Homecoming to feature events for alumni families, honorees

February 18, 2011

PLAINVIEW – This year’s homecoming weekend at Wayland Baptist University features a special emphasis on families and young alumni with the theme “Under the Wayland Big Top.”

In keeping with the circus theme, a carnival will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Laney Student Activities Center, featuring inflatables, carnival games, face painting and more, geared toward alumni and employee families and their children.

Two lunch options are available, with the first being a “tailgate” cookout luncheon of hotdogs and hamburgers, served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hutcherson Center. Plates are $8 per person for that event, which is open to the public and immediately precedes the doubleheader basketball games in which Wayland teams take on John Brown University at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Alumni and other homecoming guests may also choose to attend the alumni luncheon held in the Laney Center at noon on Saturday, featuring a barbecue lunch catered by Dickie’s. That event features entertainment by senior vocalist Alexis Hall of Plainview and alumnus Nolan Lewis on the piano. Four endowed scholarships will be dedicated at the luncheon as well, in the names of Jean Trull, Eldon Milstead, Dr. Harold Reese and Dr. J. Hoyt and Joanne Bowers. Tickets to the luncheon are $10 per person.

Reservations for ticketed meals are appreciated by calling the Office of Alumni Services at 291-3600.

Homecoming weekend will also feature several receptions honoring Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and others. All are open to the public. On Friday, Feb. 25, a reception is planned at 1:45 p.m. in the Harral Auditorium south foyer to honor Dr. Don Collins, recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and a 1961 graduate of the School of Music, who is hosting the reception.

Then at 2 p.m., the School of Education will host a reception for Distinguished Service Alumni Award winner Mrs. Paulette Manning, a 1986 master’s degree graduate, and Mr. Pat Buchanan, a 1971 graduate and longtime faculty member in the department of Exercise and Sports Science, who is being honored with the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award. Other honorees will be the emeritus faculty members including Dr. Pat Herman, Dr. Virginia Harris and Dr. Georgia Flanagan. A the same time, Flanagan, Harris, Herman and Buchanan will be inducted into the School of Education’s Hall of Honor.

At 3:30 p.m., the School of Math and Sciences will host a reception to honor Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award winner Dr. Glenda Payas, a 1969 graduate, and those having scholarships dedicated in the sciences, including the Milstead family, Dr. Reese and Dr. Bowers. Dr. Bob Sartain, retired professor from Howard Payne and a former Wayland math faculty member, will be honored at the reception as well after he presents a 2 p.m. guest lecture for the school.

Finally, a new display case and reframed portraits of the 40 Miss Waylands will be dedicated at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in the east hallway of Harral Auditorium. The new exhibit honors the heritage of the pageant and the previous winners.

For more information on homecoming events or to register for ticketed activities, contact the alumni office at (806) 291-3600 or visit the Wayland Web site at www.wbu.edu and click on the past students tab.