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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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Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership


  • Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
  • Ed.S., M.R.C., Arkansas State University
  • B.A., University of Tampa

Teaching Specialties

  • Program Coordinator for College Student Personnel Services Online Degree Program


  • Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • American College Personnel Association
  • Arkansas College Personnel Association
  • College Board


Dr. Rick Stripling, a veteran administrator at Arkansas State University, has been a leader in transforming the ASTATE campus. He provided leadership in the development of 14 student services construction projects valued at $150 million. Projects include the Reng Student Union, WOLF Center (health and wellness facility), Student Health Center, student residence halls, three living-learning communities, and Greek Village. He is responsible for general oversight of the Student Affairs Division which includes 13 major departments and over 160 employees. He oversees an annual service budget of $162 million.

Dr. Stripling also serves as Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and is program coordinator for the College Student Personnel Services online degree program. He holds a doctorate in Student Personnel in Higher Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.