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Not Taking No For An Answer
ody Pinkston, director of media and public relations (and golf coach) at Ripon College, told me he once attended a screenwriting conference at which a number of very prominent writers, directors and producers shared some wisdom about filmmaking and answered questions from the audience. The question he wanted an answer to was, “How do so many crappy movies get made?” Not only did he get to ask this question, but he asked it of Lawrence Kasdan, writer of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and director of “Body Heat” and “The Big Chill” — just to name a few. Kasdan’s reply? “Behind any movie, good or bad, is at least one deeply passionate and committed person who believed in that project and wouldn’t take no for an answer.” The main impediment between any good (or bad) idea and its implementation often is a champion. But taking ownership of, and investing oneself in the realization of, an idea is a lot like falling in love; there’s always the risk that you will put a lot of time and effort President David C. Joyce into it, only to have your heart broken. You need to decide whether the potential reward is worth the risk. Usually it is. To use a sports metaphor, you have to want the ball.
few months ago, Ric Damm, director of publications and institutional image (and cycling coach), had an idea: try and earn one of the “Refresh” grants that Pepsi announced earlier this year in order to build some mountain bike trails in Ripon. There would be a lot more effort needed to make the case and to compel people to vote every day for a month rather than just shooting a short video and posting it to the Web — people needed to know what he was trying to do, believe that it was important, even if it didn’t benefit them directly, and then actually take action. Not only that, but enough people had to do it to get — and keep — the bike trail project in the top 10 for a month. He knew that would require constant reminding using all manners of outreach at his disposal. He also knew that there was a chance the project could potentially fall one vote short of earning a grant. But Ric, like so many people connected to Ripon College, championed his idea. He invested himself fully in it and set about making it happen with passion and enthusiasm, two things to which everyone will respond. He made clever use of his limited resources. He engaged his network, and his network’s networks. In the process, he created other champions. After a few weeks, the Ripon Bike Trail Project was
hovering near the top 10 of all the hundreds of worthy projects. All the people who voted initially needed to keep voting, and so the e-mails and Facebook posts kept coming and coming. By the final week, there was a palpable sense that we could actually win the grant. In the final days, we were hovering right at number 10 in the voting, probably within a few votes of slipping to number 11 and receiving nothing. But, as most of you now know, that didn’t happen. Ripon clung to the top 10, and will receive all $25,000 it needs to build a network of bike trails in the hills bordering the College’s prairie. (See more about the Bike Trail Project on page 7.)
etting things done isn’t easy. It’s one thing to have an idea, but quite another to see it through. There are external hurdles: Resources. Time. Support. Naysayers. There are internal ones: Fear. Uncertainty. Doubt. There’s a reason people refer to some ideas as their “babies” — they require constant attention and care, and whether they turn out like you wanted our not, they’re still yours and always will be. Over time, Ripon College has proven to be a place where one committed person can make a huge difference. A few years back, Jess Solverud ’10, who loved horses, decided that Ripon College should have an equestrian club. With a little help from Mary Avery, she created one. Before long, the club morphed into a very successful team. Because of Jess’ idea and her commitment to it, something wonderful and unique was coaxed into existence. See her story, “The Ride of My Life,” at www.youtube.com/moretogether. Examples of this commitment to action abound here.
o much of what sets Ripon apart today is the result of a good idea and an individual or group who committed themselves to seeing it through: The Ethical Leadership Program; The Office of Community Engagement; The Velorution Project; Arts and All That Jazz. Many of history’s greatest achievements follow the same pattern. The point is, whether you want to make a film, finance bike trails, start a club or build a program from scratch, creating something from nothing with little more than your own wherewithal and passion is one of life’s greatest satisfactions. I commend the many “doers” at Ripon College, and look forward to seeing who will champion the next big idea.
Dr. David C. Joyce President email@example.com
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50 YEARS ON THE FM AIRWAVES As WRPN-FM Radio approaches its 50th anniversary on the air in February, past and present students recall the impact that participation with WRPN-FM has had on their lives.
With strong voting support from Ripon alumni and friends in August, Ripon College has earned a $25,000 grant from Pepsi’s Refresh Project. The grant is being used to build a mountain bike trail on campus for the College’s mountain bike team and the community at large.
On the Cover: WRPN-FM General Manager Matt Maginnis ’11, in the foreground, and Sports Director Joshua Pasek ’11, add commentary to a broadcast between songs.
$25,000 GRANT FUNDS MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL
Jim Koepnick photo
NEW BUILDING ENHANCES INGALLS FIELD The continuing generosity of the Ingalls Field Group of volunteers has brought yet another enhancement to the field — a new building that provides half-time accommodations for the team, meeting space and additional public facilities.
Ripon College prepares students of diverse interests for lives of productive, socially responsible citizenship. Our liberal arts curriculum and residential campus create an intimate learning community in which students experience a richly personalized education. Ripon Magazine (ISSN 1058-1855) is published quarterly by Ripon College, 300 Seward St., Ripon, WI 54971-0248. Periodical postage paid at Ripon, Wis. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Ripon Magazine, PO Box 248, Ripon, WI 54971-0248. Editor: Jaye Alderson e-mail: AldersonJ@ripon.edu Editorial Assistants: Ric Damm, Cody Pinkston Student Assistants: Jeremy Brouwer ’14, Lori Schroeder ’13 Layout design by the graphics factory – Deba Horn-Prochno ’74 Print Production by Ripon Printers Ripon on the Web: www.ripon.edu Visit Ripon’s online community at: www.riponalumni.org
FIRST-DAY EXCITEMENT ALWAYS THE SAME Do you remember your first day on the Ripon College campus? Many alumni have vivid recollections, and one from the Class of 1953 and one first-year share their personal memories.
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or nearly half a century, WRPN Radio has been the audible voice of the Ripon College community on FM radio. Broadcasts began in the mid-1950s on a “closed carrier” AM station, meaning it was carried on telephone or power lines running around campus. Student broadcasters, led by Bill Jochimsen ’61 of New York City, began looking into the possibility of adding an FM station with a much larger range and better sound quality. That dream hit the airwaves Feb. 15, 1961. Today, the nonprofit radio station still is managed and operated by the students and staff of Ripon College. It offers entertainment and communication in various genres of music, talk radio, news coverage and sports. Hawk’s View News is presented every Wednesday at 9 a.m. “Having a radio station gives students a chance to explore their interest and creativity, as well as communicate those to other people — an important aspect of WRPN that the College takes pride in,” says senior Joshua Pasek, Sleepy Hollow, Ill., the current sports director. “I am interested in the business side of sports broadcasting, and working my way up to the sports director position has given me valuable insight on what this industry entails.” Staff adviser Ryan Dwyer says this is one of many important aspects participating students enjoy. “Most importantly, (students) have fun while learning skills that can be used in any profession,” he says. General manager Matt Maginnis a junior from Polo, Ill., says participation is open to any student no matter what their field of study is. “Ripon turns no one away from having a show,” he says. Students can “share their ambition with the campus.
At left: Vern Cronen ’63, now of Amherst, Mass., in the background, and Gene Hartfelder ’62 of Arvada, Colo., work on a broadcast.
Gene Hartfelder ’62, left, watches while Fred Jaye ’61 makes some electrical adjustments.
WRPN also has a loyal community base that allows the community to be involved and stay informed about what Ripon College is doing.” He adds, “WRPN has made a big impact on my life, and anyone who has been a part of the WRPN family will say the same.”
his has been true from the very beginning. When Jochimsen began his drive to bring WRPN to the FM airwaves, he found a strong ally in Fred Jaye ’61 of Asheville, N.C. To get better sound quality and avoid competition with the local AM radio station, Jaye says, “We finally got the idea you could put up a very low-power FM station with 10 watts of power — hardly enough to light a light bulb!” But it was enough for WRPN to become Wisconsin’s first low-power educational FM radio station, Jochimsen says. “FM broadcasts horizon to horizon,” he says. “Because we were basically at a high point of the Fox River Valley, we had fairly decent coverage. Originally, I was able to sell the concept of an FM radio station by using the phrase that it was going to become a cultural extension of the College off campus.” It helped that Jaye was an FCC-licensed first-class radio operator. He worked at a radio station in his home state of Florida during the summers and understood the rules and regulations of broadcasting. He
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people were doing very seriously, and looking toward a career, what I was doing just as a lark. It was fun, and I thought I was making a contribution.”
Bill Drake ’63, now of Spartanburg, S.C., makes dial adjustments. Drake succeeded Bill Jochimsen as station manager at WRPN-FM.
completed the application to the FCC and got approval to move ahead with the FM station.
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he staff raised funds and obtained a transmitter. WRPN was moved into Smith Hall on top of the hill, and a 125foot tower went up behind Smith. Later, when the station was moved down to the base of the hill, the transmitter was left in the attic of Smith. “It was more of an outreach to the community as anything else,” Jaye says. “We had a lot of fun and pride in what we were doing. It caught our interest, and we were fulfilling a need. Some people go into sports, some into stage, theatre or music, and some of us got into the radio. “There was a lot of good camaraderie on the staff,” he says. “It’s a way for the students to communicate in different ways. We had a lot of talk programs, and people from the different organizations, sororities or fraternities had the opportunity to talk. There were radio broadcasts of the football and basketball teams.” Jochimsen also remembers the fun. “For two or three years, I held a conference on the campus for local college radio stations from all over the Midwest,” Jochimsen says. “I always was sort of surprised when I realized how many of these
ochimsen says WRPN was operated with almost no budget at the time, which took some creativity. And in the 2-1/2 years he was station manager, there were three different faculty advisers and the students took on much of the work themselves. “In pictures taken in Smith Hall, you see what looks like apple dividers on the wall to soak up extraneous sound,” he says. “Those WERE apple dividers!” Jaye adds, “The studio smelled like apples for most of the year.” Jochimsen says that every year, they broadcast a live reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” A mike was set up in the 40-foot shower room in the basement with a speaker at the other end of the room. The voice of the ghostly Marley would be broadcast from that room to pick up the eerie reverberation of sound. The station’s lack of funds also lead to some unfortunate incidents. When students traveled to report on away games of the sports teams, they had no budget for traveling or staying in hotels. “We would leave early in the morning, drive to Galesburg or wherever, broadcast the game and drive back to Ripon,” Jochimsen says. On two such returns, the students’ cars crashed. “No one was hurt in either one, but I remember in the first accident they picked us up in a hearse to take us to the hospital just to be checked out!” he says.
ochimsen says that in 1961, WRPN was the largest student organization of any kind on campus. He remembers Bob Nagy ’60, who played gypsy music on his weekly broadcast. Al Jarreau ’62 was associated with the radio station, as was Harrison Ford ’64. Jack Ankerson ’64 of Norfolk, Va., offered a weekly program with sports commentary while he was at Ripon. “Our football team was undefeated our senior year, and it was fun talking about those things,” Ankerson says. He went on to a career heavily anchored in sports and broadcasting. Now executive director of the Hampton Roads
Sports Commission in Virginia Beach, he has spent more than 30 years on the sports scene there, serving as an administrator and broadcaster with the American Basketball Association’s Virginia Squires, the Norfolk Tides minor league baseball team and Old Dominion University. His voice is well-known to sports fans throughout the region, as he has served as sports and program director at WTAR radio station in Norfolk for several years. He says that college radio stations are a good communication tool. “It’s a great vehicle not only for the sporting events but everything else the school is doing,” he says.
elley Osborne ’95 of New Berlin, Wis., had a program on WRPN during her sophomore, junior and senior years. Along with Paula Plympton Schmidt ’95, now of Overland Park, Kan., she offered a rock alternative music show. “We had friends who had radio shows, and it sounded like fun,” Osborne says. “Paula and I liked music, we decided to audition our sophomore year, and we got a show. It was right after lunch. We never knew how many people were listening to us, but we had a good time.” After moving to Madison for graduate studies, she got a job in the spring of 1998 as a production assistant for Michael Feldman’s “Whad’Ya Know?” comedy quiz radio program produced by Wisconsin Public Radio. “I did all sorts of odd jobs around the office, keeping track of prizes, helping keep track of music played in the show for licensing purposes, monitoring e-mail sent to the radio program, soliciting prize donations,” she says. “In 2000, I started providing research materials for Michael to write quiz questions and for the online version of the quiz.” She now is living in the Milwaukee area where she works full time for a different company, but she continues to provide research for Feldman’s show. “It takes me away from my 9-to-5 job and lets me do something a little more fun and silly,” Osborne says. “I have very fond memories of working at the Ripon radio station,” she says. “It gave people who maybe had a different sort of creative streak a way to express their creativity and share their interest in music. People from all sorts of different groups had
Bill Jochimsen ’61, left, and Fred Jaye ’61 celebrate with a look the night WRPN-FM went on the air. The apple divider-covered walls surround them.
radio programs, and it was a nice way to meet people from different backgrounds and with different interests. “I love radio. You can have it on in the background while you’re doing other things. It’s a different source of information, a different source of news. It’s so much a part of my life.”
ichele Good ’84 of Madison, Wis., is the manager for Feldman’s program, and also does weekend announcing, promotional announcing and fielding calls to audience services for Wisconsin Public Radio. While she didn’t work for WRPN while she was at Ripon, she says she spent a lot of time in the studio with friends who had shows. Most of her career has been in acting when she moved back to northern Wisconsin for family reasons. She began listening intently to Wisconsin Public Radio and ran for its board of directors. Her work on the board got her the opening for her current position, and she loves it. “It’s a great fit between theatre and radio,” she says. She appreciates the role WRPN-FM plays at Ripon College for the diversity it brings. “I didn’t foresee myself in radio when I was in school, but just spending time there
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Kristen Sandstrom ’97 has a turn on the air.
with my friends and having the experience was really valuable in the long run,” she says.
risten Sandstrom ’97 of Bayfield, Wis., first had a show with Kristin Jablecki Hawksworth ’97, now of Phoenix, Ariz. “We probably called the show something silly like Kristen & Kristin — I can’t recall,” she says. “There was a lot of Indigo Girls, Simon & Garfunkel, etc.” Sandstrom then had a late-shift show on Tuesday nights. “I played a little bit of everything, and loved getting requests,” she says. “One year Ripon decided not to have their Spring Fest and they had the Gin Blossoms come for a concert instead. I had to have my show during the concert, and I have this weird memory of students continuing to call in and request the Gin Blossoms. Who knows why, but that was the only night that I actually denied people’s requests — I could hear the concert from the studio!” She says she loved the late-night show. “It was always nice and quiet, and it was my escape from everything,” she says. “Just sitting there listening to good music. I did
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enjoy getting to know a variety of students whom I otherwise never would have formed relationships with. “I think the experience helped me in my career as a marketing consultant simply in my ability to speak to a crowd and be comfortable speaking with complete strangers.”
ochimsen says he is proud of the legacy he left behind with WRPN’s FM service. “It was the first of its kind and done by people with a love of electronic communication,” he says. “Even today, some people fail to realize how important radio is. Whenever there’s breaking news or a government is crumbling or a junta is taking place, the real source of information is radio, and that was true in the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, and even today.” And Jaye adds, “WRPN-FM is still there almost 50 years later, so it did accomplish something.” Check out WRPN-FM’s current offerings at http://www.ripon. edu/wrpn. r Jaye Alderson and Lori Schroeder ’13 Schroeder is a communication major from Mounds View, Minn.
Happy Trails: Ripon Earns $25,000 Grant to Build Mountain Bike Trail
ipon College finished in the top 10 in a nationwide voting contest in August. Ripon’s proposal to build a mountain bike trail on campus was among the top-10 vote recipients in the $25,000 category of Pepsi’s Refresh Project. The proposal, submitted by Head Coach of Cycling Ric Damm, finished in 10th place for the month of August to earn the grant. The Pepsi Refresh Project began in 2010 as a means to help “refresh” communities, says Melisa Tezanos, communications director for Pepsi. Anyone can submit ideas on the Pepsi Refresh Web site in tiers of $5,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $250,000 grants. “We accept up to 1,000 ideas every month across all of the tiers,” says Tezanos. “The top vote-getters in each of the categories receive the grants.” Each month, Pepsi awards $1.3 million. Tezanos says Pepsi is using the money the company saved by not advertising during the 2010 Super Bowl. The Ripon College mountain bike team has flourished in the three years since its inception in 2008. The team has won the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference Division 2 team championship and qualified multiple students for national competition in each of the past two years. Still, the nearest mountain biking trail is more than 20 miles from Ripon. Using the money from the grant, Damm expects to have a mountain bike trail on campus before the start of school in 2011. “Our team has experienced moderate success to date, but in order for Ripon to recruit top-level mountain bikers and provide those riders with an adequate training ground on campus, we felt this trail was a necessity,” says Damm. The trail will be located in the wooded sections of the College’s Ceresco Prairie Conservancy at the west end of campus. The Conservancy comprises 130 acres of native prairie, oak savanna and wetland habitat. The area is part of the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Glacial Habitat Restoration Program, a partnership between the DNR and the College.
Several majestic oaks frame IMBA Trail Specialist Jill Van Winkle as she flags a trail corridor for a new singletrack mountain bike trail in Ripon College’s Ceresco Prairie Conservancy.
Damm says the new trail comes with the approval of both Professor of Biology and Director of the Conservancy Skip Wittler and the DNR. “The consensus is that a mountain bike trail fits well within the existing recreational uses of the property without posing any adverse risk to the prairie ecosystem or other guests,” says Damm. To minimize the potential for erosion and other impacts of the new trail, the grant money is being used to hire the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s Trail Solutions team to design and build the trail. “That was the entire reason for seeking the grant,” says Damm. “Once it was agreed that a mountain bike trail was an acceptable use of the land, we wanted to be certain that the trail was built to the best standards to ensure the integrity and longevity of the trail as well as the prairie and woodland habitat.” Jill Van Winkle, a trail specialist with Trail Solutions, was on campus in early November to meet with Wittler
and Damm and to piece together the initial design for the trail. The Trail Solutions team will return in spring to begin construction. “After speaking with Jill and walking around the woods, I’m excited by the possibilities,” says Damm. “This trail not only will provide an excellent resource for our team, but it will be another great jewel in the crown of the Ripon community.” Damm says the trail will be built with some challenges in mind for more advanced riders, but will not be so intimidating as to scare off would-be newcomers. “I want this trail to be a gateway for others who are curious about the sport of mountain biking,” says Damm. “Students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the Ripon community at large all supported this project and gave us the votes we needed to secure the grant. This trail will be built for all of them, and everyone is welcome to use it.” For updates on the project, visit www.refresheverything.com/ biketrailripon. r FALL 2010 7
New Building at Ingalls Field gives Red Hawks a Halftime Home
Warren Sherman, left, and Bob Lukoski proudly show off the new Voysey Building, the latest project they have spearheaded at Ingalls Field.
hanks to the ongoing efforts of some special friends of Ripon College, a new building at Ingalls Field was introduced during the fall sports season. Bob Lukoski and Warren Sherman of Ripon have been the backbone of the Ingalls Field Group since its inception in 1981. Step by step, they and other dedicated members of the group have improved and added on to all aspects of the field. Starting with the building of the field house in 1981, other projects have included new sod, goal posts, press
boxes, bleachers, landscaping, new wiring, a new concession stand, a lighting system, shot put and hammer throw cages, and signs. The field and facilities are owned by the Ripon School District and shared with Ripon College. When remodeling at Ripon Middle School caused the Red Hawks to lose their borrowed space in the school for players to use before the game and during halftime, the Ingalls Field Group knew it was time to get into action again. “The College didn’t have any place to go,” Lukoski says.
The old Voysey Tin Shop before it was torn down last year.
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cross the street from Ingalls Field was a garage and a barn-like building once owned by Lukoski’s parents-in-law which housed the family business, Voysey Tin Shop. Last year, the volunteer committee got permission to tear the buildings down and plan for the new facility. The building went up last summer and is called The Voysey Building in deference to the site’s historical usage. “Its primary function is to house the Ripon College Red Hawks and Ripon Tigers (high school team) in football season,” Lukoski says. “We have a huge meeting room and increased bathroom space to accommodate the increasing crowds coming to games.”
