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EAC Invites Community to 125th Anniversary Celebration

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EAC Invites Community to 125th Anniversary Celebration

By Aaron Tohtsoni

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College is inviting the community to join in celebrating its 125th Anniversary. There are a slew of events planned for the weekend of September 13-14, 2013. The events are open to the whole community and EAC alumni are especially invited to come out and show their support for EAC.

The festivities will start with a dinner program on Friday, September 13, 2013, at 6 p.m. in Gerald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center. In attendance will be state and local representatives, members of the College administration, and the many friends and alumni of the College. Admission to the dinner is $30/person and attendees need to notify the EAC Alumni Center soon, as seating is limited.

Saturday’s events will commence at 11 a.m., with the 125th Anniversary/Homecoming Parade that will start at Thatcher High School and continue along Church Street to Stadium Avenue and on to John Mickelson Football Stadium. The parade theme is “Happy 125th Birthday EAC!” Local businesses are encouraged to enter a float. For more information about the parade and how to enter, call parade committee chair, Jody Peck, at (928) 792-6516.

EAC Alum Craig Davis will bring his professional illusion show “Circus of Illusion” to the Fine Arts Auditorium stage at 2 p.m. Davis has entertained audiences all across the country with his show which features demonstrations of illusion and magic. This promises to be a popular show and seating is limited, so call or email the Alumni Center at (928) 428-8295 or to reserve your tickets today. Tickets for the Circus of Illusion are $20/person and include admission to the 6 p.m. pregame BBQ and the 2013 Homecoming Football game, as the Fighting Gila Monsters look to take out the Glendale Community College Gauchos at 7 p.m.

The EAC Alumni Visitor Center and Foundation, which recently moved into its new facilities in the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center, will host a dedication ceremony at 4 p.m.

Founded in 1888, Eastern Arizona College has seen many name changes, construction changes, and different students, but the same core values —focus on the individual student, affordability, excellent education and faculty who care about the success of the student—have not changed, and that’s what keeps EAC as a top destination for education.

For more information or for tickets to any of the homecoming events, contact the EAC Alumni Center at (928) 428-8590 or by email at