Alumni Spotlights
Chip English, ’08, and Heather English, ’08

By: Chip English
June 12, 2017

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was moving into Page Hall at Pikeville College. A lot has happened since that day in August 2005. I was nervous and excited about moving over five hours from home and knowing no one there. During my three years ... Read More

Lia Silva Palácio, '03

By: Michelle Goff
May 09, 2017

Lia Silva came to Pike County as an exchange student, and liked the area so much that she decided to attend college here. “I come from a town (Fortaleza, Brazil) of two million people. It’s always hot here. We have two seasons – rain ... Read More

Donnie Akers, '94

By: Michelle Goff
March 20, 2017

Donnie Akers, O.D., began mapping his career plans in high school. “I knew I was going to become a doctor, but I didn’t know what kind,” Akers recalls. “And although I was interested in Pikeville College, I wouldn’t ... Read More

JB Smiley Jr., ’09

By: Michelle Goff
February 15, 2017

In 2008, J.B. Smiley transferred from Tennessee Tech University to the University of Pikeville. Although it might seem as if he transferred only to play basketball, in Smiley’s words, “it was much more than that.” “Pikeville ... Read More

Joyce, ’91, and Phil Blake, ‘92

By: Phil and Joyce Blake
January 12, 2017

“It continues to astound me that a few years of difficult education combined with hard work can pay such huge dividends for one’s lifetime.” – William Green, Patent Attorney, Duquesne University Law, 1963 After hearing this ... Read More

Patricia Thornbury Burchett, ’52J

By: Michelle Goff
October 13, 2016

Patricia Thornbury Burchett has the distinction of being the first University of Pikeville homecoming queen. She received that honor in January 1952, as a student at Pikeville Junior College. “The presentation of the homecoming court and the ... Read More

Michelle Jones, ’99

By: Michelle Goff
August 11, 2016

For Michelle Jones, it started with softball. “Bill Baird (former University of Pikeville softball coach), came over to Logan, W.Va., and scouted our softball team,” Jones recalls. “He had me come over for a visit and that’s how ... Read More

Jonathan Coleman, ’05

By: Michelle Goff
July 08, 2016

When Jonathan Coleman chose to attend Pikeville College (the University of Pikeville), he hoped to receive one-on-one attention from professors. He probably had no idea how exact his expectations would turn out to be. “It was just me and Professor ... Read More

Randy Legault, '08

By: Michelle Goff
June 15, 2016

Randy Legault chose to attend the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (now the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine), in part, because it was close to his home in Kingsport, Tenn. Several years and several moves later, Legault is once ... Read More

Kathy Spears, '87

By: Michelle Goff
May 16, 2016

Kathy Spears’ experience at Pikeville College wasn’t what she thought it would be. In fact, it was better than she expected. “I had been out of school for many years,” Spears recalls. “I started college when I was 31, and I ... Read More

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