Eastern Arizona College

Eastern Arizona College

name = Eastern Arizona College
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motto = Futures begin at EAC.
established = 1888
type = Community College
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president = Mark Bryce, JD
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city = Thatcher
state = Arizona
country = USA
campus = Rural
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colors = Purple & Gold
mascot ='Gila Hank'
nickname = Gila Monsters
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website = http://www.eac.edu
address = 615 North Stadium Avenue, Thatcher, AZ 85552, USA
telephone = (928) 428-8322
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Eastern Arizona College (EAC), is an Arizona community college located in Graham County, Arizona. The main campus is in Thatcher, with satellite locations in Gila County, and Greenlee County. It is the oldest community college in Arizona and the only community college in Arizona with a marching band.



Eastern Arizona College was chartered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1888. Classes started in a church room in Central, Arizona in 1890, with 17 students and was called the St. Joseph Stake Academy. In 1891, classes were moved to Thatcher, Arizona due to being more centralized and needing more room. The school continued to expand, though it was strapped financially. In 1908, a new 21-room building was opened that would eventually be called Old Main.

In 1932, the Church stated they could no longer afford to support the college financially and would close it unless the local valley could support it. In 1933, an election was held and the valley passed an initiative funding the school. Ownership of the school passed to the state of Arizona in 1933. There is no religious affiliation today. In 1962, it became the newest member of the Arizona's Junior College System. The 1960s was a time of growth and the college purchased nearby farmland to extend their campus.

In 1972 a fine arts center was completed. In 1979, two fires within one week destroyed Old Main. The building was razed and a new administration building was constructed on the site. During the 1987-1988 school year, Eastern Arizona College celebrated its centennial.

Eastern Arizona College has changed names nine times, growing from a one-room school house to becoming a large community college serving three counties and hosting a satellite campus for a university. [ [http://www.eac.edu/About_EAC/Get_to_Know_Us/Fact_Book/History_and_Profile/Facilities/default.shtm History of EAC Facilities ] ]


EAC is a state sponsored community college and comes under the guidance and control of the State of Arizona.


The main campus coor dms|32|49|58|N|109|45|46|W|city (32.832685, -109.762879)GR|1 sits in the center of the Upper Gila River Valley with Arizona's beautiful Mt. Graham towering to the south and the Gila River to the north. The buildings on the campus are plain, however the grass, trees, and flower beds on EAC's campus are impeccably maintained year round. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thatcher%2C_Arizona]

On September 15, 2007, Eastern Arizona College dedicated their Bell Tower. The tower is located adjacent to the administration building, between north and south campuses. [ [http://www.eac.edu/Utilities/News_and_Events/detailSQL.asp?Item=195 News Releases Details ] ]


Eastern Arizona College provides four dormitories for student housing. EAC has the following housing locations:

* Mark Allen
* Nellie Lee
* Residence towers (two towers)

Currently, housing is only available for single students. Married housing is not available on-campus, but is available off-campus. Most married couples are able to find off-campus apartments.

In addition to on campus housing, there are many off campus housing places available for rent. EAC has a housing office with information for both on-campus and off-campus living. [ [http://www.eac.edu/Campus%5FLife/Housing/ Housing ] ]


Eastern Arizona College is divided into nine different academic divisions. They are:
*Business [ [http://www.eac.edu/Academics/Majors_and_Curricula/Divisions/business.shtm Business Division ] ]
*Communicative Arts [ [http://www.eac.edu/Academics/Majors_and_Curricula/Divisions/commart.shtm Communicative Arts Division ] ]
*Fine Arts [ [http://www.eac.edu/Academics/Majors_and_Curricula/Divisions/finearts.shtm Fine Arts Division ] ]
*Health and Physical Education [ [http://www.eac.edu/Academics/Majors_and_Curricula/Divisions/healpe.shtm Health and Physical Education Division ] ]
*Industrial Technology Education [ [http://www.eac.edu/Academics/Majors_and_Curricula/Divisions/indutec.shtm Industrial Technology Education Division ] ]
*Liberal Studies [ [http://www.eac.edu/Academics/Majors_and_Curricula/Divisions/libstd.shtm Liberal Studies Division ] ]
*Mathematics [ [http://www.eac.edu/Academics/Majors_and_Curricula/Divisions/mat.shtm Mathematics Division ] ]
*Science and Allied Health [ [http://www.eac.edu/Academics/Majors_and_Curricula/Divisions/sci.shtm Science and Allied Health Division ] ]
*Social Sciences [ [http://www.eac.edu/Academics/Majors_and_Curricula/Divisions/socsci.shtm Social Science Division ] ]


Eastern Arizona College was referenced in the September 9-15, 2007 issue of American Profile Magazine. The article addressed US Schools who have an unusual name for their team mascot. [ [http://www.americanprofile.com/article/23565.html They've Got Spirit - American Profile ] ] EAC's mascot is the Gila Monsters. EAC's Mascot is also named on Marc's Distinctive College Mascot Collection [ [http://www.halcyon.com/marcs/mascotcoll.html Marc's Collection of College Mascots Part 1: A-E ] ] , a website dedicated to schools with unusual mascot names.


External links

* [http://www.eac.edu/ Official site]

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