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)
GWU Professors Inspire History Major to Achieve Goals
Chris Beguhl (’17) history major, social sciences minor
“My social science professors have challenged me to become a better learner, writer, and reader in their vigorous classes. They pushed me in the right way and direction to help me better achieve my potential.”
Studying history didn’t interest Chris Beguhl (’17) of Rolesville, N.C., until a high school teacher showed him its purpose is to understand humanity. Recognizing Beguhl’s enthusiasm, professors at Gardner-Webb University have inspired him to explore historical connections and develop research skills.
“My social science professors have challenged me to become a better learner, writer, and reader in their vigorous classes,” Beguhl observed. “They pushed me in the right way and direction to help me better achieve my potential.”
Because of the research he’s done at GWU, Beguhl was awarded a prestigious History Scholar Award by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City. This competitive award is given to 16 rising seniors from across the United States. Some of the colleges represented by the recipients include Harvard, Yale, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Columbia. The students spend five days in New York attending presentations, meeting eminent scholars, and touring historic archives and sites.
A history major and social sciences minor, Beguhl’s long-term goal is to earn a doctorate in gender history. His professors are preparing him for the rigors of graduate school. “Professor Donna Schronce's early guidance helped me decide on important career decisions,” he assessed, “Dr. Elizabeth Amato's Introduction to Political Science class reminded me there was still much to learn about the world around me, as well as challenged me to analyze intelligent arguments and writings in more critical ways. Dr. David Yelton's Introduction to Historical Studies was important for studying the field of history, and the preparation I received in class allowed me to rise so quickly, research well, and write effectively. Dr. Joseph Moore has taken time and effort out of his job to teach me about the important preparation required to enter and succeed in graduate school and the field of history.”