Steve Gable - Rotary Club of Port Moody, BC
Bonnie Szpak - Rotary Club of Port Moody, BC

Classification Talk - Dr. Don Pearl

Don modestly says he’s led a quiet uneventful life that some might consider “boring”; yet he’s built an impressive career on a solid academic foundation.
Don received his first degree, a BA in Physics and Mathematics, from Western State College in his home state of Colorado.  His first Masters Degree in Mathematics was earned at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Then Don went on to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where he received two more degrees … a Masters and a Doctorate in Physics.  
Armed with a pack load of academic credentials, Don has progressed in the academic world always stepping up to the next level … from teacher to department head, to Dean and then to Vice President. Don is now the Vice President of Instruction at Central Arizona College with responsibility for more than 500 full and part-time staff.
In his career Don has managed to reside in nine different states plus Germany. The two years spent in Europe were filled with realizing his desire to travel; taking every opportunity during holidays to visit many European countries. While in Germany Don unknowingly qualified himself as one of our Gran Prix drivers by racing at over 100 mph on the Autobahn. 
Don discussed much of the goings on at Central Arizona College. The sports program is quite impressive; attracting star athletes from around the world. Other topics included state funding issues, class size, campus construction, student diversity, credit transfers to four year universities and the potential for CAC to become a four year college. Don also highlighted how a community college education has had such a dramatic and positive effect on people’s lives.
Editor’s note: Don failed to mention one of his publications found on the internet … Dissociative Attachment as a Probe of the Distance Dependence of Intramolecular Electron Transfer ... How could he leave this out?  Or did he save us from the “boring” part of his life?

50/50 Drawing
Beth Woodruff had a shot at finding the Joker. We were all very sorry that the Joker remained hidden. $400 will be the start of next week's pot.