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UPIKE social work students honored

June 06, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The University of Pikeville-College of Arts and Sciences honored eight new social workers during the third annual pinning ceremony.

Students were pinned by social work faculty during a special ceremony recognizing their commitment to higher education and service required in preparation for professional social work practice.

“The third annual pinning of social work graduates is a special celebration of the successful completion of challenging course work and hundreds of hours of service these passionate young professionals have provided to our community during their undergraduate academic career,” said Genesia Kilgore-Bowling, director of the social work program. “These amazing graduates join the other 52 graduates of UPIKE’s social work program who are serving as knowledgeable, skilled change agents all over the United States and working diligently to create a more just society.”

The mission of UPIKE’s social work program is to enhance the institution’s mission by providing Eastern Kentucky and other rural Appalachian regions with entry-level professional social workers who are knowledgeable, ethical, competent and educated in the tradition of generalist social work.            


Pictured, front row, from left: Ashton Bartley, coordinator of field education; and Genesia Kilgore-Bowling, director of social work program. Second row, center: Victoria Connie Wright of Pikeville. Third row, from left: Kaela Danielle Reed of Hager Hill; and Charl’e Midge Marie Fronto of Pikeville. Fourth row, from left: Madison Hope Hall of Prestonsburg; and Lauren Elizabeth Barnes of Durham, N.C. Fifth row, from left: Joshua Cody Allen of Weeksbury; and Belle Francis Lemaster of Greenup. Not pictured: Kristian Miles-Lightsy of Louisville.    

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