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Arkansas State remains closed on Wednesday, Feb. 1

Arkansas State University will remain closed on Wednesday, Feb. 1, due to a major winter storm.

With approximately a half inch of ice accumulation from overnight sleet, temperatures hovering in the high 20s and another round of wintery mix predicted for Tuesday afternoon, all on-campus classes are cancelled for Feb. 1, and all academic and business offices remain closed.

For Wednesday, the following on-campus services will operate under their established, abbreviated hours:

  • The Reng Student Union will open for on-campus student usage at 8 a.m., closing at 8 p.m.
  • Dining Services will operate on brunch hours.

The following facilities will be closed:

  • The Dean B. Ellis Library (online resources available 24/7)
  • Red WOLF Center

With the wintery mix forecast to end on Wednesday and a potential warming above 32 degrees, an evaluation of campus roads and surfaces will be made on Wednesday to determine if campus can re-open for regular business for Feb. 2.

For ongoing updates, please check our website and the university’s official social media accounts.

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Frederick C. Turner, Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel

First Black Professor at Arkansas State
One of the First Two Black Graduates of Arkansas State
 

Frederick C. Turner, Jr., from North Little Rock, Arkansas, graduated Salutatorian from Booker Washington High School in 1955. In 1960 he was one of the first two black graduates of Arkansas State, receiving a BS in Education and a commission in the Infantry. Colonel Turner served three combat tours in Vietnam where he commanded a detachment of Armed Door Gunners and a company in the 27th Infantry (Wolfhounds) Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division, and served as a Senior Advisor to South Vietnamese Regional and Popular Forces. During this time he received the Combat Infantry Badge and was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal. In July 1969, at the specific request of Dr. Carl R. Reng, President of Arkansas State University, he returned to ASU as an Assistant Professor of Military Science and thus the university's first black faculty member.

He went on to serve on the staff of the Commander of U.S. Army Forces at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), in Belgium, and then as a member of the Faculty and Staff of the Command and General Staff College at Leavenworth, Kansas.”

In 1982 Colonel Turner retired from military service and moved to Austin, Texas, where he became manager for the Texas Employment Commission's Project RIO, a special program for Re-Integration of Offenders.