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BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 14, 2015 – Through the years, global citizenship has been a part
of the King University community. From across the United States and the globe, students
come together and develop a broadened awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures.
In 2014, a total of 81 students from six continents and 37 countries made the decision
to travel to the U.S. and attend King. Each student’s decision to choose King is different,
whether for academics, athletics or the one-on-one personalized attention for which
King is known. Within those 37 countries, three students in particular have similar
roots - seniors Jose Sola and Alexander Gonzalez, and juniors Nicole M. Maldonado
Millan and Moises Soto. All four hail from the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico - Sola
from Aguadilla, Gonzalez from Rincon, Soto from Aguada, and Nicole from San Juan.
In Aug. 2015, two additional students from Puerto Rico will join them.
Reaching out to the students from the various territories was an idea sparked by Director
of Transfer and International Recruitment Elvin Browne, who himself is originally
from the Virgin Islands.
“I wanted to create an opportunity for students who are U.S. citizens hailing from
the territories to be able to come across the seas and go to school,” Browne said.
“I remember growing up as a child - it was a dream to travel to the United States
mainland for a quality education.”
Coming to the United States was a significant adjustment for the four students, who
grew up in Puerto Rico. When asked what the biggest difference between small town
Bristol, Tenn., and a country like Puerto Rico, Gonzalez summed it up perfectly.
“Customs and traditions are different,” Gonzalez said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity
to come here and do what I love - receive a high quality education and play baseball.”
Both Sola and Gonzalez plan to pursue careers in sports management and coaching.
“[Coming to the U.S.] was a bit of a culture shock at first, but everyone has been
so helpful here at King,” said Sola. Gonzalez added, “The coaches and faculty have
been great; they all go the extra mile to help.”
Millan commented, “I decided to come to King University because it offered an excellent
Biology program as well as a competitive swimming team, something I was looking for
in a small Christian college. What I like best about King is how students and teachers
treat each other, everyone is very understanding. I definitely recommend students
from Puerto Rico to come to King University and pursue their academic goals. King
offers many excellent majors as well as minors. It has a welcoming environment for
everyone, something that convinced me to come here. It’s a very secure place to live,
study, and enjoy your college life.”
Soto, who is majoring in Business Administration, Marketing, and Spanish, initially
went to MacMurray College in Illinois, then transferred to King his sophomore year.
“King is different in so many aspects. The thing I like the most is the emphasis on
your studies. Coach [Blaine] Brown tells us we have to do our job in and out of class.
There is always someone there to help you. The teachers give you an extra hand so
you can perform better. King is a great school overall, athletic and in class. King
is one of the best schools there is.” Soto added that for any students thinking about
coming to King from Puerto Rico, he would be eager to help them in addition to the
help they will receive from professors and coaches.
“I feel we’ve tapped into an excellent location with a lot of interest in all the
advantages that King has to offer,” Browne said. “The response has been positive.”
King’s Puerto Rican alumni have gone on to be quite successful in their chosen career
fields: Doriscelis (Doris) Roura (’92) is the assistant director NCAA compliance
for the Universidad de Puerto Rico in Bayamon, Puerto Rico; Ed Couvertiere (’91) serves
as regional sales representative for Janssen Pharmaceuticals, in Knoxville, Tenn.;
Madeline Bravo Bishop (’91) is an elementary school teacher in Maryville, Tenn.; Cèsar
Bravo (’93) is an orthopedic surgeon I Roanoke, Va.; and Sandy Toucet (’91) serves
as district manager for Henkel in Puerto Rico.
To learn more about international recruitment, contact Director of Transfer and International
Recruitment Elvin Browne at 800.362.0014 or email@example.com or visit www.king.edu.
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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 athletic teams. For more information
about King University, visit www.king.edu. King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of
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