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Registration Details | Lower Level, Pickard Commons
  • Friday: 8AM to 4PM
  • Saturday: 8AM to noon
Stop in, register, and pick up a Ripon College swag bag as well as coupons to Knuth Brewing Company and Vines & Rushes Winery. Plus, get an official name tag. You can also view campus hours or community events. All Family Weekend questions can be directed to the Office of Constituent Engagement at 920.728.8126 or [email protected]

Friday, October 1

11:15AM- 12:35PM

OPEN CLASSES | Parents and families are welcome to sit in on a Catalyst class! Select from the following:

  • 11:15AM-12:15PM
    1. THINKING IS AN OPTION | Room 108, Todd Wehr Hall | This Catalyst 120 course is taught by David Scott, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and Chair of Mathematical Sciences Department.
    2. THE WORLD IS GOING TO HELL | Room 215, Todd Wehr Hall | This Catalyst 120 course is taught by Joe Hatcher, Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Psychology Department, and the Pieper Family Chair of Servant Leadership.
  • 11:35AM-12:35PM
    1. EXPLORING CULTURAL ENCOUNTERS | Room 115, Todd Wehr Hall | This Catalyst 210 course is taught by Ursula Dalinghaus, Visiting Professor of Anthropology.
    2. TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS: RECREATING MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN TRIALS | Kresge Little Theatre, East Hall | This Catalyst 220 course is taught by Diane Mockridge, Professor of History.


POSTER SESSION WITH STUDENT RESEARCHERS & FACULTY | Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union | Students who participated in the Summer Opportunity for Advanced Research (SOAR) will present their research.


PIANO MASTERCLASS WITH IAN MOSCHENROSS AND JULIA ANDREWS | Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts | Professional pianists will lead an open masterclass for students that is open to guests.


RIPON COLLEGE SOCIAL HOSTED BY THE RIPON PARENTS NETWORK (RPN) AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES | Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union | This is an opportunity for parents and families to connect with faculty, staff, fellow parents, and members of the Board of Trustees. Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be served.


CHAMBER & JAZZ SERIES: IAN MOSCHENROSS AND JULIA ANDREWS, PIANO | Demmer Recital Hall, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts | Pianists Ian Moschenross and Julia Andrews join impressive forces on the Demmer Hall Steinways in a program entitled “Tragedy and Triumph: The C-Minor Piano Concerti of Mozart and Beethoven.” 


RED HAWKS WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL vs. Lake Forest College | Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Gymnasium, Willmore Center | Wear your red and white, and cheer on the Red Hawks!


PARANORMAL RIPON TOUR | Meet outside the main entrance of the S.N. Pickard Commons | Join the student organization, Ripon College Paranormal Investigators (RCPI), for an exciting and hair-raising “Haunted Walking Tour” of campus, where you will learn the dark secrets and intriguing history that surrounds some of the most iconic buildings on campus.

Saturday, October 2


MORNING GENTLE YOGA | Studio 214, Upper Level, Willmore Center | Join Ripon College alumna and certified yoga instructor, Emily Sheeks Ingemann ’12 for a guided, gentle yoga session. All attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and are welcome to bring their own mat. Extra mats will be available.


COFFEE & CAREERS MORNING MIXER | Center for Career and Professional Development, Lower Level S.N. Pickard Commons | Meet for complimentary coffee, light refreshments, and relaxed conversation with fellow parents and select campus staff. Tours of Rally’s Career Closet will also be available.

  • 8:30AM | CAREER RESOURCES | Meet the new director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, Mary Hatlen, and hear about important resources for students related to their career paths.
  • 8:40AM | ACADEMIC AFFAIRS UPDATE | Hear a brief update on academics from the Associate Dean of Faculty and Registrar, Michele Wittler ’76.


ANNUAL FALL RIPON PARENTS NETWORK (RPN) MEETING | North Reading Room, Lane Library | Meet fellow parents, receive pertinent campus updates, and learn more about volunteer opportunities to get involved with the Ripon Parents Network (RPN). This is an informational session and business meeting intended for all parents attending Family Weekend. 


TOUR THE FRANZEN CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS | Franzen Center for Academic Success, Lane Library | Meet the director of the Franzen Center for Academic Success, Brenda Gabrielson, for a tour of the center and learn about the resources that all students have available to them. 


BRUNCH AND FAMILY PICTURES | Main Dining Room, S.N. Pickard Commons | Students will swipe their OneCard, but all family members enjoy a complimentary meal.

Get your family photo taken from 10:15-11:30AM!


OPEN HOUSE AT THE CENTER FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION (CDI) | Room G2, Lower Level, Bartlett Hall | Meet the Director of Multicultural Affairs, Maria Mendoza-Bautista to learn about the resources available to students, check out the Jerry Thompson Study Room, and find out more about upcoming events organized by the CDI.


RED HAWKS WOMEN’S SOCCER GAME vs. Cornell College | Prairie Field, Union Street | Wear your red and white, and cheer on the Red Hawks!


RED HAWKS WOMEN’S TENNIS MATCH vs. Lawrence University | Ripon High School Courts, Metomen Street | Wear your red and white, and cheer on the Red Hawks!


WALK ON THE PRAIRIE | Meet at the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy trailhead west of the Willmore Center 

Join Professor of Biology Emeritus Skip Wittler for a 1.5-hour guided trail walk through the College’s 130-acre conservancy that features native prairie, oak savannah, and wetlands habitat.


