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Class of 2020 Senior Profiles

  • We’re still here: Zelina Zimmerman ’20 - After taking a year off to work after graduation, Zelina Zimmerman '20 of Deerfield, Wisconsin, will apply to nursing programs for the following year. At Ripon, she is majoring in biology with a minor in history. “The most important lesson from Ripon College that I am taking into my future… Read More
  • We’re still here: Zea Woods ’20 - After graduation in May, Zea Woods '20 plans to take specialized classes and work within the medical field to bulk up her transcript, as well as to study for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test. She then will apply to master’s programs to physician assistant master’s programs. At Ripon, the… Read More
  • We’re still here: Zaeem Kitsos ’20 - Getting a job in a museum is the aim of Zaeem Kitsos '20 of Inverness, Illinois. He is a double major in history and philosophy. He says the most important lesson he learned at Ripon College is to be adaptable. “Life isn't easy, it's not a walk in the park,”… Read More
  • We’re still here: Tyler VanDeVelde ’20 - After graduation in May, Tyler VanDeVelde '20 of Genoa City, Wisconsin, will head to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to study for a master’s degree in school counseling. At Ripon, he is majoring in sociology with a minor in anthropology. The most important lesson he learned at Ripon, he says, is… Read More
  • We’re still here: Tristan Lingle ’20 - Tristan Lingle '20 of Carbondale, Illinois, will start a 12-month position with NCCC FEMA Corps beginning in late July, working directly with FEMA staff on disaster response and recovery efforts. He is a double major in history and politics & government. He says “There's this idea that by the time… Read More
  • We’re still here: Timbre Shilts ’20 - During the off-campus end to the semester, Timbre Shilts '20 of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is getting practical experience. She is double majoring in early childhood/middle childhood education and psychology. While all public schools have been closed in the state of Wisconsin, “I am currently helping families in Wisconsin by tutoring elementary… Read More
  • We’re still here: Sierra Tireman ’20 - Social connections are an important focus for Sierra Tireman '20 of Douglass, Kansas. At Ripon, she is majoring in business management with a focus in hospitality. After graduation in May, she is planning to work in the events and hospitality industry in Milwaukee. She is a member of the Senior… Read More
  • We’re still here: Savannah Jane Walford ’20 - Savannah Jane Walford '20 of Waldo, Wisconsin, will be seeking a job in church work or in the nonprofit field after she graduates in May. She is a religion major with a minor in nonprofit management. She says the most important lesson she learned at Ripon College is “to try… Read More
  • We’re still here: Samuel Audisho ’20 - After graduation, Samuel Audisho '20 of Adams, Wisconsin, will move to Madison and seek a job in the field of graphic design. At Ripon, he is majoring in studio art. He says the most important lesson he learned at Ripon is that “work is hard, it can pile up, and… Read More
  • We’re still here: Ryan Krogsgaard ’20 - After graduation in May, Ryan Krogsgaard '20 of Lewisville, Texas, will be entering the military full time. “I am currently in the process of transferring from the Army National Guard to the active-duty Army,” he says. “Basically I’m going from part-time to full-time service.” He is majoring in politics and… Read More
  • We’re still here: Ryan Bansemer ’20 - Ryan Bansemer '20 of West Allis, Wisconsin, plans to attend graduate school and also has applied for the next class as a conservation warden with the State of Wisconsin. He also has an interest in pursuing forensics and working in a crime lab. At Ripon, “I definitely learned how to… Read More
  • We’re still here: Riley Printz ’20 - In the fall, Riley Printz '20 of Rosholt, Wisconsin, will be attending Marquette Law School. At Ripon, he is majoring in history with a minor in politics and government. “The biggest thing I learned while attending Ripon was to continue working in the face of adversity,” he says. “I am… Read More
  • We’re still here: Rachel Myers ’20 - In the fall, Rachel Myers '20 of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, will be student teaching in Kansas City, Missouri. She then will look for employment in music performance and substitute teach in local school districts. She is majoring in music education. “I think the biggest lesson that I learned since attending… Read More
