(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.)
The 2010-2011 academic year
is sure to be an exciting time at Campbell University. Over the last
couple of years, the signs of growth and change have been evident on the Buies
Creek campus. And this school year is no exception.
The fall semester officially
began Sept. 8, as new pharmacy students received their white coats, taking
their first steps toward a career in the health care profession. The following
week, approximately 2900 undergraduates and an additional 1,500 graduate
students began classes on the Buies Creek campus, RTP campus and the newest Law
School facility in Raleigh.
Returning students got their
first glimpse of the new library facilities on main campus. Library staff and
contract workers spent months moving the University’s resources from the Carrie
Rich Memorial building to Wiggins Hall, former home to the Norman Adrian
Wiggins School of Law. The move allowed for the newly renamed Wiggins
Memorial Library to gain nearly 90 percent additional study, classroom and
Other new additions include
a residence hall constructed on the North Campus. The 75-room, 48,000
square-foot dormitory located just behind Powell Hall near the Leslie Campbell
Hall of Science building, has a student capacity of 147. Crews also made
extensive renovations to several existing residence halls. Significant
landscaping and signage changes are also evident around campus.
This fall, students also
have the ability to study in a newly renovated Natural Science Lab Building.
The structure contains four large labs — two for life science, such as
environmental science, and two for physical sciences, including
physics. The new physical science labs feature all new equipment while
former lab space in the Leslie Campbell Science Hall will be used for upper
level research programs. The Natural Science Lab Building also includes
offices and a light corridor, increasing the flow of natural light, reducing electrical
costs and providing faculty and students with a place to congregate.
Several new academic
programs were also instituted this fall, including undergraduate majors in
marketing, healthcare management and special education. The Divinity School
added a Master of Divinity with Church Music concentration, while the College
of Arts & Sciences added concentrations in healthcare communication and
The university has also
begun construction on a television studio for lab use by the Communication Studies
The College of Pharmacy
& Health Sciences will welcome the first class for the Master of Physician
Assistant Practice program in the fall of 2011. Initially, the PA program will
be housed in the Carrie Rich Memorial Building.
Building upon the tradition
of providing quality health care, the Campbell University Board of Trustees
voted on Aug. 4 to authorize a feasibility study to consider the establishment
of a seventh school: a College of Osteopathic Medicine, beginning with a
charter class in August 2013. The trustees approved funding for the
employment of a dean, consultants, architectural planning, and the necessary
resources to conduct the feasibility study. A decision is expected no later
than May 2011.
Returning students are able
to participate in a wide array of student life and campus ministry
opportunities at Campbell.
Over the summer, the Campus
Minister’s office launched a Community Garden initiative, providing students,
faculty and staff the chance to partner with local volunteers to prepare,
maintain and harvest crops for local residents in need. More than 30 clubs and
organizations are also available for students to participate.
Through the vision of
President Jerry M. Wallace, Campbell University is continually striving to provide
a learning environment that will meet the physical, social, spiritual and
academic needs of our students and prepare them for the future.
Location — Buies Creek
Founding date — 1887
Enrollment in fall 2010 —
Main campus & Law: Approx. 2,900 undergraduate, 1,500 graduate.
Schools — Lundy-Fetterman
School of Business, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, School of Education,
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences,
President — Jerry M. Wallace
Prospective student contact
info — (800) 334-4111, ext. 1290