Welcome to the Memorial Union


Washburn University Coronavirus Information

Due to the safer-at-home order issued on March 24, Washburn's physical campus services are severely limited through at least April 26. Many services are being offered remotely as faculty and staff work off-campus. 

You may contact the following departments as indicated below:

 University Scheduling by email universityscheduling@washburn.edu or by phone 785-670-1725

Ichabod Service Center by email icard@washburn.edu or by phone 785-670-1188

UMAPS by email umaps-graphics@washburn.edu

Ichabod Shop by email ichabodshop@washburn.edu or phone 785-670-1049

Chartwells dining by email steven.daab@compass-usa.com or phone 785-670-1864

OSID by email student.involvement@washburn.edu or by phone 785-670-1723


Memorial Union Building open Monday- Friday 9:30am-6pm

Corner Store is open Monday-Friday 10 am- 5:30pm, serving TO GO hot lunch and dinner options as well as regular to go sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit, etc. Meal swipes can be used at any location, no limits during this situation.  Lincoln dining is open Saturday & Sunday 11am-1pm

Ichabod Service Center will have someone in the office Tuesdays & Fridays 10am-1pm

UMAPS- University Mail and Printing Services:  The post office is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8am – 12pm. Tuesday and Friday hours are from 8am-1pm and 2- 3pm, with deliveries taking place from 1pm to 2pm. Mail can be picked up or dropped off during these times.

Printing services can be reached by email umaps-graphics@washburn.edu

Ichabod Shop is open online only. Online orders can only be shipped. The physical store is closed due to COVID-19. We will send out an email when we return to regular operations. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued support of the Ichabod Shop. 

Washburn’s Memorial Union has been where Ichabods come to relax, eat, meet and play since 1951.

It’s also a conference center for University events and the Topeka community.

In the Union, you’ll find a place to study, hangout in between classes or grab a sandwich to go. You’ll find things in the bookstore and at the Ichabod Service Center that you won’t find anywhere else on campus. As an Ichabod, you’ll be in the Union a few times a day.

The Memorial Union is also the perfect place for your next event. Union staff will help you host a successful event by providing courteous service, flexible scheduling, and an environment that is clean, comfortable, user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing.

Make the Memorial Union part of your Ichabod experience today.

5th Annual Market Daze flyer

5th Annual Washburn Market Daze

The Memorial Union is offering an incredible opportunity for vendors and student organizations to showcase their products or events to hundreds of Washburn University students, faculty, and staff.

From 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. set-up) on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Shawnee County designated Washburn University’s campus as the home of a planned war memorial in 1946. But it was students who insisted the memorial become a student union. On May 29, 1946, at a Washburn Student Council meeting, 601 students reportedly signed a petition favoring a $3 per student per semester fee for Union construction. The initiative was approved.

A major campaign to raise $250,000 to build Washburn’s Memorial Union was launched in 1947. Alumni and friends were encouraged to donate $30 that could be paid off in three installments. Even Shawnee County public school children participated by collecting and donating pennies, $6,439 worth. 

The Memorial Union was dedicated on Washburn Founders Day: Feb. 6, 1952. It was paid for completely with individual contributions.

The university quickly outgrew the original union and an addition was planned that would double the square footage. The construction was nearly completed when the infamous 1966 tornado destroyed six buildings on campus. Damage to the Union was minor.

The most recent addition to the Memorial Union was completed in 2001 when the Union Market food court opened in Stauffer Commons. 

Today, a bronze plaque listing the men and women from Washburn and Shawnee County who made the supreme sacrifice for our nation in World War I and II and the Korean Conflict is located at the Union's main entrance.

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