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A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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Sympathy to Family and Associates of Dr. Frances Hunter


JONESBORO -- The university community extends sympathy to the family, friends and associates of Dr. Frances Hunter, associate professor of English, who died Wednesday night.

Hunter, who earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Arkansas State, joined the English faculty in 1967 and specialized in poetry and fiction writing.  For five years in the 1980s, she divided her time with University Advancement as director of development.

After completing her Ph.D. in English at the University of Mississippi, she served three years as vice president of institutional advancement at Georgia College before returning to A-State in 1991. Later she earned a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Memphis.

During her career she published extensively in professional publications and made presentations at professional conferences, including the annual Delta Symposium at A-State.  She developed a scholarly interest in the poetry and music of Bob Dylan, who recently won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and taught an American literature elective course on his poetry.

Hunter organized Dylan Day as part of the Delta Symposium the past two years, bringing in scholars from throughout the country to discuss the musician's life, history and artistry.

She is editor of "Professing Dylan," a collection of 14 essays by professors who teach Dylan's work in college and university classes.  Among her numerous publications, her analysis of Dylan’s "Tempest" appears in Dylan Disc by Disc, published in 2015 by Voyageur Press of Minneapolis.

Her obituary and plans for a memorial service on Monday, Nov. 28, have been announced by Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.