Former Ichabods return to campus for alumni weekend

Amanda Schuster

Alumni returned to Washburn University for a weekend of catching up during the annual Alumni Association’s Alumni Weekend.

Events kicked off on Thursday, April 19, with “Wake up with Washburn.” The event featured keynote speaker Bruce Wiley who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983. Wiley was recently named a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and assisted with the identification of victims from the World Trade Center and the 2001 crash of American Airlines Flight 587.

“Over and over again, our award winners, ‘Wake Up’ speakers and Alumni “Fellows’ recipients have shared with us stories of how their favorite faculty member impacted their lives and careers,” said Susie Hoffmann, Washburn Alumni Association director.

The next event that took place was the recognition luncheon for retiring faculty. Eleven faculty members were recognized: Ronald Ash, biology; Larry Blumberg, mathematics; Judy Diffley, office, legal and technology; Shirley Gorman, School of Business; Frank Hicks, criminal justice; Teresita Leyell, School of Business; Jim McCormick, health, physical education and exercise science; Edward Navone, art; Adebisi Otudeko, sociology and anthropology; Virgie Smith, School of Law library; and Robert Stein, English.

Saturday, April 21, six other alumni were also recognized for their accomplishments at the Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner. Terry Marshall and Mary Lou McPhail, were honored with the distinguished service award, which recognizes alumni who have made personal and professional contributions to society. Ron Wasserstein, vice president of academic affairs, was awarded the Col. John Ritchie Award, which recognizes a man who has distinguished himself as a teacher, instructor, administrator or benefactor at the university and has given service to the community and his chosen profession. Richard Ross, Topeka, was awarded the Ruth Garvey Fink Award, which honors individuals who have furthered the mission of the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center in supporting Washburn University. Stacy Tucker was honored with the GOLD award. The GOLD award honors a graduate of the last decade who demonstrates leadership in career or civic endeavors and loyalty to Washburn. The GOLD award is one of the highest honors that young Washburn alumni can earn. Alumni of 50, 60 and 70 years were also recognized at the dinner.

“The dinner showcases Washburn’s finest folks and gives Washburn it’s great reputation,” said Hoffman.