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King University to Welcome Students to Campus Aug. 22 for LAUNCH 2015

BRISTOL, Tenn., August 13, 2015 – New students will begin arriving at King University on Saturday, Aug. 22, for LAUNCH 2015. 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. 22-24.

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. 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.

Afterwards, as sounds of bagpipes resonate throughout campus, all new students, both new freshman and transfer students, will meet at Kline Hall and make their way to Maclellan Hall for the Dedication Service led by King University’s Interim President Dr. Richard A. Ray.

“King has a wonderful community atmosphere, and we look forward to greeting our new students,” said Tom VerDow, director of undergraduate recruitment at King. “LAUNCH 2015 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.”

In addition to moving into their residence halls during LAUNCH weekend, students will greet classmates and enjoy a wide array of activities. “We engage new students around the clock in fun events and positive social situations,” says Julie McReynolds, assistant dean of student engagement at King. “Our goal is to immerse them in King’s family oriented environment.

“We ask students and their families to keep a few major events in mind for their trip to Bristol,” adds McReynolds,” “The August night race one of the most popular races on the entire NASCAR circuit, takes place Aug. 22, and the Appalachian Fair kicks off Aug. 24. 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 2015 event for undergraduates is available at or contact the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or via e-mail at


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.