U of I ACES Open House set for March 14 and 15

U of I ACES Open House set for March 14 and 15


URBANA — The 2003 Open House hosted by the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) will beFriday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days on the U of I campus at Urbana-Champaign.

This year will be the 14th ACES Open House in which hundreds of exhibits and activities are open to the public. “Every year we have new exhibits to share with visitors,” said Scottie Miller, director of special events for the College of ACES. “But we know that the ‘regulars’ who come to the Open House year after year would be disappointed if some of the old favorites weren’t there, too.” Miller said teachers from all over the state from nursery school to high school include a field trip to the Open House as a regular part of their curriculum.

The theme for this year’s Open House is “Where do we grow from here?” which fits beautifully with the many plants, insects, animals and other programs studied in the College of ACES. But it also fits with the College of ACES’ Department of Human and Community Development — a department that conducts research and outreach programs to benefit growing families and communities. One interactive computer exhibit which will be on display in the atrium of the octagonally-shaped ACES library, will feature a new Web site for parents. The Web site called “P2P” or “Parent to Parent,” incorporates video clips of real parents talking about the joys and challenges they face as parents.

Sheep shearing and other demonstrations are scheduled throughout the two-day event.

Visitors can pick up a free brochure at any of the ACES Open House buildings. The brochure will include maps, a complete listing of exhibits, the schedule of demonstrations and information on parking and concessions.

On Friday, March 14, visitors can park for free in lot F-23 at the corner of First Street and St. Mary’s Road, then take a free shuttle from the lot to the Open House. On Saturday, visitors can park for free on the street and in campus lots. The shuttle will run continuously both days to help visitors move easily from the Stock Pavilion, the Meat Sciences Building, Plant Sciences and finally to the College of Engineering Open House on the north end of campus.

For a listing of the exhibits from the 2002 ACES Open House, visit http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/openhouse. Details about the 2003 exhibits will be added to the same Web address soon. For questions, call (217) 333-9355.

Source: Scottie Miller (217) 244-1676; scottiem@uiuc.edu Contact: Debra Levey Larson Communications Specialist (217)244-2880; dlarson@uiuc.edu

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