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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.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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A-State’s McKissic Named Freshman All-America


JONESBORO, Ark. — Arkansas State redshirt freshman wide receiver J.D. McKissic was one of 30 Football Bowl Subdivision  players named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team on Monday.

McKissic, the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and the GoDaddy.com Bowl’s Offensive MVP, is the second A-State player to ever earn a spot on the FWAA Freshman All-America Team, joining former running back Reggie Arnold who made the roster in 2006.  McKissic finished the season with a school-record 103 receptions for 1,022 yards, the second most in ASU history, and five touchdowns.

McKissic also earned second team all-conference honors this season, ending the year with the most receptions and receiving yards ever by a Sun Belt freshman. He finished the season ranked second in receptions and third in receiving yards among all Sun Belt players, while his receptions total was also the fourth most all-time in the conference’s history

McKissic’s 103 receptions this season led the nation among freshmen and his 1,022 yards were the third most.  Among all players, McKissic ranks seventh in catches and 34th in receiving yards.

The Phenix City, Ala. native caught at least four passes in every game this season and recorded eight or more in eight contests, including a career-high 12 against both ULM and Troy.  He tied the school record for receptions in a postseason game with 11 for 113 yards against Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.  He tallied a a career-high 138 receiving yards against Troy and finished the year with four total 100-yard receiving games, tying the third most in school history for a single season.


J.D. McKissic