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 Nursing Student Will Continue Studies While Deployed With National Guard

Nursing

Hollis Guenther (’19)

Hollis Guenther, ’19 (pictured left), Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner

“I found everyone (at GWU) to be very helpful and willing to work with me as I face several obstacles in doing an online program while deployed overseas. They are really concerned with helping me make the most of my experience.”

Gardner-Webb University graduate nursing student Hollis Guenther (’19) remembers listening to war stories told by his father and his neighbors in the small Michigan farming community where he grew up. Whenever he prepares for deployment, he thinks about their service in World War II and the Korean War and is filled with appreciation for these men. Joining the Army Reserves helped him pay for college, but it also allowed him to honor their sacrifices.

He left the reserves when he graduated from college, but decided to rejoin the North Carolina Air National Guard as a flight nurse performing aeromedical evacuation. “I had always wanted to do something bigger than myself,” reflected Guenther, a resident of Catawba, N.C. “I talked with some guys at work about how much they enjoyed being flight nurses, and then after Hurricane Katrina, I felt like I just had to do it.”

He enrolled in the GWU Hunt School of Nursing for similar reasons. He is pursuing his Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) concentration to be able to do more to help people. “I’d love to be able to do mission trips in Third World countries,” he offered.

Because most of the courses in the MSN-FNP program are offered online, Guenther can continue to work in his civilian job at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salisbury, N.C., and serve his country. When he was deployed to Qatar, he joined a flight crew responsible for evacuating injured soldiers from Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. He was able to log into his GWU courses and complete assignments from the Persian Gulf. “I found everyone to be very helpful and willing to work with me as I face several obstacles in doing an online program while deployed overseas,” Guenther stated. “They are really concerned with helping me make the most of my experience.”