Washburn University

Washburn University has received a $1.4 million-dollar donation for athletic scholarships.

The money comes from the estate of Dorothy Reichart.

Her late husband, Jerry Reichart, was a lineman on the Washburn football team who earned all-conference honors in 1949. He was inducted into the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.

The Jerry W. Reichart Athletic Scholarship Fund was created about 20 years ago. With the latest gift, the fund now totals nearly $2 million.

Washburn University and Johnson County Community College will receive $12 million dollars federal grants to develop programs to train students in new technology skills.

Washburn president Jerry Farley says the funds will be used mostly for training through the School of Nursing and the School of Applied Studies. He says the school plans to reach out to more veterans with the funding.

The grants were part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, which is co-administered by the Labor and Education departments.

Washburn University is going to build a 350-bed residence hall on the east side of its campus in Topeka to end waiting lists for housing and ease congestion in its student union dining hall.

The university’s Board of Regents approved the hiring of an architectural firm last week.

Officials say construction is expected to begin next March, with the hall expected to be ready in August of 2016.

The new hall will have its own dining space and cost about $30 million to build.

A newspaper report suggests that faculty members at Washburn University must now alert the school’s administration before they talk to public officials or members of the media.

Academic affairs vice president Randy Pembrook says the policy developed earlier this month was intended only for the university’s deans, and as a way to keep track of their statements or presentations on subjects related to the university.

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