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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.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • 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.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

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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ASU Theatre Announces Cast and Crew for Production of ‘Rhinoceros,’ April 12-13, 15-17


JONESBORO -- Arkansas State University Theatre has announced the cast of the April production of “Rhinoceros,” by Eugene Ionesco. The production is under the stage direction of Tim Bohn, assistant professor of theatre.

“Rhinoceros” will be performed at Fowler Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, and Monday through Wednesday, April 15-17.

In Ionesco’s story, “The sublime is confused with the ridiculous.  One roaring citizen becomes a rhinoceros and proceeds to trample on the social order and besieges a small town.  As more citizens are transformed into rhinoceroses, the trampling becomes overwhelming, and more and more citizens become rhinoceroses.  One sane man, Berenger, remains unable to change his form and identity,” according to a synopsis.

The cast includes Jaelyn Epps, a sophomore theatre major from Little Rock, as the Waitress; Payton Overturf, a sophomore theatre major from Cabot, as the Grocer’s wife; Sarah Ring, a sophomore theatre major from Cabot, as the Housewife; Tyler Gartska, a senior theatre major from Cabot, as Berenger; Jordan Phillips, a junior theatre major from El Dorado, as Jean; Garrett Lenzen, a freshman theatre major from Morrilton, as the Grocer; and Clint Stevens, a sophomore theatre major from Huntsville, as the Gentleman/Fireman.

Others are Alaina Rene Kizer, a freshman theatre major from Conway, as the Logician; Jeremy Smith, a freshman theatre major from Dumas, as the Café Proprietor; Morgan Carvell, a freshman theatre major from Bentonville, as Daisy; Josue Pollnow, a senior theatre major from Santander, Spain, as Dudard; Dru Ergle, a sophomore theatre major from Jonesboro, as Botard; Jacob George, a freshman theatre major from El Dorado, as Mr. Papillon; and Brooke Thomas, a freshman theatre student from Jonesboro, as Mrs. Boeuf.

Scenic design will be by Jeff McLaughlin, assistant professor of theatre, and lighting design will be by Evan Palumbo, a junior theatre major from Salem. Matt Currie, a senior theatre major from Cabot, will serve as costume designer.  Claire Abernathy, assistant professor of theatre, will serve as designer of hair, makeup and masks.  Hunter Moody, a senior theatre major from Walnut Ridge, will be sound designer.  Vanessa Williams, a sophomore theatre major from Cabot, and Ashley Pratt, a freshman theatre major from El Dorado, will serve as props supervisors.  Stage management duties will be handled by Cody Campbell, a junior theatre major from Jonesboro.

A “meet the company” dessert reception will follow the opening night performance on Friday, April 12.

Tickets for reserved seating may be purchased in advance at the Central Box Office in the Convocation Center or by calling 972-ASU1 (2781).  Tickets are also available online at http://tickets.astate.edu.  Reserved seating tickets (if available) may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance.  Ticket prices are $10 ($8 in advance).  Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Children under six years old are not admitted to The ASU Theatre.  Patrons are encouraged to arrive early because latecomers will not be seated until intermission.

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