Your guides to becoming an Ichabod

Recruiters can answer your questions about joining the Washburn community, the application process, scholarships, living on campus and more. 

Joseph Tinsley is the director of Admissions at Washburn University.

Joseph Tinsley

Director of Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky


Office phone: 785.670.1030

Favorite spot to relax on campus: The Garvey Fine Arts Center courtyard between White Concert Hall and the Mulvane Art Museum. It's very peaceful.

Advice for new Ichabods: Having fun and working hard in college goes together like peanut butter and jelly. The key is making sure to get the perfect balance.


Brett Johnson is the associate director of admissions at Washburn University.

Brett Johnson

Associate Director of Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Hometown: Bonner Springs, Kansas


Office phone: 785.670.1988

Advice for new Ichabods: Find something that interests you and become involved in it – could be fraternity and sorority life, Washburn Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, intramural sports, on-campus employment, or whatever else that interests you!

Favorite place to explore/eat in Topeka: First Fridays Art Walk in North Topeka (NOTO).

Favorite Washburn memory: As a student, painting up and cheering on our athletic teams on so many different occasions.

Hannah Kirby

Hannah Kirby

Assistant Director, Campus Visit Experience

Hometown: Lansing, Kansas


Office phone: 785.670.1289

A hidden gem on campus is... the third floor of Mabee Library. The quiet floor is a great environment for studying, relaxing or taking a quick nap between finals!

Be sure to get involved in... something that brings you joy! Whether it's student government, a fraternity or sorority, the arts, athletics or your own organization, explore your interests and make connections.



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Connor Deffebaugh

Recruiter & Admissions Specialist



Jamie Diers is an admissions counselor at Washburn University.

Jamie Diers

Assistant Director, Transfer Recruitment

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

I work with: transfer students and first-time freshmen who graduated high school one or more years ago 


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.230.5113

Office phone: 785.670.1625

Advice for new Ichabods: Take advantage of all the resources on campus and embrace your college experience.

Be sure to get involved in... an organization tied to your major.


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Janet Lazalde

Recruiter & Admissions Specialist


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Tierney Kester

Recruiter & Admissions Specialist

Hometown: Stockton, Kansas

I work with students from: Hayden High School, Shawnee Heights High School, Kansas City Metro Area, Southeast Kansas and Missouri


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.4409

Office phone: 785.670.1652

A hidden gem on campus is: the Multicultural Intersectional Learning Space (MILS) in the Union Underground! They put on a ton of events to help you learn about other cultures and learn how to connect with your own, too.

Advice for New Ichabods: Take a chance! Try new things and find out what you're most passionate about. You're bound to stumble upon your purpose in life if you love what you do.


Peyton White

Peyton White

Recruiter & Admissions Specialist

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

I work with students from: Seaman High School, Cair Paravel Latin School, Heritage Christian School, Home School, South Central Kansas, Oklahoma, and GED recipients


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.3021

Office phone: 785.670.1904

A hidden gem on campus is... the trees between Garvey and the Memorial Union. When it is warmer weather, it is a perfect area to hammock.

Be sure to get involved in... anything that is of interest to you. If it is an organization that you have done something similar to in the past, or even if it is something new and it has peaked your attention. Give it a try!


Washburn University Admissions
Morgan Hall Suite 100
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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