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UPIKE Homecoming

October 03, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
One UPIKE Family … Striving to Serve

As the University of Pikeville marks its 127th year, join us on the hill for Homecoming Week, Oct. 10-15.

This year’s celebration will be historic, as the university formally installs its 21st president, Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., on Friday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. in Booth Auditorium. Everyone welcome.

The campus will host several events with a focus on service, beginning with a President’s Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 8 a.m., in Booth Auditorium, Record Memorial Building. An “empty plate” offering will be collected to benefit WestCare Homeless Shelter.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, has been designated as a “Day of Service.”

The campus and community will come together on Friday, Oct. 13, for “A Grand Night for Singing: Celebrating Broadway’s Greatest Hits with Kelsea Webb” at 7 p.m., in Booth Auditorium. Admission is free with a donation of non-perishable food for Thankful Hearts Food Pantry.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the campus will host the “UPIKE Serves 5K Run/Walk.” Registration will be held from 7:30-8:15 a.m., and the race begins at 8:30 a.m., at the Main Street Plaza of the East Kentucky Expo Center. Early registration is available at Pre-registration is $20 if registered by Oct. 8. On site registration is $25. Groups of 10 more, UPIKE students and youth can register for $10 each. All registration proceeds benefit the Scholar House of Central Appalachia.

Homecoming Week
Homecoming Week gets under way as UPIKE women’s volleyball hosts Johnson University on Monday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m., in the UPIKE gymnasium. Admission is free.

UPIKE alumnus Jordan Maynard, class of 2013, will be the speaker for the homecoming chapel service on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m., in Meditation Chapel, Record Memorial Building.

On Thursday the campus will celebrate Founders’ Day with a picnic and games at 11 a.m., in Benefactors Plaza. Later that evening, the university will honor individuals whose contributions in education have made a significant and lasting impact on hundred of students’ lives during the Distinguished Educators Hall of Fame ceremony. The community is invited to attend the event beginning at 6 p.m., in Booth Auditorium, located in Record Memorial Building, level five. Following the ceremony, the campus will glow with luminaries for the traditional Lighting of the Campus at 8 p.m.

The women’s and men’s soccer teams will face Life University at Bob Amos Soccer Complex on Friday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Various academic lectures and networking forums will be held on campus Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9-11 a.m., including a literary reading, artist-in-residence exhibit featuring Bill Heise and communication alumni panel discussion.

The action-packed Saturday continues as the Bears take the field against Cincinnati Christian University at the Hambley Athletic Complex in Pikeville. Admission to the game includes an invitation to the tailgate at the Beargounds, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Homecoming tailgate activities are sponsored by Food City, Pepsi Bottling Group, Aramark, and the University of Pikeville Alumni Association. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m. An alumni awards presentation will be held on the football field at 1 p.m. Distinguished alumni, honorary alumni, rising young alumni, volunteer of the year and the Gary Thrash Outstanding Ambassador awards will be presented. Admission to the football game is $8 for adults and $5 for students. University of Pikeville students are admitted free with UPIKE ID. Faculty and staff, and one guest, are also admitted free with ID. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during halftime of the football game.

For more information about Homecoming, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at the University of Pikeville at (606) 218-5270 or visit

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