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New director welcomed at Discovery Park Campus

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New director welcomed at Discovery Park Campus

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College welcomes Paul Anger to its ranks as the new Director of the Discovery Park Campus following the retirement of Dr. Harry Swanson from the post in June. Anger, an NAU graduate and former science teacher for the Thatcher and Pima school districts, says this is his dream job. “I fell in love with the campus two years ago after Harry Swanson hosted our E.A.S.I. Summer Science Camp. There is hands-on science everywhere here! It’s the jewel of the Gila Valley.”

In addition to his teaching experience, Anger also serves as Chair of the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative (EASI), an all-volunteer group of teachers and local community members who provide lessons for teachers of students in all grades, and put on the annual EASI Summer Science Camp for grades 6th -9th.

Most of the programs currently being offered at the campus will remain, including the Saturday evening lectures, Desert Skygazers events, and Adult Education program. But Anger has some new ideas on tap as well that will include a streamlined Eagle Scout Project assistance program and an expanded xeriscape garden that is going in as a joint project with the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Office.

He also plans to offer more concerts, storytelling events, and poetry readings on campus that will utilize all the facilities on the grounds.

Another project high on Anger’s list is the development of an age-appropriate curriculum to offer to school-age visitors to the Campus. “Our focus is towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and we are participating in a consortium with Career Tech Ed to apply these elements toward careers for high school and college grads,” said Anger.

Anger and his wife, Tawnie (a teacher at Pima Elementary School), and their daughter Shelby (a junior at Pima High School), make their home in Pima.

Discovery Park Campus is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 4 to 9:30 p.m.