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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. 2


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Ripon Magazine (ISSN 1058-1855) is published twice annually by Ripon College, 300 Seward St., Ripon, WI 54971-0248. Postage paid at Ripon, WI. Copyright © 2013 Ripon College POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Ripon Magazine, PO Box 248, Ripon, WI 54971-0248 Editor: Jaye Alderson e-mail:

On the Cover:

Editorial Assistants: Melissa Anderson, Ric Damm

Peter Bock ’62, an expert in the field of artificial intelligence, is teaching computers to paint pictures like this one of Lane Library.

Student Assistants: Allie Pasdera ’14 Tsering Yangchen ’14

Design: Ric Damm

inside 4 Imagining Tomorrow Ripon College has embarked on a $50 million comprehensive campaign. To date, $35 million has been secured, and the campaign is on pace to conclude in 2015. Funds will enhance the endowment with gifts to support new scholarships and grants for students, enhance our faculty’s resources, and fund faculty and student research and off-campus study. 8

The Future of Artificial Intelligence Peter Bock ’62 is an international expert on artificial intelligence and cognitive science. His primary research objective: to design and create an artificially intelligent being whose cognitive and emotional capabilities are on a par with humans.

10 All the World’s a Stage Ripon College has long nurtured its students’ love of the theater. Among Ripon’s alumni are two of the most celebrated actors in film history: Spencer Tracy ’24 and Harrison Ford ’64. Here we look at a number of other alumni in the field and what drives their passion for the stage and screen. 18

Who Was Your Favorite Professor? Many of our alumni maintain strong bonds with their professors long after graduation, and even those who lose touch over the years cannot forget the imprint of their favorite teacher. We’ve collected a number of thoughtful, sentimental and humorous recollections of Ripon professors to share.

Photo: Dec. 10 brought the first significant snowfall of the season, just in time for the first day of final exams. Combined with a bright sun and blue skies, the blanket of white accentuated the campus’ beauty. Photo by Ric Damm


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Making extraordinary ordinary by doing more with more I returned to the United States at the end of my junior year of college after studying abroad in Florence, Italy. I was thinking about a coffee-flavored dessert I had tasted for the first time there. I wanted to make this thenunheard of dish, “tiramisu,” but the real problem was where to find the ingredients to make this after-dinner treat. Trips to local supermarkets yielded the staple ingredients, but the key to the project — mascarpone cheese — remained elusive. A special sojourn to Boston’s Italian North End solved the problem, and I ended up paying a small fortune for the sweet, creamy cheese. Needless to say, I became a short-lived international culinary star, at least in my own mind. Fast forward 20-plus years and my son and I are shopping at Ripon’s local grocery store on Hwy. 23 just a mile from the College. As we walk through the deli aisle, there it is — the once exotic mascarpone — set up with crackers in a commonplace tasting area. The globalization of what we eat, drink, listen to and even how we speak has changed so dramatically in the past two decades that it is hard to remember that there once was a time in the not-so-distant past when the local Pick ’n Save in a town of 8,000 didn’t have a wide selection of hummus, pesto sauce, international wines and beers, enchiladas and fresh sushi. In the post-Starbucks era, Americans



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now can go to Rome armed with an enviable coffee vocabulary — latte, cappuccino, macchiato, venti, espresso — that would have seemed near fluent in 1989. Nor are we any longer surprised by American kids (and more than a few adults) singing (and dancing) along with a Korean pop star crooning about “Gangnam Style” in his native language. Professional sports teams (at least basketball, baseball and hockey) now resemble multinational operations. In short, what was once internationally extraordinary has now become an ordinary part of our lives. At Ripon College, we simply expect that our students and our alumni will be citizens of the world. Dozens of our

students spend academic semesters or short Maymesters in far-flung reaches of the planet. They often return to Wisconsin with a new energy and broader horizons, eager to learn more about a different part of the globe or perhaps tackle a new language. The ongoing internationalization of the curriculum at Ripon makes practical sense. It is increasingly likely that tomorrow’s graduates will have a career, live their lives and travel for pleasure outside of the United States. Whether it is Rhodes Scholar Zach Morris ’02, who spent two years in Oxford, England, before becoming a physician; a student’s experience abroad; or alumni working in North Africa or serving in the U.S. State Department, “accessing our world” is a part of Ripon College’s institutional fabric. Nurturing that institutional fabric is what we think about every day. The main focus of Imagine Tomorrow, Ripon’s $50 million comprehensive campaign, squarely focuses on solidifying the foundation of the College for years to come. There already is so much to be proud of in gifts and pledges to the College from the quiet phase of the campaign. Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, we now have 16 newly established scholarship funds (and stronger existing scholarships) so that we will continue to attract the best and brightest prospective students. The

estate of C.B. ’31 and Elizabeth Wegner generously has added nearly $4 million in reserves for the College and is one of the largest single gifts in Ripon’s 162-year history. The estate of Frank Brewster ’65 also has provided close to $1.5 million in honor of Professors Ray Stahura and Deno Zei to bolster our music and physics programs. We are particularly excited about the newly created Doreen L. ’73 and David I. Chemerow Chair in Theatre that joins the Pieper Chair in Religion and Servant Leadership and allows Ripon to continue to excel in these important areas of our curriculum. I am asked by some of my more blunt friends, “Do you like asking people for money?” My answer, I think, often comes as a surprise to them. I enjoy asking people to help with something I believe changes lives and shapes our

society. Most of the Ripon College alumni I talk to feel exactly the same way. The Imagine Tomorrow campaign is focused on building up our endowment so that Ripon faculty, students and staff continue to have access to the highest quality resources, excellent facilities and all of those intangibles that our students and alumni talk about – the special things that make a Ripon College education such a unique and personalized experience. Make no mistake about it: maintaining an excellent liberal arts and sciences college takes resources. My Ripon colleagues have told me more than once that the College has a tradition of “doing more with less.” While this is a noble mantra, I prefer that we strive to “do more with more” and look to turn the extraordinary into an expected part of Ripon’s future. n


The world became her platform Hailing from a seemingly remote college town on the edge of the Wisconsin prairie, Ripon College graduates increasingly find their way to various corners of the globe. Rapid growth in air travel and the rise of multinational firms have made touring the world an ever-more popular option for students upon graduation – a luxury previously reserved for the elite and government officials. Surprisingly enough, one of Ripon’s most traveled graduates just may be Mary Thomas Schiek Sargent ’39, who chronicled life in India, Ghana, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Honduras, Somalia and Pakistan through letters donated to the Ripon College Archives. After graduating from the College with majors in biology and English, Sargent initially worked as a copywriter for advertising in radio

and newspapers. When World War II broke out, she volunteered for the Red Cross, which led to her taking care of injured soldiers in India. Although she rarely had traveled growing up or as a student, Sargent felt that service was a necessary part of life. It meant a great deal to her and “always has since I come from a family who felt that we all owed a ‘kind of rent’ for living in the world.” n By Andrew Prellwitz Librarian, Archivist and German Instructor

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LETTERS to the E D I T O R DIGITAL MAGAZINE? I love the new look and layout for the college magazine. I was wondering if soon we will have the option to receive it digitally instead of a hard copy. That would be more “green” and also would help me be able to increase the font size to my liking. Phillip J. Trobaugh ’88 St. paul, Minn. (Editor’s note: Current and past issues of Ripon Magazine can be accessed online at magazine, and we will continue to explore ways to make our publication more user-friendly for tablets and mobile devices. Still, don’t discount the value of print. Ripon Magazine prominently displayed on your coffee table or in your waiting room not only may be a conversation starter, it could inspire a new Ripon student.)

THANKS FOR PANACHE Thanks for a particularly excellent issue of the Ripon Magazine. The layout, the color, the organization and the contents all were inviting and compelling. I appreciate the historic material and the increased information about faculty achievements. They are so much of what makes Ripon great! You helped launch our new era with panache. Helen Hansen ’66 Saint Paul, Minn.

Alumni cross paths I am a 2004 graduate and current resident physician at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. I came across the photo of John Jamrich ’43 playing the piano in the Mayo lobby in the Summer 2012 issue of Ripon Magazine. I made sure to quickly seek him out during one of his sessions and introduce myself! We had a great chat. Candice North ’04 Jacksonville, Fla. SUBMIT YOUR LETTER TO: Letters to the Editor, Ripon Magazine, PO Box 248, Ripon WI 54971-0248 or email

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his is the great pay-it-forward moment for Ripon College’s alumni, faculty, staff and friends. The public phase of Imagine Tomorrow, Ripon’s comprehensive campaign, kicked off Feb. 1 before a crowd of supporters in downtown Milwaukee. The celebration recognized the achievements in the leadership phase of the campaign, which began in 2010. To date, $35 million of the $50 million goal already has been secured, and the campaign is on pace to conclude in 2015. Funds will enhance the endowment with gifts to support new scholarships and grants for students, enhance our faculty’s resources, and fund faculty and student research and off-campus study.



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“The strong initial support for the Imagine Tomorrow comprehensive campaign is a testament to the great contributions Ripon College has made and continues to make in the lives of its students,” says President Zach Messitte. “People love this place. They really care deeply about it, and they care about its future.” This campaign is the largest in Ripon’s history. “We are ahead at this point,” says Wayne Webster, vice president for advancement. “Typically, when the public phase of a campaign begins, it should be at

40 percent of goal. We’re at about 70 percent. But we’re really going to depend on our broader alumni, parents and friends base to help us get over that finish line.” Campaign Chair Dena Willmore ’67 of Buckland, Mass., retired partner/ senior vice president of Wellington

Charlotte Lee ’13, a theatre and history double major from Portland, Ore., Trustee Doreen Conforti Chemerow ’73 and Professor of Theatre Bob Amsden at the Imagine Tomorrow launch event.

THE Doreen L. and David I. Chemerow Chair in Theatre Management Co., says, “This campaign is off to a very fast start, exceeding each milestone we have set. It is just one confirmation that many believe as I do: that Ripon College is more than a fine educational institution. It is a community that supports each of its members — students, faculty, staff and alumni — as we strive to be the best we can be and thus is deserving of our full support with our treasure, our time and our talent.” Robert J. Kirkland ’81 of Chicago, Ill., chair of the Ripon College Board of Trustees, adds, “At the outset of this effort, we envisioned a broader group of alumni and friends establishing endowed funds — funds that would exist in perpetuity — so that both today’s and future generations of students would benefit from a Ripon education and understand the importance of philanthropy. To date,

“The world of theater has brought so much enjoyment and enlightenment to our lives,” says Doreen Conforti Chemerow ’73 of Portland, Ore. “Through our endowed gift, we hope theater will continue to be a strong part of the arts at Ripon and allow students to share our love of theater, either from the stage or the seats.” Chemerow, secretary of Ripon College’s Board of Trustees, says two former trustees inspired her to make this gift. “First is Mel Benstead, of Benstead Theatre fame,” she says. “He was on the Board when I joined, and we used to have a great time talking theater. Second are Chuck and Jo Van Zoeren who gave the endowed chair in religion. I hope I can someday inspire another donor, as they did me.” Chemerow says supporting the Imagine Tomorrow campaign, especially with an endowed gift, is important. “A larger endowment will give Ripon financial security,” she says. “It will allow us to continue to attract the best faculty and students and offer new programs and research opportunities to enhance the Ripon educational experience. It is important for alumni who have benefited from a great Ripon education to support today’s students.” Ken Hill, professor of theatre and chair of the department, says, “This wonderful gift will help the College by supporting a theatre professor’s salary, and it also will provide departmental funds that will be used for the theatre program and professional development.”

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the Imagine Tomorrow campaign has done just this — engaged a number of alumni in securing the College’s future and created opportunities for other alumni to participate in this effort.” Ripon College has impacted the lives and careers of so many people, Messitte says. “Ripon College belongs to every generation. Alumni share a responsibility to their alma mater to give back and make sure the students of today are able to have the same enriching experiences they, too, enjoyed,” he says. “Today’s students will have a responsibility to tomorrow’s Ripon.” All gifts matter, no matter what their size, Webster says. “Participating in the Annual Fund is a way everybody can contribute to this campaign and make a difference. The percentage of participation among our alumni is just as important as dollar amount. Foundations and corporations, matching grant groups and ranking groups all look at what percentage of the alumni base gives on an annual basis. It’s an indication of satisfaction in the experience.” Messitte says that Imagine Tomorrow funds will be directed toward endowment building to fund new programs, scholarships and faculty support in the future.

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For more information or to make your gift, visit imagine-tomorrow Trustee Scott Spiller and fellow 1851 Club member Connie Herbon Moser ’84.

The Abendroth family: from left, Terri Mascherin, Bobbie, Bob ’51, Tom ’81 and Eliza.

