Charles and Gaye Bland of Rockdale announce the engagement of their daughter, Caryn Elizabeth Bland to Clayton Vaughn Rippstein, son of Robert and Linda Rippstein of Beeville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of S.C. and Vermel Bland and LeJean Quinney and the late Kenneth “Skeet” Quinney, all of Rockdale. She is a 2009 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is a financial analyst with Newfield Exploration in The Woodlands. The prospective groom is a 2009 graduate of Texas State University and is self employed as a petroleum landman. A Dec. 14 wedding is being planned at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center at The University of Texas at Austin.