More than 40 alumni and friends joined local high school representatives, guidance counselors and future Bears for lunch at the London Country Club. The UPIKE Alumni Association also welcomed Donna Baker McClure, field representative for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, to the event.
The UPIKE Alumni Association hosted its first luncheon event at Big Blue Smokehouse in Hazard, Ky. In attendance were more than 70 guests including alumni, educators, community leaders, trustees and representatives from news media and foundations. UPIKE head football coach and Hazard native Al Holland, Jr. shared his excitement about UPIKE earning their first mid-south conference championship last fall.
“What an exciting day it was in my hometown of Hazard to see the support for our university,” said Holland. “It was great to spend time with a wide variety of UPIKE family and to share our recent success with them. We are truly blessed to have incredible community support from Hazard.”
Terry Dotson, UPIKE alumnus and chairman of the university's board of trustees, hosted university alumni and friends at the Echo Bistro and Wine Bar, an intimate, upscale establishment in Knoxville, Tenn. The evening reception included an eclectic menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres.
A large group of guests were welcomed by President Burton Webb. Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., shared information about the new Kentucky College of Optometry and David Hutchens, vice president for advancement, invited alumni back to campus and to stay in touch with their alma mater.
More than 20 alumni, friends and parents of current students joined UPIKE administration and staff for dinner at Sear restaurant located in the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Ga. Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., M.S., founding dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry, shared renderings of the new Health Professions Education Building. Nearing completion, the $41
million facility will house the optometry college. While in Atlanta, members of the UPIKE alumni office also spent time with Richard Hodges, a 1940 graduate of the Pikeville Collegiate Academy.
Alumnus Doug Branham and his wife Felicia welcomed University of Pikeville alumni and friends to their home in Lexington for a reception at Hurricane Hills, their 3,800 acre horse farm. More than 50 guests enjoyed an evening of reminiscing about times on "The Hill." President Burton Webb shared information about the new Kentucky College of Optometry and encouraged everyone to visit campus.
University of Pikeville hosted a dinner for alumni who are employed by Community Trust Bank. More than 40 alumni and guests enjoyed a reception on the rooftop terrace and dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pikeville. Tommy Chamberlin, president of the UPIKE Alumni Association, also shared information about the upcoming Khirbet El-Maqatir – A Journey through Biblical History exhibit coming to Pikeville in 2017.
More than 60 University of Pikeville alumni and friends from the Louisville area, including President Emeritus Hal Smith and former First Lady Karen Smith, gathered for a reception and dinner at 211 Clover Lane. President Burton Webb welcomed guests and shared details about campus programs and the new Kentucky College of Optometry. Guests enjoyed trivia questions relating to UPIKE alumni from the Louisville area prepared by Meg Sidle, director of institutional research and effectiveness.
BASEBALL ALUMNI EVENT
The UPIKE Baseball program welcomed 14 former Bears back to Johnnie LeMaster field for the annual alumni baseball game. Players took to the field for batting practice before the competitive nine inning game, which ended with a tie of 3-3. Among the former student-athletes attending were Chaz Contreras, Class of 2015, who traveled from Mesa, Ariz., and Gene Davis, Class of 1963.