Summer Scholars Program

The Gardner-Webb University Undergraduate Research Scholars program funded a total of 10 students during the summer 2017 term to participate in the Summer Scholars program. This represents the greatest number of scholars in the program’s history.

 As part of their research project, scholars will spend five weeks on campus working on his/her topic for 40 hours a week. At the same time, students will be mentored by a dedicated faculty member providing information and guidance to ensure a successful research experience for the scholar.

The program is directed by Dr. June Hobbs, who oversees GWU Undergraduate Research and serves as a professor of English for the Department of English Language and Literature.

Caroline Burnette is one among the 10 that participated this year. Her plan, to examine the correlation between gender roles and the treatment of mental illness in women in the Victorian Era through critical analysis of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper."

Her mentor will be Dr. June Hobbs. Caroline is a senior majoring in English literature with a pre-law concentration.

Caroline answered a few questions about her experience.

How did you pick your faculty advisor? 

I transferred to Gardner-Webb as a Junior, and one of the first classes I took at GWU was with Dr. June Hobbs. She became my favorite professor instantaneously, and when I heard about the Summer Scholar program, I couldn’t think of anyone with whom I would be more delighted to work with. At the time, I had no idea how involved she was with this program; I ran to my favorite teacher and asked her to work with me. As my study progressed through the summer, however, I found it was incredibly beneficial to work not only with a brilliant scholar, but also with the woman who designed this research program. The amount of insight she had to offer on both these levels was incredible. 

How did you pick your research topic? 

Because of my interest in gender studies and women’s issues, this topic had been in the back of my mind for a while, just waiting for an excuse to be fleshed out and researched. I knew I wanted to examine hysteria and The Yellow Wallpaper, but as the project progressed, I was amazed to see how it quickly became so much more than the simple idea with which I started. 

Why was this topic important to you? 

As a feminist and an academic, I feel that this topic has not only personal but universal significance. To examine the history of hysteria is to examine a societal history of degrading and demeaning women, a malingering practice that still exists in various forms. Though the threat of institutionalization is less common, women who display strong emotion or challenge socially acceptable gender roles still run the risk of being labelled “crazy” or “hysterical,” and subsequently dismissed—particularly in academia. It is for these reasons that I feel this topic is deserving of extensive research and increased awareness in society. 

What do you feel like you learned the most from your research? 

Having learned so much through the course of this program, it’s difficult to pin down a single most beneficial experience, but I would have to say that aside from learning so much about a fascinating topic that interests me, as well as more information about future research practices, I also learned a lot about myself. In fact, prior to the start of this project, my future plans were geared toward becoming a defense attorney. 

I was interested in this career path because I’m passionate about social justice, but also because of my love for reading, research, and debate. The Summer Scholar program helped me to realize that I would actually find the most fulfillment from a career in academia and research. 

What did you enjoy the most about your research? 

The uninterrupted time to research! During the semester, so many things pop up that I would love to research further or spend more time learning about, and I can never do it, because of the constant deadlines in my classes. Getting to spend time away from all the distractions of college life and focus on study was amazing, and showed me that this is what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. I also loved having an opportunity to work so closely with someone as incredible as Dr. Hobbs. Anyone who is serious about research and academics should have this opportunity; It will change your life.

Why I am Thankful for GWU

It’s inevitable, no matter how old you are this time of year makes you stop in your tracks and think about the things around you; things that you may see or experience on a daily basis suddenly become things that you notice and are very appreciative of. Throughout my Gardner-Webb experience, I have made connections and relationships that have turned into things far greater than I could have ever imagined. Through being in the right place at the right time, and being involved with many student activities during my undergraduate career, I landed a position in the Undergraduate Admissions Office as an Admissions Counselor. My personal Gardner-Webb story is a pretty common one around here - I got stuck in the Webb. Through still coming to campus every day, I find myself getting caught in the routine. It’s time to take a step back and realize some of the many things that I am very thankful for when it comes to GWU:



1.     The Tucker Student Center


Y ’all, this building is something special. To me, this is the central gathering place of our students, faculty, and staff. Whether it is stopping for a cup of coffee with friends, grabbing a box for Operation Christmas Child, watching the Super Bowl, or writing that 10 page paper for Marketing Research that is due tomorrow, this is the place that everyone comes to. Even when it is super busy, there is such a peacefulness about this building that words cannot express.


