Students lifeblood at Gardner-Webb
    September 8 2010 by Gardner-Webb University

    (EDITOR’S NOTE — Each North Carolina Baptist college was invited to submit an article for a feature package in the Sept. 11 issue of the Biblical Recorder. Scroll to bottom to find links to all the stories.)  

    “At Gardner-Webb, we believe that students are our purpose, our mission and our product,” said Frank Bonner, president of Gardner-Webb University (GWU).

    Students are the lifeblood of Gardner-Webb and a $5 million gift for a new student center acknowledged that fact. Long-time university benefactors Robert and Carolyn Tucker made the largest donation in GWU history this year for a project scheduled to be complete in 2012. Groundbreaking for the Tucker Student Center will take place this fall, and the facility will be much more than a building, it will become in many ways the heart of campus life. The three-story complex will be a functional atmosphere for activities and entertainment with meeting space for student organizations, conference rooms, mail facilities, student dining, the university campus shop, multipurpose facilities, and lounges. It will also house student offices and work space for organizations that include Student Government, Campus Ministries, Leadership Development, Community Engagement and Service Learning.

    Garnder-Webb University photo

    Leaders at Gardner-Webb University consider the students the lifeblood of the university.

    When speaking about the gift, Carolyn Tucker shared why the family has been so supportive of the university over the years: “I’ve seen so many instances of young people, including my daughter Lisa, who went to Gardner-Webb and they were changed by being there. Now that’s what I want to be on board with — an organization that is changing lives.”

    Life changing and life saving is what the Gardner-Webb School of Nursing has been doing for over four decades. GWU nursing alumni are serving throughout the world in hospitals, missions and in educational settings. This year, the School of Nursing took another major step as a true leader in education with the addition of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. 

    Gardner-Webb Provost and Senior Vice President, Ben Leslie, says  “The doctoral level program allows us to round out our offerings with an opportunity for upper level leadership training for the nursing profession,” said Leslie.

    The primary target audience for the DNP is nurses holding a Master of Science Degree in Nursing who are working professionals with experience in nursing education, nursing administration, or advanced nursing practice in a specialty area. 

    The GWU School of Nursing’s long list of degrees already includes the Associate Degree Program, a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, and the Master of Science Program.  The addition of the DNP Program will allow students to complete their entire nursing education at GWU. “Our goal remains unchanged — to provide the best education we possibly can in a context of faith, service, and leadership preparation,” said Leslie.

    Gardner-Webb has been fortunate in this time of a struggling economy. Enrollment stability and even growth has been reported in several areas. This fall, Gardner-Webb celebrates its largest student body to date with 4,338 students (undergraduate and graduate). Due to consistent enrollment increases over the past few years, especially in our on-campus population, two new suite-style residence halls have been added to the Gardner-Webb campus. These buildings house an additional 176 students. With these facilities in place, GWU can now serve 1,282 resident students with on-campus housing.

    The new residence hall facilities are not the only upgrades and enhancements to the Gardner-Webb campus this fall. At Dover Memorial Library, a redesigned and renovated user-friendly open learning space has enhanced the relaxing atmosphere of the library for study and reflection. Extended library hours to 2 a.m. now offer students more time for research and academic development. A new self-service coffee shop has also been added to the library.

    The John Henry Moss Stadium officially opened this fall and will serve as the home for Gardner-Webb baseball and provides opportunities for more university and community events and activities. Moss, a baseball legend, accumulated numerous regional and national awards during his lifetime. Included among his achievements was selection into five Halls of Fame, including - the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the North Carolina American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Since 1972, Dover Memorial Chapel has been a graceful and inspiring structure, marking the formal entrance to campus. Last summer, the interior of the chapel was completely renovated. The 336-seat sanctuary is used for a number of events including Divinity School chapel services, campus ministry gatherings and prayer services for students, faculty and staff.

    Visitors to campus will also notice a new Stadium Drive gate and entrance. The Bridges Gate was finished this fall and includes digital billboards, a water feature and a unique architectural design with arches and a tower. This new structure welcomes all who come through the south gate of campus for athletic and cultural events. The digital billboards are utilized to promote university events and activities to the community.

    Gardner-Webb University
    Location — Boiling Springs 
    Founding date — 1905
    Enrollment in fall 2010 —
    Separate grad and undergrad enrollment; Total = 4,338 (largest ever)
    President — Frank Bonner (2005-present)
    Motto — For God and Humanity

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