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The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture is hosting a retirement reception for long-serving faculty members John Carlson (pictured above), professor, and Ken Nimrick, associate professor, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 6 in the University Union Lamoine Room.


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WIU School of Agriculture's Ken Nimrick celebrates Western's 40th Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale, which was held March 16 at WIU's Livestock Center in Macomb. Nimrick will be honored for his service to Western at a May 6 retirement reception. Photo courtesy of WIU School of Agriculture.

School of Ag Faculty Carlson and Nimrick Retirement Reception May 6

April 27, 2012


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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture is hosting a retirement reception for long-serving faculty members John Carlson, professor, and Ken Nimrick, associate professor, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 6 in the University Union Lamoine Room. Both Carlson and Nimrick will retire at the end of the Spring 2012 semester.

According to the School of Agriculture, a 3 p.m. program during the retirement reception will honor a combined 46 years of service to the agriculture department (now called the School of Agriculture) and Western Illinois University.

Carlson began teaching at Western in 1980 in the area of animal science and started the Illinois ram test program at WIU. He has also been involved in the boar and bull testing programs. After being involved in numerous international agricultural development projects, Carlson began teaching courses in international agriculture and agricultural communications in 2003 and has led more than 200 students on study abroad programs to Russia, China, Costa Rica and Australia. During his time at Western, he received the University's "Excellence in Internationalizing the Campus" award and has given numerous invited international presentations. This fall, he will be teaching in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar.

Carlson earned his bachelor's degree in animal science and ag journalism from Iowa State University and his master's and Ph. D. degrees in animal breeding from Iowa State University.

After nearly 30 years of experience in the livestock industry, Nimrick joined the WIU School of Agriculture in 1998. During his time at Western, Nimrick was honored with the School of Agriculture's "Outstanding Teacher Award" on two occasions. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Nimrick organized the Western Illinois Grazing Conference for eight years; managed the WIU Performance Bull Test and Sale for nine years; managed the WIU beef cattle program; conducted research and demonstration field days; served as a presenter at a number of conferences and professional meetings; and served as WIU's liaison with the beef cattle industry.

Nimrick earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in animal science at the University of Illinois.

For more information, contact the School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080.

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