Student Clubs and Organizations

Gardner-Webb is proud to support over 50 student led organizations providing students opportunities to serve and lead with others that share their passions and interests. From Disc Golf to Campus Civitans, our students have tons of opportunities to connect with others who enjoy doing the same things they do. Joining a club is a great way to build relationships and participate in activities that enhance the college experience. Let us help you connect with a student organization today! Email questions to

Service and leadership go hand-in-hand. Strong student leaders are vital for effectiveness as an institution. Whether its leading in a service project, a campus organization, or student government, we offer excellent opportunities for students to practice and hone their leadership skills as they prepare for their future. We use these opportunities to help them align their lives with their strengths, passions and purpose. We believe there’s no better place to make this happen than Gardner-Webb University.

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Student Government Association

SGA promotes a culture of progress by leading the student body with professionalism and integrity to initiate and implement innovative strategies for the betterment of Gardner-Webb University. The SGA Senate is comprised of a board of executive officers as well as class officers representing the interests of the GWU student body through projects and events involving social, cultural, and academic life. SGA promotes the general welfare of the study body, encourages involvement in extracurricular activities, and fosters collaboration among faculty, staff, and students. For more information on how you can become a part of SGA, email

Executive Officers

Photo of Shelby Putnam  Photo of Gabriel Hoyle Photo of Bridgette Turner  Photo of Lauryn Truitt   Photo of Jillian Sward

Pictured, left to right: Shelby Putnam, Student Body President; Gabriel Hoyle, Executive Vice President; Bridgette Turner, Executive Secretary; Lauryn Truitt, Executive Treasurer; Jillian Sward, Executive Parliamentarian


Art Club

The Art Club promotes interest in the visual arts through field trips to museums, art workshops and community service projects. The club also hosts the Christmas Sale the week before Thanksgiving every year in the Tucker Student Center to help the art students learn marketing skills and raise funds for art trips. Students regularly travel to New York City, Atlanta, and area museums. A bi-annual trip to Italy is also hosted through the Art Department.

Athletic Training Student Club

The Athletic Training Student Club supports students who are interested in or majoring in Athletic Training. While the club is academic in nature, much of the focus is on service to the community. As a member, students participate in community service, fundraisers, conferences, social events, and so much more.

Baptist Nursing Fellowship

Baptist Nursing Fellowship is a chapter of a larger, national organization that provides Christian professional fellowship; promotes continuing education and growth for members and nurse missionaries; and encourages nursing service evolving from a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. BNF at Gardner-Webb seeks to prepare future nurses to live and serve for Christ in their profession and the every-day lives.

Criminal Justice Society

The Criminal Justice Society provides its members opportunities to connect with local, state, and federal law enforcement agents and other related professionals through activities that allow them to build professional relationships and explore academic and career opportunities relative to criminal justice and law enforcement.

Exercise Science Club

The Exercise Science Club exists to build community within the Exercise Science major by providing opportunities to practice classroom theory and concepts by helping others understand and excel in all dimensions of wellness. The Club strives to build a health-conscious community that reaches beyond the Gardner-Webb University campus, providing our students with opportunities to gain experience and establish contacts with professionals who will help members better prepare for careers in the Pre-professional and Health Fitness fields.

Honors Student Association

HSA serves as the co-curricular arm of the University Honors Program. HSA activities focus on academic and social enrichment as well as expanding cultural awareness and providing travel opportunities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.


HOSA provides all students from different majors an interdisciplinary approach to learning about the healthcare field. Our local chapter exists to serve the needs of its members and educate them on ethical practices in healthcare, environmental concerns, and service to the community. At the regional and national level, there are also opportunities to recognize individual achievements in competitions.

Information Technology (IT) Club

The mission of the IT club is to expand computer knowledge outside the classroom and be a portal for students to interact with IT professionals. The primary functions of the club include educational and social services for students interested in information technologies. Students from all majors are welcome.

Institute of Managerial Accountants

The IMA Student Club is the university counterpart to the professional IMA organization. The Club gives students the opportunity to network with accounting and finance professionals, attend professional continuing education seminars, and fellowship with other accounting and finance students.

Math Club 

The Math Club is open to all majors and participates in service projects such as Octoberfest, winter clothing drive, and the Care for Aids Project. Math Club enjoys a variety of trips, social events, conferences, and spirited sporting events in support of the GWU Bulldogs.


National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels, provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators, hosts professional development events, and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century.


Pre-Medical & Dental Society

This club was created to guide students on their journey to Medical, Dental and/or Physician Assistant school through community, education and activities that offer co-curricular opportunities to prepare for these fields.  The goal of this organization is to insure that these students graduate with confidence and competence in pursing their next steps toward becoming healthcare professionals. 

