Professor Stephen Carlson (in photo), chair of the Music Department at Bemidji State University will 
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perform a piano concert on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on the grand piano in the Evergreen Hall lobby. Evergreen is located on the south side of the campus with parking available in front of the hall. All are welcome and no admission will be charged.

The program will include the music of Haydn and Beethoven, Chopin, and conclude with selections by Stravinsky. 

Background
Carlson, a member of Bemidji State University music faculty since 2006, is a versatile soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at a variety of colleges, universities and festivals throughout much of the United States and eastern Canada. He appeared at the Minnesota Valley Sommarfest in St. Peter, Minn., from 1995-2003, and in 2005 he made his New York debut as a solo recitalist at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Carlson has appeared three times with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, played for the Bismarck-Mandan (N.D.) Symphony and also has played chamber music with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony and Greenville (S.C.) Symphony. Carlson holds degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Illinois, and earned his doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa.

Prior to joining the Bemidji State faculty, Carlson was a tenured faculty member at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., and also taught piano at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Gustavus Adolphus College, and St. Joseph's School of Music in St. Paul, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visitwww.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

In keeping with the University-wide initiative of internationalizing the campus and curriculum, the University of Minnesota Crookston will host two visiting Fulbright Scholars in January. The Fulbright Fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships in the world and on Thursday, January 29, the campus and community are invited to attend presentations by the two during Thursday Commons. The presentations will take place at noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. All are invited and there will be no admission charge. 

The presentations will be an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of both Cameroon and Macedonia, along with the chance to ask questions of these two scholars. 

Kennedy D. Nyongbela, will speak on the "The Bali Nyonga people of Cameroon: History and Culture." He is a senior lecturer/ research chemist in the Faculty of Science at the University of Buea, Cameroon. Nyongbela obtained the doctorate degree from the University of Buea, Cameroon in 2011. His research interests include drug discovery and development from Cameroonian medicinal plants, synthetic organic chemistry and formulation of of chemical weapons. He is a visiting Fulbright scholar and currently pursuing research in the laboratory of Professor Thomas Hoye at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. 

He will give a second lecture titled 'Chemistry of Medicinal Plants' On January 30, at the University of Minnesota Crookston, Dowell Hall 208 from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. All are welcome. This lecture will be repeated at White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen at 3 p.m. on January 30. 

Tatjana Ruskovska, will speak on "Fulbright International Education Exchange: Fostering Science and Mutual Understanding between Nations and Cultures." She is Associate Professor of Clinical Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Goce Delcev University in Stip, Republic of Macedonia. Rushkovska completed her higher education, including her doctorate degree, at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute of Biology, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. She was working as a clinical chemist in the Central Clinical Laboratory at Military Hospital in Skopje for 16 years, 7 of which as a Head of the Laboratory. In 2010 Dr. Tatjana Rushkovska joined Goce Delcev University in Stip where she started her academic career. At the moment, as a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Rushkovska is appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota, in the laboratory of David Bernlohr, where she is working on her research project focused on the role of the white adipose tissue in obesity induced insulin resistance.

This lecture will be repeated on January 30 at 3 p.m. at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

For more information on the presentations at the U of M Crookston, contact Venu Mukku, associate professor in Math, Science, and Technology Department, at 218-281-8097.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visitwww.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Job seekers are invited to attend the 13th Annual Winter Job & Internship Fair on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The job fair takes place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Anyone interested in the job fair will have an opportunity to visit with more than 50 employers along with a number of graduate schools. For a listing of the employers and graduate schools, visit www.umcrookston.edu/career/fairs/umcfair.

The job fair is sponsored by University of Minnesota Crookston Office of Career Development. For more information, contact Meloni Rasmussen at 218-281-8586.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visitwww.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Forty Years of Fun Celebrated during Ag Arama on January 30-31, 2015

A campus legacy continues with hosting of the 40th annual Ag Arama at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The weekend of events, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 30-31, 2015, is hosted by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and includes activities for the entire family. The theme for this year's event is "I Go Back." Dedication of Ag Arama is dedicated to all past royalty and included some 95 past royalty from the event. 

On Friday, January 30, the Animal Science Association sponsors a chili feed from 5 to 8 p.m. in UTOC for $5 per person. Earlier in the day, contests in agronomy, horticulture, natural resources, and agricultural business take place in the Greenhouse and Owen Hall. 

Most of the Ag Arama activities take place on Saturday, January 31, in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) located on the north edge of the campus.  Everyone is invited to watch the animal science showmanship contests held in the arena in UTOC on Saturday. They serve as an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and skills and have a chance to interact with alumni and faculty members. Alumni Sarah Morris '14 and Katie Wiese '13 will serve as emcees for Ag Arama 2015. 

Contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, agricultural business, and natural resources begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 12:30 p.m.  At 1 p.m. is the Round Robin Showmanship contest followed by Alumni Showmanship. Coronation and the presentation of specialty awards begins at 2:30 p.m. in the UTOC arena. 

The ag industries show runs from 9 a.m. until noon. Ag Arama is planned and operated by a committee of students advised by Terrill Bradford and Brenda Miller, who both teach in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.

Concluding the day is a social at the Crookston Eagles from 5 to 7 p.m., with appetizers served from 6 to 7 p.m. and the Ag Arama dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. also at the Eagles. Admission to the dance is $10. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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