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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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Professor, Exercise Science


  • Ph.D., University of Alabama
  • M.A., Murray State University
  • B.S., Murray State University

Teaching Specialties

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Strength Training
  • Statistics

Research Interests

  • Strength Training
  • Fatigue and Motor Performance


  • National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine


Selected Presentations:
The Effects of a Single Bout of Resistance Exercise on Motor Performance International Conference on Strength Training, Colorado Springs, CO, October, 2008

Decreases in Muscular Power Following Static Stretching Are Not Evident in College-Aged Males National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference, Atlanta, GA July, 2007

Selected Publications:

Basic Statistics for the Strength and Conditioning Professional Strength and Conditioning Journal Vol 30(6), 2008, Pp 51-55
Static Stretching and Its Effects on Muscular Power Coauthor: Engelbrecht, M.M., Arkansas Journal, Vol 42(1), 2007, Pp27-29

Church, J.B., W.R. Jackson, L.G. Bryant, M.M. Jones, T.M. Adams, and J.L. Stillwell. (2014). Comparison of 1 repetition maximum barbell and dumbbell bench press. Presented at the NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV, July 9-12, 2014. 

Allen, T.N., J.B. Church, T.M. Adams, M.M. Jones, J.L. Stillwell, and L.G. Bryant. (2014). The effect of massage therapy on muscle recovery following downhill running. Presented at the NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV, July 9-12, 2014.

Jones, M.M., M.C. Carnes, T.M. Adams, B. Church, L. Bryant, and J.L. Stillwell. (2014). Parents perception and response to BMI health report cards. Presented at the ACSM Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 27-31, 2014.

Church, J.B., C. Jeffery, M.M. Jones, A.W. Wheeler, T.M. Adams, and J.L. Stillwell. (2013). The influence of crossfit on fitness in men and women. Presented at the NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV, July 10-13, 2013.

Church, J.B., S. Shrestha, M.M. Graves, T.M. Adams, and J.L. Stillwell. (2012). Load, rating of perceived exertion, and blood pressure measurements in untrained and recreationally trained males following resistance exercise. Presented at the NSCA National Conference, Providence, RI, July 12-14, 2012.

Brian Church

Contact Information

P: (870) 680-8103
F: (870) 972-3096


Building: HPESS Complex
Room: 239

Alternative Contact

Sherry Reece
P: (870) 972-3066