Assistant coach Dan Lueck ’86 speaks with the Red Hawks during a break in the new Voysey Building.
He says the building was completed entirely with donations, money raised from selling sign advertising and volunteer labor. “It didn’t cost the school district anything or the College anything,” Sherman says. “We had more than 50 volunteers who worked on it at one time or another. With our group, the community is so involved.” He estimates that through the years, there have been 700 to 800 man-hours of volunteer time put into their projects, and several companies have discounted their materials and labor charges. The high school team first used the building Sept. 4, and the Red Hawks used it first during the Sept. 5 game against Wisconsin Lutheran. “It’s worked out quite well,” Lukoski says. “Neither team had any complaints over it. That’s almost a modern miracle.”
lthough Lukoski and Sherman both think this project may be their last one for a while, they remain ready to get into action if a need arises because they remain dedicated to local sports. “Nobody else was doing it, so we did it,” Lukoski says. “I didn’t know any better,” Sherman says with a
chuckle. “No, it’s for personal satisfaction and to benefit the whole community. Sports is what I live and breathe for — high school, college, it doesn’t make any difference. I still enjoy all the events at Ingalls Field and go to all the College games.” Lukoski’s grandson, Benjamin, graduated from Ripon College this past spring. Sherman’s family also has several ties to the College. His wife, Charlotte, was an administrative assistant at Ripon College for 42 years. Family graduates include his son, Dan, and daughter-in-law, Jody Long Sherman, ’76 and ’76; and daughter Diane Krauss ’78 and son-in-law Norton Krauss ’75. Ron Ernst, head coach of football and assistant athletic director, says the Voysey Building is an important enhancement to Ingalls Field. “The new team building was a great addition for our team and the community,” he says. “It gave our team the needed space to meet before and during the game. The space allows our team of more than 100 players to meet with coaches to prepare for each game. The restroom facilities also allow our players to stay within a close proximity without running into the middle school or using outdoor facilities. It’s a more professional-looking facility that was a needed addition.” r FALL 2010 9
These Days at Ripon these days at ripon Briefs BRIEFS
FELLOW LAWYERS HONOR RIPON ALUMNI Two Ripon alumni have been named in The Best Lawyers in America 2011 publication. The listings are based on an exhaustive study of the legal profession in which attorneys nationwide are asked to rank the top practitioners in their specialties in their Jennifer Vogel jurisdictions. Powers ’76 Because listings are based on the votes of other lawyers and cannot be solicited, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a particular honor. Included in the 2011 edition is Jennifer Vogel Powers ’76 of Rick Hartland, Wis., who Lewandowski ’75 specializes in public finance law in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady. Rick Lewandowski ’75 of Madison, Wis., who specializes in environmental law with the Madison office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, is included also.
STUDENT ORGANIZATION RECALLS 9/11 The Ripon College Republicans, a student organization, led the College’s participation in the “9/11: Never Forget Project.” The tragic events of that day were marked by a memorial of 2,977 American flags throughout the day and an evening vigil. The “9/11: Never Forget Project” was created in 2003 by the Young America’s Foundation after the organization noticed that many college campuses were either ignoring the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks or failing to recognize its human cost.
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RIPON CONTINUES TO PLACE WELL IN NATIONAL RANKINGS NEWSWEEK/WASHINGTON MONTHLY Service-minded, college-bound students can scarcely find a better home than Ripon College, No. 8 in the nation according to a new Newsweek ranking of the “Top 25 Schools for Do-Gooders.” The new ranking borrows from Washington Monthly’s ratings methodology for liberal-arts institutions, which includes a strong service component. Ripon was ranked No. 32 (of 252) in that list. “Calling attention to … service-oriented schools is one of the reasons this magazine got into the college-ranking business in the first place,” said the editors of Washington Monthly in explaining the rankings. “When we published our first ranking in 2005 (with the expectation that it would prove a point rather than become a tradition), the idea was to upend the traditional notion of a college guide. Instead of asking what a college could do for you, we asked, ‘What are colleges doing for the country?’ ” Ripon consistently has been ranked among the top liberal-arts institutions in the country by myriad rankings and methodologies. “What I find most gratifying about this ranking is that we aren’t focused on service for its own sake, or padding resumés, or just because it’s the right thing to do,” says Lindsay Blumer, director of the Office of Community Engagement. “Giving back to the Ripon community is just a part of a student’s service journey, which starts when they matriculate and continues beyond graduation.”
PRINCETON REVIEW Ripon also made The Princeton Review’s list of 373 best colleges. It was among only five Wisconsin schools on the list. The publication’s 19th edition provides profiles of the 373 colleges — less than 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges — it considers the nation’s top schools along with school rating scores in eight categories. The book also includes “Top 20” lists in 62 categories based on surveys of students attending the colleges. Ripon also is listed among the top 152 “Best of the Midwest” colleges in the publication’s “Best Colleges Region By Region” Web site feature. “Year after year, various college rankings validate the value and quality of a Ripon education,” says David C. Joyce, president of Ripon College. “What makes The Princeton Review somewhat unique among them are the comments from real students indicating that we walk the talk.” Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president of publishing and author of “The Best 371 Colleges,” says, “We commend Ripon College for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book. Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character.” In its profile on Ripon, The Princeton Review praises the school for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere and intensive preparation for grad school, and quotes extensively from students surveyed for the book. Among the many positive comments is that students find no shortage of diversions, “whether they are participating in floor activities, all-campus activities, sporting events, school plays, or even just hanging out with friends. There is never a time when you feel as though you have nothing to do.” In a “Survey Says” sidebar in the book’s profile on Ripon, The Princeton Review lists topics that students surveyed for the book were in most agreement about in their answers to survey questions. The list includes: “students are friendly,” “students get along with local community” and “low cost of living.” The Princeton Review posts the school profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 373
Colleges” on its site, www.PrincetonReview.com, at which users can read FAQs about the book, the survey, and the criteria for each of the ratings and rankings.
FORBES According to Forbes magazine, Ripon ranks among the top 10 colleges and universities in Wisconsin, and 195th among all U.S. colleges (610 were ranked). In the third annual “America’s Best Colleges” ranking, Ripon placed well ahead of larger and better-known institutions such as Loyola Marymount University, Ohio State University, the University of Oregon and George Washington University. The Forbes rankings offer yet another way for parents and prospective students to evaluate institutions, using five components: ■ Postgraduate success (30 percent) ■ Student satisfaction (27.5 percent) ■ Average four-year accumulated student debt of those borrowing money (17.5 percent) ■ Four-year graduation rates (17.5 percent) ■ Student nationally competitive awards (7.5 percent) Ripon was ranked No. 5 of the 10 Wisconsin colleges ranked by the magazine. For the full 2010 Forbes America’s Best College lists and methodology, visit http://ow.ly/3jHPt.
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT According to U.S. News and World Report rankings, Ripon was listed as a tier 1 national liberal arts school. Ripon placed 105 among national liberal arts college, up from 122 in 2008. In addition to the top tier ranking, Ripon also was included on U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” list.
RIPON COLLEGE RECEIVES FIVE-YEAR TRIO GRANT The Student Support Services program at Ripon has been awarded a $1.2 million, five-year grant. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO division, totals $252,071 per year to provide retention and graduation services, and other opportunities to first-generation, low-income and disabled students at the College. A new focus on this particular grant cycle is an emphasis on providing information to students on financial literacy and access to graduate school. These initiatives are linked closely to the McNair Scholars program, a TRIO program at Ripon that sets first-generation, low-income and racially underrepresented students on a path to graduate school with the ultimate goal of achieving their doctorate degree. The McNair program is in its third year of a five-year grant and recruits students from Ripon, Lawrence University and St. Norbert College.
MILWAUKEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MAKES 38TH APPEARANCE Ripon College’s long relationship with the world-renowned Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) continued with its 38th Ripon performance Nov. 7. Conductor Stuart Chafetz led the orchestra in performances of two Dmitri Shostakovich pieces, the Festive Overture (Op. 96) and Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major (Op. 70), and a diverse second half featuring the works of Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Gliere and Glinka. Originally the Milwaukee Pops Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra was created in 1959. The group has been performing under the name since then, and has experienced immense success over the years, performing in places such as
Briefs BRIEFS SOPHOMORE PUBLISHES BOOK Ornella Umubyeyi ’13 of Kigali, Rwanda, has had a book published. Life Beyond Sight: Existing, not Living gives an overall look and a better understanding of God through the eyes of a 20-year-old. She illustrates how God works through anybody, no matter their race, location and background, to help you grow from your emotional pain Ornella and your past. Umubyeyi ’13 Details about the book can be found at http://www.amazon. com/Life-Beyond-Sight-ExistingLiving/dp/1450233511.
FACULTY NOTES ■ Paul Schoofs, professor of economics, delivered the address “Coming Out of the Recession — Fantasy Sports and the Economy” at the 2010 Winter Business Conference of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) in Las Vegas. ■ Mary Avery, associate professor of business, and Joe Hatcher, professor of psychology, have been elected to the board of the Blue Mountain Project, a service-learning organization that brings students to Hagley Gap, Jamaica. ■ J. Timothy Petersik, professor of psychology, wrote “Ternus Effect: Two processes or differential activation? Comments on Odic and Pratt’s 2008 paper” published in Perception. ■ Peng “Roc” Huang, assistant professor of economics, co-wrote “Traditional View or Revisionist View? The Effects of Monetary Policy on Exchange Rates in Asia,” with C. James Hueng and Ruey Yau, published in Applied Financial Economics. ■ McKenzie Lamb, assistant professor of mathematics, co-wrote the article “The Poisson geometry of SU(1,1)” with Philip Foth.
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Briefs BRIEFS IT’S IN THE CARDS: RIPON CONNECTIONS ARE EVERYWHERE At a bridge game in Colorado Springs in August, Beth Tilden Beattie ’49 of St. Louis, Mo., met up with Sue Lambert Marvin ’53 of Colorado Springs. They discovered that they both went to Ripon. “I graduated in 1949 but mentioned that I had been in Ver Adest,” Beattie writes. “She was, as well, and remembered that I was invited back in 1951 to sing ‘I Didn’t Know so Much Could Happen in a Year’ in the Centennial year show. She said she remembered me and that I had had dark hair. (It is very grey now!) What a coincidence. Those were wonderful years.”
Chicago Students visit Ripon for Shared Experience FORMER MAGAZINE EDITOR PUBLISHES NOVEL Jean Grant, former managing editor of Ripon Magazine, has had a novel, “The Burning Veil,” published by Mishmish Press. It is a story of love and cultural collision as Dr. Sarah Moss leaves Wisconsin to go to Saudi Arabia to see whether she can really live in such a very different society. Part of the novel is set in Green Lake and around the Mecan River. Grant wrote the first two drafts of “The Burning Veil” during her time at Ripon. The book has received good reviews, has been the subject of several blog and print articles and is available on Kindle. Information can be found at www.theburningveil.com. Grant’s husband, Bob Fraga, taught in Ripon’s mathematics department for nine years. He is seeking publication for “Greensburg,” a story about how that small Kansas town went green after it was leveled by the May 2007 tornado.
Professor Jody Roy listens as sophomore communication major Jessie Lillis of Coldwater, Mich., left, talks about college life with three students from North Chicago. The program, now in its second year, is a partnership between the Ripon Speakers Bureau/Ripon Department of Communication and the Students Against Violence Everywhere Chapter at North Chicago Community High School. It was inspired by the special connection Shawn Karsten ’09 made with a student when he spoke at their school in April 2009. That young woman, then a ninth-grader considered high-risk for dropping out, is now a junior and aspires to attend Ripon College. She is a leader of her school’s SAVE chapter and has participated in the Ripon campus visit both years. During the annual two-day visits, the high school students engage in collaborative work with Ripon communication students. This year, three brochures were produced to use in their community on the issues of managing grief, suicide prevention and gun safety. The visitors also were provided with “college access,” to help them understand the college application process. Very few students in their district go on to college, and there are scant local resources to support those who do,” says Roy. The Department of Communication plans to collaborate with the North Chicago SAVE chapter advisers over the next year to find grant and/or private funding to substantially expand the program.
Japan, Cuba, England, Holland, Germany and Austria. Live performances of the MSO are available for download through iTunes, and are also available through their own digital recording store. The Caestecker Fine Arts series is made possible by an endowment from Ripon College Honorary Life Trustee Thomas E. Caestecker. The series has been bringing well-known theatre, art, dance and music performances to the Ripon College campus for 25 years.
BOOK CALLS RIPON ‘OVERLOOKED GEM’
■ Soren Hauge, professor of economics, published “Household, Group, and Program Factors in Group-Based Agricultural Credit Delinquency” in Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 9 (2010).
Ripon College is an “overlooked gem” that deserves more attention from applicants and parents, according to a new book, Acceptance, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David L. Marcus. The book praises Ripon’s faculty-student cooperation and the rigor of its courses. Acceptance profiles Gwyeth “Smitty” Smith — known as one of the country’s
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best guidance counselors. Smith urges students to look at the “fit” of a college, and not just its supposed prestige. In that spirit, the book includes Smith’s 40 favorite colleges from his 40 years of admissions counseling. “Ripon’s small classes are an impetus for serious study,” Smith said. “I’ve also been impressed by the college’s excellent record in graduate school placement.” Smith praised the “strong, vibrant relationships among students, faculty and administration.” He also commended Ripon’s emphasis on what the school calls “serious intellectual inquiry, citing the Ethical Leadership Program in particular as the “quintessential forum for ideas that challenge students’ complacency.”
SARC, CCF HOST PANEL ON RELIGION AND POLITICS A special panel discussed how different religions view participation in politics and the political process in general Oct. 26 at Harwood Memorial Union. An openquestion forum followed. The Spirituality Association of Ripon College (SARC) and Campus Christian Fellowship (CCF) co-sponsored the event. Panelists included: ■ Mohammad Rashid, president of the Fox Valley Islamic Society in Neenah, Wis., discussing the Muslim faith. ■ Gary Wolfman, religious director of the Congregation B’nai Israel Synagogue in Oshkosh, Wis., representing the Jewish faith. ■ The Rev. Paul Nulton, pastor of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Ripon, discussing Christian perspectives. ■ Michael Nichols, post-doctoral fellow in Asian religions at Ripon College, presenting views of Hindus and Buddhists. Professor Brian Smith, chair of the religion department, moderated the discussion.
Briefs BRIEFS GALA OFFERS ‘WORLDLY’ EXPERIENCE More than 200 members of the Ripon College community and the city of Ripon community came together Oct. 1 for another spirited gathering of Arts and All that Jazz. With a theme this year of “Around the World in 80 Days,” based on the Jules Verne novel, the gala event raised funds for arts scholarships. Like the characters of Verne’s novel, patrons of “Arts and All That Jazz” enjoyed foodstuffs, music and costumes from around the globe. There also were auctions and prizes. For a gallery of photos, visit the College’s flickr photo site: http://ow.ly/3j3Js.
RIPON HELPS SPONSOR DIVERSITY WORKSHOP In the second collaboration of its kind, the four institutions of higher education in Fond du Lac County jointly sponsored “Diversity Matters Now!”, featuring international peace workers Arthur Romano and Cherine Badawi. Joining Ripon College in sponsoring the free, interactive workshop were Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac, all of Fond du Lac, Wis. Badawi and Romano have been working internationally as peace educators for more than 10 years. They have helped implement innovative diversity and intercultural educational programs in Europe, South America and Asia and aboard The Scholar Ship, a transnational university with students and staff from more than 50 nations. Both facilitators have both been awarded the Rotary World Peace Fellowship for postgraduate study abroad. The workshop on the Ripon campus combined talks and activities promoting the exploration of diversity through introspection, personal story-sharing and community building.
ETHICS BOWL TEAM WINS AT REGIONALS The Ripon College Ethics Bowl Team posted a winning record at the regional ethics bowl competition held at Harper College Nov. 13. The team defeated Dominican University in the first round, tied Bowling Green State University in the second round on points (but posted a loss on a 2-1 judge tie-breaking decision), and defeated Harper College in the third round to post a 2-1 overall record and a top-8 finish among the 16 teams competing. Students in the ethics bowl analyze 15 case studies with complex ethical dynam-
Community members Lisa Diedrich, left, Julie Bartz and Dana Lewis enjoyed the fun at this year’s Arts and All That Jazz event.
NATIONAL TELEVISION PROGRAM FEATURES RIPON Ripon College was mentioned on a segment of NBC’s nationally televised “The Today Show” Aug. 17. Host Meredith Vieira interviewed Kim Smith, editor of U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue. The Ripon segment can be viewed at http://ow.ly/3m1Vt. To view the entire feature, visit http://ow.ly/3jHXH. The Ripon segment starts at about 3:06.
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Calendar Calendar Jan. 16 Residence Halls Open for All Students Jan. 17 Registration Jan. 18 Classes Begin Jan. 19 MLK Week Keynote Jan. 21 Alpha Chi Omega Preference Party Jan. 27 Alumni Event: Fox Valley, Wisconsin Jan. 28 Alumni Event: Admirals Pre-Game Gathering, Game and Concert, Milwaukee Chamber Music & Jazz at Ripon Series: Artaria String Quartet Feb. 1 Founders’ Day Feb. 4-5 Board of Trustees Winter Meetings Feb. 8 Faculty Scholarship Series: Eddie Lowry, Romance & Classical Languages Feb. 11 Chamber Music & Jazz at Ripon Series: The Cambini Quintet Feb.14 Alumni Event: Ripon Rendezvous Happy Hour, Chicago Feb. 16 Alumni Event: Happy Hour, St. Louis Feb. 18-20 Siblings Weekend Feb. 19 Parents’ Advisory Committee Meeting Feb. 25 Menu Showcase Feb. 26 Alumni Event: Milwaukee Bucks Game, Milwaukee
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ics and are asked questions relating to the central moral arguments identified in the studies on the day of competition. Students must take a stand on the controversial issues and use the evidence within the case studies to justify their perspective. Judges from the community evaluate the quality of arguments, understanding of the central ethical issues, and ability to respond to competitor and judge questions and criticism. Topics this year included Facebook and privacy issues, contextual responses to hate speech, compulsory voting, insurance ethics, and virtual child pornography. The team included senior Elizabeth McHone of Ripon, Wis.; juniors Lisa Hilleren of Watford City, N.D., and Alicia Bruns ’12 of Schaumburg, Ill; sophomore Matt Rohrbeck of Portage, Wis.; and first-year Sophia Kaounas of Brookings, S.D. Deano Pape is the coach.
