Homecoming 2007 to Feature Traditional Events with Retro Theme

PLAINVIEW – With a backdrop of music from across the decades, Wayland Baptist University’s Homecoming 2007 promises to be a “Blast from the Past” for visiting alumni and local friends.

The long weekend of events begins on Thursday, Feb. 22, with a baseball game at Wilder Field at 3 p.m., the Early Bird Reception at the home of President and Mrs. Paul Armes at 5 p.m., a doubleheader basketball game against Southern Nazarene University at 6 p.m. and the Golden Anniversary Dinner for the honor class of 1957 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 for guests and free for members of the honor class.

WBU’s music and theatre departments join forces for the production of the musical Spitfire Grill at 8 p.m. in Harral Studio Theatre. The production will have repeat performances on Friday and Saturday evenings as well at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for the public and $4 for alums.

Friday’s events begin at 9 p.m. with registration and coffee in the foyer of Harral Auditorium, followed by the annual Homecoming Chapel at 11 a.m. in Harral. The chapel will include the introduction of the Coming Home Queen nominees and the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni award winners. Honorees for 2007/ include real estate broker Wayne Evans of Florida, Distinguished Service Alumni winner; retired band director Roger Edwards of Amarillo, Distinguished Leadership Alumni winner; associate pastor and Air Force resource advisor Douglas Harmer of Wichita Falls, Distinguished Young Alumni winner; longtime coach and supporters Harley and Wilda Redin, Distinguished Benefactor Award winners; and McKinney, Texas, Mayor Bill Whitfield, Distinguished Alumni Award winner. In addition, retiring Emeritus Director of Alumni Services Joe Provence and the late Dr. Bill Hardage, longtime executive vice president who died in March 2006, will be honored with the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award.

Following chapel, the Legacy League luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m. in McClung Center, honoring all graduates of 1957 and prior. The luncheon is free for honorees and $11 for guests. The afternoon will feature campus tours available and an art exhibit titled “Clay and Canvas: Works by Cecily and Norvell Maples” in the Abraham Art Gallery. A reception at 2 p.m. will honor Dr. Harold Temple, retiring professor of chemistry, in the Moody Science Building. Pioneer baseball will take on Bellevue University in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. in Wilder Field.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with the annual banquet featuring a musical revue of the decades, performed by various WBU faculty and staff, graduates and local celebrities. Tickets are $11 per person. The repeat of Spitfire Grill will begin at 8 p.m.

Free child care for children 3-12 is available from 5-10 p.m. on Friday for alums attending events on campus. The evening will include a meal, games and crafts for children in the Trinity Building Fellowship Hall, with members of Alpha Delta Kappa service sorority helping with the children.

Saturday’s events will begin at 9:30 a.m. with class reunions for the honor classes of 1947, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987 and 1997. The International Choir alums will gather for a reunion and mini-concert at 10 a.m. in the Miller Recital Hall, and the Athletic Hall of Honor induction ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in the McClung Center. Inductees for 2007/ include 1950s women’s basketball standouts and twin sisters Raye Wilson Ayers and Faye Wilson Gould, 1970s men’s basketball star Clarence “Chick” Hatcher, and former radio broadcaster Tom Hall.

A reception for Provence will be held at 10 a.m. as well, in the parlor of the McClung Center. A party for the Provences that evening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Trinity Building Fellowship Hall.

The alumni luncheon will begin at noon in the McClung Center, including the dedication of scholarship plaques and the presentation of the Coming Home Queen. Tickets are $11 per person.

The afternoon begins at 2 p.m. with doubleheader basketball games against Oklahoma Christian University, including the presentation of the Homecoming Queen and introduction of the Coming Home Queen and her court and the Hall of Honor inductees and performances by the Wayland Band and cheerleaders.

Pioneer baseball will feature an alumni game at 4 p.m. at Wilder Field, and the repeat of Spitfire Grill will begin at 8 p.m. in the Harral Studio Theatre.

The weekend will wrap up Sunday, Feb. 25, with a Wayland Worship Service at 9 a.m. in Harral Auditorium. Dr. Dan G. Kent of Fort Worth, former Associate Professor of Religion at Wayland, will bring the message, and special music will be provided by WBU graduate Marvin Matthews.

Reservations are needed for the ticketed meal events and can be made by calling the Office of Alumni Services at (806) 291-3600. For more information, contact Danny Andrews or Susie Vera.