Wayland plans homecoming with new twist on classic schedule 

February 5, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University will host its annual Homecoming weekend Feb. 26-27 in Plainview with many traditional events on the schedule. This year, however, will feature one new activity that is a first-ever for the homecoming weekend.

An alumni-student dance will be featured on Friday, Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. following the traditional banquet in the McClung Center at 6 p.m. Plainviewan Mike Harder will serve as deejay for the event, which will be held until midnight in the Laney Student Activities Center. The dance will be free and refreshments will be served. The music will follow an oldies theme in keeping with the homecoming theme of “Rockin’ and Rollin’ into the Second Century.”

Wayland lifted its ban on campus dances last year during the Centennial Celebration, hosting the first student dance in April. Since then, several student dances have been held on campus. According to homecoming organizers, the addition seemed a perfect way to involve alumni and students together in a fun venue.

“We think having an Alumni-Student dance in the Laney Center will be a great venue and will be a fun way for our alums to meet our students and enjoy a great time together,” said Alumni Development Director Danny Andrews. “I’m prejudiced, of course, but some of the best music of all time was from the 1950s-60s-70s era and most of our Homecoming attendees are from that span as well. Even if alums don’t choose to dance, we encourage them to come enjoy the music, fellowship and refreshments.”

Aside from the dance, the remainder of the weekend is fairly traditional, with events kicking off Friday morning with registration and coffee at Harral Auditorium at 9 a.m., followed by the homecoming chapel service at 11 a.m. where the Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented. The afternoon features a lecture at 2 p.m. by Dr. Kenneth Mattox, a 1960 graduate and Chief of Staff at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, hosted by the School of Mathematics and Sciences at the Museum of the Llano Estacado. Then at 3:30, the school will host a reception and Hall of Honor ceremony recognizing Dr. Vaughn Ross, professor emeritus of biology who retired in 2009. Wayland’s baseball squad will host a home doubleheader at 2 p.m. Friday and a single game at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Classes ending in zero are the honorees for the weekend, with the class of 1960 celebrating their Golden Anniversary at a special breakfast on Friday morning. Graduates from 2000, 1990, 1980, 1970 are featured, and anyone graduating prior to 1960 are invited free to Friday’s Legacy League Luncheon. Class reunions will be held Saturday morning on campus.

The Wayland Theatre will present the female version of Neil Simon’s classic play “The Odd Couple” during the weekend as well, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $4 for alumni and $8 for guests. Also in the arts, the Abraham Art Gallery will host an exhibit of work by Tom Curry.

Other traditional events on the lineup include the International Choir reunion and mini-concert, and the Athletic Hall of Honor induction ceremony, both Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon features a doubleheader basketball game in Hutcherson Center beginning at 2 p.m., including performances by the WBU band and cheerleaders and the presentation of the homecoming queen.

Registration for homecoming is open and a form can be found on the alumni Web site at www.wbu.edu/alumni. For more information, call (806) 291-3600.