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King University News :: King University Alumni Events Planned for 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn. Jan. 21, 2015 – King University’s Alumni Relations Office is excited to announce a series of upcoming alumni events beginning in February. These gatherings will allow King alumni and friends to visit and reconnect while enjoying a variety of fun activities.

King kicks off the series of events on Saturday, Feb. 21 at The Old Stone Steakhouse in Charlotte, N.C., at 11:30 a.m. Alumni will enjoy a delicious meal and informal gathering to reunite with old friends, and meet new ones. Following the meal, alumni will head to Belmont Abbey College to cheer on the Tornado men’s and women’s basketball teams as they take on the Belmont Abbey Crusaders. The cost for this event is only $5 and includes meal and admission to the basketball games. Children age two and under are free.

Alumni will also have the opportunity to get in touch with their artistic side on Saturday, March 21 at King’s Hardin Valley location in Knoxville, Tenn., at 12 p.m. Lunch will be catered by Moe’s Southwest Grill, followed by a fun art project by Painting with a Twist. Cost for this creative event is $10 per person and includes lunch and the painting instruction session. Children age 12 and under are free.

“We are looking forward to this unique alumni gathering in Knoxville,” says Michael Webb, director of Alumni Relations. “It is going to provide an opportunity for our alumni to showcase their artistic skills as well as visit the King University campus at Hardin Valley.”

The alumni office also invites alumni and guests to hike with King in 2015. The hikes are a great opportunity for alumni to connect and create memories in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. The events will begin this spring on Feb. 28 with a five-mile hike at the House Mountain State Natural Area in Knoxville, Tenn. March 28, alumni and friends can enjoy a four-mile loop hike at the Appalachian and Iron Mountain trails in Damascus, Va. A final spring hike will take place on April 25 with a seven-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail, Hwy 91 to Hwy 421, in Bristol, Tenn.

“I am extremely excited for the alumni hiking events throughout 2015,” says Webb. “These will provide our alumni an opportunity to fully embrace the region in which we are located. There is no better place for our alumni and other members of the King community to come together than to hike these trails through the Appalachian Mountains.”

During summer and fall months, alumni will continue hiking the Appalachian Trail with King. On June 13-14, alumni are invited to enjoy a two-day, 13.5-mile hike from Carvers Gap to Hwy 19-E, in Roan Mountain, Tenn. Alumni are invited to meet at King, where transportation will be provided to Roan Mountain on June 13 and back on June 14 after the overnight hiking and camping adventure. The Alumni Relations Office will provide dinner on the trail during camping trip. Participants must provide own camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, etc.).

Later in the fall of 2015, the hiking journeys will continue with a six-mile hike from Hwy 321 to Watauga in Hampton, Tenn., and a 4.5-mile trek at Sharp Top Mountain Overlook in Peaks, Va. Dates and additional information for the fall hikes will be announced at a later time.

Contact Michael Webb at 423.202.0606 or for additional information. RSVP is requested by Friday, Feb. 20 to Jenny Brown at 800.621.5464 or at least one week prior to all events.


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