Wayland Homecoming Shaping Up to be an Event to Remember

PLAINVIEW – With a Mardi Gras theme and new dates, Wayland Baptist University is hoping Homecoming 2006 will be a grand party and a welcome change. With many of the favorite events and several new offerings, the schedule has plenty for alums and friends to enjoy and time to share old memories.

Homecoming is planned for Feb. 23-26, a change from the usual November event of past years. Since the weekend fell on the same time as the traditional annual New Orleans celebration, Director of Alumni Services Joe Provence said the Mardi Gras theme was a natural fit.

“Probably the biggest thing that we’re doing differently this year, due to the date change, is the double class reunions to get caught up,” said Provence. “Everyone has been excited about getting to see the people that graduated either before or after them.”

The event begins Thursday, Feb. 23 with an early bird reception at the home of president Dr. Paul Armes and dinners for the Golden Anniversary Classes of 1955 and 1956. Other classes being honored during the weekend include 1945, 1946 and 1947; 1955 and 1956; 1965 and 1966; 1975 and 1976; 1985 and 1986; and 1995 and 1996.

On Friday, the traditional homecoming chapel will be held at 11 a.m., with Distinguished Alumni Awards to be presented to Drs. Jimmie and Patsy Lake Pyland Monhollon, Joe Lombard, Dr. Lon Chaffin, Allen Carson, Dr. Wallace Davis, Delbert McDougal and the Honorable Kent Hance.

The inaugural luncheon for the Legacy League, open to any alumni who have celebrated their 50th anniversary from WBU, follows chapel. The afternoon lineup includes an open house and campus tours, a reception in the music department for Dr. Chaffin and a Pioneer baseball game at Wilder Field against Bellevue University.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., activities for children ages 4-12 will be offered. Children of alums will participate in a Kids Karnivale and do games, crafts, movies and dinner while interacting with Wayland students. The activities for children are all free.

The annual homecoming banquet will begin at 6 p.m. in McClung Center, featuring music by Wayland’s jazz band. The music department will present an extravaganza production at 7:30 p.m. in Harral Auditorium, with various vocal and instrumental groups performing.

The evening will wrap up with the Parade of Pioneer Pride and a pep rally on the lawn outside Harral Auditorium.

On Saturday, events begin around 9 a.m. with continued registration in McClung Center, an open house in the University Store, and the annual reunion and mini-concert for the International Choir, held in Miller Recital Hall. Honor class reunions begin at 9:30 a.m. in various locations, along with reunions for former cheerleaders and Kappa Upsilon Chi members.

The Athletic Hall of Honor induction will take place at 10 a.m., with honorees including Cecil Davis, Carmen Wynn Parks and Danny Andrews. Free children’s activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., featuring a WBU spirit and sports theme and including lunch.

The traditional noon luncheon will feature scholarship dedications and the announcement of the coming home queen nominees. Immediately afterward, WBU basketball teams will have a doubleheader at 2 p.m. against The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. During halftime, the homecoming queen will be crowned and Wayland’s band and cheerleaders will perform.

Wayland theatre will present their homecoming play A View From Here at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, with tickets priced at $8 for adults, $4 for alums and students. Pioneer Baseball alums will play a special game at 4 p.m. as well. The evening will also feature a cheerleader rah-union and dinner and more meetings of the honor classes.

Homecoming wraps up Sunday morning with a Wayland Family Worship Service in Harral Auditorium at 9 a.m.

Alums are encouraged to register for the weekend, especially for the banquet and any special meals and children’s activities. A registration form may be found online at www.wbu.edu (follow the mask icon at the bottom), with registration via the Internet or printed and mailed. For additional information, contact the office of alumni services at (806) 291-3600.