Dr. Amber Porter (left) and Jim Melvin put on a presentation for "Eclipse Over Clemson: The day Tigertown will never forget."

Dr. Amber Porter (left) and Jim Melvin put on a presentation for “Eclipse Over Clemson: The day Tigertown will never forget.”
Image Credit: Hannah Halusker / College of Science

CLEMSON – The College of Science’s Amber Porter and Jim Melvin entertained about 50 members of the Clemson Fellowship Club on Tuesday night with a slideshow presentation and subsequent Q/A session about the commemorative book titled “Eclipse Over Clemson: The day Tigertown will never forget.”

Porter is a lecturer in the department of physics and astronomy. Melvin is the communications director for the College of Science. Both played major roles in “Eclipse Over Clemson,” a mega-viewing party for the August 21 total solar eclipse that drew about 50,000 people to Clemson’s campus.

Tuesday’s presentation was held at the First Baptist Church of Clemson. It was the first of several events scheduled for the coming weeks, including:

Jan. 24: Ron Rash, Nic Brown, Drew Lanham, Porter and Melvin will hold a book-signing in the Barnes and Noble in the Hendrix Student Center from 1-3 p.m. Rash is a renowned Southern author. Brown is a novelist and assistant professor in the department of education. Lanham is a distinguished Clemson professor in the department of forestry and environmental conservation.

Feb. 4: Brown, Lanham and Melvin will hold a book-signing event at Hub City Bookshop and Press in Spartanburg from 2-4 p.m.

Feb. 6: Brown, Lanham, Donald Liebenberg and Melvin are holding a book-signing event at The Booksmith in Seneca from 2-4 p.m. Liebenberg is an adjunct professor in the department of physics and astronomy who has witnessed and researched 27 total solar eclipses and spent more time in totality than anyone else on Earth.

April 4: More than a dozen authors and photographers who contributed to the keepsake book will appear as the opening act of the 11th annual Clemson Literary Festival from 4-5:15 p.m. in the McKissick Theatre in the Hendrix Student Center.

About 50 members of the Clemson Fellowship Club attended the event at First Baptist Church of Clemson.

About 50 members of the Clemson Fellowship Club attended the event at First Baptist Church of Clemson.
Image Credit: Hannah Halusker / College of Science

“Eclipse Over Clemson: The day Tigertown will never forget” chronicles one of the most extraordinary days in Clemson University’s storied history. It contains chapters from its scientists, naturalists, psychologists, media relations experts, and even novelists. It also includes a poem – written specifically for this book – by Rash. And it has more than 100 full-color images of the eclipse and the crowd taken by a team of talented photographers. The spectacular cover photo was taken by Ken Scar, an award-winning communications strategist in the Office of Media Relations. The photo has been viewed on social media by upwards of 15 million people.

The book can be ordered at clemson.edu/eclipse. Or on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online venues. It also can be purchased at several Upstate bookstores.

For more information on the upcoming events or to schedule an event for your bookstore or organization, contact Jim Melvin at jsmelvi@clemson.edu or 864-784-1707.