Hall, Lusk, Murphree among those honored at WBU Homecoming

September 12, 2014

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University alums and longtime employees Dr. Bobby Hall, Dr. Claude Lusk and Danny Murphree will be among the honored guest as Wayland welcomes former students to campus Sept. 18-20 for Homecoming 2014.

The Association of Former Students will recognize several alums during chapel at 11 a.m. on Friday. Among those, Dr. Hall and Dr. Lusk will each receive the Distinguished Leadership Award and Murphree will receive the Distinguished Service Alumni Award. Other award recipients will be Dr. Chet Sample, named Distinguished Alumni, and John Trischitti, who will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

Dr. Hall earned both a bachelor’s (1982) and master’s degree (1985) from Wayland before going on to receive his Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech in 1994. He has 32 years of experience in private, Christian education and currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Provost for Wayland.

Dr. Lusk earned his bachelor’s degree from Wayland in 1984 and went on to a Doctor of Education degree from Texas Tech in 1997. He has been with Wayland in varying capacities since 1991 and currently serves as Vice President for Enrollment Management.
A 1969 graduate, Murphree has been at Wayland for nearly 50 years, enrolling as a student in 1965. An NAIA All American track athlete, Murphree earned master’s degree from Tech in 1973. Aside from spending 13 years as a farmer working with his family, Murphree has been a mainstay at Wayland. He currently serves as Executive Director of Property Management.

Dr. Sample recently retired from Sul Ross State University after spending 38 years as teacher, coach and director of athletics. An outstanding member of the Pioneer basketball team, Sample graduated from Wayland in 1968. He earned a master’s degree from Sul Ross in 1973 and went on to a doctorate at East Texas State University in 1975.

Trischitti graduated from Wayland in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree and went on to a master’s degree in library science at the University of North Texas. Trischitti serves as Director of the Midland County Public Libraries and in 2014 was named Texas Librarian of the Year by the Texas Library Association.

Others being honored this weekend include the 2014 class of the Harley Redin Hall of Honor. The athletics honor is being bestowed upon four individuals this year, including former track and field coach Rick Beelby (1988-2001), former track star Rodney Wallace (B.S. ’96, M.Ed. ’14), former Flying Queen standout Hazel Taylor (B.S.O.E. ’04), and track star Kisute Kiboko (B.S. ’89).

The Hall of Honor ceremony will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Pete and Nelda Laney Student Activities Center.

Special events on Friday include Dr. Jacob Brewer (B.S. ’94) speaking at the School of Math and Sciences at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Brewer is a professor at Hardin-Simmons University. Fleming-Mays Tower and Ferguson Hall will hold an open house to show off the newly renovated lobbies from 2:30 – 3:30p.m. Pioneer Homecoming Cookout will take place in the marsh in front Harral Auditorium from 5-7 p.m., followed by a volleyball match at the Hutch and a pep rally at 9 p.m. This 2014 Homecoming Queen will be crowned at the pep rally.

Saturday’s events include the Hall of Honor induction, a volleyball match at 11 a.m., a tailgate party at noon prior to the football game at Bulldog Stadium. The Pioneers will play Hardin-Simmons at 2 p.m.

Other weekend events include the WBU theatre production of “Almost, Maine” Thursday through Saturday nights at 7:30 in the Black Box theatre in Harral Auditorium. The Abraham Art Gallery in the atrium of the Learning Resources Center is hosting the American Watercolor Exhibit and will be open all three days.

Any former student, graduate, employee or friend of the university is invited to attend the events. For more information on events and special class gatherings, registration will be held from 1-5 p.m. Thursday in the Trinity Building at 9th and Utica. Registration will also be held beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday in the north hallway of Harral Auditorium.