Wayland dedicates new women's dormitory

Trustees, employees and friends of Wayland Baptist University gathered for a brief ceremony dedicating the first new dormitory constructed on the Plainview campus in several decades.

The new women's dormitory - which is yet to be named - is located at 8th and Smythe Streets, on the north side of the campus. The $1.1 million facility was constructed in the spring of 2001 and opened for its first residents in mid-August. The dorm holds 48 young ladies and features a suite format with two private rooms with full bathrooms adjoined by a common sitting area with a sleeper sofa.

During the dedication ceremony, Plainview Mayor Lloyd Woods presented the university with a certificate of appreciation for "contributions to the community," and continued improvements to Plainview through campus improvements.

Dr. Wallace Davis, university chancellor, addressed the crowd about the dorm's inception, stating that while he envisioned a larger dorm, students preferred the smaller, more intimate settings like those provided at current dormitories.

Davis credited trustee Delbert McDougal of Lubbock with being instrumental in the areas of architectural and building expertise as well as support for the project.

Davis recognized major donors to the dorm project, who have wings of the dormitory named after them. Those include Sally Shaw of Lockney, Thelma Evans of Amarillo, Yvonne Franklin of Amarillo - all board members. Another wing is named in memory of the late Ervin Graham, a former trustee, by his wife Eva.

Martha Cross, director of development at Wayland, also recognized other donors who purchased rooms of furnishings. Plaques bearing their names are hung outside those suites.

"Dorms have affected and changed more lives. We see more here than a building and beautiful rooms," Davis said. "We see an environment for girls to grow. Let's celebrate the Wayland tradition today."

Plainview campus president Dr. Paul Armes led the dedicatory prayer, then joined in the ribbon cutting for the new facility. Guests were invited to tour the facility and enjoy refreshments.

The dorm is the first residence hall constructed on the campus since 1980, when Marshall Hall was added to Atwood Hall to create the Caprock Complex for men.