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

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


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.