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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.

Ruth Garvey Fink Convocation Hall

The Ruth Garvey Fink Convocation Hall.The showpiece of the center, Ruth Garvey Fink Convocation Hall is located on the west side of the building. It features a fireplace on the east end and large windows fronted by three columns on the west. The columns overlook the Joss Garden.

Two-hundred guests can be seated for dinner in the hall, and space can be divided into three rooms. Doors on the south lead to a service kitchen equipped with a dishwasher, warming oven, refrigerator and ice maker.

Rental of the convocation hall includes use of the Joss Reception Gallery and Joss Garden.

The convocation hall is used for numerous Alumni Association events, including Alumni Fellows, Wake Up with Washburn, and After Hours. It is also used by other departments on campus for events, as well as for weddings and receptions.

Convocation Hall occupancy and room configuration

  • Full hall: Reception (no seating), 490; lecture (chairs only), 250; banquet (27 tables with eight people per table), 216; banquet with dance floor, 175-190.
  • Hall at two-thirds: Reception (no seating), 175; lecture (chairs only), 150; banquet (11 tables with people per table), 88.
  • Hall at one-third (center section): Reception (no seating), 125; lecture (chairs only), 100; banquet (eight tables with eight people per table), 64.
  • Hall at one-third (north or south section): Reception (no seating), 30; lecture (chairs only), 40; banquet (five tables with eight people per table), 40.

Note: Seating capacity is estimated and will vary depending on the setup.

Ward D. Martin RoomWard D. Martin Board Room

Located on the second floor on the south end of the building, this room contains tables and high-back chairs.

It seats up to 25 and includes a wide-screen TV, marking board, telephone and fax machine.

Ora Wade Baker RoomOra Wade Baker Room

Located on the second floor on the south end of the building, this room contains 18 high-back chairs, a conference table, phone and fax machine.

Washburn Bible RoomWashburn College Bible Room

Located on the first floor, the room displays the Washburn College Bible designed by alumnus Bradbury Thompson. The room contains a conference table that seats 15 people.

The Joss GalleryJoss Reception Gallery

The entrance through the main doors on the east side leads to a hall illuminated by skylights two stories above.

The gallery is adaptable for small gatherings and features a custom-made circular staircase leading to the second floor of the facility.

The Joss GardenDoris Firestone Joss Gallery

You can enter the 16,500-square-foot garden through the west exits of the Convocation Hall and the gates at the north and south of the garden.

Stretching the width of the garden, a brick sidewalk forms a “W” and includes a 5-foot-11 bronze statue of the Ichabod.