Students lifeblood at Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb University
September 08, 2010

Students lifeblood at Gardner-Webb

Students lifeblood at Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb University
September 08, 2010

(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


Founding date — 1905

Enrollment in fall 2010 —

Separate grad and undergrad enrollment; Total = 4,338 (largest ever)

President — Frank Bonner


Motto — For God and Humanity


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