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There are Ichabods all over campus and all over the world with stories to tell. The Ichabod magazine tells the story of these alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students. Check out past issues below and look for the magazine in mailboxes every fall, winter and spring.

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Winter 2022 Edition

The Ichabod Magazine Winter 2022 cover - Memorial Union with snow, pine needles in the foreground

From the President

I have always been a proponent of civil discourse. The ability both to speak and listen is essential in society, and it is essential for students to master this practice. Graduates must be all-around educated citizens, which means when you do not know about a subject, you do not automatically dismiss what somebody else knows about it, but you learn. You arrive at truth after you have listened enough.

Students will study the concept of truth this spring during the fourth-annual WUmester, a semester-long dive into a timely topic. We hope to engage the University community – including alumni and friends like you – in these discussions.

As I learned about the passing of alumnus Bob Dole in December, I was reminded of his ability to bring together many sides and come to a compromise. So many in the Washburn community have been personally touched by Sen. Dole’s friendship, his genuine care for others and his generosity and service to Washburn. I join countless others in mourning his passing but rising to celebrate his life and pass on his spirit of service to all. Please read in this issue about his esteemed career and the impact he made at Washburn and for our nation.

We also feature alumna Pamela Hollie, a journalist, educator and philanthropist who has distinguished herself on an international level. She no doubt grappled with the truth and presented her best version of it as a journalist. Washburn helped opened the door to the world for her, and we are honored she shares her story with current students as often as possible. Sadly, we lost a respected colleague here at Washburn. Rick Ellis, professor and director of the Center for Community Service, passed away. I hope you take some time to read about Rick’s impact. He certainly helped students discover truths about themselves and the world. This issue also features alumnus Gary Bayens, who retired from Washburn in December after 25 years. Building a career in criminal justice, he answered many calls to lead within the School of Applied Studies, and he most recently served as dean at Washburn Tech. Technical education and applied studies both require mastering a craft, and Dean Bayens has done a great job making sure students do so. We also feature international track and field student-athletes who aspire to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. Bringing track and field back to Washburn gives us added pride as we watch Ichabods compete at the highest levels worldwide.

I end by sharing some exciting news with you. In November, just days before Veterans Day, we finished fundraising on a veterans memorial at Washburn. I had a wonderful experience serving in the Army as a drill sergeant and an instructor of drill sergeants, and my wife Susan and I made a lead gift to this project with a matching challenge. Donors met the match, and then the remaining fundraising quickly came in. I am honored to stand with veterans in our Washburn community and humbled so many people answered the call to fund this memorial. I look forward to its completion. 
 

Jerry Farley
President, Washburn University

 
In this issue:
  • Rick Ellis gave so much to Washburn as community service director
  • Washburn will explore the WUmester theme of truth
  • With humble beginnings in Kansas and at Washburn, Bob Dole lived life of service
  • Ichabod returns to Topeka to build up minority community
  • Alumna, veteran honored during 103rd birthday
  • Faith Rottinghaus reflects on success of volleyball career at Washburn

And more! Read it now.

 

 

Past Editions

2021
       
The Ichabod winter 2021 issue
  The Ichabod magazine spring 2021   the Ichabod magazine fall 2021

Winter

  • Students tracking turtles in the midwest
  • Discussing sustainability during WUmester
  • Alumni farmer, professors discuss water conservation
  • Alumnus serving as governor's chief of staff
  • Nursing graduate heroes during COVID-19
  • Opening the new Indoor Athletic Facility
 

Spring

  • Foster youth adapting as they attend Washburn
  • Washburn Tech East continues to adapt offerings
  • Librarian Sean Bird and his national award
  • Elementary educators adapting during the pandemic
  • Retired police chief and adjunct instructor Ron Brown
  • Student-athletes advocating for social and racial justice
 

Fall

  • The Mulvane acquires $2 million photography collection
  • Dean Carpenter keeps nursing students involved with community
  • Largest gift in school history will benefit several areas
  • Stained-glass windows from before 1966 tornado return
  • Student-athletes take advantage at another shot
  • National golfer of the year takes chance at pro tours
 
       
2020
       

Marching band member in uniform on cover of The Ichabod winter 2020

  Spring 2020 Alumni Mag   The Ichabod magazine fall 2020

Winter

  • Active student forensic investigators
  • WU-mester explores citizenship and suffrage
  • Alumni leaders in nursing, utilities and nonprofits
  • Curating a new museum
  • Prioritizing mental health for student-athletes
  • Bods Care connects students young and old
 

Spring

  • Staying resolute during COVID-19
  • Studying the Iowa Caucus
  • Alumna moves to top spot on Kansas courts
  • World-renowned marine life photographer
  • Spreading her love of travel and volunteering
  • Combat veteran leading baseball team
 

