Homecoming 2024

 

337272094_236987728717504_7023059697410569512_n.jpgHomecoming 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 2024, we're excited to offer an in-person format for Homecoming on the Plainview campus as well as some virtual offerings for those who cannot make the trip to reminisce in person. This includes both some livestream opportunities and some on-demand events.

Plan to join us here on campus, then 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!

 

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Schedule of Events

 

Wednesday, Feb. 7 

5 p.m. CST:  Military Alumni Reunion

Join us via Zoom for a time to connect with others who have served or are currently serving our country from the Wayland Alumni Family.

Registration Link: WBU Alumni Homecoming 2024

 

Thursday, Feb. 8

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Mabee Regional Heritage Center Open (Flying Queens, Jimmy Dean, and Llano Estacado Museums)

10 a.m.-5 p.m.:  The Malouf Abraham Family Art Gallery Open

6 p.m.: Flying Queens® Basketball vs. Texas Wesleyan University (Rams)

"Red Out" Game-In conjunction with Heart Awareness Month, everyone who wears RED will be entered into a drawing to win a brand new blood pressure monitor. 

Watch Wayland's Flying Queens® take on Texas Wesleyan University, live in Hutcherson Center. Available to livestream remotely.

360 Photo Booth and Stand Still Digital Photo Booth will be available (6pm-10pm)

University Center Bookstore will have a pop-up shop in the foyer of "The Hutch" to purchase WBU gear! 

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8 p.m.:  Pioneer Basketball vs. Texas Wesleyan University (Rams)

"Red Out" Game-In conjunction with Heart Awareness Month, everyone who wears RED will be entered into a drawing to win a brand new blood pressure monitor. 

Watch Wayland's Pioneers take on Texas Wesleyan University, live in Hutcherson Center. Available to livestream remotely.

360 Photo Booth and Stand Still Digital Photo Booth will be available (6pm-10pm)

University Center Bookstore will have a pop-up shop in the foyer of "The Hutch", to purchase WBU gear! 

10 p.m. (or immediately after the Pioneers Game): Free Late Night Breakfast

This is for current students only. Come and fellowship while having a late-night meal! Don't miss out!

 

Friday, Feb. 9

9:00 a.m. -10:45 a.m.: Registration and Coffee (Harral Auditorium-North foyer)


10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Mabee Regional Heritage Center Open (Flying Queens, Jimmy Dean, and Llano Estacado Museums)

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: The Malouf Abraham Family Art Gallery open 

11 a.m.:  Homecoming Chapel (Harral Auditorium)

Join us for a special homecoming chapel. Additionally, our honor class alumni will be recognized and homecoming queen and king candidates will be introduced.

Livestream: https://www.wbu.edu/about/spiritual-life/chapel/index.htm

Tune into 91.5 FM (Plainview and local area) 

Guest Speaker: Jeremy Bryant (BA '99) Sales and marketing leader (20 years) with Foster Communications. 19 years of broadcasting experience as the Voice of Angelo State University Athletics, in which he established and grew the "Sports Huddle" program to the top-ranked sports talk show in San Angelo. Six-time recipient of the "Lone Star Conference Broadcaster of the Year".

 

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Noon:  Legacy League Luncheon (UC 211, free for Class of 1974 or prior)

This special luncheon recognizes the 50-year honor class and any graduates prior to 1973 as well as our Distinguished Alumni honorees. It is open to any homecoming guests with an advance RSVP using the registration form below. 

Menu: Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn, Rolls, Drink Station

1:00 p.m.:  Pioneer Baseball vs. Tabor College Blue Jays (Kansas)

Watch our Pioneer Baseball team take on Tabor College, live at Wilder Field. 

FREE hot dogs, etc. served at Noon while they last.-Sponsored by WBU BSM. 

1:30 p.m.: Mabee Laboratory Sciences Building Ribbon-Cutting

This is a public invitation to join us as we have speakers and alumni joining us to officially open our Mabee Laboratory Sciences Building. Tours and refreshments will be available. 

