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Retirement Reception Set for Gerald Vigue

November 10, 2006

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MACOMB, IL – A retirement reception for longtime Western Illinois University agriculture professor Gerald Vigue (pronounced Veeg) will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the University Union Lincoln Room.

Vigue, who joined WesternÂ’s faculty in 1981, will retire Dec. 31. Prior to joining WIU, Vigue was a faculty member at Washington State University. He has also served on the agriculture faculty at the University of Illinois, the University of Massachusetts and theUniversity of Minnesota.

After the retirement of Jerry Carlson in 1996, Vigue began overseeing WesternÂ’s 80-acre organic Allison Farm in Warren County. Over the years he has received nearly $800,000 in funding to conduct sustainable agriculture and organic agriculture research, as well as for operation of the Allison Farm. As a professor, Vigue has taught 14 different classes in the agriculture department, averaging at least 70 students a semester for 51 semesters.

Vigue, who organizes and coordinates the annual Organic Farm Field Day at the Allison Farm, has published in numerous professional journals and has presented at conferences across the U.S.

“Dr. Vigue has provided outstanding service to the University during his 25-year tenure,” said Bill Bailey, WIU agriculture chair. “He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and students. We wish him well in retirement.”

New agriculture faculty member Joel Gruver will oversee the Allison Farm and organic agriculture research beginning Jan. 1, 2007.

Vigue obtained his doctorate at the University of Minnesota and his masterÂ’s and bachelorÂ’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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