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2/27/2009

EAC’s Discovery Park Campus seeks volunteers for MGIO telescope tours

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Visitors to the Mt. Graham International Observatory enjoy a close up look at the world’s largest binocular telescope. [EAC – contributed photo.]
 

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus is now seeking volunteers for the Mt. Graham International Observatory (MGIO) tours this summer. “Discovery Park Campus is the official visitor’s center for the MGIO and is contracted to conduct tours up Mt. Graham to the three observatories,” says the dean of Discovery Park Campus, Harry Swanson.

“If you have ever wanted to see and become a part of the world’s most powerful telescope (Large Binocular Telescope), the Vatican Advanced Telescope (VATT), or the Sub-Millimeter Radiotelescope (SMT), you have that opportunity now,” continues Swanson. “We are seeking volunteers to become drivers and guides to conduct these tours. You may only be asked to participate every few weeks during the summers. The tours are conducted on Saturdays and last all day, and we will be sure to work with your schedule in asking you to drive or conduct tours.” He adds that, on the days that they work, drivers and guides will receive a free lunch.

All volunteers will be trained on Saturday, May 16th. The MGIO tour season runs from mid-May through mid-November. “If you’re interested in volunteering for this unique opportunity,” says Swanson, “we’d love to have you!”

For more information, contact Harry Swanson or Jackie Madsen at (928) 428-6260.

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