Wayland homecoming event to feature reunions

PLAINVIEW – Building off the recent Olympic Games in Athens, Homecoming 2004 at Wayland Baptist University will encourage alums to “Run the Good Race” and return to their alma mater.

Scheduled Nov. 19 and 20 in Plainview, the homecoming schedule will feature much of the same events alums have enjoyed over the years. Events actually kick off Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. with an early bird reception and fellowship time for honored alumni from the Class of 1954, who will be celebrating their golden anniversary. That event will be held at the home of Jeannine Greene.

The majority of the schedule gets underway Friday, Nov. 19 with registration and coffee beginning at 9 a.m. in the foyer of Harral Memorial Auditorium. Guests may then attend homecoming chapel services at 11 a.m. in Harral Auditorium, featuring the presentation of the Coming Home Queen nominees, the Distinguished Alumni Awards honoring four individuals and one couple, recognition of former students and honor classes of 1994, 1984, 1974, 1964 and 1954, and a brief pep rally promoting the Saturday basketball games.

A special luncheon for the Golden Anniversary class of 1954 and friends is then slated for 12:30 p.m. in the McClung University Center room 211, with tickets free for honored alums and $10 for others wishing to attend. Open houses and campus tours round out the afternoon, with the Class of 1954 also gathering in the McClung Center parlor for fellowship.

The homecoming banquet is slated for 6 p.m. in McClung Center dining hall, with tickets at $10 per person. Reservations are requested for the banquet. The homecoming theatre production of Approaching Zanzibar will be held at 8 p.m. in the Harral Studio Theatre, with tickets priced at $8 for adults and $4 for students and alums. The homecoming bonfire and pep rally will begin at 9 p.m. at the corner of Southwest Third and Quincy Streets.

Saturday’s events begin at 9 a.m. with continued registration and a reunion of the Class of 1945, 1946 and 1947 at the home of Maisie Jones. Then at 10 a.m., the athletics department will induct two individuals into the Athletic Hall of Honor and a dedication ceremony will be held renaming the hall after former coach Harley Redin.    A reunion of former International Choir members will be held at 10 a.m. in the Earl Miller Recital Hall, with a mini-concert following.

A barbecue luncheon is planned for noon on Saturday, featuring the announcement of the Coming Home Queen and the dedication of 11 new endowed scholarships to the university. Lunch tickets are $10 per person.

The afternoon lineup includes a basketball doubleheader in Hutcherson Center, pitting the Flying Queens against the University of Texas Permian Basin at 2 p.m. and the Pioneers against Howard Payne University at 4 p.m. Class reunions will begin around 6:30 p.m. in the homes of Plainview alums, with honor classes of 1954, 1964, 1974, 1984 and 1994 meeting. Young alums graduating from 1995-2004 will be gathering in Pete’s Place in the University Center.

Another performance of the homecoming theatre production, Approaching Zanzibar, will be held at 8 p.m. in Harral Studio Theatre, rounding out the weekend’s activities. Reservations for any of the performances can be made by calling the theatre box office at 291-1087.

For reservations or information about any of the homecoming activities, contact the Office of Alumni Services at (806) 291-3600.