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A-State Closing Early Friday, March 31

Arkansas State University is canceling all on-campus classes and closing all academic and business offices at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in response to the high probability of severe weather in the Jonesboro area this afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service has issued warnings for this afternoon with the high probability of extremely high wind gusts, significant severe storms and the potential for long-lasting tornadoes.

Essential personnel who maintain on-campus activities, including our University Housing and Facilities Management will continue to work on campus. If individual employees have questions regarding who is essential personnel, please check with your supervisor today.

Other Campus Closures & Cancellations

  • A-State Childhood Services will also close at 1 p.m.
  • The Reng Student Union will open as the campus’ storm shelter for university residents at 1 p.m., and will remain open until the all-clear.
  • Dining Services will continue to operate with regular dinner hours.
  • Also closing this afternoon are the Dean B. Ellis Library (online resources available 24/7) and the Red W.O.L.F. Center.
  • Evening campus events may also be cancelled. Please check with the event organizer for event status.

All campus residents are reminded to monitor official university media, including official social media accounts for updates. Alerts and weather conditions are also available at Weather.AState.edu.

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Get to Know the Faculty: Dr. Hans J. Hacker


Dr. Hans J. Hacker serves as pre-law adviser to the department, college and university. He is the faculty co-sponsor of the ASU Pre-Law Club, and co-director of the Pre-Law Center, a college-level pre-professional advising center. Let's get to know him.

Dr. Hans J. Hacker

Dr. Hans J. Hacker

Place of birth?
Manhattan, New York City, NY (but, I grew up in Austin, Texas)
Why did you choose A-State?
In 2007, A State wanted a regionally and nationally prominent pre-law program and competitive moot court team. At my previous institution, I had coached nationally-ranked teams during the previous four years. So, I was invited to apply because of that success. It seemed like a perfect storm of opportunity–the students were primed for competing, the administration offered the kind of resources you need to develop a program, and I was ready for a new challenge. The things we did in the first five years were exceptional. I was happy I made the decision to come to a place where going above and beyond for student success was so valued.
What music is playing in your car?
Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Sky is Crying
What is your favorite podcast?
Selected Shorts, Public Radio International
Who was your favorite teacher (and why)?
My Constitutional Law professor, Dr. Kenyon Bunch, held my feet to the flames every day in class. He just wouldn’t put up with bad thinking. I learned from him to think critically and defend a position. He retired several years ago, and remains a close friend to this day.
The best advice I ever received was...
"Dude, marry that girl! She’s the best thing that ever happened to you."
What makes for a good student?
A good student is intellectually curious. The best ones have an insatiable desire to know. They read everything. They call me out about everything in class. My best students end up becoming my peers. We argue and discuss in class, we go get coffee and talk some more. I may introduce them to new ideas, but they do the same for me.
My favorite motion picture is...
Stranger Than Fiction.
The television series I must TiVo...
Parks and Recreation.
If you could teach another field, which one and why?
I was a music major as an undergraduate, so I think I’d like to be a skilled enough guitarist to teach blues guitar. Blues is our music, our cultural heritage.
My hobby is...
cycling (I am a former collegiate racer. I raced three years for Ohio State).
What are you working on right now?
I am working with my graduate assistant and another professor on a teaching and learning paper describing a learning community we created that spans three departments (History, Political Science, and Theater), the Pre-Law Club, and the local bar association. The project focuses on social justice and whether our criminal justice system lives up to its own goals.
If I could travel anywhere it would be...
London, England (the birthplace of the common law).
Four people I’d take to coffee...
Eric Clapton, Robert Putnam, Alexis de Tocqueville, Price Marshall.
My passion is...
appellate advocacy.
Cats or dogs?
E-book or hardback?
Beach or mountains?
Why can’t I have both?
Dinner or supper?
My favorite saying is...
"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want." - Zig Zigler.