PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University campus was abuzz with excitement on Friday as faculty, staff and student leaders welcomed freshmen and new students to campus.
Koinonia, (pronounced coin-oh-knee-uh) the university's orientation weekend, officially got underway with registration Friday morning in the Pete and Nelda Laney Student Activities Center. Coordinator of Student Activities Micah Evans said 187 new students were registered for Koinonia with more students coming in throughout the morning. He was hoping to have around 200 students participate in the weekend event.
Students spent Friday morning moving into the dorms and then were treated to a cookout, courtesy of the Wayland administration. Weekend activities got underway Friday afternoon with special events, small group meetings and some entertainment by hypnotist Gerry Kelly of Amarillo. Kelly performed at Homecoming 2012.
Special events designed to build school spirit and campus camaraderie were held through Saturday and into Sunday, including a community wide Summer Splash event from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the corner of Travis and 6th streets. Children ages 5-12 are invited to come out and participated in water-related activities, including a water slide. The first 100 kids with a canned food donation to FISH (Faith in Sharing House) will receive a free t-shirt. The event is sponsored by Wayland Student Activities and the Freshman Class.
Evans said the mood around Wayland is one of excitement and anticipation for the new school year.
"I'm actually really excited," he said. "We have great student leaders, our freshmen are fantastic, and it has been a beautiful day. I love Koinonia time."
Koinonia culminates Monday with some mandatory information meetings for new students as well as a dance on the concrete prairie between the library and the Moody Science Building at 9:30 p.m.
Final registration for the fall term will be held on Tuesday for new students and returning students who were unable to preregister. Classes begin Wednesday morning.