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Are you going to be a King University freshman this fall? This coming Sept. 22-24,
all King freshmen are invited to unite together for a truly unique adventure known
well to the King community as Experience D.C. Each fall, King faculty and staff lead
the freshmen class on an excursion to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. For more
than a decade, King freshmen have been experiencing the nation’s capital and creating
connections that will last a lifetime.
“Experience D.C. provides a unique 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, Ph.D., dean of students at King.
“Along with new student orientation and first-year seminar course, this trip to Washington
adds to a common journey that equips students with a good foundation for their remaining
college experience. Students quickly find this is a great opportunity to make connections
and meet people, despite some initial apprehension about navigating a major city like
Far more than a sightseeing tour, this unique expedition is designed to build cohort
unity through interaction with faculty and staff outside the classroom setting. Freshmen
will have this adventure in common with King sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as
well as alumni who travelled in previous years.
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 (Class of 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, providing the Allies overwhelming air superiority
Through a variety of tracks, 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.
Past tracks students have participated in included visits to the Shrine of the Immaculate
Conception, National Gallery, Capitol Police, Capitol Area Food Bank, Partnership
for Public Service, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Bureau of Engraving and Printing,
Natural History Museum, Folger Shakespeare Library, National Gallery of Art, National
Museum of Crime and Punishment, National Cathedral, National Cryptologic Museum, United
States Capitol Building, United States Supreme Court, National Museum of Health and
Medicine, National Museum of American History, Hirshhorn Museum of Contemporary Art
& Sculpture Garden, and the National Museum of Air and Space.
Students have the distinct privilege to honor the nation's war veterans in the wreath-laying
ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Students
may choose to continue on to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.
“Many times there are veterans in attendance at the wreath-laying ceremony. Students
are usually quite moved during the ceremony; some are caught off guard at just how
emotional the ceremony is,” says Peltier.
The Experience D.C. 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. “Through this
experience, we hope students will have a vision for something that is calling them
beyond college,” says Peltier.
Reserve your spot for the Experience D.C. trip by making your deposit online at http://dc.king.edu no later than Aug. 26, 2016. Sign up for tracks and housing may be completed during
Launch on Saturday, Aug. 20.
You will also have an opportunity to take an early look at campus life during Access
King on Friday, July 22, 2016. The early registration day and open house offers you
and your family the opportunity to talk with King staff members about financial aid,
register for classes, check out residence life, and more. Register for Access King
by visiting http://access.king.edu.
Sign up to get text reminders and alerts leading up to and during Experience D.C.
by texting @kingdc to 81010. For more information on Experience D.C., contact Matt
Peltier at King’s Office of Student Affairs at 423.652.4740.