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Week Ahead on Wednesday for October 11, 2017

10/11/17 01:10 pm CDT
Week Ahead on Wednesday for October 11, 2017

Welcome to a special newsletter from the Public Relations staff at Washburn University.  This newsletter goes out every Wednesday when classes are in session.  It's designed to showcase events and story possibilities in the coming week.  For more information about any of these events or story tips, contact Washburn's Public Relations Department at wurelations@washburn.edu or at 785-670-1711.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

6:00 p.m.  – Yager Stadium -- $10 for adults, $5 for students

Capital City Marching Band Festival

If you enjoy marching bands, you’ll love the Capital City Marching Band Festival.  Nine local high school bands compete for top honors at this annual event.  The competition starts at 6 p.m. and ends with an awards ceremony just before 9 p.m. following a performance by the Washburn University Dancing Blues.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

1:00 p.m.  - 2:30 p.m.  – White Concert Hall -- Free & Open to the Public

Poetry Writing Workshop & Speakout on Domestic Violence

All Washburn University students, faculty, staff, and the Topeka community are invited to use spoken word to speak out against domestic violence. No experience necessary--only the interest to speak out against violence in our community. Click here for more information.

Join us for a poetry writing workshop Thursday, Oct. 12, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Shawnee Room of the Memorial Union. Participants will go through prompts and examples, and everyone will come away with ideas, writings, and maybe a poem.

Come take part in the Week Without Violence Poetry Reading on Oct. 17, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Union Underground in Memorial Union. Participants are free to bring their own poetry to read or come and listen to the words of others.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

4:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.  – Henderson Hall – Room 112 -- Free & Open to the Public

Understanding Faith

A panel discussion on Islam Speakers include:

Professor Bassima Schbley - Social Work

Iman Omar Hazim - Islamic Center of Topeka

Professor Chris Jones , Philosophy and Religion

Abdul Alzoubi -  Washburn Muslim Student Association

Sponsored by:     

  • University Diversity and Inclusion
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Washburn University Department of Social Work

Thursday, October 12, 2017

6:00 p.m.  – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center – Reservations required

Pitch Competition Final Round

The event begins with a banquet at 6:00 pm. Reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations, contact Dr. David Price at 785-670-3258 or david.price@washburn.edu.

Congratulations to the top four finalists in the Washburn Pitch Competition! These four students beat out 51 other teams/individuals in a competition to pitch a new business idea to a panel of judges. Andrew Foreman, Axel Olin-Flores, Matt Spieza, and Eric Watson will participate in the finals round this Thursday to compete for cash prizes.

Axel Olin-Flores, freshman, pitched Hairpel, a product innovation for hair stylists and barbers to improve their clients’ experiences.

Eric Watson, senior, pitched an idea for a social app called Hot Spot, which is intended to connect businesses and people; it will tell users what the scene is like at their favorite places in real time.

Andrew Foreman, sophomore, presented an idea for an app called Apposite Vocabulary, that is designed to encourage users to learn new words and incorporate them into everyday use

Matt Spezia, junior, presented his idea for the next generation of parking meters and mapping utilizing GPS and a laser reader

Thursday, October 12, 2017

7:30 p.m.  – White Concert Hall -- Free & Open to the Public

Washburn University Jazz Concert

The Washburn Jazz Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier jazz ensembles in the country. The ensemble has been acknowledged for its musicality and technical precision from a number of highly recognized jazz educators and artists.  The ensemble performs a wide variety of literature from early jazz to modern contemporary styles.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  – Art Building -- Free & Open to the Public (small fee if participants want their piece fired and glazed)

Everyone can create their own piece of pottery at Throw Night

Throw Night is an annual event sponsored by the Washburn Art Club where everybody can create their own piece of pottery using a pottery wheel (think the pottery scene in the movie Ghost) or by hand-building it.  The event is open to the public and is designed to teach citizens and students the basics of throwing a ceramic piece. Participants can also have their piece glazed and fired by WPC for a small glazing fee of $5.

Throw Night will ben October 13th from 5:00-8:00 pm. In addition to throwing and hand building, there will be an art sale available with Washburn art students selling their own ceramic works. Throw Night is held in the Art Building Room 120, with the art sale happening in the adjacent sculpture room 125.

Friday, October 13, 2017

7:30 p.m.  – White Concert Hall -- Free & Open to the Public

Faculty Showcase Concert

Washburn University’s music faculty display their talents in a special faculty showcase concert.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

7:30 p.m.  – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center -- $5 for Students, $10 for members of the Public

The Etiquette Dinner – a Washburn tradition

The Honors Student Council is pleased to announce that we are hosting the Etiquette Dinner this year. Each year, the Etiquette Dinner brings in a certified etiquette coach to help students learn more about proper etiquette, and also provides a unique networking opportunity for the students and for public employers who sponsor the event.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

7:30 p.m.  – White Concert Hall -- Free & Open to the Public

Fall Choral Concert

Washburn choirs are known for their high level of musical accomplishment. Rehearsals are fast-paced and energetic, with much attention given to the details that insure excellence in performance.

Monday, October 16, 2017

7:30 p.m.  – White Concert Hall -- Free & Open to the Public

Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Concert

The Washburn University Orchestra is dedicated to the quality performance of the standard orchestral repertoire and to the professional and artistic growth of its members. Participants are selected every year by auditions; a significant number of those chosen will have majors in disciplines other than music. 

The Wind Ensemble not only focuses on time-honored masterworks but has also earned a reputation throughout the Midwest for innovative programming and the presentation of new literature for the wind band medium.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Noon  – Memorial Union – Cottonwood Room -- Free & Open to the Public

Panel Discussion on Women Working in Law Enforcement and Corrections

Join us for a brown bag discussion on women working in law enforcement and corrections. The discussion will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18 at noon in the Cottonwood Room of the Union. Panel members include: Kerry Connell, police officer with the Topeka Police Dept., Catherine Linaweaver, retired warden with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Angela McHardie, Deputy Director with the Shawnee County Dept. of Corrections, and Rebecca Vincent-Giles, Master Deputy Sheriff and Crime Scene Investigator III with the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

The criminal justice field is diverse and offers many rewarding career opportunities for females. Women play a critical role in pursuing criminals, solving crimes, managing inmates in jails and prisons, supervising probationers and parolees, and facilitating reentry back into society. This panel will discuss current employment practices, opportunities, and challenges for women interested in working as professionals in law enforcement and correctional settings.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

6:00 p.m.  – Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center -- Free & Open to the Public

Daring to Dream

A discussion on DACA, DAPA and other issues affecting undocumented you and families presented by:

Gulllian Chadwick, Washburn University Professor of Law

Manual Abarca, IV, congressional staff member for Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II


Washburn University
Patrick Early, (785) 670-1711
Director, Public Relations
(717) 385-1119 (cell)

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