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King University News :: King University Welcome Students to Campus During LAUNCH 2014 Aug. 23-25

BRISTOL, Tenn. August 13, 2014 – During an activity-packed day, new students began arriving at King on Saturday, Aug. 24, for Launch 2014.  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. This year, LAUNCH will take place the same weekend as race weekend at the Bristol Motor Speedway – Aug. 23-25. The Appalachian Fair will also be in full swing Aug. 18-23.

The weekend begins with students checking in, and then moving into their new living quarters. Residents should arrive by 8 a.m. and commuters should arrive by 9:30 a.m. Afterwards, as sounds of bagpipes resonate throughout campus, all new students, both new freshman and transfer students, will experience what has been a tradition at King for many years – the Oval Walk.

Launch Team members will be present to greet students and families, help unload cars, assist with moving students into the residence halls, and give tours of campus.

Following a dedication service led by King University’s Interim President Dr. Richard A. Ray, as well as orientation meetings, both students and parents will enjoy lunch on the Oval preceding the Launch Check-in Mall. 

“King has a wonderful community atmosphere, and we look forward to greeting our new students,” said John King, vice president of Development and Enrollment Management at King.  “We are anticipating another year of record enrollment. Launch 2014 is a very exciting event; for faculty, staff, and our student volunteers, it’s a delight to welcome those who have chosen King as their source for quality, private higher education.”

During Launch weekend, students will move into residence halls, greet classmates, enjoy a wide array of activities, and more. “We engage new students around the clock in fun events and positive social situations,” said Nicole Martin, director of Undergraduate Recruitment at King.  “Our goal is to immerse them in King’s family oriented environment.”

“With both the August night race, one of the most popular races on the entire NASCAR circuit, and the Appalachian Fair taking place the same time as LAUNCH, students and their families will keep that in mind for their trip to Bristol,” said Julie Roberson, assistant dean for Student Engagement for King. “Lodging accommodations tend to fill up quickly, so for those who do not have reservations as of yet a list of local hotels can be found at The Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce has also put together a website full of great information for your visit to Bristol at”

A complete schedule for the three-day Launch 2013 event for undergraduates is available at or contact the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or via e-mail at


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