Longtime supporter, alumnus to be honored at homecoming

PLAINVIEW – Sally Dillman Eaves, longtime supporter and alumnus, will be recognized with Wayland Baptist University’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni Benefactor Award during a Feb. 17 banquet held as part of the WBU Homecoming celebration in Plainview.

A native of Canadian, Eaves earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayland in 1975, having been an active member of the WBU community as a cheerleader, Spinning Wheel and Homecoming Queen in 1975.

Eaves worked as a medical technologist for 15 years, serving with medical missions in Mexico several times. She has served on the Wayland Board of Trustees for 14 years. She was a founding member of the Sally Society, a women’s giving organization at Wayland.

Eaves is a talented artist and calligrapher and a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Plainview. She is president of a local PEO chapter. However, her alma mater has been the recipient of most of her time and support. For several years she served as event chair for the Sally Society, overseeing the planning of the annual Power of the Purse fundraising event.

Financially, she and husband Cary, a real estate agent, have supported most facets of the Wayland campus as donors. They established an endowed scholarship in their names in 2008 and are the contacts for several other scholarships in the name of family members. They have supported several capital campaigns in Wayland’s history as well as the Annual Fund and the Sally Society.

“Sally Eaves is passionate about her community and her alma mater, and she has been a cheerful supporter of all things Wayland for many years,” said Jeffrey Vera, director of Alumni Relations. “She gives of her time and has left a legacy through scholarships and general support. The Wayland family is grateful for alumni donors like Sally, and we are so excited to honor her this year with the distinguished benefactor award.”

The Blue and Gold Banquet is set for 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, on the Plainview campus. The banquet is open to alumni and friends for $15 per person, which includes dinner. In addition to Eaves, honorees include Donnie Brown, longtime campus minister; Rick Cooper, longtime basketball coach; Kathie Jackson, longtime educator; Richard Miller, longtime probation officer and pastor of Happy Union Baptist Church; and young alumnus honoree Dr. Hailey Budnick, a neurosurgical resident.

The dinner is just one piece of the homecoming weekend lineup that can be found online at www.wbu.edu/alumni-and-friends/homecoming.htm. Registration is available at that site. For more information, contact Vera at (806) 291-3600.