MEGELLAS FOCUS OF A NEW DOCUMENTARY James “Maggie” Megellas ’42 of Colleyville, Texas, is the subject of documentary film being produced by Tim Gray Media of Kingston, R.I., an Emmy Awardwinning film company. The documentary is expected to be completed by mid-2011 and will be narrated by Kyle Chandler, star of NBC television’s “Friday Night Lights.” It will be aired on national television, and DVDs will be distributed free to schools in Wisconsin and Texas. Megellas is the most decorated soldier in the history of the 82nd Airborne Division. The documentary is based on his book, “All the Way to Berlin,” documenting his experiences during World War II. The documentary will include a reunion of Megellas and men from his platoon, and a trip with him back to Europe to walk the battlefields of Holland, Belgium and Germany. Scenes of his birthplace, Fond du Lac, Wis., and Ripon James Megellas ’42 College also will be included. Fund-raising is under way for the $63,000 still needed to finish the project. Two of three stages of filming already have been completed, with all interviews and scenes of Ripon College and Fond du Lac completed. A feature article about Megellas, published in the Oct. 26, 2010, edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper, can be accessed at http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/105005234.html Megellas also was honored in a pre-game Operation Fan Mail tribute during the Nov. 7 Green Bay Packers game. He was backed up by an Honor Guard from the 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
DAUGHTER OF ALUMNI HAS REUNION IN SKIES OVER PAKISTAN The daughter of Dick Todd ’67 and Kathy Kroll Todd ’68 of Mequon, Wis., received world-wide press in the Navy News, the Associated Press and “The Today Show” on television for a very special reunion with her husband. Married in May 2009, Air Force Capt. Christine Todd McLean and Lt. Jeff McLean spent most of their first year of marriage apart. Christine pilots a KC-135 Stratotanker refueling plane, and Jeff flies an F/A-18 Super Hornet. After Christine was deployed from England to southwest Asia in May for refueling missions in the skies over Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries, she hoped she might hook up — literally — with her husband, who had been flying combat and support missions from the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower since January. By late June, they hadn’t seen each other in six months. Then, on Jeff’s final flight of his deployment, he rendezvoused with air refuelers over Pakistan and saw his wife’s plane. He says he had tried to coordinate flight schedules with Christine,
but with more than 50 KC-135s taking off daily to refuel both Navy and Air Force planes, it was too difficult to connect in the air. He was hoping to at least hear his wife’s voice on the radio. But she ended up being the pilot to refuel his Hornet. He says he flew right up next to her cockpit, she turned on her lights and waved. He waved back, and they flew together out of the country and back over the Arabian Sea before going their separate ways. “We were happy for both of them that this happened,” Dick Todd says. “We knew this was something they’d hoped to do, but there were no guarantees. It was good to see them on the televised appearances, and it is nice our service people are getting recognition.” The couple now are back in the United States, with Jeff McLean serving in Virginia and Christine McLean serving in North Carolina. They now get to see each other on the weekends. r
G UY R. H ENSHAW ’68 Elected: October 1994 Business: Managing director, Henshaw & Vierra Management Counsel LLC What compelled Guy Henshaw to become a trustee was his firm belief in supporting the goals of educational institutions like Ripon College. He, in fact, was connected to the College long before he ever enrolled because his grandmother was a student and graduated in the Class of 1911. It was because of her encouragement, Henshaw says, that he decided to attend Ripon College. Henshaw also feels a deep connection to the Ripon community through his heritage because his great-grandfather was instrumental in the founding of the city of Ripon and the Republican Party. Henshaw feels education should be viewed as a process and not a product. He says the focus of college should not be grades or purely taking classes one “likes.” “The goal of an educated student is … to wonder and question in context, in a rigorous environment,” Henshaw says. “Achieving that goal is risky, hard and often does not lead to an ‘A.’ ” The liberal arts experience is the finest way to educate students, Henshaw says. “Students need to have a broad view to learn to cope with the fast changing world they will live in,” he says. “Ripon College
is providing the right environment for learning.” It is the College’s leadership and faculty that make Guy enthusiastic about its future. He has noticed that the Guy R. Board of Trustees, Henshaw ’68 the President and the Dean each use their strengths to support the College and make it stronger. While Henshaw is positive about the future, he feels that increasing and maintaining a strong teaching faculty is one of the Board of Trustees’ main challenges. Henshaw’s focus on the future extends far beyond his role as a trustee. One of his greatest pleasures is spending time with his grandchildren. Also, traveling has always been an important part of Henshaw’s life, and he feels the best way to understand others is to talk to them. “I love working with people who care about what they do, whether it’s creating new software, researching new biotech ideas or starting new financial services,” Henshaw says. “As I grow older, I find that I love teaching.” Henshaw believes education is a lifelong process and that one should never stop teaching, learning, growing and wondering.
Briefs BRIEFS FACULTY NOTES ■ Jacqueline Clark, assistant professor of sociology, cowrote “Analyzing the Social Construction of Gender in Birth Announcement Cards,” to be included as a chapter in Sociology Through Active Learning, second edition, edited by Kathleen McKinney, Frank Beck and Barbara Heyl, Pine Forge Press. For the Wisconsin Sociological Association (WSA), she was invited to join the service award selection committee; and to be film and book editor for the journal “Sociological Imagination.” She presented the paper “Using Graphic Novels to Teach the Sociology of Illness and Disease” at the WSA’s annual meeting. She also published a review of Sociology Through the Projector in Contemporary Sociology. ■ Peggy Stevens, professor of biology, received word that a paper for which she is senior author, titled “SpTie1/2 is expressed in coelomocytes, axial organ and embryos of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, and is an orthologue of vertebrate Tie1 and Tie2,” has been accepted for publication in Developmental & Comparative Immunology. Two former Ripon undergraduates, Dustin Zuelke ’09 and Jatinder Dhillon ’05, are coauthors, as well as colleagues from George Washington University, where Stevens spent a sabbatical in 2001, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto. ■ Rafael Salas, assistant professor of art, exhibited his work as part of the New Bedford Art Museum’s Vault Series during the summer of 2010. He has been chosen for a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center during the summer of 2011. In addition, Salas recently wrote two art reviews for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. ■ Marty Farrell, professor of politics and government, has had two articles accepted for The Encyclopedia of Global Studies (Sage, forthcoming 2011). According to the editors, Mark Juergensmeyer and Helmut Anheier, this encyclopedia “aims at being the authoritative reference work for the emerging field of global studies, with the entries written by the most learned and competent scholars in the field.” Farrell’s articles are titled “The Malthusian Idea” and “Homophobia.” FALL 2010 15
Football’s All-Time Best Running Game Smashes Records FOOTBALL
The Ripon football team had a recordbreaking season in 2010, going 7-3 with a second-place record of 6-3 in the Midwest Conference (MWC) standings. That marks the first time in the 117year history of the program that they have won at least seven games in five consecutive seasons. Known for their rushing attack, the Red Hawks’ punishing running game was at an ALL all-time best in 2010, breaking PORTS the MWC for rushRAPUP record ing yards in a single season with 3,605. They also broke their own conference record for rushing touchdowns, with 42, and shattered school records for total offense (4,480 yards) and scoring (406 points). They scored more than 55 points in three of their 10 games on the year. Defensively, the Red Hawks allowed just 118.9 rushing yards, the eighth-lowest single season total in school history. Leading the offensive attack was fullback T.J. Pierce (Jr., Green Bay,
Fullback T.J. Pierce ’12 led the offensive attack for the Red Hawks and finished third in the MWC.
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Josh Pasek ’11 was one of four Red Hawks among the top 10 rushers in the conference.
Wis.), who finished third in the MWC with a team-high 903 rushing yards. The Red Hawks had four of the top 10 rushers in the conference, as Jake Marshall (Sr., Valders, Wis.), Josh Pasek (Sr., Sleepy Hollow, Ill.) and Matt Schmalzer (Jr., Appleton, Wis.) ranked fourth, eighth and ninth, respectively, in the conference. Marshall stepped in at quarterback this season, rushing for 851 yards and tying a school record with 19 touchdowns on the ground in his first season as a starter. Pasek was a jack-of-all trades this season, recording the sixthmost all-purpose yards in a season with 1,313 yards (459 rushing, 282 receiving and 572 on punt and kick returns), which ranked second in the MWC. He also led the team in receptions with 21. Kicker Jacob Gahart (So., Elkhorn, Wis.) also put his name in the record books this season. One year after setting the school record with nine field goals, Gahart made seven more, tied for fourth for a single season, while also converting 51 of his 53 extra points. His 78 points were the most among MWC kickers and was third overall in
the conference among all players. On defense, the Red Hawks were led by Jared Anderson’s (Jr., Denmark, Wis.) 78 tackles, two interceptions and one sack. Kyle Roy (Sr., Fredonia, Wis.) also was a key part of the Ripon defense, as his four sacks in 2010 give him 11 for his career. That number is tied for the eighth-highest career total in school history. Also etching his name in the record books was Mike Krause (Sr., Spencer, Wis.), whose 49 tackles give him 249 for his career. That ranks fifth in school history. Kurt Roeder (Sr., Beaver Dam, Wis.), who was selected as a Preseason All-American as a defensive back, led the
Kyle Roy ’11
Kurt Roeder ’11
Ripon defense with three interceptions. Ripon had 10 selections to the MWC All-Conference Team after the season. Making the first-team offense were Pierce, Gahart and offensive lineman Josh Novak (Sr., Denmark, Wis.), while Roy was the lone Red Hawk on the first team defensive team. The second-team offense was highlighted by Pasek and offensive linemen Mike Hepp (Jr., Campbellsport, Wis.) and Nick Parulski (Sr., Wauwatosa, Wis.). Anderson and Roeder were selected to the second-team defensive team. Roeder also earned second-team honors as a punter. He ended his Ripon career with the highest career punting average in school history (37.2).
MEN’S SOCCER The Ripon men’s soccer team experienced its most successful season in 10 years, winning the MWC regular season championship for the first time since 2000. The Red Hawks finished the year 11-7-2, which included an 8-1-0 conference record. That success earned them the right to host the 2010 MWC Tournament. The Red Hawks defeated Lawrence in a shootout during their semi-final game, before losing 2-1 to Carroll University in the tournament championship game. Head Coach Lance Gordon was rewarded for the success of his team with the 2010 MWC Coach of the Year award in just his second year with the program. In his two seasons at the helm, Gordon has won more games (16) than the previous four seasons combined (15). Ripon’s eight conference wins in 2010 is tied for the third-most MWC
Head coach Lance Gordon received the 2010 MWC Coach of the Year award in just his second year with the program. Gordon has won more games (16) than the previous four seasons combined (15).
victories in one season in school history. Gordon led the Red Hawks to five wins during his first season as coach in 2009, a two-game improvement over the previous year. Kevin Cederholm (Sr., New Berlin, Wis.) led the Red Hawks with 10 goals, the fifth-highest total in the MWC. He added five assists on the year, while five of his 10 goals went for gamewinners. Cederholm was one of six Ripon players named to the All-Conference team and one of three to earn firstteam distinction. The other two players named to the first team were defender Bob Bradbury (Sr., Oregon, Wis.) and goal keeper Adam Haefner (So., Mequon, Wis.). Bradbury made the Kevin Cederholm ’11 led Red Hawks men’s soccer with 10 switch from goal keeper to goals, the fifth-highest total in the MWC. defender prior to the season, and the move paid dividends was second with eight. Those numbers for the Red Hawks. He helped Ripon also place that duo second and fourth, allow just 1.3 goals per game, while respectively, for a single season in school also contributing to the offense with history. Hershoff also scored five goals one assist. When Bradbury wasn’t stopon the year, giving him 19 points, which ping shots from happening, Haefner was second on the team. Calle started was stopping shots from going into the all 20 games for the Red Hawks, scoring net. Haefner was 11-5-1 as a starter for two goals, which gave him 12 points for the Red Hawks, allowing just 14 goals the season. Drexler, started 19 games as on the year, while allowing a conferone of the team’s top defenders. He ence-best goals against average of 0.83. finished the year tied for third on the He also ranked second in the MWC team with three goals, while also with six shutouts and saved 66 shots, contributing two assists. the fifth-most in the conference. Making the MWC second team for the Red Hawks was Zach Hershoff (Sr., WOMEN’S SOCCER New Berlin, Wis.), Alvaro Calle (So., For the sixth consecutive season, the San Francisco, Calif.) and Joe Drexler Ripon women’s soccer program has (Jr., Appleton, Wis.). Hershoff led the recorded the same or better conference MWC with nine assists, while Calle record. The Red Hawks finished 3-6 in
Bob Bradbury ’11
Adam Haefner ’13
Zach Hershoff ’11
Alvaro Calle ’13
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books this season with five assists, putting her and Martzahl fifth in school history for assists in a single season.
VOLLEYBALL In her first season as head coach, Katie Carrier led the Red Hawks to a 14-18 record, finishing 4-5 and tied for sixth place in the MWC. Despite missing the MWC Tournament for just the second time in the last nine seasons, the Red Hawks finished the year ranking in the school’s top 10 in a few different categories. Ripon’s 1,258 kills rank ninth in school history, while their 1,119 assists and 190 service aces rank eighth and ninth, respectively. Leading the way for the Red Hawks was Anna Alvin (Sr., Beaver Dam, Wis.), who was named FirstTeam, All-Conference and became just the second player in program history to be named MWC Player of the Year. Alvin led the MWC in kills with 489 (4.07 per set), 122 more than the second-highest total. She is just the third player in school history to record more than 400 kills in a single season. She also finished All-Conference selection Rachel Martzahl ’11 was the year with a hitting percentage of named to the First Team. She scored a team-high nine goals this season, tied for the team lead and ranked .280, which ranked third in the third in school history in career goals. MWC. In addition to that, Alvin finished second on the team in the MWC in 2010, while also posting a blocks with 82 (35 solo) and tied for third 4-14 overall record. They scored 21 in service aces (31). Alvin left her mark goals this season, which is tied for the on the Ripon volleyball program, ending 10th-highest total in school history, her career ranking third in kills (1,323), while also recording 181 saves, which second in total attempts (3,569), and fifth ranks second. in blocks (315). The Red Hawks were led by AllAlso leaving her mark on the Ripon Conference selections Rachel Martzahl volleyball program was Alison Ernst (Sr., (Sr., New London, Wis.) and Alice Lemont, Ill.) who finished the 2010 seaFehlandt (Sr., Boulder Junction, Wis.). son with team-highs 1,012 assists and 52 Martzahl was named to the first team, service aces, which were both second in while Fehlandt earned honorable menthe MWC and ranked third and fourth, tion honors for the third consecutive respectively, for a single season in school season. Martzahl scored a team-high history. Ernst broke the school record for nine goals this season, while tying for service aces in a career, finishing with the team lead with five assists. That 156 in her four years as a Red Hawk. She gives Martzahl 32 career goals, which also ended her career second among ranks third in school history. Fehlandt Ripon’s all-time assist leaders with 2,634. ends her Ripon career as one of the top Two more players who excelled on the defenders in the MWC. She started 17 court were Ashley Kirst (Sr., West Bend, games this season and appeared in all Wis.) and Lexie Schaffer (Fr., Hilbert, but one game in her three years as a Red Wis.). Kirst finished the season with 519 Hawk starting 52 of the 53 games she digs to lead the team, the eighth-highest played. Lexi Soich (Fr., Franklin, Wis.) total by a Red Hawk in a single season, also earned a spot in Ripon’s record while Schaffer led the team with 92 total 18 RIPON MAGAZINE
blocks, which ranked fifth in the conference.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Ripon’s men’s cross country team finished third in the MWC this season, as they saw five players set career-best times at the MWC Championships and two more earn season-best times. Qualifying for the All-Conference team were Jason Smith (Sr., Stevens Point, Wis.) and Ben Worcester (Sr., Chicago, Ill.), as they finished sixth and 14th with 8K times of 25:57 and 26:23, respectively. That marks the third consecutive year both players have made the AllConference team. The Ripon men finished in first or second place in four of their seven meets this season. That includes a second-place finish at the Wisconsin Private College Championships (WPCC). At that meet, Smith and Worcester earned First Team All-State honors, while Michael Dussault (Sr., Antioch, Ill.) and Cory Zimmerman (So., Grand Marsh, Wis.) earned Second- and Third-Team, AllState honors. In their only home meet of the season, the Red Hawks took first out of six teams, as they had seven of the top 11 finishers at the meet.
WOMEN’S TENNIS The Ripon women’s tennis team record-
Alison Ernst ’11 broke the school record for service aces in a career, finishing with 156 in her four years as a Red Hawk.
ed a 4-7 record in 2010, one more victory than they had last season. They ended the season in the MWC Championships, where they tied for seventh place out of 10 teams. Brooke Deans (Sr., Dane, Wis.) led the Red Hawks with an 8-5 record in singles action, playing mainly at the number five flight. Elizabeth Ake (Fr., Neenah, Wis.) also had some success, going 6-7 at the number four flight. Josie Ullsperger (Jr., Fond du Lac, Wis.) was 68 on the season, while playing at the number one flight. In doubles play, Ripon’s team of Alison Thies (So., Elkhorn, Wis.) and Olivia Wetzel (So., Watertown, Wis.) finished with a 6-8 record, while playing mainly at the third flight. The doubles teams of Deans and Madeline Sockness (Fr., Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Ake and Megan Sockness (Sr., Cottage Grove, Minn.) each won their only match of the season when teamed with each other this season.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The Ripon women’s cross country team finished in the top half of the team standings in five of their seven meets this season. That includes a top two finish in two of those meets. The Red Hawks won their only home meet of the season, taking first out of six teams at the Ripon
HEAD COACH RON ERNST NAMED WISCONSIN PRIVATE COLLEGE COACH OF THE YEAR Ripon College Head Football Coach Ron Ernst has received many awards and accolades during his 21 seasons at the helm of the Red Hawks. He has added to his hardware as he was named the 2010 Wisconsin Private College Coach of the Year by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA). This is the third time that Ernst has received the award. Inducted into the WFCA Hall of Fame in 2009, Ernst’s Ron Ernst previous Wisconsin Private College Coach of the Year awards came in 2001 and 2008. He has led the Red Hawks to a .500 or better record in all but one season during his tenure.
Invitational. Ripon finished fifth out of 15 teams at the WPCC, while also taking fifth out of 10 teams at the MWC Championships. At the WPCC, Michelle Matter (So., Sussex, Wis.) and Grace Winter (Fr., Waupun, Wis.) both earned ThirdTeam, All-State honors. Winter also captured All-Conference honors at the MWC Championships with a 19th-place finish and career-best time of 23:56. She was one of seven Red Hawks to record career-best times at the conference meet, while three others registered season-bests.
WOMEN’S GOLF The Ripon women’s golf season culmi-
RIPON GUARD RECEIVES PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN HONORS Coming off a season that saw him rank in the top 11 in the nation in both scoring and assists, Scott Gillespie is on the radar for national recognition this season. The senior guard was selected as a preseason All-American by D3hoops.com, earning third-team honors. Gillespie is the only player from the Midwest Conference to be named to the team. The Ripon, Wis., native enters his senior season ranking fifth on Ripon’s career scoring list, needing 432 points to break the school record. With another 400-point season, Gillespie would become the first player in program history to score more than 400 points in all four years. He also ranks fourth and seventh in career assists and steals, respectively, at Ripon College and could end up as the allScott Gillespie ’11 time leader before he graduates. Gillespie is coming off a season that saw him earn First-Team, All-Conference honors for the second consecutive year, while also earning a spot on D3hoops.com’s All-Region, Third Team. He was 11th in Division-III with 22.1 points per game, while leading the conference and ranking third in the country in assists with 7.3 per game. He added 3.7 rebounds per game and a conference-best 2.0 steals per contest, while shooting 54 percent from the field, including 33 percent from 3-point range.
nated in a fourth-place finish at the 2010 MWC Championships. This is the third consecutive year they have finished in the top four in the conference. The Red Hawks saved their best round for the final day in the three-round event, finishing with a team score of 367 in the final round after shooting a 375 and 398 in the first and second rounds, respectively. Jessie Lillis (So., Coldwater, Mich.) and Amber Steichen (Jr., Pulaski, Wis.) both made the All-Conference team with eighth and 10th-place finishes, respectively, at the MWC Championships. Lillis shot a three-round 284 at the event, with Steichen was just off that pace, with a 285. One highlight of the 2010 season was winning the St. Norbert Invitational with a team score of 373, which was 20 strokes better than the Green Knights. Amanda Holdshoe (Sr., Delavan, Wis.) led the team in that meet with an 85.
CYCLING The 2010 Ripon cycling team proved once again that it is one of the best cycling teams in the Midwest in 2010. The Red Hawks won the Division 2 competition at the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC) for the second consecutive season, finishing third overall at the event. That marked their fourth Division 2 first-place finish in five meets. Three Ripon riders earned a spot at Nationals in Truckee, Calif., this season. Doing the honors for the Red Hawks were Eric Smith (So., Charlottesville,
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Jason Smith earns LeClere Award
Renee DeBruin ’12 finished the season as the second-best female endurance rider in the conference and the top performer among Division 2 athletes.
Eric Smith ’13 earned a spot at Nationals for the second straight year, placing ninth in the individual omnium competition.
Va.), who made the trip for the second straight year, Andy Fehrenbach (So., Stevens Point, Wis.) and Renee DeBruin (Jr., Appleton, Wis.). Smith qualified for Nationals with a third-place finish in the Men’s A cross country race and fourthplace finish in the Men’s A downhill event. Fehrenbach finished in 14th place in the championship cross country race at the MWCCC Championships and an 11th place in the short track, while finishing the season ranked 11th overall in the conference among endurance riders.
