Koinonia celebrates arrival of new students at Wayland

Activity is everywhere at Wayland Baptist University this weekend as Koinonia, a four-day welcome event for new students, takes place.

“Koinonia is going fantastic,” Hannah Boyse, Coordinator of Student Leadership and Activities,” said Friday. “Our staff has been working overtime in setting things up, praying for kids and loving on kids. We are moving them in and then there are four days of so much fun.”

Early Friday morning, members of the WBU faculty and staff, as well as administrators, spread out to dorms across the campus as Wayland implemented a systematic move-in scheme that had most cars unloaded in less than three minutes. By noon, most students had completed move-in and were enjoying a cookout on the grassy area north of historic Gates Hall.

“Faculty and staff provided lunch for everyone — students and their families,” Boyse said. “And we will be doing more meals later.”

Throughout the day, Koinonia representatives and residence hall assistants were stationed at dorms and strategic areas to ensure the transition to college life in Plainview went smoothly.

“It is easy, streamlined and quick,” Boyse said.

Campus tours took place Friday afternoon before the official kickoff and another meal. Things started getting crazy Friday night with Mo’ Madness in Laney Center. Lots of activities were planned there.

Saturday began with a student breakfast followed by small group meetings and Wayland Worship at Harral Memorial Auditorium. Other meetings and activities extended into the night.

After students have an opportunity to visit area churches, activities scheduled for Sunday include an emphasis on service at Wayland as well as small group meetings. An outdoor movie is scheduled for late Sunday night.

On Monday, new students learn about traditions and have more opportunities to become acquainted with other students and the campus. Several special social gatherings are planned as well.

Wayland classes begin Aug. 17.