New video highlights heritage of dreams at Wayland's centennial
Release Date: July 25, 2008
PLAINVIEW – A new video created at Wayland Baptist University in honor of its centennial celebration beginning in August highlights the school’s founding, heritage and major pillars.
Titled “The Wayland Story,” the 15-minute video features Wayland president Dr. Paul Armes providing a brief background of founder Dr. James H. Wayland and the birth of his dream of a Christian college on the High Plains of Texas. Dr. Wayland’s granddaughter, Beulah McInnish, his oldest-living descendent at nearly 100, is featured as well as Dr. Travis Hart, pastor of First Baptist Church, relating the longtime partnership with the church.
“The video is a great snapshot of where we came from, what we stand for and where we are headed at Wayland,” said Teresa Young, director of communications. “Seeing this really puts us all into the centennial celebration mood and reminds us all how grateful to God we should be. I think every alum and friend of WBU will enjoy seeing this video and sharing the story.”
The video features three segments: Focus on Education, Servant Leadership and Into all the World. The education portion features Dr. Estelle Owens, professor of history at Wayland for several decades the University Historian, with clips from her classroom lectures. Various students on the Plainview campus give testimony to the focus on quality academics and approachable, knowledgeable faculty.
The servant leadership segment features Dr. Dana West, Wayland graduate and then-principal at Estacado Junior High in Plainview, speaking about her influence on the lives of eighth graders and her Christian witness in the schools. Other WBU graduates who teach at Estacado bear witness to West’s leadership and service.
The outreach segment spotlights Wayland’s outreach effort through campuses in other states, in particular the Anchorage, Alaska, campus and the partnership in Kenya to provide religion degrees for bivocational pastors in the large African nation. Student testimonies and that of former campus dean Dr. Jeff Anderson are featured from Alaska, and Elijah Wanje of the Kenya Baptist Theological College speaks about the mutual blessing of that partnership.
Steve Long, assistant professor of mass communication, provided footage for the DVD, with more contributed by Digital Base Productions of Lubbock. Digital Base also provided final production. Dr. Marti Runnels, dean of the School of Fine Arts at Wayland, serves as narrator for the DVD, the script for which was written by Jonathan Petty, assistant director of communications at Wayland.
Wayland officials are excited about the video – which is available on a DVD for anyone interested and may also be viewed online at the Web site homepage – and believe it captures the spirit and mission of the university as it celebrates a century. Owens perhaps puts it best with her closing statement.
“I look at Wayland, which is basically a pretty tiny little place, and the kind of impact we’ve had is incredible - worldwide impact - its incredible. There is no other word for it,” she said. “We’re here because God wants us here. We would not have made it if He would not have wanted us to succeed. The opportunities for failure were way big, and the opportunities for success looked so small. It’s an incredible story, an awesome story. It’ll be great fun to tell.”
To receive a free copy of the DVD, contact the Office of Development at (806) 291-3430 or Alumni Development at 291-3603 or log onto www.wbu.edu to view online.