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King University News :: King University Freshman Are Ready to Experience D.C. Sept. 26-28

For more than a decade King freshmen have been experiencing the nation’s capital and creating connections that will last a lifetime.  On Sept. 26, KU freshmen will come together for an unforgettable adventure as they set out for Washington D.C.

“Experience DC is a unique opportunity for King University freshmen to participate in their first semester,” says Rob Littleton, vice president for Student Affairs for King.  “Along with new student orientation and first year seminar course, the trip to Washington adds to a common experience that equips them with a good foundation for their remaining college experience.”

Far more than a sightseeing tour, this unique expedition is designed to build cohort unity through interaction with faculty, staff, and King alumni outside the classroom setting.  Freshman will have this adventure in common with King sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as alumni who traveled in previous years.  Through a variety of tracs, students have the opportunity to explore how their studies in the classroom, in their major, can turn into their vocation.  The trip is also designed to show students how vast the options are for careers within the field they choose.

Tracs students participate in include an art study at the National Gallery of Art; discussions of the Human Genome project at the Smithsonian Institute; and responding to human suffering at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Students also honor the nation's war veterans in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

“Through connections made during the Experience D.C. trip, students may be able to create opportunities for future internships,” says Donna Felty, director of career development for King.  “The Career Success Center will help to facilitate these future opportunities for students.”

The first stop on the Experience D.C. trip every year is the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va.  Students have the opportunity to walk through the Reynolds Garden, named for a King alumnus, Richard S. Reynolds (1900).  Memorialized in the garden, Reynolds was “the visionary industrialist-poet who foresaw his country’s inevitable need for aluminum.  During the late 1930’s, Reynolds responded to this need by placing his fortune and reputation in the balance to produce enough aluminum for the United States to build and sustain the air force giving the Allies overwhelming air superiority for D-Day.” 

“Experience DC provides a great opportunity for each incoming class to get to know one another, as well as members of the faculty and staff, during a shared experience that is both challenging and fun,” says Matt Peltier, associate vice president for student success and dean of students for King.  “The Experience DC trip is distinctive in that it integrates opportunities for personal, social, and intellectual challenge and growth, providing students the opportunity to learn more about themselves and their classmates, explore vocational opportunities, and experience the tremendous treasures found in our nation’s capital.”

For more information on Experience D.C., contact King’s Office of Student Affairs at 423.652.4740 or visit



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