Wayland celebrating inauguration with service

Dr. Bobby Hall

 

Wayland celebrating inauguration with service

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Bobby L. Hall will officially be inaugurated as the 13th President of Wayland Baptist University on Wednesday in a special investiture ceremony at 11 a.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium. The ceremony is the centerpiece of what will be a week-long celebration across the university system.

The public is invited and can get tickets to the ceremony in the School of Fine Arts office in the north wing of Harral. Wayland is also hosting a day-long open house around the ceremony. People may visit the various academic schools and some of the administrative offices on campus. Class will not be in session as students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the festivities. The open house will run from 8:30-10:15 a.m. and 2-4 p.m.

There will also be a public reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. held in the Pete and Nelda Laney Student Activities Center. The come-and-go reception will give people the opportunity to meet Dr. and Mrs. Hall and wish them well in their new endeavor.

Along with Wednesday’s activities, Wayland employees from its various campuses will participate in service projects within their local communities as part of Dr. Hall’s initiative and emphasis on building community relations and community spirit.

Along with a number of hands-on projects scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, Plainview employees will spend the week collecting food for Faith in Sharing House, as well as diapers, baby wipes and tote bags for “Baby Ready to Go Bags” at the Rainbow Room.

Several Wayland campuses also have special initiatives planned. Albuquerque employees will be serving at the Roadrunner Food Bank on Friday. In Altus, employees will work with Operation C.A.R.E. Amarillo is hosting a blood drive for Coffee Memorial Blood Center on Jan. 30.

In Anchorage, Alaska, employees are hosting a pancake brunch along with a canned food drive for a local homeless shelter. The Clovis, N.M., campus is collecting items for the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Lighthouse Mission. Those items will be delivered on Friday and Saturday.

Employees at the El Paso teaching site will be working at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. In Fairbanks, Alaska, employees will help deliver meals for the local food pantry. Hawaii employees will also be serving at their local food bank.

The Tucson teaching site has partnered with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Staff and students are taking part in a WBU “Souper Bowl” collecting as many soup/food donations as possible. They are also participating in a Wayland Weight Match – donating monetarily their weight to raise funds for the $1.00 = 4 meals project.
In Lubbock, employees are collecting school supplies for a local elementary school. Phoenix employees are packing meals for Feed My Starving Children in Mesa, Ariz., and Sierra Vista, Ariz., employees are preparing and serving meals at Good Neighbor Alliance. And in Wichita Falls, employees are collecting canned food for the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.

Wayland has also sent out a request to alumni to join in the service day projects in their local communities. Several have responded and will be working with various groups on Saturday.

Anyone interested in joining Wayland in these service projects may contact Teresa Young at teresa.young@wbu.edu or by phone at 806-291-3427.