  • We’re still here: Nate Jung ’20 - A new door is opening for Nate Jung '20 of Random Lake, Wisconsin. In the fall, he will enter Marquette Law School in Milwaukee. At Ripon, Jung is majoring in politics & government and economics, with minors in national security studies and law and society. “The most important lesson I… Read More
  • We’re still here: Mya Yupar Oo ’20 - After graduation, Mya Yupar Oo '20 of Rangoon, Myanmar, will be seeking a job and opportunities, hopefully in the field of consulting. She is a business management major with a communication minor. “The most important lesson from Ripon College is to break my comfort zone and try out different things,”… Read More
  • We’re still here: Morgan Hoffmann ’20 - The most important lesson learned at Ripon College is to not take things for granted. Cherish every moment and every memory made,” says Morgan Hoffmann '20 of Waupun, Wisconsin. Of the off-campus end to the semester, Hoffmann says, "I am coping well with ending my college career off campus, but… Read More
  • We’re still here: Morgan Exner ’20 - Finishing the semester off campus has been challenging for Ripon College senior Morgan Exner of Janesville, Wisconsin. “It is a tough position to be in,” she says. “I thought online classes wouldn't be too bad, but they are terrible and working in a home environment does not work well compared… Read More
  • We’re still here: Miye Aoki-Kramer ’20 - In the fall, Miye Aoki-Kramer '20 of Seattle, Washington, plans to student teach. She is a biology major with minors in chemistry and educational studies. She says the most important lesson she learned at Ripon College is that “it’s important to be an active member of the community and to… Read More
  • We’re still here: Mitra Kermani ’20 - After graduation, Mitra Kermani '20 of Louisville, Colorado, is set to work for Milliman IntelliScript in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She will be a technical analyst. At Ripon, she has a double major in mathematics and philosophy and a minor in religion. “The most important lessons I learned from Ripon is to… Read More
  • We’re still here: Megan Rupnik ’20 - In the fall, Megan Rupnik '20 of Delavan, Wisconsin, will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno's Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. program. She is a psychology major and graduated after the fall semester. The most important lesson she learned at Ripon College, she says, is “that it is OK to… Read More
  • We’re still here: Maya Petersen ’20 - Maya Petersen '20 of Emerald, Wisconsin, plans to take a gap year to gain some work experience before attending either medical school or graduate school for chemistry. She is majoring in chemistry and Spanish. “In my time at Ripon, I learned to never doubt my capabilities,” she says. “At the… Read More
  • We’re still here: Max Mindiola ’20 - Max Mindiola '20 of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, will fulfill a lifelong dream when he enters dental school this fall. Mindiola will be attending Creighton University School of Dental Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. At Ripon, he is a biology major with a chemistry minor. “The most important lesson I learned at… Read More
  • We’re still here: Mariah Stiemsma ’20 - After graduation, Mariah Stiemsma '20 of New Berlin, Wisconsin, plans to continue work on the board of directors of the Saving Sully Dog Rescue and to find employment in the greater Oshkosh area. “Eventually, I hope to apply to a veterinary medicine program as animal care and welfare is a… Read More
  • We’re still here: Madeleine Craig ’20 - With a triple major in theatre, English and history, Madeleine Craig '20 of West Bend, Wisconsin, has a variety of options. After graduation in May, she plans to take a gap year during which she will work and apply to graduate programs in theatre or English. She hopes to pursue… Read More
  • We’re still here: Mackenzie Dibelius ’20 - Mackenzie Dibelius '20 of Princeton, Wisconsin, already has a post-graduation job lined up. She is a business management major with an emphasis in human resources. She is currently a human resources intern for Generac Power Systems Inc. in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and has been offered a regular position as a human… Read More
  • We’re still here: Lindsey Karras ’20 - Lindsey Karras '20 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will be student teaching in Milwaukee during the fall semester, and she says she is “very excited to begin.” She is a double major in psychology and educational studies early childhood. “Ripon College has taught me that it is OK to ask for help,”… Read More
