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Fundraising Campaign to Update Memorial Chapel a Success

BRISTOL, Tenn., January 4, 2017 – Since Thanksgiving, King University has been raising funds to update the flooring in Memorial Chapel on the University’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. As of Jan. 3, 2017, King students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends have rallied, surpassing the goal of $13,000 with a grand total of $15,500.

“Whenever I talk with alumni, they almost always have a story or two to tell me about their time in the Chapel,” said Brian Alderman, Ph.D., Chaplain, and associate professor of Philosophy & Religion. “It has been such a special place for so many people. We are thrilled with the updates to King's Memorial Chapel. It has been and will continue to be that central place where we gather each week to worship God. We are grateful to all of those who have helped to make these upgrades possible.”

Constructed in 1932, the Memorial Chapel is the focal point of all spiritual activity on the King University campus. Serving as host for chapel services, convocations, concerts, and various meetings, the Chapel touches the lives of everyone on the Bristol campus.

Refurbishments include replacement of the aging carpet, and refinishing the hardwood and stage flooring. During the summer of 2016, the sound system in Memorial Chapel was replaced with state-of-the-art equipment.

“We are very pleased with the results of the first of many small campaigns to fund improvements on the Bristol campus,” said John King, vice president for development, “and extremely grateful for such tremendous support from alumni and friends. Our next project will begin in early February, and we will use the money to fund new equipment for King’s Biology lab.”


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.