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EAC honored by the Arizona House and Senate

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EAC honored by the Arizona House and Senate

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s President Mark Bryce ushered in its quasquicentennial (it’s 125th anniversary) last week by attending the Arizona State Senate and the Arizona House of Representatives as both bodies designated this legislative year as a period of “honor and celebration of the Eastern Arizona College 125th Anniversary.”

Dignitaries and representatives from the College were on hand at the Capitol in Phoenix for the proclamations, which also read, in part: Eastern Arizona College has contributed greatly to the intellectual development, cultural enlightenment, economic prosperity and career opportunities of many citizens of our state; and has served the higher educational aims of our state through its academic programs, its public service, its research and recreational facilities, and its extension programs.

Now, therefore, the Arizona State Senate and the House of Representatives concurring, applaud Eastern Arizona College for its long-standing commitment to the higher educational aims of our State, and hereby proclaim on the Legislative Year 2013 as a period of honor and celebration of the Eastern Arizona College 125th Anniversary.

The proclamation was introduced by Arizona Senator Gail Griffin (District #25) with the encouragement of Senate President Andy Biggs. Senator Griffin read the proclamation on the floor of the Senate, as well as most of President Bryce’s statement on the 125th anniversary celebration, which read, in part: As we find ourselves at this crossroads in history, we should look back to the past with gratitude for those who came before us, who sacrificed so this day could be reality. A small school started and nourished for all the right reasons, has become a mighty force for good on this earth. Let us dedicate ourselves, as our dear ones before us, to this great cause, the cause of education, that our future may be bright and our posterity bountifully blessed, as we have been.”

Biggs commented that, “Eastern Arizona College is a great example of quality higher education.”

Former Gila Valley resident Senator Rich Crandall, also on hand for the proclamation, commented that, “EAC makes me proud to be from Graham County.”

And Senator Bob Worsley, also of District 25, solicited input from President Bryce for ways to implement the successes of EAC elsewhere.

“The proclamations by the Arizona House and Senate are a spectacular way to kick-off our year-long celebration,” said David Udall, EAC Foundation and Alumni Center Executive Director. “I hope everyone in Graham County, along with alumni from around the world, will be with us in September for Homecoming Weekend on the 13th and 14th. We have scheduled a dinner and gathering, a parade, shows, BBQs, brunches, campus tours, and of course football!”

For more information or to participate, contact EAC’s Alumni Center and Foundation at (928) 428-8295.