Homecoming 2022

Homecoming is a great time for alumni to return to the campus they once called home, reconnect with former classmates and revisit traditions you know and love. It's a special time at a special place.

For 2022, we're excited to return to an in-person format for Homecoming and to welcome everyone HOCO logo 22 back on campus once more. But we know there are still some who cannot make the trip to join their reunion class, so we're going to make some of the virtual options from last year available once more. 

The same great Homecoming tradition events will return to the campus with some available via livestream. 

Plan to join us here on campus, reach out to your classmates and invite them to join you for a great weekend of reminiscing and reconnecting! There is no place like home!

* Mask and distancing policies are subject to change based on CDC guidelines. Currently the campus has no mask mandate in place.

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Schedule of Events

 

Wednesday, Feb. 16 

7 p.m. CST:  Military Alumni Reunion

Via Zoom, Alumni Board member Jack De Forrest, USAF (Ret.) will host this informal time to network and meet other military alumni, active-duty or retired.  Zoom details: Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84503410146?pwd=dDNNcXdUdEh5VTByTlZQUmRYZlZ2Zz09 
Meeting ID: 845 0341 0146; Passcode: 158721  

 

Thursday, Feb. 17

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Jimmy Dean Museum open

The Jimmy Dean Museum will be open for local visitors. A special feature this semester is an exhibit organized by students about the integration of Wayland in 1951.

 

10 a.m.-5 p.m.:  Abraham Art Gallery open (Mabee LRC atrium level)

The Abraham Art Gallery Exhibit will be open for visitors, featuring the show "Tall Tales and Huge Hearts: The Works of Raoul Colon."  

    An award-winning illustrator of more than 30 books for children, Raoul Colón was chosen to

Colon work
Illustration from Dona Flor

illustrate Dr. Jill Biden’s  Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops as well as Frank McCourt’s bestselling  Angela and the Baby Jesus, both from Paula Wiseman Books. The industry has recognized Colón with a Golden Kite Award, two Pura Belpré Award, a gold and silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, included twice in the NY Public Library’s 100 titles for Reading and Sharing; and been a two-time recipient of The Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Award.

    A native of New York City, Colon uses unique techniques to create his works on watercolor paper, combining watercolor washes, etching and the use of colored pencils and litho pencils. The exhibit runs from Feb. 14 - April 8. 

 

6 p.m.:  Flying Queens® Basketball vs. SAGU

Watch Wayland's Flying Queens® take on Southwestern Assemblies of God University, live in Hutcherson Center. Available to livestream remotely here.

 

8 p.m.:  Pioneer Basketball vs. SAGU

Watch Wayland's Pioneers take on Southwestern Assemblies of God University, live in Hutcherson Center.  Available to livestream remotely here.

 

Friday, Feb. 18

9 -10:45 a.m.: Registration and Coffee (Harral north foyer)

 

10 a.m.-4 p.m.:  Jimmy Dean Museum open

The Jimmy Dean Museum will be open for local visitors with standing exhibits and special features. A special feature this semester is an exhibit organized by students about the integration of Wayland in 1951.

 

10 a.m.-4 p.m.:  Abraham Art Gallery open (Mabee LRC atrium level)

The Abraham Art Gallery Exhibit will be open for visitors, featuring the show "Tall Tales and Huge Hearts: The Works of Raoul Colon."  

    An award-winning illustrator of more than 30 books for children, Raoul Colón was chosen to

Colon work
Illustration from Dona Flor

illustrate Dr. Jill Biden’s  Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops as well as Frank McCourt’s bestselling  Angela and the Baby Jesus, both from Paula Wiseman Books. The industry has recognized Colón with a Golden Kite Award, two Pura Belpré Award, a gold and silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, included twice in the NY Public Library’s 100 titles for Reading and Sharing; and been a two-time recipient of The Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Award.

