Welcome Week 2019

Welcome Week provides a variety of opportunities for students to get involved, explore student services, and discover the Washburn community. The week features events and activities to help you discover everything Washburn has to offer and meet fellow students, faculty, and staff. Each Welcome Week event has more details listed in the drop-down menu below.

  • University classes for Fall 2019 start on Saturday, August 17th. Check out Washburn's Academic Calendar for important academic dates.
  • During the first days of classes, Help Tables will be available from 8:30 am-12:30 pm, in Morgan Hall, Memorial Union, and Henderson Learning Resource Center.
*If you require accommodation(s) for Welcome Week, please notify the Office of Student Transition and Family Engagement at 785.670.1834 or via email at orientation@washburn.edu.Welcome Week Schedule 2019

Download the full schedule for Welcome Week 2019.

Thursday, August 15

Move-In

9 am-4 pm, Residence Halls

Welcome to Washburn! The Residential Living Staff and hundreds of volunteers from across campus help you move into your new on-campus home. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. Move-In details can be found on Residential Living's website.

Sponsor: Residential Living

Contact: Mindy Rendon, Residential Living | mindy.rendon@washburn.edu

Parent & Family Resource Table

11 am-1 pm, Memorial Union - Main Level (East Entrance)

Parents and family are invited to learn about campus resources, snag a copy of the Welcome Week schedule, and get final questions answered, as their family becomes part of the Ichabod family.

Sponsor: Student Transition & Family Engagement

Contact: Carissa Johnson, Student Transition & Family Engagement | orientation@washburn.edu

Welcome Back Buffet

11 am-1:30 pm, Memorial Union - Washburn A/B (East Entrance)

Tired and hungry from Move-In? Come cool off and relax at the Welcome Back Buffet. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Corner Store, by phone 785.670.1359 or via email at lorraine.leichtgillgannon@compass-usa.com.

Tickets: $10.50 per person in advance or $12.50 per person at door

Menu: Hamburgers, Brats, Grilled Chicken Breast, Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta Salad, Potato Salad, Assorted Cookies, Fudge Brownies, Iced Tea & Water

Sponsor: Chartwells

Contact: Adam Magette, Chartwells | Adam.Magette@compass-USA.com 

Playfair

6-7:30 pm, Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC)

Let’s get this party started right! Come meet your new friends at Washburn and have a great time! Playfair is an event that will get you excited to be the newest Ichabods. This is where it all begins to be a part of school spirit. Come and meet your new friends and classmates.

Sponsor: Student Recreation & Wellness Center, Student Involvement & Development, Student Transition & Family Engagement

Contact: Jessica Neumann Barraclough, Student Involvement & Development | jessica.barraclough@washburn.edu

Rock the Rec

7:30-9:30 pm, Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC)

Explore the Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) and snag some freebies. Join in the fitness frenzy (group exercise demonstration), knock-out basketball shooting contest, volleyball, rock climbing and other activities.  We recommended you wear comfy clothes and tennis shoes. Don’t forget your ID!

Sponsor: Student Recreation & Wellness Center/The Rec

Contact: Whitney Slater, Student Recreation & Wellness Center | whitney.slater@washburn.edu

Residence Hall Meetings

10 pm, Residence Halls

Each hall will have their first meeting of the year! Meeting times will vary for each on-campus living community, including Washburn Village.

Sponsor: Residential Living

Contact: Mindy Rendon, Residential Living | mindy.rendon@washburn.edu

Friday, August 16

Mabee Library Meet & Greet

9-10 am, Mabee Library

Join for some Washburn trivia at Mabee Library! Prepare for the fall semester by getting to know the library. Mabee has awesome spaces and resources with dynamic people, to start your semester on the right foot. Whatever your major, we have the tools for your academic success.

Sponsor: Mabee Library, Center for Student Success & Retention

Contact: James Barraclough, Undergraduate Initiatives | james.barraclough@washburn.edu

Navigate My Schedule

10 am-12 pm, Mabee Library

Do you want help finding your classrooms before Monday? A current Washburn student will walk with you and help find your classrooms and campus buildings before classes begin. We'll use the Navigate app to pull up a copy of your class schedule.

Sponsor: Center for Student Success & Retention, Student Transition & Family Engagement

Contact: James Barraclough, Undergraduate Initiatives | james.barraclough@washburn.edu

Open House: School of Applied Studies

1-2 pm, Benton 211

Come explore our majors in Allied Health, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Human Services, and Social Work. Meet with faculty, advising staff and current students to learn more about the community and professional development opportunities offered within these programs.

