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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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Nelvis receives All-America status after finishing sixth in NCAA Track Championship


By Joe Gorby

EUGENE, Ore. – Arkansas State University’s Sharika Nelvis
 capped off a noteworthy 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship performance Saturday (June 8) afternoon by finishing sixth in the 100-meter hurdles final.

Nelvis, who claimed first-team All-America honors as a result of her top-eight national finish, clocked a 12.92 time to finish ahead of LSU’s Jasmin Stowers (13.00 time) and UTEP’s Janice Jackson (13.06).  Brianna Rollins of Clemson won the event by crossing the finish line in a first-place and NCAA-meet record 12.39 time.

Nelvis generated her a personal-record best 12.84 time in Thursday’s (June 6) 100-meter hurdles semifinal second heat to break her previous time of 12.99 set at the 2012 NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas.  The 12.84 time of Nelvis' also was the second-best time in the semifinals, second only to Clemson's Brianna Rollins, who posted a NCAA-meet best 12.47 time.

“I was honored to compete on this level,” said Nelvis, who now holds the distinction of being Arkansas State’s first two-time All-American in women’s outdoor track.  “Of course I’m not satisfied with the placing in the final, but I did run a personal best and a second-best time here at nationals.  This has just left me hungry for what’s next!”

Nelvis’ sixth-place performance in the 100-meter hurdles finals gave the Red Wolves three points in the national-meet scoring.  

I thought Sharika did great this weekend,” said A-State track and field coach Jim Patchell.  “She didn't have quite the start she needed in the final, but still ran her second best time of her career to earn first-team All-America honors.  That is an outstanding accomplishment.”

Nelvis, the 2013 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Outdoor Championships’ Most Outstanding Women’s Track Performer and All-SBC First-Team selection, is the fifth A-State women’s outdoor track athlete to gain All-America laurels and marks the sixth time in which a Red Wolves' women's track athlete has gained such recognition for the outdoor season.

A season ago, Nelvis received second-team All-America status after turning in a 16th-place showing in the 100-meter hurdles semifinals with a 13.23 time at the 2012 NCAA Championships (6/6) in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sharika Nelvis
ASU All-American Sharika Nelvis                                                                                        — Photo by Larry Lawson