2.     My Roommate


We all have that person. That person that you can shut the door with when you need to vent, who will show up with a Starbucks in hand because they know you have had a crazy day, who will rearrange 100 billion times because you won’t be able to focus until it’s done, or who will answer your phone call at any time just because. I am grateful that I have had many people in my life that have served in this role. Whether a roommate or officemate, having this person is essential for any place.


3.     Thanksgiving in the Caf


Yes, even as a staff member, this is the day that I look forward to. You walk into the cafeteria to find white table cloths, a warm thanksgiving dinner, and pie. The sense of community that one single meal can create is something I am so thankful that I get to share with students and fellow coworkers. I heard on the radio this morning that the holiday season makes you stop and enjoy the people around you - this is so true when it comes to sharing this meal during the work day.


4.     The Forever Family


I was always told about the concept of having this forever family but never actually understood it until I began working full-time. The size of Gardner-Webb is unique, and upon graduation, you become part of an extended family that will always be there for you. Every time I meet a fellow Gardner-Webb graduate, I find myself being able to talk with that person for hours about GWU. With amazing alumni serving as the Vice President of Marketing for the Charlotte Knights, a Lead Pastor at NewSpring Church, an Olympic Silver Medalist, and an award winning novelist, the connections you can make at Gardner-Webb are endless.


I am so thankful for Gardner-Webb University. Take time this holiday season, to think about what you are thankful for.


Caroline Fry. Undergraduate Admissions Counselor. Gardner-Webb Alumna.


Campus Ministries

One of the benefits to attending a Christian school is that there are so many different ministry opportunities. Wherever it is that you feel called to serve, we have various outreach and ministries that give students a chance to reach out to others in the community, get involved and serve others!

Here are some of the different ministries available for you to get involved with on campus. 

Men’s and Women’s Ministry

If you want to find a great small group on campus, this is the way to do it. We have many small group leaders that will be discussing different topics and you will be able to join a group based on what you feel like you need or the ways in which you want to grow. This group can be a place of refuge and rest during a busy week of school and is definitely a great way to make new friends around campus. 

Athletics Ministry

If you are an athlete or have a heart for the athletes on this campus, this is your chance to serve them. This group goes to the teams, gives them goody bags, leads devotions for teams and is committed to serving the athletes in different ways, whether it be washing their feet or baking cookies for them, and of course, going to their sporting events and encouraging them! 

Prison Ministry

About once a month, we take a trip to a local prison to share the gospel with inmates. You will have the chance to do a devotion with them, sing some worship music, and build relationships with these people who often do not get shown very much love and grace. Transportation to the prison is always provided and you will get to go experience this with other students. 

Prayer and Encouragement

This group is one that is typically working behind the scenes to support and love students on this campus. This group meets regularly to pray for all the students on campus. Also, each month there is a “dorm of the month” and during that month we specifically commit to pray for the people living there. This group also facilitates prayer and encouragement boxes around campus and organizes prayer walks around the school. 


Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a group for students who are athletic and want to learn how to grow in the Lord and share the gospel with their teammates. This ministry is an opportunity for fellow athletes to meet and share stories and encourage each other within their sports. 

Outreach Ministry

This group plans ways in which we can minister to others off campus. This group takes students to serve in places such as churches, homes within the community and to serve with Operation Christmas child. 

Gospel Choir

If you love to sing and want to use your talents to share the gospel, this is a great way to do so. This group goes around to different churches and events to sing about the great love of the Lord and encourage others through their music. 


This is a women’s group that is based on discovering your true identity in Christ while building authentic relationships with other girls on campus. This group meets once a week, and there is always a speaker and sweet time of worship and fellowship with friends. 

Young Life

This is an off-campus ministry in which college students have the opportunity to mentor and love on middle and high school kids in the community surrounding the school while walking through life with other college students who have a passion for seeing adolescents come to know Christ. They do this through building authentic relationships with kids. This ministry also has a small group on campus for students who are interested in growing in community and their relationship with the Lord and building strong leaders on our campus. 

