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WIU School of Agriculture Open House March 23

February 23, 2018

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture will host its annual spring open house for prospective students and their parents from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the University Livestock Center, 2265 Wigwam Hollow Rd.

School of Agriculture faculty and current students will be on hand at the open house to answer questions and to lead tours of the WIU-Macomb campus, the University Farm and WIU's agriculture facilities. The event and lunch are free and attendees will be entered into a drawing for two $200 scholarships.

"Attending the School of Agriculture Open House is the best way for those interested in studying agriculture to learn about our program," said WIU Agriculture Instructor Janna Knupp. "Having the opportunity to visit with faculty, students and alumni, as well as tour the University Farm, gives future students an inside perspective of the opportunities available at WIU."

WIU student Leah Hembrough, a junior agriculture major from Winchester, IL, said she came to WIU after completing community college, and the open house offered a "great networking experience."

"It allowed me to visit with the clubs and organizations inside the School of Agriculture," she said. "Several students were helping with the open house that day, and I have now become friends with them. I also really enjoyed hearing from the student panel, as they shared their stories and experiences here at WIU. After attending the ag open house, I was reassured WIU was going to be my home for the next two years."

The WIU School of Agriculture has a student group called the Ag Vocators, which participates in recruitment events and visits local high school classrooms. One of those Ag Vocators is Elizabeth Miller, a senior agriculture major from Vermont, IL. She said the spring open house allows potential students to experience life within the WIU School of Agriculture.

"As a student who attended our Ag Open House, and now plans our open house, I am blown away what one day can offer to your college search.," said Miller. "You get to meet your potential classmates, professors and best friends; you can really not ask for much more. If a student is unsure about WIU, or specifically the School of Agriculture, let us spend a day with them and I think we can change their mind."

The Spring 2018 Ag Open House schedule includes:

• 9-9:45 a.m. – Registration and student fair
• 9:45-9:50 a.m. – Welcome by WIU Agriculture Vocators
• 9:50-10 a.m. – Welcome by WIU School of Agriculture Director Andrew Baker
• 10-10:10 a.m. – Welcome from WIU Office of Admissions Director Seth Miner
• 10:10-10:20 a.m. – Alumni guest Mallory Espenscheid, sales manager at Walton Webcasting, who is a 2016 graduate of WIU
• 10:20-11:20 a.m. – Farm tour
• 11:30-noon – Agriculture student panel
• Noon-1 p.m. – Lunch with faculty at the Livestock Center
• 1:30 p.m. – Depart Livestock Center for optional walking tour of campus

Those who complete an undergraduate admissions application during the open house will have the $30 fee waived.

All participants should park at the WIU Livestock Center (located at 2201 Wigwam Hollow Rd.); a map of the WIU campus and directions to the WIU Livestock Center are available at

For more information, contact the School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080. Follow the WIU School of Ag on Facebook at, on Twitter at or on Instagram at WIUAg. To register, visit

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