    A native of New York City, Colon uses unique techniques to create his works on watercolor paper, combining watercolor washes, etching and the use of colored pencils and litho pencils. The exhibit runs from Feb. 14 - April 8. 

 

11 a.m.:  Chapel (Harral Auditorium)

Join us for a special homecoming chapel with alumni panel discussion featuring some of our alumni. We'll also recognize our honor class alumni and introduce our homecoming queen and king candidates.  Livestream available.

 

 

Noon:  Legacy League Luncheon (UC 211, free for Class of 1972 or prior, $10 for guests)

This special luncheon recognizes the 50-year honor class and any graduates prior to 1972 as well as our Distinguished Alumni honorees. This year's luncheon will also honor Dr. Ken Mattox and wife June and key donors as we break ground for the additions to the Moody Science Building. It is open to any homecoming guests with an advance RSVP.

 

1-2:30 p.m.:  Documentary Screening & Discussion (Museum Auditorium)

Join the School of Behavioral & Social Sciences and the Musem of the Llano Estacado for a screening of the fourth episode of the documentary miniseries The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross as part of a Black History Month continuing emphasis. This hour-long episode is entitled "Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940)” and will be followed by a 30-minute discussion led by history faculty. No charge to attend.

 

1:30-5 p.m.:  Homecoming Headquarters open (Gates Hall)

Registration continues, campus tours depart from here at 2:30 and 3:30. Find information on all things Homecoming here!

 

2 p.m.: Groundbreaking, Moody Science Building

Celebrate the additions to the science building as part of the successful Impact 2020 campaign as well as the naming of the School of Mathematics and Sciences.

 

3 p.m.: Honor Class Reunions (Locations below)

Honor classes will gather at various locations across campus for a time of reminiscing and catching up. Zoom connections will be available for guests to join remotely.

  • Class of 1962 - President's House B&B, 1307 W 6th
  • Class of 1972 - Ambassadors: Danny Andrews, Edy Lou Wilkens Mayfield, Eddie Turner. Location: President's House B&B, 1307 W 6th
  • Class of 1982 - Including 1980 and 1981, Location: Trinity Fellowship Hall (810 Utica)
  • Class of 1992 - Ambassadors: Carole & Richard Harbison, Vikke Sanchez Sherrard, Leon "Tres" Zinck.  Location: Brown Conference Center (8th at Raleigh)
  • Class of 2002 - Ambassadors: Rebekah & Ryan Crowe, Hillary Matteson Hester. Zane Powers. Location: Trinity Fellowship Hall (810 Utica)
  • Class of 2012 - Ambassador: Kendra Ortego-Nelson. Location: Trinity Conference Room (9th at Utica)

 

6 p.m.:  Blue & Gold Honors Awards Banquet (Laney Center, $15)

SOLD OUT

Join us as we honor this year's Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Alumni Benefactor, Distinguished Young Alumnus, Alumnus of the Year & our Pioneers of Promise student honorees. We'll also dedicate a few new endowed scholarships after enjoying a tasty meal together.

Winners include Dr. Gabe Trujillo, superintendent at Nacogdoches ISD, TX; Dr. Nelson Hayashida, Recovery Support Liaison, Chico, CA; Dr. Emily Smith, faculty at Duke School of Medicine and Duke Public Health Institute, Durham, NC; Dr. Glenda Payas, retired dentist, Tulsa, OK; Young Alumnus Johnny Terra, CPA, Amarillo; and benefactors Dr. Ken and Mrs. June Mattox, Houston, TX. To read more about our honorees, click here.

 

8 p.m.:  School of Creative Arts Showcase (Harral Auditorium, free)

Our talented students and faculty from music and fine arts will show off their talents in this fun new event. Livestream available.

 

 

 

Saturday, Feb. 19

10 a.m.-4 p.m.:  Jimmy Dean Museum open

The Jimmy Dean Museum will be open for local visitors with standing exhibits and special features. A special feature this semester is an exhibit organized by students about the integration of Wayland in 1951.

