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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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Strube Crowned Miss Arkansas State University


Riley Strube being crowned Miss Arkansas State University, 2022
Riley Strube is crowned Miss Arkansas State University by 2022 Queen Riley Roberts and Karen Shields, wife of A-State Chancellor Todd Shields.

JONESBORO – Riley Strube, a sociology, criminology and psychology major from Cabot, Ark., was crowned Miss Arkansas State University in the 48th edition of the scholarship competition, held Wednesday evening in Riceland Hall at Fowler Center on the A-State campus and presented by Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

The sophomore captured the title with her tap dance performance of “Dr. Jazz,” and her social impact statement of “Time to Talk,” which aims to make Arkansas a safer place for those struggling with mental illness. She is the author of Sami Smile Starts to Frown, written to teach children about mental health awareness. She won the individual competitions for both talent and on-stage interview.

A member of Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity, Strube is also an A-State representative at the Disney College Internship program and a student recruiter for the Red Wolves football program. Among her prizes, Strube received a $5,000 scholarship from Arkansas State University.

The first runner-up was Erica Parker, a sophomore majoring in strategic communication from Jonesboro.

Her social impact initiative is "VIP – Volunteering is Priceless." For the talent segment, she performed a jazz dance to "Living on a Prayer."

Erin Davis of Bono, Ark., was second runner-up and the recipient of the Miss Congeniality Award. Davis is a sophomore, majoring in mid-level education.

Others in the top five were:

-- Kennedy Combs, of Fayetteville, a senior business marketing major, third runner-up; and

-- Natalie Horner, an exploratory studies major from Paragould, fourth runner-up.

In addition, Combs won the Social Media Promotions Award, and Katie Everett, a nursing major from Dewitt, Ark., won the People's Choice Award.

The contest is an official Miss America Preliminary, so Strube will begin preparations immediately to compete in the upcoming Miss Arkansas competition.

The Pi Kappa Alpha chapter at A-State began sponsoring the Miss Arkansas State University competition in 1975.