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+ Campus notification: No Threat on Campus

There was no gunman on campus.

Statement from Arkansas State University:

Numerous first responders from the University Police Department, Jonesboro Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police and other law enforcement agencies worked swiftly and cooperatively this afternoon in response to what eventually turned out to be a false alarm on the campus.

Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported by other students to 911 as possible campus intruders. These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus.

The university immediately put a lockdown in place while the Union and surrounding areas were searched and cleared. The university’s text and email alert system was used to notify students about the situation.

Chancellor Tim Hudson, Vice Chancellor Rick Stripling, and other representatives of the university administration also responded to campus to assist in the crisis response. The university response plan worked perfectly as designed.

No injuries were reported, and normal campus operations have resumed.

The University Police Department will continue to closely monitor the campus this evening as a precautionary measure.

Chancellor Hudson expressed the university’s appreciation to all law enforcement personnel who responded so quickly to the perceived threat.

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Gov. Beebe Reappoints Ron Rhodes to ASU Board of Trustees


LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe today reappointed Ron Rhodes of Cherokee Village to a second five-year term on the Arkansas State University Board of Trustees.

Rhodes, who served as chairman of the board in 2012, is a 1970 graduate of Arkansas State in Jonesboro, a life member of the ASU Alumni Association and a member of the Red Wolves Foundation. He is a Realtor and broker/owner of King Rhodes and Associates Inc., a real estate and rental management business in Cherokee Village.

“It’s a privilege to serve Arkansas State University, and I look forward to the opportunities that are ahead of us,” said Rhodes, who is married to the former Brenda Sanders of El Dorado, an ASU alumnus.

Dr. Charles L. Welch, president of the ASU System, expressed gratitude to the governor for the appointment.

“Mr. Rhodes has provided strong leadership to ASU during the past five years, and we’re very pleased he will continue to serve his alma mater and the rest of our statewide higher education system,” Welch said.

Rhodes’ appointment will expire on Jan. 14, 2018.

The ASU System serves more than 22,000 students throughout Arkansas and includes Arkansas State University, a four-year research institution in Jonesboro; ASU-Beebe, with additional campuses in Heber Springs and Searcy; ASU-Newport, with additional campuses in Jonesboro and Marked Tree; ASU-Mountain Home; and instructional sites in Paragould and at the Little Rock Air Force Base.

Ron Rhodes

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