Orientation Schedule

Schedule of Sessions & Events

Saturday, August 14

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.Check-In and Move-In – Pick up your orientation folder and then move into your campus housing.Tucker Student Center
11 a.m.The Noel Center for Disability Resources is hosting an information session for new students registered with the Noel Center and their families.Frank Nanney Hall
11 a.m.Hunt School of Nursing – Parent Orientation SessionStewart Hall
12 – 2 p.m.LunchCafeteria
Dover Campus Center
2 p.m.Welcome Session and New Student Induction – A big BULLDOG WELCOME awaits you!!Stewart Hall Tucker Student Center
2 p.m.PARENT /GUARDIAN/FAMILY SESSION Student Development Staff – Guiding your way through the “Letting Go” process.Stewart Hall Tucker Student Center
4 – 4:30 p.m.Overview of Services – Students/Parents/Guardians Panel Discussions Find out what services and programs Gardner-Webb University has to offer you as a NEW BULLDOG!Stewart Hall Tucker Student Center
4:45 – 5:30 p.m.Presidential Reception Come and meet Gardner-Webb University’s President and his wife, Dr. William M. Downs and Kim Downs.1st floor Tucker Student Center
 N/ADinner Cafeteria
Dover Campus Center
9 p.m.Worship at the Bell Tower A time to fellowship and worship.Bell Tower – By Tucker Student Center

Session Details

  • Welcome Session and New Student Induction
    • Dr. William M. Downs, President of the University, will offer greetings on behalf of the University
    • Jada Newton, SGA President, will offer greetings on behalf of the students
    • Lesley Villarose, Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students
    • Introduction of the Orientation Leaders – 1st Year Students will split into assigned groups and exit to assigned locations
  • Overview of Services
    • Academic Advising
    • Counseling Center
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Housing and Residence Education
    • Center for Personal and Professional Development
    • Student Success
    • Christian Life and Service
    • University Police
    • Safety Services
    • Noel Center

Sunday, August 15

8 – 9 a.m.BreakfastCafeteria, DCC
10 a.m.Family Worship Come worship with the Gardner-Webb University Family.Lutz Yelton Convocation Center
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.LunchCafeteria, DCC
1:30 p.m.Community of honor (Student handbook, code of conduct, honor code) Emergency proceduresTucker Student Center
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.DinnerCafeteria, DCC
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.New Student Celebration – Music, Entertainment, Food, Games – STUDENTS ONLYTucker Student Center

Monday, August 16

7 – 8:30 a.m.BreakfastCafeteria, DCC
9 – 11:00 a.m.Gardner-Webb Student LifeStewart Hall Tucker Student Center
11 a.m.ALL First Year HONORS Students  – MeetingGWU Baseball Stadium
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.LUNCHCafeteria, DCC
1 – 3 p.m.University 111 Group MeetingAssigned Classrooms
3 – 5 p.m.NSO Educational SessionStewart Hall Tucker Student Center
5 – 7 p.m.DINNERCafeteria, DCC
7 p.m.Think Fast Game ShowTucker Student Center

Tuesday, August 17

7 – 8:30 a.m.BREAKFASTCafeteria, DCC
9 – 11 a.m.New International Student OrientationTucker Student Center
3rd Flor
10 – 12:15 p.m.Hunt School of Nursing Student Orientation All Nursing Majors must attend.Blanton Auditorium Hamrick Hall
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.CONNECT FAIR – Campus clubs and local churches will provide information and give away goodies.Tucker Student Center
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.LUNCHCafeteria, DCC
3 – 5 p.m.NSO Educational SessionStewart Hall Tucker Student Center
5 – 7 p.m.DINNERCafeteria, DCC
7 p.m.INTRODUCTION TO CAMPUS MINISTRIES Learn all about what Campus Ministries has available for you.  Social will follow.Stewart Hall Tucker Student Center
9:30 p.m.Pancake BingoCafeteria, DCC