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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

For further updates, watch the A-State website at AState.edu and official social media: Facebook.com/ArkansasState and on Twitter @ArkansasState.

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(870) 972-3820

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ASU Procurement Services personnel earn certification credentials


JONESBORO, Ark. — Carol Barnhill, director of Procurement and Travel Services, and Lola Langley, assistant director of Procurement and Travel Services at Arkansas State University were recently notified that both have earned recognition from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) by receiving the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) credential.

Barnhill and Langley were among 84 professionals who successfully completed the CPPO examination in October. Established in 1964, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to their specific division of governmental administration.

“Public purchasing professionals at the federal, state and local levels are responsible for the appropriate expenditure of over $4.85 trillion in public funds or 38.5 percent of the United States Gross Domestic Product,” said Norma Hall, chair of the UPPCC Governing Board. “It is critical that public buyers and managers demonstrate to stakeholders their integrity, credibility, knowledge and the skills necessary to carry out the job they have been entrusted to do.

“Public procurement certification offered through the UPPCC demonstrates that individuals obtaining either the CPPB or CPPO certification posses the knowledge, skills and abilities required to promote public trust.  Nationally and internationally, employers understand the value in requiring certification of their procurement personnel and many are making it a condition of employment. Certification demonstrates to all a desire for excellence in public procurement.”

To date, 2,209 procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status. To become certified as a CPPO, candidates must demonstrate through an application process that they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC, including formal education, procurement related coursework/training, public purchasing experience and functional management experience.

A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm the candidate’s mastery of the body of knowledge for public procurement professionals. The CPPO certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency in public procurement.

For a complete listing of CPPO certified individuals and additional information on qualifications, visit the website, www.uppcc.org.


Carol Barnhill

Carol Barnhill

Lola Langley

Lola Langley