One-day preview event offers fall look at Wayland Baptist

Release Date: November 2, 2009

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University’s fall preview event, Gold Rush, is slated for Saturday, Nov. 7, with a full day packed with activities to introduce prospective students to the campus and its offerings both academically and otherwise.

The event is a shortened version of the spring preview event Big Weekend, slated for March 26-27, 2010. Gold Rush gives students who may prefer to make their college decisions earlier in their senior year or those with spring conflicts a chance to gather all their information on Wayland earlier.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and a continental breakfast in the multipurpose room, located on the basement level of the Moody Science Building. The music ensemble Spirit will perform during the breakfast time before the program officially begins at 9 a.m. with the welcome, scholarship drawings and a brief word from President Dr. Paul Armes. Following will be an academic overview and fair in which prospective students can visit with faculty members from the various academic schools, then an overview of financial aid and student services offerings at Wayland.

At 11 a.m., visitors and parents or other sponsors may attend a mock class with options including business with Dr. Otto B. Schacht, Spanish with Dr. Joshua Mora, psychology with Dr. Peter Bowen, geology with Dr. David Schmidt, contemporary Christian missions with Dr. Richard Shaw, music theory with Dr. Ann Stutes and education with Dr. Linda Hutcherson. That time will introduce students to a bit of the Wayland classroom experience.

Lunch will follow at noon in the McClung Center cafeteria, including a performance by the Wayland Jazz Band. A seminar especially for high school seniors will follow, focusing on providing pertinent information and opportunities for the immediately college-bound.

For the afternoon, prospects and guests will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of offerings based on their interests. The admissions, financial aid and student work offices will be open from 1-4 p.m. for inquiries (all in Gates Hall), and campus tours will be held starting at the cafeteria at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Special detailed seminars on financial aid will be offered at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Nunn Business Building, and a seminar for students interested in pre-health academic programs will be offered at 1:30 in the Moody Science Building.

Auditions for music, art and theater will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Harral Auditorium wings, and tryouts for baseball, women’s soccer and men’s golf are slated for 2 p.m. in various locations. Men’s soccer tryouts will be at 3:30 p.m.

Gold Rush guests are also welcome to attend the Pioneer Volleyball game against Oklahoma Baptist at 2 p.m. in Hutcherson Center, and the Flying Queens basketball team takes on Dallas Christian at 4 p.m. in the Hutch. The Miss Wayland Pageant is also slated for 7 p.m. that evening and is open to the public. Admission is $5 per person for the pageant.

Cost for the day is $10 per person, which includes the breakfast and lunch and all activities of the day, including the two sporting events. Registration fee can be paid at check-in time. Gold Rush shirts are also available for $7.

For more information, contact Wayland Admissions at 291-3500.