Homecoming Scheduled for October 26-27
PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University will welcome alumni back to the Plainview campus on Oct. 26-27 for homecoming, a weekend of athletics, special events and reunions.
Themed simply “Home,” this year’s homecoming will feature some of the traditional events like the Friday opening chapel, tours, pep rally, the Athletic Hall of Honor induction, and the Saturday football game. But there are also some returning favorites from the past, including the Friday night banquet featuring the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards and the evening homecoming musical.
“It’s always a fun time with the Wayland family, and homecoming is a great opportunity for our alumni and their families to revisit their favorite places and see their favorite faces,” said Teresa Young, director of alumni relations. “We’re excited to offer several opportunities for alumni to reminisce with friends, see the updated campus and celebrate the great things happening on campus now. And we’re thrilled that the homecoming musical that was a favorite of many alumni is returning this year! We hope everyone will come join us for a great fall event.”
The theatre and music departments will join forces to produce the musical “Into the Woods,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during homecoming. Tickets are $4 for alumni. Friday’s chapel starts at 11 a.m. with the International Choir performing and a panel discussion with returning alumni. Afternoon events include reunion opportunities for honor classes and others, a memorial service and business meeting, tours and an alumni lecture hosted by the School of Mathematics and Sciences.
Friday night includes the awards banquet, with awards to be presented to Plainview CPA Randy Kaufman, Lubbock attorney Noe Valles, DFW music teachers Carla and Jared Hardy, Altus, Okla., educator Jessica Robinson and benefactors Dr. Gary and Mrs. Janice Abercrombie. Students from each academic school will also be honored with the Pioneers of Promise Award. Hutch Hysteria spotlighting the WBU basketball squads, the pep rally and a late-night student fellowship round out Friday. Cost for the dinner banquet is $15 per person.
Saturday continues the festivity with the induction of former athletes into the Hall of Honor, featuring baseballer Felix Castillo, field standout Michelle Haage Barton, golfer Michael Loppnow, Flying Queen Pearl Worrell-Trimble, and longtime coach Marsha Sharp. Valerie Goodwin-Colbert will receive the Harley Redin Coaches Award. More information on winners is available at www.wbuathletics.com.
Saturday also includes the favorite International Choir mini-concert and reunion, a tailgate party at Bulldog Stadium featuring food trucks and games for the kids, and the football matchup with Texas Wesleyan at 2 p.m. An alumni baseball game and the final performance of the play wraps up the weekend.
A full detailed schedule of the weekend can be found online at www.wbualumni.com/homecoming and registration can be done on the same site. For more information or questions, call Young at (806) 291-3600.