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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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University Communications
(870) 972-3820

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(870) 972-2093

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James L. Sanders


The Silver Star

James L. Sanders was born on 21 November, 1947, in Benton, Arkansas. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1969 with a B.S. degree in accounting and commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, 1969 to 1970 with the 2/50 Infantry, 2nd Armored Division as a recon platoon leader, preparing to deploy to Vietnam. From 1970 to 1971, he served as an infantry platoon leader, company executive officer, and battalion staff, S-5 for the 2/502 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), Republic of South Vietnam. By 1971 to 1973, Lieutenant Sanders was in the U.S. Army Reserve, 336th Ordinance Battalion, 122nd ARCOM, battalion, S-1. Between 1973 and 1986, Sanders was promoted to major, serving the U.S. Reserve 95th Training Command in various training officer assignments and as a weapons pool coordinator. His military awards include: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and Combat Infantryman's Badge. Major Sanders retired in 1986 and is a certified public accountant. He has been a member of the ASU Foundation Board since April, 2006 and is being honored for his receipt of the Silver Star.
On 19 August 1970, in the Republic of Vietnam, Lieutenant Sanders distinguished himself while serving as a platoon leader in Company B, 2nd Battalion (Airmobile), 502nd Infantry, during combat operations in Quang Tri Province. While assaulting an enemy bunker complex, Lieutenant Sanders crawled to the lead element and directed artillery and air support on the enemy emplacements. Subjecting himself to intense hostile fire, he maneuvered among his men, directing their suppressive fire. His actions were instrumental in directing accurate artillery and air support which aided in silencing the enemy positions. Lieutenant Sanders' personal bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.