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+ Campus alert: A-State Closed Jan. 16

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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  • Students are NOT eligible to work on-campus in their first semester unless the director, department chair, or advisor writes a letter stating why they are in need of employment in their first semester.
  • Students are only eligible to work in designated “student worker positions” (not federal work study positions) up to 20 hours per week while school is in session, and 28 hours per week during official school breaks which includes the summer terms. Students are only eligible to work in the summer for 28 hours per week if they have been at A-State for one academic year and are not enrolled in class.
  • ESL students cannot work on or off-campus.
  • Students can find on-campus employment either through Career Services or walking to individual departments to ask. There is no specific site that has all open jobs.
  • The Office of International Student Services does not keep listings of open on-campus positions. Any open positions that are submitted to the Office of International Student Services will be sent to students through their A-State email.


A student will require specific documents to take with them to the Social Security Administration in order to apply for a Social Security Card. Students cannot apply for a Social Security card until they have been in the US for 10 days.

The student must follow this list in order:

  1. Must receive an original letter from the employer (department chair or director). The student will first need to give the original letter to the Office of International Student Services. The ISS staff will need this letter to complete step 2. The letter must state what type of work you will do, your job title, how many hours a week you will work and be on official school letterhead, be signed, and dated
  2. The ISS will issue you a letter that states your legal status and ability to work.
  3. You will need to bring the most current I-20 (the one for active status) to the Social Security Administration. The I-20 you first entered the US on is not the most current I-20 as that I-20 is for initial status.
  4. You will need to bring to the Social Security Administration your passport, US visa, and I-94 Arrival/ Departure card.
  5. The address of the Social Security Administration is: 1809 LaTourette Dr., Jonesboro, Arkansas 72404. The Jonesboro Jet Bus service does pick-up and drop-off at this location. You may find more information with the links to the right.