Celebrate30 Years

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Then and Now
Students pose next to the word RADIOLOGY on the wall of Petro Allied Health Center

Remember the past. Celebrate the future.

2012; radiology students in the lab

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Want to know even more about the School of Applied Studies' 30 year celebration? Contact Mitch Higgs, assistant to the dean, at 785.670.2114

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School of Applied Studies celebrates 30 years

The School of Applied Studies invites you to celebrate 30 years of education, innovation and career preparation with a special Open House event

during Homecoming 2013 festivities, on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

  • From 2-4 p.m. tour Benton Hall and Petro Allied Health Center to experience what today's Ichabods are learning and doing as they prepare for their futures. Refreshments will be served in each location.
  • At 3:45 p.m. in the Dean's Office, Benton Hall, there will be a drawing for an iPad Mini!
  • Then join us from 5-7 p.m. for After Hours with the Washburn Alumni Association at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.
  • Get a map and find a free place to park for the day's events.

Stroll down memory lane

Established as a school in 1983, the academic departments within the School of Applied Studies as we know it today have an accomplished history at Washburn University. Consider this:

  • The Department of Allied Health's oldest program,a bachelor of science in clinical laboratory science, was first offered in 1955. It became part of the School of Applied Studies in 2010.
  • The Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies can trace its roots to 1922 when Karl Menninger began teaching courses in Criminology and Penology.
  • The Department of Human Service's oldest program, a mental health certificate for nurses, began in 1975 as a cooperation with Menninger Clinic and the School of Nursing. The program became part of the School of Applied Studies in 1983.
  • The Department of Social Work traces its roots to 1959, when the first courses were offered at Washburn in the discipline. Social work became an approved major in 1967 and the department was formed in 1968.
  • Academic offerings within the former office, legal and technology department were shifted in 2009. The oldest of those, an associate degree in legal assisting, was first offered by Washburn in 1977.

Electronic Technology program graduates

These women completed the electronic technology program. Today, the School of Applied Studies offers 52 different certificate, bachelor and master degree programs.

Human Services career day 1988

Careers for the future for all graduates have long been a focus of the School of Applied Studies. Here, a student meets a prospective employer at the Human Services Career Day in 1988.

Technology use

The School of Applied Studies has offered state-of-the-industry technology to its students since the beginning. Students graduate our programs job ready. The School has been an innovator on campus regarding instructional delivery as well. The first distance education program offered by Washburn, in radiation therapy, began in 1987. Today, the School of Applied Studies offers more online classes than any other school on campus.

Benton being remodeled - heavy equipment in front of building

Renovation of Benton Hall in 1991 and 1992 cost $1.24 million. The renovation allowed the building to accommodate additional academic programs. Benton Hall, named for Otis L. Benton, opened in 1923 as a residence hall.

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Did You Know?
Governor signs legislation creating the School

What began as the Office of Special Instructional Programs was established in 1983, in legislation signed by Gov. John Carlin, as Washburn's School of Applied and Continuing Education. The school was renamed by the Washburn Board of Regents in 1992 to become the School of Applied Studies.

Benton Hall in 1923 - poster image showing three views

Benton Hall began as a residence hall for young women. This 1923 postcard shows the building and accommodations.

Benton Hall computer lab in use, 1980s

After becoming an academic building, Benton was the first on campus to offer a computer lab (1984) and the first to have a wireless Internet connection (2004).

Karl Menninger

Karl Menninger began teaching courses in Criminology and Penology at Washburn in 1922. A reading room in Benton Hall was named after him in 1982.(Click on his picture to learn more about Dr. Karl from the Kansas Historical Society.)

Donna Love

Donna Love, who received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Washburn in 1943, founded the Department of Social Work in the 1960s. It was one of the first in the nation to be accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. She also developed the Master of Social Work program.