 

10 a.m.:  WBU Choirs Mini-Concert and Reunion (Miller Recital Hall)

Join hosts Dr. Ann Stutes, dean of the School of Creative Arts, and Dr. Sarah Herrington, International Choir director, for a time of fellowship and reminiscing and hear our current choirs perform.

 

10:30 a.m.:  Groundbreaking for Flying Queens Gallery  (Museum)

Join former Flying Queens and the Flying Queens Foundation for an exciting announcement.

 

11 a.m.:  Young Alumni Coffee & Conversation (Broadway Brew)

Meet Alumni Board members for coffee and free pastries at the Broadway Brew and network with other young alumni.

 

1 -2 p.m.:  School of Christian Studies Alumni Mixer (Flores Bible Building)

Catch up with professors and former faculty as well as fellow SCS alumni at this informal mixer in the Flores Building. 

 

2-5 p.m.:  Abraham Art Gallery open (Mabee LRC basement)

The Abraham Art Gallery Exhibit will be open for visitors, featuring the show "Tall Tales and Huge Hearts: The Works of Raoul Colon."  

    An award-winning illustrator of more than 30 books for children, Raoul Colón was chosen to

Colon work
Illustrtion from Dona Flor

illustrate Dr. Jill Biden’s  Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops as well as Frank McCourt’s bestselling  Angela and the Baby Jesus, both from Paula Wiseman Books. The industry has recognized Colón with a Golden Kite Award, two Pura Belpré Award, a gold and silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, included twice in the NY Public Library’s 100 titles for Reading and Sharing; and been a two-time recipient of The Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Award.

    A native of New York City, Colon uses unique techniques to create his works on watercolor paper, combining watercolor washes, etching and the use of colored pencils and litho pencils. The exhibit runs from Feb. 14 - April 8. 

  

2 p.m.:  Flying Queens® Basketball vs. University of North Texas at Dallas

Watch Wayland's Flying Queens® take on UNT Dallas, live in Hutcherson Center.   Available to livestream remotely here. Sponsored by Plainview Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

 

4 p.m.:  Pioneer Basketball vs.  University of North Texas at Dallas

Watch Wayland's Pioneers vs. UNT Dallas, live in Hutcherson Center. Presentation of Homecoming King and Queen winners during halftime.   Available to livestream remotely here. Sponsored by Plainview Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

 

8 p.m.: SAC Hosts "Wayland's Got Talent" Show (Pete's Place, free)

Cheer on Wayland students as they compete for scholarship dollars by sharing their special talents. Enjoy treats and Starbucks drinks in Pete's Place, free to the first 50 guests. Hosted by Student Alumni Council, the event includes a People's Choice vote by audience members. 

Students, register to participate in the talent show using this form.

  

Homecoming@Home

Live far from Plainview but want to participate from home? We will mail a "Homecoming-in-a-Box" at no charge for registered alumni who indicate this option, then send the links to watch selected activities remotely. Boxes will include WBU swag and other items to help you celebrate homecoming with your family in your own home. Limited to the first 150 remote registrations received by Feb. 8. 

 

Lodging Information

Following are lodging options in Plainview and special deals, if any, that are offered:

  • Comfort Suites - 3615 Grandview Drive,  (806) 293-7700, $89/night, mention WBU event
  • Days Inn - 3600 Olton Road,  (806) 293-2561, $72 for double queen, mention WBU event
  • Holiday Inn Express - 4213 W. 13 th(806) 296-9900, 15% off regular rates with WBU event mention
  • President's House Bed & Breakfast, 1307 W. 6th St., 806-869-0885, discount for WBU event guests
  • Quality Inn - 600 N I-27,  (806) 293-9454, $74/night, mention WBU event 
  • Super 8 - 4005 Olton Road,  (806) 293-4181
  • The Hitching Post RV Park & Cabins  - 4018 N. I-27, (806) 789-3066, $40 nightly for RV site, cabins vary