“These are the essential building blocks of a great institution,” he says. “The successful completion of this campaign allows Ripon College to

carry on its tradition as a leading liberal arts and sciences college, proud of its history and confident about the future.”

Mark & Janice Franzen Fund for Student Research

From left, Bob Gillespie, Steven Hopp ’83 and Doc Weiske ’50

The K.G. “Doc” Weiske ’50 & Robert G. Gillespie Endowed Fund for Athletics This endowed fund was established thanks to a challenge gift by Steven Hopp ’83 of Akron, Ohio. “I chose to honor these two individuals as it was their influence and support during my years at Ripon that got me into the field I am in and provided the competitive spirit to succeed,” Hopp says. “Athletics prepared me for the competitive nature of the world along with the teamwork atmosphere to build companies and get people with various talents to have a common purpose and goal. “I am supporting the comprehensive campaign through athletics as I think you need to be well-rounded and have many experiences both in and out of the classroom to be able to adapt to the ever-changing conditions.” Hopp was inducted into the Ripon College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

The Suzanne & Richard Pieper Family Foundation Chair in Religion & Servant Leadership The foundation has established servant leadership chairs at several Wisconsin colleges and universities. “Universities are the likely places where future leaders of our society will be nurtured,” says Richard R. Pieper Sr. “These leaders will form our state and nation for good and/or ill. I believe Wisconsin schools, Ripon at the top of the list, have a great impact on the daily life of its citizens. I like to think globally and act locally. I have faith in Wisconsin and its young people.” The foundation supports servant leadership, he says, because Pieper believes in human business organizations. “Servant leadership offers paths to alleviate the winner-take-all style we too often see in American management. Servant leadership incorporates virtues, principles and ideals so leaders can make positive contributions in the world community,” he says. The first holder of the Ripon College Pieper Chair is David William Scott of the religion department.

“One of the great things about the Ripon experience is the way students and faculty interact outside of the traditional classroom setting,” says Mark Franzen ’83 of New Berlin, Wis. “Student research is a great way for students to dig more deeply into their field of study and to work with faculty in a different way.” Franzen, who established the fund with his wife, Janice Heinz Franzen ’83, adds, “The comprehensive campaign provides for the future of the College. It’s exhilarating to think about future generations of Ripon students and what the Ripon experience will be like for them. We’re excited about Ripon’s future and want to do what we can to support it.”

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Peter Bock ’62 is developing tomorrow’s artificial intelligence today The world of the future is developing today through Peter Bock ’62 of Washington, D.C., the fall 2012 Knop speaker at Ripon College. Bock is a former NASA scientist and a professor emeritus of engineering at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was on the computer science faculty for more than 40 years. Before that, at Ripon, he and his wife, Donna Oberholtzer ’63, sang in a jazz group with Al Jarreau ’62 and Thomas “Duffy” Ashley-Farrand ’62. Bock is an international expert on artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive science. He pioneered the development of Collective Learning Systems theory, an adaptive statistical-learning paradigm for artificial intelligence. He and his research team developed the well-known AI engine known as ALISA (Adaptive Learning Image and Signal Analysis), used by prominent firms and institutions around the world. Since 1990, he

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has been working to extend the cognitive capabilities of ALISA and develop practical applications for it. Bock’s expertise crosses multiple disciplines, from computer science to cognitive science, anthropology, developmental psychology and the humanities. These varied areas are necessary to understand how the human brain operates, he says. “It’s a big challenge. The DNA you inherited from your folks contains enough information to build your body, but comes nowhere close to the amount of information you need to fill your brain and live life. You begin with an empty computer for a brain. The rest is learned.” ALISA first responded to images and signals. In 2007, the ALISA team decided to train ALISA to create something, and this, Bock says, is how ALISA the artist was born. “Humans record symbolically,” Bock says. “We write,

paint and record our experiences in many different ways and pass them on, so our offspring don’t have to learn everything from scratch. That progress is critically important. “We trained ALISA to imitate the great art masters. There is a great deal of thought and a huge amount of information that goes into her creations. She pauses, rejects and changes her mind, trying to make decisions about what to do. To get it right, it takes about six hours to complete a work, comparable to human effort.” Bock’s primary research objective has been the same for

several years: to design and create an artificially intelligent being named MADA (Adam spelled backwards), whose cognitive and emotional capabilities are on a par with humans. Bock and his team are on schedule for the “birth” of the personal intelligent being in 2024, and he says he anticipates this event with both excitement and trepidation. “The greatest fear is that we haven’t taken to heart what Mary Shelly wrote about in her novel ‘Frankenstein,’ published in 1815,” he says. “The hero is a being that Dr. Frankenstein built but gives it no name, simply calling it ‘The Monster.’ All the Monster wants is a friend, a mate, but Frankenstein refuses to do this. The Monster is alone, angry and emotionally bereft. And tragedy ensues.

“If any beings are smart enough to make useful slaves, then they will be smart enough to understand their tragic predicament.”

Above: ALISA uses an example of an Edvard Munch painting to recreate a photographic image in a similar style. Below: ALISA identifies roads in a satellite image.

“If we build an artificially intelligent being — MADA — what will stop us from building another and another? The human race has a long record of treating groups of strange or different intelligent beings very badly. In this country, we had 300 years of slavery; in Egypt, about 700 years; in England, 150 years. And it’s still going on today; we seem to have learned little about this as a species. This is a very real moral hazard for us humans. So we’re in real danger of building a creature that could be massproduced and enslaved. We must not let that happen. If any beings are smart enough to make useful slaves, then they will be smart enough to understand their tragic predicament.” Some question that if this danger exists, then why develop artificially intelligent beings at all? Bock says it’s an inevitable pathway, given the motivations that drive humans. If he doesn’t pursue it, somebody else will, and he feels his team’s appreciation and acceptance of the moral hazard in this pursuit are greater than industrial or military standards and practices. For more about Peter Bock and his quest for artificial intelligence, visit:

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Ripon College theatre alumni share their passion with audiences


ipon College has a long and distinguished history of nurturing love of the theater. Some students came to Ripon with that love already instilled in them. Some discovered it in College productions. Two of the most celebrated actors in film history, Spencer Tracy ’24 and Harrison Ford ’64, first lit up the stage as students at Ripon College. Highlighted here are other alumni who have found their place in the theater world. 10 10

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James Bohnen ’70 has directed pla ys at American Theatre in Sprin Players g Green, Wis., fo r the last 16 seas ons.

James Bohnen ’70 of Chicago, Ill., had no ambition toward theater, but he got into it at the urging of others. “I was running lines in my dorm room with my college roommate, Rick Dinkel ’70,” Bohnen says. “He had a show he was going to direct and he said to me, ‘You really should try this once.’ That’s the sort of accident in life that leads to all different journeys.” Later, while teaching high school history in Colorado Springs, Colo., Bohnen again was talked into auditioning for a play. A friend had just died,

and he thought the activity might make him feel better. The success and satisfaction he found doing that play led him to help found a community theater that is still running in that city 40 years later. He became actively involved in several areas of the arts. He wrote film criticism for a newspaper in Colorado for a time; owned

and operated a movie theater in northwestern Connecticut; was artistic adviser to a summer theater in Aspen, Colo., for several years; and founded the Remy Bumppo Theatre Co. in Chicago, for which he was artistic director for 15 years. Among his many directing positions, he has directed plays for the last 16 seasons at American Players Theatre

in Spring Green, Wis. “What I love about directing is making a play something that people can understand and relate to immediately,” he says. “I feel like storytelling is what we do. It’s how we learn and relate to one another. The thing that draws me to theater is being able to shape writers’ stories for 1,000 people a night into a story in their head they can’t quite stop thinking about, and it makes a small difference in their lives.” He says that the arts – theater,

for getting it right, and that’s very exhilarating. It’s life-giving. When a rehearsal is really engaged, there is no place quite like it.” One of Ripon College’s most successful theatre alumni is Frances Lee McCain ’66. She has had a steady career in stage, television and film work for more than four decades. At Ripon, she majored in philosophy but also appeared in theatre productions. “I started out in the Red Barn,” she says. “Then it burned down, and I was

visual arts or reading a good book – can impact people’s lives profoundly. “I think artists can help you see into your own world better so they can change you or provoke you in quiet ways to think about the way you live and the way you are as human beings,” he says. “The truly great artists see the world changing before the rest of us do, and they lead us to the door and try to get us to walk through. With every play, you create a kind of close-knit, complicated family, all aspiring to the same goal of unlocking the puzzle and making it clear. There’s a wonderful communality in the work with people who share your passion

teased that it was due to my final performance there in ‘Antigone.’ “I really had no plans to go into theater professionally,” she says, but Philip Clarkson, professor of speech and drama at Ripon College, suggested that she consider acting as a career. “I was amazed and asked if he were serious. ‘Yes, I think you can do it,’ he said.” So, at Clarkson’s suggestion, she auditioned for and was accepted into the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and found she loved the world of theater. “I discovered a heightened sense of being alive on stage,” McCain says. “I like the camaraderie, the process, discovering text and

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doing plays together. It opens you to others — why we do what we do, what motivates us. It gave me access in a way I wouldn’t otherwise have had.” She says this same connection is what makes theater important for everyone. “We love stories, and we love to have ourselves reflected back to us,” McCain says. “It gives us the opportunity to see ourselves with an interpretation we might not be able to make

projects, she remains content in the present. “I tend to enjoy whatever I’m working on at the time,” she says. “The things I remember the best are not necessarily the starriest moments but the people and the quality of collaboration on any given project.” Currently, she focuses most of her time on community activism, as well as the visual arts, at her home in Albuquerque, N.M.

otherwise. It’s a shared communal experience that is essential in community.” On stage, she first appeared on Broadway in Woody Allen’s “Play It Again, Sam.” She also has been active with the American Conservatory Theater’s acting company, ZSpace Studio in San Francisco and Alter Theater Ensemble in San Rafael, Calif. On television, she has appeared on numerous shows and costarred with Ronny Cox as the female lead in the series “Apple’s Way” in 1974. During the 1980s, she appeared in several major films, including “Gremlins,” “Footloose,” “Back to the Future” and “Stand By Me.” In the 1990’s, she received a master’s degree in psychology. Among a lifetime of myriad

“I find it is absolutely an extension of what I’ve been doing all my life in performing arts,” she says. Ripon College awarded McCain a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984 and an Honorary Doctorate of Performing Arts in 1988. Clothes can make the man, and

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also the stage character. Andrea Williams ’04 of West St. Paul, Minn., is a free-lance costume technician for Chicago-area theaters such as Steppenwolf and Goodman Writers Theatre; and Milwaukee-area theaters such as Milwaukee Repertory Theater and First Stage Children’s Theater; among others throughout the Midwest. She also has worked for seven seasons with American Players Theatre in Spring Green, Wis. Williams discovered her unique passion as a work-study student during her freshman year at Ripon. In the costume shop, Adjunct Professor of Theatre Susan Hill taught her to use a sewing machine. “I learned I had a talent for it at Ripon,” Williams says. “I’d sewn a little bit by hand, but not serious sewing. I learned a little from her and then made it up as I went along.” Williams had a triple major –

theatre, history and classical studies – and all have served her well as a costumer. “For historical plays, there is a great deal of research that goes into what I do. My classical and historical knowledge helps me a lot. So much of what I do is a lost art or dying art. People don’t always realize that underneath the fancy costumes are bustles and corsets, and we do still make all of that and create our own patterns.” She says costumes are the first impression an audience gets for the character, even before they speak. “They tell you how important that person is, how wealthy they are. Whether it’s a big, fancy dress or rippedup clothes with mud on them, they’re going to tell you something about that character. They give you an added layer of who that person is. I like seeing the product up on stage and knowing I had a part in it.” Williams received a master’s degree in fine arts in costume design and technology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and she likes being a part of the theater community. “Most of my best friends are here (the theater), and it’s this whole other family I’ve created for myself,” Williams says. “I’ll never make a fortune doing what I do, but I love it. It makes it all

worthwhile. “It really was Ripon that gave me the basics. I was going to be a history professor, and now it’s almost 10 years later and I’m still doing theater.” After catching the acting bug in middle school, Alisha Gard ’06 found her calling. “My sister and I used to play softball, but she was always way

better than me,” Gard says. “So, I decided to try something different and auditioned for a musical in eighth grade. I got a part in the show, and ever since I have loved acting!” Gard now lives in Burbank, Calif., where she trains and is building up her resumé. “I have been going out on as many auditions as possible, and even if I don’t book the part, I learn something new every time,” Gard says. “I most recently booked parts in the All-American Rejects music video for the song ‘Beekeeper’s Daughter,’ as well as

a commercial for a local hospital here in Los Angeles.” She hopes to become a series regular on a television show, “but as long as I am working and paying my bills doing what I love, I won’t complain,” she says. “Besides the simple fact that it provides entertainment, theater is beneficial for so many reasons,” she says. “I find it to be a confidence-builder, as you have to be super comfortable in your skin and be willing to take risks. It also teaches empathy and teambuilding because you have to relate with the character and work as a team with your castmates. I wish it were a requirement for everyone to take at least one theater class because you learn so much even from the most basic theater games.” Gard says performing gives her the chance to play characters different from herself, live vicariously through them and do and say things without consequence. “For most characters, you have to do a lot of research and really invest yourself in creating the most believable character possible,” she says. For stories of other Ripon theater alumni, visit:

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Professor Kristine Kovack-Lesh, far left, works with student research assistants Molly Gruettner ’13 and Josie Ullsperger ’12. They are observing motor development in Robbie Scanlon, the son of Joe Scanlon, assistant professor of chemistry, and Kim Scanlon, secretary/ technician in the office of the annual fund, alumni and parent programs.

