Homecoming 2003 time for reminiscing, entertainment

PLAINVIEW -- Most children learn fairy tales that begin with the line "Once upon a time." But hearing adults reminisce about days gone by might conjure up the same phrase.

The Association of Former Students at Wayland Baptist University is hoping those memories will be plentiful for Homecoming 2003, slated this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, on the Plainview campus.

Themed "Once Upon a Time," the weekend will feature plenty of opportunities for alums to trip through their memories of college life with old friends and new faces. Events begin Friday morning with the traditional annual homecoming chapel at 11 a.m. in Harral Auditorium, with registration for the weekend from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the auditorium foyer. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be available for guests.

Chapel services will feature presentation of the awards for distinguished Wayland alumni and benefactors, along with introductions of the coming home queen nominees and homecoming queen candidates. A spirit rally will conclude the event, with Wayland basketball coaches Todd Thurman and Will Flemons speaking.

A luncheon will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the McClung University Center honoring graduates from the classes of 1943 and 1953, followed by open house in the Alumni Offices from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., offering tours of the campus. Guests may also visit the Abraham Art Gallery exhibit, and the golden anniversary class of 1953 will meet in the McClung Center parlor.

The homecoming banquet will be held at 6 p.m. in the McClung Center dining hall, with reservations required. The first presentation of Fools , a comedy by Neil Simon, will be performed by Wayland's theatre department at 8 p.m. in the Harral Studio Theatre. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for alumni and students. A homecoming bonfire and pep rally is also planned for 9 p.m. at the corner of Southwest Third and Quincy Streets.

Saturday's events begin with reunions at 9 a.m. for each of the honor classes. An open house at the home of Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes and wife Duanea will also be held at that time. The class of 1963 will meet at the alumni house, located at the corner of 8th and Smythe Streets, with Christa Smith hosting. Zaphryn Tandy Green will host the class of 1973 reunion at 1808 Floydada, and the class of 1983 will gather in the lobby of Davis Hall (9th and Smythe Streets), with Dr. Claude Lusk and Dodie Nunn Young hosting. Donnie Brown will host a reunion for the class of 1993 in the basement of the Van Howeling Building.

At 10 a.m., a reunion of former International Choir members will be held in the Miller Recital Hall, followed by a mini-concert. The induction ceremony for the Athletic Hall of Honor is also set for 10 a.m., to be held in the McClung University Center, room 211. Janice Beach Hardwick, BS'74, Tim Thomas, BS'87, and Comfort Igeh-Bandy, BS'89, will be inducted, and the Harley Redin Coaches Award will be presented to Plainview High coach Danny Wrenn.

A reception for the classes of 1945, 1946, 1947 and friends will be hosted by Ella Mae Everett Jones at 1106 Ennis at 10 a.m. as well.

A barbecue luncheon is set for noon in the McClung Center dining hall, featuring announcement of the coming home queen and dedication of the scholarship plaque established by the estate of the late Dr. Dorothy McCoy, former math professor at Wayland.

A basketball doubleheader will follow at 2 p.m., with the Flying Queens opening against alumni Queens. The Pioneers will take on Panhandle State University at 4 p.m. A reunion of all former track and field athletes will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Hutcherson Center.

At 8 p.m., another presentation of Fools will be held in the Harral Studio Theatre. Guests may also participate in a Wayland family praise and worship service at 8 p.m.

For more information on homecoming activities or to make reservations, contact Joe Provence, director of alumni services, at 291-3600.