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Public invited to attend dedication of EAC’s Memorial Bell Tower

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Public invited to attend dedication of EAC’s Memorial Bell Tower

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—EAC President Mark Bryce has announced the upcoming dedication of the College’s Memorial Bell Tower at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2007.

The program will include the EAC Band and A Cappella Choir; EAC President Mark Bryce; Dr. Robbin MacDonald, Pastor of the Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church; and Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Eyring is the son of Dr. Henry Eyring, internationally known scientist and EAC alumnus.

The Memorial Bell Tower, since its construction in 2003, has become the central focal point of EAC’s campus, a new campus icon, and a structure that serves as a prominent landmark, helping to announce the presence of the College in the Gila Valley.

The College is now dedicating the Tower after recently mounting bronze reliefs sculpted by former EAC art instructor, Justin Fairbanks and his son, Daniel. These reliefs and their accompanying plaques commemorate the four “pillars” of the EAC community:

 Veterans

 Pioneers

 Families, and

 Faculty, Alumni, Benefactors, and Taxpayers.

The reliefs are infused with details that tie them, the Tower, and the College back to the community. As an example, the relief dedicated to veterans includes a reference to the “Morenci 9,” the group of nine young men from Morenci who served in Vietnam. Of the nine who went, only three returned. This sacrifice gave Morenci the unfortunate distinction of having one of the highest per capita death rates of any place in America during the Vietnam War.

The 76-foot Tower stands at the intersection of the east-west and north-south campus mall and is designed in complementary fashion to the Student Services Building and Academic Programs Building and other existing campus buildings. These buildings and the Memorial Bell Tower are constructed of red brick and each structure is topped with a dark metal standing seam roof. A lighted 6-foot diameter clock face is near the top of the Tower on all four sides, and features programmable electronic bells. Its base is in a circular pattern to accommodate placement of engraved red brick pavers.

“This Tower stands as a monument to the people and ideas of the community that have made Eastern Arizona College a great institution,” said Bryce. “We invite the entire Gila Valley to join us as we dedicate it to these ideals.”

The ceremony will take place on EAC’s Middle Campus on the west side of the Tower. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony and the entire community is invited. For more information, contact EAC Marketing and Public Relations Director Todd Haynie at (928) 428-8320.