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A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Writer Margaret Jones Bolsterli to Read from Her Work at ASU’s Delta Symposium XIX, April 19


JONESBORO – Author and editor Margaret Jones Bolsterli will read from her work on Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at Arkansas State University’s Delta Symposium XIX.  Prior to Bolsterli’s reading, students will read from their contributions to the ASU student literary publication Tributary.

At the conclusion of her reading, to be held in the Spring River Room at the Reng Student Union, Bolsterli will answer questions and sign books.  Presented by ASU’s English and Philosophy Department, the reading is free and open to the public.

Born at Watson in Desha County in 1931, Bolsterli was educated at the University of Arkansas, Washington University, and the University of Minnesota.  Bolsterli, a mother of two sons, joined the English faculty of the University of Arkansas in 1968.  She now is professor emerita.

She has published “The Early Community at Bedford Park: ‘Corporate Happiness’ in the First Garden Suburb” (1977), Vinegar Pie and Chicken Bread” (1983), “Born in the Delta: The Making of a Southern White Sensibility” (1991), “A Remembrance of Eden: Harriet Bailey Bullock Daniels’ Memories of a Frontier Plantation in Arkansas, 1849-1872” (1993), “During Wind and Rain: The Jones Family Farm in the Arkansas Delta 1848–2006” (2008) and “Things You Need to Hear: Collected Memories of Growing Up in Arkansas, 1890–1980 (2012).

Bolsterli’s presentation is a highlight of this year’s Delta Symposium, April 17-20.  Most activities, including the reading, will be held at the Reng Student Union on the ASU campus. 

Delta Symposium XIX is sponsored by the Department of English and Philosophy.  For more information, contact symposium co-chair Dr. Gregory Hansen, ghansen@astate.edu, Department of English and Philosophy, at (870) 972-3043, visit the website http://altweb.astate.edu/blues/, or see ASU’s NewsPage release.

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An overview of Delta Symposium XIX is available at:

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