Washburn University

Coordinates: 39°02′02″N 95°41′56″W / 39.033786°N 95.698975°W / 39.033786; -95.698975
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Washburn University
Former names
Lincoln College
Washburn College
Washburn Municipal University
MottoNon Nobis Solum
Motto in English
Not for Ourselves Alone
EstablishedFebruary 6, 1865 (1865-02-06)[1]
Academic affiliation
Endowment$158.02 million (2017)[2]
PresidentJerry Farley
ProvostJuliAnn Mazachek
Academic staff
Students6,691 (fall 2017)[3]
Location, ,

39°02′02″N 95°41′56″W / 39.033786°N 95.698975°W / 39.033786; -95.698975
CampusUrban, 160 acres (0.65 km2)
ColorsYale Blue and White[4]
Sporting affiliations
MascotThe Ichabod

Washburn University (WU) is a co-educational, public university in Topeka, Kansas, United States. It has undergraduate and graduate programs. It also has professional programs in law and business. Washburn has 550 faculty members. There are more than 6,100 undergraduate students and nearly 800 graduate students. The university's assets include a $158 million endowment.

History[change | change source]

Washburn University was created in February 1865 as Lincoln College by a charter issued by the State of Kansas and the General Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches of Kansas. It was built on land given by abolitionist John Ritchie. The school was renamed Washburn College in 1868 after Ichabod Washburn gave $25,000 to the school. Washburn was a church deacon, abolitionist and industrialist who lived in Worcester, Massachusetts.[5]

During World War II, Washburn Municipal University was one of 131 colleges and universities in the United States that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program. It was a program which offered students a path to a Navy commission.[6]

On June 8, 1966, much of the campus was destroyed by a tornado. All of the trees were gone too.[7]

Law School[change | change source]

The Washburn School of Law was created in 1903. It was one of the first in the country to have a legal clinic where students are able to actively practice the law.[8] The Washburn Law Library has over 380,000 volumes. It is the biggest in Kansas.[9] Notable graduates include Bob Dole, Roy Wilford Riegle, Dennis Moore, Kim Phillips, Bill Kurtis and Fred Phelps.

Fight Song[change | change source]

"The name of Washburn shall never fall, Midst the great and small, she's the best of all; For her fair name, Then, we'll win the game, And add another victor's crown So then, we'll smash, crash against the line "As in Auld Lang Syne," Crush them down, So Cheer now, yes, cheer, cheer, cheer Just for Washburn and her team!"

References[change | change source]

  1. Martha Imparato. "Washburn University History" (PDF). Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  2. As of June 30, 2017. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY2016 to FY2017". Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  3. "Board of Regents Announce 2017 Fall Semester Enrollment" (PDF). September 28, 2017. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  4. Washburn University Brand Guidelines: A Guide To The Washburn University Identity for Vendors (PDF). June 19, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  5. "History". washburn.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-10-31. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  6. "McDonald, Billy Ray "B.R."". The Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation. 2000. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  7. "Stories of the 1966 Topeka Tornado". washburn.edu.
  8. "Law School History". Archived from the original on 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  9. "Washburn Law Library". Archived from the original on 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2019-08-09.

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