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” at 4 p.m. Aug. 20, in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater (inside Alumni Hall) on the University’s Parkville Campus.

Bondurant, a 1961 graduate of Park University, 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.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended, visit

Park University will also host a solar eclipse watch party, billed as #TotalEclipseOfThePark, starting at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 21, 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. A limited number of eclipse viewing glasses will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.