Archived Stories

Local Artist inspired by Appalachian heritage

Paula Smith believes that in every life there is a work of art. The distinctive beauty of the Eastern Kentucky landscape and the lives of its people are unmistakable in Smith’s artwork. Her cultural exhibit, “Appalachian Brush,” will run through September in the Weber Art Gallery at the University of Pikeville.


Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story

The University of Pikeville will screen the documentary “Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story,” the inspiring account of the life, tribulations and achievements of Emma “Grandma” Gatewood, the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone. The event will be held Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in Booth Auditorium, Record Memorial Building. The screening is free and everyone is welcome.


Cross-cultural experience 

Exploring other cultures and building relationships with peers was among the highlights for University of Pikeville students attending the Indianapolis International Festival. The trip itinerary featured a parade of nations, cultural presentations, a naturalization ceremony and cuisine from across the globe. Visits to Thai, Greek and Indian restaurants were on the menu, along with a shopping trip to an international market.


Once-in-a-life Experience

The internship program provides a combination of classroom instruction with real-world experience. The program includes an internship, an academic course and participation in the LEAD Colloquium, a structured set of activities that enriches student experience and encourages service.


International Students visit Washington, D.C.

A group of 13 students from the University of Pikeville attended the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. The first-year international students represented Japan, Belgium, England, Spain, China, Brazil, Germany and the Netherlands.


UPIKE hosts Film and Media Arts Festival

The University of Pikeville Film & Media Arts program will host its second annual film festival in Booth Auditorium on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. The festival, which is produced by students in the university’s film festival class, will screen 35 submissions from across the country by professionals, high school and middle school students, and UPIKE students.


Intro to Ornithology

Dr. Darla French and Dr. Mathys Meyer accompanied 15 students for 11 nights at 5 different state parks as part of the experiential learning component to their course, Introduction to Ornithology. The students saw over 100 species of birds as well as other types of wildlife such as manatee, alligators, snakes, and invertebrates of many varieties.


Group Projects

Dr. Hannah Freeman, Associate Professor of English, and Mr. Ken Mcalpine, instructor of UPIKE’s English as a Second Language program, teamed up this semester to integrate experiential learning into their classrooms. Freeman’s course on postcolonial novels encouraged students to think about what it means to confront multiple and often conflicting cultural demands. Students from her course and from Mr. Mcalpine’s class formed conversation circles, meeting periodically throughout the semester to share stories from their past. This project culminated in written and electronic portfolios showcasing their similar and differing experiences growing up in communities near and far.


Trip to Germany

Brigitte Anderson and Chandra Massner combined two courses, GER 290 German Culture and COM 390 Studying Intercultural Communication in Germany respectively, for a 12-day Experiential Learning trip to Germany in May 2014. Travel highlights for faculty and their 12 students included a stay at a youth hostel housed in an ancient fortress; a sunny Rhein River cruise; a visit to Neuschwanstein (a.k.a "Cinderella's Castle"); attending a Bavarian high school; hiking in the Alps; dinner at the Hofbrauhaus; overnight train rides in tiny sleeper compartments; a walking tour of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate area; and a bicycle tour on cobblestone streets of the former East Berlin. The travelers used every minute to explore foods, fashion, and fun — and returned to the U.S. exhausted, their luggage loaded with souvenirs.

Trip to Haiti

January 3-12, 2014, UPIKE offered a unique ministry opportunity by traveling to Haiti to spend a week serving the Lord and the people of Haiti. Students participated in a cross-cultural experience which empowered them to live out the compassion of Jesus. Through construction of an orphanage and caring for orphans, students learned that followers of Jesus can serve around the world using love and compassion. This team held various meetings throughout the fall semester gaining a better knowledge of cross-cultural travel, cultural differences, the beauty of Haiti, liberation theology in the Haitian context, and working together in a team setting.

