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Located on Washburn’s campus off 17th and Jewell, the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center sits across the street from White Concert Hall and Mulvane Art Museum. The facility is designed to serve the needs of alumni, the university and the Topeka community.
Discussions for an alumni gathering place stretch to the 1960s in the aftermath of the Topeka tornado, and ideas were presented for an alumni convocation center in the early 1980s.
After more than a decade of planning and fundraising, the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center opened in April 1996. The Alumni Center houses offices for the Washburn Alumni Association, Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Vice-President/Treasurer and Institutional Research.
The facility, which is named after Washburn alumnus and renowned graphic designer Bradbury Thompson (1911-1995), has numerous rooms available for meetings, lectures, seminars, receptions and dinners.
As you enter the main doors on the east side of the building, you’ll enter the Joss Reception Gallery, illuminated by natural light streaming from skylights. A custom-made staircase leads to the upper level.
Double doors flanking the staircase open to the Ruth Garvey Fink Convocation Hall, a 3,420-square-foot room with a fireplace on the east side and large windows on the west side. The windows are fronted by three columns overlooking the Joss Garden.
The 16.500-square-foot Doris Firestone Joss Garden features a brick side that forms a “W,” as well as a 5-foot-11 bronze Ichabod statue.