JOLENE SCHATZINGER STANDS outside Ripon College’s Smith Hall, where she now works after graduating in 2007. submitted photo
JOLENE SCHATZINGER STANDS outside Ripon College’s Smith Hall, where she now works after graduating in 2007. submitted photo

     “I missed Ripon.”

     When Emily Ingemann talks about how she ended up working for Ripon College, that’s one of the first things that come to mind for the 2012 graduate, who now is also the college’s assistant director of admission.

     “On a whim [I] decided to check out the ‘employment’ page” a few months after graduating, she said — and that’s where she found an open position at Ripon College. “I was very lucky and excited to come back to my alma mater after a short time away.”

     Think this is an isolated story?

     You’d be surprised.

     All told, 45 former students of the school have chosen to steer their careers “home.”

     While I don’t know whether that’s statistically higher than other institutions, one thing is clear: a not-insignificant number of people “missed” Ripon College so much that they chose to come back.

     But why? That’s where the story gets interesting. ...

     To read the entire column, see the Sept. 13, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.