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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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A-State to present Dr. Grover Evans to speak about disability, faith and vision


JONESBORO, Ark. — Dr. Grover Evans, an alumnus of Arkansas State University, will be on campus Monday, Oct. 21, to discuss “Attitude: The Window Through Which You MUST See The World” as part of the Doing Disability Lecture/Performance Series.

Dr. Evans’ talk about disability, faith and vision will get underway at 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall Auditorium, 2405 Aggie Way. Admission is free. Arkansas State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Nursing and Health Professions are sponsoring his appearance.

Evans is the founder and CEO/President of Evans & Associates Company of Arkansas, LLC. He is also the former director of Disability Determination for the Social Security Administration for Arkansas.

As an author, he has published numerous articles on wellness, goal setting, “being the best,” and other health care topics.

Evans is the first African-American to qualify for a Paralympic swim team, making four Paralympic teams, two world teams and 15 U.S. Teams. He has won 70 national championships, one Paralympic record, five world records, and 12 American records, including the world record in the one-mile open water swim in his class.

Evans has received many awards for his community service and has been inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Swimming Hall of Fame. His biography and photo are featured at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, African-American Multi-Cultural Sports Hall of Fame and Arkansas Boys’ State Hall of Fame.

His community service awards also include the Disability Leadership Award from the Social Security Administration; National Johanna Cooke Plaut Community Leadership Award by Easter Seals (one of two in the nation); Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association Community Service Award; the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and Minority Affairs Support Award; and the United States Postal Service Community Service Award.

For more information, contact Debi Dunning at ddunning@astate.edu or call (870) 972-3973.

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Dr. Grover Evans