  • We’re still here: Lena Levity ’20 - While waiting for a ninth-semester student-teaching assignment, Lena Levity '20 plans to do temporary work. Levity is majoring in studio art with a minor in educational studies. The best lesson Levity learned at Ripon was to “be patient and be kind - everyone is always learning.” While social distancing off… Read More
  • We’re still here: Laryssa Vaclavik ’20 - Laryssa Vaclavik '20 of Portage, Indiana, will return to Ripon in the fall for student teaching, and she also will be looking for other jobs to help her get into the school systems later. She is a double major in educational studies and history. “One of the most important lessons… Read More
  • We’re still here: Lane Brown ’20 - A job in the history field, hopefully in the national parks, is the aim of Lane Brown '20 of Avondale, Arizona. He is a history major with minors in mathematics as well as Ancient, Renaissance and Medieval Studies. “The most important lesson I learned is no matter what happens you… Read More
  • We’re still here: Kyle Peterson ’20 - Kyle Peterson '20 of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, will be looking for employment in the supply chain field after graduation in May. He is majoring in business management with a minor in environmental biology. “Between collaboration in the classroom and being on the baseball team, I have learned the importance of… Read More
  • We’re still here: Kitara Harsh ’20 - The COVID-19 pandemic has put some future plans on hold for Ripon College senior Kitara Harsh of Montello, Wisconsin. She says, “I will be entering the workforce or interning, but my job offer and potential internship have been put on an indefinite hold due to COVID-19.” She is majoring in… Read More
  • We’re still here: Kayla Furlano ’20 - In the fall, Kayla Furlano '20 of West Bend, Wisconsin, will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno's Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. program. At Ripon, she majored in psychology with a minor in biology and graduated in December 2019. She says the most important thing she learned at Ripon College… Read More
  • We’re still here: Katelyn Spaeth ’20 - Katelyn Spaeth '20 of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, hopes to teach children with disabilities. She has been finishing up her special education certification and student teaching over the past year and is coping with the restrictions of the current COVID-19 pandemic. “Living at home while finishing up my student teaching has been… Read More
  • We’re still here: Katelyn Peroutka ’20 - After graduation, Katelyn Peroutka '20 of Waunakee, Wisconsin, will begin working at EPIC, a developer of software for the healthcare industry, in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a double major in business management and economics with a minor in psychology. “The most important thing that I learned from Ripon is to… Read More
  • We’re still here: Katelyn Kabacinski ’20 - This summer, Katelyn Kabacinski '20 of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will begin an accelerated BSN program at Bellin College in Green Bay to become a registered nurse. At Ripon, she is majoring in biology with a minor in psychology. While finishing the semester remotely, “I’ve been spending lots of time with… Read More
  • We’re still here: Karyssa Castillo-Kinney ’20 - Karyssa Castillo-Kinney '20 of Neenah, Wisconsin, is philosophical about finishing her final semester at Ripon College off-campus. “I have simply accepted it as it is,” she says. “It is stressful, but it is for the best and nothing can be done about it.” Castillo-Kinney is majoring in psychology and minoring… Read More
  • We’re still here: Karl Boddy ’20 - After graduation in May, Karl Boddy '20 of Scandinavia, Wisconsin, plans to save up the funds to attend the police academy. He is majoring in sociology with a minor in criminal justice. “The most important lesson that Ripon College has taught me is how big the world is,” Boddy says.… Read More
  • We’re still here: Kailee Betler ’20 - Student teaching is in the immediate future for Kailee Betler '20 of Berlin, Wisconsin. She plans to teach first in the local area, then student teach in New Zealand before looking for a regular position as an elementary school teacher. Betler is a double major in studio art and educational… Read More
