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August 2012 News Releases

Welcome Week at Washburn, Aug. 16-20

As students prepare to head back to class Washburn University celebrates with Welcome Week, Aug. 16-20, a week of activities to help prepare students for their first day of school on Aug. 20.

Thursday, Aug. 16

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Move-Crew

  • Living Learning Center, Washburn Village, Kuehne and West Halls. Washburn students, student organizations, faculty and staff, and community groups, will roll up their sleeves to help students move into their university homes.
    • 10 to 11 a.m. – Jerry Farley, Washburn president; Susan Farley, Washburn’s first lady; and the Ichabod mascot will join the Move Crew at Living Learning Center

7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Rock the Rec, Student Recreation and Wellness Center

  • Students will participate in the Fitness Frenzy, knock-out basketball shooting contest, volleyball serve and rock climbing.

Friday, Aug. 17

8:30-10 a.m., Washburn Run/Walk, starts at Student Recreation and Wellness Center

  • Washburn students will join the Washburn community interested in exercise for a 20-30 minute walk or run.

8-9 p.m., Dash for Dollars

  • Ever wonder what you would do with $500? Students spend the evening with new Washburn friends and have the chance to win $500 by participating in an activity and a chance to go into the Cash Cube.

Saturday, Aug. 18

1 to 3 p.m., Bods on the Town, Students will meet in the lobby, Living Learning Center

  • Students will take a tour of Downtown Topeka, Lake Shawnee and the North Topeka Arts District. Plus they will hear about what Topeka has to offer students and win prizes from local businesses. Contact: Angel Romero, 785-817-8293

7 to 10 p.m., 12th Annual Casino Night, Washburn Room, Memorial Union

  • It’s the excitement and glamour of Las Vegas without leaving Kansas. The event is free to WU students with a WU ID. Participants will have the opportunity to play casino games such as blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas Hold 'em poker.

Sunday, Aug. 19

6 to 7 p.m., Sundaes on Sunday, lobby, Living Learning Center

7 to 9 p.m., Big Screen Event featuring a blockbuster summer movie, Washburn A room, Memorial Union

Monday, Aug. 20

11:30 a.m. Ichabod’s 214th Birthday celebration, main lobby, Memorial Union

  • Join Washburn President Jerry Farley he celebrates Washburn’s benefactor, Ichabod Washburn and one of the most unique mascots, the Ichabod.

4 to 5 p.m., University Convocation, White Concert Hall, Garvey Fine Arts Center

  • President Farley will formally welcome the students back to campus.

5 p.m., Campus picnic, Memorial Union south lawn

5:30 p.m., WU Fest, Memorial Union lawn

  • The lawn will be turned into Washburn’s own festival of fun. There will be games, music, food and representatives from a variety of Washburn’s student organizations and the Topeka community.

8 p.m. Traditions Night, Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl (Free and open to the public)

  • Learn about Washburn traditions, including the fight song, cheers and alma mater. Also hear from Washburn coaches and watch the football team practice at the conclusion of the event.  

For more information about Welcome Week visit,



Priscilla Samarripa, admissions counselor, admissions office, 785-670-1289

Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153