Washburn University has become a tradition for the 2016 Washburn Family of the Year. Two members of the family graduated from Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech), four are Washburn University graduates and two family members are current students.
“We believe in the education and the experience one receives here,” said Sarah Edelman a current Washburn business major. “This is a community worth investing in because this institution is a gem.”
She noted that family gatherings frequently prompt comparisons of professors they have shared over the years as well as some of the classes they had in common.
“It’s amazing how much Washburn has changed since Kyle – the first of the family to attend Washburn – stepped on campus in 2007,” Edelman said. “I’m proud to say I have followed in my siblings’ footsteps and made Washburn my home.”
Sarah’s parents, John and Margaret Rebant, married after the death of Margaret’s first husband. Together, they brought eight children into the blended family.
Each of the siblings who chose Washburn have gotten involved immediately in the life of the campus as summer orientation counselors, student government leaders, sorority members, cheerleaders and athletes.
Sarah, who came to Washburn in 2013, is a member of a sorority, the Leadership Institute, the Student Ambassadors, the Bod Squad, the Student government Association, New Student Orientation and the First Year Experience program. Her younger brother Alex started at Washburn last fall and is entering the Athletic Training Program. Her sister Hannah plans to be a teacher and will be coming to Washburn next fall to study education. In addition, her sister Lauren, who graduated from Washburn with a degree in mass media, is back on campus working as the associate director of the Leadership Institute.
“Between orientations, sporting events, banquets and graduations, my family has spent as much time – if not more – on the Washburn University and Washburn Tech campuses as anywhere else and we will be loyal and proud of our institution for life.”