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UPIKE connects with alumni

December 28, 2018 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY
University of Pikeville alumni from various graduating classes, professions and cities reconnected with their alma mater at a series of alumni engagement events that kicked off the 2018-2019 academic year. From gathering at the Great American Ballpark to catch a Reds baseball game, to tailgating during homecoming or sharing a meal during the holiday season, fellow Bears and friends came out in large numbers to reminisce about their days on “the hill” and talk with administrators, faculty and staff about their university’s future.
Alumnus Doug Branham (’71) and his wife Felicia graciously entertained alumni and friends at their home in Lexington, Ky., this past fall. With a sprawling horse farm as the evening’s backdrop, guests were able to network with UPIKE President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., and First Lady Kay Webb, Ph.D., as well as UPIKE’s Chancellor and Kentucky’s 59th Governor Paul E. Patton.
“UPIKE means so much to me,” said Branham. “Sharing our farm and promoting UPIKE is a blessing to me. I appreciate being able to give back to my alma mater. When I attended UPIKE, the world seemed such a chaotic state and, like others, I had no idea what might lay ahead. The university played a major role in giving me the life skills and knowledge to get through those stormy times and the ones ahead as well.” 
For alumni who still call the mountains of Eastern Kentucky home, lunch in Salyersville, a cookout on UPIKE’s Benefactors’ Plaza and dinner at the Blue Raven in Pikeville made for exciting opportunities to meet up with their UPIKE family.
Alumni also enjoyed events in Louisville, Ky., Atlanta and Kingsport, Tenn., where they introduced their families to new and old friends. Attendees not only shared stories from their early days as Bears, but they also heard from President Webb about UPIKE’s growing campus and talented students.
“I enjoy attending these events primarily for two reasons,” said Aubrey Williams, Ph.D., (’70). “First, they allow me to connect with fellow alumni and hear their stories. Second, they allow me to express my deepest gratitude for what the University of Pikeville did for me. I absolutely would not be the successful lawyer that I am were it not for Pikeville …”
Similar to their time atop the historic 99 steps as students, UPIKE’s alumni continue to enjoy making new memories with university friends, faculty and staff. For an updated list of 2019 alumni events, email or call 606-218-5276.

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