Wayland to host first preview event of 2010-11
October 15, 2010
PLAINVIEW – For high school students or area prospective transfers who are already trying to firm up their college plans, Wayland Baptist University hosts its annual fall preview event called Gold Rush.
Slated for Saturday, Nov. 6, Gold Rush is an abbreviated version of the spring preview event Big Weekend but provides much of the same informative sessions and campus life experiences of the longer weekend event.
“For many students, surfing online and looking at brochures gives good information about a prospective college, but it just can’t compare to actually walking the campus, meeting people and getting a feel for what the atmosphere and offerings of the university are first-hand,” said Debbie Stennett, Director of Admissions. “We believe the campus visit is so essential to making that final decision about where students will spend the next four or five years of their lives, so we are committed to offering events that give them a chance to do that in a short span of time.”
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration, continental breakfast, and a performance by Wayland’s music ensemble Spirit. Then guests will hear from WBU President Dr. Paul Armes and drawings for scholarships will be held. An academic fair will follow, with prospective students having the chance to visit with faculty members from every school in the university about various degree and major options.
The morning also includes an overview about financial aid options and procedures as well as student services available at Wayland. Then participants will have a chance to experience classroom life at Wayland with mock classes held by faculty members in fields including business, missions, Spanish, psychology, geology, music theory and education.
Lunch will feature a performance by the WBU Jazz Band, followed by a special seminar for high school seniors and more scholarship drawings. The afternoon will offer time for students to take campus tours, visit the admissions or financial aid offices, attend more in-depth financial aid seminars or a pre-health careers seminar, or participate in auditions for fine arts or music scholarships or tryout for athletic teams. Teams holding tryouts that day include baseball and men’s and women’s soccer. Wrestling, cheer and dance and football will have information sessions about their programs as well.
The day will wrap up with a doubleheader basketball game featuring the Pioneers and Flying Queens taking on Northern New Mexico at 4 p.m. and the annual Miss Wayland pageant at 7 p.m.
Registration cost for the day is $10 person and parents and other family members are welcome to attend. Cost includes breakfast and lunch and admission to all events of the day. High school students attending Gold Rush may choose to spend the night in the room of a current WBU student. Parents and family will need to make arrangements with local hotels, many of which offer special rates for those visiting Plainview for Gold Rush.
Students needing to take the ACT may register for the test offered on Friday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at Wayland. This residual test fulfills entrance exam requirements but is not transferrable to other colleges. The test is $40 and reservations must be made in advance to attend.
For more information on Gold Rush or to register for the ACT Residual, contact the Office of Admissions at (806) 291-3500 or toll free at (800) 588-1928. Registration can also be completed online for Gold Rush at www.wbu.edu.