WBU Homecoming Is Just Around the Corner

August 14, 2017

Deep in the Heart, Homecoming 2017
Wayland Homecoming 2017 will feature a new twist to some of the regular events. Register online and make plans now to attend. Homecoming is Sept. 22-23.

PLAINVIEW – Homecoming 2017 is right around the corner for Wayland Baptist University, with some new events designed to entertain, honor and give alums plenty of time to reminisce.

Homecoming festivities are scheduled for Sept. 22-23.

With the theme “Deep in the Heart,” the weekend is a great chance to rekindle love for the university as alums return to familiar places on the Plainview campus. Classes to be honored are those ending in 7, with the Class of 1967 celebrating their 50-year reunion and recognition and gathering planned also for the classes of 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007.

The entire lineup of events, along with an online registration form, is located on the sidebar link at www.wbualumni.com.

“We’ve taken the traditional homecoming weekend and changed a few things up a bit to accommodate our alums from all years, from the Friday night banquet to the Saturday pre-game activities. Younger alumni with children will particularly want to join us for the pre-game fun out at Bulldog Stadium, with free food, bouncers and such, then plan to stay and cheer on the Pioneers,” said Teresa Young, Director of Alumni Relations. “It’s going to be a great time to reconnect with the university and with friends.”

The weekend kicks off Friday with the International Choir reunion and rehearsal at 10 a.m., followed by chapel featuring the choir and a panel of memories with select alums at 11. The School of Math and Sciences will then host a guest lecture by alumnus Dr. Martin Ortega, a physician in Midland/Odessa, at 1:30 p.m.

Of note on the changes for 2017 is the Friday night banquet where Wayland will honor three distinguished alumni award winners and recognize some special students on campus with a new award as well as athletic honorees. For 2017, those honors are going to Distinguished Alumnus Maj. Gen. Michael Fortney, BSOE’86 from Hawaii; Distinguished Young Alumnus Dr. Rosemary Ribera Pelphrey, BS’11; and Distinguished Benefactor Dr. Glenda Lightfoot Payas, BS’69.

Fortney has spent a career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in October as vice commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana. Pelphrey is a dentist in McKinney, after completing her DDS degree at Baylor College of Dentistry. Payas recently retired after a career in dentistry in Tulsa, Okla. She has given endowed scholarships honoring her mother and her grandparents and helped complete others.

Afterward, guests can enjoy an informal mixer at the home of our new president and first lady, Dr. Bobby and Laurie Hall. The old tradition of the Parade of Pioneer Pride makes its way to homecoming this year, with the ceremony outside Gates Hall including the pep rally.

On Saturday morning our honor classes will enjoy breakfast and a time to reminisce, then the Athletic Hall of Honor will host an induction for nine new members and honor a tenth for coaching as it celebrates 25 years. Athletic honorees include Mark Adams, Kirby Dunn, Kristina Edwards Lee, Daniel Franklin, Serenity King, Joe Lombard, Dr. Claude Lusk, Jodie Young and Don, Christa and Caren Smith. Ray Murphree is also set to receive the Harley Redin Coaches Award. Full biographies of these honorees will be released later.

Before the Pioneers kickoff their football matchup at 2 p.m. against Texas College, guests can enjoy free food and games on the yard outside Bulldog Stadium, starting at noon. The football game, which includes the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and one final recognition of honorees, caps off the formal weekend events.

Guests to the campus may also enjoy tours, visits to the Abraham Art Gallery and the Jimmy Dean Museum while back in Plainview. A business meeting for alumni guests will be held on Friday afternoon as well to discuss bylaws amendments and vote on new board members.

For more information, contact the Alumni Office at (806) 291-3600 or email teresa.young@wbu.edu.