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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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For information regarding the Title IV-E Interdisciplinary Committee contact Dr. Richard Freer or Karen Fullen.


The ASU Title IV-E Interdisciplinary Committee is maintained as one of the performance indicators in the contract among ASU Department of Social Work, UAF Department of Social Work and the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The committee is comprised of faculty from a variety of academic departments across the ASU campus. The participating departments represent applicant pools of future child welfare workers accepted for employment by DCFS in Arkansas. The committee chair currently is Dr. Richard Freer, Associate Professor from the Department of Social Work who also serves as the Principle Investigator for the Title IV-E grant at ASU. Other members include: Dr. David Saarnio, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dr. Joanna Grymes, Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, Dr. Larry Salinger, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, Karen Fullen, LCSW, Title IV-E Program Director. and Natlie Gatlin, LMSW Title IV-E Field Trainer.

Title IV-E Interdisciplinary Committee Objectives

The objectives of the Interdisciplinary Committee are:

  • to infuse child welfare content into curricula across disciplines
  • to educate undergraduates regarding professional child welfare practice
  • to recruit students into the child welfare profession
  • to highlight and foster a collaborative spirit among students and professionals from different fields toward the provision of seamless, effective and efficient services to children and their families on a broad range of topic areas.

The committee convenes monthly during the academic year to plan activities that meet the objectives.


The members of the committee provide continuing education for DCFS workers and foster parents as well as pre-professional educational opportunities for ASU students considering child welfare as a profession. The primary educational events sponsored by the committee include workshops, conferences, and student lunch and learn activities on the ASU campus. 

Lunch and Learn

Each Lunch and Learn event focuses on a different topic which impacts current child welfare practice. The event is always entitled, “Who’s Who and What do they do in….”. Past topics have included School Based Mental Health, Juvenile Court, Services to Children of Incarcerated Parents, and Families with Substance Abuse Issues. The format of the event is a panel moderated by a member of the committee and comprised of DCFS staff members, ASU faculty and staff members and community service provides who come to educate the students on what they do, how their service impacts children and families, how the different agencies collaborate with one another, and what kinds of future employment opportunities exist for students in this part of the state.