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ristine Kovack-Lesh first started conducting research on infants during graduate school because of her interest in developmental psychology. “So much of how we learn happens at a young age, and I am fascinated by how many things can happen during infancy,” she says. Kovack-Lesh is an assistant professor of psychology at Ripon College and focuses her area of interest in infant categorization, speech perception and motor development. “Most of my training is in infant categorization,” she adds. “The infants I work with cannot talk yet, which has its positives and negatives. I am interested in what factors contribute to infants’ ability to respond categorically. I believe that categorization is helpful for learning language.” She says she enjoys being in the lab because it is a place to collaborate and communicate with students about her research and what they are learning. Each semester, Kovack-Lesh works with about three students who act as her research assistants. Together, they study such concepts as scene memory and categorization in infants from 4 to 11 months in age as the infants play with toys. “We look at how infants play and interact with others and what factors contribute to learning,” Kovack-Lesh explains. “Over the years, I have found that many valuable teaching moments have come from working with the undergraduate



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research assistants in my lab,” Kovack-Lesh says. “I do consider my time with the undergraduate research assistants in my lab to be a time to teach them.” Since Kovack-Lesh started her lab at Ripon College fourand-a-half years ago, research assistants have been accepted into summer research programs at Yale University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin; five have gone on to graduate programs. “These are all talented students in and out of the classroom, and I am hopeful that their experience in my research lab has played a small part in assisting them with furthering their education beyond Ripon College,” KovackLesh says. While she enjoys exposing students to the work of a research lab, she also acknowledges how much the students assist her in her work. “Honestly, I could not do what I do in my lab without them,” she says. “In addition, many of the studies we are working on have come out of discussions with students to see where their interests align with my interests. As a result, I have been able to expand my research areas beyond what they were in graduate school.” n

By Tsering Yangchen ’14 Madison, Wis.

Rhodes scholar reflects on Ripon support in expanding his horizons R

ipon College has had three Rhodes Scholars in its 162-year history. Zach Morris ’02 is the most recent. Rhodes scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Thirty-two young Americans are chosen each year to receive full financial support to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Morris, now of Madison, Wis., obtained two one-year master’s degrees at Oxford: one in medical anthropology in his first year, and one in the history of science and medicine during his second year. At Ripon, Morris majored in chemistry and biology, and minored in Latin. He was a member of the Red Hawks football, baseball and swimming teams. At Oxford, he played lacrosse and earned the chance to participate in a varsity game against Cambridge. Morris describes his experiences at Oxford as “incredible.” He had many memorable encounters, such as Thanksgiving football with Bill Clinton, a dinner reception at Buckingham Palace, and a tour of Robben Island Prison in South Africa led by Nelson Mandela. He also reflects on his travels throughout the United Kingdom and Europe with friends in a car he bought for $600; developing permanent friendships with his classmates; and joining in enlightening pub conversations at the Turf Tavern, a weekly event for his class. The hardest part about his experience as a Rhodes Scholar was “coming back to the ‘real world’ after a surreal two-year experience,” Morris says. Morris attributes much of his success at Oxford to his experiences at Ripon College. “I always felt the Ripon community was a great support network that was there to facilitate my goals and ambitions,” he says. He especially credits his former Ripon baseball coach, Gordie Gillespie, with teaching him about mental preparation for competitions, which Morris feels led to his success during his Rhodes interviews. He says history professor Diane Mockridge also helped prepare him well for the Rhodes application process. Morris received medical doctor and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School in 2011 and was a resident physician at the University of Hawaii as part of an internal medicine internship from 2011 to 2012. Since July 2012, Morris has been a resident physician at the University of WisconsinMadison Hospital and Clinics in radiation oncology, treating cancer patients. He and his wife, Camie, studied together at Oxford. Camie now teaches at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. They have a son, Lincoln, and a newborn daughter, Adele. n

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From Small Beginnings Come Big Accomplishments


or women’s soccer standout Brandi Peltier, Ripon College is a perfect fit. A native of Neosho, Wis., population 600, Peltier played for Hustisford High School, the smallest high school in Wisconsin to sponsor women’s soccer. Peltier, only a sophomore, already has scored 45 career goals and is on pace to smash the College record of 62, held by Tami Mertins Maier ’98. She holds two of Ripon’s top three single-season scoring records. In her first year, she netted 25 goals and ranked fourth among all NCAA Division-III players. She ended the fall 2012 season with 20 goals,



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putting her at number 24 in the NCAA Division-III rankings for the year. Setting yet another College record, six of Peltier’s 20 goals in 2012 came during one game. “It’s still a shock to me every time I see my name in the record book,” Peltier says. “Those accomplishments are great honors, but I never could have scored as many goals as I have without the players around me.” So, how did such an immensely talented player arrive at a soccer program that had experienced 13 consecutive losing seasons prior to her arrival and had never qualified for a conference tournament?

Enter Lady Luck, along with the persistence of a first-year head coach. “Schools such as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UWParkside were planning on attending one of her games to scout her in person, but the weekend they were supposed to see her for the first time, the game got rained out,” explains Ripon College Women’s Soccer Coach Sam Schroeder. “That gave me an opportunity to recruit her because of my close connection with her high school coach and the fact that I went to about 10 of her games during her senior year.” That persistence paid off as Peltier, a four-time conference player of the year in high school, became Schroeder’s first recruit and has gone on to lay a foundation for the program as its most dynamic player in nearly two decades. Peltier’s presence was felt from the very beginning. In her first year with the team, the forensic psychology major assisted the Red Hawks to seven wins, as many victories as the team’s two previous years combined. In 2012, the Red Hawks took another step, going 10-6-2, marking Ripon’s first winning season since 1997. “It’s a great honor to be a part of the resurgence of the Ripon women’s soccer program,” Peltier says. “Playing a role in the program’s turnaround and helping the team improve and climb toward the top has been a special experience and something I’d rather be a part of, as opposed to going to a school that

already had a great team in place.” Peltier has been at the forefront of that resurgence, being named to the Midwest Conference’s All-Conference First Team in each of her first two years. That marks the first time since 1988 and just the third time in program history that Ripon has had a player earn that distinction in consecutive seasons. “I never really think about the number of goals I’m scoring during a game or what I accomplish as an individual,” Peltier says. “I try to contribute as much as possible, but I couldn’t accomplish anything without my teammates because we’re fighting to accomplish the same goal.” That goal is qualifying for the MWC Tournament for the first time in Ripon’s history. To do so, Ripon must finish among the top four teams in the 11-team MWC. Now halfway through her collegiate career, Peltier has no doubt that she made the correct decision to attend Ripon College. It has been a seamless transition from the beginning, and she — along with her Ripon teammates — couldn’t be happier. “Because I am from a small town, Ripon College has always given me an ‘at-home’ vibe that has made me feel comfortable,” Peltier says. “When my four years at Ripon are over, I would like people to say that I always played my best and had fun doing so. If the team and I keep giving our all, we will have something to show for it because that team success will follow.” n

By Mike Westemeier Sports Information Director

Matter ’13: Sports, acad e m ics compl ement ea ch other This past November, senior cross country runner Michelle Matter added her name to a select list of student-athletes who have reached the ultimate goal in their sport — a trip to the NCAA Division-III National Meet. Matter became the fourth person in program history to qualify for that event and the first since 2006. “When Coach (Robert) Duley first mentioned the possibility that I could qualify for Nationals, I was ecstatic,” Matter says. “After going to State in high school and knowing that my mom narrowly missed qualifying for cross country nationals in college, I had a goal of getting there from the beginning of my career. I used that goal to push myself during practices and meets.” That motivation paid off. She was one of about 500 student-athletes competing at the meet, hosted by RoseHulman University in Terre Haute, Ind. Matter finished the race with a 6K time of 22:51.2, ranking 113th of the 277 runners who finished the women’s race. Achieving success in the classroom may be one of the few things with a higher priority for Matter than excelling in a race. A communication major from Sussex, Wis., Matter holds a cumulative GPA of 3.95, while competing in both cross country and track. “Being a student-athlete at Ripon College is a great blessing because participating in athletics keeps me focused and diligent in my work,” Matter says. “Those two passions — school and running — serve as motivators for each other.” An Academic All-Conference selection in every year that she has been eligible, Matter also is a four-time all-state and all-conference performer and holds the women’s school record in the 6K (22:09). These myriad accomplishments have helped her to become one of the most well-rounded student-athletes in recent history at Ripon. “I’ve been blessed to be a part of the Ripon College family,” she says. “The professors and coaches here are an example of how the school prioritizes the students above everything else. They really want to see all their students succeed, and they give extra time and effort to make sure that happens.” n

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Who was your favorite professor? The mentors who changed your world


nspired teachers inspire their students — it happens every day in Ripon College classrooms. The personal attention, careful advising and dedicated mentorship of Ripon’s talented teachers sparks new interests, guides independent research and expands post-graduate opportunities. What would the Ripon experience be without the myriad wonderful professors who have such profound impacts on our students — impacts that last a lifetime? Many of our alumni maintain strong bonds with their professors long after graduation, and even those who lose touch over the years cannot forget the imprint of their favorite teacher. Here, Ripon alumni share their thoughtful, sentimental and humorous recollections of the professors who affected how they saw the world and their place in it.

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Professor of Communication, 1992 to present (pictured at left)

Assistant Professor of Psychology, 1954 through 1959

When I first arrived at Ripon as a freshman, there was not a lot I knew and too much I thought I knew. Like most freshmen, I was looking to be inspired. Aristotle said it best: “Teaching is the highest form of understanding.” So I was looking for a professor who understood I wanted no Friday classes and as little homework as possible. When I look back at the freshman me, I’m amazed that guy ever graduated. But I did because I found a professor who was the complete opposite of what Freshman Jeff wanted. I found a professor who understood that students needed to be inspired and expected to do great things. It’s easy as a freshman to get distracted. I should know because that was my freshman year until I sat in on a lecture by Professor Jody Roy. Jody inspired me to always put forth the extra effort to seek, to find and to discover life’s greater ambitions. As a communication major, a lot is expected from you, and it’s a good thing. My first year of law school was made easier because I already was used to reading 50 to 70 pages a week and then writing a five-page synopsis of what I had learned. That was all because of Jody. If you would have told Freshman Jeff that “by the time you graduate, comprehensive exams will sound like fun and 25 pages for a senior thesis wasn’t enough,” he probably would have laughed in your face. But you see, that’s what I learned the most from Jody: to believe that each of us can accomplish amazing things if you put your best effort into it. Jody understands that every student has greatness in him or her. It just needs to be exposed through great expectations from professors who care and believe in them. Jeff Lewis ’04 Clinton, Miss.

The Ripon professor who had the greatest influence on me was H. R. Cort, a short-term (three to four years, maybe) psychology professor in the mid-1950s who opened my eyes to experimental psychology and to visual perception in particular. That became my chosen field, and I got my Ph.D. from Cornell, the same school where Cort had done his graduate work. I dedicated my dissertation to him in 1967. I was a psychology professor in Minnesota and California for 30 years or so. W. M. “Mack” Goldsmith ’57 Modesto, Calif.

GEORGE “SKIP” WITTLER Professor of Biology, 1984 to present (pictured above) Dr. Skip Wittler made learning easy and fun. He made a lasting mark on the way I see nature — as something that should be a part of our everyday lives starting at birth. He has inspired me to pursue a nature preschool where children learn to appreciate nature and all that it has to offer. We should make an effort to take time and get back to nature by walking in the woods and observing the plants and listening to the sounds of the wind through the trees. Katherine Brady ’94 Tustin, Calif.