DeBruin finished third in the Women’s A cross country and fifth in the Women’s A short track at the MWCCC Championships to finish the season as the second best female endurance rider in the conference and the top performer among Division 2 athletes. At Nationals, Ripon finished 13th as a team with a 13th-place finish in the men’s D2 downhill event. Smith’s run time of 4:29.8 was just three seconds off a top-10 pace and helped propel him into ninth place in the individual omnium competition. r
SENIOR NAMED MIDWEST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Senior middle hitter Anna Alvin was named Player of the Year in the Midwest Conference (MWC), making her the second player in Ripon College volleyball history to receive the honor. Alvin was also the only Red Hawk selected to the All-Conference team, earning a spot on the first team for the first time in her career. She was named to the second team during her freshman and junior seasons. Alvin led the MWC in kills with 489 (4.07 per set), 122 more than the second-highest total. She also became just the third player in school history to record more than 400 kills in a single season. She also finished the year with a hitting percentage of .280, which ranked second in the MWC. In addition to that, Alvin finished second on the team in blocks with 82 (35 solo) and tied for third in service aces (31).
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Anna Alvin ’11
ipon College senior Jason Smith is the co-winner of the 2010 Roy LeClere Award, presented to the Midwest Conference (MWC) male student-athlete who posted the highest grade point averages during their junior year, while lettering in at least two league sports. That marks the first time a Ripon athlete has won the LeClere award. Smith shared Jason Smith ’11 this year’s award with Grinnell’s Joseph Hermann. An economics major, Smith concluded his junior year with a 4.0 grade point average. The Stevens Point, Wis., native is a three-time MWC All-Conference selection and two-time MWC Academic AllConference winner in both cross country and track and field. r
D3ProDay.com Selects Three Red Hawks To All-American Team
ffensive lineman Josh Novak, defensive tackle Jeff Trinka and defensive back Kurt Roeder all earned national recognition recently with their selection to the D3ProDay.com Honorable Mention All-American Team. The D3ProDay.com All-American teams comprise only seniors and take into account present and past performances, awards and accolades, along with pro ability and size. It is the first and only national NCAA Division-III pro day and combine for D-III players and was created by NFL, CFL and NBA agents to showcase the skills and talents of D-III players. Consultants include former NFL coaches, pro scouts, former NFL players and pro agents. r
Special Joint Class Reunion Doubles the Pleasure for Returning Alumni
lass agents perennially search out creative ways to generate excitement and encourage participation in class reunions. Given all the bonds of marriage, friendship and college living experience between members of the classes of ’65 and ’66, class agents John Hyde ’65 of Conover, Wis., and Helen Hansen ’66 of St. Paul, Minn., came up with a novel concept. Both class agents have been involved with Ripon College one way or another since their graduations. Although they were only a class apart, they had never worked together, not even during their college years. As the class of 1965 approached its 45th class reunion, Hyde came up with the bright idea of a joint reunion with the class of 1966. Hyde struck on a natural jumping off place for a memorable reunion. He called Hansen to ask if she would be interested in partnering in the organization of a joint class reunion. Her immediate response was, “I like it. Let’s do it.” They launched the project with little idea of hurdles they would encounter and the bond they would develop along the way. It was an exciting and, at times, taxing journey. Rather than organizing a reunion using familiar strategies, they used a collaborative process, which began with jointly written class letters and e-mails. They shared their vision and enlisted the assistance of their classmates. The response was enthusiastic.
ifteen months before the reunion, Hyde secured the gathering site and dinner venue. He won Hansen’s confidence with his ability to focus on the event essentials. He contracted for desirable accommodations and an attractive venue that would allow for both formal and informal socializing. Both Hyde and Hansen organized a phone calling system for contacting classmates about the reunion plans, to catch up with their news and to enlist their help in contacting other classmates. For the most part, a member from each class worked together to contact
furnished beer, wine and snacks, and, with spousal support, decided on the dinner menu. They might have delegated some of these activities, but setting up the suite together and finalizing the dinner arrangements turned out to be yet another way to work together and to finally do so face to face.
T John Hyde ’65 and Helen Hansen ’66 find that “More.Together.” works on many levels for Ripon College — even planning a joint class reunion.
alumni from each living unit. The getting reacquainted across classes began a year before the joint reunion with the calling process, e-mails and a Facebook group site. Class letters in both the fall and spring contained detailed information. Not everyone who graduated in the ’60s uses e-mail; communication by phone and in writing was essential. During the attempt to contact every class member, the class agents, supported by classmates and Hansen’s Facebook and Internet search knowledge were able to update a considerable amount of contact information. The two class agents brought complementary skills to the project — Hyde as the skilled communicator and Hansen as the data manager. Together, they identified the necessary details and shared responsibility for completing the many tasks. They had great support and guidance from the College’s Alumni Office. Hyde and Hansen consulted each other regularly to ensure that communications were consistent and that each was comfortable with the other’s ideas and strategies. The two became reliable teammates and friends. They jointly planned and furnished the hospitality suite; each exercised skills at finding and negotiating discounts. They reserved more than 60 hotel rooms on their credit cards and assisted classmates with figuring out accommodations. They
he outcomes of this very special reunion were gratifying. Ninety classmates, plus spouses, attended the joint reunion. The classes of ’65 and ’66 made a great showing at other alumni activities during Alumni Weekend, and their class gift contributions were at record highs. In the months since, classmates have expressed their appreciation and indicated that the joint reunion added energy to the reunion process. As part of the fall class newsletters, Hyde and Hansen included a CD full of great pictures from the reunion weekend, taken by a number of classmates. On a more personal note, both Hyde and Hansen discovered they could support each other during a time when both their spouses faced major health crises. Hyde’s wife, Shari Tremberth Hyde ’65, sadly died two months after the joint reunion. Hansen’s husband, Bob Collier, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease a little more than a year before the reunion. Bob and Shari did more than their share of making the ’65/’66 reunion a success. Not only was Hyde’s and Hansen’s work intertwined, but their lives became so as well. The final questions are, “Just how many classes should 50th reunions include?” “What creative new reunion ideas will John and Helen come up with between now and then?” They know they will remain friends no matter what happens. Alumni often speak about the importance of the lifelong relationships they make at Ripon College. Hyde and Hansen have discovered that a relationship between two alumni may develop many years after the Ripon College experience when they have the opportunity to do “More.Together.” That, too, reflects the Ripon spirit. r John Hyde ’65 and Helen Hansen ’66 FALL 2010 21
First-day Emotions Similar Through Six Decades
he emotional experience of a first day at Ripon College has not changed much in the last six decades. Ron Balej ’53 of Minneapolis, a new member of Ripon’s Alumni Board, clearly remembers his first day, which he celebrated with two friends from Chicago’s Harrison High School, Art Sable ’53 and Otto Sevic ’53. “I was apprehensive,” Balej says. “I had never been away from home other than five days at a Boy Scout camp on the outskirts of Chicago, which wasn’t really away from home. “I have a photo of that first day at Ripon of Art Sable and I standing on the steps of Thorne Hall out in what was called ‘Siberia’ and which consisted of three surplus Army barracks. I stood in my single-breasted, brown, tweed-like suit, and my buddy Sable stood bedecked in his slick double-breasted suit. I looked as if I had just come off the farm, and my buddy Art Sable looked the part of the slick Chicagoan. “I inherited my suit from my older brother, at least the coat part, and my mother and I took the Chicago “L” down to the Chicago Loop to a place called Ben’s Match Pants where we purchased a matching pair of pants for the suit coat that fit me much better as compared to my brother’s pants which were too short for me. That was my high school graduation suit.”
he trio of friends originally planned to attend the University of Illinois, but when Sevic decided to attend Ripon College, Sable decided he would go, too. “I was a big follower,” Balej says. “I talked to my parents about Ripon. Ripon, at the time, was a lot more expensive than the University of Illinois. I don’t know how my parents got the money together.” He came to Ripon, sight unseen. “Ripon College was all that I hoped for in my dreams about a college,” Balej says. “When I was a youngster in Chicago, on possibly my 12th birthday, a woman friend of my mother gave me six paperback books on a little wooden bookrack. They had titles such as, ‘Stan Kent, Freshman Fullback,’ ‘Stan Kent, Varsity, Man,’ ‘The Winning Point,’ Ron Balej ’53 ‘Kelly King at Yale Hall,’ ‘West Pointers on the Gridiron,’ and they provided my dream to play college football as well as other sports. Of course, those books weren’t on the level of the literature an incoming freshman
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Ron Balej, right, and his high school friend Art Sable proudly pose on the steps of Thorne Hall on their first day on campus in 1949.
should have been absorbing, but sports were and still are my love.” He wasn’t so impressed with his accommodations at Ripon. He was to live in Thorne Hall, Army-style barracks made of wallboard located near the Ashley tennis courts. “They were very cold in the wintertime,” he says. “I was homesick the first semester because I had a girlfriend back in Chicago. That was over by the time I got back to Chicago at Thanksgiving time.” Right next to Thorne Hall was an apple orchard. “We would sneak over to the apple orchard and, I guess the word would be ‘steal’ apples, and they were the greatest apples. I took some home in my suitcase at Thanksgiving. My mother said, ‘Where did you get these great apples?’ I don’t remember what I told her, but I don’t think I confessed.”
Lorenz “Foam” Lueck ’21, who played the trumpet at every homecoming bonfire event. “We used to think that guy was so old,” Balej says, “and he was approaching his 30th reunion. We’re coming up to our 57th. So we are to the current incoming class what the class of 1892 was to us!” “I still think Ripon is the most wonderful school I could have chosen,” he says. “To this day, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.” r
Ron Balej gives a cheerful wave goodbye as he is left out in the snow to walk his way back to campus.
lso during his first year, he went through what was called “Hell Week” for Alpha Omega Alpha (now Theta Chi). Pledges were taken out of town and dropped off in separate places, and they were expected to get back to campus by themselves. “I was in the middle of nowhere, it was snowing and it was darker than heck,” Balej says. “I had no idea where I was. I think it was somewhere between Ripon and Green Lake.” He started walking in the direction the dropoff car had taken, when just a few minutes later a car stopped. “It turned out to be a vet from World War II who was at the College,” Balej says. “He asked, ‘Do you need a lift back to the College? What are you doing out here?’ I think he knew.” The man offered to take Balej back to the fraternity, but Balej emphatically declined. “If you take me there, they’ll take me out again,” Balej told him. “Take me to Thorne Hall.” “I’m sure I was back in Ripon before the guys who dropped me off were.”
evic graduated with Balej in 1953, and Sable dropped out in his sophomore year. Balej says that even more than 50 years later, his closest friends still are those he had at Ripon. Every October for the last 25 to 30 years, he joins a group of about 25 alumni for a private fraternity reunion. This year’s attendees included Peter Martin, Richard Hallock, Adolph Hansen, Art Wong, John Fuchs and Balej, all of the class of 1953 and who all stayed at Thorne Hall their first year; and Forrest “Woody” Moy ’56. They laugh, he says, because they recall an alumnus named
FIRST-YEAR SHARES EXCITEMENT Do you remember Move-In Day for new and returning students and their families? A video now affords a brief glimpse into this hectic — and sweaty! — process. View “Coming Home: Move-In Day 2010” at http://ow.ly/3m3s8. A featured student in the video, Chelsea Sorbo ’14 of Nekoosa, Wis., recalls some of what she was feeling on that day. “On moving-in day, I felt every emotion in the book,” Sorbo says. “I remember being anxious the whole morning. I was excited to move in and start meeting new people. I was looking forward to setting up my room just the way I want it. All at the same time, I was sad to be leaving my family. “As soon as I set foot on campus, I felt a new family forming. All the people were so welcoming, I already knew this was the start of a great chapter in my life. Everyone was buzzing around feeling all the same emotions I was. I knew before I could think twice we would all be closer than I could ever imagine. “One of the incidents that stands out most to me was Chelsea Sorbo ’14 setting up the two lofts in my room and moving them every way possible, then finally deciding to leave them how we had them the first time. “Another incident is having a line of about 15 people all carrying my things up the stairs to my dorm room and thinking it was never going to fit!”
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Trustee Visits Ripon — England, That Is
Ripon College Trustee Dave Hartman ’64 and his wife, Kitty, visited Ripon Cathedral in Ripon, England, while vacationing in England earlier this year. They were in London for Hartman’s recognition for being elected an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. There are only 83 such Honorary Fellows worldwide.
Seems Like Old Times
Elaine Coll, professor of physical education emeritus, left, and Rici Guild ’77 of Kula Maui, Hawaii, display practice volleyball jerseys in Guild’s backyard in October. Guild played varsity volleyball for four years at Ripon at the time that Coll was the coach. Guild now is a successful interior designer.
The Lazy Days of Summer
Ryan Amacher ’67 and Susan Amacher ’68 of Lake Shore, Minn., enjoy their restored wooden boat at Gull Lake. “Time to get back to work. It has been a long arduous summer,” Ryan wrote. “A wag changed the name of our boat at the annual boat show. Real name: Knooper Way.”
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Sincerest Form of Flattery Rick Estberg ’75, left, was the host of a Ripon version of the famous “Jeopardy!” television show at the class of 1975-’76 reunion in June. After arriving in Burbank, Calif., on a flight from Milwaukee, “Guess — just guess — who was in line next to me in the gate area!” he writes. “And guess — just guess — whose picture I got!” Yes, it was Alex Trebek, host of the real “Jeopardy” show. “Is this an amazing coincidence or what?” Estberg says. “Naturally, I offered him a few hints as to how to improve his show, get better audience participation, etc.!”
A Smokin’ Good Time
At the Ripon/Knox football game in Galesburg, Ill., in October, Tony Roy of Fredonia, Wis., the father of senior defensive lineman Kyle Roy, brought his smoker on wheels and cooked the team meal for the players and coaches after the game. The group of Ripon parents and family members used this as “tailgate central” for the game.
Sigma Chi Maintaining Ties
Sigma Chi members of the classes of 1960 through 1965 gathered in September for their annual reunion. Shown, from left, are Gordon Enk ’62 and Elise Werner Enk ’62 of Seattle Wash.; Helen Steinman Ackley ’63 and John Ackley ’62 of Pewaukee, Wis.; Dan Behring ’62 and Nancy Steeno Behring ’62 of Manistee, Mich.; and Ned Pierron ’62 and B.J. Christensen Pierron ’63 of McKinney, Texas. The group has been meeting for about 15 years and just sent out invitations for next year’s reunion — to be held Sept. 9 through 12.
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Still Flying High
Alan Klapmeier ’80, CEO and President of Kestrel Aircraft Co., attended the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wis., this summer. He was showing off the new aircraft that he will have certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and bring to market.
Al Peters ’59 of Reedsville, Wis.; Peter Kasson ’59 of Stevens Point, Wis.; Peter Mattiacci ’58 of Schofield, Wis.; and Gordy Rush ’58 of Ellison Bay, Wis., participated in a golf outing held in August at Lawsonia Golf Course in Green Lake. The outing raised money for the Sam Holmes Scholarship Fund. All four were Phi Kappa Pi (Merriman) fraternity brothers of the late Sam Holmes ’57.
Never Far from Her Heart
When Carolyn Agacinski Clark ’89 was on her honeymoon with her new husband, Brad Clark, Ripon College still was on her mind. After being married in Seattle in August, she proudly proclaimed her alma mater while visiting Victoria, B.C.
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Class Notes CLASS NOTES 1930s
Lois Taylor Radtke ’37 of Vero Beach, Fla., writes, “My latest travel was cruising from L.A. to Hawaii and back. Had a great time.” David C. Miller ’39 of North Olmsted, Ohio, has moved with his wife, Olivia, to an assisted living facility. He is a retired professor from the University of Illinois and the University of North Carolina, where he taught computer science. He says, “I’m 92, and I’m still very active with my computers, mostly with presentation graphics. That college experience from Ripon has stayed with me. It was the most important thing in my life. It got me appointed as a first lieutenant, so I fought the wars as an officer.” He said encouragement from his professors also led him to pursue his doctorate in physics, which enhanced his career. “It’s all been very important and wonderful,” he says. “I appreciate it every day.”
Verna Mace Zander ’40 of Woodinville, Wash., says, “I am still in my home on the lake. My rhododendron gardens were beautiful this year — lots of rain! Would like to have come back for my 70th (Class of 1940), but it’s a long way from Seattle, and my walking is limited a little. I was there for the 60th and was the only one from the class of 1940! But I met friends there both a year ahead and behind me.” Victor M. Salter ’43 of Hockessin, Del., writes: “We’re residents of a good retirement community — Cokesbury Village. Ruth has some dementia symptoms, and I’m into my sixth year of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). We still have many blessings!” Barbara Cress Grandy ’48 of Chetek, Wis., recently traveled out west, took a hot air balloon and helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, and visited Las Vegas, Yosemite and San Francisco. She still golfs, plays bridge, participates in a book club and serves on the library board. Mary Wilbur Jones ’48 of Covert, Mich., writes that she lost her husband in 2003 and lost a son to cancer three months later. A son, Chuck, lives in Indiana; a son, Rick, in Oregon; and a daughter, Caroll, in Colorado. She has nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two on the way. Mary plays bridge three times a week, swims (aerobics) three times a week and exercises two dogs every day with her golf cart and walking the beach summer and winter. She gave up living in Florida after 27 years and enjoys Lake Michigan all year
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long. “No grass grows under Mary’s feet,” she says. “Gave up golf after hurting her knee — seven holes-in-one — hope someone can beat her! She would love to hear from any of her friends from College! Also busy on computer.”
Frances Hockenhull Ralff ’49 of Glenwood Springs, Colo., writes: “Husband, Rudy, passed away in October 2007, after 51-1/2 years of marriage. Still working 2 to 2 1/2 days per week as church secretary where I’ve worked since 1993 in Glenwood Springs, Colo., at First United Methodist Church. I belong to the Lions Club, exercise at the Hot Springs Club.”
June 24-26, 2011 55th Class Reunion, Class of ’56 Joann Orcutt Marshall ’51 of Tinley Park, Ill., is retired. She and her husband, Jim Marshall ’49, met at Ripon College Jim passed away 15 years ago. “Ripon will always be special for me,” Joann writes. Robert Dean Hovey ’52 of Mission Hills, Kan., retired March 24, 2006, 50 years to the day after starting a practice of patent law, March 24, 1956. Barbara Young Malès ’52 and René Malès ’54 of Hillsboro Beach, Fla., took their whole family to France for nearly six weeks last summer. They spent a week in Paris where Barbara revisited favorite haunts from graduate days; the newly renovated Orangerie Museum where they viewed Monet’s Nymphéas (Water Lilies); visits to the Place du Tertre, Eiffel Tower and Tuilerie Gardens. They also rented a country house not far from Sarlat, hosted a July 4th party for French family and friends and attended market days. They ended the trip in Normandy.
David C. Miller ’39
Verna Mace Zander ’40
Urban Biography of Omaha and Council Bluffs and The Gate City: A History of Omaha. Daniel Anderson ’59 and Ronell Bradbeer Anderson ’59 of West Chester, Pa., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2009. Karen Blatt ’59 of Beaverton, Mich., is in her 11th year serving the First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Beaverton on the east side of the state.
June 24-26, 2011 50th Class Reunion, Class of ’61 Janet Gotsch Erdman ’60 of Neenah, Wis., is retired as a secretary for Duplex Products in Appleton, Wis. Her first trip after retirement was to northern England and Yorkshire where she visited Ripon Cathedral. “It was a moving experience saying the Lord’s Prayer, holding hands with people from all over the world praying together in many different languages!” she says. She later traveled to Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France and other destinations.
John Orville Frisvold ’53 of Eden Prairie, Minn., writes: “Still enjoying life in Naples, Fla., and Eden Prairie, Minn.”
Karl Piotrowski ’60 of Aiea, Hawaii, retired as a Colonel after 28 years in the Army Corps of Engineers. Karl currently is the vice president, Construction Management, for Engineers Surveyors Hawaii Inc. in Honolulu.
