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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. Paul Sikkel


The research of Dr. Paul Sikkel, associate professor of Marine Ecology, has taken him all over the world, including Mexico, Hawaii, Australia, Panama and eastern Caribbean, Guam, the Philippines, and South Africa. Let's learn more about Dr. Sikkel.

Dr. Paul Sikkel with Reggae Artist, Amlak Tafari

Dr. Paul Sikkel with reggae artist Amlak Tafari

Place of birth?
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Why did you choose A-State?
The opportunity to help lead the transition from a regional to a more research-oriented and internationally-recognized institution.
What makes a good professor?
The same things that make a good student – curiosity and passion.
Your philosophy on education in seven words:
Open doors of perception, curiosity and creativity.
Before you retire I want to..
I don’t plan to retire.
What music is playing in your car?
Jimmy Buffett, Live in Anguilla
My favorite motion picture is...
Anchor Man.
The television series I must TiVo...
Sea Hunt.
The last book I read for fun was...
E.O. Wilson – Advice to a Young Scientist
My favorite trip was...
Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
Four people I’d take to coffee...
E.O. Wilson, Neil Young, Jimmy Buffett, Keith Richards.
The best advice I ever received was...
"Do what stokes you."
My passion is...
My pro sports team is...
Los Angeles Lakers.
My pet peeve is...
Ignorance and close-mindedness.
A perfect day is...
Any day under water on a coral reef.
E-book or hardback?
I wish I could...
have gills.
Only my friends know I...
Van Halen used to play outside the gym at my High School.
My favorite saying is...
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" – A. Einstein