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Students and young alumni: Join us for After Hours on the second Friday of the month for great networking opportunities. In addition to enjoying food and drinks, you can connect with members of the business community.

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Top of the Tower

There are many opportunities to engage with fellow alumni and stay involved with Washburn University at any of our events held on campus, throughout Kansas and across the country.

Top of the Tower Luncheon - Topeka - Oct. 27

This event has sold out! Check back here for future Top of the Tower Luncheon Panels.

Growing Topeka
Commercial and arts development in downtown, NOTO and the riverfront

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 | 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. (doors 11:30 a.m.)
Top of the Tower Club | Topeka Tower
534 S Kansas Ave
Cost: $10, includes lunch - SOLD OUT

Beth Fager, honorary doctor of humane letters ’14
     Chair, Topeka and Shawnee County Riverfront Authority
Cody Foster, ba ’99
     Owner, developer, Cyrus Hotel Topeka
Jenny Torrence, bba ’00
     Owner, Pinkadilly Home Accessories, Serendipity, NOTO Burrito

Ashley Charest, ba ’99, mba ’06
     Vice president, resource development, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce

Developers have been actively growing commerce and art districts in Topeka with exciting projects taking shape recently. The Topeka community has responded with great support and interest. Join the Washburn Alumni Association as we discuss this development at a Top of the Tower luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. A panel of Washburn alumni and friends integral in these developments will discuss projects at the riverfront, downtown and NOTO.

Cody Foster, ba ’99, will talk about his newest project, Cyrus Hotel Topeka, an upscale hotel and restaurant being constructed in the 900 block of S Kansas Ave. in downtown Topeka. Jenny Torrence, bba ’00, will represent the NOTO Arts District where she owns restaurant NOTO Burrito, event space Serendipity, boutique Pinkadilly Home Accessories, and gallery space for local artists. Beth Fager, a longtime community advocate, is the chair of the Topeka and Shawnee County Riverfront Authority. She will talk about development along the Kansas River including an Oregon Trail Riverfront Park. Ashley Charest, ba ’99, mba ’06, will moderate the event.

The Top of the Tower luncheon is held in downtown Topeka and provides networking opportunities with other Ichabods while hearing a speaker or panel discuss topics concerning Washburn and Topeka. The series is co-sponsored by the Washburn University Alumni Association and the Washburn School of Law Alumni Association. Watch for future Top of the Tower luncheons as they are announced.

Washburn Wednesday - Topeka - 2nd Wednesday each month

Join fellow Ichabods the second Wednesday of every in Kansas City and Wichita. No RSVP is required and complimentary appetizers are provided.

Kansas City - 5:30-8 p.m.
The Other Place
7324 W. 80 St.
Overland Park, KS

Wichita - 5-7 p.m.
825 E 2nd St N

Football Tailgates - Topeka - Saturdays in the Fall

The Alumni Association hosts a tailgate 90 minutes before every home football game just north of Moore Bowl in the tailgate parking lot. Look for "Washburn Alumni Association" tents.

During tailgates, we serve hot dogs, chips, cookies, water and beer free of charge to dues-paid members of the Alumni Association. The cost is $5 for non-members.

The 2016 tailgate schedule:
(All game times subject to change. Check wusports.com for updates.)

  • Thursday, Sept. 1: Northeastern State - 4:30 p.m. tailgate | 6 p.m. kickoff
  • Saturday, Sept. 17: Lindenwood (Family Day) - 4:30 p.m. tailgate | 6 p.m. kickoff
  • Saturday, Oct. 1: Pittsburg State - 11:30 a.m. tailgate | 1 p.m. kickoff
  • Saturday, Oct. 15: Fort Hays State (Hall of Fame Day) - 11:30 a.m. tailgate | 1 p.m. kickoff
  • Saturday, Oct. 29: Missouri Western (Homecoming) - 11:30 a.m. tailgate | 1 p.m. kickoff
  • Saturday, Nov. 12: Emporia State - 11:30 a.m. tailgate | 1 p.m. kickoff

Ichabod Baseball Tailgate - Topeka - TBA

Hundreds were on hand May 7, 2016, as the Ichabod baseball team hosted Central Missouri at Falley Field. The barbeque was free for dues-paid members of the Alumni Association and children age 12 and under. The cost for non-members was $5.

Check out a photo album from the event and check back in 2017 for the next baseball tailgate!

Washburn Day at the K - Kansas City - TBA

Washburn hosted Alumni Association events at Kansas City Royals games in September 2015 and June 2016. The two events drew hundreds of alumni and friends to Kauffman Stadium. The June 2016 event featured private motorcoach transportation from the Washburn campus to Kauffman Stadium and a pregame tailgate party. More than seven hundred people attended the tailgate and more than 800 purchased tickets in the two sections Washburn reserved for the game.

2016 Day at the K photo gallery: tailgate | game
2015 Night at the K photo gallery: game

Check back for information on future Day at the K events!

Arizona Events - TBA

Washburn President Jerry Farley and the Alumni Association were in Phoenix on Feb. 20, 2016, and in Tucson on Feb. 21, 2016. Dozens of Ichabods in the area gathered to reminisce about Washburn and learn first hand about all the great things happening on campus. You can view photos from the 2015 and 2016 Tucson and Phoenix events on Facebook.

Chicago Event - TBA

The Alumni Association was in Chicago on April 27, 2016, with Dr. Jerry Farley, president, Washburn University, and Thomas Romig, dean, Washburn University School of Law, along with hosts Bill Malloy, ba ’74, and Mary Hanisch, jd ’06, to network and reconnect with fellow Washburn alumni in the Chicago area.

Check back for future events in Chicago.

Kansas City Ameristar Event - TBA

Troy Stremming, bba ‘91 and jd ‘94, executive vice president of government relations and public affairs for Pinnacle Entertainment, has hosted alumni and friends at Ameristar Casino in Kansas City for a fun alumni get-together. The last event was held in Sept. 2016. Check back for information on the next get-together.

View photos from the 2015 and 2016 Ameristar event on Facebook.

Lawrence Event - TBA

The Alumni Association hosted a gathering at a wine-tasting event May 5, 2015, at the Eldridge Hotel on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence. Held in the Big 6 Room, the event included wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres at a cost of $20.

Manhattan Event - TBA

Each year, we travel to Colbert Hills and visit with Manhattan-area alumni and friends. Meet other Ichabods who live in the area and learn about all the great things happening on campus.

Texas Events - TBA

The Alumni Association visted Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth in April, 2016. Check back for information on future visits.