July 27, 2017

Volunteers sought for the eclipse

Staff, faculty, students and university retirees who would like to volunteer during the eclipse activities on campus can now sign up online.

The university has a bevy of events and activities planned for the days leading up to and including eclipse day, Aug. 21. Officials say they need about 500 volunteers to help accomplish the many tasks involved.

University employees will need their supervisor’s approval in order to volunteer during their regularly scheduled work hours, in order to ensure offices and duties are covered. They will not have to use leave time in order to volunteer.

Volunteers will do everything from helping coordinate parking to providing information for the thousands of visitors expected for the events. Most of the volunteer opportunities are scheduled for Aug. 20 and 21, but a few volunteers also are needed to provide eclipse information as new students arrive at the Student Center, Aug. 16 and 17.

Volunteers will be asked to attend a training session where officials will provide further information and updates for each volunteer shift. They also must sign an assumption of risk document. Those younger than 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian.

Volunteers will receive a T-shirt, eclipse glasses, snack or meal, and water on the day of their event.