WBU Homecoming 2018
While you're at Wayland, it's your second home, your new family. And no matter where you go after you leave the campus, Wayland remains home.
At Homecoming 2018, themed “Home” and slated Oct. 26-27 in Plainview, you'll have the perfect opportunity to revisit the special places and faces from your college years. We’ll be honoring alumni, outstanding students and members of our anniversary honor classes --1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998 and 2008 -- and having a great time together reminiscing about your Wayland experiences. The Friday night banquet will be a special time for attendees, and Saturday’s kid-friendly pregame activities and the football games are geared to make for a great day for young alumni families.
The full schedule is nearly complete, but mark your calendars now and plan to join us in Plainview. We hope to see you back “home!”
Honoring outstanding Pioneers
The Distinguished Alumni Awards return to Homecoming 2018 but the entire awards program is changing. Three awards will be presented on the Plainview campus during the homecoming weekend, while each of the other Wayland campuses will honor one alum with the Distinguished Alumni Award during the 2018 year, with all honorees to be recognized during the homecoming awards banquet. The descriptions of awards are as follows:
- Distinguished Alumni Award: Winners should make a distinctive contribution to their profession, serve in exemplary leadership roles in their community and/or demonstrate a strong loyalty to Wayland through service or giving.
- Distinguished Young Alumni Award: Winners must be age 35 or younger and have demonstrated distinctive career accomplishments, leadership and/or service to their community or the Wayland family. This award is presented in Plainview only.
- Distinguished Benefactor Award: Winners should demonstrate extraordinary support for the university through giving of their financial resources or service and leadership roles. Winners are not required to be alumni though preference is given to WBU alums.
2017 Alumni Honorees:
- Distinguished Alumni Award: Maj. Gen. Michael Fortney, BSOE'86. Major Gen. Michael Fortney has spent a career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in October 2017 as vice commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, which prepares combat-ready forces for strategic deferrence, global strike and combat support. Enlisting in the military in 1978, Maj. Gen. Fortney started his service in photo reconnaissance as an interpreter before moving into leadership roles at the squadron, group and wing levels. He earned his bachelor’s degree with Wayland at the Hawaii campus in 1986. Over a 39-year career, Maj. Gen. Fortney has received many honors, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and Achievement Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Gen. Thomas S. Power Award for Air Force Best Missile Combat Crew Commander. Fortney and wife Karen have an adult son, Andy, a grandson, Brenden, and two dogs. In retirement, Maj. Gen. Fortney has started a consulting firm and will serve as a senior mentor for Air Force leadership and education forums. He also plans to have more time for hobbies such as motorcycling and fishing.
- Distinguished Young Alumni Award: Dr. Rosemary Pelphrey, BS'11. Dr. Rosemary Ribera Pelphrey came to Wayland from Canyon, bringing dreams of becoming a dentist. The daughter of Laura Ribera and Steve Ribera, Rosemary earned her Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology in May 2011. While at Wayland, she was involved in medical missions and was a President’s Ambassador. She then enrolled at Baylor College of Dentistry and earned her Doctor of Dental Science degree in May 2015. Rosemary works part-time for Ideal Smiles of McKinney, a group dental practice, and part-time for a mobile dentistry company, Elite Mobile Dental. She plans to open her own dental practice in the near future. She and husband Micah married in May 2016 and live in Richardson.
- Distinguished Benefactor Award: Dr. Glenda Payas, BS'69. A native of Albuquerque, Dr. Glenda Lightfoot Payas earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 from Wayland in biology and education. She went on to earn two master’s degrees from New Mexico Highlands University. Dr. Payas earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and then served with the U.S. Public Health Corps with the Indian Health Service at the Claremore Indian Hospital. She recently retired after 28 years in private practice in Tulsa. Since graduation from WBU, Dr. Payas has contributed financially to various projects at the university, including completion of two scholarships honoring some of her faculty mentors in science. She then endowed a scholarship honoring her parents and one for her grandparents. She makes an additional impact as a regular member of the Sally Society women’s philanthropy group and the President’s Circle. Payas and husband Brad manage residential property.