Sponsor: School of Applied Studies, Dean's Office

Contact: Carissa Johnson, Student Transition & Family Engagement | orientation@washburn.edu 

Get the Scoop: College of Arts & Sciences

1-2 pm: Lincoln Hall, 2-3 pm: Living Learning Center (LLC)

Faculty and current students in the College of Arts and Sciences will be in the residence halls with ice cream sandwiches and give the "scoop" about sought-after job skills and career paths for liberal arts students/majors.

Students who live off-campus (new, transfer, and returning) are invited to attend, so please join us at Lincoln Hall or the LLC.

Sponsor: College of Arts & Sciences, Dean's Office

Contact: Michaela Saunders, College of Arts & Sciences | michaela.saunders@washburn.edu 

"Pop-In" with School of Nursing

2-2:45 pm, Petro 204

Visit us for free popcorn with School of Nursing staff and faculty. Come with questions about classes or first day expectations. The School's super cool mannequin Hal may stop by for photo ops!

Sponsor: School of Nursing, Dean's Office

Contact: Carissa Johnson, Student Transition & Family Engagement | orientation@washburn.edu

Open House: School of Business

2-3 pm, Henderson - 3rd floor

Come to our open house to mingle with faculty, get a free School of Business t-shirt, food, and learn about School of Business student organizations.

Sponsor: School of Business, Dean's Office

Contact: Carissa Johnson, Student Transition & Family Engagement | orientation@washburn.edu

Movie - Avengers: Endgame

7-10 pm, Memorial Union - Washburn A/B (*Time and location change due to potential storms*)

Get cozy and enjoy one of this year's new movies! Students, staff and faculty are welcome to bring blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, etc. Free popcorn and water available. Movie rating: PG-13

Sponsor: Washburn Athletics, Student Transition & Family Engagement

Contact: Carissa Johnson, Student Transition & Family Engagement | orientation@washburn.edu

Saturday, August 17

Navigate My Schedule

10 am-12 pm, Living Learning Center (LCC) lobby, Lincoln Hall lobby, and Memorial Union - Main Level

Do you want help finding your classrooms before Monday? A current Washburn student will walk with you and help find your classrooms and campus buildings before classes begin. We'll use the Navigate app to pull up a copy of your class schedule.

Meet us at any of the three locations - students living off-campus are welcome too!

Sponsor: Center for Student Success & Retention, Student Transition & Family Engagement

Contact: James Barraclough, Undergraduate Initiatives | james.barraclough@washburn.edu

Marching Band: Uniforms Unveiling

2-3 pm, Yager Stadium

The Marching Band will be presenting their second annual pre-view show. This year’s show is a special event to honor the donors of the new band uniforms and the grand unveiling of the new uniforms. We will be performing music from our shows for this fall: ‘Rock’ featuring Carry On, Jump and Michael Jackson’s Thriller along with The Incredibles.

Sponsor: Marching Blues, School of Music

Contact: Dr. Tom Seddon, Assistant Professor/Director of Bands | tom.seddon@washburn.edu

Shunga Trail Ride: Topeka Metro Bikes

4-5 pm, Henderson entrance

Topeka Metro Bikes will lead a 5-mile bike ride on the Shunga Trail. The first 25 people will get a free bike helmet. Bring your phone to sign up for a free bikeshare account.

Sponsor: Topeka Metro Bikes

Contact: Carissa Johnson, Student Transition & Family Engagement | orientation@washburn.edu

Casino Night

7-10 pm, Memorial Union - Washburn A/B

Feel the excitement and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip for FREE at the annual Campus Activities Board Casino Night and Grocery Bingo! Dress to impress and play blackjack, craps, roulette, poker, and other casino games. Enjoy mocktails, snacks, and live entertainment while going "all-in" to win awesome prizes!

Sponsors: Campus Activities Board, Student Involvement & Development

Contact: Jessica Neumann Barraclough, Student Involvement and Development | jessica.barraclough@washburn.edu

Sunday, August 18

Washburn Athletics Kickoff BBQ

6-8 pm, Lee Arena

Join us for the 30th annual Kickoff BBQ as we fire up the 2019-20 athletics calendar. The night includes insight into all the Ichabod athletic programs, food, drink, and unique giveaways.

Tickets: Purchase online at wutickets.com or via phone (785) 670-2637

Sponsor: Washburn Athletics

Contact: Matt Hutchinson, Washburn Athletics | matt.hutchinson@washburn.edu

Sundaes on Sunday

6-7 pm, Union Market

Enjoy "make-your-own" ice cream sundaes, hosted by Residential Living. "Cool off" your first week of college nerves with free ice cream!