RED HAWK FOOTBALL GAME vs. Illinois College | Ingalls Field, Fond du Lac Avenue | Admission to the game is $5 per person; Students are free. Wear your red and white, and cheer on the Red Hawks! The Rally Band is scheduled to perform during the game.


RED HAWK WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL MATCH vs. Illinois College | Doc Weiske ’50 Memorial Gymnasium, Willmore Center | Wear your red and white, and cheer on the Red Hawks!


RED HAWK MEN’S SOCCER GAME vs. Cornell College | Prairie Field, Union Street | Wear your red and white, and cheer on the Red Hawks!


MINI MASTERCLASS – “Is the World Going to Hell?” | Room 104, Todd Wehr Hall | Join Professor of Psychology Joe Hatcher for an engaging conversation that draws content from Ripon’s Catalyst Curriculum.


MINI MASTERCLASS – “Pouring my Heart Out!” | Room 122, Farr Hall | Join Assistant Professor of Biology Robin Forbes-Lorman while she “pours her heart out” about one of her favorite organs.


HISTORY TOUR OF RIPON’S HISTORIC CEMETERY | Meet at the Fire Pit outside of The Spot | Join Associate Professor of Art History Travis Nygard and current Ripon College students for a guided walking tour that is organized in collaboration with the Ripon Historical Society. 


RESIDENCE LIFE PRESENTS: COUCH POTATO | A late-night campus event that is open to parents and families with a student participating. More information will be provided at registration.

Sunday, October 3


POETRY FOR YOUR PALATE! | Heritage Room, S.N. Pickard Commons | “Cleanse your palate” with words by joining new faculty member and Wisconsin’s Own Library poet-in-residence, Steve Bellin-Oka for a poetry talk and reading before brunch.


BRUNCH | Enjoy brunch in the S.N. Pickard Commons or at any one of the local dining establishments. 


WORSHIP SERVICE WITH SPECIAL BLESSING FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES | First Congregational Church of Ripon, next to East Hall | Join Pastor Jeffrey Dodson, a Ripon College Class of 2006 graduate, and his congregation for a special blessing of Ripon College students and their families. You are also invited to join them in their fellowship hall for coffee and a light breakfast immediately following the service. Tours of their newly remodeled interfaith chapel will also be provided.

For a comprehensive list of Places to Worship in Ripon visit: www.ripon-wi.com/ripon/live/places-of-worship 


MINI MASTERCLASS – “What’s the Big Deal about Common Core Math?” | Room 104, Todd Wehr Hall | Join the Director of Teacher Education and Ripon Parents Network Co-Chair, Jean Rigden P’19/P’22 for a conversation about Common Core Math and how it is impacting the ways students learn. 


MINI MASTERCLASS – “Do ‘Special Interests’ Rule America?” | Kresge Little Theatre, East Hall | Join Professor of Politics and Government, Henrik Schatzinger for an insightful discussion on the influence of interest groups in political campaigns and the political process.


Admission Office, Hughes House

Friday 9:00AM-5:00PM

Starbucks, Lower Level S.N. Pickard Commons

Friday: 7:00AM-4:00PM
Saturday: 7:00AM-2:00PM
Sunday: 11:00AM-2:00PM

The Spot, Ground Level Harwood Memorial Union

Friday: 11:00AM-10:00PM

Enjoy free pool, grab a bite to eat, or just relax.

S.N. Pickard Commons

Friday: 7:00-9:00AM; 11:00-2:00PM; 5:00-7:30PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00AM-2:00PM; 5:00-7:30PM

Willmore Center 

Friday: 5:00AM-10:00PM
Saturday and Sunday: 6:00AM-8:00PM

Kohler Pool, Willmore Center

Friday: 11:00AM-1:00PM; 7:00-9:00PM
Saturday and Sunday: 2:00-5:00PM

Families will be provided a complimentary pass for the weekend to utilize our fitness facility, including the pool, upon request at registration.

Caestecker Gallery, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts

Friday: 2:00-5:00PM
Sunday: 2:00-6:00PM

Featuring an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Michael Davidson titled “More Scenes from ‘Our Addictions to Fictions.’”

Lane Library

Friday: 7:30AM-6:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM-8:00PM
Sunday: Noon-Midnight


View the online Ripon Community Guide for information on local dining, shopping, recreation, and places of worship: https://bit.ly/38ykj17 


Ripon Historical Society: 508 Watson Street, Ripon

Friday and Saturday: 10:00AM-1:00PM

Students from Ripon College, Sarah Nakis ’23, Aftyn Reinwand ’23, and Bailey Zanck ’22, recently created an exhibit featuring art, clothing, jewelry, and artifacts, titled, “Remembrance, Temperance, and Suffrage: What Women of Ripon Made, Wore, Drank, and Thought.” 


DiG Garden Store & More: 218 Watson Street, Ripon

Friday: 10:30AM-5:30PM; Saturday: 10:00AM-4:00PM

Stop downtown to pick out a succulent to plant in a Ripon College mug to take home. All materials for this make-and-take project are complimentary.


National Historic Landmark: 305 Blackburn Street

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00AM-4:00PM

Learn about the history of the founding of the Republican Party in Ripon, and receive a complimentary Little White Schoolhouse postcard.