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“My time as a student at UPIKE has been transformative. The knowledge, confidence and connections I have developed will benefit me indefinitely. I am proud to be a Bear!"Jada Hood / Lexington, KY / Biology
“My time as a student at UPIKE has been transformative. The knowledge, confidence and connections I have developed will benefit me indefinitely. I am proud to be a Bear!"
Jada Hood / Lexington, KY / Biology
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Eight graduates from the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) Class of 2022 have taken the first step to enhance the next phase of their journeys as optometrists by pursuing residencies across the country. Optometric residencies provide an extra year of intense training and education. Optometry graduates use residencies to focus on […]
Three new optometrists were recently matched to pursue post-graduate training and education with one of Kentucky College of Optometry’s (KYCO) affiliated residency programs. The residency program at KYCO admits the best qualified post-graduate optometrists and provides them with advanced clinical and concentrated clinical experience in specialty areas of optometry. This additional educational experience allows the […]
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) Elliott School of Nursing hosted the Kentucky Simulation Alliance (KSA) on June 3 in their first in-person meeting since the pandemic began. The meeting had 16 participants in total, including representatives from other area nursing schools, with others participating via Zoom. Ashlie Newsome, MSN, R.N., CHSE, simulation director and assistant […]
Congratulations to all the UPIKE students who made the Spring 2022 Dean’s and President’s Lists! Spring 2022 Dean’s List Spring 2022 President’s List
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) recently endorsed three students that were selected to receive Appalachian College Association (ACA) Ledford Research Scholarships. These scholarships offer financial assistance for summer research projects to undergraduate students enrolled at ACA member institutions. Junior biomedical science majors Hevannah Smith and Markisha Sowards, along with senior biology […]
Tennessee native and third-year Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) student Morgan Peters recently earned a full-ride scholarship through the Air Force Allied Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). The HPSP program is a service scholarship offered by the Air Force, Army and Navy, to students who attend medical and dental schools. If accepted, tuition, fees, health […]
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) would like to congratulate Preston Poag (‘21) MBA (‘22) on being chosen as the winner of the inaugural Rubicon Rural Waste Innovation Challenge and being awarded $25,000. Rubicon collaborated with the university by sponsoring the competition, inviting UPIKE students to submit concepts for solutions, products or programs to promote sustainable […]
Building on its commitment to preparing responsible leaders for the business world, the University of Pikeville is turning to one of its alumni to lead its Coleman College of Business (CCOB). The university has named Chris Harris (‘99), DBA, to serve as the next dean of the CCOB and he will assume his duties on […]