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MILTON WESTHAGEN Professor of Economics, 1948 through 1972 Dr. M.H. Westhagen taught theory, not accounting. It has been the basis of my understanding business for more than 50 years. Art Abt ’55 Bonita Springs, Fla.

RUSSELL BLAKE Professor of History, 1981 to present All of my professors in the history department have had a profound impact upon my professional career, but the professor who had the biggest impact is Professor Blake. Through his Ripon Local History class, I learned how local history impacts and relates to the larger historical picture. Through his efforts on my behalf, I received a scholarship to work at the local historical society and College archives for two summers in a row. It was an amazing opportunity in which I got to work with primary historical documents. From these internships, I gained a wealth of knowledge which enabled me to acquire an internship at the Library of Congress assisting with the processing of the Patsy Mink papers and an internship at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center. I am now an archivist at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., doing what I love best. Jessica Owens ’05 Springfield, Va.



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REBECCA MATZKE Associate Professor of History, 2003 to present (pictured above with Tiffany Born ’12) I took several classes with Rebecca Matzke, and she was my senior seminar adviser. Her classes were unique and fun. I learned so much and retained what I learned. It was fantastic. Professor Matzke went above and beyond with my senior seminar, meeting with me as often as I needed. She read and reread pieces of my paper until it was perfect. She offered me books and discussed them with me. Professor Matzke and I have stayed in touch. I am a first-year law student at NIU College of Law. When my brain feels like it cannot learn anymore, when I feel like I cannot possibly do this, I message Professor Matzke, and she offers me amazing advice. She is honest and caring. Truly, a woman who defines what it means to be a professor at Ripon College. Megan Heath ’12 Ripon, Wis.

JOHN GLASER Professor of History, 1954 through 1979 John Glaser’s classes were a delight, particularly Modern European History, which I took my freshman year. His presentation in that course was so well-organized that I was able to take notes in perfect outline form: every point “A” had a point “B” and the transitions were easy to follow. I still can see him in that lecture hall, cracking jokes in that squeaky voice he had as he made the course so enjoyable and interesting that my becoming a history major was a foregone conclusion. I last saw Dr. Glaser with Dr. George Miller at an American Historical Association conference in New Orleans in 1972. It was a long time after that before I returned to Ripon, after his death. I miss him. G. John Heyer ’67 Arlington, Va.



Professor of Sociology, 1975 through 2005

Professor of Philosophy, 1929 through 1950

I keep coming back to a memory from Professor Eric Godfrey’s criminology course. In the section pertaining to law enforcement, Godfrey would start with his room being much warmer than it normally was; he would then describe, in a slow meandering pace, roll call, car checks and driving through different neighborhoods. He would do this for 15 minutes, getting quieter and quieter and when he spotted a student right on the brink of falling asleep — BAM! — he would knock over the table and yell. This was his way of describing what it was like to be an officer. It is very memorable and one that I relay to others. Professor Godfrey probably has more to do with my life view than any other teacher I have had. Not a day goes by in court (Paquet is circuit court commissioner for Brown County) in which I am not making assessments about the socialization of the person who appears in front of me. What makes Ripon College great is that we did not just have professors, we had real teachers, and Professor Godfrey is the definition of a teacher.

The professor who had perhaps the most profound influence on my life was Dr. Harris Barbour. I was a vet, Class of 1951, and, while somewhat undecided as to career goals, was enrolled in a pre-law track. Then I took a philosophy course taught by Dr. Barbour. Apart from being brilliant in his field, he was so very sensitive to each of his pupils. He discussed with me the impact of my military service, my feelings about issues like peace, justice, human rights — all within the broad arena of philosophy. He was an ordained Congregational minister and, without him actually pointing the way, I began attending the Congregational church in Ripon. I could not get enough of Dr. Barbour and must have been a pest with my frequent requests for office discussions; we even dined together from time to time. Through my association with that humble, great-spirited man, I changed my career path to the ministry and have had the most awesome, wonderful and humbling life as an ordained United Church of Christ minister. There have been many experiences that have shaped my life, but none more significantly than Ripon College.

Christopher C. Paquet ’94 De Pere, Wis.

Dick Bailar ’51 Monticello, Fla.

HERBERT PRIESTLY Professor of Physics, 1946 to 1952 (pictured at left) I will never forget or have enough words of appreciation for my physics professor, Dr. Priestly. In 1950, I entered Ripon having no idea where I was going until I met Doc Priestly. The man was short with a mustache and always wore the same tweed coat. He was the living picture of a man out of a British movie. His teaching abilities along with Dr. (Clifford C.) Crump in calculus led me right on to M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on the then five-year plan. I feel so lucky and grateful that I had the opportunity to receive an engineering degree that all started with my three very instructive years at Ripon. Robert Cruickshank ’55 South Point, Ohio

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FACULTY & STAFF BRIAN BOCKELMAN, assistant professor of history, received the 2012 Vanderwood Prize (Honorable Mention) for his article “Between the Gaucho and the Tango: Popular Songs and the Shifting Landscape of Modern Argentine Identity, 1895-1915,” published in The American Historical Review in June 2011. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Conference on Latin American History, held this year in New Orleans. He also was one of 40 historians working in the United States interviewed by the Ithaka S+R History Project about how digital technologies are changing the methods of historical research. During the fall 2012 semester, he co-taught the ACM/Newberry Research in the Humanities Seminar, “Wild Cities: Chicago, Buenos Aires, and the Nature of the Modern Metropolis,” at the Newberry Library in Chicago. LAMONT COLUCCI, associate professor of politics and government, department chair and coordinator of the National Security Studies program, spent much of 2012 in Austria as a Fulbright Scholar. In the fall, Praeger Publishing released his two-volume set, “The National Security Doctrines of the American Presidency: How They Shape Our Present and Future.” It is a chronological view of the foreign policy/national security doctrines of key American presidents from Washington to Obama. He also is writing a regular weekly column about foreign policy on U.S. News & World Report’s website. Visit every Thursday to read the latest from Colucci. JOHN DALZIEL ’02, assistant professor of theatre, has completed 18 triathlons in the past four years, including the 2012 Wisconsin Ironman. The 2012 Wisconsin Ironman event featured more than two miles of swimming, more than 100 miles of bicycling and a full 26.2-mile marathon. He completed the course 24 days after breaking his collarbone.

JULIE JOHNSON, athletic director and head women’s basketball coach, acknowledges the crowd after her Red Hawks defeated Grinnell College 63-55 Jan. 19, 2013. She becomes just the fourth coach in Midwest Conference (MWC) history to win 300 career games and the fourth to win 200 MWC games. In her 23rd season as head coach of the Red Hawks, Johnson has accumulated a career record of 300-233 for a winning percentage of .563. As the program’s all-time winningest head coach, Johnson has more than double the number of wins than the coach with the next-highest win total. JOE HATCHER, professor of psychology, received the 2011-2012 Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator Award from the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. He also contributed to a Gannett News article about the superstition around the number 13 as we headed into the new year. KEN HILL, professor of theatre, had a sabbatical leave in the fall of 2012. He presented “Shakespeare Unplugged: Working with Sound and Verse to Aid in Student Cognition, Memory, and Performance” at the Tate Modern Museum in London for the Worlds Together Shakespeare Symposium. The conference was presented by the Tate Modern, British Museum, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. A video

highlighting a workshop lead by the National Theatre on Shakespeare’s language, can be viewed at http://goo. gl/uqp5u. Ken participates wearing a green shirt. Ken and SUSAN HILL, adjunct professor of theatre, also attended performances at the Globe, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, and visited costume museums in London and Bath. ADAM JACOBI, adjunct instructor of communication, traveled to Wuxi, China, in May 2012 to train 120 high school teachers from across China on teaching public speaking and debating. Jacobi and DEANO PAPE, assistant professor of communication and director of forensics, have been collaborating with the National Forensic League and Harvard University Debate Council to develop a high school public speaking and debating curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards. They also directed programs at the Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshops for U.S. and international high school students.  PARIMAH KAZEMI, visiting assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, co-wrote “Sobolev gradients and image interpolation” in SIAM Journal of Imaging Science and “A Levenberg-Marquardt Method based on Sobolev gradients,” accepted for publication in Nonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods, and Applications, both in 2012.

MARTY FARRELL, professor of politics and government, participated in the July 2012 Council for International Educational Exchange’s International Faculty Development Seminar on “Cuba in a Changing Global Community.” The conference was headquartered in Havana, Cuba, and included site visits to Pinar del Rio and Matanzas.



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KRISTINE KOVACK-LESH, assistant professor of psychology, co-wrote “Infants’ visual recognition memory for a series of categorically related items” in Journal of Cognition and Development, and “Contributions of attentional style and previous experience to 4-month-

old infants’ categorization” in Infancy. For more information about her work, see page 14. REBECCA MATZKE, associate professor of history, presented “Palmerston, Minto and the Personalized Making of a Naval-Based Foreign Policy, 1838-41” at the Southern Conference on British Studies, Nov. 1 through 4, 2012, in Mobile, Ala. ZACH MESSITTE, president, has co-edited a book, “Understanding the Global Community,” published in the fall of 2012 by University of Oklahoma Press. Quotes from his written piece include the following: “There is extraordinary value in leaving the comfort zone of your home culture and trying to put yourself in the shoes of people living thousands of miles away. Seeing where different people live, and at least glimpsing the daily rhythms of another culture has immeasurable importance on intellectual development and the richness of the human experience.”

CEC earns grants The Creative Enterprise Center was one of 50 projects throughout the nation to receive a $2,000 American Free Enterprise Project Partnership grant to further its entrepreneurial impact in the community. Funds were used to provide business consulting services to nonprofit organizations in Ripon and beyond. The grant was given in partnership with Enactus (formerly, Students in Free Enterprise or “SIFE”), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation. Another grant of $1,500 from the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Partnership through Enactus is being used to help female entrepreneurs write business plans, work on feasibility studies and other similar projects. 

McNair Scholars grant renewed Ripon’s McNair Scholars Program, in collaboration with St. Norbert College, De Pere, and Lawrence University, Appleton, received a renewed five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education TRIO division. McNair prepares first-generation/ low income and racially underrepresented students for graduate school. DAN KRHIN is director of the McNair Scholars Program at Ripon.

Ripon a best college, still Ripon College is still one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Ripon in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 377 Colleges” (Random House / Princeton Review). The College is listed among the “Best Midwestern” colleges in the publication’s “Best Regional Colleges” website feature and is ranked No. 19 in the “Town-Gown Relations are Great” category.

Messitte also was featured in Rivista, a magazine produced by Johns Hopkins University’s Bologna Center, reflecting on his teaching philosophy and how it guides his thoughts and decisions as an administrator.

of Foreign Language conference in Philadelphia in November. She also received a $3,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to support the BonnBerlin Maymester 2013.

TRAVIS NYGARD, assistant professor of art history, published an encyclopedic essay titled “Food and Art” in the Routledge International Handbook of Food Studies, released in 2012. He also wrote book reviews for the journals Food, Culture and Society and Visual Studies. He gave a talk, “Was Grant Wood a Feminist? Rethinking the Murals” at the symposium “Celebrating Grant Wood,” held at the University of Iowa; and a talk, “Can Depicting Dinner in American Regionalist Art be a Feminist Act?” at the Joint 2012 Annual Meetings of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society. He co-wrote a talk about ancient murals for the Society for American Archaeology.

