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Own a Piece of King University History; Oval Bricks available with Donation to Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 18, 2015 – Members of the King University community can own a piece of King’s history. The bricks that lined the Oval on the main campus in Bristol are available with a set donation to the Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs.

“This is an opportunity to have a keepsake of something that is part of the tradition and legacy of King. We are offering the Oval bricks with a commemorative plaque attached to them, to interested alumni for a donation of at least $100,” says Denise Asbury, director of Development at King University. “For younger alumni who graduated from 2010 to 2015, we have adjusted the donation amount to $50. A $10 shipping charge will be added to those bricks that need to be mailed.

“The resources will be used to support the Annual Fund for Scholarships & Programs, in which most of the dollars are used primarily for financial assistance for current students, but are also used for facilities maintenance and upkeep, which would include the restored Oval,” adds Asbury.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 28 to commence the complete restoration of the University’s Oval.

Set on 135 wooded acres with Georgian-style architectural buildings, the main campus at King University would not be quite the same without the Oval. The buildings surrounding the Oval were constructed to face inward, creating a space that soon became the center of activity not only for students, faculty, and staff but also for the surrounding communities.

Chair of the King University Board of Trustees Warren Payne (’69) said, “The Oval has important significance to the King community. This project reminds us not only to embrace the history and traditions of King, but also to look to the future and the coming celebration of our sesquicentennial, 150th year, of building meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.”

The Oval bricks will include a brass placard with the King University logo and the years the bricks were in place on the Oval, 1962-2015.

Those interested in receiving a piece of King’s history can make your gift and request your brick online at, then select, and be sure to choose "Oval Brick Order" from the gift designation drop down box. If mailing in your gift/request, please print and complete the brick order form shown on the web address referenced above and forward in the mail with your gift. You may also contact the alumni office at or 423-652-6399 for assistance or information.


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.