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King College's main campus, located in Bristol, Tenn., was buzzing with activity on
Saturday, Aug. 27. Returning students, faculty, and staff welcomed 320 new freshman
as the College kicked off Launch 2011, a three-day, activity-packed day event. The
College also welcomed 180 working adults into the Graduate Professionals Studies
The three-day event, led by Launch Teams consisting of current students, is designed
to help undergraduates meet each other and adapt to life on campus. The weekend began
with Check-in Mall, which gives these students the opportunity to access numerous
services within the one-stop convenience of the Student Center Complex (SCC).
Students breezed through the Check-in Mall, enjoying little or no wait time to pick
up their laptop computers, I.D. cards, and finalize their class schedules, said Greg
King, director of undergraduate recruitment for King College. Launch Team members
greeted the students and their families, helped unload cars, assisted with moving
students into the residence halls, and gave tours of our beautiful campus.
One of the things I love most about Launch is seeing the realization by parents and
students that they have officially made it, that they have truly transitioned to a
new phase in their lives. commented King. Faculty and staff all work assiduously
to ensure this transition into the King community is a smooth one.
Throughout the three-day Launch event students have been enjoying a wide array of
activities beginning with the Oval walk led by King's bagpiper. A College tradition,
freshman begin their King experience with the Oval walk, then make the same walk four
years later for graduation.
Saturday afternoon, students and their families enjoyed watching the Tornado soccer
team take down Tusculum College. The Tornado took the game 2-0.
In other weekend activities, students have enjoyed a campus carnival, Launch pool
day, complete with sand volleyball and basketball, and tried their luck during casino
night. Students heat things up by competing in the Amazing King College Race and
annual lip sync competition, then cool it back down with the I Scream You Scream Ice
A complete schedule for the three-day Launch 2011 event for undergraduates is available
at launch.king.edu. For more information or to schedule a visit to King College,
contact the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.