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+ Campus notification: No Threat on Campus

There was no gunman on campus.

Statement from Arkansas State University:

Numerous first responders from the University Police Department, Jonesboro Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police and other law enforcement agencies worked swiftly and cooperatively this afternoon in response to what eventually turned out to be a false alarm on the campus.

Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported by other students to 911 as possible campus intruders. These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus.

The university immediately put a lockdown in place while the Union and surrounding areas were searched and cleared. The university’s text and email alert system was used to notify students about the situation.

Chancellor Tim Hudson, Vice Chancellor Rick Stripling, and other representatives of the university administration also responded to campus to assist in the crisis response. The university response plan worked perfectly as designed.

No injuries were reported, and normal campus operations have resumed.

The University Police Department will continue to closely monitor the campus this evening as a precautionary measure.

Chancellor Hudson expressed the university’s appreciation to all law enforcement personnel who responded so quickly to the perceived threat.

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Event Details

ASU Chef's Table Series

05/21/2013, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Study of the world's greatest cuisines by region, including travel information and a cooking demonstration by one of the Jonesboro areas best chefs.  Enjoy an overview of the regions finest products, dishes and wines, with tasting of wines, cheeses, and other local products, plus cooking demonstrations of one of the region's classic dishes by a local chef.  Each month you will learn from a new chef.   

Class Information

Date: May 21, June 11, July 23, August 20 
Time: 7–9 p.m. 
Place: ASU Jonesboro, ASU Alumni Center 
Cost: $50 per person or $90 for two (per session price)  
Instructor: Chef Matthew Johnson comes to the mid-south area via Detroit, Michigan.  Born and raised in the Detroit and metro area, Chef Johnson moved to Jonesboro Arkansas in 1995.  After starting college with aspirations of success in the business field and many other jobs along the way, it was in 2004 when Chef Johnson finally found where his real passion lies.  It was at this time he decided to follow his dream of becoming a professional cook.   Training under 3 different executive chefs gave him the opportunity and time to learn and refine his skills in classic French and European culinary techniques.   In 2007 Chef Johnson accepted the position of Executive Chef at the Jonesboro Country Club.  Chef Johnson joined the Greater Memphis chapter of the American Culinary Federation ( ACF)  in early 2011 and is currently pursuing his Certified Executive Chef  (CEC) designation.     

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Call 870-972-3052 for more information or to register for classes.