Preview day offers glimpse of Wayland experience for prospects

PLAINVIEW – Brochures and web sites are great, but to really get a feel for a prospective college or university, nothing beats the personal visit to the campus. So says Debbie Stennett, Director of Admissions at Wayland Baptist University.

To that end, Wayland offers two annual preview events to provide an up close look at life at WBU for high school juniors and seniors and possible transfer students deciding on their college choice. The first of those events – called Gold Rush – is slated for Saturday, Nov. 15.

“There will be wonderful opportunities to participate in small-group sessions with various offices and programs, and there is a lot of information available for people,” said Stennett. “It’ll be a fun and very fruitful weekend.”

Gold Rush offers a one-day abbreviated version of the spring preview event called Big Weekend, but students still get the same information, tours and taste of campus life in the fall event. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast, followed by a performance by the musical ensemble Spirit. Then the welcome and scholarship drawing is held, followed by a few words from President Dr. Paul Armes.

The academic fair follows, in an open format that allows students to visit with professors and advisors from various academic schools in which they have an interest. Students and families are then treated to an overview of student services and financial aid opportunities and procedures. The morning is rounded out with mock classes, where students can sit in on a variety of courses and get a feel for college lectures. Options include business, chemistry, Spanish, political science and Christian missions.

Following lunch and a performance by the WBU Jazz Band, a seminar especially for seniors and their families is slated, along with other afternoon options. Families may attend financial aid seminars, visit the admissions or financial aid offices, take campus tours or try out for music, theatre and art programs or varsity athletics such as men’s baseball, girls’ soccer and girls’ golf.

Students and their families are able to get a taste for campus life through a 2 p.m. basketball game pitting the WBU Flying Queens against Texas A&M Kingsville and an evening performance of the dinner theatre production of Frame 312. The catered dinner by Carino’s begins at 7 p.m. and the play follows at 8 p.m., with tickets at $20 for both for Gold Rush participants.

Cost for the Gold Rush event is $7 per student and each family member in attendance, and Stennett stresses that all family is welcome to attend as well. The cost includes breakfast, lunch, basketball game admission and the information sessions. On-campus housing is limited, but local hotels are available.

To register for Gold Rush, families may visit the Wayland Web site at, call admissions at (800) 588-1928 or 291-3500 locally, or email The detailed schedule is also available online.