Events to Include Conversation with Retired NASA Officer and Eclipse Watch Party
Nearly 100 years has “eclipsed” since a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States. The historical and scientific significance of the 2017 solar eclipse will be discussed when Park University hosts “Eclipsing Park University: A Conversation with Dr. Lynn Bondurant” on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater (inside Alumni Hall) on the University’s Parkville Campus.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended to ensure seating. Visit www.park.edu/eclipse to reserve a seat or for more information about the event.
Bondurant, a 1961 graduate of Park University (Bachelor of Arts in biology), is a retired NASA educational programs officer and a 2016 inductee into NASA’s Glenn Research Center Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who had a far-reaching influence on the direction and mission of the Center, made fundamental advancements in their field or served as an inspiration to employees though their character and embodiment of the NASA spirit.
A longtime STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) advocate and inspiring educator, Bondurant has written numerous articles and books on STEM education topics, presented more than 70 NASA television programs and brought a clear vision of a successful STEM outreach program to the Center. Bondurant, a member of Park’s Board of Trustees, was a 1991 recipient of the Park University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes Park alumni who have distinguished themselves through career, service or community achievements. In addition, Bondurant received an honorary doctorate degree in science education in 1993 from the University. Bondurant also earned a Master of Arts degree in zoology from Indiana University and a doctorate in curriculum and secondary education from Michigan State University.
Park University will also host a solar eclipse watch party, billed as #TotalEclipseOfThePark, on Monday, Aug. 21, starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Comfort Field/Hemingway Field Parking Lot on the University’s Parkville Campus. A partial eclipse is scheduled to begin in Parkville at approximately 11:41 a.m., with the start of the total eclipse at approximately 1:08 p.m. and lasting about 75 seconds. The partial eclipse is scheduled to end in Parkville at approximately 2:35 p.m. A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.