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Members of UPIKE community recognized by local chamber

September 14, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
In keeping with the University of Pikeville’s mission of service, several members of the UPIKE family were recognized for their continued commitment to the community and respective industries during the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet.

The Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) was recognized with the award for Outstanding Contribution by an Organization or Business. KYCO has enrolled 120 optometry students as part of a continuation of the institution’s strategic focus and long-term investment in the health sciences. UPIKE’s optometry students will become pioneers in the birthplace of rural optometry. The award is presented to a business that makes a difference in the lives of Southeast Kentuckians.  

The Service Organization of the Year award went to the Kentucky Innovation Network’s Pikeville office, which serves local entrepreneurs and small business owners. During the past year, companies receiving their assistance have created 94 full-time jobs and 31 part-time jobs. The award is given to a not-for-profit organization that has shown great support to the communities of the region. The organization must strongly impact the community and serve its people. 

Tommy Chamberlin, president of the UPIKE alumni association, received the Citizen of the Year Award. Chamberlin has worked tirelessly to host a world-class biblical archaeology exhibit in Pikeville’s historical York House.

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