Alumni Engagement Events


Previous Events

Pikeville, KY

UPIKE hosted a special event for dozens of local attorneys and friends of the university, many of whom were alumni. The group gathered at The Blue Raven restaurant in downtown Pikeville on April 26.


 

            



Knoxville, TN

Terry L. Dotson, UPIKE Board of Trustees chairman, and his wife Judy Dotson hosted more than 55 UPIKE alumni, friends and future student-athletes at a reception held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Knoxville, Tenn. Bill and Alice Baird, who graduated from the Academy in 1956, brought yearbooks to share with those in attendance.


 

          


ASHLAND, KY

The UPIKE Alumni Association held an event in Ashland, Ky., on March 20 at Bellefonte Country Club. This was the second event of its kind in the area. More than 40 alumni and friends of the university were in attendance for the meet-and-greet and dinner. UPIKE Chancellor Paul Patton and Judi Patton were also in attendance along with AEP President/COO Matthew Satterwhite and other business and community leaders.


 

          


HAZARD, KY

More than 75 alumni, friends, community leaders and foundations as well as new and prospective students gathered at Big Blue Smokehouse in Hazard. This event marked the second of its kind in Hazard, the hometown of UPIKE's head football coach Al Holland, Jr. Guests were welcomed by President Burton Webb and Coach Holland.


 

         


PIKEVILLE, KY

UPIKE faculty and staff, along with their families, celebrated the holiday season with Jenny Wiley Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Prior to the show, the young and young-at-heart were greeted by Santa Claus and enjoyed sweet treats, hot cocoa and apple cider. The cast included eight UPIKE Theatre students who portrayed several lead roles including Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Cratchit. 


 

             


NASHVILLE, TN

University of Pikeville hosted a dinner and reception at the Earl Swensson Associates Building at Gulch Crossing in Nashville, Tenn. Alumni, faculty and friends of the university came together to reminisce about their time on campus. President Burton Webb and Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry, shared details about new opportunities on campus.


 

         


LOUISVILLE, KY

More than 60 University of Pikeville alumni, friends and trustees from the Louisville area, including President Emeritus Hal Smith and former First Lady Karen Smith and UPIKE Chancellor Paul Patton and Judi Patton, enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant. President Webb welcomed guests and shared insights about campus programs and initiatives. Many former members of the UPIKE men’s and women’s bowling teams also attended.


 

             


PIKEVILLE, KY

The University of Pikeville’s Office of Career Development and Office of Alumni hosted a “Career Connectors” roundtable discussion on Thursday, Oct. 12 in the Health Professions Education Building. UPIKE alumni, representing a variety of career fields, and current students came together to discuss career and professional development.

 

 

 

 


 



WHITESBURG, KY

The UPIKE Alumni Association hosted a luncheon at Pine Mountain Grill Restaurant in Whitesburg, Ky., which is owned by UPIKE alumnus Don Childers. More than 50 alumni, parents of current students, distinguished community members and State Representative Angie Hatton were in attendance.


 

         


PIKEVILLE, KY

On Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, the University of Pikeville hosted its 29th annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Green Meadow Country Club in Pikeville with all proceeds to benefit student scholarships. This was a very successful year with 24 teams participating in either a morning or an afternoon session. Thank you to our event sponsor, Gearheart Communications, all our participating sponsors and every player for supporting this event.

Congratulations to the tournament winners:
H2O Construction, first place
Ray S. Jones II Team, second place
Appalachian Wireless, third place


 

           

PIKEVILLE, KY

The Pikeville College Academy Alumni Weekend was held in July 2017. The celebration began on Friday with dinner at the home of UPIKE President and First Lady, Drs. Burton and Kay Webb. The alumni enjoyed reminiscing and looking through class yearbooks. On Saturday Tommy Chamberlin, UPIKE Alumni President, hosted a tour of the Kirbet El Maqatar -- A Journey Through Biblical History exhibit at the historic York House. The afternoon concluded with lunch and a tour of campus including the new the new Health Professions Education Building with guest speaker Dr. Andrew Buzzelli, Dean of the Kentucky College of Optometry.


 

           
 
ASHLAND, KENTUCKY

Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland, Ky., was the venue for the last alumni dinner reception of the academic year.  More than 40 alumni and friends joined UPIKE administration and staff for an upscale dinner at the pristine golf course. Several member of Kentucky Power along with a member of the first KYCOM graduating class also joined and reminisced about his time at the university.

David Hutchens, vice president for advancement welcomed guests. President Burton Webb and Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., shared  information about the new Kentucky College of Optometry and encouraged everyone to visit campus and enjoy the ever-growing Pikeville.


 

               

 
 

LONDON, KENTUCKY

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.



             


HAZARD, KENTUCKY

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.”



         

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE
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.


         

ATLANTA, GEORGIA
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.


             

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY
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.


          

PIKEVILLE, KENTUCKY
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.



     
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
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.



     
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