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King University Changing Lives

King provides opportunities for students to serve others, volunteer, and go on mission trips. 

changing-livesImprove the world around you. King University students Change Lives. On campus, students can participate in a variety of clubs, groups, and organizations which have a community volunteer element, including Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Chapel Worship Team, SLACK, or Launch. 

Off campus, King students have prepared Spanish lessons to teach in the afterschool program at Girls Inc. Students have delivered books by bike to elementary schools as part of National Ride for Reading Week. Tennis team members volunteered in 2017 with Habitat for Humanity. In the wake of the 2016 fires in Gatlinburg, one student helped displaced animals find their way to adoption.  

Read more about how King’s students have Changed Lives: 

King University Alumnus Tyler Chambers Recognized for Service as Teacher and Coach at High School Alma Mater

King University alumnus Tyler Chambers ’13 was recognized as Teacher of the Week by WJHL TV11 during the first week of April 2018. He is a teacher and basketball coach at Cloudland High School in Roan Mountain, Tennessee.

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King University's Bobby Flowers '18 Awarded Patty Gibbs-Wahlberg Memorial Scholarship

In March 2018, King University’s Bobby Flowers ’18, Kingsport, Tennessee, native, accepted the Patty Gibbs Wahlberg Social Work Scholarship, the top national award by the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society.

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King University Students Spend Spring Break in Service to Others

Throughout the years, mission or service trips have taken King students, faculty, and staff around the nation and across the globe. During Spring Break this year, March 5-9, students were able to serve both international and domestic communities in Atlanta, Georgia; Camden, New Jersey; and Houston, Texas.

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King University Knoxville Gives Back to Community through Service Projects

Servant leadership is one of the qualities upon which King University was founded 150 years ago. The students, faculty, and staff of King’s Knoxville campus, located in Hardin Valley, are giving back to the local community that welcomed them eight years ago.

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King University's Women in STEM Club hosts STEM Day for Girls Feb. 24

King University’s Women in STEM Club hosted the first STEM Day for Girls on Saturday, Feb. 24. A fast-growing organization at King, the Women in STEM club seeks to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as possible career paths among women of all ages.

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King University Donates Books to Holston Valley Medical Center NICU

King University announced a donation of 156 children’s books to the Holston Valley Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in honor of Kingsport’s 100th anniversary.

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King University Professor Collaborates with Grace Christian Academy for Tour of Israel and Palestine

Along with the two group leaders, seven students and three chaperones traveled to Israel and Palestine to experience the Holy Land firsthand Oct. 7-16, 2017

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King University Alumna Amanda Peace ('13) Named Teacher of the Year

Amanda Countiss Peace, 2013 graduate of King University, has been named Teacher of the Year for Haynesfield Elementary School and District 5-8 Teacher of the Year for the Bristol Tennessee School District.

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Tornado Serve at Local Salvation Army

The King University men's and women's golf teams took a break from the golf course to help and serve the local Bristol community.

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Tornado Volunteer for Local Community

The King University men's and women's tennis teams took a break from their busy spring schedules to help and serve the local Bristol community.

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Local Families Receive Family Portraits through King University Help Portrait Event

King University’s Digital Media Art & Design (DMAD) program hosted its seventh annual Help Portrait event on Nov. 4. Help Portrait brings King students together with members of the community to provide a family portrait to those who may not otherwise be able to afford one.

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“Don’t Forget Us:” Five Students Share Stories of Life in the Virgin Islands after Two Hurricanes Devastate Their Homeland

How would you feel if you were more than 1,600 miles away from your family watching not one but two hurricanes wreak havoc on your island home? Five students came together during a service on Oct. 13 to share their heartfelt stories of how Hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the U.S. Virgin Islands. - more

'Don't let anything hold you back:' Haley Carpenter Shares Her 2017 Mission Experience

Haley Carpenter, King University senior, spent a week of her summer experience in Managua, Nicaragua, where she served with her church on behalf of the Because We Care missionary program. - more

An Alaskan Work Experience

Canaan Loope, King University sophomore, spent his summer 'on the other side of the world, working in Anchorage, Alaska. - more

King University Spanish Students Journey to Spain

The day after King University held its Spring 2017 Commencement, eight King students, along with Dr. Beatriz Macione and Professor Christina Gomez, traveled to Spain for a 13-day immersion adventure. - more

King University Faculty Participate in Service Day with Feeding America SWVA

King University faculty from King’s College of Arts & Sciences recently participated in a community service day organized by Han Chuan Ong, Ph.D., dean of King’s College of Arts & Sciences, Marshall Galloway, coordinator of the Associate of Arts, and Erin M. Kingsley, Ph.D., assistant professor of English. The group of 10 faculty volunteered the Monday after King’s Spring 2017 Commencement at Feeding America Southwest Virginia located in Abingdon, Va. - more

King University Students Spend Two Weeks in Southeast Asia

Thirteen students from King University traveled 30 hours to Southeast Asia just two days after Spring Commencement ceremonies. The students, led by Han Chuan Ong, Ph.D., dean of King’s College of Arts & Sciences, and Emily Loudon, director of student life, spent May 2-18 traveling in and around Penang, Malaysia; Bali, Indonesia; and Hong Kong, China. - more

King University Knoxville Nursing Students Serve ‘Under the Bridge’

When you think of providing basic health care, you likely do not imagine an interstate bridge in downtown Knoxville. However, this is where nursing students from King University Knoxville recently volunteered through the Lost Sheep Ministry (LSM) to provide health care to a local homeless population. - more

Free College Courses Available this Fall at King University for Adults Ages 60+

Registration is now open for a select set of collegiate courses for adults ages 60 and over. The offerings are part of the Lifelong Learning program at King in which the adult learners can audit non-credit classes at King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn., free of charge. - more

King University’s Tensor Grant for Women & Mathematics Renewed

The Tensor Grant for Women and Mathematics by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Tensor Foundation presented to King University in Aug. 2015, has been renewed for a third year for the maximum amount allowable. - more

Abuse Alternatives Recipient of Donations by King University Nurses

Abuse Alternatives was the recent recipient of much-needed donations by the Student Nursing Association (SNA) at King University. - more

King University Student-athletes Make a Difference in After-school Programs:

Each school year, student-athletes spend time giving back to the community in which they call home while at King University; specifically, they give back to area youth. - more

King University Cycling Team Helps Build New Trails at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City

The Tornado cycling team at King University recently had the opportunity to help build a new trail at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City, Tenn. The trail is one of a new network of multi-use trails at the park. - more

King University Tennis Team Lends a Helping Hand

Six members of King University’s tennis team recently volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. The students spent a day helping to build a home in Glade Springs, Va., for a family in need. The student volunteers were unique in that none are from the continental United States; the six students are from Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. - more

King Tornado Men’s Soccer Team Volunteers with Holston Habitat for Humanity

The King University men’s soccer team came together for a day of service at Holston Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Johnson City, Tenn., on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. - more

King University Freshman Helps Those without a Voice after Fires in Gatlinburg

King University freshman and Bristol, Va., native Jerryn Puckett has always had a deep love for animals. After the recent fires that consumed much of the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge region, the call went out for volunteers to assist with the large numbers of displaced animals. Puckett knew she had to help. - more

Biblical Archaeology Conference to be held at King University, First Presbyterian Church Bristol, TN Nov. 13-14

The conference will answer the question, “What’s Going on with Biblical Archaeology in Israel.” This meeting is part of a once-a-year seminar series designed specifically for those interested in the Bible and a better understanding of its history through archaeological digs and research. - more

King University “Coats for Kids” Event Set for Oct. 22

King University will be providing children’s winter coats for the University’s 17th annual “Coats for Kids” Day, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Kline Gym on King’s main campus in Bristol, Tenn. - more

Serving in Mission Fields in Your Own Back Yard

From the beginning, King University was built upon the idea of transforming lives in Christ. Throughout the years, mission or service trips have taken King students, faculty, and staff across the globe. This year, students were able to reach out to both international and domestic communities all while staying in the United States. - more

Tornado grow on mission trip to Costa Rica

There are many different ways for collegiate teams to give back to not only their home community, but communities around the world, and King University women's volleyball coach Morris Cephas likes to take a mission trip every other year to not only give back to a community in need, but to help team bonding. - more

King University Now Collecting Books through New Ride for Reading Program

Two of the most important things to instill in the life of a child is the importance of reading and staying physically active. King University has joined with the Ride for Reading organization for the 5thannual edition of National Ride for Reading Week, which takes place May 8-14. - more

Summer Study Trip in Finland and Sweden Planned for King Education Students

King University’s School of Education is travelling to the countries of Finland and Sweden from May 2 through May 9, 2016. The focus of the trip will center on the Finnish education system, currently ranked first in the world for student achievement. - more

Study Abroad Trip Planned for the Yucatán Peninsula

King University is sponsoring a foreign studies trip from May 6 through May 20, 2016, to the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. The Yucatán Peninsula is an area in Southeastern Mexico that separates the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. - more

King University Christmas Concert Dec. 11 to Benefit Bristol Emergency Food Pantry

King University’s Music Department will offer a harmonious gift with their annual Christmas concert in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, Tenn., on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will, once again, serve as a benefit for the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry. - more

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