September 2019

Greetings GWU Parents and Families!

Every fall semester kicks off with New Student Orientation. It is the first five days before classes begin. The University brings in new students early to become more familiar with Gardner-Webb University. Student Development partners with a communication class each spring to decide on the upcoming fall’s New Student Orientation’s theme. This year the theme was ‘Write Your Own Story’ originated by Maggie Mae Everett.

I want to share a few things I hope for your student’s “story” during their time at Gardner-Webb University.

  1. Each student would experience a deep sense of community and learn to flourish in relationships. That the size of Gardner-Webb University’s campus, the student to faculty ratio, the availability of our staff, and proximity to other students in their residence hall, sports team, CMU, or club would lead to transformative relationships in their life.

  2. Each student would be challenged academically. They would learn to think critically. Therefore, finding the appropriate tension in strong academic exchanges.

  3. Each student would take advantage of new experiences or adventures. There are so many options: on campus activities, mission trips, fall break trips, or studying abroad. That the experience of new adventures would outweigh the discomfort to try it.

  4. Each student would grow spiritually. They would see the value in connecting with others that encourage their faith, choose to plug into a local church body, and spend the four years personalizing their beliefs.

  5. Each student would experience a hardship and understand the value in asking for help. Gardner-Webb provides a safe place to walk through a difficult seasons of life. Gardner-Webb is student-centered.

I am excited to continue to watch the stories of our students unfold at Gardner-Webb University.

Thank you,

Dr. Sarah A. Currie
Vice President of Student Development & Dean of Students