CARL ZIEBELL, associate librarian, published a partita during the summer of 2012 as part of a larger collection of organ music by various composers. His work is a set of six variations on the Easter hymn “Triumphant from the Grave.” It originally was commissioned for the 2011 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod National Worship Conference. More information about the work can be accessed online at:

TIM REED, associate professor of Spanish, had an article, “Love Stinks: Mass Culture, Love and Writing in Rosa Montero’s La función Delta,” set to be published in Letras Peninsulares in the summer of 2013. JODY ROY, professor of communication, and SHAWN KARSTEN ’09 addressed the 2012 meeting of the Wisconsin Correctional Association as a result of their twoyear collaborative writing project with a group of inmates at Fox Lake Correctional Institution. BARBARA SISSON, assistant professor of biology, recently presented at two conferences: “Zebrafish craniofacial cartilage morphogenesis is controlled by elements of the Wnt signaling pathway” at the 10th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics in Madison, Wis., in June 2012; and for the Society for Developmental Biology in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in July 2012. BRIAN SMITH, professor of religion, was named “Person of the Year” by the Ripon Commonwealth Press, recognizing his devotion to improving the lives of others. For the third year, he took 10 students and a Ripon staff member to Panama in January to help Fr. Wally Kasuboski complete a dam in the mountains to bring fresh water to hundreds of those in his mission territory. Fr. Wally is a native of Ripon and received an honorary degree from the College in 2010. Smith also wrote “Religion, Politics and the State in a Stepaneque Perspective” for Problems Confronting Contemporary Democracies: Essays in Honor of Alfred Stepan, University of Notre Dame Press in 2012; and “Teaching the Devout Student: Faith and Scholarship in the Classroom,” for an issue of Teaching Theology and Religion in April 2013.  LORNA SOPCAK, associate professor of German, presented at the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German in September; at the German Studies Association conference in Milwaukee in October; and at the American Council for Teachers

STUDENTS ETHICS BOWL TEAM: The Ethical Leadership Program’s Ethics Bowl teams won the annual Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl competition, held Dec. 1, 2012, at Loyola University in Chicago. Ripon’s two teams went 4-0 and 3-1 against teams from Bowling Green State University, University of Michigan, Valparaiso, Hiram College, Illinois Institute of Technology and Loyola University. They qualified to compete at the National Ethics Bowl Competition in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 28, 2013. Team members are SOPHIA KAOUNAS ’14, CHARLOTTE LEE ’13, KYLE RUEDINGER ’13, ARIEL BERRES-GREEN ’13, SCOTT HETZEL ’13, ALEXANDRA MARTIN ’13, AMY REULING ’13, PAUL MEUER ’13 and HONEY ZAW ’13. AMANDA FINN ’14 of Dousman, Wis., won the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy competition for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 3. She will be flown to Washington, D.C., to the national festival in mid-April. JACQUELYN MICHALAK ’13, CASEY SIMONSON ’13 and MAGGIE BREEN-LYLES ’16 participated in January in the National Band Association Wisconsin Chapter College All Star Band in Wisconsin Rapids. They joined students from 14 colleges and universities around the state for two days of intensive rehearsal that culminated in a concert. HONEY ZAW ’13, an international student from Mayanmar, had an internship last spring at Amnesty International’s Western Regional Office in San Francisco. While with other Ripon students at Amnesty’s Annual General Meeting in San Francisco, she made connections with representatives from regional and national offices, and activists from around the world. She since has worked with the field organizer from the Midwest Regional Office to enhance Ripon’s human rights activism. In her junior year, she served as the AIUSA Student Activists Coordinator for the state of Wisconsin.

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The 1940s IRENE GELHAR HOCHREIN ’41 and her

husband, Francis, of Berlin, Wis., observed their 70th wedding anniversary, May 23, 2012, and her 75th high school reunion May 26, 2012. She is still driving and playing bridge. DONALD A. WILLIAMS ’42 of Concord, Mass.,

writes: “Still singing in the chapel choir at our retirement center and assisting our chaplain (she’s 20 years younger) in all ways I can. Just finished my memoirs to become Christmas gifts for the family.” CAROL MAAS GALGINAITIS ’44 of Pebble

Beach, Calif., writes: “I can’t believe it has been 68 years since my graduation. My memories are happy ones and vivid in my mind. My children are planning a big get-together for my 90th birthday in July. … Ten grandchildren and five children with spouses. I am still painting and writing and enjoying my life in Pebble Beach.” RICHARD E. THRUMSTON ’47 of San Diego,

Calif., writes that he turned 90, July 27, 2012.

The 1950s R. RAMONA FISHER POTTER ’51 of Asheville, N.C., writes: “I got wonderful teacher education at Ripon. Dr. Andrews was great. I’ve taught English and public speaking for more than 50 years at some outstanding public schools. I sponsored and started debate teams. I was proud that Ripon was the birthplace of the National Forensic League which has developed many leaders. After retirement age, I taught oral English to teachers in China four times, and in Brazil.” BILL IHSSEN ’55 of Fort Wayne,

Ind., has been inducted into the Concordia Lutheran High School Athletic Hall of Fame in Fort Wayne. He wrestled at Ripon for four seasons and was captain and coach the last two years. He came to Concordia as an English teacher in 1961. In 1963, he introduced wrestling through an intramural program, and the next year it became a varsity sport. Bill became the first coach of Concordia’s wrestling team and held that position for 10 years. During his tenure, he led Concordia to two conference championships and one city championship. In 1970, Bill started a grade school wrestling program. He also began one of the top high school wrestling tournaments in Indiana, the Concordia Invitational, which is now called the Wild Bill Ihssen Tournament. NEIL BARBER ’56 of Rancho

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CAROLE COOP ATHERTON ’65 of Salem, Ore., took part in a 2,800-mile bicycle ride in the summer of 2012 to raise funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She rode with a larger group from Cycle America from Seattle, Wash., to Northfield, Minn. She then rode down through Wisconsin, stopping in Ripon along the way to her sister’s home in Illinois. Ric Damm, head coach of cycling at Ripon College, rode with Atherton during a portion of the Wisconsin tour. Her blog about her adventures can be found at

grandchildren.” Neil is a retired internist with the Kaiser Permanente medical group. He enjoys painting, reading, working around the house and taking care of his grandchildren. JOHN STOHLER ’56 of San Antonio, Texas,

continues to teach one course (upper division or graduate) at the University of Texas-Stanford under a modified service program for retirees. “Other time is filled reading what I should have read years ago and watching three grandkids participate in gymnastics, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer,” he writes. BARBARA COTTRELL LARSEN ’58 of Kansas

City, Mo., retired from the National Archives at Kansas City in May 2012.

The 1960s ROBERT G. BORGER ’60 of Waterville, Ohio, writes: “We are at our winter home in Naples, Fla., where we spend our time golfing, exercising and going to social events at Vanderbilt Country Club. Grandchildren in Ohio (ages 16 and 13). Grandson is a high school pitcher.” DONNA SEVERANCE LESKER ’60 of Park Ridge,

Ill., writes: “My daughter, Lori, and grandchildren, Ashlee (10) and Josie (8) moved to Baltimore, and I have been doing a lot of visiting.”

TENA SCHULTZ FRANZEN ’61 of Florence, Ky.,

retired from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Dec. 14, 2012, after 28 years with the school. She had been laboratory manager of the chemistry department. RONALD CASE ’62 of Lincoln, Neb., is enjoying

retirement. He is serving his third term as an elected director for Lower Platte South Natural Resources District based in Lincoln. He also travelled last year to Argentina and Chile. TIM WILLIAMS ’62 of

Montgomery, Texas, has just competed 10 years of being a ski instructor at Deer Valley Ski Area in Utah. He recently received a 20-year pin for service from the Professional Ski Instructors Association as a professional ski instructor, his third career. He also served 28 years in the military and 27 years as a professor at Albion College in Michigan. He and his wife, Brigitte, continue to volunteer in elementary schools. FRANK SMOLL ’63 of Kirkland, Wash., recently published his 12th and 13th books, both with Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ( “Parenting Young Athletes” translates the latest information

on child development, sport psychology, and sports medicine into a practical “how-to” guide that assists parents in assuring their sons and daughters get the most out of sports. “Sport Psychology for Youth Coaches” helps adults understand the psychology of young athletes and provides guidelines for winning strategies that benefit athletes in sports and in life. Smoll is a professor in the psychology department at the University of Washington. DAVID BABLER ’64 of Monroe, Wis., is

a chartered financial consultant for Babler Associates. BILL BEYER ’64 and CAROL HABERKORN BEYER ’66 of Greenleaf, Wis., are both in the

health care field. Bill is with the University of Missouri Hospital, and Carol is with Aurora in Green Bay. Together they enjoy pool, gardening, dogs and cats, and occasional Packers games.” JOHN CARLSON JR. ’64 of San Antonio, Texas has been the director of finance at Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio for the past two years. BILL OLIVIER ’67 of Columbia,

Md., is retired from the U.S. Department of Justice and currently serves as chair of the American Bar Association Judicial Division Lawyers Conference. DAVID C. SMITH ’68 of Kennebunk, Maine,

writes: “In my first year of retirement, I’m working to find the balance between busy and what’s rewarding/fulfilling: Teaching three seventh-grade classes financial literacy, and headed to Guatemala and India for mission work in April and November 2013.” DAN DYKSTRA ’69 of Rohnert Park, Calif., retired from federal service in January 2013, after 40 years as an attorney for the Army and the Corps of Engineers. He and his wife, Mitty, plan to retire in Davis, Calif., where he plans to “catch up on his reading, do some traveling and hiking, and watch the tomatoes grow.” FREDERICK KIEKHAEFER ’69

of Castle Rock, Colo., has left Mercury Racing after 22 years as president. He is pursuing design concepts of his own as K.Lab Design Works. He also will consult for a limited number of clients — one of which is Mercury. “My new work will either complement what we’ve done before or be totally new,” he says. “Either way, my passion for function with style will continue to show.”

Off-campus study opens career opportunities, world view


hether international or domestic, offcampus study programs are an attractive option for Ripon College students, providing opportunities that are bound to change their view of the world. In the summer of 1963, that opportunity came through a Ripon course, “Our European Inheritance: Art and Architecture.” Frank “Frenchie” Lockwood ’65, now of Sylva, N.C., and Karen Glatfelter Fegley ’64, now of Vero Beach, Fla., joined 12 other students for a summer abroad study program across Europe, visiting historic sites and brushing elbows with an amazing cast of characters. “We spent the first month or so at Lincoln College, Oxford, right around the corner from the Bodleian Library,” Lockwood says. “They have one of the original King James Bibles there. That was pretty cool. We each had a project to do. My project was a paper on the evolution of the house in England. I had a professor from Cambridge who drove us all over England looking at different houses. He was the personification of Mr. Chips. I stayed in touch with him until he died 20 years ago.” At their college, they were served the same menu as when the college first opened in the 1600s. The students took turns carving the meat at long tables that seated about 40. “The first piece of meat I got to cut up was a cow’s tongue,” Lockwood says. “I’d never seen a cow’s tongue on a platter before.” During the second half of the summer, they toured the continent of Europe. “We had with us an architect, artist and sculptor,” he says. “We visited as many of the fine museums as we could.” For the full story, see the website at:

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The 1970s SAM HANNA ’71 has retired and relocated to Wenatchee, Wash., after spending eight years in Florida. He moved to be near his family. “Am now looking forward to hiking in the mountains, finding new volunteer work and, of course, playing with my grandson,” he says. STEVEN P. KENT ’72 of Greenwood Village, Colo., is president of River Branch Holdings LLC. MICHAEL DE LANY ’73 of Sheboygan, Wis., works for the Banker’s Bank in Madison. KATHLEEN GRAUNKE ’73 of Seattle, Wash., works in pediatrics at Greenlake Primary Care in Seattle. DEBORAH EVANS CLEM ’74 of Boulder, Colo., writes: “My husband and I have been retired for several years now. Our favorite haven is a small cabin in the heart of the Rocky Mountains where we hike, bike and ski. I work seasonally as a ‘historical interpreter’ of Colorado mining history. We have two lovely granddaughters, ages 1 and 3. Music pursuits continue with the ‘Broadway Boomers’ and The Colorado Music Festival. Still see MOLLY COE NIVEN ’75 now and then!” KIM KOBRIGER ’74 of Conroe, Texas, is a managing partner and owner of Lewis Realty Advisors, specializing in commercial real estate

valuation, estate planning for IRS purposes, expert witness testimony for eminent domain and environmental contamination, partial or fractional interests, and litigation support for divorce resolution. He recently published an article, “The Value of Timberland,” in the Appraisal Journal. He married Teri White, a nurse, May 14, 2010. They have a home on a small, private lake. He is enjoying golfing, fishing and traveling, with an upcoming trip to Athens and Istanbul. DOUGLAS T. DUNCAN JR. ’75 of West Palm

Beach, Fla., has received many honors as an attorney. JENNIFER VOGEL POWERS ’76 of Hartland, Wis., has been

selected by her peers for inclusion in “The Best Lawyers in America 2013.” Jennifer works in public finance law in the Milwaukee office of Quarles & Brady. MIKE MODL ’77 of Fitchburg, Wis., an attorney

with Axley Brynelson LLP in Madison, has been voted one of the top 50 attorneys in Wisconsin for the second consecutive year. The awards are presented by Wisconsin Super Lawyers, and votes come from other attorneys. BIRGIT ABROMAITIS RETSON ’77 of Centreville, Va., attended graduate school at George Mason University and Loyola University

and has lived and travelled throughout Europe, South America and other locations. She worked as a registered nurse in trauma care and as a director of nursing, contributed textbook writing and did legal nurse consulting. KAREN DORN STELZEL ’78 of Madison, Wis.,

is an adjunct professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. JAY MCDONALD ’79 of Ripon, Wis., writes: “I am still with Alliance Laundry Systems (formerly, Speed Queen) after 30+ years and now the vice president of distributor sales. Whoever would have thought that a small town like Ripon would be home to a global industry leader with sales approaching a half billion dollars? In 2011, I wrote and published my first book, ‘An Investor’s Guide To Coin Laundries,’ with advice for the entrepreneur considering getting into the coin laundry business. It may not seem the most glamorous of small businesses until you see the bottom line margin. It is available on Amazon. I also started the hobby of making wine from cabs to chardonnay to rioja. I wish I paid more attention in chemistry class — this could have been much easier!”

