September 29, 1999

Wayland Baptist University:
Campus in Plainview
feels a lot like home
___When a student steps on the Wayland campus for the first time, he or she feels a mix of emotions and many unanswered questions about fitting in and surviving. Soon those fears are put to rest. Wayland is filled with faculty, staff and students who care.
___That care is first evidenced during freshmen orientation called "Koinonia." Once classes begin, the student becomes enmeshed in a smorgasbord of studies, sports and

activities that are academically challenging and personally enriching.
___Our goal transcends the objective of teaching an academically strong curriculum. Our mission embraces the belief that the students entrusted to the university's care are to be trained and encouraged to live lives of integrity and faith. Wayland is unashamedly Christian.
___On any given day, one can find a faculty member praying with a student. One can participate in a Baptist Student Ministry or dorm Bible study, walk through the cafeteria and hear contemporary Christian music or see pockets of students bowing for prayer before their meal. Wayland is concerned about the spiritual growth of the whole person.
___Once again, Wayland's fall enrollment indicates the university's vitality and strength. The number of full-time versus part-time students is up. Residential students are up. Credit hours per student are up. And the continued growth of Wayland's 11 teaching centers across Texas and the western United States points to the long-term health and stability of the university. Never in Wayland's history has the university been as academically and financially strong as it is today.
___This fall, the university began a $16 million campaign designed to raise money for a new student activities center, a women's dormitory, and other essential renovation and scholarship projects. The state-of-the-art student activities center will include a gymnasium, Olympic-size swimming pool, racquetball courts, weight training and aerobic rooms, running track, classrooms, lounge and offices. The women's dorm will house 195 girls in two-bedroom suites. The spiral staircase and living room and reception areas will provide warmth and elegance to their family experience. Other projects include renovations to Harral Auditorium and Hutcherson Gym; expanding parking; increasing scholarship endowments; and constructing the Heritage Walkway and Gazebo. Wayland's projected growth requires us to prepare now for the coming influx of new students.
___Wayland strives to provide the atmosphere that feels like "home away from home." Jennifer Long, student body president, said: "My mother was upset the first time she heard me say I had to go 'home' to Wayland. But she has gotten used to it. She knows how happy I am to be a part of the Wayland family."


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