Graham Foster Jr. ’54 of Tomahawk, Wis., writes: “I attended the alumni reunion in June, took part in the fun walk and proudly wear the red T-shirt as proof. For the fourth time, I was among the thousands of people in Michigan’s annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk.”
Gary M. Cockrell ’61 of Glendale, Calif., retired in January 2009 after 42 years in retail with Federated Department Stores, Bullock’s and Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. He was a senior buyer for Federated Stores Bullocks Wilshire (Los Angeles) and I. Magnin (San Francisco).
Walter Samuel Hofman ’54 of Glenview, Ill., worked as a dentist for 51 years and is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry Emeritus. He still works two days per week.
Jon William Weise ’61 of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., writes: “Rita and I retired in 2002. Enjoy summer in Door Country, Wis.; spring and fall in Inverness, Ill.; and winters in Tucson. Enjoying our families and life.”
Barbara J. Cottrell ’58 and her husband, Lawrence H. Larsen, of Kansas City, Mo., have published Steamboats West: The 1859 American Fur Company Missouri River Expedition. Cottrell is an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration in Kansas City, and a coauthor with Larsen of Upstream Metropolis: An
Hock Huat Yeoh ’61 of Malibu, Calif., is the assistant regional medical director at Kaiser Permanente of Southern California and also teaches at the UCLA School of Medicine. He has three grandchildren.
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retired from the New Hampshire Department of Education in 2006. “I spent a year propping up my 18th-century house in order to sell it, selling it and buying and fixing up a condo,” she writes. “Am now writing free-lance and tutoring in English.”
Jack Ankerson ’64
John Ryberg ’67
Nancy Hutt Ackley ’63 of Pewaukee, Wis., retired in May 2010 as a career consultant with Waukesha County Technical College. She had worked there for 34 years. She now is active with the Volunteer Service Club, enjoys gardening and hanging out with her grandchildren. She and her husband, Russell Ackley ’62, also manage a sailing race organization on local lakes. Frank J. Gold ’63 of Larkspur, Calif., married Alice Kaufman, Oct. 10, 2010. Sandra Steiner Karkossa ’63 of Okauchee, Wis., is a retired Spanish teacher and now is selling real estate. Jack Ankerson ’64 of Norfolk, Va., executive director of the Hampton Roads Sports Commission in Virginia Beach, was inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame Oct. 26. He has spent more than 30 years on the sports scene in Hampton Roads. He has served as an administrator and broadcaster with the American Basketball Association’s Virginia Squires, the Norfolk Tides baseball team and Old Dominion University. His voice is well-known to sports fans throughout the region, having served as sports and program director at WTAR radio station in Norfolk for several years. He also served as general manager of the San Antonio Spurs and in 1974 was named by The Sporting News as ABA Executive of the Year. At Ripon, he earned allconference honors in basketball in 1963 and 1964 and later had a brief football career with the St. Louis Cardinals. Jack’s brother, Doug Ankerson ’66, is in the Ripon Athletic Hall of Fame. Dianne W. Ashley ’64 of Eastham, Mass., retired in 2002 as a teacher at Yorktown High School. During her 30 years there, she taught all levels of English — basic, regular and advanced placement, as well as American literature, British literature, Literary Magazine and World Literature. Since moving to Cape Cod, she has been a volunteer naturalist for the Wellfleet Bay Audubon Society, specializing in increasing the numbers of Diamondback Terrapin Hatchlings, an endangered turtle species. She also is a political activist protesting the Iraq War through Arlington East, making a seven-part video series called “The Plight of the Palestinians,” and directing a play about Iraq in Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Peace and Justice Theatre Festival. She writes poetry, and a poem will be published in the anthology, Poets Against the War. Another poem earned second place in a Veterans for Peace poetry contest last year.
Richard M. Borchers ’68
Charles W. Graeber ’68
William H. Descher ’66 and Patricia Olson Descher ’66 of Doretta M. Miller ’70 Ocean Springs, Miss., were planning a fall cruise from Venice to Istanbul. They continue to be productive in their family business which includes their two youngest sons.
Jeve Chang Chang ’64 of Honolulu, Hawaii, retired Aug. 28, 2008, as director of the Extension Education Division for Kamehameha Schools. She now is primary caregiver for her husband, Charles, and is on a contract with Kamehameha Schools to serve as a site supervisor for interns from the Chaminade University Counseling Program. She has six grandchildren, ages 1 through 8. “They are my joy and, at times, my respite,” she says. “I’m still playing tennis, am writing a children’s book about Alzheimer’s disease from the perspective of a child; and traveling when I can.” Jim Haag ’64 of Kennett Square, Pa., writes: “I’m sort of retired but do almost full-time consulting in the pharmaceutical industry.” Jim was a wrestler in college and still participates in jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts training. He holds a third-degree black belt in tai kwon do and started when he was 55. Richard L. Moschel ’64 of Ely, Minn., writes, “This is my 40th year in the classroom. I am substitute teaching three days a week and playing softball two days a week. Finished the basement in my Ely, Minn., log home this summer.” Sheila Stangel Christiansen ’65 of Elm Grove, Wis., has made many trips with her sons to Scotland, China, Russia, Europe, Africa and throughout the United States. Christiansen is active in Elm Grove and is the president of the Elmbrook Historical Society. Ann Hassler ’65 of Hilo, Hawaii, is semi-retired, does occasional substitute teaching (K-12) and is very active in her church, where she is senior warden and choir director. “Love living in Hawaii!” she writes. She has six grandchildren. Douglas E. Powell ’65 of Sun Prairie, Wis., is retired from Nothrop as an material management accounting system criteria manager. He says he is enjoying his retirement. Stephen C. Rogers ’65 and Pamela Beekman Rogers ’66 of Lake Mills, Wis., have been married for almost 43 years, and their first grandchild was born in January. They have a condo in Fort Myers, Fla., and travelled to Italy and Spain in April. Both work part time. Steve coaches varsity tennis for both girls and boys at Jefferson High School; and Pam is a Jefferson County Board supervisor, an elected position, and is currently in her sixth term in office. Christine A. Davidson ’66 of Portsmouth, N.H.,
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John Ryberg ’67 of Atlanta, Ga., retired Sept. 10, 2010, as a pension sales consultant with Standard Insurance Co. in Portland, Ore. He now plans to do more physical exercise, such as walking, calisthenics and swimming on a daily basis; attend more live music concerts; reading; travel; and more time at his Charleston, S.C., home. “All of these physical items were put on hold after an accidental fall Sept. 17, 2010, which broke a hip bone,” he writes. “Healing that will sideline me for a couple of months. ARRGH!” Susan Smith Amacher ’68 of Lake Shore, Minn., has been elected to a four-year term on the Lake Shore (Gull Lake, Minn.) City Council. Richard M. Borchers ’68 of Denver, Colo., has been named among the top five percent of lawyers in the nation in Super Lawyers Corporate Council Edition. A former U.S. District Court magistrate judge, Borchers was nominated and evaluated by his peers as being among the best alternative dispute resolution providers in the nation. He was recognized at the state level in 2009. He is the founder of Denver’s Legal Resolution Center. Charles P. Burton ’68 of Suffern, N.Y., writes, “After 10 years as a real estate attorney for Toys ‘R’ Us, I was laid off in 2003, only to be brought back as a consultant in 2005 to current date. Became domestic partner to Elaine Craine in 2008.” Charles W. Graeber, M.D., ’68 of Farmington, Conn., is an associate program director at the University of Connecticut; and a primary care residency site director in nephrology at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Carol Marbet Nero ’68 of Palatine, Ill., retired in 2009 from NAC Corp., which her husband, Gilbert, owns. Prior to that job, she was a teacher for many years. She also is a recent grandmother to twin girls born in April 2010. Robert E. Pellegrino ’68 of Madison, Wis., married Gloria Boone, Feb. 20, 2010. He is a retired principal of and current part-time field data collector for the Center for Disease Control. His research is related to dating violence prevention. He visited Olympic training and research sites in China with University of Wisconsin-Madison kinesiology students. Linda M. Bryson ’69 of South Elgin, Ill., says that
after receiving a master’s degree in journalism from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she worked as a speech writer and writer/producer for a sales video for Miller Brewing Co. She then started her own free-lance journalism business, LMB Associates, and worked for such clients as Miller Brewing, General Electric and Rockwell. She now is retired and is involved with church work. John E. Casey ’69 of Monticello, Wis., is retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a rural carrier. He worked for the postal service for 27-1/2 years. John M. C. Loo ’69 of Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii, is the executive vice president to trade at the Professional Insurance Agents of Hawaii. David Koehn Thobaben ’69 of Eau Claire, Wis., retired in July 2005 as the director of student life at the Chippewa Technical College. He had worked there for 13 years. He says he now is recovering from a recent stroke. Mike Williams ’69 of Manitowoc, Wis., is a placement specialist/job developer in Manitowoc and Sheboygan counties with offices in the county job centers. He works with individuals, referred by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, who are seeking competitive employment. He also helps out at Wilson Jr. High in Manitowoc during track season. “My former high school and college shot put and discus records seem to improve every year,” he says.
June 24-26, 2011 40th Class Reunion, Class of ’71 Sally Hand Mauson ’70 of Germany writes: “Fancy that! I’m moving into a house which doesn’t have (at least not yet!) an Internet line! Hope to get one soon. Still work at the Equestrian College. Things are fine.” Doretta M. Miller ’70 of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will have a one-person art exhibit opening in April 2011 at First Street Gallery in New York City. It will be titled “Portraits of Beloved and Interesting Chairs.” Richard W. Zuehl ’70 of Two Rivers, Wis., is a pathologist in Two Rivers, Green Bay and Sheboygan. Christine Gruett Robillard ’71 of Simpsonville, S.C., is a fourth-grade teacher at Fairforest Elementary School. David A. Bardwick ’72 and his wife, Anita, of Escondido, Calif., recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. Bardwick travels in the Far East for four months each year, collecting art, antiques and contemporary work for their gallery, The David Alan Collection (seen at thedavidalan collection.com) in Solana Beach, Calif. They also have a home in Bali where their art and furniture studios are located.
J OHNSON ’69 L O VES TO B RING THE PAST INTO THE P RESENT “I love history. I and her love learning it and husband, sharing it.” That remembering sentiment has their honeydriven many of the moon, began actions in the life participating in of Coburn “Coby” living histories Johnson ’69 of in the historical Missoula, Mont. town of Alder Coburn “Coby” At Ripon, Gulch. They Johnson ’69 Johnson was undedrive down cided on her major. When from Missoula on weekends she transferred to Montana during the summer. As a State Bozeman, she part of the living history, received a bachelor’s degree Johnson dresses in period in history in 1969. She clothing, eats period dishes entered the workforce for and presents the “real life” two years but felt something of Alder Gulch during the still was missing. She 1860s gold rush. enrolled in the master’s of Johnson notes that the library science program at living histories are extremely the University of Denver accurate. “We’ve been and graduated in 1972. trained” she says, from how Her honeymoon to to act in character to Colonial Williamsburg in making sure that their 1974 was life-changing. buttonholes are handOne morning, as she and stitched. Her role in Alder her husband, Dale, went Gulch’s living history is a for a walk, they saw a widowed laundress interestcouple in full colonial dress ed in women’s rights. walking to their jobs in “There’s so much to town. The image of the laundry,” Johnson says. couple parting for work “These women were stayed with Johnson. chemists” in how they “It was like living in the removed stains. Johnson’s 18th century,” she says. “It character gives “stump” struck me very deeply.” speeches to the tourists in For 25 years, with some the town and some “locals” time off to raise her two about the need for women’s sons, Johnson was a catalog rights. One “local” is a librarian in the University predestined heckler, and of Montana-Mansfield Johnson says she was surLibrary. She retired in May prised sometimes about how 2008 as a tenured associate vehemently the crowd reactprofessor, and Head of ed negatively toward him. Bibliographical It’s a good thing, she Acquisitions. argues. But other activities “The whole point of livalready had taken root in ing history is to make them her life. In 2001, Johnson feel so involved that it’s like
Linda Brassington Daniels ’72 of Oconomowoc, Wis., retired in June 2010 from Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wis., where she was a chemistry teacher. She is now a part-time chemistry instructor at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).
going back to the real time for them,” she says. Carrying her love of history even further, Johnson, her husband and about a dozen others formed the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula in 1973. The museum is now one of the smallest museum’s accredited by the American Association of Museums. Johnson is a member of the Heritage Commission for the museum and “does what she can” to help out with the museum’s many educational programs and tours. For several years, the Johnson couple also chaperoned a history camp for children ages 11 to 15. Johnson reflects upon these years with affection, adding that it was “so nice to see the kids grasp onto history.” The camp’s success stories — from activating a youth’s interest in school to intriguing another to partake in a living history — “makes life worthwhile,” Johnson says. Johnson feels history is important somewhat because of the old saying, “If you don’t pay attention to your history, you’re doomed to relive it.” “But that’s not all of it,” she says. “I am absolutely fascinated, and always have been, by where we were, what has happened before and how did we get to where we are now? I like to know the answers, and it seems important to know them.” Lori Schroeder ’13
Lynne Handler Farmer ’72 of Park Ridge, Ill., received her doctorate in educational leadership from Loyola University in Chicago in 2008. She is the director of Response to Intervention for the Community Consolidated School District No. 64.
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Elenita Jackson Parker ’72
Bill Denison ’74
Tim Mayes ’72 of Chicago, Ill., is the owner of Residential Dynamics Group LLC, a fund manager that invests in distressed residential real estate. He will receive his master’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Chicago in December. Allan Searles Milligan ’72 of Foster City, Calif., retired in 2008 after 22 years as a senior software developer with VISA. Elenita Jackson Parker ’72 of Healdsburg, Calif., writes: In November 2010, she was set to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at her Pennsylvania high school. She was honored for playing varsity field hockey, basketball and lacrosse (captain of undefeated season). “My husband of 26 years, Dennis, our daughter, family and friends will join me. What a ride! Life is so good,” she says. Dianna Washington-Williams ’72 of Atlanta, Ga., is a community relations specialist with the Environmental Protection Agency. She also does substitute teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and teaches adult education. She previously had retired as an electronic technician with Bell South. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, two associate’s degrees and a master’s degree, and she is working on her dissertation through Capella University in Minnesota to complete her doctorate in organization and management with a specialization in leadership. Stephen Illich ’73 of Crystal Lake, Ill., writes: “While cancer and trache tube forced me into ‘retirement’ a bit prematurely, I’ve been cancerfree for two-plus years. Enjoyed travelling to Ripon for Homecoming 2010 and catching up with Tim Petersik ’73 (professor of psychology) while there.”
Sheryl Gumz Albers-Anders ’76
Paul S. Nancarrow ’78
offers safety consulting to corporate flight departments with a specialty in maintenance. Randy Kehrberg ’74 of Woodside, Calif., is managing general partner at LGES-Leadership Group Executive Search, a Retained Technology & Cleantech Search Group. LGES focuses exclusively on the technology and cleantech sectors worldwide. Kathy Kurke ’75 of Ormond Beach, Fla., recently travelled to Egypt and Jordan. “Always wanted to see the pyramids, and they were more magnificent than I expected,” she writes. “The hieroglyphics were beautifully carved on the temples in Lexon Valley of the Kings. Abu Simbel was awesome, especially considering it was constructed in an era when only copper tools were available. Also Petra in Jordan should not be missed!” Lesley Aull Slepian ’75 of New York, N.Y., is the SAGE Pro practice manager at Net@Work Inc. Sheryl Gumz Albers-Anders ’76 of Cottage Grove, Wis., is a special prosecutor in the Juneau County District Attorney’s Office, Mauston, where she is implementing and promoting the Juneau County Diversion Program for misdemeanor offenders. An offender may have charges dismissed upon full payment of restitution, completion of community service work, communicating with an assigned volunteer mentor and attending intermittent workshops which encompass leadership, ethics, interviewing and searching for employment, and other living skills.
Elizabeth Henderson Barratt ’74 of Carmel Valley, Calif., has a pictorial history book, Carmel Valley, California, published by Arcadia Press in January 2010.
Mark Alan Teslik ’76 of New Lisbon, Wis., was recognized as a board-certified chaplain of the Association of Professional Chaplains at their annual conference April 11, 2010. Mark is an ordained Lutheran pastor and is chaplain of the New Lisbon Correctional Institution in New Lisbon.
Mark S. Chevalier ’74 of Annandale, Va., is now the owner of Chevalier Photography.
Julie Lasee Gridley ’77 of Pulaski, Wis., is an accountant for Integrys.
Werk M. Cook ’74 of San Antonio, Texas, is a Student Teacher Assistance Network (STAN) counselor at Roosevelt High School in San Antonio. The school has more than 2,500 students, and Cook works with issues such as gangs, drugs, dropouts, pregnancy and sexual gender issues.
Cindy Eschenbacher Malley ’77 of Dousman, Wis., is an account executive at KDL Inc., a telecommunications company providing a regional fiber optic network reaching into 26 states — mainly in the Midwest and South.
Bill Denison ’74 of Hertford, N.C., is selfemployed at Denison Aircraft Consulting. He
Michael Allen Chamberlain ’78 of Auburn, N.Y., is the managing director at Musical Theatre Festival Inc. The Rev. Dr. Paul S. Nancarrow ’78 of
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Lawrence David Huebner ’83
William Ernst Sommers ’86
Staunton, Va., is the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. Information about the church can be found at trinitystaunton.org James W. Swensen ’78 of Valdese, N.C., is a staff analyst with Baker Furniture Co, and will celebrate his 25th anniversary with the company in December. Sharon Weizenbaum ’78 of Amherst, Mass., is a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner in Amherst, Mass. She has been practicing Chinese medicine for more than 30 years. She was a faculty member at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for two years and has taught seminars nationwide. In 1998, she founded White Pine Institute, where she is currently the director. She is known for her clear, practical and inspiring presentation of clinically applicable material. She is a Diplomat of Herbal Medicine as well as Acupuncture. Sharon is currently a Frances Perkins Scholar at Mount Holyoke College. Her daughter, Zoe Weizenbaum, is a professional actor and played Young Pumpkin in the film “Memoirs of a Geisha.” Stanley J. Cieslewicz ’79 is retired from the Air Force Reserves after spending the winter in Italy and the summer in Alaska. He expects to remain in his civilian job in Germany for a few more years. Bob Grant ’79 of Brunswick, Maine, is lead carpenter with G.M. Wild Construction.
June 24-26, 2011 30th Class Reunion, Class of ’81 25th Class Reunion, Class of ’86 Walter Arnold Pohland ’80 of Georgetown, Texas, is a pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Georgetown, Texas. Philomena Benevides Rogers ’80 of Arlington, Va., writes, “John and I have four children, two adopted from Russia four years ago (now ages 15 and 12). I’m a stay-at-home mom but looking forward to returning to the federal government.” Mary Rose A. Zingale ’81 of Nashville, Tenn., is the Court Services Director for the Supreme Court of Tennessee.
