Wayland celebrating Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2014

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University will be covered in red this Valentine’s Day as a way to recognize donors and show appreciation for their contributions to the school.

Organized by Assistant Director of Alumni Amy Loafman, the project is an attempt to recognize those who have graciously supported Wayland by donating to the school’s many projects throughout the years. Wearing t-shirts proclaiming “We Love Our Donors,” Wayland’s President’s Ambassadors spent Thursday afternoon placing valentines on donor plaques throughout campus.

Approximately 500 cards and more than 40 signs and poster were placed around campus recognizing donor gifts. Albert Oliveira, a senior religion major from Brazil, said placing the signs around campus is a great way for students to recognize and express thanks to those who have provided for their education.

“They have given so much to us,” Oliveira said. “We don’t have a way to give back with our money or anything and this is a way to express thanks for how much they have done for us.”

He said it’s an honor to go to a school where donors have played an instrumental role in providing a quality education in a safe environment.

Sarah Wennerston, a junior fitness management major from Marysville, Wash., said this effort should raise awareness among students as to how much of their education is provided by donors.

“I appreciate that we have the donor plaques out so that we can see what the donors have done for us,” Wennersten said. “So much of this school has been donated by alumni and other people who realize the quality of a Christian education. Being able to draw even more attention to the donors is an awesome opportunity.”

The signs and poster placed around campus contain interesting facts about the buildings and other areas that were provided by donors, beginning with Dr. James Henry Wayland’s initial donation of $10,000 and 25 acres of land. Signs also include statistics about the 324 fully endowed scholarships as well as recognizing Jimmy Dean Hall that was named for the late entertain and his wife who have donated $6 million to the university.

The special donor recognition will culminate Friday afternoon as President’s Ambassadors deliver decorated cupcakes, and a personal “Thank You” to faculty and staff members who have donated to the university.