Homecoming 2008 to feature international theme

Release Date: February 8, 2008

PLAINVIEW – With a rich heritage of international student enrollment, a campus on the other side of the world in Kenya and a worldwide reach due to courses offered online, it only seems fitting that Wayland Baptist University would celebrate Homecoming 2008 with an international theme.

“Wayland Around the World” is the theme for this year’s celebration, slated Feb. 21-24 on the Plainview campus. Though it is not the centennial homecoming celebration – that will occur in Feb. 2009 – this year’s event is no less special, especially to those who are celebrating milestones.

Honor classes are 1958, the golden anniversary class, and others ending in 8: 1968, 1978, 1988 and 1998. The weekend begins on Thursday night with doubleheader basketball games against Oklahoma City University and the first performance of the theatre production Proof. Then Friday kicks off with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast for the Golden Anniversary class, then registration and coffee at Harral Auditorium, followed by chapel at 11 a.m. with distinguished alums honored. The Legacy League luncheon follows for members of 1958 class and earlier, then campus tours, visiting time and a reception for retiring science professors Dr. Gerald Thompson and Dr. J. Hoyt Bowers will be held at 2 p.m. Baseball games are featured at 4 p.m., then the homecoming banquet at 6 p.m., featuring current international students presenting a bit of their culture to visitors. The theatre play is featured again at 8 p.m.

“Most of homecoming is very familiar, though we’ve moved the Golden Anniversary banquet to a Friday morning breakfast so they can attend the ball games on Thursday as well,” noted Danny Andrews, director of alumni development, who organizes homecoming with help from the Student Alumni Council group. “We’re also moving the traditional Saturday luncheon to the new Laney Center for a more informal, family-friendly event.”

Saturday features a grand time of reunions for all honor classes, a reunion of the International Choir and the induction of the Athletic Hall of Honor, with inductees including basketballers Corey Cornish and Kathy Harston, longtime supporter Marsha Hutcherson George (presented posthumously) and former sports information director Dr. Bobby Hall. Marsha Porter will receive the Harley Redin Alumni Coach of the Year Award.

Following an informal lunch in the new Laney Center are the 2 p.m. doubleheader basketball games in the Hutch against conference newcomer Mid-America Christian, with crowning of the homecoming queen and other recognitions. Baseball also takes Wilder Field at 1 p.m. that day. The final performance of Proof takes the stage at 8 p.m. that night.

The weekend wraps up with a continental breakfast Sunday morning at the Trinity Building’s Student Ministries Activity Center, followed by a worship service at 9 a.m. in the Trinity sanctuary.

To reserve tickets for the banquets or other ticketed events, contact Danny Andrews at (806) 291-3603 or andrewsd@wbu.edu. A reservation form is also available online on Wayland’s alumni Web site.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, February 21

6 p.m.: Double-header Basketball vs. Oklahoma City University,

Hutcherson Center

8 p.m.: Theatre production: Proof ($4 tickets for alums), Harral Theatre

Friday, February 22

7:30 a.m.: Golden Anniversary Breakfast, Class of 1958, McClung Center,

Room 211 (Free for 1958 grads, $8 for guests)

9-11 a.m.: Registration and Coffee, Harral Auditorium

11 a.m.: Homecoming Chapel, Harral Auditorium

12:30 p.m.: Legacy League Luncheon, McClung Center Room 211

(Free for graduates of 50 years or more, $11 for guests)

2-4 p.m.: Campus Open House (Tours Available, Art Exhibit in the Gallery)

Refreshments in the Alumni Offices, Trinity Building

2 p.m.: Division of Math and Sciences Hall of Honor Induction for Dr. J.

Hoyt Bowers and Dr. Gerald Thompson, Moody Science Building

4 p.m.: Pioneer Baseball Double-header vs. Mid-America Christian,

Wilder Field

6 p.m.: Homecoming Banquet, McClung Center, $11 tickets

8 p.m.: Theatre production: Proof ($4 tickets for alums), Harral Theatre

Saturday, February 23

9 a.m.: Registration continues, McClung Center, University Store Open House

9:30-11:30 a.m.: Class Reunions for 1948, 1958, 1968, 1978,

1988, 1998 alumni, Location TBA

10 a.m.: International Choir Reunion & Mini-Concert, Earl Miller Recital Hall

10 a.m.: Athletic Hall of Honor Induction, McClung Center 211

Inductees include basketballers Corey Cornish, and Kathy Harston,

longtime patron Marsha Hutcherson George, and Dr. Bobby Hall,

former sports information director and radio broadcaster; Harley Redin

Alumni Coach of the Year Marsha Porter

Noon: Alumni Luncheon, $11, Location TBA

1 p.m.: Pioneer Baseball vs. Mid-America Christian, Wilder Field

2 p.m.: Double-header Basketball vs. Mid-America Christian, Hutcherson

Center (includes coronation of Homecoming Queen, performances by

band, cheerleaders; other honors)

8 p.m.: Theatre production: Proof ($4 tickets for alums)

Sunday, February 24

8:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast, Trinity Building

9 a.m.: Wayland Worship Service, Trinity Building Sanctuary