Founders’ Day

Ripon College was officially founded on January 29, 1851. Each year, during this time the College celebrates its birthday by honoring a community partner with The Founders’ Day Award, presented to an individual or an organization in the Ripon community who exemplifies the ideals of the founders of Ripon College.

Past Recipients

2020 Maria Dietrich, interim executive and artistic director of the Green Lake Festival of Music and retired adjunct instructor of piano

2019 Green Lake Association, Green Lake Conservancy and Green Lake Sanitary District

2018 State Representative Joan Ballweg, R-41

2017 Thomas E. Caestecker, Honorary Life Trustee

2016 Robert G. and Joan B. Murray

2015 Dave Duehring and Karen Stoddard Duehring ’72

2014 The Boldt Company

2013 The Marcus Corporation

2012 Agnesian Health Care – Ripon Medical Center

2011 Douglas A. & Lynn Post Northrop, active members of campus and community

2010 Todd & Betty Berens, community members and philanthropists

2009 Samuel Holmes ’57, posthumously, insurance agent and entrepreneur

2008 Laurie & Peter Kasuboski, owners of Ripon Area Builders

2007 Joan Karsten, president, Ripon Medical Center board/past president, Ripon Chamber of Commerce

2006 Rob Webster ’73, Webster United Food Services

2004 Ingalls Field Volunteers

2002 The Ripon Volunteer Fire Department

2001 The First Congregational Church of Ripon

2000 Mary Brandt, president of the Ripon Historical Society

1999 The City of Ripon Police Department

1998 John Roesch, longtime supporter of Ripon College arts and music

1997 Nancy Livingston, founder of the Ripon College Advance College Experience (ACE) and program director from 1985-95

1996 George H. Miller, professor of history emeritus

1995 The Teachers & Administrators of the School District of Ripon

1994 Douglas & Audrey Lyke, owners of Ripon Community Printers

1993 John M. Haupt, mayor of the city of Ripon

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