Student-Led Worship

We also have The Gathering, which is a student-led worship service that welcomes all students on campus. Through music, a speaker, drama, and fellowship, each person is provided the opportunity to worship with fellow students. This happens once a week and is a great opportunity to be encouraged and find community within the school. 

No matter where you feel called to serve, we have somewhere for you to get invested on this campus. When you invest in ministry, you invest in community, which is a vital part of thriving during your college experience! We hope that you will be encouraged and find your place within all the ministries our campus has to offer.

Raygan Hall: Senior. Psychology Major. Youth Discipleship Minor. 

Opportunities from a Parent's Perspective

One of the lessons God has taught me through the experience of parenting is that there is so much I don’t know and thankfully, He does! 

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9. 

With each of my five children, I feel like I have worked to know them, understand them, and advocate for their best interests. This desire has often lent itself to me thinking I know what is best for them. For example, when it came to college selection, I felt like I knew my twins really well and could predict exactly what the right setting would be for their education. I brought our twins, Hope and Eden, to Gardner-Webb for a college visit because it is a Baptist school, and we are a Baptist pastor’s family. We enthusiastically registered for a tour, and I just knew which of my twins was going to love the school and see it as the perfect choice for her. I looked at everything that day through the lens of her major, preferences, and scholarship opportunities. The other twin seemed to be having a good time and asked appropriate questions, but I thought she was only being polite. I was convinced she had her heart set on a larger school. As we concluded our day and walked around the bookstore, I started informally polling the girls for their opinions. You should have seen my jaw drop when the twins had an opposite response to what I expected. Hope could sense right away that God may be leading her to Gardner-Webb, and she wanted to explore all scholarship options. Her twin thought God may be leading her in a different direction, and we just had to laugh at my surprise. 

Hope did follow the Lord’s leading in choosing Gardner-Webb, and what a great decision it has been for her! We have seen God provide her with opportunities to participate in ministry, live in a thriving student community, receive excellent academic instruction, and be in an environment that supports her desire to one day serve on the mission field. 

Opportunities for ministry 

Hope is a junior at Gardner-Webb. From the beginning of her campus experience, she was encouraged to serve and given options as to where and how she would utilize her gifts. Campus ministries and dorm life provided the setting for her to explore how God would have her to serve. I remember the night she started a Bible study in her dorm and wondered if students would come—they did! She combined her love for hospitality and the Bible by inviting the girls into her room for coffee, cookies, and Bible study. Campus Ministries has given her the opportunity to pray for students, pray with students, and share her faith. Her sophomore year she started a Baptist Nursing Fellowship chapter at the school to encourage students in serving in ministry through nursing. 

Opportunities to live in a thriving student community 

Hope is one of five children, so living with others is a way of life, but we all know as parents what it is like to wonder about that first roommate. I wondered, will her roommate love the Lord? Will she be considerate toward Hope? Will she like living with Hope? Will they be friends? Thankfully, the Lord answered all those questions in a positive way through her roommate Holland. It was the neatest thing to see their friendship develop and see them enjoy living together in the residence hall. Hope now lives in the Suites with a great group of girls that love God, life, and Gardner-Webb! 

Opportunities for excellent academic instruction 

We were excited to learn more about the academic community at Gardner-Webb. Hope was coming from a high school that valued academic instruction at a high level, and we wanted her to be able to continue that pursuit of excellence. As we learned about the Honors program and met the Nursing faculty, we knew it would be a great place for her to learn. For example, what an amazing experience she had in the Honors program when she was able to travel to Orlando, Florida and present an honors project with two other students. The nursing program challenges her each day to think critically and provide the best medical care. 

Opportunity to learn from professors who support her desire to serve on the mission field 

Hope, as one of the seven members of our family, had the tremendous opportunity to live two years in India on the mission field. She was age five to seven for those years, and I tease our kids that it really was just a big field trip as part of our homeschooling years. We learned so much as a family and loved living in India. Now, as an adult, she hopes to serve the Lord on the mission field by becoming a nurse. Can you imagine how encouraging it is for her to have professors who support her in this goal? They understand the call to missions and her desire to prepare for it through nursing. This past summer she was able to travel back to India and experience the medical work in that culture. 

