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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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Frederick C. Turner, Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel

First Black Professor at Arkansas State
One of the First Two Black Graduates of Arkansas State

Frederick C. Turner, Jr., from North Little Rock, Arkansas, graduated Salutatorian from Booker Washington High School in 1955. In 1960 he was one of the first two black graduates of Arkansas State, receiving a BS in Education and a commission in the Infantry. Colonel Turner served three combat tours in Vietnam where he commanded a detachment of Armed Door Gunners and a company in the 27th Infantry (Wolfhounds) Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division, and served as a Senior Advisor to South Vietnamese Regional and Popular Forces. During this time he received the Combat Infantry Badge and was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In July 1969, at the specific request of Dr. Carl R. Reng, President of Arkansas State University, he returned to ASU as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and thus the university's first black faculty member. He went on to serve as the Commander of U.S. Army Forces at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), in Belgium, and then as a member of the Faculty and Staff of the Command and General Staff College at Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1982 Colonel Turner retired from military service and moved to Austin, Texas, where he became manager for the Texas Employment Commission's Project RIO, a special program for Re-Integration of Offenders.