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 Feb. 12 ceremony is part of Washburn’s extensive
First Year Experience program for student success.
Washburn’s First Year Experience (FYE) program aims to help 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 semester 2013 was the first time that the FYE course, WU 101,
was required for all first-time college students.
“The hardest semester all students face is their first one because
transitioning from high school to university is 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 and students connected to Washburn’s FYE programs recently
presented nationally about the program.
The recognition of FYE Scholars is intended to increase the connections
students feel at Washburn and to support their academic progress and
retention in still another way.
“What we are doing is recognizing students who did exceptionally well in
their first semester, while further connecting them to their chosen
majors, faculty and academic opportunities,” Bearman said.
Invitations to the FYE Scholars ceremony and related events were sent to
452 Ichabods from 12 states. Among the scholars are more than 200
students from the Topeka area. The scholars and their families are
invited to Washburn’s campus to celebrate on Feb. 12. 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:
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Registration for students and families at Bradbury
Thompson Alumni Center.
2 p.m. – FYE Scholars Ceremony, hosted by President Jerry Farley and
Vice President for Academic Affairs Randy Pembrook.
3 p.m. – Celebratory events within each College or School.
4:30 p.m. – Discounted meal sponsored by Washburn University Dining
5:30 & 7:30 p.m. – Discounted tickets to Ichabods women’s and men’s
basketball games versus the University of Central Oklahoma have been
sponsored by Washburn Athletics. FYE Scholars will be recognized on the
court between games.
Editor’s note: A complete list of FYE Scholars is available by