Rising sophomore aims for new sports management major

Eric Fels had early exposure to what Ripon College’s small campus could offer him. During the summer between his junior and senior years of high school, he was able to explore the Ripon campus while he serving as a citizen at the annual Badger Boys State, held each year for the past 75 years on the Ripon College campus. He was able to live in a residence hall and get a feel for the campus.

Also, his older sister, Amy, who will be a senior at Ripon in the fall, gave him exposure to what Ripon College was like. Eric decided to attend Ripon College after he toured the campus and met with Professor Mary Avery, now a retired professor of business management.

“I love the feel of the campus, its location in the heart of a small, close-knit community, and the personal relationships the small class sizes offer,” Fels says.

Fels will be a sophomore at Ripon this fall. Extracurricular activities have been an important aspect of the college experience for Fels. He is a member of several organizations, including Ducks Unlimited, a group that aims to restore and conserve wetlands and other waterfowl habitats; and the campus chapter of Love Your Melon, a group that supports children affected by cancer. He also helps out at events sponsored by EGOR, the Environmental Group of Ripon.

“These groups have forced me to become better at time management as I have to balance homework and jobs around meetings and events,” Fels says. “They also have allowed me to make connections with other students, as well as faculty and staff, making Ripon feel even friendlier than it already did.” His time management skills clearly paid off as he was named to the Ripon College Dean’s List for both the fall and spring semesters during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Fels, a native of Hubertus, Wisconsin, currently has an undeclared major; however, he plans to declare as a sports management major and economics minor this fall. “My ultimate goal after college is to wind up in the front office of the Green Bay Packers organization, but plans are still in the works,” he says.

That goal may not be so far out of reach. Two Ripon College alumni are working in the Packers front office now. Amanda Breitenfeldt Wery ’06 is client services coordinator for the Packers, and Craig Benzel ’86 is the Packers’ vice president of sales and business development.

Tessa Dillenbeck ’17
Walworth, Wisconsin


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