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Washburn University Welcomes Students Back to Campus with Activities Aug. 15 – Aug. 22

Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University’s fall 2019 semester officially begins Aug. 17, 2019. Every year Washburn University faculty and staff host Welcome Week - a series of opportunities for students to get involved, explore student services and discover the Washburn community. This year, events will be held Thursday, Aug. 15 – Thurs. Aug. 22, 2019. These events are open to all Washburn University students, including Washburn Institute of Technology and Washburn Law School.

Thursday, Aug. 15

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.       Move-In; Across campus – Lincoln Hall (off of 19th St.), the Living Learning Center (adjacent to the Memorial Union, accessed via Jewell Ave. from 17th St.), and Washburn Village (off of Jewell Ave. from 21st St.).

President Farley will be helping students 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. starting at The Living Learning Center (LLC), and then will move to Lincoln Hall and Washburn Villages. He will be accompanied by Patrick Early, public relations director. You can call Patrick Early at (717) 385 – 1119 to get Farley’s location at any time.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.       Play Fair (game night); Student Recreation & Wellness Center (off of Durow Dr.)

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.       Rock the Rec; Student Recreation & Wellness Center (off of Durow Dr.)

Friday, Aug. 16

9:00 –   10 a.m.        Mabee Library Meet & Greet

8 – 11 p.m.               Outdoor Movie on the Big Screen, Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl

Saturday, Aug. 17

2 – 3 p.m.                 Marching Band Uniform Unveiling, Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl   

4 – 5 p.m.                 Shunga Trail Ride: Topek Metro Bikes, meet at the entrance to Henderson Learning Center      

Sunday, Aug. 18

5 – 9 p.m.                 Washburn Athletics Kickoff BBQ, Lee Arena in Petro Allied Health Center

6 – 7 p.m.                 Sundaes on Sunday, Memorial Union Market (main level)

Monday, Aug. 19

6 – 7 p.m.                 Community Involvement Fair (helping students connect with Topeka organizations), Washburn rooms A and B in the Memorial Union

Tuesday, Aug. 20

5 – 8:30 p.m.             WU Fest (festival of activities available to students through Washburn), Begins in Lee Arena in Petro Allied Health Center

Wednesday, Aug. 21

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.        Ichabod’s Birthday: Scorch on the Porch (celebrating our benefactor Ichabod Washburn’s birthday), Memorial Union

Thursday, Aug. 22

4 – 5 p.m.                 University Convocation, White Concert Hall


Founded in 1865, Washburn University is a public institution with more than 7 thousand students and a thousand faculty and staff involved in more than 200 academic programs. Washburn’s programs lead to certification, associate, bachelor, master's degree or doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees.

In addition, Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) -- a nationally recognized innovator in career and technical education – is part of the Washburn University family. The dedicated faculty and staff at Washburn Tech serve adult and high school students as well as business and industry participants with career specific training.

All programs are offered on either the 160-acre residential campus in the heart of Topeka, KS, or at Washburn Tech’s campus on the West Side retail hub of the city. Washburn University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association and many of the individual programs have additional accreditations. Washburn University’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the HLC in July 2019.

For further information: Washburn University, Joy Bailes, (785) 670-2153, Assistant Director of University Relations, joy.bailes@washburn.edu, (785) 230-1648 (cell)

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