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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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(870) 972-3820

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James E. Simmons

Major General

Major General James E. Simmons was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Armor following graduation from Arkansas State University in May of 1974. While at Arkansas State, Major General Simmons played defensive back for the Indians. He played on the 1970 undefeated National Championship team, earned three letters, and started on the 1972 team.

General Simmons was commissioned as the highest ranked officer coming out of the ROTC program in the United States. He served as Cadet Colonel for the ROTC Brigade following completion of Airborne and Ranger Training in 1973.
General Simmons has commanded at every level in the Regular Army from Platoon through Brigade. As a General Officer he served as the Assistant Division Commander for the 1st Cavalry Division, Commanding General of the US Army Safety Center, the Deputy Commanding General for III Corps, and as the Commanding General for III Corps (Rear) and Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed to Iraq in January 2004 as the Deputy Commanding General for III Corps. General Simmons is currently preparing to deploy to Iraq later this fall as the Deputy Commanding General for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq. In this capacity, he will be responsible for the day to day combat, combat support, and combat service support operations of nearly 30,000 US and Coalition Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.
Major General Simmons has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Department of Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, and two awards of the Army Commendation Medal.
Major General Simmons is married to the former Rita Westbrook of Jonesboro, Arkansas.