Events

Alumni Weekend & Reunions

Each year in June, more than 650 Ripon alumni and guests make their way back to campus to celebrate Alumni Weekend with friends old and new. Keep your calendars open for June 27 – 30, 2019!

A typical schedule includes class reunions, the annual Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Golf Scramble, and options for campus tours, socials, activities, reminiscences, and plenty of time to explore campus and connect with each other. Some of our finest scholars and student-athletes will be honored with a Distinguished Alumni Citation, Outstanding Young Alumni Award or induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Alumni Weekend 2018

This past summer, we celebrated class reunions for Golden R (all years prior to 1968) — 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

2018 Honored Guests:

  • Distinguished Alumni Citation: Jose Aleman ’78, Erika Doss ’78, Guy Henshaw ’68 and Jean Kirkpatrick Lederer ’73
  • Outstanding Young Alumni: Josh Frey ’09 and Rachel Resop ’08
  • Athletic Hall of Fame: Jennifer Marcell ’08, Curtis Maurer ’03, Craig Smith ’96 and Nick Thoen ’03

New in 2018: General Admission pricing ($45 per person – an $80 value) includes a souvenir t-shirt and access to the following events: Rally Hour happy hour (Thursday, June 21), All Alumni Lunch and Post-Awards Reception (Friday, June 22), Class Celebration Picnic Lunch, All Alumni Gathering Spot , State of the College, and All Alumni Party (Saturday, June 23), and Farewell Brunch (Sunday, June 24). General Admission pricing covers all food and drinks during these included events. Guests can choose to instead register for events a la carte.

Alumni Weekend 2018 Schedule

All Weekend

Check in upon your arrival to campus // Pickard Commons (TH 4-6 PM; FRI 8 AM - 8 PM; SAT 7 AM - 4 PM)

  • Registration and payment, name tags, housing, t-shirts ($10) (Main Dining Room)
  • Free Stuff & Maps (Mihaly Room)
  • Locator Board (Lower Level)
  • Complimentary Starbucks coffee and sweets daily

Shop at Bovay’s Study Bar & Mercantile // 329 Watson Street, Downtown Ripon (TH 10 AM - 5 PM; FRI 10 AM - 8 PM; SAT 8 AM - 4 PM; SUN 9 AM - 1 PM)

  • 10% alumni discount on apparel and gifts
  • Serving Mugs Coffee daily

Thursday, June 21

6-8 p.m.
Alumni Weekend Rally Hour ($10 // Roadhouse Pizza, Downtown Ripon)

Friday, June 22

7 a.m.
Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Golf Scramble (all proceeds benefit Red Hawks Athletics)

7 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Shotgun Start

Details:

  • $130 per person until May 1/$145 per person thereafter; includes breakfast and lunch
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8:30 a.m.
Guided Lower Campus Tour
Visit the updated Rodman Center for the Arts and the new Willmore Center (Meet in Rodman Center Lobby)

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Class of 1968 Hospitality Room
B12, Lower Level, Pickard Commons

10:30 a.m.
Guided Upper Campus Tour
Visit the College Museum, the new Spot (formerly, The Pub), and the Office Career & Professional Development (Meet outside of Lane Library)

12 p.m.
All Alumni Lunch & 50th Cake Cutting ($10, Main Dining Room)
Featuring faculty round tables

Career & Professional Development Open House (Lower Level Commons)

1:30-3 p.m.
Vines & Rushes Winery (Complimentary // 410 County Road E, Ripon)
Bus departs from Pickard Commons at 1:15 p.m.

SOLD OUTGreen Lake Boat Cruise ($15 // Departs from Heidel House, Green Lake)
Please arrive at 1:15 p.m.

5-7:30 p.m.
Alumni Association Awards Dinner and Program (Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union)

2018 Honored guests:

  • Distinguished Alumni Citation: Jose Aleman ‘78, Erika Doss ‘78, Guy Henshaw ‘68 and Jean Kirkpatrick Lederer ‘73
  • Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Josh Frey ‘09 and Rachel Resop ‘08
  • Hall of Fame: Jennifer Marcell ‘08, Curtis Maurer ‘03, Craig Smith ‘96 and Nick Thoen ‘03

6-10 p.m.
11th Annual All-Alumni Reception (Complimentary // The Spot)
Hosted by the class of 1988

7:30-9:30 p.m.
Class of 2008 Gathering (Cash Bar // Knuth Brewing Company, Downtown Ripon)

8-10 p.m.
Class of 1968 Gathering (Complimentary // Home of Judy Wilkinson ‘68 and Bill ‘67 Neill, 617 Hillside Terrace)

9-11 p.m.
Class of 2003 Gathering (Complimentary // Lennox Family Home, 603 Watson Street)

Saturday, June 23

8 a.m.
Rally Run & Walk ($10 includes t-shirt // Starts outside The Spot)

Tennis ($10 includes t-shirt // Larson Courts)

9 a.m.
Volunteer & Leadership Toast (The Spot)

  • Continental breakfast honoring the dedication and service of Class Agents & Reunion Volunteers, and The 1851 Club & Partner in the Legacy members
  • Plus an opportunity to congratulate the 2018 Alumni Award Winners & Presenters

9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Class of 1968 Hospitality Room (B12, Lower Level Pickard Commons)

10 a.m.
'That Was Then' Historical Discussion & Memory Sharing (Complimentary Coffee Bar // Todd Wehr 104)

Frisbee Golf with Theta Chi (Johnson Hall Main Lounge)

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Class March & Celebration, BBQ Lunch ($10 // Meet in front of Todd Wehr, Lunch served at Memorial Lawn Tent)
Reunion classes will present their gifts to President Messitte and vie to win the annual reunion class trophies prior to lunch.

