Official 2012 Kansas Holiday Ornament honors Washburn University

TOPEKA, Kansas - Washburn President Jerry Farley, Governor Sam Brownback and First Lady Mary Brownback unveiled the 2012 Kansas Holiday Ornament Monday. 

This ornament will represent the state of Kansas on the national Christmas tree.   It also honors Washburn University in Topeka.  It shows the school's mascot, the Ichabod.

This honor comes as the university celebrates its 150th anniversary.

"Washburn has been a part of the history of the state of Kansas since its very inception.  We were a school that welcomed all comers.  We welcomed minorities.   We welcomed women at a time in our country's history where that was not prevalent," says Dr. Farley.  "So to be recognized today as the symbol for Christmas and the symbol for Washburn in the state of Kansas is really special for us.

The back side of 2012 Kansas Holiday Ornament shows the state seal.   Replicas are available for purchase for $24 at the following retailers: Ichabod Shop, Memorial Union at Washburn University; Mulvane Art Museum Gift Shop; Rally House/Kansas Sampler and the Kansas Historical Society Gift Shop.

The national tree will be lit on December 6.

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