The 1980s LISA HEIMLER ’80 of Morton Grove, Ill., is a physical therapist at the Resurrection Life Center. HENRY ZALMAN ’80 of Nashua, N.H., is a

health physicist for Radiation Safety & Control Services Inc. BRADLEY J. DIMOND ’81 of Richfield, Minn., is

an IT manager at Target Co. STEVEN G. WOODS ’82 of San Antonio, Texas, retired from the Army Jan. 1, 2013, after 30 years of service. Since July 2008, he served as deputy commander for support for the U.S. Army South. He was the Ripon ROTC Commissioning Ceremony keynote speaker last May. His wife, KARA ZARTNER WOODS ’85, is math department head for Sam Houston High School in San Antonio. WILLIAM KAHL ’84 of Appleton, Wis., is a loan officer in the corporate office of Fox Communities Credit Union. JULIE LYNCH KUMMER ’85 of Sarasota, Fla.,

LAURIE A. KAPLAN ’74 of Ossining, N.Y., is the founder/administrator for Magic Bullet Fund, which provides funding for families of dogs with cancer who can’t afford the treatments. Laurie also is the author of the book, “Help your Dog Fight Cancer.”



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published “Take Care of Our Friend Baby Dog” with her 5-year-old daughter, Annelise. The book is a story for children and the adults in their lives as they try to compensate for their child’s first heartbreak. “Annelise’s best friend, a stuffed dog she called Baby Dog, fell over the side of a boat last summer. We wrote the book together to find a positive way to view her loss,” Kummer says. The book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites, and at

Scott Strazzante ’86 of

Tetouan, Morocco

Yorkville, Ill., has photography included in the book “Chicago in Season: A Collection of Images by Chicago Tribune Photographers.” Information can be found at chicago-in-season JANET BENTLEY ’88 of Laguna Niguel, Calif., is

a kindergarten teacher at Oso Grande Schools. DAVID JONAS ’88 of Washington, D.C., is the program coordinator, development and external relations, for Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, a national nonprofit based in Bethesda, Md. GAYLE WEDOW DANIEL ’89 of Saint Germain,

Wis., is the principal at St. Germain Elementary School and director of curriculum instruction for the Northland Pines School District.

Reaching out across the world


edouan El-Younsi ’90 of Tetouan, Morocco, has been elected a member of the industrial branch and president of the electoral body commission of the Chamber of Commerce of Tetouan. The 41 chamber members represent industry, commerce and services. “The main role of the Chamber of Commerce is to promote, defend and represent the business community,” he says. El-Younsi was elected secretary general by the members of the chamber for a six-year term. In this capacity, he conducts meetings with the staff and the board of the chamber for decision-making, and keeps the general elected members informed about the developments of the chamber. As part of his role, El-Younsi met with the U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, focusing on the Morocco-United States Free Trade Agreement. “We discussed the excellent relations that exist between the two countries ever since the independence of the United States,” ElYounsi says. “Indeed, Morocco was the first country to recognize the independence of the United States, and we have the longest unbroken treaty with the United States.” El-Younsi recently visited Washington, D.C., to promote small- and medium-sized businesses and business women associations as part of a delegation of the Association of the Mediterranean Chamber of Commerce. For the full story, see the website at:

JODI GIBSON ’89 of Kalamazoo, Mich., is vice president of corporate social responsibility with the Kellogg Company. JUNG MI YI ’89 of Wauconda, Ill., is executive director of Northern Illinois Academy, a psychiatric residential treatment facility for children, adolescents and young adults. She has been married for 14 years.


Linda, Calif., has joined BodyLogicMD, a nationwide network of anti-aging physicians who specialize in hormone replacement therapy. She practices in Irvine, Calif., and also continues with Doctors of California in Anaheim Hills. LORI KOMETER BASALDU ’91 and her

husband, Pete, of Gilbert, Ariz., have twins, Robinson Matthew and Harper Karly Basaldu, born April 12, 2012. TRACY MAHER ’91 of Walnut Creek, Calif., is

the Bay Area human resources manager for HDR Architecture in San Francisco. RICHARD WHIPPLE ’91 and his wife, Nancy,

of Woburn, Mass., have a daughter, Julia Marie Whipple, born June 22, 2012. JENNIFER GALINSKI ’92 married Paul Kildee, May 5, 2007. They live in Fairfax, Va., and have a daughter, Addison Morgan, born April 2, 2008, and twin sons, Owen Paul and Lucas Matthew, born May 31, 2011. Jennifer is a staffing manager at SAIC. DEAN KOWALSKI ’92 of Waukesha, Wis., recently published “The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Aristotle, Locke” (Wiley-Blackwell), his sixth book. It explores philosophical

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themes and issues connected with the popular CBS sitcom, for example: Would Aristotle approve of the life Sheldon Cooper leads? Would Thomas Hobbes applaud Leonard and Sheldon’s roommate agreement? Is Wil Wheaton truly evil? LISA MAHNKE ’92 of Jamaica Plain, Mass., has been promoted to senior director and head of Clinical Pharmacology, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, in Cambridge, Mass. She and her husband, Kyle Nelson, have a son, Cole William Nelson, born Aug. 19, 2012. WILLIAM S. MILLER ’92 of Cudahy, Wis., has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of sport management at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. CATE PARNELL WYLIE ’92 of Appleton, Wis., has been promoted to lean implementation specialist with the Lean and Continuous Improvement/People team in Menasha. MISHA LEE ’93 of Sun Prairie,

Wis., recently left his position as director of government affairs at Sentry and started his own government affairs office in Madison. Lee Government Relations LLC is a multi-client lobbying firm specializing in influencing public policy to directly meet the needs of clients. LORIE STELLMACHER SIMMS ’95 and her husband, Peter, of Tempe, Ariz., have a son, Henry Alton Peter Simms, born May 24, 2012. DARELL HAMMOND ’96

of Washington, D.C., was a presenter at the eighth annual Collaborative Innovation Summit held by the Business Innovation Factory in September 2012 in Providence, R.I. The summit featured 32 storytellers from around the globe. A video of his talk can be viewed here: BRIAN NORTH ’96 of Fort Leavenworth,

Kan., graduated in June 2012 from the Army’s Intermediate Level Education program. He has been promoted to a lieutenant colonel. “I feel it is an indication of the quality of people I have worked with over the last 16 years rather than anything I have personally accomplished,” he says. “Whether it was NCOs who shaped me, teams who accomplished the impossible, or leaders who trusted me, I have had an amazing experience.”

Expatriates enjoying international adventure


elocating to England has opened a world of opportunity not only for Jessi Kofler Guenther ’97 in her job, but also for her husband, Mike Guenther ’97, and their sons, Greyson, 6, and Graham, 3. Guenther runs the Managed Services and Recruitment Process Outsourcing business lines for Europe and Asia for Allegis Group Services, a human capital management firm that designs talent management strategies for the Fortune 500. “I’m involved in the solution design and implementation and then ultimately responsible for building the teams who will deliver our services over what’s typically a three-to-five-year contract,” Guenther says. “My team is 120 and growing and it’s spread out, so I spend a lot of time with our leaders, ensuring they have the tools they need to succeed.” Guenther says living in Europe makes it easy to get from country to country. “From London, I can be in Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Prague, Rome, Amsterdam — almost any major city in two hours or less,” she says. “I schedule my trips to Asia over the course of a week to 10 days and typically make a few stops to maximize my time. With two little boys at home, I cherish being able to tuck them in at night.”


Indianola, Iowa, is the senior director of Premedia Services for the Meredith Corp. in Des Moines, Iowa.



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For the full story, see the website at:

CAREY WITT-ROEBEN ’97 of Hannover, Germany, writes: “Our bed and breakfast in Hannover, Germany, is now open with daily, weekly and monthly rates. Visit us at rooms/351549. Ripon College students, alumni and staff get 10 percent off their stay. We hope to see you in Germany!” MELISSA RITTER WORTHINGTON ’97 of

Ripon, Wis., is the director of marketing at Moraine Park Technical College. D.J. CURRAN ’98 of Madison,

Wis., recently was interviewed about the MyChart app. Curran is project manager for Dean Clinic, which has become the first healthcare organization in the country to offer patients mobile access to Epic-based medical records with an iPhone application. The MyChart app has been designed for users of mobile devices from Apple, including the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. “We see this as a valuable service to our patients,” Curran says. “The app gives patients fast, secure and convenient access to the most frequently used features of MyChart.” WILL DEPPIESSE ’98 and his wife, Danae,

have a son, Declan John Deppiesse, born April 13, 2012.


Wis., is a controller at Generac Power Systems Inc. DEREK BLACKMORE ’01 of Verona, Wis.,

graduated in December 2011 with his master’s of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He now is employed with WTS Paradigm in Middleton as a software project manager. JEFFREY MASSON ’01 and KARALYN DEHN MASSEN ’06 of Beaver Dam, Wis., have a son,

Henry, born Aug. 23, 2011. MELISSA ANDERSON ’02 of Madison, Wis.,

was named executive director of marketing and communications for Ripon College in November 2012. JEFF BOUZEK ’02 of West Des Moines, Iowa,

is director of information technology at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines. JOSHUA MASON-BARKIN ’02 and his wife, Sara, of Beverly Hills, Calif., have a son, Charlie Edward Mason-Barkin, born March 28, 2012. JULIE WALDVOGEL ’02 of Ripon, Wis.,

married Luke Leitner, July 7, 2012, in Great Hall at Ripon College. Julie is the financial

aid director at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac. RACHAEL LEVIN HEGER ’03 and her husband, Loren, of Indianapolis, Ind., have a daughter, Miriam Georgia Heger, born Oct. 5, 2012. MEGHANN MORRISSEY JARCHOW ’03 of

Vermillion, S.D., received her doctorate in 2012 from Iowa State University. She now is an assistant professor of sustainability in the department of biology at the University of South Dakota. JAKE PAULSON ’03 and his wife, Kathy, of Waukesha, Wis., have a daughter, Amaleia Paulson, born Oct. 1, 2011. BRENDA BAYARD VAN ROSSUM ’03 of

Fitchburg, Wis., married Joey Van Rossum Oct. 10, 2010. They have a daughter, Dakota Van Rossum, born March 21, 2012. Brenda is a daycare director in Madison. CHARLIE SAPONARA ’03 of Visalia, Calif.,

is the owner/author of fantasybaseball365. com, and director, group sales and ticketing for Visalia Rawhide Minor League Baseball team (Advanced-A, California League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks).

TREVOR DURHAM ’98 and his wife,

Dena, of Pullman, Wash., have a daughter, Georgia Lorein Durham, born Dec. 13, 2012. Trevor is now associate vice president, university development director, marketing and communication, at Washington State University. ALEX ARIFIANTO ’99 of Coral Gables, Fla.,

received his doctorate in political science from Arizona State University in June 2012. He now is a visiting professor in the department of political science at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

The 2000s CAMILLE CLEMONS ’00 of Fox River Grove, Ill., works in business development for UMB Fund Service. REBECCA PETERSON HUGHES ’00 of Seattle, Wash., is the director of admissions at Little Friends Preschool. She will advance to the director of school position in September 2014. ANTHONY MCCLINTOCK ’00 of Watertown,

Wis., is a Realtor for Shorewest Realtors at the Lake Country office in Oconomowoc. He and his wife, Sarah, just celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary. VICKI LYNN PAPE ’00 of Ripon, Wis., is the director of communications for the National Forensic League.

