Featured Alumni: Elizabeth Dyer

Elizabeth Dyer


Elizabeth DyerCollege for Elizabeth Dyer was all about friends. At a place like Rio, with its small campus size, many form close relationships, and this was the case for this two time graduate.

At the age of 15, Dyer started classes through the College Credit Plus Program, and so when it came time to finish a degree, she said it just made sense to stay. Dyer’s mother, Jenny Dyer Henchey (Class of 1990) also worked at Rio, and her stepfather, Russell, currently is a Rio employee.

Describing herself as a social butterfly, Dyer said the close relationships she formed at Rio were very special to her. She was very involved in campus life, as she enjoyed planning events and parties on campus. Dyer even had her own talk show on Rio Cable Access with her best friend.

With two degrees from Rio in hand (Associates in General Studies ‘17, and Bachelors in Communications ‘19) Dyer moved out of state to South Beach, Miami, FL with her boyfriend, Chris Vaughn, soon after Commencement 2019. Dyer said she lived in Ohio her whole life, and so therefore was adamant about moving. She and Chris packed up their belongings and found themselves very far from Southeast Ohio with just a dream to succeed. After waiting for her career to begin, Dyer worked with Victoria’s Secret, Melissa’s (a shoe store), and within a month, she was hired by a private software company. Vaughn began work right away as a private trainer. Her new position with Kaseya as a Solutions Specialist is a job title Dyer is proud of.

What did Rio offer you besides an education? 

Lifelong memories, sometimes painful but necessary life lessons, and the joys of a simple life. I reflect very fondly on my experiences at the University. I was enrolled in the University from age 15-20, so I went through an immense amount of growth during this time.

What are some of your favorite Rio memories? 

Soccer and basketball games, the Farm Festival, and the sense of community.

Was there any teacher, advisor, coach, etc. that made an impact on your life? How? 

Dr. Kay-Anne Darlington. She’s the realest. Dr. Darlington was the perfect mix of teacher, consultant, therapist, and parent. I stay in touch with her to this day.

What did you learn about yourself during college?

Everything. College will teach you as much about yourself as you allow it to. Allow yourself to be young, allow yourself to make mistakes, and allow yourself to learn from these mistakes- but never stop chasing a better version of yourself in the process.

Why are you proud to be a Rio Alumna/Alumnus?

Rio is the reason for who I am today, and who I am today makes me prouder than anything else.

Do you have any advice for current students?

Enjoy being young, and don’t take these times for granted. College is more than just preparing for your career- it is an entire life experience that you will never be able to relive. Get out of bed more, finish your work early, and embrace those around you, because one day you and your classmates will have gone your separate ways, and all you will have with you are the memories you make now.

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