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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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is Monday, Jan. 15


JONESBORO – Arkansas State University and the Northeast Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee are partnering to host the 16th annual celebration Monday, Jan. 15.

Rev. Ray Scales of Jonesboro, committee chair, said he expects the celebration to draw hundreds of participants, as it has in previous years.

"Our goal is to keep our community as one," Scales commented.  "We welcome everyone who can to come and participate."

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at University Hall, 113 Dean St., immediately west of the Carl R. Reng Student Union.  Participants will move north to Johnson Ave., east to University Loop East, then south to Fowler Center.

The annual Northeast Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration program, following the theme "The Color of Love," will be at Riceland Hall in Fowler Center, immediately following the parade.

The keynote address will be presented by Rev. Kurbe Newsom, pastor of St. Paul A.M.E. Church and president of the Craighead County NAACP chapter.

Chancellor Kelly Damphousse will bring greetings on behalf of the university, and several A-State student organizations will participate in the celebration.

Others on the program include State Sen. John Cooper, Rev. Dr. Charles Coleman, Rev. Kenneth Thomas, Dr. Evette Allen, students from MLK College Prep High School, and the MLK Singers.

Parade participants are asked to begin gathering at 9 a.m. in the North Parking Facility and Centennial Ballroom in the Student Union, where hot coffee and hot chocolate will be served.  At 9:30 a.m., they will begin the parade line-up process in front of University Hall.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Jonesboro will kick off the day before on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. with the annual MLK Youth Celebration, "The King and His Dream," at Fullness of Joy Ministries, 2120 Thorn St., Jonesboro.  Bishop Adrian and Elder Susan Rogers are pastors.

The mission of the Northeast Arkansas Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Planning Committee is to continue to celebrate and promote the King's life and legacy, a message of civic engagement and achieving equal opportunity for all.

All activities are open to the public and everyone is welcome to participate as a group or individually.

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