February 16, 2017

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SIU Students,

As you may know, a total solar eclipse will be taking place over our campus on Monday, August 21, the first full day of classes this fall. Because we are near the point of longest duration, we anticipate thousands of visitors to the campus and community that weekend and day.

This is a very exciting event for SIU, which will be the base of NASA’s live webcasting of the event. Adler Planetarium and some of our own student groups will provide programming around the eclipse. You can learn more about the event at eclipse.siu.edu.

Below are some important notes about the eclipse that you should know now.

  • Classes that day will be canceled but the university will be open. All offices are expected to be open as usual.
  • Students with on-campus jobs should plan to report to work as scheduled unless other arrangements have been made with supervisors.
  • Students are urged to move in early, whether they live on- or off-campus. University Housing will be encouraging students to be moved in by Thursday, August 17, to avoid traffic issues and potential challenges for families needing hotel rooms. We strongly recommend early-move in for those living off campus, as well. The university will be providing opportunities for students to get engaged before and during the eclipse.
  • The university will welcome student volunteers to assist with the day’s events. Opportunities to volunteer will be announced after spring break.

The eclipse will be a historic event on our campus and in our region, and we are excited that you will be here to be a part of it. You can learn more at eclipse.siu.edu.


Brad Colwell
Interim Chancellor