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Faculty Spotlight introduces you to a
faculty member at Gardner-Webb each issue.
Elaine Groskopf: Nursing
by Brandy Faught
Nursing Professor, Elaine Groskopf re
cently received a large mail order package
at the post office. It contained 54 chickens.
“I warned them that the livestock was
coming,” said Groskopf smiling at the
thought. “They called me at 5:30 am the
morning the chickens arrived.”
The rural, small town farming atmosphere
attracted Groskopf to Boiling Springs and
Gardner-Webb. The location reminds her of
her home in Long Island and is close
enough to New York to facilitate trips
“I grew up farming before Long Island
grew up as a city,” she said. “We grew
potatoes, broccoli and com.”
“Until 1984 you could live with the
development,” she admitted. “But over
the last ten years, most of the farmers
have sold out.”
Groskopf obviously has a love for the
tradition of farming she grew up with.
Eveiy night she travels home and performs
at least four hours of physical work on her
“It's hard to balance both the farm and
school,” she said. “I couldn't do it alone.
A lady takes care of the farm during the
Although Groskopf does not have a full
working farm yet, she definitely will some
day. At the present time, she has four
horses, seven dogs, three cats, four geese,
five ducks and, of course, all her chickens.
“I want rabbits and goats,” she said. “I
might also get some peacocks in the
To Groskopf, who moved off her childhood
farm when she was eighteen, this farm is a
dream come true.
“This,” she said, “is heaven for me.”
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Students to share good news of Christ in Bolivia
by Brandy Faught
Christmas is to many a time of sharing,
and the New Year a time of new beginnings. A
team of Gardner-Webb students is taking the
traditional meaning of sharing and new begin
nings to a higher, deeper level as it travels to
Bolivia on a mission trip sponsored by the
Southern Baptist Foreign Missions Board.
A team of twenty students will travel to
South America over the holidays with the goal
of sharing the news of Christ with as many
people as possible in Bolivia.
“The whole focus of the trip is evange
lism,” says Burdette Robinson, Campus Min
ister. “We're trying to share Jesus with the
That may sound easy enough, but often
barriers such as language can pose a problem.
‘The hardest thing is overcoming the
language barrier and having to initiate conver
sations with people,” admits John Perrin, who
has been on a past team of G-W students in
The students traveling to Bolivia will be
accompanied by a translator and will have to
brush up on some basic Spanish phrases and
questions before beginning their journey.
An obstacle many would worry about is
the attitude of the Bolivians toward the work
of GWU students and other missionaries in
their country. The country of Bolivia is 95%
Catholic; however, for most of the people
there, Catholicism is only a feature of the
Those who describe the reactions of the
Bolivians seemed to be very positive about the
responses they have had on past trips.
Members of former Gardner-Webb teams helped the
young people of Bolivia establish a relationship with
Christ and with each other.
On the first trip, 400 people made deci
sions to become Christians.
“It's a very exciting atmosphere to see
people hungry for Christ,” says Robinson,
“especially compared to here, where people
don't care. You can walk up to anyone on the
street there, and they'll listen to you.”
While in Bolivia, the group will lead
worship services, use sports evangelism, per
form clowning in the streets, play music and
perform with puppets to spread their message.
They will use each of these methods to
attract the attention of the people so that they
can then present the gospel.
“The trip also has an impact on those who
go,” Robinson says. “We were blessed just as
much by having the opportunity to go and
Perrin also claims one of the most re
warding experiences of the mission was “just
knowing that the team's presence down there
helped to plant the seeds for the further work of
the missionaries in Bolivia.”
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Lecture Series speaker as well as preparing for
Celebration Night that evening.
This idea was introduced by BSU vice-
president, Jeff Dean. He received the idea
from his mother, who is a professor at Furman
“It's been a while since most faculty mem
bers have been in a classroom,” said Jeff. “ It
also builds more respect for faculty members.”
So far, participants include Dr. Blackburn,
Dr. Bonner, Audrey Sloan, Buddy Freeman
Don Durham, Wayne Johnson and Burdette
Robinson. The money raised from this activity
will go towards the BSU ministries.
The day will be exciting, adventurous
and, for some, a dream come true.
New Nutty Stuff
by James Julian
The Pilot correspondent
Top Ten Achievements By Former
♦ A.B. Ceedee actually graduated in 4 years
♦ LM. Ahlerghic never, not once, walked
on the grass in the quad.
♦ I.R. Inzane actually offered to be the RA
for 3rd Floor Mauney six straight semesters
♦ John Smith never participated in hall
visitation during his six year college career
♦ I. Rhead Daly actually scored a 4.0 during
a semester in which he took 3 science and 3
♦ Ima Jok was a five sport athlete in foot
ball, basketball, baseball, wrestling, and
underwater firefighting each of his 7 years
♦ Kathy Jonesby finally graduated after
changing her major five times during her
five years here.
♦ Carlos Normandy was the only student to
graduate without learning the breast, back,
or butterfly strokes.
♦ Idont Stoddy attempted CCXP four
straight years and failed miserably all four
♦James Julian tried twice to come up with a
good New Nutty Stuff for The Pilot and
failed both times.