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School of Ag Open House Set for March 5

February 5, 2010

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MACOMB, IL -- Next month, Western Illinois University's School of Agriculture will host its Spring Open House for high school and transfer students who are interested in the innovative and fast-paced business of agriculture. The annual event is slated for Friday, March 5 on WIU's Macomb campus.

"Students in the agriculture program at WIU have exceptional opportunities to learn about and experience many areas of the disciplines outside of the classroom," said Bryan Schullian, a senior agriculture major from Quincy (IL). "Dr. William Bailey, the director of Western's School of Ag, as well as faculty and current students, will be on hand to provide information about the opportunities offered through the department and on campus," he added.

The open house event will also feature a tour of Western's Macomb campus, which will include visits to the University Farm and the Livestock Center, as well as a drive-by look at the Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity House and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity House. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 11:30 a.m.-noon: Registration at the Livestock Center
  • noon-12:45 p.m.: Welcome Lunch with Bailey and current ag students at the Livestock Center
  • 12:45 p.m.-2 p.m.: Campus Tour
  • 2-2:20 p.m.: Advising, with Ember Keithley, academic advisor, College of Business and Technology, Knoblauch Hall 152
  • 2:20-3:30 p.m.: Faculty Discussions with School of Ag faculty members, Knoblauch Hall, rooms 305, 306, 307 and 226

According to Schullian, each participant will have his or her name entered into a $100 scholarship drawing, and two scholarships will be awarded. The event is open free to the public and includes a complimentary lunch. All participants should park at the WIU Livestock Center and will be bused to campus.

For more information, contact the School of Ag at (309) 298-1080 or at You can also register online at The website also includes the schedule of events, a campus map and driving directions to the WIU Livestock Center.

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Office of University Communications & Marketing