Celebration covers century of memories, milestones

Let the celebration begin! The grand centennial party that has been two years in planning and 100 years in the making is finally here!

Wayland’s Centennial Celebration, themed Dreams to Reality, began in August with Koinonia, Wayland’s new student orientation program, officially getting things going on the Plainview campus.
Other events are as follows. We welcome all alums, friends and supporters to be as involved as they can in the centennial events. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate with us and give thanks for a rich heritage of God’s provision and blessing.

  • Plainview Pioneer Palooza Community Birthday Party, Sept. 6, 2-9 p.m.: An outdoor extravaganza on the lawn east of Harral Auditorium, the Palooza will feature a birthday theme for the community to enjoy. We’ll have free inflatable bouncers and games for kids from 2-4 p.m., the Kappa Delta Pi Corporate Spelling Bee from 4-5:30 p.m., hamburger plates for a nominal charge at 5:30 p.m., followed by a free concert of music through the decades by the Texas Rhythm Machine, performers from the Cactus Theater in Lubbock. We’ll also join in a rousing round of “Happy Birthday” and enjoy birthday cupcakes.
  • Centennial Hymn Celebration, Oct. 5: This Sunday afternoon singalong will feature all the favorites from 100 years of hymn history. Led by Robert Black, we’ll involve area churches and choirs to make a joyful noise.
  • Habitat for Humanity Blitz, Oct. 8-11: In partnership with First Baptist Church, we’ll build a Habitat home on campus to be moved to the Habitat neighborhood. Grab your hammer and come help! Contact Charlotte at 291-3549 to volunteer.
  • Fall Choral Festival, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.: The first big fall concert for our musical ensembles and the International Choir will feature the debut of the commissioned Centennial Anthem by Dr. Gary Belshaw, associate professor of piano pedagogy, among other numbers celebrating WBU’s rich musical heritage.
  • Miss Wayland Pageant, Nov. 1, 7 p.m.: The traditional scholarship pageant with a Centennial flavor will hit the Harral stage.
  • Centennial Christmas in the Circle, Dec. 5: We’ll kick off the holiday season with a lighting ceremony outside Gates Hall, brief entertainment and light refreshments, then shoo everyone to Harral for the American Family Christmas concert.
  • Heritage Chapel, Jan. 21, 11 am.: The annual chapel service focuses on aspects of WBU history. The public is welcome.
  • Centennial Homecoming, Feb. 19-22: The annual get-together will be an even bigger deal as we welcome all former students to celebrate with a centennial flair. Graduating classes ending in 8 will be honored, though WBU encourages all alums and friends to come out for the fun. Several traditional events are planned, as well as a few new ones, including a banquet celebrating alums and faculty of the School of Mathematics & Sciences, a special reunion of the International Choir and band, a gathering of former KWLD radio station workers, an exhibit by alumni artists and a reunion of the Harley Redin Athletic Hall of Honor members.
  • Willson Lectures, March 3-4: Featuring speaking sessions with Dr. Karen Bullock, professor at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, the Lectures are an annual tradition and a chance to broaden your horizons.
  • Centennial Gala, March 21: A black-tie event slated for the new Pete and Nelda Laney Student Activities Center, the gala will feature an exquisite meal and entertainment by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, harkening back to earlier eras in musical history. An auction is also planned, with all proceeds benefiting scholarship endowments. Tickets are $100 per person.
  • WBU Week of Service, March 16-20: During Spring Break, several student groups head out on mission trips, and we’ll be expanding those opportunities on campus. In addition, we’re asking alums and friends to join in with a service project of their own that week in celebration of the centennial and Wayland’s heritage of service.
  • McCoy Lectures, April 1: An annual chapel service and special session will focus on Wayland’s missions heritage over the century. All are welcome.
  • President’s Centennial Concert, April 18, 7:30 p.m.: Special performances by Wayland music ensembles, both vocal and instrumental, focusing on the former leaders of the university.
  • Founder’s Day Celebration and Pioneer Band Concert on the Lawn, April 20: The day’s events begin with a special Monday chapel at 11 a.m., spotlighting our founder, Dr. James H. Wayland, followed by an afternoon wreath laying at the Wayland family plot at the Plainview Cemetery. Then that evening, the Pioneer Band will present its annual outdoor concert at Harral Auditorium.
  • Good Ole Days Baseball Game, April 25: Join us at Wilder Field for this throwback game with cheap eats, free seats and other fun activities, like a celebration of the 100-year-old “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”