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A-State Remains Closed Through Fri. 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 closed on Thursday and will evaluate campus conditions on Friday 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 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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Middle East Studies

Background & Purpose

The role of the ASU Middle East Studies Committee (MESC) is to encourage an awareness and understanding of issues and people of the Middle East. Each year, the committee awards parts of its budget, the income from an endowment given to ASU by the Saudi government, to ASU students, faculty and staff for study and/or research in the Middle East. The Committee welcomes grant applicants from all disciplines and from all ASU-Jonesboro colleges.

Qualifying and Applying

The committee seeks proposals identifying specific areas of academic interest and a detailed plan by which the applicant will conduct the study or research. In addition, student/staff proposals must include a description of how the study will benefit the applicant and faculty proposals must include a well-defined plan of how the faculty member will disseminate the research findings. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received a grant in the past three competitions.

In order to qualify for the grant competition:

Any grant proposals which involve the study of human subjects must first have approval of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research. The Chair of this committee is Dr. Amy Pierce, who can be reached at apearce@astate.edu.

  1. The applicant must be a student or full-time faculty or staff member at ASU-Jonesboro.
  2. The applicant must submit to the Committee a one page abstract of the proposal and a four-to-five page detailed narrative explaining the purpose of the study or research. The proposal should include a schedule of activities and a statement of benefits of the study (student/staff) or dissemination plan (faculty). The proposals must include on-site research in one of the designated countries of the Middle East (Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.)****
  3. The applicant should attach a budget not to exceed $5,000 (students and staff) or $7,500 (faculty). The Committee will consider proposals for a group trip (faculty member and students) with budget requests up to $12,000. The budget should include international travel, lodging, meal allowance, local transportation, cost of necessary supplies, visas and any other related costs. The grant must comply with the University and State of Arkansas travel guidelines. For assistance consult with the ASU Travel Office.
  4. Student proposals must include a letter of support from the applicant’s advisor and from another faculty member. Staff members need a letter from the applicant’s supervisor and from a second reference. Faculty members need a letter of support from their chair, director or dean and from a faculty member, whether teaching at ASU or elsewhere, who is familiar with the applicant’s research abilities.
  5. If there is an international collaborator as part of the effort, that person or institution should send written confirmation of the level of involvement and an agreement to assist in the study or research defined in the proposal. Email correspondence is acceptable.
  6. All study and research should be completed by December 31, 2015.
  7. Applicants must submit two (2) copies of the complete proposal to the Associate Dean of the College of Business by 12:00 noon Friday, March 6, 2015. Completed proposals and letters of support may be emailed to Dr. Bill Roe at broe@astate.edu.
  8. Applicants will be required to make a six to eight minute presentation on their proposed research to the Middle East Studies Committee. Date to be announced.
  9. Recipients of grants may be asked to present their research at Middle East Studies Night and will be asked to submit a report for the Middle East Studies Committee to review.

Export Control

Recipients of grants must be vetted through export control prior to making arrangements for travel. Contact Jenny Estes, Director of Research Compliance at jestes@astate.edu.

****ASU does not support travel to any country considered dangerous by the United States Department of State (DOS). Therefore, awards for travel to countries on the DOS alert list will not be considered. Consult the DOS website www.state.gov for up-to-date information.


Award announcements will be made by March 9, 2015.