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Alumni, donors, students, faculty and staff

Read the latest feature stories from people who are making a difference for Washburn. Many of these articles appear in our publications like The Ichabod and Belltower.

Ichabod Washburn tintypeFamily Ties: Graduates uncover connections to Ichabod Washburn 

From The Ichabod - Fall 2017
It’s been more than four decades since Carrie (Johnson) Rutherford, ba ’76, graduated from Washburn University, but it was this year she realized the impact Ichabod Washburn had on her life. She and her family where able to trace their family lineage back to Ichabod Washburn, and in the process they learned about the University's founding values.

Brett Ballard in front of Lee ArenaBuilding Trust: Player buy in, alumni support important to Brett Ballard as he builds program

From The Ichabod - Fall 2017
Ballard’s career has always had a tie to the state of Kansas. He played two years at the University of Kansas, coached there and at Baker University, and was on the coaching staff of two of Jayhawk great Danny Manning's teams. He'll coach his first game as leader of the Washburn men's basketball team on Nov. 15 against familiar foe Baker.

Linda JeffreyResilient: Linda Jeffrey focuses on faith, community during challenging times

From The Ichabod - Fall 2017
Linda Jeffrey, ba ’74, jd ’77, has a theory about why she’s been blessed with loving friends, a supportive family and a fulfilling career. “I often say, ‘God loves you, but I’m his favorite.’ What other explanation can there be for the many opportunities to live, laugh, love and give back to my community I’ve been afforded?” Jeffrey said.

Archaeology dig in Meade County, KansasUncovering Kansas: Prehistoric findings on archaeological dig excite students, keep them busy

From The Ichabod - Fall 2017
Washburn students were halfway through the last day of a 10-day archaeological dig when Daniel Hougland’s trowel scraped against something that wasn’t soil. “I found a feature,” he said to his professor. “I don’t know what it is, just a piece of rock.” “Oh,” she says, as she looks in. “That’s kind of a big deal.”

John Buckner turns woodCrafting a Legacy: John Buckner still sharing his passions in retirement

From The Ichabod - Spring 2017
Classical music from a dusty Bose stereo usually accompanies John Buckner as he turns wood in his garage. Music and woodworking have been prominent in the life of the retired long-time Washburn music professor, but woodworking has become his favored craft. It’s what he shares with students at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, or at workshops throughout the region.

Tawanna Black posesA Charge for Change: One woman's mission to make a lasting impact

From The Ichabod - Spring 2017
When Tawanna Black, ba ’00, first came to Washburn University, she had no intention of ever going into non-profit public service. Luckily for the organizations and communities she’s served in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota, the inspiring professors and new perspectives she encountered at Washburn changed her mind and helped her see the value of social service.

Stephanie Davies speaking in front of class

Two Educations: Battling cancer as a student strengthened life's lessons for Stephanie Davies

From The Ichabod - Spring 2017
Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Again. This was the second stage 2 diagnosis that Stephanie Davies, b ed ’16, received. This diagnosis meant a stem cell transplant was imminent. More chemotherapy was necessary. It was the fall of 2013 and she was majoring in education at Washburn University, a path she chose after her first diagnosis.

T.C. BroadnaxBig-League Leadership: Broadnax took over as Dallas city manager in February

From The Ichabod - Spring 2017
City management is where T.C. Broadnax, ba ’91, decided he wanted to make a difference when he was attending Washburn. The former Ichabod basketball player has elevated himself to one of the highest levels in that field. In a Texas-sized move, Broadnax became city manager of Dallas, Texas, on Feb. 1, 2017.

Coach Bob Chipman and familyA Coach for Life: Bob Chipman more than basketball coach to family, friends, players

From The Ichabod - Spring 2017
Bob Chipman’s final season served as a tribute to his 41 years with the men’s basketball program at Washburn University. Among the achievements celebrated and remembered were the 1987 NAIA national championship, the 2001 NCAA Division II runner-up finish, 12 trips to the NCAA tournament, nine to the NAIA tournament and 12 conference championships. He wrapped up the milestones with his 800th win earlier this year.

Betty Casper and Bob ChipmanA Tradition that Stuck: Betty McEnroe Casper's pre-game tradition endures throughout Chipman's career

From Athletics Spotlight - Winter 2016-17
Basketball Coach Bob Chipman needed a way to calm his nerves before a game early in his career. Betty McEnroe Casper’s answer became a ritualistic tradition that sprouted a lifelong friendship between them and their families.

Arlene QuintanaTrue Grit: Ichabod Success Institute honored as "Model of Excellence"

From The Ichabod - Winter 2016-17
Washburn University is one of eight colleges and universities nationwide being honored by University Business magazine in its Winter 2016 Models of Excellence recognition program. Sponsored by CASHNet, the Models of Excellence program recognizes innovative approaches to encouraging and nurturing student success on campus. In Washburn’s case, that innovative approach is the Ichabod Success Institute

NIBS competition winnersWorld Champions: Three entrepreneurs join forces to win international business competition

From The Ichabod - Fall 2016
Kennedy White, bba ’16, Connor England and Mark Feuerborn sat in the School of Business conference room and joined people from all over the world via Skype. The trio was eagerly awaiting the results of the Network of International Business Schools Worldwide Business Plan Competition. They were not only representing Washburn University as one of the three schools in the finals, but they were also representing the United States against schools in Finland and Ireland.

Ashley Sumpter with her daughterMotivated Through Hardships: WWA scholarship fulfills dream of college degree

From Belltower - 2016
Ashley Sumpter, bas ’16, accomplished something she never thought she could: earning a bachelor’s degree. Realizing her dream would not have been possible without the scholarship she received the past two years from the Washburn Women’s Alliance.

Riley KranePutting in the Work: From walk-on to all-conference, Krane thankful for opportunities donors provide

From Athletics Spotlight - Summer 2017
Riley Krane didn’t play high school baseball until his senior year. Playing in college wasn’t something he thought about much, but a chance to walk on at Washburn five years ago turned into a three-time all-conference career and a management degree.

Sarah VicoryHelping Others Succeed: Three-time All-American using fifth year to focus on future

From Athletics Spotlight - Summer 2017
Sarah Vicory found time to focus on two career paths at Washburn when she wasn’t playing volleyball. The senior from Topeka coached club volleyball teams and worked part time as a physical therapy assistant. She’ll spend next year deciding which of those paths is right for her after she graduates.

Brady SkeensSupport and Guidance: Encouraging parents, athletics scholarships setting Skeens up for career in business

From Athletics Spotlight - Winter 2016-17
Brady Skeens is using his basketball skills, important lessons from his parents and help from scholarships to earn his degree in business administration and move on in the field. Along the way, he's having a successful basketball career.

The Ichabod Spring 2016-17 Cover

The Ichabod tells our story with features on alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends, along with the latest campus news. Read the 2016-17 spring edition online and look for the 2017-18 fall edition in October.

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