EAC’s 125th – A look back at the 1960s expansion
By Lori Dugan
Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College is preparing for the celebration of its 125th anniversary this September. While paving an astounding path throughout history, EAC has touched many hearts since its founding in 1888. Still standing strong 125 years later, it is important to celebrate the past, as well as the new accomplishments EAC has achieved. After all, the future is closely bound to the past; and as we honor the new additions, we must appreciate the roots that have built the College to what it is today.
The 1960s brought many new and exciting things to Eastern Arizona College. The College became the first member of the Arizona Junior College System in July of 1961, leading to a 25% increase in enrollment. This eventually led to a building boom and expansion of campus allowing opportunity for more students to attend. Expanding from a 16-acre campus to a 50-acre campus was a big accomplishment for the school, which would soon lead to many new exciting things for the students.
This expansion brought a new gymnasium, football field and stadium, baseball diamond, two softball fields, three large lecture rooms, 13 classrooms, a parking lot with 800 spaces, and a year later, a new men’s dormitory building. During the dedication ceremonies for these new facilities, Governor Paul Fannin said, “Today we are dedicating the facilities that were made possible by the devotion and hard work of many people and more important, contributions of the spirit and the heart.”
As we honor the past and the promise of the future, come celebrate Eastern Arizona College in its 125th year. Enjoy visiting with old classmates, friends, and meeting new ones who share the same love for EAC.
The reunion will hold a series of activities throughout the weekend of Friday, September 13, through Sunday, September 15, 2013. This celebration is open to all who would like to attend.
Community members planning to take part in the 125th anniversary celebration are reminded that several of the events will require pre-registration, while others will require admission fees, etc. Please call the EAC Foundation at (928)-428-8295, or toll-free at (800)-678-3808, extension 8295 for more information or to register.
Registration forms were also included in the last mailing of the Gila Gram complete with a list of merchandise sporting our very own Gila Hank that are available for purchase.
“We want to give a huge thanks to our corporate sponsors: Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, McDonalds, Springhill Suites, Sodexo, Graham County Electric Cooperative, Graham County Utilities, National Bank of Arizona, CMI, The Station Laundromat, EA Glass/Row-N-Rock, and Sumitomo Metal Mining of America, who have made this celebration possible,” said David Udall, EAC Alumni Center and Foundation 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!”