Chapel tickets to hear Laura Bush are available to the public
PLAINVIEW – Beginning Monday, Wayland Baptist University will make chapel tickets to hear former first lady Laura Bush available to the public. Mrs. Bush is the featured speaker for the Willson Lecture Series taking place Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. in Harral Auditorium.
Chapel attendance is free and open to the public, however a ticket will be required.
Approximately 450 tickets are available on a first come basis. Tickets may be reserved at the Trinity Building at 9th and Utica streets from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. A photo ID and contact information are required in order to reserve a ticket. Tickets must be reserved by Oct. 9. No walk-up tickets will be available.
For security purposes no bags, backpacks or large purses will be allowed in the auditorium, and the use of cell phones and cameras is prohibited.
A scholarship luncheon will follow at which time Mrs. Bush will take part in a discussion with Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes. There are still a few tickets available for the luncheon. The cost is $125 with all proceeds benefitting student scholarships. The luncheon will feature a box lunch along with a fried pie dessert, donated by Mrs. K’s Bakery.
For more information on chapel tickets, or to purchase a ticket for the luncheon, contact the Advancement Office at 806-291-3430.
The Willson Lectures were established in 1950 by gifts from Floydada residents James M. and Mavis Willson. Successful business persons and active community residents, the Willsons were dedicated Methodist laypersons who were active in their local church. In addition, Dr. Willson served as a trustee at McMurry University, Southern Methodist University, and the former Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.
Willson was the recipient of several awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from Texas Wesleyan University and McMurry University. He was given a humanities award from Southwestern College and a merit award from Wayland. Wayland also nominated him for the Freedom Foundation Award in 1960, which he received in Valley Forge, Pa. He participated in numerous civic organizations, including the West Texas Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, the Masons and the Shriners.
The Willsons intended for the annual lectureship to feature topics related to “Applied Christianity” and “Christian Home and Family Life” and they worked to secure outstanding speakers over the years. Former lecturers have included atomic scientist Dr. George K. Schweitzer; former Southern Seminary president Dr. Duke McCall; Dr. Leon McBeth, noted church historian; and Dr. Grover Murray, former president of Texas Tech University.