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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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Associate Professor of Middle Level Education

Director of Arkansas Delta Writing Project


  • B.S.E., English Education, University of Central Arkansas
  • M.Ed., Reading, University of Texas, Pan-American
  • Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Houston

Professional Credentials

  • Certified to teach English/Language Arts grades 6-12 (lifetime-Texas)
  • ESL 6-12 (lifetime-Texas)
  • Reading Specialist K-12 (renewed every five years-Texas)

Teaching Specialties

  • Instructional Models and Learning Theory
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Practicum/Field Experiences in Teaching

Research Interests

  • Narrative Research of Teacher Knowledge
  • Narrative Research involving Adolescent Literacy


  • American Educational Research Association (Narrative Research SIG), National Council Teachers English
  • Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (Arkansas State Representative)
  • Arkansas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (board member)
  • National Writing Project (site director)


Biography: Dixie Keyes received her Ed.D. from the University of Houston in 2006 and joined the faculty at Arkansas State University as a Professor of Middle Level Education. From 2000 - 2005 she taught high school literature and language arts in deep South Texas and assisted at-risk students in accelerating their reading and writing proficiency. Before that, Dr. Keyes taught middle school language arts also in South Texas, working with second language learners while she worked on her master's in Reading.

Dr. Keyes has provided professional development sessions to public school teachers (profit-free) throughout South Texas in reading and writing instruction, reflective practice and models of teaching. She is an Arkansas state ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE) representative and is currently involved in conducting narrative research regarding teacher curriculum-making with critical literacy for middle level learners. Her research focuses on teacher knowledge, the narratives involved in their curriculum-making, all embedded in issues of adolescent literacy and critical pedagogy. She is also the Director of the Arkansas Delta Writing Project at ASU.

Dixie Keyes

Contact Information

P: 870-680-8065
F: (870) 972-3344


Building: Education
Room: 340