Wayland Baptist University Unveils Centennial Theme, Logo as Planning Underway
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University has begun planning for their centennial celebration beginning in 2008, unveiling a theme and logo for the event.
Slated to run from August 2008 to August 2009, the celebration will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the university, chartered Aug. 31, 1908, as Wayland Literary and Technical Institute.
A steering committee composed of Wayland faculty, staff and administrators as well as community leaders has developed a theme and a logo to be used for the celebration.
“We’re calling the year-long celebration ‘Dreams to Reality’ because so much of what Wayland is about is turning dreams into realities for so many people,” said Betty Donaldson, vice president for institutional advancement and chair of the steering committee. “In particular, Wayland would not be here if it were not for the dreams of Dr. J.H. Wayland to see students on the high plains of Texas have an option for education in a Christian environment.
“We’ve been about seeing his dream continued by putting education in the reach of many for nearly a century and know the value of higher education,” Donaldson added.
The celebration will encompass many traditional Wayland events held annually, including Koinonia freshman orientation, homecoming, graduation ceremonies and fine arts events. Additional events will be planning during the year as well, each with a centennial focus and celebratory flair.
“It’s our goal to plan a slate of activities that reaches everyone with ties to Wayland, from our Plainview community neighbors to our alumni and friends, donors, trustees and current students as well,” Donaldson said.
Hope English, director of special projects at Wayland, is vice chair of the steering committee and has been excited about being part of the planning process.
“The centennial momentum is already building,” she said. “It is easy to get all caught up in the celebration of one man’s dream that was driven by his faithfulness to God.”
The centennial logo features a scripted “100” and the theme “Dreams to Reality,” along with an opaqued version of the Wayland flame used in the university’s traditional logo and in marketing pieces. The phrase “Since 1908” falls underneath the name of Wayland Baptist University. The logo was designed by the Office of Communications staff at Wayland.
Other members of the steering committee include Dr. Gary Abercrombie, a Plainview dentist and WBU trustee; Bill Cross, a local CPA; Dr. Greg Feris, chair of the Division of Exercise and Sport Science; Dr. Bobby Hall, vice president for academic and graduate services; Paul Lyle, a retired Plainview attorney; Joe Provence, director of alumni services; Micheal Summers, director of church services; Dr. Dana West, principal at Estacado Junior High; Danny Andrews, editor of the Plainview Daily Herald; Jim Ferrell, director of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Bill Hardage, executive vice president; Dr. Estelle Owens, university historian and chair of the Division of Social Sciences; Jim Smith, Wayland CFO; Phyllis Wall, Plainview I.S.D. board member; Teresa Young, director of communications; Dr. Paul Armes, WBU president; Max Gabriel, local businessman and Wayland trustee; Dr. Claude Lusk, vice president for enrollment management; Jonathan Petty, assistant director of communications; Dr. Ann Stutes, chair of the Division of Fine Arts; and Rodney Watson, director of the Museum of the Llano Estacado.
Subcommittees will be forming soon for planning specific centennial events, with steering committee members serving as chairs of the various committees and other community members, employees and students asked to serve.
Along with the event planning, a centennial history book is underway, with Dr. Estelle Owens spending her spring and summer terms on sabbatical completing research toward the history. Toward that end, the university is soliciting anecdotes, photos and even video or film from alums and community members to be used in historical pieces and centennial promotions.
“There are so many events and milestones in Wayland’s history that make us proud to be part of that heritage, but Wayland has always been about its people, and we want to make sure that many people are included in this celebration,” said Teresa Young, who is working on the book with Jonathan Petty and Dr. Owens. “We’d love to have those stories about your days at Wayland, from academics to athletics and extracurricular activities. We want to know your favorite memories and what the university has meant to you over the years.”
Those interested in sending their anecdotes may send them and any photos they may have by mail to Young in care of Wayland, 1900 West 7th Street, Plainview, Texas 79072. All photos will be scanned and returned promptly. For further information on this project, contact Young at (806) 291-2586.