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King University’s Dogwood Weekend for Alumni Set for March 31-April 2

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 7, 2017 –King University is set to celebrate its 91st Dogwood Weekend for Alumni March 31-April 2. Dogwood is a homecoming tradition for students, alumni, and friends to reconnect and reminisce. Dogwood also continues a year-and-a-half celebration of King’s 150th anniversary.

“This year’s Dogwood Weekend is extra special,” said Dana McMurray, director of Alumni Relations at King. “Not only are we celebrating our sesquicentennial anniversary but we are also celebrating our new President. We have already received a huge response from several alumni who are planning to attend. We have exciting events lined up for Dogwood Weekend, and we encourage alumni to join us in the festivities.”

The main event for Dogwood Weekend is a concert by Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner. Turner, one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. in Viking Hall in Bristol, Tenn., on Friday, March 31. Ticket details can be found on the King University website at  

“King University is proud to include this event in our celebration of King’s 150th-anniversary,” said Denise Asbury, director of Development. “Josh Turner is a tremendous country artist, and we look forward to a wonderful evening of entertainment. Bristol and King share a rich history and legacy together, and it is fitting that we include and welcome the community to share in celebration our first 150 years.”

Athletic activities during Dogwood include Tornado softball and baseball versus Southern Wesleyan, an alumni volleyball match, and women’s and men’s alumni soccer games. The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet will take place Saturday, April 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Other Dogwood events include an undergraduate research poster session featuring current King students, the Dr. Jack Snider and Dr. Ed Burke, Jr. Breakfast Club, Digital Media Art & Design Gallery, Sign of the George Press & Gallery Open House, alumni luncheon, fishing with a hero catch and release kid’s fishing tournament, picnic on the lawn, and nursing alumni dinner. Other highlights include Chapel Service with President Alexander Whitaker, Remembering Our Past: A Stroll on the King Campus with Dr. Bill Wade, and an outdoor concert featuring the local artists of Acoustifried.

Alumni will also have the opportunity to enjoy a reunion gatherings for the King Classes of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, and 2012.

During the week leading up to Dogwood, King University will be celebrating its fourth annual Student Spirit Week March 27-April 1. Daily activities include events such as Sport Olympics, UNPLUGGED, Give Day at King, movie at Cinemark Tinseltown in Bristol, Va., King Pride Day, and the Dogwood Ball with the recognition of the Dogwood King and Queen.

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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.