While Wayland provides excellence in education, the university also offers an array of entertainment opportunities and other amenities for the community and area residents to enjoy. For example:
Museum of the Llano EstacadoBuilt in 1976 during the nation's bicentennial, the museum features exhibits on the
region's history, as well as exhibits featuring hometown heroes. Admission is free
and school groups are welcome to visit. Besides the historical displays, the museum
offers a meeting space for use by reservation.
The Jimmy Dean MuseumAdjacent to the Museum of the Llano Estacado is the Jimmy Dean Museum that opened
in 2016. Funded by the Jimmy Dean Foundation and Donna Dean Stevens, the museum chronicles
the life of the late sausage mogul and entertainer who grew up in Plainview.
Abraham Family Art Gallery
Located in the lower level of the library, the Abraham Art Gallery hosts art exhibits of varying media, produced by local and regional artists, Wayland student and alumni artists, and statewide and national exhibits. Wayland hosts the Texas Watercolor Society and the Plains Art Association annual shows, along with traveling shows by renowned artists. Admission to the gallery is free and is open to the public.
Wayland University Bookstore
Housed in the McClung University Center, the bookstore not only sources textbooks and supplies for academic purposes on campus, but also carries a wide array of Christian books, Bibles, music and WBU apparel. In addition, the store offers a variety of gifts, collectibles, and home decor options, and features a wedding and baby registry.
Beginning in the fall with football, swimming, wrestling, volleyball and soccer and then continuing through late spring with baseball and track and field, Wayland fields a number of competitive athletic teams.
Competing in the Sooner Athletic Conference, the university offers exciting sports
competitions on the campus open to area residents for their enjoyment. Pioneer Soccer
competes at Hilliard Field when at home, and Hutcherson Center is home court to Pioneer
Volleyball, Pioneer Basketball, and Flying Queens Basketball during the fall and winter.
Pioneer Baseball calls Wilder Field home, and the facility also hosts several high
school playoff games, as do many of Wayland's venues. The Laney Center is home to
the men’s and women’s wrestling teams, and golf, track and field, and cross country
compete at various regional events. Visit the athletics home page for individual sports
schedules and plan to attend an exciting game on campus soon.
Hosting and performing various shows throughout the academic year, Wayland’s theatre venues certainly stay busy. The theatre department stages no less than three performances a year within the intimate space of the Harral Studio Theatre, performing plays and musicals alike. Wayland’s Harral main stage houses larger scale productions and area UIL competitions each year, fostering a community environment and strong ties with students. Visit the theatre season page for information on performances and dates.
Promoting excellence in performance, the School of Music stages various concerts on the Harral main stage each semester. See several performances made by university choirs, concert bands, UIL competitors, area collaborations, and student recitals. Visit the music performance calendar for more information on performance dates.