Sponsor: Residential Living

Contact: Mindy Rendon, Residential Living | mindy.rendon@washburn.edu

Comedian Jon Raymond Fisher

7-8:30 pm, Memorial Union - Washburn A/B

Jon Raymond Fisher is a musical comedian who has played across the country, sharing the stage with Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Iliza Shlesinger, and many more. Best described as a mashup between Bo Burnham, Flight of the Conchords, and Lonely Island, Jon’s songs cover topics ranging from the frustrations of roommates and college to his man crush on Ryan Gosling to his desire to be a “motivational DJ.”

Sponsor: Campus Activities Board

Contact: Jessica Neumann Barraclough, Student Involvement & Development | jessica.barraclough@washburn.edu

Monday, August 19

Transfer Student Welcome

1-2:30 pm, Memorial Union - Shawnee Room

Transfer students who are new to Washburn can come for dessert and meet other incoming transfer students. We will have current Washburn students and staff to answer questions and help you with your transition to Washburn.

Sponsors: Student Transition & Family Engagement, Phi Theta Kappa Alumni of Washburn University (PTKAW)

Contact: Carissa Johnson, Student Transition & Family Engagement | orientation@washburn.edu

Community Involvement Fair

6-7 pm, Memorial Union - Washburn A/B

Come and learn about the different ways that you can engage in the Topeka community. Whether for community service or learning more about the larger community you are living in, the Community Fair is an excellent way to get involved.

Sponsor: Student Involvement & Development

Contact: Jessica Neumann Barraclough, Student Involvement and Development | jessica.barraclough@washburn.edu

Tuesday, August 20

WU Fest

5-8:30 pm, Lee Arena & East Union Lawn (Rain location: Memorial Union)

Celebrate the start of another school year with the Washburn Athletics coaches, Dancing Blues, University Marching Band and the Ichabod community. We will learn the university fight song, cheers, alma mater and much more. Afterward, we will go outside to Washburn's own festival of FUN! There will be games, music, great food and students from a variety of Washburn's student clubs and organizations.

Sponsors: Bod Squad, Student Involvement & Development, Student Transition & Family Engagement, Washburn Athletics and Washburn Student Government Association

Contact: Jessica Neumann Barraclough, Student Involvement and Development | jessica.barraclough@washburn.edu

Wednesday, August 21

Ichabod's Birthday: Scorch on the Porch

11 am-1 pm, East Union Lawn (Rain location: Memorial Union - Washburn A/B)

Scorch on the Porch is a Washburn tradition, hosted by Memorial Union. For Scorch on the Porch in August, celebrate Ichabod Washburn's birthday with giveaways, $5.50 meal deal, free snow cones, and live entertainment.

Sponsor: Memorial Union

Contact: Becky Bolte, Memorial Union | becky.bolte@washburn.edu

Veteran & Adult Learner's Coffee Break

3-5 pm, Mabee Library 105

All military, veteran, and adult learner students at Washburn are welcome to join us for coffee and a break.

Sponsor: Military-Student Success Center

Contact: Chris Bowers, Military-Student Success Center | chris.bowers@washburn.edu

Perfect Party

7-8:30 pm, Memorial Union - Washburn A/B

It’s time for your first party at Washburn! Everybody is invited to join the Perfect Party, come meet new friends, learn about campus, and win some great prizes! It is recommended to wear clothes for the After Party, which involves paint.

Sponsor: Student Involvement & Development

Contact: Jessica Neumann Barraclough, Student Involvement & Development | jessica.barraclough@washburn.edu

Thursday, August 22

University Convocation

4-5 pm, White Concert Hall

University Convocation is a Washburn tradition, where new students are welcomed by President Farley, faculty and staff. All Washburn students, staff and faculty are invited to attend as we welcome new students into their Washburn experience. 

Event Sponsors: Academic Affairs, Student Transition & Family Engagement

Contact: Carissa Johnson, Student Transition & Family Engagement | orientation@washburn.edu

President Jerry Farley and Washburn student welcome and help new students during Move-In Day
Another tradition at Washburn: Faculty form a tunnel to welcome students at Convocation
Mr. Ichabod interacts with a student during Welcome Week
Two Washburn students slide down the water slide during the picnic after Convocation

GET IN TOUCH WITH Admissions

Washburn University Admissions
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
785.670.1030
admissions@washburn.edu

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