WU Walks – National Walking Day

Employee Wellness will be sponsoring the 2018 WU Walk from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 starting in the Memorial Union courtyard area.

Participation in this one-mile walk is free to all Washburn students, and will end in the Memorial Union courtyard as well. The first 50 individuals who register at the Memorial Union’s website will receive a free lunch.


Nall Speak Off

The Communication Department will be hosting the Spring 2018 Nall Speak Off Competition from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in the Henderson Learning Resources Center, Lecture Hall 100.

This bi-annual competition is an informative speaking contest, with beginning students from Public Speaking sections. If not participating, students are free to come and listen to their peers.


Leadership Challenge Orientation

Washburn University Leadership Institute is hosting Leadership Challenge Orientation from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in Washburn A & B in the Union.

This event is an orientation and simulation for high school and college teams, who can register beforehand at


Ichabods Speak Out Poetry Book Release Party

Washburn is holding a book release party from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in the Union Underground.

Original works created by the Washburn University community have been published for the first time in this new book. All students and faculty are free to come celebrate and purchase a copy.


Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award Presentation & Reading

Washburn University will host 2018 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book winner Louise Krug at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in Mabee Library.

Krug will read from her submission, “Tilted,” and discuss her experiences. This event is free to all Washburn students. There will be copies of books available for purchase.

Distinguished Faculty Lecture

The Washburn College of Arts and Sciences will host a Distinguished Faculty Lecture with Brian Thomas, physics professor, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.

Thomas will present his lecture, “Doing Science to Save our Species,” covering upcoming innovations in the science field that are focused on improving our species’ odds at survival. This event is free and open to all Washburn students.

Kansas Academy of Science Meeting

The Kansas Academy of Science and the Kansas Entomological Society will be hosting its science meeting starting on Friday, April 6 through Saturday, April 7.

Students will have the opportunity to share scientific discoveries with one another at this meeting.  Registration cost is $17.50 for presenting students and $20 for non-presenting students. To register and set a time, visit All Washburn students are welcome to attend.

Final Days

Friday, April 6 is the last day to change grade status to A/Pass/Fail and is the last day to withdraw from a class. Both of these can be handled through MyWashburn.


“Fridays with Farley”

Washburn will host Fridays with Farley from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 6 in the Union Underground.

President Jerry Farley will discuss issues pertaining to the Washburn campus. There will be free cookies, iced tea and iced water. This event is free and open to all Washburn students.


Tulips at Twilight

The Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site and Botanical Garden will be holding ‘Tulips at Twilight’ from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 18 at 124 NW Fillmore St.

There will be more than 40,000 tulips and more than 30 lighted displays along the candle-lit pathways. There’s a suggested donation of $5 per person, but this event is free and open to the public.


Brown Bag – “Finding a Denominational Home”

Professor Rachel Goossen will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 9 in the Lincoln Room.  

Goossen will present “Finding a Denominational Home: Queer Mennonites and Their Allies Seeking Justice.” Her project has involved interviewing 25 religious leaders who identify as LGBTQ and have navigated positions as pastors, chaplains, theologians, and church administrators within Mennonite-affiliated institutions. This talk is free and open to all Washburn students.

Queer-Centered Safe-Sex Workshop

Washburn will host a safe-sex workshop centered on queer relationships at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 in Morgan Hall, Room 202.

Information about safe sex practices for LGBTQ+ members will be offered for all attendants. All Washburn students are free to attend.