  • We’re still here: Junmo Kwon ’20 - Junmo Kwon '20 of Chicago, Illinois, will attend Illinois College of Optometry after he graduates this month. He is majoring in chemistry-biology with a minor in physics. “The most important lessons from Ripon College are being independent and finding a vision for my life,” Kwon says. “It's not easy dealing… Read More
  • We’re still here: Julia Sanchez ’20 - After graduation in May, Julia Sanchez '20 of Zion, Illinois, will return to the Waukegan Park District as a summer camp counselor. She then will seek a full-time job in the sports industry. She is a double major in business management and exercise science: sports management. “The most important lesson… Read More
  • We’re still here: Johanna Wigand ’20 - Johanna Wigand '20 of West Allis, Wisconsin, hopes to work in child welfare in Milwaukee. She is majoring in sociology with a minor in psychology. “I think the biggest thing I learned at Ripon that I will carry with me is how important it is to make connections and network,”… Read More
  • We’re still here: Jessica Luhman ’20 - The COVID-19 pandemic has changed employment plans for Jessica Luhman '20 of Barneveld, Wisconsin. “After graduation, I had a full-time job lined up with an art gallery, Levee Contemporary, in Princeton, Wisconsin,” she says. “With our uncertain circumstances recently, I lost the job, but I am hoping to return once… Read More
  • We’re still here: Janet Koehler ’20 - Janet Koehler '20 of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, is planning a future in nursing after graduation this month. She is majoring in chemistry-biology. “After graduation, I plan on spending as much quality time with my daughter, Sophia, as I can,” Koehler says. “I currently work at Mercy Medical Center as a telemetry… Read More
  • We’re still here: Jack Nelson ’20 - Jack Nelson '20 of Portage, Wisconsin, determined the direction of his career as a student at Ripon College. After his graduation in May, he hopes to find a job in social media or video production within collegiate athletics or professional sports. He is majoring in communication. “The biggest lesson I've… Read More
  • We’re still here: Heidi DeCaluwe ’20 - Her experience working in the theatre department will stand her in good stead when Heidi DeCaluwe '20 of West Bend, Wisconsin, goes on to graduate school this fall. She will be studying for a master’s of fine arts in costume design and production at the University of Arkansas. At Ripon,… Read More
  • We’re still here: Hannah Roehl ’20 - A future as a high school English teacher is being planned by Hannah Roehl '20 of Princeton, Wisconsin. She is majoring in English with minors in educational studies and history and will be student teaching in the fall. She also plans to take classes as an emergency medical technician at… Read More
  • We’re still here: Haley Stowell ’20 - The COVID-19 pandemic and her liberal arts college education have provided important lessons for Haley Stowell '20 of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. “I think the most important lesson Ripon has taught me is creative problem-solving,” Stowell says. “This year isn't going the way anyone expected, so I've had to do quite… Read More
  • We’re still here: Graduating seniors will be in the spotlight - As we navigate the off-campus end to the Ripon College academic year, we want to be especially mindful of our seniors who are planning not only the end of this semester but also the beginning of the next chapter in their lives. Please check back every day for individual profiles… Read More
  • We’re still here: Grace Sullivan ’20 - A career in music is being planned by Grace Sullivan '20 of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. At Ripon, she is majoring in music with a minor in business management. She plans to continue teaching voice, cello and piano from her music studio in Oshkosh. “One of the most important lessons I've learned… Read More
  • We’re still here: Grace Larson ’20 - The most important lesson that Grace Larson '20 learned during college is “that your heart can have two homes,” she says. Larson, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, is majoring in English with minors in psychology and sociology. She will be staring a new job in Minneapolis after graduation in May. Because… Read More
  • We’re still here: Garrett Kaczrowski ’20 - For Garrett Kaczrowski '20, the most important lesson he is taking with him from Ripon College is that of hard work, “that nothing is given,” he says. “I have grown up on that lesson, but Ripon College has really engrained that even more for me. “School has never been a… Read More
