April features final centennial events, major concerts

April 14, 2009

By Teresa Young

PLAINVIEW – The next few weeks boast three major events that serve as the finale of sorts for Wayland Baptist University’s year-long celebration of its centennial.

The President’s Centennial Concert will be Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., featuring performances by the Symphonic Winds Ensemble and the International Choir, which celebrates 60 years in 2009. A brief centennial presentation will take place in the interlude between the two groups, and a reception will follow the concert in the Miller Recital Hall.

The wind ensemble will be performing several numbers of traditional and concert pieces, while the choir will present some sacred hymn arrangements and traditional choral anthems. In addition, they will sing one movement of the Dreams and Realities commissioned centennial anthem by Dr. Gary Belshaw, and the piece Acquaintance with Nature by Gwyneth Walker, based on the writing of Henry David Thoreau, which includes several songs within. Faculty members Jeff Kensmoe will narrate, while Sandra Mosteller will play clarinet.

Then on Monday, April 20, Wayland will hold Founder’s Day events throughout the day. Beginning at 11 a.m., the weekly chapel service will include a monologue honoring university founder Dr. James H. Wayland, a pioneer physician. Then at 3 p.m. a wreath-laying ceremony is planned at the Plainview Cemetery at the Wayland family plot, with a brief moment of tribute to the founding family.

That evening at 6:30 p.m., the Pioneer Band will hold its annual Concert-on-the-Lawn east of Harral Auditorium. This year’s event will take on a centennial feel with birthday cake for Dr. Wayland planned following the outdoor concert.

That day will also feature the final postal cancellation in the series of three marking the WBU centennial. Designed in conjunction with Founder’s Day, the cancellation honors Dr. Wayland and his impact on the university. He was born April 22, 1863, in Missouri and moved to Plainview with wife Sarah in 1891, seeking a drier, healthier climate to set up his medical practice and improve his own health. The cancellation will be available for 30 days beginning Monday from the Plainview Post Office, located in downtown Plainview.

The final public event will be the “Take Me out to the Ball Game” emphasis on April 25. At that day’s 1 p.m. matchup at Wilder Field, the Pioneers will take on the Oklahoma Christian Eagles. Hot dogs and sodas will be 25 cents while they last, and drawings will be held for prizes.

Also, baseball trivia will be featured at each half-inning break for additional prizes. The traditional seventh-inning stretch will take on a more celebratory feel as Wayland celebrates not only its 100th birthday but also the 100th birthday of baseball’s music tradition, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Following the May graduation ceremony, the official centennial calendar is completed until Augusts 2009 Koinonia freshman orientation, which kicks off year 101 and will include the burial of the time capsule that was unearthed in August 2008.

For more information on any of the events, visit the WBU Web site at www.wbu.edu and follow the centennial links.