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)
Psychology Influences how GWU Alum Approaches Life and Pro Basketball
Auryn Macmillan (’10)
“Studying psychology has been a huge influence on how I approach everything in life, basketball and otherwise. In particular, I think having an understanding of learning theories and being able to recognize my own, as well as others’, best mode of learning has really helped me to be a great leader and team member.”
In the position of power forward, Auryn Macmillan (’10) looks for opportunities to energize his team with a rebound or a jump shot. As he blocks shots and protects the ball, the professional basketball player relates his actions and the responses of others to concepts he learned at Gardner-Webb University.
“Studying psychology has been a huge influence on how I approach everything in life, basketball and otherwise,” Macmillan observed. “In particular I think having an understanding of learning theories and being able to recognize my own, as well as others’, best mode of learning has really helped me to be a great leader and team member.”
Since graduating with his bachelor’s degree from Gardner-Webb, Macmillan has played on professional teams in Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom. He also completed his Master of Science in Psychological Research Methods at Plymouth University in England.
A native of Melbourne, Australia, Macmillan was a member of the GWU men’s basketball squad that recorded the historic win over No. 20 Kentucky in 2007. “I think our biggest achievement was the run we had my sophomore year (2006-2007),” Macmillan reflected. “We beat some big-name schools and played some others really close. It was a really exciting year for us and the fans. Some of my fondest memories are from my time at GWU.”
Among his favorite times were discussions in Dr. Perry Hildreth’s philosophy classes that explored the topic of epistemology, the study of knowledge and justified belief. “It was a real eye-opening topic for me,” Macmillan explained. “I am a particular fan of Rene Descartes and Immanuel Kant, and have found myself continuously revisiting their work. Being introduced to the topic and related literature in an environment where we could actively discuss differing ideas and opinions, was invaluable and helped broaden my world view.”