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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
UPIKE embodies the true spirit of the Appalachian region. Our grit and pride power our efforts to create opportunities for all types of learners. So come and see – there are more opportunities here than anyone could have ever imagined.
Eastern Kentucky is one of the most scenic spots in the nation. Our campus is built right into the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Hiking, boating, fishing, zip-lining and more are just minutes away. Trust us – you’ll love it here.
During the fall of 2019, the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Optometry’s (KYCO) pediatric optometrists and second-year optometry students visited 11 Pike County schools and provided screenings to more than 750 pediatric patients from the first, third and fifth-grade classes. These screenings assess how well pediatric patients can read from the eye chart […]
Since childhood, North Carolina native Sara Hoyek was intrigued by optometry and recognized it as a career she would want to pursue. Today, she will be a part of the first graduating class at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) in May 2020. Hoyek desires to impact lives in a direct and meaningful […]
The University of Pikeville Weber Art Gallery is presenting its second exhibit of the spring semester, which began February 19 and will continue through March 20. “Learning Myself” by UPIKE senior Mia Greatrex showcases her unique approach to the arts that will include sculpture, jewelry, drawings and paintings. “It’s okay to follow what you love […]
In 2017, UPIKE Elliott School of Nursing faculty member and nurse practitioner Tauna Gulley began coauthoring a book about her mentor, friend and community champion, Sister Bernadette Kenny. The book, now published, is aptly named “Better for Being with You.” Sister Bernie moved to Southwest Virginia from Ireland 40 years ago to begin missionary work […]
A multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz” featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet The University of Pikeville will host a multimedia performance with The Langston Hughes Project on Tuesday, February 25, in Booth Auditorium. The doors to the event will open at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at […]
The University of Pikeville’s Coleman College of Business will host a Speakers and Leadership Series event on Wednesday, February 26, at 1 p.m. in Record Memorial Building’s Booth Auditorium. UPIKE alumnus Tim Hatfield (PC’92) will serve as the featured guest speaker with his presentation, “Healthcare’s Current and Future Issues.” As Community CEO for Highlands ARH Regional […]
Law professor and former defense attorney William H. Fortune will be the featured speaker for the University of Pikeville’s Judicial Speakers Series. The event, sponsored by the Kentucky Bar Foundation, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. in Chrisman Auditorium, Armington Learning Center. Fortune will lead a discussion on bail and pre-trial release. […]
The University of Pikeville Alumni Association embarked upon 2020 with a trip to Washington, D.C., to connect with alumni and friends at the historic venue, The Washington Center (TWC). The event featured a meet and greet followed by a private dinner with approximately 30 guests. Those attending included former Governor and UPIKE Chancellor Paul E. […]