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Laura Dahl, Director
P.O. Box 430, Goodwell, Oklahoma 73939
Phone: 580-349-1354 * Fax: 580-349-1350


**For Immediate Release**
Mardi Gras OPSU-Style
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 02-17-06

Goodwell, OK - Anticipating the sound of jazz and the smell of Cajun spices, students and staff at Oklahoma Panhandle State University are once again preparing for Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday will be celebrated Feb. 28 with an evening full of activities designed to bring a little bit of New Orleans to Texas County. Thanks in part to the generosity of the Oklahoma Arts Council, OPSU celebrates their 3rd annual Mardi Gras this year.

Mardi Gras at OPSU includes a Cajun dinner in the Student Union cafeteria that will feature New Orleans-style specialties such as shrimp gumbo, blackened catfish, red beans and rice, and Jambalaya plus other traditional dishes. The meal will be served from 5:00-6:30 p.m. and the price per person is $7.25. All students who show a current, valid OPSU ID eat free.

At 8:00 p.m., jazz pianist Noah Baerman of Middletown, Conn. will join a group of regional musicians in the Student Union ballroom for a free public concert. Baerman studied jazz at Rutgers University and has performed extensively along the East Coast. He released four albums with the Noah Baerman Trio and has also accompanied numerous other artists, including OPSU Band Director Jason Berg. The group’s 2003 album “Patch Kit” was inspired by Baerman’s struggle with the effects of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder. The trio’s most recent release, “Soul Force,” is a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In addition to the performance, Baerman will host a Master Class that begins Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in OPSU’s Hughes-Strong Auditorium. He will discuss jazz music and its techniques and will also play a selection of his music. The class is free to anyone who wishes to attend and will provide a great learning opportunity for area musicians and those interested in jazz.

For more information about OPSU’s Mardi Gras, contact Jessica Lofland, Director of Student Services and Enrollment Management, at 580-349-1362.





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