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BRISTOL, Tenn., October 12, 2016 – King University is hosting their first Tornado
Turnout, multi-city alumni gatherings to take place on Friday, 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, director of Development for 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 Mobile, Alabama. Events in the Tri-Cities areas include: King’s Korner from 12
noon to 1:30 p.m. in Kingsport, Tenn., Blackbird Bakery at 4:30 p.m. in Bristol, Va.,
and the home of King Professor Pat Flannagan at 7 p.m. in Bristol, Tenn.”
This annual event is named Tornado Turnout in honor of King Athletics gaining its
name Tornado 94 years ago on Oct. 21, 1922. On that date, King defeated Lenoir-Rhyne
University in football by a score of 206-0. 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.
“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,” says Dana K. McMurray, director of Alumni Relations for King. “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.
In addition to the Tri-Cities events, Tornado Turnout gatherings are also scheduled
in the following cities: Mobile, Ala., Beverly Hills, Calif., Canton, Mich., Morristown,
Tenn., Nashville, Tenn., and Richmond, Va.
To sign up as a host for a Tornado Turnout event or for details about the Tornado
Turnout event nearest you, contact Dana K. McMurray to 423.652.6399 or email@example.com.
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 www.king.edu. 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.