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Hands-On Programs Set for Explore WIU Day

February 13, 2020

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MACOMB, IL – From a DNA extraction activity in ag to a screen printing project in art to an on-air experience in broadcasting to a polygraph test in law enforcement to the science behind those polygraphs in psychology and much more, Macomb-area high school students interested in Western Illinois University's academic programs will have the opportunity to have some real hands-on experiences as part of the new Explore WIU program for local students Thursday, March 5 on the WIU-Macomb campus.

Students from high schools in Adams, Cass, Brown, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough, Pike, Schuyler and Warren, as well as Rock Island, Henry and Mercer are invited to engage with Western's academic programs through interactive, fun and hands-on activities held by WIU Faculty.

Students interested in agriculture will participate in a DNA activity with School of Agriculture faculty and students, while those wanting to see WIU's art programs will have a chance to make their own tote bag using the screen print process. Individuals who are curious about WIU's broadcasting and journalism majors will have the chance to check out the broadcasting studio and do some "work" on a newscast, and for those whose interests lie with criminal justice, they can take a polygraph test, analyze a crime scene and more, while the psychology department will demonstrate exactly what happens during those polygraphs. These academic department opportunities are just a few of the hands-on activities that students participating in the day-long March 5 program will get.

"This new program is an excellent chance for our local students to learn more about their University," said WIU Admissions Counselor Katy Gorsuch.

To register for Explore WIU, visit For more information about the event, contact Gorsuch in WIU Undergraduate Admissions at or 309-252-0721.

WIU has launched several new scholarship incentives, including the new Leatherneck Visitor Scholarship, which gives incoming (accepted) freshmen a one-time $1,000 award if they attend an on-campus WIU Undergraduate Admissions event, such as Explore WIU, and a special housing incentive for local students who choose to live on campus.

More information on WIU scholarships (automatic and donor designated application-based scholarships) can be found at

Check out all the Spring 2020 WIU Admissions events at

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