Career Discovery Tour


Career Discovery Tour Texas

The Career Discovery Tour is a program committed to further expanding student-alumni career networking opportunities. In 2014, the program was recognized with the “Best Student Alumni Programming” award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Offered twice annually, during fall and spring breaks, the Career Discovery Tour provides 12-15 students the opportunity to travel for a week to vibrant cities across the United States to gain first-hand knowledge of a variety of careers directly from successful Ripon alumni and friends. Click here if you are interested in serving as a host for an upcoming tour. Constituent Engagement staff accompany students on the tour and help to design meeting schedules and flex time that meets the needs of most students. Previous trips have included Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. This critical engagement opportunity is made possible with support from the Alumni Board and others.

Tour Details

Ripon College will travel to Texas during spring break and visit alumni and sights in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston.

Dates: Saturday, March 16 to Friday, March 22, 2019.
Cost per Student: $425* (includes airfare, lodging, most meals and ground transportation)

*Financial assistance will be available to qualified students upon request.

Site Visits:


Brad Alberts ‘92 | President, Dallas Stars NHL Hockey Team
  • Ripon major: History
  • Graduate degrees: MBA in Sports Management, University of Northern Colorado
Larry Hamilton ‘63 | President, Hamilton Properties Management
  • Ripon majors: History
Aaron Kastner ‘11 | Manager, Corporate Partnership Marketing, Dallas Cowboys Football Club
  • Ripon major: Exercise Science with emphasis is Sports Management
  • Ripon minor: Business Management
  • Graduate degree: MA in Sports Management, Western Illinois University

Points of Interest – 6th Floor Museum, Downtown Dallas Revitalization


Tricia Barker ‘08 | Conference Planner, The Linux Foundation
  • Ripon majors: Communication
  • Ripon minor: Politics and Government

Points of Interest – Texas State Capitol, Downtown Austin Arts District

San Antonio

Mike Gibbs ‘79 | Senior Vice President and General Counsel, WhataBurger, Inc.
  • Ripon majors: Biology, Economics
  • Graduate degrees: MBA in Marketing, Emory University; JD from Wayne State University
Danielle Paiz Gunter ‘06 | Executive Director, San Antonio Youth Educational Support Project
  • Ripon major: Communication

Points of Interest – Riverwalk, Historic San Antonio


Phil Cool ‘07 | Vice President, Macquarie Group
  • Ripon majors: Economics, Business Management
  • Ripon minor: Politics and Government
  • Graduate degree: MBA in Finance, University of Houston
David McMullen ‘07 | Director of Business Operations, University of Houston College of Technology
  • Ripon majors: Business Management and Economics
  • Graduate degree: MBA, University of Phoenix
Bill Huebner ‘80 | Space Technology Developer
  • Ripon majors: Physics, Mathematics
  • Graduate degree: MS in Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Points of Interest – Downtown Houston Tunnel System, Rice University, Waterfront

Plus much more! Additional alumni site visits and sightseeing opportunities are still being finalized and will depend on student interests.

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