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The Career Discovery Tour is a program committed to further expanding student-alumni career networking opportunities. In 2014, the program was recognized with the “Best Student Alumni Programming” award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Offered annually during spring break, the Career Discovery Tour provides 12-16 students the opportunity to travel for a week to vibrant cities across the United States to gain first-hand knowledge of a variety of careers directly from successful Ripon alumni and friends. Click here if you are interested in serving as a host for an upcoming tour. Constituent Engagement staff accompany students on the tour and help to design meeting schedules and flex time that meets the needs of most students. Previous trips have included Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Colorado, Washington, D.C. and Texas. This critical engagement opportunity is made possible with support from the Alumni Association Board of Directors and others.

Spring 2024 Tour Details

Ripon College will visit alumni and sights in Boston and New York City, with stops between in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Dates: Friday, March 8, to Thursday, March 14, 2024

Cost per Student: $450* (includes airfare, lodging, most meals and ground transportation)

*Financial assistance will be available to qualified students upon request.

Ripon College students onsite during career discovery tour experience

Alumni & Friend Visits:

The following Alumni and Friends will be sharing experiences with students during the tour:

Jamie Hawley ’88
  • Majors: Biology and Anthropology
  • Owner, Flatlander Surfcasting
Kris Diemer Hawley ’88
  • Majors: Spanish and Biology
  • Scientific Document Analyst, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals
  • Master of Science Pharmacology, Michigan State University
Rachel Hawley ’19
  • Major: Chemistry-Biology
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, US Medical Affairs
  • Doctorate of Pharmacology, University of Wisconsin
Stephen Pugh ’76
  • Major: Biology
  • Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of New Hampshire
  • Master of Science Biology, University of North Dakota; Ph.D. in Biology, Boston University
Barbara Janssen Pugh ’78
  • Major: Biology
  • Retired Environmental Consultant Specializing in Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Master in Public Health, Boston University
Trustee Deb Jensen Lahteine ’93
  • Majors: Mathematics and Philosophy
  • Senior Vice President, L. Knife & Son, LLC
  • MBA, Bentley University
Trustee George Zornada ’87
  • Majors: Economics and History
  • Partner, K&L Gates
  • JD, Washington University
Margaret Carne
  • Program Manager of the International Relations Program, Tufts University
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of California Berkeley
Jesse Rye ’02
  • Major: Theatre
  • Executive Director, Farm Fresh Rhode Island
  • Master of Arts Management, Carnegie Mellon University;  Heinz School of Public Policy and Management
Sam Sondalle ’11
  • Majors: Biology and Chemistry
  • Solnit Integrated Fellow in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry, Yale University
  • M.Phil. in Genetics, Yale University; Ph.D. in Genetics, Yale University; M.D., Yale School of Medicine
Mya Yupar Oo ’20
  • Majors: Business Management and Communication
  • Digital Investment Associate, Wavemaker
Dustin Zuelke ’09
  • Majors: Biology and Chemistry
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, City College of New York
Jason Wood ’96
  • Majors: Business Management and Chemistry
  • Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, TravelAdvocates
  • MBA, St Joseph’s University Philadelphia
Nicole Klaas Hands ’06
  • Majors: Politics and Government, Law and Society
  • Director of Marketing, Blueprint Investment Partners
Adam Krueger ’07
  • Majors: Business Administration and Theatre
  • Director of Operations, GrubHub
  • Master of Science Advertising Management, Boston University

Plus many more! Additional alumni site visits and sightseeing opportunities are still being finalized and will depend on student interests.

Interested students should complete the application by November 27, 2023.