Thursday, April 12, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 1988-90

Welcome to the past! Our next stop on the 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 1988-90.

Rio Salado College celebrated its 10th anniversary in 1988. At the time, it was noted that Rio was the first community college in the Valley, and often the first in Arizona or across the nation, to try a new service or unique program:
  • First mail registration 
  • First telephone registration 
  • First automatic computer registration 
  • First to distribute class schedules via Circle K Stores 
  • First to try modem delivered instruction 
  • First to provide a radio reading service for the visually-impaired 
In an effort to create alternative course delivery systems to meet student needs, the college began offering classes via audio teleconference on the SUNDIAL Network. “The network allows students to participate in credit classes from the privacy of their homes.”

In 1990, Dr. Charles Green departed Rio, and Dr. Linda Thor (pictured above) was named the new college president. At the time, she said, "The Maricopa District in Phoenix is one of the premiere community college districts in the nation, and this was a once-in-a-decade opening for a college president."

Do you remember this time? Share your photos, stories and memories via email to or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.