  • We’re still here: Gabriella Mraz ’20 - After graduation, Gabriella Mraz '20 of Wind Lake, Wisconsin, will be applying to dental schools. At Ripon, she is majoring in chemistry-biology. “An important lesson that I have learned while at Ripon is to never be afraid to ask for help,” Mraz says. “I've been coping with the off-campus end… Read More
  • We’re still here: Forrest Grade ’20 - Forrest Grade '20 of Appleton, Wisconsin, plans to work in the legal/government sector after graduation this month. He is majoring in philosophy with a minor in anthropology. “The most important lesson I learned during my time at Ripon College is that you have to be happy with who you are… Read More
  • We’re still here: Erin Barrie ’20 - Erin Barrie '20 of Hartford, Wisconsin, will be seeking a job in event planning and coordinating. She is majoring in communication with a minor in art history. “I am not enjoying being off campus, obviously, with it being the end of my college career,” she says. “It helps to have… Read More
  • We’re still here: Eric Westberg ’20 - Eric Westberg '20 of North Mankato, Minnesota, is considering several options after he graduates in May. He first plans to get a job and more experience then possibly attend graduate school. He is majoring in chemistry. The most important lesson he learned at Ripon College, he says, is that “even… Read More
  • We’re still here: Eric Doll ’20 - After graduation, Eric Doll '20 of West Bend, Wisconsin, will secure summer employment and then student teach in the fall. He is majoring in exercise science-physical education with minors in educational studies, health and adapted physical education. “The most important lesson I learned at Ripon is that you have to… Read More
  • We’re still here: Emily Tetzlaff ’20 - In the fall, Emily Tetzlaff '20 of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, will be attending Pacific University to pursue a doctor of optometry degree. At Ripon, she is majoring in chemistry-biology with minors in Spanish and business management. “The greatest skill Ripon College has allowed me to develop is an ability to overcome… Read More
  • We’re still here: DeShawn Thomas ’20 - DeShawn Thomas '20 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is ready to move forward with a career in the performing arts. The theatre major has accepted a position as a performing arts coordinator at a summer camp, and he has applied to study for a master of fine arts in acting at the… Read More
  • We’re still here: Daisy Aguilera ’20 - Daisy Aguilera '20 of Chicago, Illinois, is keeping her options open. She is majoring in Spanish with a minor in educational studies. “My plans at the moment aren't set in stone, but possibly looking for a small education-related job (student affairs possibly) to gain experience in the teaching field.” She… Read More
  • We’re still here: Courtney Hall ’20 - Courtney Hall '20 of West Allis, Wisconsin, is majoring in psychology and theatre. She has been accepted into the clinical mental health master's program at Marquette University. In the future, she plans to go on for her Ph.D. “The most important lesson Ripon taught me was that even though independence… Read More
  • We’re still here: Christopher Miller ’20 - Christopher Miller '20 of Ripon, Wisconsin, will be attending U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidates School in the fall. He is majoring in politics and government and business management with a minor in philosophy. “The most important lesson I learned while at Ripon is the realization that the more I put… Read More
  • We’re still here: Cassidy Larsen ’20 - Cassidy Larsen '20 of Neenah, Wisconsin, will be student teaching in the fall. She is majoring in English and history with a minor in educational studies. “The most important lesson I have learned is the ability to take teaching and learning anywhere, which will be helpful when teaching,” she says.… Read More
  • We’re still here: Carlee Zander ’20 - The most important lesson she learned at Ripon College is to be confident and to not be afraid to put herself out there, says Carlee Zander '20 of Manawa, Wisconsin. She is majoring in psychology and with double minors in criminal justice and strength and conditioning. She plans to gain… Read More
  • We’re still here: Cameron Gruenwald ’20 - Cameron Gruenwald '20 of Iola, Wisconsin, is majoring in physical education with minors in health and educational studies. He hopes to work in elementary or high school physical education. He says that the most important lesson he learned at Ripon College “is that you make some of your best friends… Read More