JACOB SUMNER ’01 of London, England, had a close encounter of the Ripon kind last July. Sumner was biking to work in Soho when he saw jazz singer AL JARREAU ’62 surrounded by fans. Sumner called out, “Ripon College!” and Jarreau beckoned him over for a chat. “Al was the sweetest guy ever and told me he had worn his Ripon shirt just yesterday,” Sumner says. Sumner leads the United Kingdom’s chain of Chipotle restaurants. He launched the chain’s British sites and did the groundwork to build a network of suitable suppliers. An article about Sumner’s business efforts can be accessed at:

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TONY VENEZIANO ’03 of Wixom, Mich., is in

his second year working as a copywriter at J.R. Thompson Co. in Farmington Hills, Mich. Much of his work is for the auto industry. SARAH ZIEMBA DIERCKS ’04 and her husband, Dean, of Middleton, Wis., have a daughter, Charlotte Kathleen Diercks, born July 7, 2011. DIANE KEELING ’04 of Grand

Terrace, Calif., graduated with a doctorate in communication from the University of Colorado in May 2012. She is an assistant professor in rhetoric and media studies at the University of Maine. PAUL LENTZ ’04 of Sahuarita, Ariz., is a captain

and flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force at DavisMonthan in Tucson, Ariz. KRISTEN MCCULLOUGH ’04 of Chicago

married Gus Granchalek, Sept. 14, 2012. She is a therapist at Children’s Home + Aid. She also works in a private therapy practice in Chicago, and is a Fellow at Cathedral Counseling Center in Chicago. JOHN KARIJOLICH ’05 of Richmond, Calif.,

earned a doctorate in biochemistry in 2011 from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He now is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-Berkeley doing research on tumor virology and the role of noncoding RNAs during virus-mediated oncogenesis. PAUL NEUBERGER ’05 and his wife, Tanya,

of Menomonee Falls, Wis., have a son, Kennedy Paul Neuberger, born Sept. 18, 2012. KATHERINE SCHOOFS ’05 and MATT WEISENSEL ’06 of Delevan, Wis., have a

daughter, Hazel Bernedette Schoofs Weisensel, born Nov. 29, 2012. MICHELLE CALDER ’06 of Appleton,

Wis., married Jeremiah Reppert, Nov. 3, 2012. Michelle is a funeral director at Westgor Funeral Homes in Neenah and Menasha. JEN MILLEN EVEN ’06 and her husband,

Mark, of Plover, Wis., have a son, Jackson Mark Even, born March 31, 2012. RACHEL FISCHER ’06 of Manitowoc, Wis., is

the director of residence life and student affairs at Silver Lake College. AMBRE NEUSER-GAJEWSKI ’06 of Appleton,

Wis., is the master control operator for NBC-26 television in Green Bay.

ANDREW KITSLAAR ’06 of West Chester, Pa., married Laura Jacobs, June 30, 2012. He has started a new job as the grants and development coordinator for the Commissioners of Montgomery County, Pa. COURTNEY L. MCNEAL ’06 of Kenosha, Wis., married Johannes Anderson, Oct. 13, 2012. All of her bridesmaids were Ripon College graduates: MARA EVENS ’07, BETSY JONES SKIBICKI ’05 and LACY ROURKE ’07. EMILIE EICHMAN WURZBACH ’06 and her

husband, Gregory, of Oshkosh, Wis., have a daughter, Lucy Ione Wurzbach, born July 3, 2012. SHANE EBEL ’07 and ROSELYN MCNULTY ’06 of Fitchburg, Wis., were

married Sept. 1, 2012. CASSI FUCCI ’07 of Oshkosh, Wis.,

married Drew Hodgson, July 16, 2012. MICHEL KAMMER ’07 of Superior, Colo., is an optometrist at Northglenn Optometric Center in Northglenn, Colo., and at Colorado Eye Gallery in Broomfield, Colo. REBECCA PERK ’07 of De Pere, Wis.,

married Ben Brusch, May 19, 2012. Rebecca is an account manager at Kforce, Professional Technical Staffing. CHRISTOPHER REED-WADDELL ’07

of Milwaukee, Wis., married Yuliya Potylitsyna, Aug. 4, 2012, in Karabalyk, Kazakhstan. The couple met while Chris was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer there. He returned from Peace Corps in December 2010 and is a grant writer for the Social Development Commission. His wife is working as an English teacher at Karabalyk School No. 2 while they work through the immigration process. JOLENE RUEDEN ’07 and HENRIK SCHATZINGER, assistant professor of

politics and government, of Ripon, Wis., were married June 30, 2012. Jolene is working toward a master’s of science in education degree with an emphasis in school counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She also works part time as outreach coordinator for the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce. STUART RUSS ’07 and ASHLEY NUTER RUSS ’07 of Oshkosh, Wis., have a son,


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second-year ob/gyn resident at the University of Louisville. She is doing research in acute detoxification from opioids versus methadone maintenance in pregnancy. She plans to pursue a fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine. MICHAEL TREDER ’07 and ERIN BEGGS ’09 of Belleville, Wis., were married June

16, 2012. Mike is a software engineer at Epic Systems in Verona, Wis. Erin is a high school math teacher and coach in Mount Horeb, Wis. PRICE WARD ’07 of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., married Erin “Kickie” Hare, May 26, 2012. They both graduated from the Marshall University School of Medicine in May 2012, and both are doing residencies at the University of Florida in Gainesville – Price in pediatrics and Kickie in ob/gyn. AMANDA BEERS ’08 of Evansville, Wis., married Dan Wojtanowski, July 7, 2012. MEGAN CALDER ’08 of Green Bay, Wis., is a customer service representative for Schneider National. STEPHANIE SOMMER FAULDS ’08 of Cottage

Grove, Wis., is a function manager at Walgreens in Windsor, Wis. TIFFANY GOEBEL ’08 of Eau Claire, Wis., coaches high school cross country boys and girls at North High School, a Division 1 school. GINA HECKL ’08 of Kaukauna, Wis., is an IT

service management lead at Oshkosh Corp. in Oshkosh. JULIE NELSON KUKOWSKI ’08 and BRUCE T. KUKOWSKI ’10 of Richmond Hill, Ga.,

write: “Bruce is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician and is stationed as a part of the 756th OD CO EOD at Fort Stewart, Ga. Julie is an assistant manager of Walgreens in Savannah and pursuing her license as a vet tech.” KIMBERLY LARSON ’08 of Eagan, Minn., is a chemist in the RDE Quality group at Ecolab. MISSY NYGAARD ’08 of Oshkosh, Wis., is the operations manager at Green 3 apparel. ERIN OAKLEY ’08 of Middleton, Wis., is a

recruiter for Northwestern Mutual.

Forrest Gray Russ, born Aug. 21, 2012. Stu is a social studies teacher at Laconia High School in Rosendale and an assistant football coach for Ripon College.

TRISHA SHAFER ’08 of Rice Lake, Wis., is a medical services coordinator for Home Medical Products and Services.

HILARY SMITH ’07 of Mishawaka, Ind., received

Ill., is a research analyst for The Black Stone Group.

her Ph.D. in biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is now a postdoctoral research associate at University of Notre Dame.


MARY STERRETT ’07 of Louisville, Ky., is a


ALEX ROYZEN ’08 and KENDALL GUIMOND ’08 of Evanston, Ill., were

married July 28, 2012. Alex is senior coordinator, Event and Affiliated Stores Team at OpticsPlanet Inc., an Internet retailer of outdoors, hunting and military gear. Kendall is the manager of customer experience at Centro, a digital advertising company. BRIAN SCHLEIS ’08 of Omro, Wis., is the

commodity manager for Alliance Laundry. JEANNA SPERBER ’08 of Green Bay,

Wis., married Brandon Matuszak, June 1, 2012. They have a son, Konnor Michael Matuszak, born March 22, 2012. CARL VEENENDAAL ’08 of Brookfield, Wis.,

graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the spring of 2012 with his master’s degree in public health. He is a wellness account manager at Interra Health Inc. ALLISON WINTERS ’08 of Woodbury, Minn., is

a communications associate for Ramsey County Parks & Recreation. ROBERT BERGFELD ’09 married ANN KENSETH ’10 in July 2012. They

VINCENT SPRATTE ’09 of Mosinee, Wis.,

ALYSSA PAULSEN ’10 of Ripon, Wis., is a

teaches social studies at Wausau West High School, and also coaches football and track.

reporter for Berlin Journal Newspapers where she mostly covers the Princeton area.

BRUCE STEPHENSON ’09 of Ripon, Wis., is a development associate for Major and Planned Giving at Ripon College.

NICK REVELLO ’10 of Ripon, Wis., is president

BOBBY WOOD ’09 and JESSICA DAVEY ’10 of Saukville, Wis., were married Aug.

of SMH Productions in Ripon. JACKIE REICHHART ’10 of Racine, Wis.,

The 2010s

teaches physical education and health in grades 9 through 12 and co-coaches varsity softball at Jerome I. Case High School. She also is studying for her master’s degree in leadership in education at Carthage College.

CONSUELO ARBOLEDA ’10 of Milwaukee,

ALICIA RHYNER ’10 of Ripon, Wis., received

Wis., is a bilingual communication assistant at Hamilton Relay Telecommunications in Middleton, Wis.

2,000-hour certification to teach Kripalu yoga.

11, 2012.

ANDY BEAN ’10 of Indianapolis, Ind., is a

Beyond Coal organizer with the Sierra Club. BENJAMIN HANAN FENDRICH ’10 of

Milwaukee, Wis., is a peer specialist with Community Advocates of Milwaukee. He also is a coordinator for the In Our Own Voice program with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

JENNIFER SCHALLA ’10 of Cross Plains, Wis., is a German and computer teacher in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. KRISTEN SWOBODA ’10 of Hartland, Wis.,

teaches second grade in Waukesha, Wis. HANNAH J. WEND LAKE ’10 of Wauwatosa, Wis., teaches elementary Spanish with the Wauwatosa School District.

live in Wausau, Wis., where he is an assistant relationship manager for US Bank, and she is an autism line therapist at Beyond Boundaries.

teaches high school English for the Randolph School District in Randolph, Wis.

CARISSA ZUERCHER ’10 of Ripon, Wis., is an assistant project coordinator at Accurate Controls Inc. in Ripon. She also is an assistant coach for the Ripon College women’s basketball program.

EMILY DEVILLERS ’09 of Milwaukee, Wis., is


KELCEY ANDERSON ’11 of Menomonie, Wis., is

Ill., is a development assistant at Juvenile Protective Association in Chicago.

a mortgage loan underwriter for Wisconsin Credit Union.

DANNY HANSON ’10 of Ripon, Wis., is a business analyst with Agnesian Healthcare.

ELYSE BEINE ’11 of Mayville, Wis., is a securities specialist for U.S. Bank.

JANEL KARSTEN ’10 of Waukesha, Wis., teaches

MATTHEW BERGER ’11 of Neenah, Wis., is a pharmacy technician at Walgreens. He is also completing pre-pharmacy coursework at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha, Wis.

a project associate with Wisconsin Clean Cities, whose primary project is the promotion of the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program. GRANT ERICKSON ’09 and CARISSA TURK ’11 of Greenfield, Wis., were

married July 7, 2012. JON LARSEN ’09 of Beaver Dam, Wis., is an operations manager at Inter-Quest in Beaver Dam, Wis. EMILY MATHEWS ’09 of St. Paul, Minn., married Ross Janke, July 28, 2012. Emily graduated with a master’s degree in social work in May and is a licensed graduate social worker. She is a mental health case manager at Guild Inc. in St. Paul. KEVIN MC GUIRE ’09 of Green Bay, Wis., is the

deployment specialist at Visonex, an information technology company. He helps plan, schedule and train customers in the use of software packages. AMANDA HOEFNER MC HENDRY ’09 of

Salt Lake City, Utah, is a student support representative for Strayer University. CATHIE SCHULT ’09 of Eagan, Minn., is an

integrated account analyst at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis, Minn.


science in grades 5 through 8 at St. Andrew’s parish in Delavan, Wis. LINDSAY KEOUGH ’10 of Waukesha, Wis., married Carlos Andres Rojas, June 30, 2012. LINDSAY KUEHL LAMB ’10 and her

husband, Ryan, of Stoughton, Wis., have a son, Drake Ryan Lamb, born June 30, 2012. AMANDA LINDAUER ’10 of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., is a fifth-grade teacher in the Cambria-Friesland School District in Cambria, Wis. JAKE MARSHALL ’10 of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is

JANA BEYER ’11 of Meerbusch, Germany, is studying for a master’s degree in sport management at the German Sport University Cologne in Cologne, Germany. She also coaches a girls’ U13 basketball team at the International School in Dusseldorf. STEVEN BOUCHER ’11 of Beaver Dam, Wis., is a graduate assistant for the baseball program at Lakeland College in Sheboygan.

an assistant football coach at Coe College.

KEVIN CEDERHOLM ’11 of New Berlin, Wis.,

BETH MARTINEZ ’10 of Portage, Wis.,

is a residential youth counselor at St. Aemilian’sLakeside in Milwaukee.

completed the medical technician program at Madison Area Technical College. She now is a medical laboratory technician at Dean Clinic. BETHANY PATTEN ’10 of Madison, Wis., married Oliver Wright, Sept. 1, 2012. She will graduate in May 2013 with a degree in occupational therapy.

JOANN DEIBELE ’11 of Miami, Fla., is an associate in brand development at Brand Institute of Miami. JOSEPH DREXLER ’11 of Appleton, Wis., is a

technical services analyst at Epic in Verona, Wis.