Student NC Association of Educators

SNCAE is a pre-professional organization for undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career in education. This is a division of the larger North Carolina Association of Educators, which is a leading professional organization for educators in NC.

Student Nurses Association

SNA encompasses a group of compassionate, community serving, and dedicated nursing students here at Gardner-Webb University. SNA is a service-based organization within the School of Nursing. We strive to enhance our leadership capabilities while participating in community based activities such as Octoberfest, blood drives, blood pressure screenings, backpacks for kids, and much more. Each year we have the opportunity of attending local and national conventions to expand our realm of resources and future career options. As a part of SNA, you are also registered as a member of NCANS, North Carolina Association of Nursing Students and NSNA, the National Student Nurses Association; this is much more than your typical college club. SNA membership is on the rise.


Dawg Pound

The Dawg Pound is for students who want to show school spirit. There is a designated spirit section at GWU athletic events for the Dawg Pound.

Disc Golf Club


College Democrats

The purpose of this organization is to educate the GWU population about the Democratic Party Platform and issues affecting our local, state, national, and international community. This organization is active on campus and in the local community to promote the beliefs, ideals, and candidates of the Democratic Party and encourage civic responsibility.

College Republicans

The purpose of the Gardner-Webb chapter of the College Republicans is to promote Republican ideals on campus and encourage Gardner-Webb students to be informed and active voters. The College Republicans host events on campus such as debate watches, call nights for political organizations, and take trips to see political candidates. 

Government Services United

Government Services United strives to build community among students with any connection or interest in the military, department of defense and its respective services.  This organization serves our campus and local community by offering education and celebration opportunities centered around military service. 

Young Americans for Liberty (YAL)

Young Americans for Liberty is an organization that promotes individual liberty and small government. We set out to mobilize and energize student activists to hold government responsible on the local level all the way to the federal level. Our goal is to cast the leaders of tomorrow and reclaim the policies, candidates, and direction of our government.


Alpha Chi

Alpha Psi Omega

Alpha Psi Omega is the honor fraternity for Theatre. Anyone involved with the Theatre Department may participate. Alpha Psi Omega organizes events such as the 24-hour play festival, and it participates in campus activities such as Relay For Life and Octoberfest. Alpha Psi Omega is dedicated to promoting the Theatre Department as well as to honoring students who succeed in departmental activities and in the classroom.

Alpha Sigma Lambda

Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of nontraditional students continuing their higher education. The Greek letters Alpha, Sigma, and Lambda form the framework of the society’s motto, which is “First in Scholarship and Leadership”.

Beta Beta Beta

Beta Beta Beta is a Biology honor society dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of the biological sciences. In order to increase understanding and appreciation, we offer student tutoring sessions during the spring and fall semester. We also participate in Octoberfest, and we are currently involved in spreading biological knowledge to the North Shelby School through “Show and Tell” and Science Day in the spring.

Delta Mu Delta

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society for Business students that meet certain academic requirements. Undergraduates must be a junior or senior with a GPA of 3.8 or higher and be in the top 10% of their class. Graduate students must have 15 hours completed with a GPA of 3.9 or higher and be in the top 10% of their class.

Gamma Sigma Epsilon

Phi Upsilon

The purpose of Phi Upsilon (the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing) is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people. Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing.

Pi Delta Phi

This national French honor society promotes the study of the French language and the Francophone world. Students who have completed at least one 300-level French with at least a B and have a B average (3.0) in all French classes and overall GPA are eligible for lifetime membership.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology. To become a member, one must be enrolled as a Major or Minor in the Psychology program, have completed at least 9.0 credit hours of Psychology courses, have an overall GPA of at least 3.0, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the Psychology Department. Members participate in several service projects in the local community and have the opportunity to present their academic findings at SEPA every spring semester.

Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi is for Spanish majors who have excelled in the classroom in Spanish and who have demonstrated a love of Hispanic culture and literature and the Spanish language.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is an English honor society for students at four-year colleges and universities. The society is dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English. Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is by invitation, extended through a local chapter on behalf of the international organization. Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class, and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college coursework.

Sigma Zeta

Sigma Zeta is a national undergraduate honor society to encourage and foster the attainment of knowledge in the natural and computer sciences and mathematics. Sigma Zeta also recognizes the attainment of high scholarship among society members.



The Gardner-Webb University AcaFelons are an a cappella style, vocal ensemble. The group performs repertoire in various genres of popular music—showcasing their talent by performing at a multitude of on-campus service-oriented or fundraising events, participating in regional and national a cappella competitions, as well as performing with other university a cappella groups in self-organized concerts. The group is dedicated to self-excellence through musical performance and strives to use their talent to serve the Cleveland County community. The AcaFelons value the principles of sacrifice and community service, and require its members to participate in the club’s organized service activities. Auditions for membership in the AcaFelons are open to the student body and are held at the beginning of each semester.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir is a mixed auditioned touring choir open to all students that sing regularly scheduled concerts as well as events on and off campus.