Creative Teaching Award

David Snow, D.Mgt., assistant professor of business at the University of Pikeville Coleman College of Business, recently received the Outstanding Teaching Award for Creative Teaching. The award was presented during the Experiential Classroom, an annual conference for entrepreneurial educators sponsored by the University of Florida, Indiana University, Oklahoma State University and the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.


Twelve Biology students joined with Professor French and Professor Whittier on an eight day trip to Belize. We spent three days exploring the tropical rainforest observing new plants and animals and shuddered from the eeriness of the howler monkey calls during the night. One day we enjoyed learning about Mayan culture by visiting an ancient temple site and climbing to the top of the High Temple to see the jungle and rivers below us. Later we learned about medicinal plants and herbs and learned to cook traditional Mayan food. The last four days of the trip was at the ocean. We swam among the coral, fish, rays and sharks in Shark-Ray Alley, scuba dived Mexico Rocks reef and deep sea fished for dorado and barracuda.

Full Frame

Five UPIKE Film and Media Arts students traveled to Durham, N.C., to attend the full frame documentary film festival which is an annual event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema.

Sigma Tau Delta

The Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society chapter attended the national conference in Portland, Ore., March 20-24, 2013. We are proud to announce that three of our students, Sara Blackburn, Brandi Pugh, and Alex Anderson, had essays accepted for presentation at the conference. Thousands of students from universities and colleges around the country apply to present at the conference each year and the competition for acceptance is steep. This year, Alex Anderson won third place for his essay “Lights of the Bellagio” in the Creative Nonfiction Category out of over 50 submissions. We want to congratulate and celebrate our English majors!

Life Changing

The recent trip of 16 UPIKE students to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was truly a “life changing” experience. The week was spent living next to an orphanage, which is home to 37 children, while spending the workday in a different community working on digging and building a community reservoir. The trip was open to all students and alumni and this broad invitation brought together students from various disciplines and a host of different denominational backgrounds. Click here to read more.

Alltech Innovation Competition

In May 2012, Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, issued a challenge to create jobs in the Commonwealth and spur economic development in Eastern Kentucky. On Jan. 19, three universities - University of Pikeville, University of Louisville and University of Kentucky – rose to that challenge at the Alltech Innovation Competition, proposing a diverse array of economic development solutions. Click here to read more.

Undergraduate Research

University of Pikeville faculty were selected to participate in The Appalachian College Association Partnership for Undergraduate Research, a three-day institute held on the campus of UNC Asheville in Asheville, N.C., in July 2012. Institutional teams from select colleges used the institute to learn more about Undergraduate Research in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences and to plan Undergraduate Research projects on their campuses. Dr. Linda Neuzil of Education, Chandra Massner of Communications, Dr. Leanne Forquer of Psychology, and Dr. Diane Van Cleave of Social Work are developing a multifaceted project involving the history and culture of the Hatfield McCoy dynamic. This research project will be student driven and cross disciplinary.

Trip to Berlin

Lisa Trivette spent a month of her summer in Berlin, Germany as part of the KIIS program (Kentucky Institute for International Studies). Dr. John Howie, professor of psychology, and Ms. Chandra Massner, associate professor of communications, (both members of the Global Studies Committee) helped Trivette organize and plan for her trip. A recent graduate of UPIKE, Trivette said, “Art is hard to appreciate when you can only see still images in a textbook. In Berlin, I was able to explore public and urban art right at my fingertips throughout the entire city."

Phenomenal Women

The campus and community celebrated Women’s History Month and the achievements of women on March 27 with a roundtable discussion, “Balancing Career, Family and Dual Success.” Click here for more.

Sigma Tau Delta Convention

Three Sigma Tau Delta students accepted to read essays at this year's national convention. Jordan Adkins won “Best Creative Non-Fiction” and Gary Smith won “Best Fiction—Alumni.”

Teater Improv Group 

UPIKE Faculty enjoy workshop with Northern Kentucky University Theater Improv group during Spring 2012 faculty orientation on Experiential Learning.

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