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+ Campus alert: A-State Closed Thurs. March 5

A-State Will be Closed on Thursday, March 5

Arkansas State University will remain closed on Thursday, March 5 due to incoming winter weather. 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.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will decide on their hours after campus conditions are evaluated Thursday morning.
  • 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.
  • Wednesday's performance of "12 Angry Men" has been cancelled. Contact the Box Office for refund information.
  • 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 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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Travel and Expense Access

Required Training

Users will be granted access once they have viewed and certified the appropriate training videos in bblearn. Travelers will not gain access until their delegates (if utilized) and approvers have completed the training. For more information regarding the videos, please visit Travel Services.

Currently, all administrative and academic departments have completed a security/approval routing spreadsheet for all employees who are expected to travel after July 1, 2014. Departments will need to complete the new Security Request form to request new employee access after the start of the Fall term. Departments will need to complete the security form for student travelers after July 1, 2014.

Off-Campus Access

When accessing the Travel module off-campus to approve travel, approvers will need to connect to ASU’s virtual private network (VPN) to login to Workflow.

Approval Notifications

The Travel and Expense Management module utilizes Workflow for approvals. The first approver that is assigned on the Traveler’s Profile will receive an email notification when a travel document has been submitted for approval.

It is important for the traveler to view their profile prior to submitting a new document to ensure the appropriate approver is assigned for the funding source utilized, specifically for grants. For approver changes, contact Mark Newberry at bhp-support@astate.edu or 972-3261.

Approval Routings

For departments who have more than one approver, the first approver will need to enter the additional approver’s user name (in lowercase) in the Additional Approver’s field. The user name is the approver’s email address without “@astate.edu”. Approvers who are unsure of the proper routings will need to contact their Vice Chancellor’s or Dean’s office.

Depending on the funding source, the Workflow was customized to default in the following Additional Approvers for grants and athletics:

  • Grants – PI (Principal Investigator)
    • Travelers should view their profiles to ensure the appropriate approver is assigned.
    • When the first approver opens the approval form, the PI's user name will default in.
    • The PI will need to override SPA with the chair or dean’s user name.
    • Each additional departmental approver will need to override SPA.
    • The dean will leave SPA in and click on Complete.
  • Athletics –AFC (Athletic Finance Control)
    • When the first approver opens the form, AFC will default in.
    • Each additional departmental approver will need to override AFC.
    • The final approver will leave AFC in and click on Complete.

Travel Services is the final approver for all departments. The user name “travel” will automatically default in.

The traveler and delegate will receive an e-mail notification when the document has been approved or disapproved by each approver.