Resources for media covering the eclipse at OSU

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Welcome to the 2017 OSU Space Grant Festival: A Total Eclipse Experience media page. This page is a resource for media who are visiting the Corvallis campus to cover the eclipse celebration being hosted by the university Aug. 19-21, 2017. Here you will find links aimed at making your visit as productive as possible. Photos and video of the eclipse captured by OSU staff will be made available the day of the event at this link https://oregonstate.box.com/v/eclipse.

Press room

The Office of News & Research Communications is hosting The Agriculture Leaders room in The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., from noon to 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20 and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 21. Media will need credentials to access the room, which will have wireless access and an Ethernet LAN connection for reporters. The room will be staffed by University News and Research Communications staff who can help journalists navigate campus, locate sources and more.


To receive media credentials and have access to a limited number of press parking passes, media need to contact the Office of News & Research Communications at  oregonstateuniversitynews@oregonstate.edu by noon on Thursday, Aug. 17, with a request. The request should include the names of all attending media in your group, the time of arrival in Corvallis, lodging details and whether or not parking passes are needed. Journalists staying on campus should leave their vehicles in the West Hall parking lot. It is a short walk to eclipse activities and the media center from the residence hall.

Parking is free during the event but will be limited due to the number of expected attendees. Refer to the campus map for general parking options: http://oregonstate.edu/campusmap/.

Broadcast journalists with satellite trucks also need to make special arrangements with our office to park the trucks near the location of the main eclipse event on campus.


It is our intention to provide direct access to a number of key representatives of the eclipse event during the two days the press room is open, including astronomer Randall Milstein, weather expert Kathie Dello, Patrick Rollens with the City of Corvallis and OSU Vice President for URM Steve Clark. Press conferences will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 20, and 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 21, in the media room.

An experts list of OSU faculty and staff associated with the eclipse event can be found here: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2017/jul/solar-eclipse-experts-oregon-state-university 


Festival events stretch over a three-day period from Aug. 19-21 and a complete list can be found here: http://communications.oregonstate.edu/space/events/festival-information 

Of note, six atmospheric balloons will be launched to elevations as high as 120,000 feet from Peavy Field on the OSU campus beginning about 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21. The teams will begin setting up around 4 to 5 a.m. The balloon launches are part of a NASA project to capture images of the eclipse across the United States. Images from the balloons will be live streamed at http://eclipse.stream.live/.

Also, OSU will be live streaming the eclipse from more than a dozen cameras on the Corvallis campus and in Newport, Oregon, including one from Corvallis in 360° 4K resolution. All live streams will be available via OSU Live at http://live.oregonstate.edu/.

Additionally, several OSU athletic teams - including football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball - will view the eclipse from the Terrace area above the north end zone in Reser Stadium starting at approximately 10:05 a.m. 

Related press releases

A selection of recent press releases related to the event

OSU to hold three-day eclipse celebration

Total solar eclipse is the featured topic for Corvallis Science Pub

The OSU summer choir presents an eclipse-themed concert

Students and researchers in Oregon will be the first in line to capture US images of the eclipse

History suggests the weather on eclipse day will be sunny

OSU Fairbanks Gallery presents eclipse related art exhibition


Media wanting access to photography and video related to the university can find them here:



B roll of campus can also be provided upon request by contacting Larry Pribyl at larry.pribyl@oregonstate.edu

Eclipse video and photography will be provided on the OSU news site and this page shortly after the event at this link: https://oregonstate.box.com/v/eclipse


Email us at  oregonstateuniversitynews@oregonstate.edu or contact individuals below.

Sean Nealon

News editor, News and Research Communications

541-737-4611; sean.nealon@oregonstate.edu

Mark Floyd

News writer, College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

541-737-0788, mark.floyd@oregonstate.edu

Michelle Klampe

News writer, Colleges of Business, Education, Public Health and Human Sciences and Liberal Arts.

541-737-0784, michelle.klampe@oregonstate.edu

Steve Lundeberg

News writer, Colleges of Science, Engineering, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine

541-737-4039, steve.lundeberg@oregonstate.edu

Larry Pribyl

Assistant director, broadcast coordinator

541-737-3817, larry.pribyl@oregonstate.edu

Chris Branam

News writer, College of Agricultural Sciences

541-737-2940, chris.branam@oregonstate.edu

Steve Fenk

Associate athletic director, athletic communications         

541-737-3720, steve.fenk@oregonstate.edu

Bend events:

To find out more about similar events at the OSU Cascades campus in Bend, Ore: http://osucascades.edu/eclipse/bend-eclipse-experience