School. She and her husband, Jack, have two children, Tom, 13, and Maggie, 1. Alicia Howland Corvino ’86 of Westford, Mass., is the Americas and Asia manager for General Electric. Kelly F. Millenbah ’90
Soneel Raj ’90
Lawrence David Huebner ’83 of Owens Cross Roads, Ala., was at NASA Kennedy Space Center supporting the launch authority team for the ARES I-X launch on Oct. 28, 2009. He currently is engaged with post-flight data analysis and flight evaluation. Lee R. Sharpe ’83 of Grinnell, Iowa, spent the past year on sabbatical in Australia and New Zealand. He worked to develop a new course on renewable energy that he will teach at Grinnell College in the spring of 2011. Ann Megowen Stevens ’83 of Ann Arbor, Mich., is the department manager for the environmental group with Commonwealth Associates Inc. of Jackson, Mich. Margaret Krueger Yost ’83 of Hartland, Wis., writes, “I spent two wonderful weeks in South Africa working at Open Arms for Children, an orphanage, along with my 13-year-old daughter. We look forward to returning.” Sandra Hillman Czerniak ’84 of Big Bend, Wis., is assistant vice president of claims for Argent, a Division of West Bend Mutual. Bret K. Jaeger ’84 of Waupun, Wis., is library director of the Waupun Public Library, on which the second building addition in his 12 years recently was finished. “I’m sure glad I grew up building houses with my dad so I can understand construction!” he writes. Mark P. Moriarty ’84 of Duxbury, Mass., is managing director of Duxbury Energy LLC (www.duxburyenergy.com). The firm brokers large-scale energy supply contracts for companies and institutions. Stacy Heinrich Layne ’85 of Faribault, Minn., marred Michael J. Shuda, July 24, 2010. She writes: “We enjoyed a Harley honeymoon in Harmony, Minn., and riding fantastic roads throughout. For the time being, we are living part time in both Arcadia and Faribault, Minn. Look for us at Arcadia wrestling meets: Mike was chosen as the assistant high school Wrestling Coach of the Year (2009-’10) at both the Wisconsin state and national levels! My prior marriage to SFC (RET) Harry C. Layne sadly ended when he crossed over far too soon, Dec. 1, 2006.” She adds that her favorite memory of Ripon is the time she spent in South Woods. Connie Kasson Negaard ’85 of Stevens Point, Wis., is the principal at Ben Franklin Junior High
Mich. She is also an associate professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Susan E. Morgan-Lappe ’90 of Chicago, Ill., has been promoted to associate director, cancer research at Abbott Laboratories. She oversees the discovery and development of new drugs for the treatment of cancer. She is the first female associate director in the Oncology Discovery Department at Abbott.
William Ernst Sommers ’86 of Silt, Colo., is an assistant vice president for enrollment services at Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Elisabeth Wheelihan ’90 of Lenexa, Kan., married Michael D. Friese, Sept. 2, 2010. They were married in a very small ceremony in Hot Springs, S.D., when they were back visiting friends and family on an annual trip to the beautiful Black Hills.
Betsy Meyers Knight ’87 of San Diego, Calif., is the director of Housing and Supportive Services at the Episcopal Community Services.
Ronald M. Polzin ’90 and Bethany L. Berdes ’93 of Webberville, Mich., were married Oct. 15, 2010.
Scott R. Mullin ’87 of Lisle, Ill., is director of Technology and National Accounts at ORIN Remediation Technologies.
Soneel Raj ’90 of Gurgaon, India, has joined Royal Bank of Scotland as managing director and chief information officer, Global Banking and Markets, India.
Karen McCulloch Chilstrom ’92
Carolyn Agacinski ’89 married Brad Clark, Aug. 14, 2010. They live in Renton, Wash., and Carolyn is a registered nurse in a private residence. Tobi A. Cawthra ’89 of Milwaukee is the manager of community relations for Meriter Health Services in Madison. Susan Lapp Ehren ’89 of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., is lead for the supply chain strategy for Networks Business in Arlington Heights. Patrick S. Florence ’89 of Albuquerque, N.M., teaches high school math with the Albuquerque Public Schools. He also enjoys his hobby of whitewater rafting, which he does all over the west. Lisa Stein Goldman ’89 of Oak Park, Ill., married Stephen “Troy” Carr, July 11, 2010, with her two children, Jake and Sophie, by their sides. Lisa has her own private practice as a psychologist. Phillip M. Harty ’89 of Gardner, Mass., is the district manager for Sodexo in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. He also is president of the Greenwood Memorial Swim Club and is active in local high school athletic booster clubs. He and Janet, his wife of 17 years, have three children: Brandon, 15; Ryan, 14; and Kaitlin, 12.
June 24-26, 2011 20th Class Reunion, Class of ’91 15th Class Reunion, Class of ’96 Kelly F. Millenbah ’90 of Mason, Mich., is associate dean of Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University, in East Lansing,
Brian W. Curtin ’91 of Tampa, Fla., is an associate professor of math at the University of South Florida. Kristen Gray ’91 of San Francisco, Calif., works part time as an outreach program manager at the Bridge School. She also has her own private practice focused on assistive technology strategies, tools and implementation. As part of that, she manages the summer camp program for The Bridge School. Karen McCulloch Chilstrom ’92 of Austin, Texas, spent a second summer as resident director of a university study-abroad program in Moscow through the University of Texas at Austin. The program is for first-, second- and third-year Russian language, culture, composition and conversation. Marla K. May ’93 of Madison, Wis., is a registered nurse with the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation. James M. McGlone ’93 of Greenville, Wis., has earned his master’s of science in financial services (MSFS) degree from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School at The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He is a senior partner with Kerntke Otto McGlone Wealth Management Group in Appleton, Wis. Adrienne C. Caldwell ’95 and her husband, Bruce Johnson, of Minneapolis, Minn., have a daughter, Magnolia Rose Caldwell, born Sept. 23, 2009. Gregory Lee Flegel ’95 of Milwaukee, Wis., is an intercompany financial analyst at GE Healthcare. He also is on the board of directors of Woodland Pattern Book Center, a resource for the literary arts. Darell Hammond ’96 of Washington, D.C., founder and CEO of KaBOOM!, was featured on National Public Radio Oct. 1 as part of an
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occasional series about social entrepreneurs. The organization creates places for children to play, and over the past 15 years has helped to build more than 1,900 playgrounds with volunteers and donated funds. The feature can be accessed at http: //ow.ly/3jIXd.
John Hinds ’96 of Seattle, Wash., is the training manager of educational technologies at Starbucks Coffee. He earned his master’s of arts in organizational systems from the Leadership Institute of Seattle in June, and recently bought a new home. In 2009, he won a bronze and two gold medals in track and field at the World OutGames in Copenhagen, Denmark . Matt Ritchie ’96 and Julie Schiegg Ritchie ’99 of Wilmette, Ill., have twins, Ryan Robert Ritchie and Kayla Marie Ritchie, born Nov. 18, 2008. Matt is partner with Accenture, and Julie is employed by PepsiCo. Edward Granville Stewart ’96 of Traverse City, Mich., a doctor of optometry, writes: “Moving our office! Anytime you make it up to Traverse City, please call! Would love to see you. Check our Web site out: stewartfamily-eyecare.com.” Lisa D. Krause-Boerner ’97 of Racine, Wis., is a pharmacist at Lakeview Pharmacy in Racine. Sonja Lee ’97 of Milwaukee married Casey Meehan, Oct. 10, 2009. Sonja teaches third grade in the Milwaukee Public Schools. Micah A. Puls ’97 of Minneapolis, Minn., is studying for his master’s of business administration degree in finance at Capella University. He also works in the business office there. Claire Hansen Robinson ’97 and her husband, Eric, of Chelsea, Mich., have a son, Alexander Erickson Robinson, born June 1, 2010. Emmylou Litschke Swartz ’97 of Wauwatosa, Wis., is an optometrist at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center. Part of her job includes supervising student interns as an adjunct professor for Illinois College of Optometry. Patricia A. Beck ’98 of Pittsburg, Kan., is the head instructor for the General Chemistry I Laboratory at Pittsburg State University, where she teaches seven credits. She also takes care of her daughter, Virginia H. G. Johnson. Jennifer Wiltzius George ’98 and her husband, Brian, of Brodhead, Wis., have a daughter, Audra Elizabeth George, born Aug. 5, 2010. JoAnn Dopp Romeo ’98 of Saint Louis Park, Minn., is the owner and operator of Romeo Enterprises, an Internet-based company. Meredith “Kristi” Goldston ’99 of Waldoboro, Maine, married Greg Weinand,
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G HANA N ATIVE A DDRESSES P OLITICS , G ENDER I SSUES IN A FRICA Cyril Daddieh ’78 of Liberty Township, Ohio, is a native of Ghana and has devoted much of his academic life to the study of the political economies of his homeland and the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire). After graduating from Ripon, Daddieh received his doctorate from the University of Canada in 1984 and proceeded to become both a political science professor and the Director of Black World Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Much of his academic writing has been about the paths Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have taken since their independence. Daddieh has written several articles about the “different political trajectories” of the two countries. He says it is interesting how two countries that both were colonized by European countries, both received independence around the same time, and have similar climates and cultures would take such “different paths to independence and development.”
He says Daddieh says. that despite Classrooms in coups in the Ghana were over1960s, crowded and did not “democracy is contain enough back on track” seats for all the in Ghana. students, and many Since 2000, faculty used the nation has megaphones in voted differing order to be heard. parties into “There was extreme office success- Cyril Daddieh ’78 competition for the fully. “There few seats,” Daddieh is an increase in the consoli- says. “In the ’80s and ’90s, dation of democracy (in the limited space made some Ghana),” Daddieh says. male students get up at 3 or Daddieh also focuses his 4 a.m. to get into the writings on gender issues in classroom.” The males then Ghana’s higher education would take notes to system. Ghana’s higher exchange with their female education system is peers for food. “overwhelmingly male,” “It was a totally says Daddieh, who unequal system,” Daddieh examines occurrences of says. “If the male female harassment from colleague’s notes were poor, faculty or students or cases it seriously affected the of gender streaming. chance for the female to A main objective of his pass the highly competitive educational writings is to exam.” improve the quality of Daddieh hopes that education received at these women will be able to institutions. partake in classes in equal “One issue that attract- conditions. “Apo is a slang ed me to the topic was going term in the universities for to a university (in Ghana) knowledge,” Daddieh and realizing that they — states. “Apo is the critical male and female students information.” Lori Schroeder ’13 — face real challenges,”
Oct. 11, 2008, and is now a stepmother to 7-yearold Kyle. She is the associate director at Passports Educational Travel. Heather L. Menne ’99 of Lakewood, Ohio, married Christopher Tanski, May 1, 2010.
June 24-26, 2011 10th Class Reunion, Class of ’01 5th Class Reunion, Class of ’06 George H. Johnson III ’00 of Pittsburg, Kan., was promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Army at a ceremony Aug. 25, 2010, at the
Pittsburg State University Veterans Memorial. He is currently a military science faculty member at Pittsburg State University. He has served in Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Erin C. Meyer ’00 of Bozeman, Mont., is a case manager with Career Transitions, a nonprofit working with recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). She also is working on her dissertation for her doctorate in human services, social and community services specialization, through Capella University, an online university based in Minneapolis, Minn. Erin Vasconcelles ’00 of Nashville, Tenn., is a staff psychologist and training coordinator for Health, Wellness and Counseling Services at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Kathleen R. Voigt ’00 of Ohio, Ill., is a pastor at
has admissions and fund-raising experience at that college and served as an admissions counselor for Indiana State University. Tori Dahl Gries ’02 of Kiel, Wis., graduated in May 2010 from the University of WisconsinGreen Bay with a master’s degree in applied leadership in teaching.
Jamie Grant ’02
Lindsay Hutchison Loewe ’04
Wyanet United Methodist Church in Wyanet, Ill. Tracey Wiedmeyer ’00 of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., is chief technology officer with In Context Solutions, a full-service marketing research firm specializing in virtual store research in Chicago, Ill. He has more than 10 years of IT experience in designing and building software systems. Wiedmeyer played baseball at Ripon for Gordie Gillespie, the grandfather of In Context Solution’s CEO Bob Gillespie. The company’s chief research officer is Rich Scamehorn, son of Professor of Chemistry Emeritus Richard Scamehorn and his wife, Sandy.
Julie Hansen Marchant ’02 of Minneapolis, Minn., is a business capability analyst at Best Buy. She works to optimize the cart/checkout experience. Zach Morris ’02 and his wife, Camie, of Boston, Mass., have a son, Lincoln Scott Morris, born Aug. 2, 2010. Liz Webb ’02 married Benjamin Beeles, April 24, 2010, in a destination wedding on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Rebecca Peterson Runte ’00 was in the wedding party. A reception was held on Camano Island, Wash., June 19, 2010. The couple live in Ellensburg, Wash., and Liz is in her sixth year as health manager at Kittitas County Head Start. She also is preparing to launch her own graphic design business in December.
Nick Araya ’01 and Karina M. Nordbak ’03 of Inglewood, Calif., were married Sept. 22, 2010, 11 years to the day after they first started dating at Ripon College. Nick is employed with Champions, an outdoor after school and adventure provider as a Lead Adventure Guide.
Michael David ’03 of Portage, Wis., is a math teacher at Portage High School.
Nicole Baumann-Blackmore ’01 of Madison, Wis., works as a pediatric hospitalist at Meriter Hospital in Madison, as a physician who cares for the hospitalized patient. “I enjoy working with the children and their families,” she writes. Her husband, Derek Blackmore ’01, is pursuing his master’s of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. They have a 1-year-old son, Benjamin.
HeLayne Sampson ’03 of Jackson, Wis., married Blair Burkette, Sept. 10, 2010. HeLayne is a psychotherapist for Washington County and also works in private practice. She also is training to be a yoga teacher.
Bettina Gerlach Lenzen ’01 and her husband, Michael, of Appleton, Wis., have a daughter, Katelyn Marie Lenzen, born July 28, 2010. Bettina left her job and is now a stay-athome mother. Sean Riesenberg ’01 of De Pere, Wis., is a construction coordinator with Holtger Bros. Inc. Kristi Sigurslid ’01 of Lodi, Wis., married Christopher Paskey, Aug. 30, 2008. They have a son, Cameron Taylor Paskey, born Sept. 3, 2009. Kristi teaches math and coaches varsity girls’ basketball at Lodi High School. She received her master’s degree in professional development in July 2010 from Viterbo University. Jacob Michael Sumner ’01 of Chicago is moving to Europe to open new business locations for Chipotle, first in London, then in Germany. Jamie Grant ’02 of Manitowoc, Wis., is the new admissions director of Manchester College, North Manchester, Ind. Grant received a master’s degree in management and organizational behavior from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wis. She also
Luke Hagel ’03 and Jennifer Nee Hagel ’03 of West Allis, Wis., have a daughter, Shaelyn Kathryn Hagel, born March 7, 2009.
Brie Banull Terrell ’03 of Glendale, Mo., married Jay Hadfield, Sept. 12, 2009. Brie is an orthopedic physician assistant. Sarah Peerenboom Vicari ’03 of Fox Lake, Ill., has been a physician assistant in dermatology for three years in Gurnee, Ill. Kevin Blackburn ’04 of Sheboygan, Wis., is now the administrative Web sales and support assistant at Omega Fields, a nutritional products company. He also has started a company called Blackburn Business Solutions. He previously was office manager for Statewide Appraisal Associates in Manitowoc, senior purchasing agent for Community Blood Center in Appleton, and a substitute teacher for several central Wisconsin public schools. Scott D. Buchholz ’04 and Jessica F. Walters ’05 were married Oct. 1, 2007. They live in San Jose, Calif., and Scott is a software quality assurance engineer with Apple Inc. Michael Coles ’04 of Menomonee Falls, Wis., is an associate educational adviser with DeVry University. He married Amy Marshall, June 26, 2010. They have a daughter, Riann Kennedy Coles, born March 18, 2010.
Christopher A. Dumke ’04 and Nicole Gutbrod ’06 were married Aug. 8, 2009. They live in Princeton, Wis. Christopher recently was promoted to loan officer at National Exchange Bank & Trust, Montello office. He works with customers to complete commercial, mortgage and consumer loans. Ben Klandrud ’04 of Fort Bragg, N.C., wrote an article, “Democracy requires service, sacrifice, education to make a good idea into reality,” for an online magazine, Milwaukee Anthropologist (edited by Michael Timm ’04), in the Fall 2010 issue. It can be accessed at http://ow.ly/3jJ2t. Noah R. Leigh ’04 and Daphne Meyers Leigh ’05 of West Allis, Wis., have a son, Micah Leigh, born May 23, 2010. Noah is working in a research lab at the Medical College of Wisconsin after completing his second master’s degree there. Daphne is a math teacher at New Berlin West High School. Lindsay Hutchison Loewe ’04 and her husband, David, of Oshkosh, Wis., have a son, Wesley Ambrose Loewe, born Feb. 9, 2010. Lindsay is a psychotherapist for Green Lake County. Lauren Amy Marshall ’04 of Milwaukee is a physician assistant in neurosurgery at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee. Sebastian Meade ’04 of Freeport, Maine, had a solo art show at Unity College in Unity, Maine, in September and October. Meade is owner and curator of Freeport Square Gallery in Freeport. The show featured sculptures assembled from found materials as well as two-dimensional works on various materials, including drywall scraps. It was put together by Ben Potter, a former art professor at Ripon. John Meulendyke ’04 of Milwaukee is a fifthgrade teacher at Immanuel Lutheran School in Brookfield. Candice Marie North ’04 of Tucson, Ariz., is in her third year of medical school at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Kate Petersen ’04 of Fitchburg, Wis., received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. She now is the Ticket to Work Program Manager at Employment Resources Inc. (ERI), a private, nonprofit organization in Madison, Wis., which works to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The Ticket to Work Program is a Social Security Administration program that increases access to employment services for individuals receiving SSI/SSDI. She also provides benefits counseling and assistance with navigating public benefits and healthcare options. Silvia C. Petig ’04 of Berlin, Germany, married Kevin Francke, Aug. 21, 2010, in Watertown, Wis., and Sept. 4, 2010, in Berlin, Germany. Paula Kathleen Richardson ’04 of Oshkosh, Wis., is a kindergarten teacher with the Wautoma School district and plans to graduate with a mas-
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manner. To view his articles, visit www.examiner. com/political-buzz-in-madison/ paul-neuberger and click “subscribe.” Rebecca Snitily ’05 of Inglewood, Calif., married Patrick Elmendorf, Oct. 9, 2009. Rebecca is secretary to the division manager for the Western-Pacific Region of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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ter’s degree in curriculum and instruction in May 2011 from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Jessica Pankratz Schrage ’04 of Franklin, Wis., is a registered dietician with All Saints Hospital, part of the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare system. Brad Sholes ’04 of Machesney Park, Ill., has been promoted to general manager of the Rockford RiverHawks baseball team. He had been director of tickets and finance since September 2006. Paul Stinson ’04 of Neenah, Wis., is a supervisor at BioLife Plasma Services. Alisa Rose Zabel ’04 of Ripon, Wis., is director of marketing at Boca Grande Capital LLC. Juanita L. Baatz ’05 of Milwaukee married Shane P. Gutbrod, June 28, 2010, in Mexico. She is a fifth-grade teacher and mentor at St. Adalbert School. She writes: “We bought a new house and relocated to the south side of Milwaukee.” Kelly James Crombie ’05 of Columbus, Wis., is studying law at the University of WisconsinMadison. Mary Grant Haste ’05 and her husband, Ryan, of Indianapolis, Ind., have a son, Elijah Andrew Haste, born May 27, 2010. Mary teaches sixth-grade English as a second language at the Indianapolis Public Schools. Terri Kahler ’05 of Whites Creek, Tenn., married Matthew Werner, May 22, 2010. She is working as an insurance agent. Amber Lee Kind-Keppel ’05 of Grafton, Wis., married Scott T. Longden, July 3, 2010. Brandon Mumm ’05 and Pamela Karis Schumacher ’08 of Ripon, Wis., were married Aug. 7, 2010. Leila Keita ’08 was a bridesmaid, Meshelle Davis ’08 officiated at the ceremony and Tricia Barker ’08 performed a reading and helped coordinate the event. Pamela teaches high school speech and English at Laconia High School in Rosendale and Spanish and world languages at Rosendale Intermediate School and Brandon Middle School. Paul M. Neuberger ’05 of Jackson, Wis., has rejoined the staff at Ripon College as a major gift officer. Also, he is now the Madison Political Buzz Examiner for examiner.com. He covers Wisconsin politics and reports them in a timely, non-partisan
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Sarah Triller ’05 of Fishers, Ind., married Don Dykstra, April 24, 2010. Michele Rae Bergman ’06 of Saint Louis Park, Minn., is a behavioral therapist/mental health practitioner at the Minnesota Autism Center in Minnetonka, Minn. The center provides applied behavior analysis therapy to children with autism. Nicholas R. Collins ’06 of Oconomowoc has become a professional bass fisherman and joined the Bass Master tour in the fall of 2009. Eric Michael Gallagher ’06 of Milwaukee is the annual giving manager at University School of Milwaukee. Victor Magnus ’06 of Princeton, Wis., writes that he has had a busy year with many interesting changes. “In April, I was elected to serve as alderman for the City of Princeton Common Council for a two-year term. Local politics has definitely been an interesting endeavor. In May, I was promoted to Sergeant First Class and have assumed the position of Effects NCO and serve as Platoon Sergeant at Det 1 2nd BN 127 INF in Clintonville, Wis. I still work full time for the Wisconsin National Guard as an instructor at the Wisconsin Military Academy. Jacki Weiss Magnus ’05 and I celebrated our five-year wedding anniversary in July, and our son, Urijah, turned 2 in June! Currently, I am executing a recertification program I developed for 80 soldiers at Fort McCoy over the next six to eight months. The desired results will be soldiers who are safe and proficient in locating targets and coordinating artillery/mortar attacks for future combat operations.” Courtney Lee McNeal ’06 of Kenosha, Wis., received certificates in training and in personnel development in May 2010, and will receive a master’s degree in psychology, training and development in December 2010 from Northern Michigan University. Courtney is the Johnson Hall director and director of Community Service and Leadership Development at Carthage College in Kenosha. Michelle Pauly Nikolai ’06 and Timothy E. Nikolai ’07 of Port Washington, Wis., have a daughter, Sonya Rose Nikolai, born Feb. 13, 2010. Tim also has been promoted to youth market coordinator at the American Heart Association. Alison J. Nowak ’06 of Oshkosh, Wis., is a returned goods specialist with Oshkosh Corporation. Rebecca Lynn Nowak ’06 of Oshkosh, Wis., is studying for her master’s degree in industrial
organizational psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Timothy William Peters ’06 of Mukwonago, Wis., and Regan P. Rogers ’07 of Friendship, Wis., were married July 30, 2010. They live in Whitewater, Wis., where Timothy is a conservation biologist for the Department of Natural Resources in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Eagle; and Regan is a physical education and health teacher at Beloit Turner High School. Robin R. Roecker ’06 of Green Lake, Wis., is a chiropractor in Green Lake and for Ripon College athletes. She is also an adjunct professor of anatomy at Ripon College. Jennifer Baker Schilling ’06 of Pelican Lake, Wis., is majoring in elementary education with a minor in library science through the distance learning program at the University of WisconsinSuperior. Andrea K. Furdek ’07 of Milwaukee and Jon Larsen ’09 of Menasha, Wis., are engaged and planning a June 25, 2011, wedding. Jon manages a medical recruitment team for TotalMed staffing in Appleton, Wis. Ryan Bradley Gustafson ’07 of Hagerman, Idaho, will receive his master’s degree in environmental science and engineering in December from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He writes, “I am working in Gooding and Lincoln counties as an environmental health specialist for the South Central Public Health District and trying my hand at agriculture in my spare time.” Kari B. Joas ’07 of Larsen, Wis., works at Kwik Trip Inc. in Winchester, Wis. Megan Piotrowski Manis ’07 of Watertown, Wis., has been promoted to marketing manager at Tailor Made Products, a plastic manufacturer and distributor of consumer goods. A recently launched brand is Curious Chef, the first full line of real cooking tools for children. Steven Miller ’07 of Carbondale, Ill., has received his master’s degree in philosophy at Southern Illinois University and is working on his doctorate at the same university. Andrew P. Redlin ’07 of Appleton, Wis., is the assistant store leader at Scheels All Sports Inc. Jordyn E. Rush ’07 of Columbus, Ohio, is the director of Member Services at the Ohio House Democratic Caucus. This is an arm of the Ohio Democratic Party, the third largest Democratic organization in the country. Lindsay Spindler ’07 of Atqasuk, Alaska, married Neal Anderson, July 17, 2010. They are expecting their first child in April 2011. Lindsay teaches sixth and seventh grades at Meade River School, a self-contained classroom in a small village school on the North Slope, 60 miles south of North America’s most northern settlement. Visit her blog, The Real Life of an Alaskan Bush Teacher, at http://alaskabushteacher. blogspot.com. Both Lindsay and Neal will teach in Atqasuk for another year.
