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King’s 89th Annual Dogwood Weekend Scheduled for April 10-12

Dogwood 2015BRISTOL, Tenn., March 30, 2015 – During April 10-12, King University will celebrate the School’s 89th Annual Dogwood Weekend. Alumni and friends of King University are invited to join in the upcoming celebration which offers classmates and friends of the University opportunities to reminisce and reconnect.

“Dogwood Weekend is the highlight of the year for so many alumni. It is an event King alumni, students, faculty, and staff look forward to each year,” said Michael Webb, director of alumni services at King. “We have wonderful, diverse, and accomplished alumni; welcoming many of them home to share in this weekend is an unforgettable experience.”

During the week leading up to Dogwood, King University will be celebrating its second annual Student Spirit Week April 6-11, which will include daily activities and games, and an undergraduate research poster session in the E.W. King Library. Spirit Week will climax in the presentation of the Dogwood Court and the King and Queen on the Oval followed by the Dogwood Ball. Former Dogwood Kings and Queens are encouraged to attend the coronation ceremony at 5 p.m. and be recognized.

This year’s Dogwood Weekend events will include a concert by King’s Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Bands at the Paramount Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Admission to the concert is $5 for the general public and free for students, faculty, and staff presenting a King ID.

“We are delighted, this year, to be a part of Dogwood weekend for the first time and hope that many visiting and local alumni will join us at the Paramount as we continue to preserve and expand this King tradition,” said Lonny Finley, director of bands and instrumental activities at King.

Athletic activities include baseball with the Tornado taking on Erskine College on April 10 and 11, with men’s volleyball versus Milligan College on April 10 and Coker College on April 11. The Tornado women’s softball team will battle North Greenville University in a doubleheader on April 11. Former Tornado athletes will participate in men’s and women’s alumni soccer games as well as an alumnae volleyball game on April 11. Other athletic events include the 50th anniversary celebration of Kline Gym with a retirement reception for Coach Susie Toomey and the Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet

Alumni will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of other events including the picnic on the Oval, Caldwell art collection viewing, Digital Media Art & Design (DMAD) Gallery, dedication of the dogwood statue at Nicewonder Hall in memory of Dr. Max Weaver (’58), catch and release fishing tournament, and fly fishing 101 with Dr. Jim Casada (’64).

The King University Players, King’s Theatre club, will present “The Twelve Pound Look” by J. M. Barrie on April 11 in King’s Fine Arts Theatre. The play follows Harry Simms on the eve of his knighthood as he is full of the great things he considers he has achieved. A typist is hired to answer the messages of congratulation. She turns out to be Simms former wife, Kate, who was so oppressed by his hardness and petty mindedness that she secretly learned to type and left him as soon as she had earned 12 pounds, the price of a typewriter. She is quite contented with her lot, and her fearlessness and humor contrast strongly with the cowed and joyless expression of the second Lady Simms, who, when Kate has gone, asks the price of a typewriter.

Alumni and friends will also enjoy an open house event showcasing the resurgence of The Sign of the George letter press on April 11.  Six students will showcase the letter press with demonstrations given by their mentor, David Winship, adjunct professor for Appalachian Studies at King. Winship is the son of the late George "Pat" Winship, who taught at King College for 32 years and began letter press operations in 1974. Artifacts produced by him will be on display, as well as products produced by students.

The full schedule of events for King University’s Dogwood Weekend is available online at Contact Michael Webb for additional information at 800.621.5464 or send an email to


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