Gerald Riseley '64 Has Four Key Reasons He Is Giving Back

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Gerald Riseley '64

Academic excellence, down-to-earth values, a good value for the cost and an environment that promotes closeness with professors and other students: Those are four reasons why Gerald Riseley '64 is giving back to Central Michigan University. The retired engineer has created several charitable gift annuities that pay him income for life, with the remainder to go to the university.

"CMU gave me so much in getting off to a good career," says the physics and math major. Gerald initially worked as a design engineer but then became a sales and marketing engineer, selling sensors and hardware for an Oklahoma firm and winning many sales awards. He retired to Punta Gorda, Florida, 16 years ago.

Gerald says he chose gift annuities because they are a "win-win" for him and CMU. "They provide nice benefits to the university and to myself - a sense of giving back and a nice return for me," he says. "When Ted Tolcher (associate vice president for development and external relations) visited me at my home in Florida, I felt a special connection to CMU."

That connection began as an undergraduate with the caring attitude of the professors. "The physics professors especially were very patient and provided all that was necessary to learn and get involved in the lab experiments," Gerald recalls. "I really enjoyed the closeness to some of the professors."

The honors student also liked working part-time in the TV studio, running the video recording/playback machine. Now he loves to sail near his Florida home and also enjoys antique automobiles and traveling. He has visited CMU and commented that it has "grown tremendously."

"CMU is one of the best values in terms of return on investment - I was economically rewarded because of my education," Gerald says. "At the same time, I learned how to be a balanced citizen. CMU really helps you feel that you are an important part of it."

 

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