Featured Alumni: Jerry Buckler ’87

Jerry Buckler ’87


1.     List some of your awards, achievements, honors you would like to highlight.

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rio Grande College in 1987.  At Capital University Law School, I was a member and Associate Editor of the Capital University Law Review.

For nine years, I was an elected school board member in the Valley Local School District, Lucasville, Ohio.  I served as President and Vice President of the school board.
2.     What made you choose to pursue a college education at Rio Grande?

Rio Grande offered me a great academic scholarship that I could not refuse.  As well, Rio was far enough away from home that the fit was just right.
3.     How were you involved on Rio’s campus?

At Rio, I served as a Resident Assistant in Holzer Hall for three of my four years at Rio.  I also enjoyed many friends at Rio who remain friends today.
4.     What did Rio offer you besides an education?

Rio offered me a chance to get away from home, but not so far away that I couldn’t get home if I needed to.  Rio also offered me a chance to become a high school mathematics teacher.  I had great professors in both the Education and Mathematics Departments.
5.     What are some of your favorite Rio memories?

I enjoyed hanging out with my friends at Rio.  I especially enjoyed the tennis courts and going to the basketball games.
6.     Was there any teacher, advisor, coach, etc. that made an impact on your life? How?

I really enjoyed Dr. Rhodes and Professor Withee in the Mathematics Department.  These two professors showed me both the rigid and not-so-rigid sides to the study of math.
7.     What did you learn about yourself during college?

I learned that a college degree was important and that a degree would provide me with  job and life security.
8.     Tell us about life after Rio.

I immediately started teaching.  I never once was a substitute teacher as math teachers were in high demand.
9.     How did Rio prepare you for your career?

Rio prepared me to be a strong teacher.  Rio’s mathematics degree program prepared me to be an analytical thinker.
10.  Why are you proud to be a Rio Alumna/Alumnus?

I am proud to be a Rio Alumnus because I believe Rio is where it all started for me.  I am proud to say I graduated from this small school.
11.  Do you have any advice for current students?

Set a goal.  Establish a game plan.  Have fun, but don’t lose sight of the game plan and the goal.

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