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UE Community Gears Up for Highly Anticipated Solar Eclipse

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

As the date for the much-awaited solar eclipse draws near, the University of Evansville (UE) is pulling out all the stops to ensure an unforgettable experience for its community as part of "UEclipse." On Monday, April 8, this celestial event promises to attract thousands of visitors to the area, and UE is ready to host an array of activities to mark the occasion.

In anticipation of the eclipse, the University is hosting a lecture on Sunday, April 7, by distinguished alumna Maria Weber '08, PhD, on solar magnetism titled "From Eclipses to Magnetism: The Secret Life of the Sun." This presentation is funded by the Dr. Guy Banta Distinguished Lecture Series in Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The lecture will be held at 2:00 p.m. in Eykamp Hall on the UE campus.

On Monday, April 8, beginning at 12:45 p.m., the partial phase of the eclipse will commence, leading up to totality at 2:02 p.m. The eclipse will conclude with the partial phase ending at 3:20 p.m. To maximize enjoyment, UE has organized a series of events starting at 11:00 a.m. that day.

Highlights of the day's activities include:

  • Live performances by the UE Pep Band and a captivating presentation by the UE Theatre, both taking place outside the Ridgway University Center at East Terrace Lawn.
  • Line dancing and moonwalk sessions hosted by the UE Dance Company.
  • A game zone for enthusiasts located on the first floor of Ridgway University Center.
  • Corn hole boards available for entertainment before the eclipse.
  • Access to sand volleyball and basketball courts at Hale Hall.

Additionally, Chartwells will provide food offerings at the soccer stadium concessions, and there will be special narrations by Jeffrey Braun, PhD, and Maria Weber, PhD, on what to expect as totality approaches.

UE advises attendees to plan their journeys accordingly due to expected increased traffic and potential internet connectivity issues. The University encourages nearby residents to join the festivities.

For further details and registration for the pre-eclipse lecture, please visit

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