From the Students: Christian University at Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb's Christian foundation is important to students
in unique ways. Hear from current students about what it means to them.
Jonathon Rhyne, Freshman Marketing/Journalism
“I know that on my bad days, I am loved by a bunch of people who I don’t even know… Here, people do care about you, and they don’t even have to know your name.” (More)
Hannah Ray, Sophomore English
“Everything falls under that umbrella of 'Why are we doing this?' and a Christian University has the responsibility to do it because they’re trying to glorify God in all that they’re doing.” (More)
Jeremiah Hamby, Senior Psychology
“It’s more than going to Church on Sunday; it’s living in a community of Christian believers in everyday life and being intentional, being vulnerable with them, and the atmosphere at Gardner-Webb has really shown me that…” (More)
Caitlyn Brotherton, Senior ASL
“That’s what college is all about: figuring out what you want to do and who you want to be, and when everyone around you is pointing you towards Christ, it’s a lot easier to be focused on him.” (More)
Kristen Batchler Appreciated Guidance from Professors
Physical and Health Education
Kristen Batchler (’13)
“Being able to work hands-on with the Gardner-Webb professors helped me a lot. The faculty was always available and when I needed something they were on their toes about helping me with anything. I enjoyed coming to class and being able to see all of my professors in that department. Gardner-Webb is an amazing school where the faculty cares about their students.”
Halfway through her college career, Kristen Batchler (’13) of Grover, N.C., transferred to Gardner-Webb University to reach her goal of coaching and teaching physical and health education.
She decided to become a coach and teacher after taking a physical education class in high school. For the class, students wrote lesson plans that included fun activities for children. Each week, the class would go to elementary schools in the area and teach the games.
“I absolutely loved having the kids and being able to play games with them,” Batchler recalled. “And the teacher made an impact on me.”
At Gardner-Webb, she developed those skills through her coursework and the mentoring of the faculty in the Department of Health, Sport, and Physical Education. She’s teaching physical education and health to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Granard Middle School in Gaffney, S.C., where she is also head volleyball coach and assists the athletic director.
“Being able to work hands-on with the Gardner-Webb professors helped me a lot,” Batchler assessed. “The faculty was always available, and when I needed something they were on their toes about helping me with anything. I enjoyed coming to class and being able to see all of my professors in that department. Gardner-Webb is an amazing school where the faculty cares about their students.”
Faculty members who went above and beyond her expectations included Dr. Shonna Snyder, associate professor of health and wellness; Sara McNeely, instructor of health and physical education; Dr. Ken Baker, chair of the Department of Health, Sport, and Physical Education; and Dr. Jeff Hartman, associate professor in the School of Preventive and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.
“The faculty helped me by organizing my classes, giving me advice on what I need to do better with my lesson plans and how I teach, helping me study for test, being there for me personally and all of us in the physical education program,” Batchler reflected. “Gardner-Webb was great because most professors would help you and greet you—and being friendly is one thing I like. The campus is so pretty and comforting and most students speak to you, whether you know each other or not.”