bell, downloadable songs encourage wbu spirit

Release Date: February 8, 2008

Victory Bell

PLAINVIEW –A piece of Wayland Baptist University history and Internet technology are helping boost spirit at the university.

              Wayland’s victory bell tradition was revived this past summer and made its debut in the Cowboy Days parade in September. Since then, the bell has made appearances at home soccer and basketball games to ring in the WBU spirit.

              For those more technologically minded, the Wayland Web site is now home to downloadable versions of the Wayland Alma Mater and the fight song. Located on the Past Students site under the Services menu, the songs are recorded performances of the Pioneer Marching Band, under the direction of Tim Kelley.

              “We hope hearing the Alma Mater and Fight Song bring back great memories of Wayland and that our former students will want to download the songs for enjoyment at home, car or iPod,” said Director of Alumni Services Danny Andrews. “I think our Alma Mater is a terrific piece of music and ‘Fight, Wayland Fight!’ is still played several times at each of our home games.”

              In addition to these efforts, the university has expanded its listenership for basketball game broadcasts by making it stream live on the Internet. All home games and Saturday away games are currently being broadcast on Plainview’s KVOP station on 1090 AM, with play-by-play provided by Tommy Young. This year, the games can also be heard online via www.kkyn.net.

              The Office of Alumni Services is largely behind the efforts to increase spirit not only among current students but also among alumni and friends of Wayland. At the beginning of the fall term, Andrews had cards printed with the words to both the Alma Mater and the fight song, then laminated and distributed them to all new students as well as others he encountered.

Andrews used donations from Wayne Evans, a former Pioneer basketball player from the 1960s, and his wife Lynda, to replace the old victory bell, which dates back to the 1930s and had been in storage for decades. The train bell was placed on a new trailer, which was painted blue and gold and bears the Wayland logo, a jackrabbit – a nod to the school’s first mascot – and the phrase “On to victory,” the last three words of the Fight Song.

“(The online downloads) is just another way we are trying to connect with our Wayland family around the world and build tradition,” Andrews said. “We hope to find more ways to build spirit and increase exposure for our university.”