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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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Craig Collison

Director of Percussion Studies

Associate Professor of Music


  • M.M.E., University of North Texas
  • B.M.E., Washington State University

Teaching Specialties

  • Percussion-Marimba
  • Jazz Vibraphone
  • Drum Set
  • Timpani
  • Afro-Cuban Percussion
  • Orchestral Percussion

Research Interests

  • Jazz Drum Set
  • Afro-Cuban Percussion
  • Jazz Vibraphone
  • Swiss Basle Drumming


  • Member of Educational Team-Vic Firth Percussion

Links of Interests

Vic Firth Percussion: htttp://www.vicfirth.com/education/articles


Craig Collison has been professor of percussion at Arkansas State University since 1998. From 1997-1998 he served as an assistant professor at Western Illinois University where he taught drum set, marching percussion, and jazz band.

Craig was a percussionist with The United States Air Force Concert Band, Washington, D.C. from 1985 to 1996. He received his bachelor's degree from Washington State University, master's degree from The University of North Texas, and completed his doctoral residency at the Eastman School of Music. He has studied with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra, John Beck of the Eastman School of Music, and Dr. Robert Schietroma of the University of North Texas. Presently he is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.

Craig Collison

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-3769
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: Percussion Annex