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!

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: Honor Class Reunions (BSM Fellowship Room-Trinity Building)

Honor classes will gather for a time of reminiscing and catching up with some refreshments. Honor classes include 1964, 1974, 1984, 1994, 2004 and 2014.

 

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6:00 p.m.:  Blue & Gold Awards Banquet (Trinity Building Chapel)

Join us as we honor this year's Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Alumni Benefactor, Distinguished Young Alumnus, Alumnus of the Year and our Pioneers of Promise student honorees. 

Menu: Salad (Mixed greens, Mandarin Oranges, Toasted Almonds, Fresh Raspberries and Citrus Vinaigrette); Seasoned Chicken Breast w/Cranberry Orange Relish; Wild and White Rice Pilaf; Roasted Veg. Medley (Zucchini, Squash, Carrots, Red Pepper, Red Onion); Dinner Roll/butter; Cheesecake/Chocolate Cake; Tea/Water/Coffee

Cost: $15 per person (Award Recipients and 1 guest each will be covered)

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients: 

  • Dr. Vernon Stokes (BA '59)
  • Patrick Timothy Aland (MAC '09)

Distinguished Alumni Benefactor Award Recipients: 

  • Mr. Ben and Mrs. Bertha Mieth

Distinguished Young Alumnus Award Recipient: 

  • JR Dunn (BA '13-WBU; MDiv '18-Baylor Truett Seminary) 

Joe & Freda Provence Distinguished Lifetime Service Award Recipients: 

  • Freda Provence
  • Libby Cleveland

 

Saturday, Feb. 10

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.:  Mabee Regional Heritage Center Open (Flying Queens, Jimmy Dean, and Llano Estacado Museums)

9:00 a.m.: Math and Science Alumni Reunion (Moody Science Building)

If you are a math or science major, come fellowship with former classmates or students from other decades and hear more about our current programs. A small breakfast will be served, and quantities are limited. Tours of the Mabee Laboratory Sciences Building will be available. 

Menu: Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit Tray, Scrambled Eggs, Cubed Potatoes, Bacon, Biscuits and gravy, Orange Juice, Coffee, Water

Note: Breakfast is first-come, first-served. Food amount will be limited. 

10:00 a.m.: Alumni Coffee Mixer (Broadway Brew)

Meet our Director, Jeffrey Vera, for coffee and free pastries at the Broadway Brew and network with other alumni.

12:00 p.m.: Pioneer Baseball vs. Tabor College Blue Jays (Kansas)

Watch our Pioneer Baseball Team take on Tabor College, live at Wilder Field.

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 2:00-5:00 p.m.:  The Malouf Abraham Family Art Gallery open

2:00 p.m.:  Flying Queens® Basketball vs. University of Science and Arts Drovers (Oklahoma)

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

Available to livestream remotely. 

University Center Bookstore will have a pop-up shop in the foyer of "The Hutch" to purchase WBU gear! 

4 p.m.:  Pioneer Basketball vs. University of Science and Arts Drovers (Oklahoma)

Watch Wayland's Pioneers vs. USAO, live in Hutcherson Center. Presentation of Homecoming King and Queen winners during halftime.   Available to livestream remotely. 

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University Center Bookstore will have a pop-up shop in the foyer of "The Hutch", to purchase WBU gear! 

Lodging Information

Following are lodging options in Plainview and special deals, if any, that are offered (Feb 7-10):

  • Comfort Suites - 3615 Grandview Drive,  (806) 600-5188
    • King Single Bed ($139/Night; 10% Off when you mention "WBU Alumni")
  • Holiday Inn Express - 4213 W. 13 th(806) 296-9900
  • President's House Bed & Breakfast, 1307 W. 6th St., 806-869-0885
  • Quality Inn - 600 N I-27,  (806) 293-9454
  • 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
  • Reddy Hotel-3001 Dimmitt Rd.,806-288-8888