to begin the Physician Assistant Program at Barry University.
TAYLOR CORKRAN ’18 is currently being deployed to Afghanistan with the 2-127 IN. Once he returns to the United States he will work as a deputy for the Dane County Sheriff’s Department.
RACHEL KOLODZIEJ ’18 has been working as a Chef for Sodexo at Ripon College. She really loves what she cooks and is learning a lot through the leadership of the Executive Chef.
ADRIANNE ANDING ’18 is currently working at Planet Fitness in Madison, Wisconsin and has recently been promoted to Assistant Manager. He will be attending Manchester University of Indiana where he will pursue his Masters in Athletic Training.
ERIKA ISAACSON ’18 worked another summer at Wisconsin Badger Camp in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Now, she is back in Eau Claire, Wisconsin working in a hospital as an anesthesia technician and is absolutely loving it.
TENZIN TSEPHEL ’18 has been working as a Social Media Marketing Coordinator at Beacon Technologies; she also is involved with 360 Magazine.
JONALEE ELLIOTT ABEL ’18 moved to Norfolk, Virginia with her husband Tony and is currently working as a Mental Health Technician. The couple is heading back to Wisconsin in June, 2019.
CLAIRE SCHAIBLE ’18 is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School with an emphasis in public interest.
ELLIOT HOERDEMANN ’18 recently moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and started a new position with MillerCoors as a Sales Representative.
DAVID KNAPP ’18 is currently attending Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., with an emphasis in international law.
ZACHARY BART ’18 moved back to the Chicagoland area and is currently working as a Field Sales Representative at Burndy LLC.
EMMA MCDONALD ’18 moved to Madison, Wisconsin and is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in pursuit of a degree as a doctor of physical therapy.
CORDELL WALKER ’18 started a position with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as a Graphic Designer in the publications department.
LAUREN HINCE ’18 moved to Chicago in May to start work in sales at Groupon. Since working there she has been promoted to a new position in Groupon’s live events division. She also coaches debate on the side for New Trier High School.
AUSTIN BORCHARDT ’18 is working as a Night Shift Production Supervisor at Menasha Packaging in Hartford, Wisconsin.
JOSHUA SCHUBRING ’18 is working as a Development Manager for the Green Lake Association. In addition, he has teamed up with alumni JORGE GUTIERREZ ’17 to reboot the Green Lake Area Young Professionals.
SAMANTHA RAYGO ’18 is pursing her Juris Doctorate at Marquette University alongside fellow classmate RANDAL FINGER ’18.
LEAH BLAZKOVEC ’18 is currently working at Door County Medical Center as a rehabilitation assistant. She is also working on applying to graduate programs for occupational therapy.
JOSHUA OSWALD ’18 works at Geneva Laboratories. He plans to pursue his masters in business administration.
ROSE HOGMIRE ’18 is a market researcher for early-stage startups at StageThree in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She also adopted a cat who she lovingly calls, “Lunchbox.”
JAMES “JIMMY” AMEDEO ’18 is pursuing his masters at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C.
SOPHIE WIDMAN ’18 moved to Minneapolis where she is pursuing a career in theater. She is also working as a school communications representative at the National Theatre for Children.
EMMA ALLEN ’18 is attending Yale University where she is half way done with her masters in public health.
KATELYN VAN SWOL ’18 is working as a customer service representative at Uline.
NICHOLS HENNING ’18 bought a house and moved to Washington state where he is an engineer officer with the United States army. He is currently serving as a medical officer.