Your guides to becoming an Ichabod

Recruiters can answer your questions about joining the Washburn community, the application process, scholarships, living on campus and more. 

Joseph Tinsley is the director of Admissions at Washburn University.

Joseph Tinsley

Director of Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Hometown: Owensboro, Kentucky


Office phone: 785.670.1030

Favorite spot to relax on campus: The Garvey Fine Arts Center courtyard between White Concert Hall and the Mulvane Art Museum. It's very peaceful.

Advice for new Ichabods: Having fun and working hard in college goes together like peanut butter and jelly. The key is making sure to get the perfect balance.


Brett Johnson is the associate director of admissions at Washburn University.

Brett Johnson

Associate Director of Undergraduate Recruitment & Admissions

Hometown: Bonner Springs, Kansas


Office phone: 785.670.1988

Advice for new Ichabods: Find something that interests you and become involved in it – could be fraternity and sorority life, Washburn Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, intramural sports, on-campus employment, or whatever else that interests you!

Favorite place to explore/eat in Topeka: Kansas Avenue (both downtown and NOTO), the Topeka Zoo, and Lake Shawnee.

Favorite Washburn memory: As a student, painting up and cheering on our athletic teams on so many different occasions.

Hannah Kirby

Hannah Kirby

Assistant Director, Campus Visit Experience

Hometown: Lansing, Kansas


Office phone: 785.670.1289

A hidden gem on campus is... the third floor of Mabee Library. The quiet floor is a great environment for studying, relaxing or taking a quick nap between finals!

Be sure to get involved in... something that brings you joy! Whether it's student government, a fraternity or sorority, the arts, athletics or your own organization, explore your interests and make connections.

Gen Michaelis

Gen Michaelis

Campus Visit Experience Specialist

Hometown: Kearney, Missouri


Office phone: 785.670.2370

A hidden gem on campus is... the East Union Lawn, Plenty of shade and sunshine to study and rest in between classes!

Advice for new Ichabods: Put yourself out there try new things and talk to new people!

Jamie Diers is an admissions counselor at Washburn University.

Jamie Diers

Assistant Director, Transfer Recruitment

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

I work with: transfer students and first-time freshmen who graduated high school one or more years ago 


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.230.5113

Office phone: 785.670.1625

Advice for new Ichabods: Take advantage of all the resources on campus and embrace your college experience.

Be sure to get involved in... an organization tied to your major.

Drew Calderwood

Drew Calderwood

Recruiter & Admissions Specialist

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

I work with students from: Shawnee Heights, Hayden, Cair Paravel, Heritage Christian, Kansas City Metro Area, Southeast Kansas, Missouri and homeschool students.


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.4409

Office phone: 785.670.1652

A hidden gem on campus is.. the Crane Observatory in Stoffer Science Hall. Go see the moon and stars closer than you ever have before!

My advice for new Ichabods is.. be active on campus! There is so much to do beyond the classroom so take advantage and enjoy life as an Ichabod.

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Connor Deffebaugh

Recruiter & Admissions Specialist

Hometown: Fayetteville, Arkansas

I work with students from: Topeka USD 501, Northeast Kansas, Nebraska and GED recipients.


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.4530

Office phone: 785.670.3808

A hidden gem on campus is.. Henderson Learning Resources Center because a lot of my favorite professors taught there, there are nice designs on the walls, and has the best vending machines on campus.

My advice for new Ichabods is.. join at least one student organization because there are so many opportunities to network and make life-long friends.

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Janet Lazalde

Recruiter & Admissions Specialist

Hometown: Dodge City, Kansas

I work with students from: Seaman, Silver Lake, Rossville, North Central Kansas, Western Kansas, Colorado and Texas.


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.4392

Office phone: 785.670.1626

A hidden gem on campus is.. the Koi pond behind the art building. It's so serene!

My favorite place in Topeka is: the Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee.

My advice for new Ichabods is.. Take advantage of the free resources on campus - we have them for a reason! Some of the free resources include Counseling Services, resources for First-Generation Students, Student Health Services, Career Engagement and many more.

Peyton White

Peyton White

Recruiter & Admissions Specialist

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

I work with students from: Washburn Rural, South Central Kansas and Oklahoma.


Cell phone (feel free to text): 785.260.3021

Office phone: 785.670.1904

A hidden gem on campus is... the trees between Garvey and the Memorial Union. When it is warmer weather, it is a perfect area to hammock.

Be sure to get involved in... anything that is of interest to you. If it is an organization that you have done something similar to in the past, or even if it is something new and it has peaked your attention. Give it a try!


Washburn University Admissions
Morgan Hall Suite 100
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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