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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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Barney G. Smith

Lieutenant Colonel

Professor of Military Science

Barney G. Smith was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas, on November 8, 1951. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1974 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. His military career, spanning over 30 years, began in 1969 when he enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on April 7, 1979, through the Arkansas Military Academy, Officer Candidate School. He served in various assignments in the 39th Support Battalion, 39th Separate Infantry Brigade, to include company commander of Company C, 39th Support Battalion, and as the Battalion Executive Officer. As an active duty National Guard officer, he served as the Mobilization Plans Officer, State Area Headquarters. He was one of the original coordinators of the Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge Program. He also served on the Drug Education Program, a joint effort between the Arkansas National Guard and the Arkansas State Police. He then served on the Army Staff at the Pentagon as the National Guard Readiness Liaison Officer. Upon promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 1999, he was assigned to Arkansas State University Department of Military Science (ROTC) where he served as the Professor of Military Science until his death in 2001. Among his many decorations and service medals, he received the Legion of Merit (posthumous), the Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass device, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon.