Join us on Saturday, October 7, 2023, for an exciting event – KingFest 2023! KingFest coincides with Family Weekend and offers a variety of autumn-themed activities, NCAA sports competitions, alumni gatherings, delicious food, and more. Everyone in the Bristol community, including current students’ families, students, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff, is invited to come and enjoy the festivities. The event kicks off at 11:00 a.m. and will continue throughout the afternoon and evening.
The city of Bristol will undoubtedly be rocking with holiday cheer last weekend with the world premiere of “Good King Wenceslas”. Good King Wenceslas is a fun, witty Christmas play that displays themes of the Christian faith and conveys the importance of family during the holidays. The play has never been seen before and will debut at the Paramount in Bristol, Tennessee, on Friday, December 2nd. The play is written by Katherine Patterson and Stephanie Tolan, two world-renowned authors with prestigious track records. Patterson, a King graduate, is most notable for her book “Bridge to Terabithia”, whereas Tolan’s most significant project is Surviving the Applewhites. The production of this play is a massive deal for King University, to say the least. With Patterson graduating from King in 1954 with a degree in English, she bestows the honor of the first performance of it within the hands of King and members of the school’s community.
When navigating life, being as curious as an alien from Mars is beneficial. The college experience is dependent on how many questions you ask. We can be adventurous, try new things, experience diverse cultures, and experiment in other majors. Of course, asking the right questions is also crucial. When it comes to asking questions, Daniel Silliman (Journalist for Christianity Today) has some suggestions based on his experiences. In his visit to Convocation on Monday, he took us on a journey of his experience diving into the world of journalism. This left me with a sense of empowerment to be always more inquisitive about opening deeper conversations.
On Friday, April 1st King University hosted the 28th annual Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference. Originally called the Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference, this conference attracts widespread regional interest every year. It provides an opportunity for students to present their research in an exciting setting. Undergraduate students from institutions throughout the Southern Appalachian region are chosen to present their research projects in a professional setting surrounded by other researchers and faculty. This year’s conference was a one-day event, with sessions that started mid-morning. There was also a poster session and a reception for all participants and faculty.
On December 3rd King university held its annual late-night breakfast, giving students and staff a chance to kick back before finals week. The night consisted of food, games, prizes, and gifts. This popular event gives students the opportunity to relax, enjoy time with friends, and spend time among King community before finals week.
If you think back to your first campus visit tour, the student leading it very well could have been a King President’s Society (KPS) member! KPS is a group of students nominated by faculty who focus on social relations with the community and helping within admissions. Their role is to embody King’s values and help to introduce those values and the community to prospective students looking to enroll here at King.
Hannah Rappleye has spent over a decade working as a reporter and producer for NBC News. During her interview with Sylvia Musgrove at Memorial Chapel this past Thursday, Rappleye spoke about her career in the media and how she focuses her work on underrepresented populations around the country.
The Spring Showcase, hosted by the DMAD (Digital Media Art and Design) program, is an annual juried exhibition that allows students to try out new techniques or subject matter outside the constraints of the assignments for classes. The lack of restrictions allows students to explore new mediums or combine them to create a unique approach. The showcase is competitive in that there is a limit to how many pieces of work can be included in the show. The limit is set at 20 pieces, meaning that not all the work submitted can be exhibited. This is the second year that the showcase has been online due to Covid-19. Before the pandemic, the showcase exhibition took place in person where students printed their work, framed them, and set them up for viewing in the Widener TV Lounge in Maclellan Hall.
In the spirit of social distancing, King will be hosting Dogwood online this semester. There will be numerous events for both students and alumni alike. Some recognizable events this year include the annual Undergraduate Research Poster Session, hosted by the King Library, which presents the top research proposals submitted by students, and class reunions for alumni.