Happy Holidays, from the Cochise College Alumni Office


Holiday dance

Joel Davidson and Donna Graves come “down into a world of beauty,” according to the 1967 “El Recuerdo.” The theme of the formal holiday dance they were attending was “Golden Galaxy.” A year later, it was “Silver Bells.”

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.

1965 yearbook

El Recuerdo: 1965

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.

This photo of female students appeared on the last page of the 1969 yearbook. Help us identify them by emailing alumni@cochise.edu.

This photo of female students appeared on the last page of the 1969 yearbook. Help us identify them by emailing alumni@cochise.edu.

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.

Until 2017!