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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: Shelley Gipson


Shelley Gipson is an associate professor of art. She has a wide range of experience with printmaking techniques and has exhibited in more than eighty group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Poland, Ireland, UK, China and Japan.

Shelley Gipson

Shelley Gipson

Place of birth:
Nacogdoches, Texas
What makes a good professor?
A commitment and excitement about their subject field.
What makes for a good student?
The best students are engaged explorers seeking to expand their world.
Your philosophy on education in seven words:
Experience leads to understanding and then transformation.
What is the one thing you wish you could teach everyone about your field?
Printmaking is an inventive, experimental and fun exploration of narrative.
What are you working on right now?
The Print Hive exhibition, a collaboration of artists from around the world whose prints will be sewn together to make a giant quilt. Fancy Me This, a portfolio exchange of printmakers collaborating with their children. Her Hair, an exhibition of printmakers that use hair during the creation of her work. and Assessment.
My favorite motion picture is...
The Piano, The Red Shoes, Dune, anything with Lauren Bacall.
The television series I must TiVo...
Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.
The last book I read for fun was...
Fatal Voyage by Kathy Reichs.
My favorite trip was...
to Barcelona, Spain.
The best advice I ever received was...
Don’t get sidetracked. If you want something, you have to make it happen.
What is the one thing I’ve learned I’d tell my college self...
Take all those extra classes that you are interested in – you are going to need them later.
My passion is...
My pet peeve is...
the use of the word 'anyways' and the term 'I seen.'
My favorite meal is...
I love to cook, but I’d still say my father’s barbeque.
What I like about Jonesboro is...
it's small, but diverse.
Cats or dogs?
Cats... and chickens.
E-book or hardback?
I absolutely love books. There’s just something about the smell of old books. Something about holding it and turning the pages. Digital books are great for family trips, but the good ones, the cherished ones are actual hardbacks.
Beach or mountains?
Dinner or supper?
Dinner (but the funniest is Lupper)
My favorite saying is...
"Activate the Space."