  • We’re still here: Briana Bartz ’20 - A wedding is the immediate plan after graduation for Briana Bartz '20 of Brandon, Wisconsin. She will marry Todd Petersen '19, “assuming we don’t have to postpone or celebration due to COVID-19,” she says. Bartz is a mathematics major with an educational studies minor. She plans to teach middle or… Read More
  • We’re still here: Bennett Groves ’20 - Bennett Groves '20 of Appleton, Wisconsin, is applying for jobs during his extra downtime because of the off-campus end of the semester. "It has been difficult to transition,” he says. “I constantly find myself sitting around my house bored out of my mind wondering what to do. Thankfully, I am… Read More
  • We’re still here: Bailey Jerrick ’20 - Bailey Jerrick '20 of Stoughton, Wisconsin, is headed for Disney World after graduation in May. She has been accepted into the Disney College Program and will work in the costuming department. After the program, she hopes to work as a character performer for the company. At Ripon, she is double… Read More
  • We’re still here: Austin Burton ’20 - Austin Burton '20 of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, plans to continue to run @NehringLimousine out of Fond du Lac after graduation this month. He also will work in operations for General Motors Corporation after the automotive industry and economy gets back on its feet. At Ripon, he has a self-designed… Read More
  • We’re still here: Austin Bunders ’20 - For the fall semester of 2020, Austin Bunders '20 of Almond, Wisconsin, will be completing student teaching and finishing his last season of football for Ripon. He is majoring in physical education with minors in health and coaching. He is planning on a career in teaching and coaching. “The most… Read More
  • We’re still here: Andrew Johnson ’20 - Andrew Johnson '20 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, says the most important thing he learned at Ripon is time management. “Juggling a bunch of different responsibilities at Ripon has helped me find time to satisfy each, but most importantly, it helped me keep calm during times of high stress,” he says. Johnson… Read More
  • We’re still here: Allison Schloer ’20 - Allison Schloer '20 of Park Falls, Wisconsin, plans to look for opportunities in the art world after graduation in May. She also plans to continue working at Edenbrook Oshkosh, a nursing home. She is a studio art major. “I think one thing I have most recently come to terms with… Read More
  • We’re still here: Alexandra Molinski ’20 - After graduation in May, Alexandra "Ally" Molinski '20 of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will be attending graduate school to become a clinical therapist. At Ripon, she is majoring in psychology with a minor in French. “One of the most important lessons I've learned during my time at Ripon is that just because… Read More
  • We’re still here: Alaura Lemieux ’20 - Alaura Lemieux '20 of Luck, Wisconsin, plans to take a gap year after graduation in May to work and apply to graduate schools. She plans to go into genetic research. At Ripon, Lemieux is a double major in biology and theatre. “The thing I'm taking from Ripon college is that,… Read More
  • We’re still here: Adam Wronski ’20 - After graduation in May, Adam Wronski '20 will be working as an assistant scientist at PPD in Middleton, Wisconsin, a global contract research organization providing integrated drug development, laboratory and lifecycle management services. Eventually, he plans to earn a Ph.D. in ecology. Wronski, of Red Wing Minnosta, is a biology… Read More
  • We’re still here: Abel Gonzalez Rodriguez ’20 - After graduation, Abel Gonzalez Rodriguez '20 of Homestead, Florida, will work for the IT department at Ripon College for the summer, and then look for a regular job. He is majoring in mathematics with a focus on computer science, with a minor in Spanish. “What I take with me from… Read More
  • We’re still here: Abby Korb ’20 - Abby Korb '20 of Burlington, Wisconsin, is headed for graduate school in Washington, D.C., this fall. The politics & government and psychology double major will study for her master’s degree in public policy at American University. She also will work as a graduate assistant and will seek another job position… Read More
  • Updates Regarding Commencement 2020 - Dear Class of 2020 Alumni, When I wrote to you and your families in April regarding the postponement of the 2020 Ripon College Commencement, I informed you that we would be able to move forward with the rescheduled October ceremony only if public health authorities and College policies deemed it… Read More
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