August 11, 2017

CARTERVILLE — John A. Logan College will be closed Monday, August 21, the day of the Great American Eclipse.

In addition, no traffic or parking will be allowed on campus, all entrances will be blocked, according to Don Priddy, director of emergency planning and risk management.

The eclipse will cut a path through the John A. Logan College district, however, much of the activities associated with it will be centered in Jackson County.

John A. Logan College took an early lead in the Southern Illinois “eclipse craze” by offering a free course on the eclipse titled “Come Learn the Basics of What’s Coming Through Southern Illinois.” The course was taught by Professor Mik Sawicki and was popular among local residents.

The astronomical phenomenon — which takes place as a total solar eclipse around 1:21 p.m. on August 21 — has placed Southern Illinois on an international stage. People and media from around the world, along with officials from NASA and countless astronomers are expected to converge on the area to witness it. Partial phases of the eclipse start at 11:52 a.m., and end at 2:47 p.m.

Dr. Barry Hancock, dean for Community Education at John A. Logan College, worked with Sawicki to make the course available. Hancock said he believes Sawicki’s class was a huge benefit to anyone in the College district who wanted to get a better understanding of an eclipse and how big of an event it will be in Southern Illinois.

“The number of people from around the world coming to our area to view the eclipse is expected to be incredible,” Hancock said. “I’m happy that the College was able to get involved early by offering this course.”