I am so thankful that God orders the steps for my children and that Gardner- Webb is a part of His plan for Hope. As she continues her junior year, I am confident that she will continue to benefit even more from her experience there as a student.


Sherra Still. Gardner-Webb Mom. 

A Day At The Webb

As a high school student, have you ever wondered how college works and what are some of the differences between high school and college life? Well, you don’t have to ask this question anymore because I am going to tell you a little bit about what the day in the life of a college student is like. Also, I will mention some useful information that you might find helpful for your future college days.

Let’s start with the basics: move-in day. Incoming freshmen move-in day is on a Friday, five days before classes start. Returning students move-in day is usually on a Monday, two days before classes start. Unlike other colleges, Gardner-Webb has orientation for these 5 days you are on campus before class starts. Orientation is full of fun activities, you get more free stuff than you will know what to do with and you will be assigned to a group, which will be your University 111 class and might just become some of your closest friends here at the Webb! You will take this class only for your first semester where the professor teaches you the basics you need to know about college, such as where you find specific offices on campus and how to effectively manage your time. Also, you will get to do a service learning project in this class.

College students have very different schedules than high school students. At GWU there are Monday-Wednesday-Friday (MWF) classes and Tuesday-Thursday (TR) classes. MWF classes are 50 minute long classes and TR classes are 1 hour and 15 minutes long. In your first semester your assigned advisor puts your schedule together and then after the first semester you can choose your classes. There are 1, 3 and 4 credit classes depending on their intensity level and the department which the classes are in. Science classes are usually 4 credit classes. Flexibility in your class schedule gives you the opportunity to pick the times which you feel like you will best learn at.

Freshmen also have to attend Dimensions for four academic semesters. You have to attend 10 Dimensions sessions each semester which is on Tuesdays at 9:30 A.M. and sometimes offered on Thursdays or at the evenings. This is a graduation requirement, but luckily you don’t have any homework from this!

At Gardner-Webb we have girls and boys dorms separately. We have Decker, Stroup, Spangler-Myers for the girls and we have Lutz, Mauney, Royster for the boys. There is a dorm for Honor students, HAPY, where both boys and girls live in separate wings. We have University Commons that includes Apartments and Suites. Four people live in each apartment and 5-8 people live in each suite. Most freshman choose to live in dorms, since they are more centrally located to classes on campus and it makes the transition to college not as hard, since you are surrounded by others who are in the same boat as you are. In each building there will be a Resident Advisor, which is just another upperclassmen student that lives near you in case you have any problems or need help with anything!

We have various dining options here at Gardner-Webb. At Tucker Student Center we have World of Wings (WOW), Broad River Coffee, Cantina and Sub-Connect. You can only use flex points for WOW and Broad River, but for Cantina and Sub-Connect you can use meal-exchange which means that you eat there instead of the Caf, which is the main dining place on campus. The “Caf” is in the Dover Campus Center (DCC), which is where the admissions office is. There is also Chick-Fil-A on the bottom floor of the DCC. You can choose from three different meal-plans: 10, 15 or 21 meals per week. You will have more flex-points (which is basically money on your ID that you can use on campus) if you have less meals a week. For example, you will have a lot more flex-money if you have the 10-meal-per- week than if you had the 21-meal-per-week.

We have a club called Dawg Pound, which is like a pep squad for sporting events. For some GWU athletic events there is a spirit section for students. There are going be many sporting events, games, races, and meets happening on campus and for designated events that you attend you can earn points. At the end of the year the student who had the most points (attended most sports events) gets a reward. Last year the student who won got a full tuition scholarship for the next academic year. It definitely worth it to go to the sporting events!

I hope this information was useful for the incoming Freshmen and you guys will love as much Gardner-Webb as we do! 

Lili Gabriella Toth. Hungarian. Senior. Public Relations major. Business minor. Swimmer. Resident Advisor. World Traveller. Adventure Seeker. 

6 Spotify Playlists For Studying

Once you get to college, have a roommate and are living in a dorm, it can sometimes be challenging to find a silent place to study. While this may not be the norm for those of you who are used to studying in your room alone, there is always another option. One thing that I hae found to be very helpful in my college career is to find some really great music that can make your study time even better! Some people like to listen to classical music while they work, and others prefer music that they know all the words to, so no matter what your preference is, there is a study playlist for you.

