• Carrie Taylor Kemp

    Carrie Taylor Kemp

    Career Services / Adjunct Instructor
    Duluth, MN
    English ’02, St. Scholastica; MA, ’04 English, UMD

    Carrie's Bio:
    Welcome to our CSS Community! I’m an alum of the College and have worked here for the last seven years. I’m housed in our Career Services Office as Employer Relations Associate—a new position— which gives me access to employers (the world beyond college) to connect them with our students and alumni for internships, jobs and other professional development. You’ll also find me in the classroom, as I teach First Year Composition; it’s so rewarding to witness students who are beginning their journey as a Saint. Looking forward to connecting with you!

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    East Bethel, MN
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    Minneapolis, MN
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    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

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    Saint Paul, MN
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    Aurora, CO
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    Richfield, MN
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    Madrid, Spain
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    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

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    Casablanca, Morocco
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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

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    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

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    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

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    Mathematics & Computer Science

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Five Christmas Alums: My Car Playlist

Growing up, music was always a part of our household.  Consequently, I come from a long line of Christmas CD consumers.   My parents have amassed a collection of approximately 50 holiday disks, and I learned this weekend that my brother-in-law has continued the tradition and buys my sister a new Christmas CD every year. Whenever I’m at home during the holidays, I try and remember to shut off the TV and turn on some tunes while I’m making cookies, wrapping presents or just looking for my dog Koufax’s toys, which tend to get jammed under various pieces of furniture. Here’s what’s currently playing in my car (on continuous repeat) and this morning, very loudly:

1.   Harry Connick, Jr. (various):  Hands down one of my favorite artists. I’ve had a bit of an obsession with him ever since grade school and have seen him in concert three times (plus all of his movies and his stint on “Will and Grace”). His musical abilities are incredible and his performance persona is undoubtedly charming. It all started with his album “When My Heart Finds Christmas” which is a great blend of raucous, child-like renditions of classics, like “Rudolph”, incredible hymns (“Ave Maria”) and some Louisiana-style soul (“I Pray on Christmas”). The two newer albums, “Harry for the Holidays” and “What a Night!” continue the tradition of remixed classics and light, less serious songs.

2.   Nat King Cole:  “The Christmas Song” is undoubtedly my absolute favorite Christmas song, and if any singer tries to replicate what Cole does in his version, they fail miserably. It’s that simple. Although there are ample, well-trained contenders (Connick, Buble, Bennett, etc.) no one can match the velvet-touched melodic gifts of Mr. Cole.  Many of the songs have a strong 1960s tilt to them, but classic songs sung by a classic vocal star don’t get any better than this.

3.   Diana Krall:  I am pretty sure I have Harry to thank for my love of many other jazz vocalists and she is one of the best. I love her sassy, laid back approach to a song and her soft, husky voice. She is a master of unique renditions of famous songs like” Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “You Don’t Know Me”.  I’m not usually a fan of live shows, but check out her “Live in Paris” concert–it’s excellent.  My favorite track on this Christmas album is “Christmas Time is Here“, made famous, of course, by the Peanuts series.

4.   Jim Brickman:  I have a newfound love for and appreciation of piano music. Oftentimes at work I’ll listen to music (sans words) to keep my brain moving along, but not enough that I’m caught singing when someone walks by.  His music is, in short, enchanting. This CD comes on at home when I need to recharge and refocus–I can visualize myself sitting at the window, watching snowflakes fall outside. So pure.

5.   Sandi Patti:  A purchase my parents would always add to their Christmas music collection was the annual CD from Hallmark, which featured various artists from Tony Bennett (really good) to Vince Gill (again, excellent).  I love classical music, and the combination of this gospel singer (whom I had never heard of), the London Symphony Orchestra and the un-tiny Mormon Tabernacle Choir puts a big red bow on the grandness that holiday music can provide.  Hard to find, but it’s on Amazon.

There are so many more I could add to the list, but these are my tried and true standbys.  I hope your holidays are filled with music and entertainment!



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