Jason Quoang Hong Tang ’07 of Milwaukee has received his CPA license as a certified public accountant. Tricia Barker ’08 of Corinth, Texas, is a sales coordinator at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Denton, Texas. Matthew D. Birschbach ’08 of Fond du Lac, Wis., is a police officer with the North Fond du Lac Police Department. Parissa S. DJangi ’08 of Glen Ellyn, Ill., is pursuing her master’s degree in history at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. She also is working as a graduate assistant there. Amy Dorman ’08 of Winston Salem, N.C., is attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts to receive her master’s of fine arts degree in performing arts management. Leah T. Hover ’08 of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., married Zach Preiss, July 31, 2010. She teaches math at Poynette High School and is working on her master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., focusing on incorporating content area in the mathematics curriculum. Megan M. Krueger ’08 of Mount Calvary, Wis., is a social services assistant with Extendicare, a family of nursing homes. She works in the Menomonee Falls Health Care Center in Menomonee Falls. Kimberly Marie Larson ’08 of Eagan, Minn., is a senior laboratory technician in quality control at Ecolab. Patti Mazur ’08 of Franklin, Wis., is an operations financial analyst for the Ultrasound division of General Electric Healthcare in Wauwatosa, Wis. She is a finance manager and manages the inventories within the Americas. She also serves as one of the chairs for the HealthAhead and Employee Involvement committees. This fall, she is studying and sitting for the certified public accountant exam. Recently, she was accepted into the master’s of business administration program at Marquette University and will start taking classes in the spring term. Lauren A. Nygren ’08 of Brooklyn Park, Minn., married Joseph Bertilson, April 16, 2010. Lauren is the office manager and marketing director at The Appraisal Group, a commercial and residential real estate appraisal company in Maple Grove, Minn. Reed William Nygren ’08 of Wheat Ridge, Colo., is an emergency room nurse in Denver, Colo. Brandon Thomas Parrott-Sheffer ’08 of Chicago is studying for his master’s of business administration degree at Loyola University and plans to graduate in May 2012. He currently is a quantitative market research analyst at C & R Research. Eli Justice Annis ’09 and Nell Rae Forrest ’09 were married Sept. 6, 2010. They live in Milwaukee where Nell is a volunteer coordinator at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
Matthew James Barrile ’09 of Naples, Fla., spent a year in Spain working on his master’s degree through Bowling Green State University. He plans to graduate with a degree in Spanish language and literature in May 2011. He presented a paper at the 30th annual Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures after having submitted an abstract to the conference committee and having it accepted.
librarian at the University Communications Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is studying library and information studies.
Arielle Julia Denis ’09 of Skokie, Ill., is attending Northern Illinois Law School and expects to graduate in 2013. She previously worked for six months with a Chicago law firm in the Loop; and for three months with the Student Conservation Association performing desert restoration in the Mojave Desert of southern California.
Katherine V. Stotis ’10 of Glencoe, Ill., continues to intern at the Newberry Library. She says her favorite memories of Ripon are “having impromptu hallway parties and studying abroad in London and Florence.”
Hannah Emanuel ’09 of Milwaukee contributed to the June 2010 proceedings publication for the Max Planck Institute’s “Symposium on Constitutions in Islamic Countries.” Hannah contributed research, writing and editing while interning at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg during the summer of 2009. Wesley R. Kraemer ’09 of Neshkoro, Wis., is the regional sales manager at Continental Girbau. Joshua A. LeGreve ’09 of Franklin, Wis., teaches Spanish at Lake Denoon Middle School and physics at Muskego High School, both in Muskego. Emily Mathews ’09 of St. Paul, Minn., is studying for her master’s degree in social work in a combined program with the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul.
Josh Apsland ’10 and Amanda Falk ’10 were married June 19, 2010.
Andrew Andring Bean ’10 of Madison, Wis., is an assistant director at the Fund for the Public Interest, running a grassroots campaign to protect Wisconsin’s lakes from runoff pollution for Wisconsin Environment. Hollie Becker ’10 of Greendale, Wis., teaches kindergarten at Franklin Elementary School in West Allis, Wis. Paul Braun ’10 of Green Lake, Wis., is the president of Aztech Machining LLC. Cady M. Cummings ’10 of Pewaukee, Wis., is a consultant at David’s Bridal. Adam Lenz Firgens ’10 of Suring, Wis., is the club manager at Anytime Fitness. Bruce T. Kukowski ’10 of Ripon, Wis., is kitchen manager at Wisconsin Hospitality GroupApplebee’s in Appleton, Wis. He also is assisting the swim coach at Ripon College. Tomissa Porath ’10 of Madison, Wis., is a student
Joseph B. Reese ’10 of Embarrass, Wis., recently was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and is stationed in Stevens Point, Wis., as part of the 1/120th Field Artillery, 32 IBCT, Wisconsin Army National Guard.
If you are aware of a Ripon College alumnus who has passed away, please send that information along with a printed obituary from the paper to the Office of Alumni Relations, Annual Fund and Parent Programs, Ripon College, PO Box 248, Ripon, WI 54971.
Erwin “Gus” Klatt ’33 of Fort Atkinson, Wis., died Nov. 26, 2010. He was born May 24, 1910, in Green Lake, Wis. He was valedictorian of his Green Lake high school class of 1929 and a graduate of Ripon College, where he majored in physics and mathematics. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of WisconsinMadison. After participating in the war effort by being an instructor in the Brazilian Air Force, he settled in Fort Atkinson. His teaching positions included a few years in physics at Milton College. He then became a customer service representative for Wisconsin Electric Power Co., retiring in 1975. He was a lifelong member of the Lion’s Club, a justice of the peace, county board supervisor, beautification council member, city band founder, hospital auxiliary volunteer and Civil Air Patrol leader. He belonged to the First United Methodist Church and was its choir director for many years. He spearheaded the construction of the Fort Stockade replica at Rock River Park, and was wagon master for the State of Wisconsin during the bicentennial celebration in 1976. Survivors include one son and one daughter. Henrietta McAfee Korth ’34 of Dousman, Wis., died Aug. 7, 2010. She was born July 1, 1913. At Ripon, she majored in biology and classics, including Latin. She was a retired English teacher in the Wilton schools. Survivors include one son and two daughters, including Suzanne Korth ’69. Her husband, John Korth ’35, died in 2008. Other relatives among Ripon alumni included her uncle, Silas Evans 1898, fifth president of Ripon College, serving from 1910-1917 and 1921-1943. Philip Erwin Biege ’41 of Enumclaw, Wash., died Feb. 12, 2010. He was born Oct. 2, 1919, in Baraboo, Wis. At Ripon, he studied history and economics. He entered the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1941, and when war was declared in December, he enlisted in the Army and remained in the service until he returned to the law school in 1946. He continued in the Army Reserve for 30 years and retired as a
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Lt. Colonel. He began his law career in Alaska and settled in Enumclaw, Wash. He retired from the practice of law in 1999 after serving the community for 50 years. He was active in numerous city activities, including as City Attorney for many years. He also served as a member of the board of directors, treasurer, president and chairman of the board for Mutual of Enumclaw; the board and vice chairman of First National Bank of Enumclaw; and a member of the Green River Community College Board Foundation. He loved to travel. Survivors include two sons. Ann E. Ewing ’41 of Washington, D.C., died July 24, 2010. At Ripon, she studied physics and chemistry. She then studied at the University of Chicago before joining the Navy in 1942, serving overseas as a Navy journalist until 1946. After the war, she received a pilot’s license and enjoyed flying small planes as a hobby. As a journalist, she specialized in writing about science and is thought to be the first to report on so-called “black holes” in space. She wrote from the late 1940s to the late 1960s for Science News, a publication of the Society for Science and the Public. Her specialties included astronomy, physics and medicine. After leaving Science News, she became a free-lance reporter for medical trade newspapers. In 1972, she became one of the first female journalists admitted to the National Press Club. Previously, she was a member of the Women’s National Press Club and contributed to two cookbooks by club members. She was active with civil rights and veterans groups. Jean Kratz Olson ’41 of Santa Rosa, Calif., died Oct. 10, 2010. She was born Nov. 27, 1918, in Dayton Township, Waupaca County, Wis. She lived in Wittenberg, Schofield and Madison, Wis.; Galveston, Texas; New Orleans and Monroe, La. She and her husband traveled extensively, and she retained a deep fondness for Stratton Lake in Wisconsin on which her father had built a cottage that was the source of some of her happiest memories. She was a consummate seamstress, homemaker, lover of dogs, bridge player, sports enthusiast and volunteer with various medical societies. Survivors include one son, two daughters, and a brother, Howard Kratz ’38 of Hendersonville, N.C. Phyllis Teske Downey ’43 of Indianapolis, Ind., died Dec. 25, 2009. She was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Wayside, Wis. At Ripon, she studied music and German. Survivors include two sons and one daughter. Hazel Marie Esh Francisco ’43 of Macon, Ga., died April 13, 2010. She was born in Spring Grove, Ill. She had lived in Macon since 1996 and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Survivors include two sons. Letty Brooks Weingartner ’44 of Sonora, Calif., formerly of Green Lake, Wis., died Aug. 25, 2010. She was born Aug. 2, 1922, and was one of 17 students in the 1940 graduating class of Green Lake High School. She played trombone in the Green Lake marching band, and her love of band and orchestra music endured her entire life. Among her first jobs, along with her sisters Mary and Jane, was taking tickets and ushering at the Thrasher Opera House, still located on Mill Street in Green
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Lake. This theatre was owned by her uncle, Charlie Thrasher. She attended Ripon College for one year before transferring to the nursing program at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She was commissioned a second lieutenant with the Army Nurse Corps and served at the U.S. Army’s 61st Station Hospital, in Ardenza, just south of Livorno, Italy. She later worked in a veterans’ administration hospital in Chicago and moved with her husband, Clayton, to his hometown of Butte, Mont., where she worked as a nurse until her retirement in 1985. She moved back to Green Lake in 1992, then later to Soulsbyville, Calif. She enjoyed table games and gardening. Survivors include one son and two daughters. Robert John Zentner ’44 of Frederick, Md., died July 5, 2010. He was born Nov. 26, 1922, in Monticello, Wis. His studies at Ripon were interrupted in 1944 when he was called to active duty during World War II. He served in the European Theater with the 304th Infantry as a unit commander of troops in combat. After the war, he returned to Ripon College, graduating in 1946. He went on to receive his master’s of science degree from Case Institute of Technology in 1950 and continued his studies in physics at the University of Wisconsin from 1949 to 1951. Zentner was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1942 to 1953. He was recalled to active duty in 1951, during which time he was stationed at Camp Detrick as a first lieutenant with the Chemical Corps. After his discharge from active duty in 1952, he made Frederick his home and continued employment at Detrick. He served as the assistant chief and chief of the Applied Research Office, chief of the Biophysical Research Branch, and chief of the Physical Sciences Division. Robert continued his civil service as chief of the Technology Branch, U.S. Army Material Development and Readiness Command, Alexandria, Va., retiring from government service in 1980. Robert then was employed with EIA Corp. and Eyler Research Corp. in Frederick until 1992. Robert lived his life in accordance with a quote he once made in The Frederick New-Post, “making a contribution to the community through volunteer work is a fundamental element of life.” He was a member (in many instances, an officer) of the Frederick Toastmasters, Frederick County Citizens Committee for Education, Friends for Neighborhood Progress, Frederick Organization for Rehabilitation Inc., Frederick County Human Relations Council, Frederick Community Action Agency, United Way, Frederick City Soup Kitchen, Housing Authority of the City of Frederick, Maryland Association of Community Action Agencies, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Frederick County Branch NAACP, League of Women Voters, United Democrats, Frederick County Human Relations Commission, Frederick Chapter Izaak Walton League of America, and the Korean War Veterans Association. He was active for many years with All Saints Episcopal Church in many roles from registrar to vestryman and as a member of the Over the Hill Gang. He was a member of Sigma XI and recipient of many awards and citations both from his military and civilian careers and from his community involvements. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Case Zentner ’45, 7401 Willow Road, Frederick, MD 21702; one son and
one daughter; and two nephews, Jeff Bumby ’65 and Ed Bumby ’73. Harriet Emigh Wallschleger ’47 of Elizabeth City, N.C., died July 19, 2010. She was born July 8, 1924, in West Allis, Wis. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Elizabeth City Chapter 44; and Church of the Redeemer Anglican in Camden, N.C. Survivors include her husband, William L. Wallschleger Sr., 401 Dances Bay Road, Elizabeth City, NC 27909; two sons and one daughter. William L. Gross ’49 of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., died Nov. 26, 2010. He was born March 29, 1924, in Milwaukee. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, earned his pilots wings, and was primarily responsible for training pilots for bombing runs during World War II. He was discharged in 1945, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Following his military service, he studied psychology at Ripon College. He worked for 30 years as a production scheduler at Consolidated Papers. He was also actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America serving as district commissioner. In 1974, Bill received the Silver Beaver award, as presented by Miss America, in recognition of his longtime volunteer service to the organization. He and his late wife, Sally Nissen Gross ’52, were members of the Packs and Paddles Canoe Club, serving as Tripmasters several times. They also enjoyed dancing. Survivors include two sons. Wilfred A. Pagel ’49 of Fond du Lac, Wis., died May 12, 2010. He was born May 30, 1924, in Fond du Lac. At Ripon, he studied engineering. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, first as a gunnery instructor in P-39s and P-38s, and later flew P-38s in combat with the 13th Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theater. He worked at Giddings & Lewis; Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Mercury Marine until retiring in 1990. He was a member of Church of Our Saviour Evangelical Lutheran. Survivors include his wife, Helen Pagel, 91 Heritage Court, Fond du Lac, WI 54935. William James Erdmann ’50 of Morristown, N.J., died July 31, 2010. He was born Oct. 18, 1926, in Milwaukee. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy Signal Corps where he served during World War II. At Ripon, he studied engineering. He went on to graduate from Union Theological Seminary in New York. His ministries included service in South Orange, Saranac Lake, N.Y., Minnesota and First Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood. He was a parole officer with the State of New Jersey for 20 years before retiring in 1993. During his tenure as parole officer, he founded H.O.P.E., an organization which provides housing and employment for former offenders. He was also a member of the Presbytery of the Palisades, formed by many Presbyterian Churches in the area, the New Jersey chapter of the Over the Hill Gang and the National Ski Club. Survivors include his wife, Mary, 86 Constitution Way, Morristown, NJ 07960; and two daughters. Jeanie MacNeish Neuendorf ’50 of Quincy, Mich., died Sept. 8, 2010. She was born Aug. 7, 1928, in Chicago. After attending Ripon College, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin.