Here are the links to a few great study playlists!

If you like to listen to music without words, this is the one for you!

If you prefer some tunes that you probably already know all the words to, here you go!

If you like to listen to some inspirational Christian music, this is the best.

This playlist here has various songs from epic movies that are sure to inspire your studying.

If you’re up late studying and need some classic study jams, this playlist is sure to keep you awake and motivated!

And, if you love to listen to some Disney jams, this is the playlist you’ll want to hear. It is instrumental versions of various Disney songs. What could be better study music than that?

Hopefully you’ll be able to find your style of college studying music. Best of luck in all of those hours you will spend listening to these tunes throughout college! 

Raygan Hall: Senior. Psychology Major. Youth Discipleship Minor. 

Places To Visit Near Campus pt.1 – Asheville

Places To Visit Near Campus pt.1 – Asheville

When people ask me where Gardner-Webb is I usually tell them it’s near Charlotte, but really there are many other big cities nearby. Although Boiling Springs isn’t a city that most people know off the top of their heads, it is a place that has tremendous character and many fun things to do just down the road. One of my favorite weekend destinations is Asheville, NC, which just happens to be about an hour away from campus!

CLASS OF 2021: What to do your first semester at GWU

MOVE IN (8/18):

This is the day you’ve been waiting for all summer: move in day! Enjoy a fresh start at a new place with plenty of new friends to be made. Say hi to the people on your hall, and let your mom arrange your room however she wants (you can switch it up when she leaves, but it will make her feel better about you leaving the nest for the first time). Sleep well tonight, there’s lots to come!


MEN’S SOCCER (8/19):

Men’s soccer will be the first home sporting event of the year, and of your college career. Come out to the game and sign up for the Bulldog Battalion. The Battalion is a student section/incentive program for students to come to both men’s and women’s soccer matches. If you attend ten home soccer matches, you get a free t-shirt with the Bulldog Battalion logo on it. So come out and support the Runnin’ Bulldogs for the first time of many!



Campus will no longer be just you Freshies. Don’t worry though, we upperclassmen don’t bite. We are all really excited to meet you all and help you along in your college journey, after all, we were in your shoes not long ago! Get to know the returning students as they come back to campus on the 21st.



Do you like free stuff? Are you wondering where to plug in on campus and in the community once you get on campus? Good, because the connect fair is your one-stop-shop for all things extracurricular at Gardner-Webb. From 11-2 on the 22nd, take a trip to the Tucker Student Center, where nearly every club and department on campus will have an informational booth, as will tons of local businesses and churches. The connect fair is a great way to learn what there is on campus and in the community to get involved in, plus, almost every booth gives away free things ranging from pens and school supplies, to T-Shirts and so much more!



Welcome to syllabus week! The first day or two of class will be a period where you go through the syllabus and get prepared for what’s to come throughout the semester. Don’t be shocked if a professor starts teaching on day one, though. After class, take the time to introduce yourself to professors! They want to get to know their students, and it never hurts to have a good relationship with them come difficult times.



Find some friends and make the ten-minute drive to uptown Shelby for the last Shelby Alive event of the summer. There will be live music from “The Java Band”, food and drinks, and a great memory to make with your new friends under the lights at the City Pavilion! Want to know more? Check out the website.



Come out and watch the women’s soccer team take on the University of Maryland Terrapins in their home opener. The women’s soccer team finished last season with a hot streak, winning five of their last six games and making it to the quarter finals of the Big South Conference tournament. Last year’s game against the Terps ended in a 1-1 double overtime draw, so come root on the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a win this time around.



The 29th is the first Tuesday of the semester, which is a day you will come to know and love as PC Tuesdays. PC is short for Pleasant City Woodfired Grille, which is a restaurant in uptown Shelby that serves amazing brick-oven woodfired pizza. On Tuesday nights, they have a half-off pizza special, so you can get a mouthwatering specialty pizza for $5. Get a group of friends and head over to Shelby for your first of many Tuesday PC trips.



When it comes to rivers around campus, you’ve got a couple options. Both the First Broad River and the French Broad River are within ten miles of campus. These rivers feature great trails for hiking or biking, are great for floating on a tube, and have great areas to just hang out on the bank and catch some sun.



