Giddy up, Dr. Z!

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Dr. Jacqueline Claunch of Northwest Vista, Dr. Patricia Candia of St. Philip’s, Dr. Ana M. “Cha” Guzmán of Palo Alto College and Dr. Robert Zeigler of San Antonio College at a board meeting Dec. 12, 2003. File

Dr. Jacqueline Claunch of Northwest Vista, Dr. Patricia Candia of St. Philip’s, Dr. Ana M. “Cha” Guzmán of Palo Alto College and Dr. Robert Zeigler of San Antonio College at a board meeting Dec. 12, 2003. File

What does a man who sacrificed so much for this college do for himself in retirement?

That is the question Dr. Robert Zeigler will face soon.

As Zeigler creates a new — and less taxing — to-do list, The Ranger would like to offer a few suggestions for building an effective and successful retirement.

HGo fishing.

As president, Zeigler was required to attend board of trustees meetings, so sitting still for long periods waiting for something to happen will not be a new experience for him.

HHave pizza with the president.

Twice each year, students were bribed with a slice of pizza to question the president directly on any topic.

With no more students to answer to, it’s Zeigler’s turn for pizza with the president of his home enterprise, Mary Zeigler.

We bet she’ll pick the topic, though.

HRead a good book.

After years of countless repetitive reports, enervating emails and officially documented detritus, Zeigler can read purely for enjoyment.

If the good doctor likes edge-of-your-seat thrillers, murder mysteries, unpredictable characters and tales of the heroic underdog, he can continue to log onto theranger.org.

He can keep up with the “progress” of EDUC 1300 and other initiatives.

HSimplify our favorite recipe.

On occasion, members of College Council were treated to Zeigler’s homemade rum cake.

Without the damper of surveillance cameras everywhere, skip the cake and let the rum flow.

But remember, drink responsibly.

HGo shopping.

We’ve all seen hints of the president’s colorful side.

Now that his afternoon schedule has been cleared, it’s a perfect time to visit the mall.

Grab a Cinnabon and browse the sock aisles of your favorite menswear departments.

HGo abroad.

With all his newly freed time, Zeigler should travel beyond our borders to see what the world has to offer.

And who knows, in some exotic destination like Spain, China or Saudi Arabia, he might run across Alamo Colleges trustees. Keep running.

Of all the choices Zeigler has once he retires, the first thing ought to be reflecting on his accomplishments, service and stalwart leadership at this college.

Thank you, Mr. President, and may you live happily ever after.

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