Survivors include her husband, Gene Neuendorf, 133 Crauns Beach Drive, Quincy, MI 49082; one son and two daughters. Michael “Mike” Tinkham ’50 of Portland, Ore., died Nov. 4, 2010. He was a superconductivity pioneer and the Rumford Professor of Physics and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics Emeritus at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Department of Physics. He was born Feb. 23, 1928 in Green Lake County, Wis. After receiving a degree in physics and mathematics from Ripon, he received his master’s and doctorate degrees, both in physics, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also spent a year at the Clarendon Laboratory of Oxford as a postdoctoral fellow. He joined the University of California, Berkeley, in 1957, rising to full professor, and then left in 1996 for Harvard, where he remained for the rest of his career. Tinkham’s research focused primarily on superconductivity, as captured in his classic text, “Introduction to Superconductivity.” In his later years, he was active in studying the unique properties of materials when sample dimensions are reduced to the nanometer range. In “The Journal of Superconductivity,” Tinkham’s former student Christopher Lobb, Ph.D. ’80, wrote: “The opportunity to work with Mike … was one of the greatest experiences of my life. As a researcher, Mike’s rare combination of experimental and theoretical ability has kept him at the top of the field for decades. As a teacher, Mike worked constantly to make things understandable, and did so with enthusiasm and wit. Any success I’ve had since leaving his group has largely been due to what I learned from him… .” Tinkham’s awards and honors included election to the National Academy of Sciences; the receipt of the Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize; and the Fred E. Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Science in 2005. At Ripon, he was a Partner in the Legacy and received an honorary doctor of science degree in 1976. Survivors include his wife, Mary Tinkham, 6126 SE Grant St., Portland, OR 97215; two sons; a brother, Clayton Carlos Tinkham ’49; and a sisterin-law, Florence Zick Tinkham ’48. Roy E. Valleskey ’50 of Livonia, Mich., died June 6, 2010. He was born Dec. 16, 1921. At Ripon, he studied economics. He was a retired general agent of All State Insurance. Survivors include his wife, Peg, 36059 Howell Ave., Livonia, MI 48154; five sons and one daughter. John E. “Jack” Schneider ’51 of Mount Dora, Fla., died April 27, 2010. He was born Oct. 22, 1925, in Oshkosh, Wis. He served in the South Pacific during World War II. At Ripon, he studied English. He was the retired president and CEO of Snitz Mfg. Co. He split his time between Wisconsin and Florida where he was an avid sailor and golfer and also was involved in community activities such as Adopt-a-Child, Head Start, the Kiwanis Club, Library Board and Concerned Citizens Round Table. He was a founding member of the Kiwanis Club of East Troy, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Carol, 725 Helen St. No. 8, Mount Dora, FL 32757; one son and three daughters. Patricia Jordan Beich ’52 of Lake Forest, Ill.,
formerly of Wilmette and Chicago, died Sept. 30, 2010. She was born April 17, 1930, in Chicago. At Ripon, she studied English. She was a retired interior decorator. Richard Harold Thomas Martin ’52 of Hudson, Wis., died July 19, 2010. He was born Dec. 4, 1930, in Wausau, Wis. At Ripon, he studied economics from 1948 to 1950. He then studied at Mankato State College from 1959 to 1962. He worked for the Milwaukee Sentinel, operated a business with his wife in Eau Claire, Wis., and worked for Ridder Publications/Knight-Ridder Newspapers at the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press for 44 years, from 1954 until his retirement in 1998. He was a circulation department district supervisor, on assignments in southwestern Wisconsin (La Crosse), southern Minnesota (Owatonna, Rochester and Albert Lea), and from 1973-1998 in western Wisconsin (St. Croix County.) After retirement, he trained as an American Red Cross volunteer and served in disaster services on the local and national levels. He also enjoyed traveling, classical music, photography, bridge and gardening. Survivors include four stepchildren. Adolph “Ade” Hansen ’53 of West Bend, Wis., formerly of Mequon, died Nov. 14, 2010. He was born Nov. 4, 1929, in Mequon. During his time at Ripon, he studied physics and participated in football, wrestling and racing stockcars. He is in the Ripon Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, he was invited to try out for several NFL teams. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Ga., shortly after the Korean Conflict. Upon returning, he took over the family business, Hansen Overhead Door, started by his father. He continued working with the business until recently. He was a founding member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Port Washington. He loved dogs, all sports, doing landscaping at church and spending time with his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Survivors include two sons and one daughter. Edward Alfie Von Driska ’53 of Youngstown, Ariz., died March 10, 2010. He was born Feb. 10, 1932. He was retired from the Hatfield Electric Co. Survivors include two daughters. Beverly Johnson Steffes ’54 of Menomonee Falls, died Sept. 19, 2010. She was born March 13, 1933. She studied art at Ripon, received her bachelor’s degree from Cardinal Stritch and her master’s of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She had a passion for the arts and was an accomplished sculptor, designer and painter. She enjoyed the symphony, opera and studies with Sr. Tomasita Fessler at Studio San Damiano. Survivors include her husband, Robert Steffes ’52 (attn. Jeff Steffes), 17775 SW. Bluemound Road, Brookfield, WI 53045; one son; and one daughter, Karen Steffes Driscoll ’79. William Carl Weinkauf ’55 of Dallas, Texas, died Aug. 11, 2009. He was born April 7, 1934, in Fond du Lac, Wis. At Ripon, he was a member of Sigma Nu. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, earning the rank of major and serving as chief deputy for Armed Forces Assistance to Korea, a part of the U.S. military
operation that built schools and orphanages for South Korea. He was founder and president of IMCO Inc., where he pioneered the use of catalogs for the educational market. Later he became CEO of Affluence Unlimited Inc. He also served on the board of directors of the National School Supply & Equipment Association. He was a member of the Free & Accepted Masons, Order of the Eastern Star, the Grand Commandery of the Knights Templar of Georgia and a life member of Hella Shrine Temple. He also excelled at photography and singing, starring in many community productions and other entertainment venues, and was involved in animal rescue efforts. Survivors include his wife, Jean Weinkauf, 12034 Shirestone Lane, Dallas, TX 75244; two sons and one daughter. Robert Stayton Felton ’56 of Baton Rouge, La., died Oct. 11, 2010. He was born Oct. 22, 1928, in Chicago. At Ripon, he studied economics and received the Wall Street Journal Award. He received his master’s of business and doctorate in business administration from Indiana University. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was the Louisiana State University (LSU) Professor of Insurance for more than 25 years and held the Pan American Life Insurance Chair of Insurance at LSU. After his retirement, he owned Felton Associates, an insurance consulting firm. He was a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, taught CPCU and CLU classes for local agents for many years and was chairman of the research committee of the national CPCU organization. He was past assistant editor of the Journal of Risk & Insurance, past board member and secretary for the International Society of Risk Management Consultants and past president of the Baton Rouge Business and Estate Planning Council. He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Rotary Club of Baton Rouge and a volunteer for Cancer Services and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Survivors include one son; two daughters; and a brother, Paul D. Felton ’49 of Sugar Land, Texas. Anthony F. “Tony” Mattern ’56 of Highlands Ranch, Colo., formerly of Menasha, Wis., died Oct. 10, 2010. He was born March 3, 1931. At Ripon, he studied economics and was active in music and sports. He was a retired engineer with AT&T. Survivors include his wife, Delores Mattern, 9846 S. Clairton Way, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126; two sons and four daughters. Anne McLendon Sulzbach ’57 of Minneapolis, Minn., died June 6, 2010. She was born Oct. 27, 1933, in Green Bay, Wis. She attended Ripon College for two years and was a member of Alpha Gamma Theta. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree in history and English. She spent several years traveling with her husband as his work took them to Italy, Yugoslavia, Germany, France and England and then to Minnesota where they settled and raised their family. She spent most of her working career in professions that allowed her to make a difference in the lives of others. She continued her love of music, playing piano, being involved in her church and singing in the choir. She also taught early childhood music classes at MacPhail Center for the Arts, University of
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Minnesota, for several years. She was a volunteer with Hospice, Stephen Ministry and a nursery school teacher at her church in Seaford. She also worked as a geriatric nursing assistant, was a member of the assisted living staff and long-term care section at Ginger Cove Retirement Community, Annapolis, Md. She lived in Severna Park, Md., for 15 years and Seaford, Del., for five years. Survivors include one son; one daughter; and a sister, Molly McLendon Schubert ’59. Charles Duane Kindstrom ’58 of Park City, Ill., died Sept. 29, 2010. He was born March 4, 1935. He had worked in the insurance industry. Ann Di John Anderson ’59 of Bonita Springs, Fla., died Oct. 13, 2010. She was born Feb. 11, 1938, in Chicago. At Ripon, she studied biology. She was a volunteer teacher’s aide at the local grade school in Palatine, Ill., and was responsible for the reading lab. Ann enjoyed traveling, visited six of the continents and was always interested in learning about world history and other cultures. After she and her husband retired to Florida, she joined a group of women to create a dinner-dance and auction to raise money to assist in the construction of a 24-bed hospice facility in Bonita Springs. She was the secretary of this group for eight years, and during that time the organization raised several million dollars. Survivors include her husband Bruce Parkin Anderson ’57, 4931 Bonita Bay Blvd., No. 701, Bonita Springs, FL 34134; and two sons. Erwin George Seybold ’59 of Appleton, Wis., died Aug. 2, 2010. He was born Oct. 5, 1933. He was a self-employed business owner. Survivors include his wife, Mary Patricia Seybold, 522 N. Cambridge Drive, Appleton, WI 54915; one son and one daughter. Ann Pribnow Louis ’61 of Newhall, Calif., died Oct. 16, 2010. She was born June 6, 1940. At Ripon, she studied physics and mathematics. She was a retired math educator, teaching students from junior high through junior college. She was active at Christ Lutheran Church in Valencia, Calif., where she resided from 1962 to 2010. Survivors include her husband, Richard A. Louis ’61, 19845 Sandpiper Place, No. 142, Newhall, CA 91321; one son and two daughters. Thomas “Duffy” Ashley-Farrand ’62 of Portland, Ore., a priest, writer and a guru in the Hindu faith, died Oct. 1, 2010. He was born Oct. 25, 1940, in Jackson, Mich. At Ripon, he studied speech communication. He also co-founded a jazz ensemble, The Indigos, with three other Ripon students, including singer Al Jarreau ’62. He was one of the Western world’s foremost authorities on Sanskrit mantras and their application to life’s problems. Survivors include his wife, Margalo AshleyFarrand, 3300 NW 185th Ave., No. 92, Portland, OR 97229; and two stepchildren. He made a very enthusiastic visit to the Ripon College campus last fall and was profiled in Ripon Magazine. An interview with him can he heard at www.ripon.edu/Podcast/index.htm. Shari Tremberth Hyde ’65 of South Twin Lake, Conover, Wis., died Aug. 29, 2010, of pancreatic cancer. She was born Dec. 7, 1943, in Newton,
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Mass. At Ripon, she studied Russian and European history. She enjoyed her friends and her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta/Kappa Theta. She was a founding member of the Ripon Aardvark Club. She received master’s degrees in library science from Marshall University and Far Eastern history from the University of WisconsinMilwaukee. She lived in Milwaukee and started a consulting firm, Hyde & Associates. She enjoyed traveling to Russia and with her family through Europe, Morocco and Israel. She made her way back to all the 1965 class reunions and enjoyed seeing her Ripon friends. She and her husband had a cabin on South Twin Lake in Conover, where they later built their retirement home in 2007. She will be especially remembered for her great sense of humor, smile and laugh, her love for entertaining and being a wonderful grandmother. Spending time with her grandchildren was very special to her. She is survived by her husband, John Hyde ’65, 3718 Silver Birch Road, Conover, WI 54519; one son; one daughter, Terrell Hyde ’94; two brothers and a sister-in-law, including Scott Tremberth ’75; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rett and Jeanne Hyde Humke ’65/’67. Dennis M. Wusler ’66 of Brookfield, Wis., died Nov. 16, 2010. He was born April 21, 1944. He was a lifelong resident of Brookfield. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. Dennis enjoyed working for the past 13 years among friends at Empire Level. Dennis was an avid sports fan, wildlife enthusiast and entrepreneur. Survivors include his wife, Geralyn Wusler, 18040 Hoffman Ave., Apt. 3, Brookfield, WI 53045; his son, Andrew Wusler ’08; one daughter; and a brother, Jack C. Wusler ’73. Alan Charles Kromer ’67 of Flossmoor, Ill., died Sept. 3, 2010. He was born Aug. 3, 1945. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a graduate of St. John Military Academy and DePaul University. He worked as a certified public accountant and was a longtime sponsor of children’s cancer-related charities. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, 1636 Tina Lane, Flossmoor, IL 60422; and one son. Janice Benning Tate ’86 of Streamwood, Ill., died Aug. 22, 2010. She was born July 8, 1964, in Chicago. At Ripon, she studied speech communication. Survivors include her husband, Robert Tate, 148 Innsbrook Drive, Streamwood, IL 60107; and her parents, Alan and Diane Benning of Elmhurst, Ill.; and a sister, Dawn Benning LaBarbera ’82. Patrick Blessing ’00 of Wauwatosa, Wis., died July 22, 2010. He was born Aug. 12, 1975, in Columbus, Ohio. At Ripon, he played football, was president of Phi Kappa Pi (Merriman) and the Be the Match organization. He successfully fought leukemia while at Ripon and graduated with a self-designed major in public relations and organizational communication. He received his master’s degree from Syracuse University in June 2001. He worked in marketing and advertising and volunteered for various causes, including Huntington’s disease, Kathy’s House and Be the
Match. He also was a member of the Second City Comedy Troupe and was an avid fan of Penn State and the Chicago Bears. Survivors include his wife, Christy Zimmerman Blessing, 2556 N. 62nd St,. Wauwatosa, WI 53213; one daughter born after his death; and two brothers, Todd Blessing ’89 and Shawn Blessing ’94; and his mother, Mary Blessing of Appleton, Wis. A memorial fund is established to help cover medical bills and for his daughter born after his death. Charles W. Bolen, a professor of music at Ripon from 1955 to 1962 and chair of the music department, died July 14, 2010. He was born Sept. 27, 1923. He served in the Air Force during World War II and briefly was a flutist with the Army Air Force while working with the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey in the Pentagon, following 24 months in Europe studying the effects of strategic bombing. He had a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and a doctorate from Indiana University. He taught at Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Eastern Illinois University, the University of Montana and Illinois State University, retiring in 1988. While at Ripon, he also was conductor of the Fond du Lac Symphony, president of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association and president of the Regional Music Teachers Association, as well as a vice president of the national association. He was active as a performer and an instructor of flute at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Mich., for nine summers. He was a presidential appointee to the original advisory committee of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He was active in numerous other musical organizations in all locations where he lived. Survivors include his wife, Maxine, 601 Lutz Road #2111, Bloomington, IL 61704; and two daughters. Leo H. Eberhardt of Ripon, Wis., a retired U.S. Army Colonel and a professor of military science at Ripon from 1963 to 1967, died Nov. 22, 2010. He was born Feb. 26, 1920, in Stuttgart, Germany. His family immigrated to the United States and settled in Madison, Wis. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry through the ROTC Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was on active duty from October 1941 through January 1972, serving with the 11th Infantry Regiment, Fifth Infantry Division throughout World War II and with the United Nations Partisan Infantry Command as a Special Forces Officer during the Korean War. He received numerous badges, stars, medals and other honors. General staff assignments included: Operations Headquarters Continental Army Command-Fort Monroe, Va.; Operations Headquarters-U.S. Army Europe; and chief of ROTC Headquarters 5th Army-Fort Sheridan, Ill. Educational assignments included: language course at the University of Reyjkavik, Iceland; British Intelligence School at Cambridge University; Officer Exchange Program at Oxford University and instructor at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga. He was a distinguished past president of the Ripon Noon Kiwanis Club, president of the Ripon Police and Fire Commission and a docent at the Airventure Museum in Oshkosh. Survivors include one son and two daughters.
The Lastlast Word the word Cover art appreciated
Great magazine cover, Ripon … one of the finest you’ve run. The photo of the Dwyer family speaks 1,000 good and positive words through Matthew’s accomplishment and shows a proud and together family unit. Nicely done. John Fisher ’86 Traverse City, Mich.
International Commencement speaker was a standout (In 1955), Commencement was held in the old gym across the street from the Student Union. The main graduation speaker was Gen. Carlos P. Rómulo, at the time, I believe, the Philippine ambassador to the United States. I don’t recall Ripon having too many foreign nationals as Commencement speakers in recent years, an oversight, in my opinion, what with the world in its present condition. I wish the 2010 Class all the best as I feel they may need it what with our present economic situation. Bob Tagge ’55 Round Rock, Texas
Lacrosse endured With two Ripon alums in the house, we always look forward to receiving our Ripon Magazine. I was particularly pleased to see the article regarding the re-establishment of a lacrosse team at Ripon. With that said, I have a slight correction. The article stated that our school last had a lacrosse team in 1980. I can personally attest — as a relatively unskilled but enthusiastic attack man — that Ripon fielded lacrosse teams until at least 1989 (the
year I graduated). It was a great testament to the opportunities provided by Ripon that I was able to pick up a sport like lacrosse as a college freshman and was afforded the opportunity to play against such schools as University of WisconsinMadison and Marquette, as well as more similarly situated institutions like Lawrence and Beloit. Best of luck to the new generation of Ripon lax players! John H. Mathews ’89 Riverside, Ill.
‘Quint’ brings back memories Enjoyed reading the Ripon Magazine article about alumni and their feline friends. Noted that Paul Neuberger ’05 has two cats, one of which is named “Quint” after a Jaws character. Reminded me of another character, this one from my Ripon days, named Morris Quint or “Morrie” (you can find his photo on page 109 of the 1949 Crimson). My on-and-off relationship with Mr. Quint follows: I entered Ripon with the freshman class of 1948 after graduating from Niles Township High School in Skokie, Ill. One of my classes was in the social studies area (don’t recall exact subject), and Mr. Quint was the instructor. Early on, he found that I had come from Niles Township and he told me that he had a relative who had taught at that school, namely Albert Ashworth. As it turned out, I had Mr. Ashworth for a civics class. I was able to “make points” using my Ashworth relationship, and “Morrie” and I got along famously up to the point of my story. I had a particularly trying evening (beer and cards) before encountering a snap quiz by “Morrie” which taxed my limited knowledge of the material being asked about. I managed a page and a half of labored dissertation on
the question but gave up in the middle of a paragraph with something like, “Too much good time and not enough studying leads me to being bewitched, bothered and bewildered. Sorry!” My hope that admitting my errors and my “Ashworth” relationship would play well with “Morrie” was dashed when the paper was returned with a large “F” for Fail, Fooey, Flunk!” written in red at the top. There was also the advice that it might be wise to study rather than socialize (not in those words but you get the picture). After my self-created debacle, Mr. Ashworth was no longer a factor and Mr. Quint and I devolved into an arms-length relationship. For all that, he was right and I was wrong. It took me a couple of years to realize that fact. Somewhere in my souvenirs, I do have this paper and each time it is unearthed, I get a kick out of Quint’s succinct response to my alliteration. Lee Harrer ’52 Clearwater, Fla.
Love of cats inspires prose I noted with pleasure your recent article about Riponites and cats. Four years ago, I acquired a kitten born to an Amish barn cat and brought her to my part-time country house in Massachusetts where she has resided ever since. Every winter I write an extraordinarily long letter to friends, several of them fellow Ripon graduates. In the winter of 2006, my new cat, Jubilee, was introduced to my friends. Attached is an excerpt from that letter: “Although the appeal of cats is not universal, lots of people dote on them. Christopher Smart, a crazy poet in
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mid-18th century London, rhapsodized about his cat, Jeoffry, in a poetry fragment called Jubilate Agno. Parts of this have been set to music by Benjamin Britten and, more recently, Pamela Warrick-Smith. When I was an alto in the West Village Chorale some years ago, we sang Smith’s version. This was my introduction to Christopher Smart. The Jeoffrey poem has now been popularized by Harold Bloom in his book, Poems for Extremely Intelligent Children of All Ages. Poor Christopher. He was a promising Cambridge graduate wellregarded for his Latin poetry who quickly fell upon hard times. He twice spent time in asylums for incessant recitation of his religious poetry in public. Apparently loudly. Jubilate Agno is a collection of praise songs in honor of the Lamb of God and include celebrations not only of the more usual wonders of God, animals and weathers, etc., but also mythical creatures, musical instruments and even letters of the alphabet (“For H is a spirit/And therefore he is God.”). With heavy borrowings from Christopher Smart, here is a poem about my cat Jubilee. The italics are the Smart part. For I will consider my Cat Jubilee. For she is the servant of the Living God duly and daily serving him. For she is a cat of many colors: a Joseph’s coat of colors. For she has a pout about her muzzle like a movie star. For she has a pearl lined with kohl for a nose. For her voice has the thrill of a burred flute. For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East she worships in this way. For this is done by wreathing her body seven times round with elegant quickness to catch her tail. For though I have given her my second-best bracelet for play, she chases ceaselessly the Q-tip and the toilet paper core. For with a ball of yarn she makes cat’s cradle of the living room, using the legs of tables and chairs for fingers. For she runs the stairs in a quickening blur to get from there to here and back again. For her green eyes shine to chase away the night demons. For she conquers my blanketed toes then falls asleep in the crook of my knee. For there is nothing sweeter than her peace when at rest. For I am possessed of a cat, surpassing in beauty, from whom I take occasion to bless Almighty God. Susan Pond Brady Wojtasik ’57 New York, N.Y.
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