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King University to Host Open House for High School Students; King’s Performing & Visual Arts Program to Hold Auditions for Students Feb. 4

BRISTOL, Tenn., January 12, 2017 – High school students who want to experience what it’s like to be a King University student can do so on Saturday, Feb. 4 as King hosts its Open House event. Prospective students will also have the opportunity to explore the Arts and audition for King University Performing & Visual Arts (PVA) program in areas including instrumental, vocal, theatrical (performance and technical), photography, graphic design, and videography.

During the Open House, King gives students and their families the royal treatment and the chance to talk with various University representatives about the admissions process, scholarships and grants, student life, degree programs, and much more. Students interested in the arts will also have the chance to discover and develop their creative talents through majors in Music, Theatre, and Digital Media Art & Design (DMAD).

"The Open House is a chance for students to check out what King University has to offer,” said Tom VerDow, director of undergraduate recruitment. “Students will meet with faculty and current student artists, giving them a first-hand look at the exceptional programs King has to offer those in Performing and Visual Arts.”

Registration/check-in along with an academic and activities showcase begins at 9 a.m. Students will participate in an academic showcase where they will interact with faculty and student organizations. Following, students will break into separate student and parent information groups on a broad array of topics including: academics, student life, and campus safety, as well as Q & A panels with current King University students. Participants will also enjoy mock classes taught by King faculty.

Students and parents will have an opportunity to meet with King’s Career Success Center staff members. “The Career Success Center encourages students to investigate career paths, volunteer and intern, travel to new places, and build personal and professional relationships that will connect them to a bright future,” says Donna Felty, regional director of Career Development at King University. “We begin with freshmen and transfer students when they enter King and help them build on the strong academic foundation they receive here to become confident, compassionate adults who will shape our future.”

Representatives from King’s Financial Aid Office will also be on hand to speak with those in attendance. “A quality education from King University can change a student’s life, and our comprehensive scholarship and grant program can make it an affordable option,” says Richard Brand, director of Financial Aid at King.

The Open House is an exciting chance for prospective students to experience what King’s Performing & Visual Arts has to offer. Students and their parents will meet at 2 p.m. at the location of their audition (Kline Hall, Memorial Chapel, Sells Hall, Fine Arts Theatre) on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. The exact location of the students audition will be provided to students who sign up and will also be in the student’s folders if they attend the Open House. Once students report to their audition location, they will have the opportunity to meet with PVA professors about their goals and aspirations.

“We are excited to showcase our Music and Theater programs as well as King’s DMAD program which includes concentrations in Photography, Digital Media, Videography, Web Design, and Graphic Design,” W. Patrick Flannagan, professor of Music and director of Choral Activities at King University says. “In addition, prospective student will have the opportunity to audition for scholarships in each of the programs.”

Arts students interested in auditioning for one or more of King’s Performing and Visual Arts Programs contact Logan Jennings, enrollment counselor, for audition requirements at 800.362.0014 or

Students interested in attending King’s Open House event should contact King’s Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or register online 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.