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PAUL EBBEN ’11 of Appleton, Wis., is a financial representative at Northwestern Mutual. CHASE ELSBECKER ’11 of Sobieski, Wis., is a customer service professional with APAC Customer Services in Green Bay, Wis. KURTIS HARDY ’11 of Appleton, Wis., is an

account executive with the Milwaukee Admirals, specializing in season ticket sales and group outing accounts. He previously worked for the Green Bay Gamblers, 2010 PGA Championship, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Tampa Bay Rays. AMANDA HASSEN ’11 of Glenview, Ill., is a preschool teacher at Créme de la Créme in Glenview. SARAH HOPKINS ’11 of Racine, Wis., is an

employment specialist with Goodwill Industries Workforce Development Center in Kenosha. ALLI MURPHY JENSEN ’11 of Minnetonka,

Minn., is working in the Global Education Department at Aveda Headquarters in Blaine, Minn. INGA JOHNSON ’11 of Chilton, Wis., teaches 5th grade at Riverview Middle School in Kaukauna, Wis. SEAN KITA ’11 of Orland Park, Ill., is a pharmacy technician for Target Corp. MICHAEL KOCHER ’11 of Random Lake, Wis., is

KURT ROEDER ’11 of West Bend, Wis., is an

EMILY SOCKNESS ’11 of Cottage Grove, Minn.,

assistant store manager at Walmart in West Bend.

is an operations processor at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Eagan, Minn.

KYLE ROY ’11 of Appleton, Wis., is a recruiter at Advanced Workforce Inc. (AWI) Staffing Solutions.

KATHRYN LAVIOLETTE ’11 of Appleton, Wis., is a volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity in Oshkosh, Wis., and a manager at GingeRootz Asian Grille in Appleton.

LIBBY RUSSO ’11 of Chicago, Ill., is a bookkeeper and payroll preparer for Rounsfull & Associates Ltd. in Glenview.

RUSSELL MALY ’11 of Mazomanie, Wis., is a sales associate for West Business Services in Middleton, Wis.

CORI SCHIMLER ’11 of Franksville, Wis., is a preschool teacher at the Learning Edge in Oak Creek, Wis.

communications intern with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington, D.C.

JOSH PASEK ’11 of Sleepy Hollow, Ill., is an IT

recruiter for Advanced Workforce Inc. ALLEN PUJANAUSKI ’11 of Fredonia, Wis., is a

teller at Associated Bank in Port Washington. VINCENT ROCCO ’11 of Madison, Wis., is a

business analyst at HP Enterprise Services. SHANE ROEBER ’11 of Pewaukee, Wis., is a stocker at Costco Wholesale.


(DeeAnn M.) Reeder Research Lab at Bucknell University. As part of a project by another graduate student in her lab, she went to Florida in September to sample for seasonal and species differences in immunity in several species of bats. In October, Missy attended a conference in Puerto Rico, where she talked about her summer work with big brown bats and won the student competition. She also is doing artwork for a paper her adviser is publishing.

a commercial recruiter at Aerotek staffing agency in Madison, Wis.

GARRISON MCMURTREY ’11 of Canton, Miss., is a


MISSY MEIERHOFER ’11 of Lewisburg, Pa., is a graduate student in animal behavior in the Dr.

RIPON C o l l e g e

CASEY SCHULTZ ’11 of Fond du Lac, Wis., is a teller at Hometown Bank. RUSTY SCHULTZ ’11 of Madison,

Wis., is the legislative aide in the office of State Representative Mike Endsley (R-Sheboygan Falls). He manages the assemblyman’s office and assists with developing and implementing general communication strategies of the GOP party caucus in the state assembly. ELIZABETH SHADLE ’11 of Marengo, Ill., is

case manager for mentally ill clients with Pioneer Center for Human Services. SARA SISCO ’11 of Washington, D.C., works at

Clyde’s restaurant in Georgetown.

ALEXANDER TOMASHECK ’11 of Michigan City, Ind., is a science teacher and basketball coach at Michigan City High School. EMILY YOUNG ’11 of Chicago, Ill., is an executive assistant at The Frances Xavier Warde School in Chicago. BROOKE ZANK ’11 of East Troy, Wis., is a line therapist with the Wisconsin Early Autism Project in Brookfield. ANNE BAILEY ’12 of Bayside, Wis., is a chemist at Falcon Industrial Inc. in Milwaukee. GEOFF BRUCE ’12 of Beloit, Wis., is a reporter/

page designer for Beloit Daily News. KAYLA CRAWLEY ’12 of Mukwonago, Wis., is a mental health associate at Northwest Passage in Webster, Wis. RENEE DEBRUIN ’12 of Oshkosh, Wis., married Ben Eisley, Sept. 8, 2012. JOSHUA FABIAN ’12 of New Berlin, Wis., teaches physical education at Berlin Middle School in Berlin, Wis.

In Memoriam STACY HAMILTON ’12 of Incline Village, Nev., is an admission counselor at Sierra Nevada College at Lake Tahoe.

For full obituaries, please visit MARY ALICE KOHL GIBNEY ’40 of Portland,

THOMAS PATTERSON ’55 of Minocqua, Wis.,

JARED JORGENSEN ’12 of Chicago is a

Ore., died March 14, 1912.

died Sept. 18, 2012.

lighting designer and light board operator at The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.

LEIGH WILLIAMS ’40 of Green Lake, Wis., died

ROBERT TAGGE ’55 of Round Rock, Texas, died

Oct. 4, 2012.

Aug. 20, 2012.

DAVID KACZMARCZYK ’12 of Chicago is a

campaign staff member for the Illinois Republican Organization in Park Ridge, Ill. ANDREW KALDUNSKI ’12 of Edgar, Wis., is

an automation programmer at Loos Machine & Automation in Colby, Wis. KATLYN LEE ’12 of Monroe, Wis., is a sales agent with Bankers Life and Casualty Co. in Green Bay, Wis. ANDREW MANS ’12 of Coon Rapids, Minn., is a

2nd lieutenant with the Minnesota National Guard. ROBERTA MARTIN ’12 of Bellevue, Wash., is an

assistant teacher at Tiny Tribe School in Seattle, Wash. CEZAR MUNOZ ’12 of Ripon, Wis., is an administrative associate with the Green Lake Festival of Music in Green Lake, Wis.

JAMES HILDEBRAND ’41 of Sheboygan, Wis.,

NEIL DAETZ ’56 of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., died

died Nov. 11, 2011.

April 25, 2012.


DELBERT TAEBEL ’56 of Arlington, Texas, died

Hendersonville, N.C., died Feb. 3, 2013.

Aug. 31, 2012.

THEODORE ANDREWS ’44 of El Monte, Calif.,

J. PATRICK HOULIHAN ’57 of Bel Aire, Kan.,

died May 25, 2012.

died Sept. 10, 2012.

ROBERT F. WILLIAMS ’44 of Alexandria, Va.,

BYUNG CHO “B.C.” KIM ’57 of Columbus,

died Jan. 11, 2010.

Ohio, died July 17, 2012.

DAVID HARGRAVE ’47 of Santa Rosa, Calif.,

ROBERT SPANGLER ’60 of New York, N.Y., died

died June 25, 2012.

Dec. 24, 2012.

JOHN “JACK” CAREW ’48 of Oshkosh, Wis.,


died June 14, 2012.

Watertown, Wis., died Nov. 23, 2012.

HOWARD BUCHHOLZ ’49 of Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Manitowoc, Wis., died Sept. 24, 2011.

Philadelphia, Pa., died Sept. 15, 2012.

JAMES HELF ’49 of Appleton, Wis., died July

Yuma, Ariz., died July 29, 2012.

14, 2012. PAUL KOTTKE ’49 of Fond du Lac, Wis., died

March 1, 2011. AURORA POLLEI ’12 of Shell Lake, Wis., is an

BRADLEY HOFFMANN ’50 of Wausau, Wis.,


Ill., died July 29, 2012. PATRICIA INNES DUSSLING ’65 of Arlington

Heights, Ill., died Oct. 20, 2012.

assistant curator at The Museum of The Red River in Idabel, Okla.

died July 22, 2012.

WILLIAM RODGERS ’12 of Edina, Minn., is a

Bloomington, Ill., died Dec. 30, 2012.

Bend, Wis., and Key West, Fla., died Aug. 1, 2012.

financial planner at Voyager Financial Services in St. Louis Park, Minn.

DEAN LEMKE ’50 of St. Paul, Minn., died Jan.


26, 2013.

of Afton, Minn., died June 4, 2011.

MARCUS A. MCCORISON ’50 of Worcester,

LYNNE VORUDA LARSON ’75 of Scottsdale,

Mass., died Feb. 3, 2013.

Ariz., died Oct. 27, 2010.

NICOLAS SCHAALMA ’12 of Beaver Dam, Wis., is a financial adviser with Edward Jones Investments. KATRINA SCHAULAND ’12 of Edwards, Colo.,

volunteers with Americorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity at the Habitat Restore in Eagle, Colo. MATTHEW SWITZLER ’12 of Rosendale, Wis., is a software engineer at Epic Computers in Verona, Wis.



GRACE JENSEN SAVAGE ’50 of Appleton, Wis.,

RICHARD SEMLING ’77 of Wausau, Wis., died

died Oct. 1, 2012.

Nov. 25, 2012.

ELLEN FREITAG STONE ’51 of Batavia, Ill., died

SUSAN FOX MCGUIRE ’80 of Hinsdale, Ill., died

Aug. 31, 2012.

Dec. 28, 2012.

JOAN IOAS VARELLAS ’51 of Fresno, Calif.,

died Aug. 31, 2012.

WILFRIED J. ZEHM ’80 of Wittighausen, Germany, died Sept. 3, 2012.

JACOB VAN GROLL ’12 of Maribel, Wis., is an

REESE GRIFFITHS ’52 of Brookfield, Wis., died

JAMES “JAMIE” ROYCE ’84 of Orlando, Fla.,

July 1, 2012.

died June 20, 2012.

equipment/recruitment/operations/defensive intern at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.


PATRICK BEGAN ’93 of Neenah, Wis., died

Tampa, Fla., died Aug. 5, 2012.

Sept. 7, 2012.

RACHEL WEYKER ’12 of Appleton, Wis., is a

DOUGLAS TOLL ’52 of Frankfurt, Germany, died


French bilingual team leader at Alta Resources in Appleton.

Sept. 29, 2012.

Dells, Wis., died June 12, 2012.

JOAN PRAHL ARNOLD ’53 of New London,

MICHAEL FERIN of New Palestine, Ind., vice

MARGARET WIENER ’12 of Chicago, Ill., is an assistant and office administrator with Vincent Gianfortune, DDS, in Chicago.

Wis., died Dec. 23, 2012.

president for development at Ripon College from 1974 to 1982, died Jan. 2, 2013.

GAVIN ZIMMERMAN ’12 of Ripon, Wis., is head

cook at Taste of New Orleans in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

JEAN MILLER MATHIESEN ’53 of Traverse City,

Mich., died March 27, 2012.


JOHN ENGLISH ’54 of Newport Coast, Calif.,

Fla., trustee, Partner in the Legacy and honorary degree recipient in 2002, died Jan. 8, 2013.

died Oct. 15, 2012. JOAN LE MENSE THORSON ’54 of

Shepherdstown, W. Va., died March 10, 2011. RALPH ALFIDI ’55 of Santa Fe, N.M., died Aug.

OLIMPIA OGILVIE, professor of art at Ripon College from 1975 to 1993 and former chair of the department, died Sept. 7, 2012.

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Sporting Pals Sam Dubow ’46, left, and Ed Buckley ’42 shared camaraderie in Ripon College sports. Both kept up their sporting interest after they left Ripon. Sam served in the military and received advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota and Michigan State University. He coached football in Kaukauna, Wis., and Ironwood and Sault St. Marie, Mich. He also was the high school principal in Sault St. Marie for many years until his retirement. He was the first basketball coach for Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, and the sports teams’ nickname – the Samsons – was named in Sam’s honor. He was inducted into the UP Sports Hall of Fame. He died in 1992. “Buc” Buckley served during World War II and the Korean War, and he retired from the Army Reserves. He was a scout for the New York Yankees during the 1950s and 1960s. His wife was Jeanette Hotvedt Buckley ’44, and his granddaughter, Jennifer Buckley Snelson of Laurel, Md., is a 1997 Ripon graduate. Buc died in 2002.

Ripon Magazine Winter 2013  

Ripon College's Winter 2013 edition of Ripon Magazine

Ripon Magazine Winter 2013  

Ripon College's Winter 2013 edition of Ripon Magazine