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SPRing 2021 Edition

The Ichabod magazine spring 2021

From the President

Being adaptable is essential for the success of a university. Many think universities are slow to change, but higher education has been around since the 12th century. There is no way higher education would still be vibrant today if not for its ability to adapt, and Washburn is no exception. As we navigated the onset of a pandemic more than a year ago, we adapted with urgency and thoughtfulness as we adjusted teaching methods and provided new ways to reach a changing world.

This issue of The Ichabod features people who make themselves adaptable to better accomplish their goals and serve those around them. We feature students studying music and theatre who have missed out on a key element of their craft – performing for a live audience. While they have found ways to make it work, we all look forward to the days when we can fill White Concert Hall and Neese Gray Theatre once again. We also feature students who grew up in foster care and attended Washburn as they were aging out of the system. These are students who had no choice but to adapt to uncertainties in their life. We all know college is a transformative time in people’s life, but many former foster children have told us some of their first solid relationships were built while attending Washburn. We should all feel good knowing we were a part of helping students become their best self. You will also read about Washburn Tech East. We brought Washburn Tech’s mission of technical education for in-demand jobs to East Topeka, and we remain adaptable as we add and adjust programs offered on that campus. Librarian and alumnus Sean Bird recently won a national award because of the great impact he has on students, and you will read about how he is a major part of our library adapting to ever-changing learning methods.

Adaptability has been essential in K-12 education during the pandemic, and a pair of Washburn alumnae educators shared their experiences reaching and impacting children in the last year during difficult times. Alumnus Ron Brown retired recently as chief of police for Topeka Public Schools. Chief Brown is very engaged in both Washburn and the community, and we are grateful he shared his expertise for 20 years as an adjunct instructor in our criminal justice department. His lessons are invaluable for students.

The traditional, brick-and-mortar university as we know it will return. I am confident in that. There is and always will be a demand for in-person learning and interactions. However, we must be flexible. There are academic programs and events that lend themselves to virtual components. Washburn’s success demands we stay adaptable when building and enhancing our relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

Jerry Farley
President, Washburn University

 
 

In this issue:

  • 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

And more! Read it now.

 

 

Past Editions

2021
       
The Ichabod winter 2021 issue
       

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
       
 
       
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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