The Washburn University Foundation and Washburn President Jerry Farley thanked faculty and staff during lunch Friday for their contributions to the “vitality” and financial priorities of the university. The event closed the first week of classes on a positive note.
“This is a great time of year,” said JuliAnn Mazachek, foundation president. “Everyone is happy!”
And there is a lot to be happy about at Washburn, where a record-breaking year for donations just concluded, new academic programs recently have been added (check out the Master of Accountancy, the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Master of Arts in Human Services), a new long-term campus master plan has been approved and major facilities improvements are underway and upcoming.
“It’s exciting for us to talk about this,” Farley said of the campus master plan, which will serve as a facilities planning guide for the next 20 years. “We’ll all be proud that we were here when this started.”
An addition to Morgan Hall will create a Welcome Center and one-stop area for students to take care of things from enrollment and financial aid to paying their bills. While Farley said it will become the new “front door” to campus, its primary purpose is to allow Washburn “to serve our students better.”
Other new projects include a Kansas Bureau of Investigations crime lab building that will be built on campus and early-stage planning for a new School of Law building. The current building is more than 50 years old.
“It has served us well, but it does not serve the way we teach law today,” Farley said of the current School of Law building.
He said open communication and idea sharing contribute to what gives Washburn University a feeling of “vitality.”
“Vitality is sort of a life force,” he said. “We want to maximize that. It helps us create an environment where we can succeed.”