Fall

  • Student creations with the Mulvane's collection
  • Traditional students and prison inmates studying together
  • Cosmetology graduate working in New York modeling industry
  • Battling obstacles and doubters to overcome dystonia
  • KC Star opinion writer approaches tough subjects with focus on conversation
  • Ichabod All-American looks to make it in NFL
 
       
2019
       
Winter 2019 Ichabod magazine cover with Bob Dole statue on front
  The Ichabod magazine spring 2019   Ichabod Magazine 2019 fall cover, Ichabod Plaza statue at sunset

Winter

  • Sen. Bob Dole statue unveiled
  • KTWU giraffe cams
  • Alumnus serves all three government branches
  • Scoring a film
  • 50 years of women's athletics
  • Volleyball's wish come true
 

Spring

  • Recycled Rides 25th car
  • 50 years of White Concert Hall
  • Retiring deans
  • Alumni leading charities
  • Dancing Blues win another national title
  • National teaching award for alumna
 

Fall

  • Brown v. Board 65th anniversary
  • Tish Graham and women in technology
  • Successful CEO Greg Brenneman helping others
  • Love Takes Flight for alumni couple
  • Corey Ballentine excels in journey toward NFL
  • Washburn remembers Dwane Simmons

 

 

 

 

 

2018
 

 

 

 

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The Ichabod Spring 2018

 

The Ichabod Fall 2018

Winter

  • Homegrown leaders
  • Community health care
  • Peru trip
  • Big hearts in Texas
  • An Uber executive
  • Athletic training partnership
 

Spring

  • WTE celebrates 10 years
  • Counseling Services & WUPD
  • Patricia Joyce retires
  • Entomologist returns to campus
  • Topeka Mural Project
  • Skeens basketball dynasty
 

Fall

  • Snooks retire after 28 years
  • New law dean embraces diversity, inclusion
  • Alumnus leads NASA restoration project
  • Alumna doctor overcomes hearing loss
  • Three Academic All-Americans in one year
  • Coaching overseas
         
2017
       

The Ichabod - Spring 2016-17

 

The Ichabod Spring 2016-17 Cover

 

The Ichabod fall 2017 magazine cover

Winter

  • The Ichabod Success Institute
  • A muralist
  • A trip to Cuba
  • A reporter and a police officer making an impact
  • A Hollywood hopeful
  • A new softball coach
 

Spring

  • President Farley's 20 years
  • Crafting a legacy in retirement
  • Campaign wrap-up
  • Roaches in the classroom
  • Texas-sized leadership
  • Coach Chipman's 42 years
 

Fall

  • Uncovering Kansas
  • STEM education
  • Rita Blitt's legacy
  • An unconventional life overseas
  • Family ties to Ichabod Washburn
  • A new coach building trust
         
2016
       

The Ichabod Magazine

 

The Ichabod Magazine

 

The Ichabod Magazine

Winter
  • Rita and Irwin Blitt gift to Mulvane
  • Public servant Jim Slattery
  • Grand Homecoming review
  • KBI Part I
  • Physical therapist Nicole Perkuhn
  Spring
  • 50-year anniversary of the 1966 tornado
  • Law student Alosha Moore
  • Resources for veterans at Washburn
  • KBI Part II
  • Sumo wrestling gold medalist Roy Sims
 

Fall

  • University rebranding
  • Debate team success
  • Business student success
  • Alumnae empowering girls
  • Honorary status for Delta Gamma cook
  • Alumnus Bob Davis on his final call
         
2015
       

The Ichabod Magazine

 

The Ichabod Magazine

 

Winter
  • Federal judge Nancy Moritz
  • Washburn's sesquicentennial
  • Successful NFL Ichabods
  Spring
  • Baseball team's hot start under new coach
  • Founders Day
  • The discovering of a memorial for a fallen alumnus
 

Fall

  • Jeff Kready, Nikki Renee Daniels and Broadway in the Heartland
  • Grand Homecoming and sesquicentennial
  • Alumni legacy scholarship
         
2014
       
The Ichabod Magazine
  The Ichabod Magazine    

Spring

  • Washburn's master plan
  • KBI building update
  • Washburn Tech signing day
 

Fall

  • Alumnus and longtime major-leaguer Davey Lopes
  • New student housing
  • KBI facility
   
 
       
2013
       
The Ichabod Magazine
  The Ichabod Magazine   The Ichabod Magazine

Spring

  • WUper Bowl
  • Washburn Tech Advance System Technology program
  • Etzel pledge
 

Fall

  • Washburn Tech Midwest Training Center
  • Heitz pledge
  • Boulevard project
 

Winter

  • KBI building
  • Washburn Tech auto and diesel facilities
  • Alumni waiver
 
       
2012
       
The Ichabod Magazine
  The Ichabod Magazine   The Ichabod Magazine

Spring

  • Service to the community
  • Challenge Event
  • Bods in the NFL
 

Fall

  • "Our Boys"
  • New website launch
  • Summerson pledge
 

Winter

  • Welcome Center
  • Art Auction
  • Homecoming

 

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