Western Illinois University (WIU) School of Agriculture will celebrate its 100th anniversary Feb. 8 with a dinner and ceremony in the University Union Heritage Room, Macomb. In addition, WIU will celebrate the 50th annual, student-run Ag Mech Ag Expo.

“In 1920, the agriculture and biology curriculum at Western were split into two separate departments, which has led us to this event in celebrating the 100th year of the School of Agriculture,” said Andy Baker, School of Agriculture director. “It is also the 50th anniversary for the Ag Expo.”

Festivities will start with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. A freewill donation will be taken for admission to the dinner. The century anniversary celebration will coincide with the first day of Ag Expo in Western Hall.

School of Agriculture Alumnus Cliff Becker ‘82 will serve as emcee for the event. Becker serves as senior vice president for the Farm Journal. Several distinguished alumni will be honored.

“We hope to attract as many alumni as possible to attend this very special event to help us celebrate 100 years of agriculture at Western Illinois University,” Baker said. “Our strong alumni base has helped sustain the growth in our department and will be the foundation for the next 100 years of agriculture at Western Illinois University.”

In addition to recognizing distinguished alumni, the school hopes to raise funds to support several projects within the department, according to Baker.

To register for the dinner, visit Facebook or email Jana Knupp at JM-Knupp@wiu.edu.