1-3 p.m.
11th Annual All-Alumni Gathering Spot (Cash Bar // Memorial Lawn Tent)

Greek Socials
Chapter Rooms, Johnson Hall

  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Delta Psi Delta & Kappa Delta

Lounges, The Quads

  • Phi Kappa Pi
  • Sigma Chi
  • Theta Chi
  • Theta Sigma Tau & Sigma Nu

Outside The Spot

  • Beta Sigma Pi
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Lambda Delta Alpha
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon

1:30 p.m.
Annual Prairie Walk with Professor of Biology Skip Wittler (Meet at Trailhead behind Willmore Center)

Alumni Lacrosse Game (Upper Sadoff Field)
Ripon Alumni v. Central Wisconsin Select 14U - All lacrosse alumni are encouraged to attend! A souvenir pinnie and complimentary beverages are included.

4 p.m.
State of the College (Willmore Center Atrium)
Join President Messitte for a discussion on the state of the College and vision for the future. Questions welcome. (Willmore Center Atrium)

5:30-8:30 p.m.

  • 50th Gold Anniversary - Class of 1968 Reunion ($50 // Heritage Room, Pickard Commons)
  • 5:30 PM Class Photo & Complimentary Cocktails
  • 6:15 PM Golden R Club Induction with President Messitte
  • 7 PM Dinner & Class Program
  • 25th Silver Anniversary - Class of 1993 Reunion ($30 // Lane Library)
  • 6 p.m. Class Photo

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Golden ‘R’ Celebration
  • All years prior to 1968 including 65th Anniversary Class of 1953, 60th Anniversary Class of 1958, and 55th Anniversary Class of 1963
  • Reunion Dinner & Complimentary Cocktails ($40 // Pickard Dining Room, Pickard Commons)
  • 45th Anniversary - Class of 1973 Reunion ( $30 // Willmore Center Atrium)

6-8 p.m.

  • 40th Anniversary - Class of 1978 ($30 // Harwood Union Porch & MLK Lounge)
  • 35th Anniversary - Class of 1983 ($30 // The Spot)
  • 30th Anniversary - Class of 1988 ($30 // West Hall)
  • 5th Anniversary - Class of 2013 ($20 // Quads Bash @ The Terrace)

6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • 20th Anniversary - Class of 1998 ($25 // J’s BBQ, Downtown Ripon)
  • 15th Anniversary - Class of 2003 ($25 // J’s BBQ, Downtown Ripon)
  • 10th Anniversary - Class 2008 ($25 // J’s BBQ, Downtown Ripon)

8 p.m. to midnight
All-Alumni Party (Cash Bar // Memorial Lawn Tent, Fire Pit and The Spot)
Music, dancing, karaoke, s’mores and snacks will be available.

Sunday, June 24

8:30 a.m.
Service of Remembrance (Heritage Room)
All alumni are welcome to this non-denominational service organized by the Class of 1968. Remarks by Professor Emeritus Doug Northrop.

Farewell Breakfast Buffet (Served until 10:30 a.m. //$10 // Main Dining Room, Pickard Commons)
President Messitte will offer brief departing comments at 9:30 a.m.

General Information

Staying on Campus

  • Alumni selecting campus accommodations will be housed in Tri-Dorms or Johnson Hall on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests can be made to group reunion years or living groups together.
  • Complimentary campus housing will be provided for members of all of the Golden “R” classes (years 1968 and all prior years).
  • Tri-Dorms and Johnson Hall will remain unlocked throughout the weekend. Guests will be issued keys for their rooms. Keys can be picked up during registration hours or after hours in Johnson Hall. You are advised to lock your room when it is unoccupied.
  • Room keys must be deposited in the orange box near the front desk of Tri-Dorms or Johnson Hall by 10 a.m. Sunday.
  • Linen, towel, soap, pillow and blanket (one per bed) are provided. Children may stay in the same room with their parents. Since rooms are not air-conditioned, you may wish to bring a small fan.

Area Lodging
For lodging in the Ripon area, please visit http://www.ripon.edu/lodging

Food Service
To assist in planning, meal reservations are appreciated and should be indicated on the registration form. Please note any dietary needs or allergies.

Emergency
Our 24-hour emergency phone number is 920-748-8703, option 002. Since this number accesses security and maintenance personnel, please use only for emergencies. For non-emergencies, please call 920-748-8126.

Registration
Register Online or by phone at 920-748-8126 using a MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover credit card.

Use included registration form and mailing it to:
Ripon College Constituent Engagement Office, 300 W. Seward St., Ripon, WI 54971. Checks should be made payable to Ripon College.

Cancellations prior to June 8, 2018, will receive a full refund. To receive confirmation of your reservation, please call 920-748-8126.

When you arrive on campus, you must register at the Main Dining Room, Pickard Commons to confirm meal and activity reservations, and housing assignment.

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300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI 54971
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