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King University Alumni Invited to Gather During Tornado Turnout Multi-City Events Oct. 21

BRISTOL, Tenn., Sept. 20, 2017 – King University is hosting the second annual Tornado Turnout, multi-city alumni gatherings to take place on Saturday, Oct. 21. During Tornado Turnout, King Alumni have volunteered to host an event in their city or town in order for alumni living in those locations to connect with other King Alumni in the area. Groups can meet for coffee, a doughnut, a meal, or favorite beverage and spend some time meeting new friends, reminiscing with acquaintances and networking.

“Tornado Turnout is a fun way for King Alumni to connect in their own backyards,” says Denise Asbury, acting vice president for Development at King. “Alumni may be living in the same area and not realize just how close a King connection may be living to them. This event also allows us to reach alumni in areas where we typically would not be able to visit and hold a larger alumni event . . . Places like Beverley Hills, California, or Canton, Michigan.

“October 21st is a celebratory day for King. On that day in 1922, King’s football team defeated Lenoir College, 206-0,” said Dana McMurray, director of Alumni Relations. “The Bristol Herald Courier wrote that we came in like a ‘tornado;’ we have been the Tornado ever since that record-breaking victory.” This game still holds second place for the highest scoring football game in history. First place is held by Georgia Tech who beat Cumberland College 222-0 in 1916.

“For the second year, we have invited alumni, faculty, staff, and students to come together to celebrate King’s pride and spirit,” added McMurray. “This year, we are combining Tri-Cities and Knoxville for a Tornado Turnout event in Gatlinburg. The date and location of this event are the perfect setting for fall foliage. Come on out and show your King pride in the Smoky Mountains.”

“Alumni from all across the nation are volunteering to pick a location in their city or town where alumni can gather and celebrate King's 150 years of faith, learning, and life,” said McMurray. “This is a multi-city, virtual alumni event, and everyone can participate - no matter where they are! We are also asking alumni attending a Tornado Turnout event to take a photo of the group and share on social media with the hashtags #TornadoTurnout and #KingUniversity. This is a fun way for alumni to gather informally and share their experiences.

The Tornado Turnout event for Tri-Cities and greater Knoxville area alumni will take place Saturday, Oct. 21 at Mynatt Park located at 622 Historic Nature Trail in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Lunch will take place by the creek starting at 11:30 a.m. The menu will include a BBQ picnic complete with pulled pork BBQ, and coleslaw catered by Corky’s. Available to alumni and guests will be cornhole, basketball court, horseshoe pit, fishing stream, and playground area. Cost per person age 13 and over is $6 per person; children age 12 and under are free. RSVP for the Tri-Cities/Knoxville Tornado Turnout event by Oct. 16 to or 800.621.5464.

Tornado Turnout gatherings are also scheduled in the following cities:

Gatlinburg, TN: BBQ Picnic at Mynatt Park
Location: 622 Historic Nature Trail
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $6/per person ages 13 and older

Laguna Woods, CA: Dinner at Olive Garden
Location: 24256 El Toro Rd. Suite 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: Responsible for your own dinner
Host: Dr. Kevin Kinback (’84)

Morganton, NC: Dinner at Grace Ridge Retirement Community
Location: 500 Lenoir Rd.
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person
Host: Rosemary Enos (’57)

Burlington, NC: Reception at First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church
Location: 2250 Saddle Club Rd.
Time: TBD
Cost: TBD
Host: Bryan (’99) & Mandy Crotts (’99)

Canton, MI: Dinner at Antonio's Cusina Italiana
Location: 2220 N. Canton Center Rd.
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: Responsible for your own dinner. 
Host: Angela Story (’90)

Nashville, TN: Community Service Project
Location: TBD
Time: TBD
Host: Don Bryant (’05)

Beverly Hills, Calif.: Spice Affair Lounge
Location: 50 N La Cienega Blvd #120
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Responsible for your own dinner. Parking is $5 (bring cash)
Hosts: Katie Soto (’00) and Jeremiah Caleb (’02)

Contact Dana K. McMurray at 800.621.5464 or for details about the Tornado Turnout event nearest you.


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.