The Runnin’ Bulldogs volleyball team has its home opener Friday, September 1st in Paul Porter Arena. Come out and join in the rowdiest student section in the Big South and help the lady Dawgs get a win over the NC Central Eagles!



GWU football kicks off its 2017 campaign with a home matchup against the NC A&T Aggies. There’s nothing like fall Saturdays in the South, so come out early for student tailgating and enjoy the first of many sporting your GWU pride. Tailgates always have free food and drinks provided by student activities and the Dawg Pound, plus there’s live music and plenty of games. The football team returns multiple all-Americans and all-Big South players on both sides of the ball, the Big South Offensive Player of the Year, and the third-most accurate place kicker in all of FCS. With five home games, the Runnin’ Bulldogs are set up to have an exciting season!



A few times each semester, Student Activities plans a night where students are given a free movie ticket and activity voucher for the Big E entertainment center in Gaffney, SC. These nights are always a great way to get off campus for a night, as basically the entire school migrates across the border into South Carolina for a night of movies, bowling, mini-golf, laser-tag, and more!



The Cleveland County Fair is a local staple. People come from all over the country to experience one of the top county fairs that you’ll find in the United States. Whether it’s local food like world-renowned barbecue or fried Oreos, thrilling rides, or other attractions that bring you to the fairgrounds, be prepared to enjoy a new experience!


FALL FOR GREENVILLE (10/13-10/15):

Fall for Greenville is one of the Southeast’s largest outdoor festivals. This festival takes place in downtown Greenville, which is about fifty minutes away from the GWU campus. Take the short trip and soak in the beautiful scenery of Greenville while you listen to free live music and eat incredible food, all while making lasting memories with your friends!



Gardner-Webb is right in the middle of hiking heaven. Even better, we also have some of the best fall foliage in the entire Southeast. There are more than a handful of options when it comes to hiking near the Webb. First, you have local spots such as Crowders Mountain or South Mountain. Then, in Asheville, you’ve got great options in the Dupont State Forest and Craggy Pinnacle Trail. Lastly, just outside of Greenville, you can find incredible views such as Pretty Place or Table Rock. What’s best about this is these are only a few of the options nearby, there are dozens more places to go if an afternoon of hiking is what you enjoy!

How to make Gardner-Webb your home away from home

Being away from home for the first time can be a little scary, so here’s some tips on making Gardner-Webb feel a little like home!


1.     Pick a good mattress pad!
If you’re like me and value your sleep more than anything, then pick a mattress pad that’s going to feel the most comfortable. Dorm beds aren’t the best so when you have good bedding, your mattress will feel just as good as your bed from home, if not better!

2.     Decorate!
Your room is where you will be living for a year, so you don’t want it to be a place you hate spending your time. Decorate your room to best fit your personality. Put up lights, posters, tapestries, pictures, anything! Make it a sanctuary place for you to be able to relax and enjoy with your roommate and other friends.

3.     Get involved on campus!
I know that is a cliché line that everyone tells you when you get to college, but it’s the truth. Try joining an intramural team, apply for a work-study, or join one of the many ministry groups on campus! There are so many opportunities here at Gardner-Webb, and it’s a way to keep yourself busy and invested throughout the year.

4.     Meet new people!
No one can go through life alone so why not have a couple good friends to help you get through it. Freshman year is one of the hardest to get through due to the major change in scenery. So go to those awkward dorm gatherings! Embrace the madness of Freshman orientation week and introduce yourself to new people. College is a place where people from many different places and backgrounds come together, so go out and meet new people and you’ll be surprised with who you meet and who may just become your lifelong friend.

5.     Get to know the local area!
The metropolis of Boiling Springs is only so big, so get to know what’s around the area. Shelby and Gaffney are both only a short drive away and both have plenty of places to go, especially when you’re looking for a good place to eat! Charlotte and Greenville are some of the major cities a little further out and offer even more opportunities to go out and have a good time. So go explore with friends, but always remember to be safe!


Freshman year is definitely terrifying and you will get homesick from time to time, but hopefully with these tips, home won’t feel so far away!  

Jasmine Patin. Sophomore. Public Relations major. Spanish minor. Women's Volleyball.