Wayland Baptist University campus organizing alumni association

SIERRA VISTA – The Wayland Baptist University campus in Sierra Vista recently hosted a Fall Family Picnic to gather with alumni from the area. The event was planned as a kickoff for the campus’ alumni association to reconnect WBU alums.

“We hosted a table that especially catered to our honored Alumni guests. They had a guest book to sign, allowing them to see who else was at the picnic,” said Dr. Jeff Barnes, executive director of the campus. “It was exciting to see Alumni who graduated as far back as April 2005.”

Alumni were encouraged to fill out voting ballots, allowing them to share their opinions and ideas about what they want from the alumni association and what kind of legacy they wish to leave behind. An “Alumni Amenities” information sheet was available as well, sharing benefits offered as WBU graduates. 

“In addition, we had an Alumni Album on display which shared scrap-booked testimonies of Sierra Vista grads. This allowed fellow Alumni to reminisce and inspired current students to continue pursuing their degrees in order to join the Alumni ranks,” Barnes said.

Alumni present were able to visit with others and share their experiences, and they each received gift bags with Wayland personalized goodies including picture frames, pens, highlighters and cups, all in a WBU Alumni lunch bag. The campus hopes to be able to mail the goody bags to alumni who no longer live in the area but expressed interest in the alumni association.

 “In the end, Wayland’s Sierra Vista Campus simply wants our Alumni to know that we remember them and appreciate the time they spent with us. We’d love to help keep their WBU flame burning bright, and hopefully this association will do just that,” Barnes said.

While the Wayland Baptist University system is celebrating its centennial during the 2008-09 academic year, the Sierra Vista campus has been in operation since 1997. It began with an office on Fort Huachuca and has since expanded to include offices and classrooms at Sierra Vista’s Landmark Plaza. Offices and classes are still available at Fort Huachuca, and the campus is also offering courses in Tucson with hopes to expand that program to its own campus in the future.

For more information on the WBU-SV Alumni Association, contact the campus at (520) 459-1610.