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Prospective Students Invited to WIU Ag Dept. Open House March 6

February 9, 2009

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MACOMB, IL - - A successful and rewarding career in agriculture awaits! High school and transfer students have the opportunity to discover what Western Illinois University's agriculture department has to offer at the department's Spring 2009 Open House, slated for 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Western's Macomb campus.

In addition to its recognized curriculum, WIU's agriculture department provides a variety of ways for students to get involved in agriculture-related activities outside of the classroom, including the largest student-run agriculture show in the United States -- the annual Farm Expo -- organized by the Ag Mech Club; a variety of ag-related clubs and organizations to get involved in, including the Agriculture Education Club, the Agribusiness Club, Alpha Gamma Rho and the Collegiate FFA; and opportunities for hands-on activities at WIU's farm and research facilities.

According to the organizers, the Spring 2009 Agriculture Open House will feature comments from William Bailey, ag department chair, faculty members and current students, who will speak about life in the department and on campus. In addition, tours of the campus and of the University Farm and Livestock Center will be a part of the day's activities. The March 6 event will kick off with a complimentary lunch. Each participant will have his or her name entered into a $100 scholarship drawing, and two scholarships will be given away at the event.

The schedule for the Spring 2009 Agriculture Open House is as follows:

  • 11:30 a.m.–12 noon -- Registration, Livestock Center
  • 12-12:45 p.m. -- Welcome by William Bailey, ag department chairperson, and lunch, Livestock Center
  • 12:45-1:15 p.m. -- Alumni/Student Panel Presentation, Livestock Center
  • 1:15 p.m.-2 p.m. -- Macomb Campus Tour
  • 2-2:20 p.m. -- Advising, Michelle Terry, Knoblauch Hall 152
  • 2:20-3:30 p.m. -- Faculty Discussions (All Faculty), Knoblauch 226, 305, 306, 307

Interested individuals can register at; click on "Registration" in the upper right-hand corner of the webpage to get to the online registration form. Or register by sending attendee's name, address, daytime phone number, e-mail address, the name of the school currently attending, anticipated date of attending Western and number of people attending the open house with attendee (for luncheon reservations) to:

    WIU Department of Agriculture
    1 University Circle
    Macomb, IL 61455-1390

Registration applications can also be sent via fax to (309) 298-2280. All participants will park at the WIU Livestock Center and will be bused to campus. A map of Western's Macomb campus and directions to the Livestock Center are available at

For more information, contact Bryan Schullian at (309) 298-1080 or

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Office of University Communications & Marketing