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EAC to dedicate the Wayne M. McGrath High Technology Center

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By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—On August 29, Eastern Arizona College will formally dedicate its new technology building as the Wayne M. McGrath High Technology Center.

The 18,319 square foot facility, open to students since the fall semester of 2005, has been a welcome addition to the College’s computer programs. The Center was constructed from the remodeled Administration Building, which was vacated in 2003.

The building boasts among the highest level of educational technology available. Each of its five computer labs includes a teaching station, giving the instructor access to the Internet, satellite TV, a document camera, and DVD/VCR. Each lab also contains 24 computer stations with flat panel displays. In addition, the Center houses the “Computer Commons,” an open lab with 24 computer workstations available for registered business and computer students. The Center is also a wireless “hotspot” for EAC students with laptop computers wishing to access the Internet. The building also consolidates all of the College’s computer faculty offices into one location.

Wayne Millburn McGrath (1936-2005) was a former EAC president, serving in that position from 1977 until 1984, when he resigned after accepting a position in Phoenix. Prior to serving as its president, McGrath spent seven years as a physical education instructor; he then became the College’s athletic director and head coach of the men’s basketball team in 1967. In 1969, McGrath was named director of off-campus instruction and in 1973 he became an academic dean.

“President McGrath served the students and community for many years in various capacities at Eastern Arizona College,” said EAC President Mark Bryce. “He was instrumental in getting the College on a firm financial foundation. He was a basketball coach and president of the College, but also made a valuable contribution on a state-wide basis as Executive Director of the State Board for community colleges. He was looked upon as a great example by many of our youth who were growing up in those days, and his unique personality made it enjoyable to be associated with him.”

The dedication of the Wayne M. McGrath High Technology Center will take place at 10 a.m., August 29 in room 124. EAC President Mark Bryce will formally dedicate the building. McGrath’s wife, Barbara, will be present to accept the dedication.

The public is invited and encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited. For more information, please contact David Udall, executive director of the EAC Foundation and Alumni Association at 428-8296.