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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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Spring 2022 Edition

Spring 2022 The Ichabod cover. Sculpture on the lawn north of Memorial Union

From the President

We all take bold steps throughout our lives. Here at Washburn, it could be freshmen taking their
first college courses, seniors graduating and going onto careers or advanced degrees or faculty and staff creating a new program. With deep commitment and belief in what you are doing, the bold step may not seem so bold – at least until you step back and celebrate what you have accomplished.

After 25 years of leading Washburn through bold and transformational steps, I will be
stepping back and retiring from my role as president on Sept. 30, 2022. Susan and I very much
love our Washburn and Topeka community and appreciate all the good it has brought us.
We will continue to serve Washburn in meaningful ways – I as president emeritus and Susan
in the many opportunities where her passions align with Washburn’s. It will be a privilege to
continue making our home here, where we have made so many good friends.

This edition of The Ichabod is full of people who have taken bold steps to improve their lives,
improve Washburn or improve the lives of others.

One of the boldest steps a student can take is to travel internationally, and this edition features
our commitment to international studies. We have great relationships with universities around
the world, but with a global pandemic and an everchanging political climate, it has become
harder to maintain those relationships. Many students have their first interactions with people
from a different culture while in college and those interactions grow into lasting friendships.
The experience can change their lives, and we will stay committed to offering these experiences.

We also feature an article about JuliAnn Mazachek. The longtime Washburn administrator
will be leaving us this summer to become president at Midwestern State University-Texas. She’s
been dean of our School of Business, president of the Alumni Association and Foundation
and now vice president for academic affairs. She began the process which subsequently led our
School of Business to its first major accreditation, led the Foundation through a campaign
that raised more than $140 million and now leads our talented and dedicated faculty. We look
forward to hearing about her new accomplishments in this next bold step.

We also feature Ron McHenry, the longtime women’s basketball coach who helped players
take bold steps on the court and in their lives. He retired at the end of this year, and we wish
him well.

As Susan and I reflect on the many bold steps we have taken and are yet to take, I hope
reading this issue will help you look back and celebrate the bold steps you have taken while
thoughtfully planning your next endeavor.

Jerry Farley
President, Washburn University

 
In this issue:
  • International Programs ramps back up after COVID-19 slowed or stopped most overseas learning
  • President Jerry Farley announces his retirement effective Sept. 30, 2022
  • Miss Teen Bahamas chooses Washburn with dreams of becoming physical therapist
  • 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

And more! Read it now.

 

 

Past Editions

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

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
       
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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