Alumni Spotlight

Lisa Trivette

By: Whitney E. Copley
February 15, 2013

One would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated Bears’ fan than Lisa Trivette. She makes her best attempt to attend all UPIKE home basketball games and, when her work schedule permits, she goes on the road to see the Bears in action. Trivette cheers on her alma mater’s men’s basketball team which includes assistant coach, Tigh Compton, who she will marry in the summer of 2013.

The University of Pikeville has always been a familiar place for Trivette. A Pikeville native, she grew up taking classes at the School of Dance. In high school, she spent summers living on campus while participating in the Upward Bound Program. Her mother, Thess Arche, is a 2000 graduate of the University of Pikeville. Considering all things, Trivette’s decision to become a second generation UPIKE student was the natural choice.

Trivette served as president of her senior class at the University of Pikeville. A communication major, she received the esteemed Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition of academic success in her major field of study. Just three years after becoming a 2009 graduate of Pike County Central High School in Pikeville, Ky., Trivette graduated from the University of Pikeville in May 2012. Shortly thereafter, she became the communications manager at the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce where she is currently employed.

The Chamber’s Vice President of Operations, Jim Workman, explained that Trivette is a great example of what it means to be a team player. “She never hesitates to volunteer to assist with practically anything going on throughout the chamber world or the region,” Workman said. An example of her zeal for community service is her willingness to serve on the Pike County Relay for Life Planning Committee as the 2013 public relations officer. “She knows that it is an honor for her to serve in that capacity and she takes great pride in doing so,” Workman added.

Trivette proudly displays her UPIKE degree on the wall in her office which is a mere two blocks from the campus that she holds dear. Workman said, “There is no doubt that the many characteristics required to succeed she ‘fine-tuned’ while a dedicated student on the hill.” He added, “Lisa is off to a tremendous start in her professional career and I expect that she will have a very successful and prosperous future no matter where life’s path leads her. We certainly hope that she chooses it to be as a chamber professional for years to come.”

While attending the University of Pikeville, Trivette made the most of her college experience. She immersed herself in extracurricular activities and took advantage of the opportunities afforded to her. A three-year member of the cheerleading squad, Trivette’s favorite memory of her time at UPIKE is being in Kansas City, Mo., when the then Pikeville College Bears became the 2011 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Champions. “Watching the game and cheering on the Bears from the floor was an unforgettable experience,” Trivette said.

In addition to cheerleading, Trivette worked as a peer mentor in the Academic Cultural Education (ACE) Program. ACE is a federally funded Student Support Services TRIO program designed to provide comprehensive academic support. UPIKE’s goal for the program is to improve academic performance and increase student retention and graduate rates.

Because the University of Pikeville participates in the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS), Trivette was able to study abroad, stepping out of her comfort zone and delving into cultures different than her own. “I am thankful for my advisor, Chandra Massner, for presenting the opportunity to me,” said Trivette. In 2011, she studied intercultural communication and ecotourism in Costa Rica. Trivette studied urban and public art in Berlin, Germany, in 2012. While there, she had the opportunity to visit historical sites and exhibits, including the remains of the Berlin Wall, the German History Museum, the 1936 Olympic Stadium and the Brose Fotofestival. “Traveling and studying in another country is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I did it twice!” exclaimed Trivette.

Trivette fulfilled UPIKE’s internship requirement for communication degrees by working at the Artisan Alliance of Pikeville/Pike County. The Artisan Alliance is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting and promoting the arts in Eastern Kentucky. It is home to artists’ studios, monthly gallery exhibitions and features regional artists’ works on a regular basis. During the course of Trivette’s internship, she assisted with planning for the largest art project ever completed in Eastern Kentucky. The Bear O’Fair Project features life-sized statues of bears, donned in regional artists’ work, strategically placed throughout downtown Pikeville.

Trivette attributes success in her career at the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce to her UPIKE education. “Absolutely everything I learned in college, I am utilizing now – from writing press releases and making flyers, to speaking in public situations.” Trivette said. “I am thankful to have had caring and eager professors to push me along the way. I feel I earned a valuable education at the University of Pikeville due to my wonderful professors and mentor, Lucy Holman.” Holman is the University’s assistant vice president for public affairs.

“I have watched the small school on the hill unfold into this amazing university and am proud to be a part of that,” said Trivette. “I am pleased to say I was a part of history as a student and am making history happen as part of the Alumni Association.” Trivette currently holds the position of third vice president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

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