Redefining the Classroom

Prospective students descend on LSSU for annual Fall Fling

Posted: September 24th, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Lake Superior State University will combine its annual open house for prospective students with a performance by a classically trained violinist who is impressing enthusiastic rock audiences around the world.

LSSU’s “Fall Fling” open house begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, and concludes with a concert by violinist Bobby Yang at 7 p.m. in the Arts Center. The annual open house is designed to give prospective students a feel for what LSSU has to offer. Combined with LSSU’s Great Lake State Weekend for the past several years, Fall Fling will return to being held on a separate weekend this year.

Registration is open until September 26. A confirmation and further information is sent to all registrants, including information on how to obtain discounted tickets to the concert. Find out more about registration on the LSSU Admissions web page.

Bobby Yang shredding his violin

"During the open house, prospective students and their families will have the opportunity to experience LSSU firsthand through a variety of activities that encompass several aspects of the LSSU experience," said Michelle Markstrom, assistant director of Admissions. "Additionally, we will be waiving all application fees for students who submit their applications for admission during the event."

Students and parents will kick off their visit with a welcome session in the Arts Center, where they will hear from LSSU President Tony McLain and the LSSU Student Government president. Prospective students will also receive information on the admission process and financial aid.

After the welcome session, students and families will head for an academic showcase and have the opportunity to view residence halls. The showcase will be presented by department faculty, chairs and deans, who will provide information and answer questions on the many academic programs offered at LSSU.

In conjunction with the fair, there will be guided campus tours, as well as tours to the aquatic research lab and nursing simulation lab. A barbeque dinner will follow, allowing prospective students and their families a chance to talk with current students, staff, and faculty in a relaxed, informal environment.

Bobby Yang’s performance on campus is co-sponsored by LSSU Campus Life. Melding his classical training with years of Colorado mountain wood-shedding, Yang is reinventing the sound of the acoustic violin. His sound combines the virtuosity of the violin with the dirt of a bluegrass fiddle and the rawness of a guitar.

Alongside classic rock jams, Yang and his band, the Unrivaled Players, will be performing from his latest album "The Lost Cosmonaut."

For his signature classic rock jams, Yang’s violin acts as both the lead singer and guitarist, as the songs of Led Zeppelin, Rush, and other rock legends become instrumental jams.

“It’s time for the violin to get dirty,” Yang has said. And to clarify, he means the acoustic violin. His rendition of Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption” solo, a solo featured on Van Halen’s debut album, is touted as better than the original, and Yang does it acoustically, without pedals or effects, on a wooden violin.

Yang holds a master’s degree in violin performance from University of Michigan and is a frequent soloist with symphony orchestras and has regular in-game performances for the NBA and NHL, and rock clubs across the country. He was featured on Collective Soul’s album “Rabbit” in August 2009 and has recorded with Avril Lavigne, Cowboy Mouth, and Default.

Yang has released three albums. When he isn’t performing with his Unrivaled Players, he is Kevin Costner’s fiddler in Costner’s new band Modern West. He is also featured in Costner's 2008 movie "Swing Vote.”

For more information, or to register for LSSU's Fall Fling Open House, visit the LSSU Admissions web page or contact Admissions at or 906-635-2231 or 888-800-LSSU, ext. 2231. For more information about Bobby Yang, visit his website. The public is welcome at Yang’s performance. Ticket information is available at -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315,; John Shibley, 635-2314,; Michelle Markstrom, 635-6687,