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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. Po-Lin Pan


Joining Arkansas State in August 2009, Dr. Po-Lin Pan is an associate professor of strategic communications. Let’s get to know Dr. Pan.

Dr. Po-Lin Pan
Dr. Po-Lin Pan

Place of birth?
Taipei City, Taiwan
Why did you choose A-State?
It’s great to work in the place where both diversity and globalization are highly valued. At A-State, I enjoy its Southern hospitality as well as inclusion of people with different cultures and nationalities.
Who was your favorite teacher (and why)?
My elementary school teacher—Min-Ling Cheng. I learned from her that education is for everyone in need without the discrimination of gender, culture, and social class.
Your philosophy on education in seven words:
Build supportive relationships that facilitate student success.
What music is playing in your car?
The Classics by the Shanghai Restoration Project
My favorite trip was...
A trip to many cities in West Europe with my wife in 2007 as we were backpackers and limited by budget.
If I could travel anywhere it would be...
Four people I’d take to coffee...
François Truffaut, Woody Allen, Wong Kar Wai, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
The best advice I ever received was...
"Life is cyclical and the best way to stay focused is to ignore the swings and instead focus on the long run."— Vivian Schiller
My hobby is...
Hiking with my wife and beaching with my daughter.
A perfect day is...
a sunny day that I can take my daughter to the zoo and educate her to identify each animal and tell her the story of each animal.
Cats or dogs?
I wish I could...
teach some impoverished children somewhere in rural China or fundraise for building or furnishing schools to provide good education to these children.
Only my friends know...
I wrote several screenplays when I was a high school student. During that time, I always believed I would be a movie director in the future.
My favorite saying is...
"Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination."— Jim Jarmusch