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School of Agriculture to Host Open House March 24

March 9, 2017

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture will host its annual open house for prospective students and families Friday, March 24 at the University Livestock Center on Wigwam Hollow Road.

The event will give those interested in a variety of agriculture-related careers a chance to talk with current faculty and students and to get a tour of the University's farm and other ag facilities.

The event is open free to the public, and registration includes lunch. Two $250 scholarships will be awarded at the event.

This year's schedule includes:

• 9-9:45 a.m. – Registration and student organization fair

• 9:45-9:50 a.m. – Welcome by Ag Vocators

• 9:50-10 a.m. – Welcome by School of Agriculture Director Andrew Baker; alumni speaker

• 10-10:10 a.m. Welcome from Admissions Director Seth Miner

• 10:10-10:20 a.m. – Alumni guest: Darren Shupe, Knapheide

• 10:20-11:20 a.m. – Farm tour

• 11:30 a.m.-noon – Student panel

• Noon-1 p.m. – Lunch with faculty at the Livestock Center

• 1-1:30 p.m. – Academic Advisor Ember Keithley

• 1:30 p.m. – Depart Livestock Center

Optional walking tour of campus to follow

The open house would be of interest to students who want to study agriculture business, agriculture science or agriculture teacher education, or who want to minor in agriculture, agricultural economics, agricultural technology management, agronomy, animal science, horticulture, natural resource conservation, plant breeding or precision agriculture or the pre-professional programs of pre-forestry or pre-veterinary medicine.

To register for the event, visit

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