Homecoming@Home 2021

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Thank you to everyone for participating in Homecoming@Home, whether you sported your commemorative t-shirt, Zoomed with your reunion class or watched one of our YouTube video programs. We can hardly wait for Homecoming 2022 and the opportunity to reconnect with our alumni in person and on campus. We're also brainstorming how we can continue some of the virtual aspects that involve even more of our alumni family! See you next year!

Homecoming is a great time for alumni to return to the campus they once called home, hear updates from their alma mater and reconnect with former classmates. We always enjoy having everyone on campus.

Unfortunately, due to continuing concerns about COVID-19 and the ongoing safety of our Plainview campus students, this year's homecoming weekend is online.

Honor class meet-ups will move to a video conference format, allowing our alumni from all over the world to gather and catch up. Other events, like our Blue & Gold Honors Awards, will premiere on our YouTube channel.

Plan to join us online, reach out to your classmates and invite them to join you for a great weekend of reminiscing and reconnecting -- all without having to pay for travel, dress up or leave your home!

 

 

Schedule of Events

 

Wednesday, Feb. 17

 

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

The Jimmy Dean Museum will be open for local visitors.

 

11 a.m. CST - Chapel

Join us for a special homecoming chapel with alumni panel discussion featuring "Everyday Heroes." We'll also introduce our homecoming queen and king candidates.

 

 

8 p.m. CST - Legacy Information Session

Via Zoom, join alumni director Teresa Young and current and former legacy students and parents in an informal time to learn more about becoming a student at Wayland.

 

 

Thursday, Feb. 18

 

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

The Jimmy Dean Museum will be open for local visitors.

 

6 p.m. CST - Classes of 1980 & 1981 Reunion

Via Zoom, join hosts Kent Bowen, Kathy Loter, Gerry Travis, Tom Gamble, Kel Spradling, Jerilyn Crawley, and Kirby Kennedy for a time of fellowship and reminiscing.

 

6 p.m. CST - Flying Queens® Basketball vs. USAO

Watch Wayland's Flying Queens® take on USAO, live from Hutcherson Center.

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

 

8 p.m. CST - Pioneer Basketball vs. USAO

Watch Wayland's Pioneers take on USAO, live from Hutcherson Center.

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

 

8 p.m. CST - External Campus Alumni Reunion

Via Zoom, join alumni board president Olivia Adams and member Dr. Valerie Saffold for an informal time of networking and fellowship with other alumni from Wayland's external campuses.

 

 

Friday, Feb. 19

 

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

The Jimmy Dean Museum will be open for local visitors.

 

10 a.m.-4 p.m. - Abraham Art Gallery Exhibit

The Abraham Art Gallery Exhibit, Jim Baker: Sacred Structures will be open for local visitors.

Artist Jim Baker

Jim Baker is a mixed-media artist and sculptor from New Mexico. Heavily influenced by a passion for the Bible's sacred writings and his experiences as a pastor, his work focuses on creating art to inspire worship of God and encourage viewers in spiritual discourse. His resources include re-purposed Bibles, rusted nails, salvaged wood, and religious artifacts such as crosses and reliquary altars; Baker's interpretation of Christ's grace, which "makes all things new," comes through his incorporation of re-purposing discarded materials in order to explore the stories and metaphors in Scripture.

 

1 p.m. CST - Math and Sciences Guest Lecture

Via Zoom, Dr. Joel O'Hair, data scientist and Distinguished Alumni Award winner, will address students and guests. Email if you would like connection information.

 

WATCH THE VIDEO

 

2 p.m. CST - Classes of 1960 & 1961 Reunion

Via Zoom, join hosts Paul Siebenmann and Sue Ann Bundick Bunner for a time of fellowship and reminiscing.

 

2 p.m. CST - Classes of 1970 & 1971 Reunion

Via Zoom, join hosts Jerry Bashor, Linda Allen Murphree and Viki Turner Hicks for a time of fellowship and reminiscing.

 

6 p.m. CST - Blue & Gold Honors Awards Presentation

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.

 

 

See the Honorees

 

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.

 

8 p.m. CST - School of Music Variety Show

Our talented students and faculty from the School of Music have prepared a fun show of singing, dancing and instrumental performances.

 

 

 

Saturday, Feb. 20

10 a.m. - International Choir Reunion

Via Zoom, join hosts Dr. Ann Stutes, dean of the School of Music, and Dr. Steven Weber, International Choir director, for a time of fellowship and reminiscing.

 

11 a.m. - Young Alumni Coffee & Conversation

Via Zoom, pour your favorite brew and join other young alumni for networking and fellowship, hosted by Alumni Board President Olivia Adams and board member Jeffrey Vera.

 

11 a.m. CST - Classes of 1990 & 1991 Reunion

Via Zoom, join hosts Sherry Cox Roth, Amy Runyan Reid and Ursula Gentile Hamilton for a time of fellowship and reminiscing.

 

11 a.m. CST - Classes of 2000 & 2001 Reunion

Via Zoom, join hosts John Trischitti, Jon Mark Hester and Crystal Greene Stahl for a time of fellowship and reminiscing.

 

2 p.m. CST - Classes of 2010 & 2011 Reunion

Via Zoom, join host Bradley Sell for a time of fellowship and reminiscing.

 

2 p.m. CST - Flying Queens® Basketball vs. MidAmerica Christian

Watch Wayland's Flying Queens® take on MidAmerica Christian, live from Hutcherson Center.

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

 

3 p.m. CST - Prize Drawings

Due to athletics cancellations, we will go live on our WBU Alumni Facebook page to announce the winners of prize drawings from registered alums.

 

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4 p.m. CST - Pioneer Basketball vs. MidAmerica Christian

Watch Wayland's Pioneers vs. MidAmerica Christian, live from Hutcherson Center.

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

 

6 p.m. CST - Impact 2020 Campaign Celebration

With your generous support, Wayland Baptist University has completed its largest capital campaign in University history. Your gifts will build a new Athletic Training Center for our championship athletes, upgrade our School of Math & Sciences with new technology and laboratory space, and restore the beautiful exterior of Gates Hall.

 

 

Learn More about Impact 2020

 

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Time TBA - Flying Queens Basketball SAC playoff game

 

Watch as we crown our Homecoming King & Queen, immediately following the game in Hutcherson Center.

 

WATCH THE GAME

 

Other Activities

Homecoming in a Box

Your homecoming box be mailed at no charge for registered alumni. Boxes will include WBU swag and other items to help you celebrate homecoming with your family in your own home. Limited to the first 200 registrants. Registrations received after 2/15 can receive boxes but they will not reach you by homecoming weekend.

 

The Legacy on the Links Golf Classic

This Classic offers alumni a chance to support scholarships and participate in homecoming no matter where you live. If you love to golf, this is your chance to play the game you love and support your alma mater. It's all virtual!

 

 

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The Pioneer 5k Fund Run

This is the perfect way for the running enthusiasts among us to show off their skills and provide support for the university's Core Mission Fund. No matter where you live, you can participate in this virtual run and bless your university.

 

 

Learn More

Download Your Race Bib

 

Spirit Contests

Show off your Pioneer Pride at home and win cool Wayland prizes. Post your photos on our Facebook page at the prompt starting Friday and we will draw for prizes on Saturday at 3 p.m. in a Facebook live event.

Learn More

 

Painting with Pioneers

Produce a painting with California artist and alumnus Charlotte White. Charlotte walks you through the process of creating your own landscape painting in the impressionist style. Submit a photo of your painting to the alumni office.

 

 

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