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Economics Day set for Feb. 3 at Western Illinois University

January 25, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – As the economy takes center stage in the national media, Western Illinois University is offering an educational opportunity during Economics Day on Friday, Feb. 3.

The event, being held in Stipes Hall, room 121, is open free to students, faculty staff and community members.

The day will feature three sessions:

10-11 a.m. – "What is Economics," provides an overview of the economics major and features explanations of the more exciting areas of specialization within economics by different faculty members. It's a great event for any student that is new to the study of economics or would like to know more about the major, the study and career opportunities.

1-2 p.m. - Keynote address with WIU economics alumna, Monica Grimsley, titled, "Economics at Work: My Decade at Deere." She has been working in many different departments at John Deere for over 10 years and has insight into Deere and why she loves working there. Additionally, she'll help answer the question "What can you do with an economics degree?"

2-3 p.m. – "Choosing the Next President: The Role of the U.S. Economy," is an exciting and timely panel discussion featuring two WIU faculty members, Bill Polley from econonics and Jon Day from political science as well as two guests from area community colleges, Deborah Hedger (Southeastern Community College) and Jim Johnson (Black Hawk Community College).

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