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The Ichabod Alumni Magazine

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 2023 Edition

Winter 2023 alumni magazine cover - The Ichabod statue with a dusting of snowFrom the President

Dear alumni and friends,

I don’t know what it was, but this fall, the Washburn stories seemed to come pouring in. They are welcome and heartwarming tales shared as I serve as interim president. They are the stories we hear at the Alumni Association and Foundation as we meet alumni all over the world. They are individuals sharing their story at our events and award ceremonies.

There was the single parent who made it through Washburn thanks to scholarships and accommodating professors – including one who held her baby while teaching. There was the student who spent years trying to pass basic college math – a nationwide problem – until she discovered Washburn’s new approach to this dilemma and was on track to pass in December. There was the graduate who failed out of community college. When he was ready to try again, a public university in our state wouldn’t accept him but Washburn did. He kept a 4.0 GPA while earning three degrees as an Ichabod, all because we gave him a welcoming opportunity to pursue his goals.

These stories help us share with potential students why Washburn is a great choice. Some recent news we received is also helping amplify the Washburn story. The U.S. News and World Report selected us as the top public, regional university in Kansas, and in our category, we are fifth in the entire Midwest Region for lowest student debt at graduation. We lead the state for lowest debt for the typical student and for service to student veterans. Scholarships, a commitment to veterans as a Purple Heart University and a focus on dedicated faculty teaching worthwhile academic programs in modern spaces are why we earned these high rankings. Students are the focus in every decision we make.

All these ingredients come together to make a Washburn education a tremendous value that opens doors to future success. We hear this from alumni all the time, and you will read examples in this issue of The Ichabod. We hope you agree and share with others why you think Washburn is a great choice. So many stories are out there waiting to be told, and I can’t wait to hear yours.

Thank you for all you do for Washburn,

Marshall Meek

Interim President, Washburn University 
President, Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation

 

In this issue:

  • Washburn among best in state and region in latest U.S. News rankings
  • Blanche Parks closes out record-breaking tenure on board of regents
  • Drummer for America remembered as talented percussionist, friend to all
  • Soccer team emphasizes positive team culture amid growing success
  • Standout football player James Letcher, Jr., ready for next step
And more! Read it now.

 

 

Past Editions

2022
       
The Ichabod Magazine Winter 2022 cover - Memorial Union with snow, pine needles in the foreground
  Spring 2022 The Ichabod cover. Sculpture on the lawn north of Memorial Union   The Ichabod Fall 2022 magazine cover

Winter

  • Rick Ellis gave so much to Washburn
  • Washburn will explore the theme of truth
  • Bob Dole lived life of service
  • Ichabod builds up minority community
  • Alumna, veteran honored during 103rd birthday
  • Faith Rottinghaus reflects on volleyball career
 

Spring

  • International Programs ramps back up after COVID-19
  • President Jerry Farley announces his retirement
  • Miss Teen Bahamas chooses Washburn
  • Alumni share memories of Sen. Bob Dole
  • Ron McHenry retires as winningest women's basketball coach
  • Basketball teams make kids with serious and chronic illnesses feel like part of the team
 

Fall

  • A look back at the last 25 years with Jerry and Susan Farley
  • Archaeology students exploring the Brown v. Board site grounds
  • Addication counseling degrees meet demand for careers
  • Lora Westling returns to Washburn as women's basketball coach
  • Softball team wins 2022 MIAA regular season championship
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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