As 2016 comes to a close, we’ve gone in search of a historical image to share on the alumni blog. We found one in the old reliable resource “El Recuerdo.” The Cochise College yearbooks of yesteryear never fail us. Published from 1965 to 1971, and then, randomly, in 1988 under the name “The Heliograph,” you can look at them dozens of times and still stumble on something you’ve never noticed.
Ranging from the psychedelic to the conservative, the “El Recuerdo” covers, once opened, give some idea of what was going on in the life of the college. Year one (1965), for example, is hopeful about the future as the new college opened and shows a student body interested in the performing arts, particularly theater. A sign of the times, perhaps.
The 1969 yearbook creatively pictures student organizations at attractions across the county, a pipe-smoking president, and a “scandalous” photo of co-eds in the Douglas Campus gym holding up skirts to reveal “The End” spelled out underneath. Maybe you can help us identify them?
The 1988 “Heliograph,” whose name is a reflection of the college’s first student newspaper, focuses on the college more heavily from the Sierra Vista perspective, likely as enrollment there grew some 10 years after the campus was dedicated.
We’ve heard a yearbook may have been printed in 1972, but we’ve never seen one. And, we’re always amazed that a project of that type could be pulled off at all; we can’t imagine tackling it these days.
As it were, 2016 has been another enjoyable year for our work with alumni. We thank you for your ongoing interest in the college, and for all of the memories, success stories and accolades you have shared. Keep it up, and perhaps your story will be in a future issue of “Accolade” and will help persuade other students to commit to Cochise.