2017 Solar Eclipse - See the Greatest Show in the Universe at MSU!

45% of $7,000 goal
This campaign ended on September 05, 2017, but you can still make a gift to Missouri State University by clicking here!

We need your help to support one of Earth's rarest events with the public here in Springfield - a Solar Eclipse on August 21! The moon will start crossing the solar disk at 11:44 AM with the maximum coverage of 96% occurring during the sun's peak at 1:18 PM. It will become darker in the middle of the day, birds may begin to chirp, and it may get cooler by a few degrees. A large-scale, free public event will be held at Missouri State University's Plaster Stadium for viewing the solar eclipse. Gates open at 10:30 with the event ending at 2:30. Activities and entertainment will be provided. 

Donations are needed to purchase Solar Eclipse Glasses to safely view the Sun during the eclipse. Each person attending will receive a pair of these glasses. Additional donations will be used to support the activities occurring during the event.

It is extremely important to never look directly at the Sun at any time. Doing so can cause injury to the eye and in some cases, blindness. These glasses are certified to be safe to view the eclipse.

In the case of inclement weather and the event is cancelled, all donors will be invited to an Open House at Baker Observatory.

Please share this campaign with the hashtag #MSUBearsEclipse and consider a gift of any amount!  

If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Becky Baker at Solareclipse@Missouristate.edu.

*In addition, MSU alumni who make a qualifying gift of $25 or more receive an Active Alumni Member card. 

**The eclipse event at MSU is complete, please keep that in mind when considering incentives.  Incentives including "day of" recognition or access are no longer available, but you are still welcome to make a gift to support the expenses for the event!


Thank you so much to all the donors and advocates that helped make this event a success. Thousands and thousands of community members were welcomed to the MSU campus to experience The Greatest Show In the Universe! It was such a joy to see so many engaged in this day for science and you helped make that possible! Your support helped provide funding for the viewing glasses. Thank you so much!

The campaign will be open for several more weeks to allow time to get closer to the goal!  Please share again on social media and help us meet our goal! 

Dr. Tamera Jahnke

Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences


2460 days ago by Melanie Earl
Shout Out on the Jumbo Tron

Once the event starts, we won't be able to add any additional names for recognition to the Jumbo Tron. You will still be able to make a gift and share the campaign. Thank you so much for your support of this project!

2462 days ago by Sandra Miller
VIP Incentive and Eclipse Viewing Glasses

There are still a limited number of VIP incentives for donations of $25 or more; it also reserves a pair of eclipse viewing and gives you special access! 

Make your gift while the incentive is still available! 

2465 days ago by Melanie Earl
Incentive and event details

We are getting close to the big day!  Donors of $25 or more will be getting an email in the coming days with more details on where and when they check in to get their glasses and VIP access on the day of the event. 

There is still time to support this project!  Please share on social media!



2466 days ago by Melanie Earl
Incentive update!

For donors giving a minimum of $25, we are providing VIP access to "THE CLIFF" outdoor terrace in the student section at Plaster Stadium with telescopes to view solar activity. Wristbands will be provided to identify VIP guests as they experience all aspects of the event, including activities held on the field. 

This is limited to 75 individual donors!  

We will be sending more details to qualifying donors soon.

Thank you so much for your support of this project!

2474 days ago by Melanie Earl
Special thank you!

We want to thank several donors for sending in checks to benefit the Eclipse event at MSU!

Special thanks to:

Bill Cheek

James F. and Louise Miller

John C. Catau

We are less than 2 weeks away from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!  We look forward to seeing everyone on campus!  Help spread the word by sharing the campaign! 


2475 days ago by Melanie Earl

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