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January 2014 News Releases

Washburn First Year Experience program will celebrate student success Feb. 19

Editor’s note: This event was rescheduled to Feb. 19 because of inclement weather earlier this month.
A complete list of FYE Scholars and the FYE Scholars logo are available by request.

For the first time, Washburn students who have completed their initial semester of college with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher will be recognized formally by the university. The ceremony is the newest piece of Washburn’s extensive First Year Experience program for student success.

Washburn’s First Year Experience (FYE) program is aimed at helping students transition to college smoothly and ultimately succeed to graduation. While the transition to college has been a priority at

Washburn for some time, Fall 2013 was the first time that the FYE course, WU 101, was required for all first-time college students.

“The hardest semester any student will face is the first semester. Transition from high school to university can be very difficult,” said Alan Bearman, dean of university libraries at Washburn University. Bearman’s responsibilities include oversight of Washburn’s FYE program. To learn more about FYE at Washburn, which supports first-time college students of any age, please visit http://www.washburn.edu/fye. Staff members connected to Washburn’s FYE programs have presented nationally about the program.

The recognition of FYE Scholars is intended to increase the connections students feel at Washburn and support their academic progress and retention in still another way.

“What we’re doing is recognizing students who have done exceptionally well in that first semester and connecting them to their chosen majors, faculty and opportunities,” Bearman said.Invitations to the FYE Scholars ceremony and related events were sent to 549 Ichabods from 11 states and abroad. Among the scholars are 244 students from the Topeka area. The scholars and their families are invited to Washburn’s campus to celebrate on Feb. 19. While students and guests have RSVP’d to the event, members of the press are welcome to attend. The schedule for the day is as follows:

2:00-3:15 p.m. – FYE Scholars and families check in at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.

2:30-3:15 p.m. – FYE Scholars are recognized by the college or school in which they have declared a major with a brief reception. Locations vary.

3:30-4:45 p.m. – FYE Scholars recognition ceremony at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.

4:45-5:20 p.m. – Dinner on campus for the FYE Scholars and their families.

5:30 & 7:30 p.m. – FYE Scholars are encouraged to attend the Ichabod women's & men's basketball games versus Fort Hays State University and will be recognized during the 7:30 p.m. men's game.

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For the first time, Washburn students who have completed their initial semester of college with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher will be recognized formally by the university. The ceremony is the newest piece of Washburn’s extensive First Year Experience program for student success.

Washburn’s First Year Experience (FYE) program is aimed at helping students transition to college smoothly and ultimately, succeed to graduation. While the transition to college has been a priority at Washburn for some time, Fall 2013 was the first time that the FYE course, WU 101, was required for all first-time college students.

“The hardest semester any student will face is the first semester. Transition from high school to university can be very difficult,” said Alan Bearman, dean of university libraries at Washburn University. Bearman’s responsibilities include oversight of Washburn’s FYE programs. To learn more about FYE at Washburn, which supports first-time college students of any age, please visit http://www.washburn.edu/fye. Staff members connected to Washburn’s FYE programs have presented nationally about the program.

To further support student success, Mabee Library underwent a four month renovation. Updates include an enhanced Tutoring and Writing Center, which has experienced a significant increase in student visits since it opened in October. Other additions include group study space, technology including a new digital classroom with 25 computers and the relocation of general academic advisors into the library as part of the renovated Center for Student Success. The changes will be highlighted during open house tours from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 5.

This week Mabee also began continuous operation from 1 p.m. Sundays to 6 p.m. Fridays. The library maintains its Saturday hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Any current student can gain access to the library between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. by swiping his or her Washburn iCard.

In addition to the physical and operational at Mabee Library, the new recognition of FYE Scholars is intended to increase the connections students feel at Washburn and support their academic progress and retention in still another way.

“What we’re doing is recognizing students who have done exceptionally well in that first semester and connecting them to their chosen majors, faculty and opportunities,” Bearman said.

Invitations to the FYE Scholars ceremony and related events recently were sent to 549 Ichabods from 11 states and abroad. Among the scholars are 244 students from the Topeka area. The scholars and their families are invited to partake in an afternoon and evening of celebration Feb. 5 on the Washburn campus.

While students and guests have RSVP’d to the event, members of the press are welcome to attend. The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 1-3 p.m. – FYE Scholars and families check in at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Mabee Library open house, refreshments served. Tour recent renovations.
  • 2:30-3:15 p.m. – FYE Scholars are recognized by college or school in which they have declared a major with a brief reception. Locations vary.
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m. – FYE Scholars recognition ceremony at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.
  • 4:45-5:20 p.m. – Dinner on campus for the FYE Scholars and their families.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Ichabods women’s basketball game begins against Emporia State University. FYE Scholars will be recognized at halftime and their guests are eligible for discounted general admission tickets.

Contacts: Michaela Saunders, university relations, 785.670.2154 or michaela.saunders@washburn.edu
Alan Bearman, dean, university libraries, 785.670.1855 or alan.bearman@washburn.edu
A complete list of FYE Scholars and the FYE Scholars logo are available by request.

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