Forrest Scene

November 2012 News Releases

2012 Kansas Holiday Ornament features Washburn University's sesquicentennial

2012 Kansas OrnamentEach year, an official state ornament is selected for the Kansas tree at the 2012 National Christmas Tree display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The 30-year tradition of the official Kansas Ornament continues in 2012 with recognition of Washburn University’s sesquicentennial anniversary. The ornament was designed by the Washburn sesquicentennial committee.

The 2012 Kansas Holiday Ornament will be available for purchase for $24 at several local retailers:  The Ichabod Shop, Memorial Union, Washburn University; Mulvane Art Museum Gift Shop, 17th Street and Jewell Avenue; Rally House/Kansas Sampler, 5918 SW 21st St.; and the Kansas Historical Society Gift Shop, 6425 SW 6th Avenue. To learn more about the ornament, the tradition of state ornaments or the national Christmas tree, please visit

From the founding of  Washburn University near the end of the Civil War, to the devastation of campus in a 1966 tornado, Washburn has evolved to be a quality 21st century institution complemented with a rich history. The founding principles of the university are best expressed in Washburn’s motto, Non nobis solum, or “not for ourselves alone.”

Washburn was founded as Lincoln College, a private Congregational school, on Feb. 6, 1865 in Topeka, Kan., on the principle that all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or income, have the right to seek an education. In 1868, Ichabod Washburn, of Worcester, Mass., pledged $25,000 to the fledgling college. Shortly thereafter, the one-building institution was renamed Washburn College to honor this benefactor.

Located on a 160-acre campus, Washburn has approximately 7,200 students and offers more than 200 academic programs leading to certification, associate, bachelor, master's, doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees. An affiliate of the university, Washburn Institute of Technology, provides high school and adult students significant opportunities to develop skills and knowledge relevant to contemporary career fields, such as health occupations, computer repair and networking and a variety of technology disciplines including building and industrial, business, design, electronic, graphics, metal and mechanical. The broadly-based liberal arts and professional programs are enriched by a long-standing interactive relationship between the campus and the community.


Dena Anson, university relations, 785-670-1711