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 Alumna Enjoys Creating Graphic Designs for her Clients

Communication Studies

Brooke Smith Rozmus ‘15

Brooke Smith Rozmus ‘15 communication and new media major, graphic design concentration

“I felt as if the (graphic design) classes were more of an experience rather than a daily routine. We would learn new things, create a project based on the topic and then present it to the class.”

Switching her major was the best thing Brooke Smith Rozmus of Charlotte, N.C., did in her educational journey at Gardner-Webb University. “Being a graphic designer can hardly be considered a job, as it is always fun,” Rozmus shared. “There is never a dull moment, and I am constantly offered new learning opportunities in a fast-paced, exciting and vibrant environment. One of my all-time favorite quotes is: ‘I am going to make everything around me beautiful—that will be my life,’ by Elsie de Wolfe. I am overjoyed that I have the opportunity to make the world a prettier place through my career.”

After graduating in 2015, Rozmus was hired as a digital graphic designer for Raycom Media, a television broadcasting company in Charlotte that provides service for 65 television and two radio stations across 20 states. “I create all things digital — from concept to completion,” Rozmus elaborated. “I start by working with clients to develop a genuine understanding of their brand, products, needs and objectives. After I learn these important assets, I begin creating cross-platform digital campaigns including digital ads, social media contests, web and landing pages and local promotions.”

Her GWU classes developed her design skills and gave her confidence in her abilities. “I felt as if the classes were more of an experience rather than a daily routine,” Rozmus reflected. “We would learn new things, create a project based on the topic and then present it to the class. This helped me become more comfortable talking in front of an audience, and it also gave my work a purpose. Today, I go back to those classes in my mind and find myself designing things not only because they look pretty but also for more in-depth reasons, which I discovered how to do by explaining my work in class.”

Rozmus also appreciated the University’s liberal arts core curriculum, which introduced her to a variety of other subjects. “This helped me become a well-rounded individual, gaining knowledge in areas I would not have otherwise pursued,” she observed. “It also helped me to be more open- minded, rather than focusing on one subject.”