E. Jerome Scott Gospel Choir

The E. Jerome Scott Gospel Choir serves to promote and inspire all people of every race, denomination and age by sharing the word of God through praise and worship. The choir sings on campus, in the local community and beyond.

Heart of Fire Dance Ministry

Heart of Fire Dance Ministry is a club that introduces different styles of dances, as well as dancing for a purpose. Every dance that we perform is either for someone we know or for the students as a whole. We perform several different styles of dance which are: jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. We also do ballet but have not performed that style yet. Every dance that we create has a story behind it, and we try to tell the story through our dancing.

Joyful Hands Ministry Team

Joyful Hands Ministry Team performs contemporary songs in sign language to audiences on Gardner-Webb’s campus, as well as at local churches and for community events.


The University Orchestra (MUSC 186) also functions as Cleveland County's main orchestra. It is comprised of a full complement of strings, full winds and brass and percussion. Numbering approximately 60-80 musicians depending upon repertoire, the orchestra performs several concerts per year and performs at a very high musical level. The orchestra is comprised primarily of GWU students and faculty, but it also functions as a community orchestra for the entire region. Orchestra enrollment is by audition only, though strings may join without audition. The University Orchestra is a full member of the League of American Orchestras and the Association of Symphony Orchestras of North Carolina.

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band (MUSC 185) provides opportunities to perform the best in concert band literature. Public concerts are presented in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Students gain invaluable experience performing alongside faculty members and professional musicians from the area. Occasional opportunities such as performances with collegiate honor bands and joint concert off-campus are available.


American Sign Language Club

Black Student Association (BSA)

The Black Student Association provides opportunities for conversation, education and celebration regarding minority issues, race and culture. This organization is open to all undergraduate students interested in furthering these efforts.


ServeU is a volunteer service organization made up of students with a heart for serving Gardner-Webb University and the surrounding communities by meeting needs and improving the experiences of the less fortunate.

International Club

The International Club welcomes international and U.S. students who would like to get to know students from other countries and cultures. Our mission is to create a community of students who support and embrace one another, encourage cultural and global awareness, and nurture appreciation for the rich diversity of cultures on GWU’s campus. Through activities that include service to the campus and local community, social events (movie nights, trips, and, open mic nights), and the showing of spirit and support for sporting events on campus, the International Club hopes to support and enhance the international community at Gardner-Webb University.

Mosaic French Club

Mosaic is designed to promote the study of the French language and Francophone cultures. We also promote volunteerism and service learning in the Francophone world.

Psychology Club

The Psychology Club is open to any student, regardless of major, who has an interest in diverse areas of the psychology discipline. This club seeks to provide opportunities for educational, volunteerism, and other fun experiences among students, between students/faculty, and students/community.

Release the Captives

Release the Captives is based on Isaiah 61:1, which charges the world to proclaim liberty to the captives and to open prisons for those who are bound. Release the Captives raises funds and awareness for local and international non-profits fighting human trafficking directly. This organization educates our campus and local community on issues surrounding human trafficking equipping and empower people to live in intentional opposition to this international crisis.

Student Alumni Association

SAA helps to enhance the GWU student experience as well as development of partnerships with the GWU Alumni Association through its many educational, entertainment, and/or community service activities.

Table Tennis Club

The mission of the Gardner-Webb table tennis club is to provide a friendly and pleasant environment to students, faculty and staff to develop their table tennis skills and enjoy building community around this international sport.

German Club

Gardner-Webb’s German Club is a community of students who express interest in learning more about German culture through history, linguistics, international relations, etc.   The mission of the German Club is to promote awareness for German culture by offering educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities to students. Various activities include German restaurant excursions, German film showings, tours of local German businesses, community service projects, study abroad opportunities, and more! All students are welcome to participate regardless of major or prior knowledge in German.  


Campus Ministries United

CMU provides students with opportunities for worship (Verge), service (Outreach, Athletic, Prison Fellowship, FOCUS, Pastoral Care), local and international missions, discipleship (Retreats, Men’s and Women’s small group bible studies), and fellowship. CMU’s vision is to promote a passionate and enduring devotion to Christ among the students of GWU.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

FCA’s mission is to bring athletes and other students together to serve and worship. They meet every Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

Religious Studies Association

RSA is a religious organization that is open to all students from all majors. Our aim is to create community among students who are interested in academic and/or professional aspects of the field of Religious Studies and Philosophy. We have three to four meetings each semester, which consist of meet-and-greets with professors and students, service projects, visiting other religious traditions, and more.